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Arie Bouwer
Works at EWET - Education With Enterprise Trust
Attended Stellenbosch University
Lives in Harrismith, Free State Province, South Africa
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"Creating job opportunities solely through governmental intervention will not address the growing youth unemployment problem."
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The Eskom Simama Ranta South African secondary school's entrepreneurship competition is open for entries
Thebe Reed Exhibitions has rebranded and expanded its successful Business Opportunities and Franchise Expo in line with changing trends in South African
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Interesting to see Harrismith moves through the four seasons. Sometimes we get snow and sometimes we get fires. These pictures show the past twelve months.
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The winning school of 2014's "Eskom Simama Ranta (EE)" Entrepreneurship Education secondary school competition announced in picture. Entries are now open until 22 June 2015
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Interesting statistics as calculated by Clem Sunter from the data of Statistics South Africa on South Africa's youth with projections into the future ..
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71.5% of Africans see entrepreneurship as good career choice
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A new era for entrepreneurs
There is additional encouraging news for aspiring entrepreneurs on many fronts, just in case you are thinking about joining the existing ranks.
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An entrepreneur (the sum of the following parts): is able to create and build a business or organization from practically nothing; make things happen for him or herself by accepting responsibility; turns a set-back into an opportunity; see a gap; sense an opportunity; maintain effort until his or her objective had been achieved; build a founding team of talents and expertise around him or her to compliment his or her abilities in areas where he or she is less knowledgeable or skilled; initiate and do; has the know how to find, marshal and control resources (often owned by others) and make sure he or she does not run out of money when the money is being needed the most; takes calculated risks, both personal and financially to then do everything possible to turn the odds in his or her favor. The father of this definition, the late Jeffry Timmons used the 1999 movie “October Sky” to beautifully illustrates this definition in action.
 
We could for the fun of it turn the above definition on its head to define what “not being entrepreneurial” looks like: works only with what is already available; waits for government or someone else to make things happen for him or her and blame them; a set-back results in victimhood; thinks that all needs and wants is being addressed; sees confusion, chaos and contradictions rather than opportunities; gives up when the going gets tough; is a lone ranger who knows everything and can do everything by him or herself; only watching, describing and analyzing what others does; cannot find loans or investments, nowhere and runs out of money; draws back in fear with poor effort when faced by risks.
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Autumn in Harrismith, South Africa
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South African population consist of 54,000,000 people of whom 40% (21,397,326) are between the ages of 0 and 19 years old. Five million seven hundred and ninety thousand three hundred and twenty nine (26,73%) are between the ages of 0 and 4 years old; 5,336,710 (24,94%) are between 5 and 9 years old; 5,123,726 (23,95%) are between the ages of 10 and 14 years old and; 5,217,561 (24,38%) are between 15 and 19 years old. A youth unemployment rate of 48% of the relevant youth population of 10,4 million implies that 5 million young people are unemployed (Stats SA). Imagine the socio-economic implications?! So, what are you doing about this?
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Some great thoughts on the cultivation of entrepreneurs
How is Norris Wrong Today?March 25 edition... ;) Hmmm...Finding things I’m wrong about is getting waaaay too easy? ;) So I’ll save it for later in this post)In the name of domestic tranquility, let’s claim this scenario is apochryphal ;)Entrep educator has a room full of learners doing all sorts of experiential projects. Instructor is checking in with each team and the teams are helping each other in glorious chaos. Administrator walks in, observ...
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Occupation
Product, Fund & Development Planning Manager
Employment
  • EWET - Education With Enterprise Trust
    Product, Fund & Development Planning Mngr, 1992 - present
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Currently
Harrismith, Free State Province, South Africa
Previously
Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa - Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
Story
Tagline
nonprofit, youth entrepreneurship, poverty alleviation, South Africa, donors, funders, Youth Enterprise Society (YES), Education With Enterprise Trust (EWET)
Introduction
Youth entrepreneurship and socio-economic development practitioner. Simama Ranta - bring the excluded into full economic participation for a bright future for all! Located in Harrismith, South Africa.
Bragging rights
Father of 3 lovely children, 2 daugthers and a son.
Education
  • Stellenbosch University
    Philosophy, Psychology, Theology, 1985
  • Roodepoort Hoerskool
    Matric, 1976
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Gender
Male