Youth leadership needs new approach

“The youth lack inspiration and motivation, both from within and above” said Dr Thea van der Westhuizen, adacemic at teh University of KwaZulu-Natal. A stronger entrepreneurial environment among the youth is the most powerful vehicle with which to create economic activity and calm frustrations of unemployment and lack of skills development. Currently, the unemployment rate…

Matthew Bouman

Entrepreneurs Engage is an initiative of the Entrepreneurship Discipline of the GSB&L that provides interaction with successful entrepreneurs from our region. The event affords you the opportunity of interrogating the stories of success and serves as an inspiration to aspirant and existing entrepreneurs.

Importance of Ethics in Business

BY: Thandiwe Jumo

Local entrepreneur, innovator, investor and sportsman, Mr Matthew Bouman, spoke on the importance of ethics in business at the Entrepreneurs Engage event hosted by the School of Management, Information Technology and Governance and the Graduate School of Business and Leadership.

Brings the Business Industry to the Students

BY: . Thandiwe Jumo
Aspirant entrepreneurs who need assistance in how to start a business, to research business opportunities or to form formal business friendships with the business industry are invited to visit the School of Management, Information Technology and Governance’s (SHAPE) Shifting Hope, Activating Potential Entrepreneurship Research Centre.


Entrepreneurship is surely in the DNA of Dr Thea van der Westhuizen, who was awarded a PhD in Leadership Studies based on a thesis titled: “Developing Individual Entrepreneurial Orientation: A Systemic Approach Through the Lens of Theory U”.

Forming Business Friendships between Young Entrepreneurs and Business Professionals

Written by Thandiwe Jumo    Photo Credit: JONIVINS.COM


A “Meet Your Business Friend Day” event hosted by the SHAPE (Shifting Hope, Activating Potential Entrepreneurship) in partnership with UKZN, the eThekwini Municipality and the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) created a platform for networking and sharing of ideas between established entrepreneurs, business professionals and entrepreneurship students.

The event, at the Durban Undersea Club, allowed business professionals to share their knowledge and entrepreneurship skills as well as their contribution towards their KwaZulu-Natal’s Regional Economic Development with the students who in turn shared their entrepreneurial aspirations with the professionals. It is envisaged that through such social entrepreneurship initiatives – which expose students to the business industry and the business industry to the students – partnerships will be created which contribute towards stimulating entrepreneurial thinking and a start-up culture essential to the sustainability and economic growth of KwaZulu-Natal.