More of the SMME: SA has to get behind entrepreneurs

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More of the SMME: SA has to get behind entrepreneurs

SA’s unemployment rate is more than 44%, In Indonesia, which embraces SMMEs, it’s 4.11%. Surely that’s the way to go

Executive editor: opinions and analysis

At the end of 2015 I quit a full-time job and entered the world of self-employment. Being a writer helps with a soft landing, it being a skill that is fairly in demand if you create the right networks.

But I hadn’t quit a stable job at a newspaper to become a freelance writer; that was more of a side hustle. I had bigger dreams and was armed with a concept that was a guaranteed success but required adequate financial support to get off the ground.

With a couple of like-minded friends in tow, we dug in deep into our savings, secured once off donations from various sources and set about creating a news and content agency that would train and dispatch unemployed journalism graduates and final year students seeking experiential training to parliament and the nine provincial legislatures. We trained them, paid them a monthly stipend and covered all the other operational costs. In turn, the content they produced would be syndicated to media houses, government and the private sector...

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