Siyabangena Seminars bring skills to township entrepreneurs


After a successful run in Soweto in June, the Siyabangena Seminars are now headed to KwaZulu-Natal, with established South African business people sharing their skills and experience with young black entrepreneurs from the townships.

The next series of the national seminar series will take place on 26 and 27 September at Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre, K-CAP Theatre, in KwaMashu B Section.

Panel speakers include successful business people like Clive Manci, CEO of Oteo Investment Holdings, Jabulani Ngcobo (Serial Entrepreneur/CEO of CashflowPro), Mpume Langa (Head ABSA Private Bank KZN/Chairperson of Businesswomen’s Association DBN), Brian Mpono (Project Director of 1Source Group), DJ Tira (CEO of Afrotainment), Ramsay Daly (Marketing Director of and many more.

The aim of the seminars, held in township areas, is to empower young black entrepreneurs by bringing established business people into their hometown to share skills and knowledge.

 Siyabangena seminar

The previous seminar was held in Soweto in June 2015. (Image: Supplied)

Discussion will cover a range of business related topics such as getting a business started, marketing a business, building strategic partnerships, how women can conquer male-dominated environments, legal matters, and building successful brands.

Brand South Africa supports Siyabangena since it embodies the fundamentals of the Play Your Part campaign, which encourages all South Africans to contribute to positive change by identifying and solving problems in their communities through entrepreneurship.

Siyabangena team

The team behind the seminars is CEO, Sbusiso Hlongwane and director, Sinenhlanhla Mkhize. (Image: Supplied)

“Youth Entrepreneurship is the answer to the challenges we are facing in our country,” said Siyabangena Seminars CEO, Sbusiso Hlongwane. “We need to grow the economy and a great way to achieve this is to see a rise of entrepreneurs coming from our townships and rural villages. This is where the game-changers are, and that’s exactly where we need to go to empower and ignite the young minds.”

“It’s very exciting to see this happening in my hometown,” said director Sinenhlanhla Mkhize.

“KwaMashu has never seen anything like this; we are bringing top businessmen and women to share their knowledge and experience with aspiring entrepreneurs. It will be two days of information and knowledge sharing, and not forgetting the valuable networking.”

For more information, and ticket sale details, see the Siyabangena Seminars website. reporter