n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - 'n Strategie vir entrepreneurskapontwikkeling in Suid-Afrika

Volume 42, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


Various bodies and governments all over the world have recognised the importance of entrepreneurship in job creation to such an extent that, in 1994, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution endorsing and encouraging all emerging and developed nations to pursue entrepreneurship as a policy. Entrepreneurship development, as the more important component of any comprehensive development strategy, is a means to economic development and job creation because it is accepted as a prerequisite for sustainable economic development. This implies developing an entrepreneurial population which concerns potential development of people as South Africa's most valuable resource. The majority of people who will start businesses in future are currently in the educational system. The integration of entrepreneurship programmes into the educational system from a pre-primary level through to universities, can be a critical partner in the creation of an entrepreneurial culture. A comprehensive entrepreneurship development strategy should draw together the most important target groups and partners, such as business support organisations, the educational system, government and local authorities, large businesses, the media as well as the role parents can play. It will develop the South African population towards a way of thinking that is opportunity oriented and will foster an entrepreneurial culture and economic literacy, as well as create jobs for sustainable economic growth.

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