Change Your Game

Date: Feb 17, 2017

Empowering the next generation of young outstanding African entrepreneurs.At Change your Game, we believe entrepreneurs are the key drivers of tomorrows’ African innovations and essential to creating a thriving African economy.

In This Week's Programme:

•  We look at the MasterCard Foundation’s report titled Invisible Lives: Understanding Youth Livelihoods in Ghana and Uganda. We speak to Lindsay Wallace the Director of Learning and Strategy at the MasterCard Foundation.


• Despite the high demand placed on tertiary education in South Africa, only a small percentage of the 700 000 recent high school graduates are expected to be placed in institutions of higher learning as the new academic year begins. Largely owing to finances, or a lack of space to accommodate current and new students, many school leavers are unsure of how to further their education for future career paths or making a living. Students should think entrepreneurially about furthering their education, says Gugu Mjadu, spokesperson for the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS


• Game Changer this week is former Khayelitsha gangster Khulekani Nyobole who has turned his life around and become an entrepreneur. Nyobole, 26, became a gangster, a drug addict and armed robber at 15 when mugged pupils at school.


•  This week more than 300 global and African thought leaders and youth agripreneurs gathered for The MasterCard Foundation’s second Young Africa Works Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. We speak to one of the speakers at the summit Laetitia Mukungu is the Founder of Africa Rabbit Centre (ARC) and has been recognized by Anzisha Prize and Spark Kenya Changemaker for her efforts in transforming the lives of women and children in her community through rabbit farming.


• We also feature another speaker at the Young Africa Works Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, Pilirani Khoza is Founder of Bunda Female Students Organisation (BUFESO), an organization that supports disadvantaged university students at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi.


• More than 160 countries will be represented at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in South Africa.The GEC 2017 is being held for the first time on the African continent, signaling to the global investment community that South Africa is open for business and is ready to lead the entrepreneurial revolution on the African continent.

With a few weeks remaining before the official opening, a South African delegation visited Nairobi, Kenya, in an effort to raise awareness as well as drive participation from the Kenyan community for GEC 2017. To find out more about the road trip we speak to Alesimo Mwanga, Research & Development Executive at SEA Africa.


• Minister of Small Business Development Ms Lindiwe Zulu (MP) engaged with young entrepreneurs at SEDA pre-GEC pitching competition in Durban, South Africa. The Small Business Development Agency (SEDA), an agency of the department, is currently running pitching competitions throughout the country through its incubators to select the top start-up ideas to pitch at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in March 2017. We speak to Nosipho Khonkwane the Executive Manager for SEDA’s Technology Programme.


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