National Youth Development Agency

Youth today face a myriad of challenges which hinder and stifle their socio-economic development and prosperity, and achievement of sustainable livelihoods. The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has developed the Ithubalentsha Micro Enterprise Programme to rapidly address some major constraints faced by the youth of South Africa. ‘Ithubalentsha”, Zulu for ‘An Opportunity for Youth”, calls upon volunteers to mentor young, up-and-coming entrepreneurs through a formalised and structured programme.

The overall objective of the programme is to scale-up access of quality and sustainable enterprise development products and services by the South African youth (aged 18-35), and particularly those in peri-urban and rural areas. Those with disabilities are also encouraged to participate.

Some of the wide range of micro enterprise programmes on offer are:

Beautician | Computer Software Trainer | Domestic Appliance Repair Service | Electrician | Motor Mechanic | Furniture Designer and Manufacturer | Small-scale Recycling

volunteer mentor should either be:

  • An experienced entrepreneur,
  • A business consultant,
  • A middle to senior manager,
  • A postgraduate student
  • An experienced SMME development practitioner,
  • A professional mentor and coach, or
  • A retired professional

For further details on the nature of the businesses under the Ithubalentsha Micro Enterprise Programme and to access application forms to become a mentor, go to: (Home/Left Navigation/Ithubalentsha). Should you have any queries, please email [email protected]

With your help, we can open up new possibilities and more young lives can be changed!

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