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Young entrepreneurs “drive innovation”

In her State of the Province Address, Mpumalanga Premier Refiwe Tsipane highlighted
some of the successful youth-owned businesses that have benefited from government
empowerment programs.

Through the Premier’s Youth Development Fund launched in 2019, over R258 million
has been disbursed to fund 182 youth enterprises, creating more than 630 jobs.

“These young entrepreneurs serve as perfect examples of the empowerment
programmes offered by the Government,” said Tsipane. “Their achievements are
evidence of the power of investing in our youth.”

Some of the entrepreneurs showcased by the Premier included:

  • Nyiko Mathebula of Mbita Electrical & Construction in Steve Tshwete municipality,
    whose business focuses on generator maintenance for mines and factories. Mbita has
    created 36 permanent and 10 temporary jobs.
  • Brighton Khoza of Manikasiri Enterprise in Bushbuckridge municipality, manufacturing
    paint and doing house renovations. The business has created 8 jobs.
  • Bradley Sifiso Masombuka owns Mbuduma Trading and Projects in Thembisile Hani
    municipality, operating in construction and tool hire. Mbuduma has created 14 jobs.
  • Poppy Eva Nkosi’s agriculture business Pigro Projects, specializing in piggery and
    located in Thaba Chweu municipality, has created 4 jobs so far.

Tsipane said these youth show dedication, talent and innovation in their industries,
making meaningful economic contributions. “They have demonstrated exceptional
dedication and talent in their respective fields,” she remarked.

The Premier urged continued investment in youth empowerment to nurture their
potential, saying young entrepreneurs like these are “driving innovation in our
community.”