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Entrepreneurship training and job creation in south africa: are tertiary institutions filling the gap?

Ndedi, AA

Abstract:
Injustices, prejudices and other developments in the history of a group may disrupt their social cohesion leading to a vicious circle trapped in poverty. In South Africa, for many decades, black people experienced an oppressive white minority regime that implemented segregationist policies. In 1994, a first black president from the African National Congress (ANC) was elected and there were high hopes that the new dispensation would create a better South Africa for all. Various ANC governments since then have adopted many economic programmes with the aim to halve poverty and unemployment by 2014 – especially among the historically disadvantaged individuals (PDI). This article aims to make a contribution to official initiatives that strive to tackle the issue of unemployment among young graduates. In so doing it highlights the role of higher learning institutions in the process. The paper also discusses the fact that universities have thus far failed to make a significant contribution to the implementation of government policies on job creation. Finally the article posits a strategic framework for effective and efficient programmes on job creation among youth graduates. The first part of this paper provides the key rationales of this contribution. The second part explains the concept of entrepreneurship, the characteristics of entrepreneurs, and the development of the discipline during the last decades, while the third part of the discussion turns to the contribution of entrepreneurship in job creation in USA, showing how the same process could be implemented in South Africa. Finally a strategic framework for an effective and efficient job creation and unemployment reduction in South Africa is suggested

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Title of Paper: Entrepreneurship training and job creation in south africa: are tertiary institutions filling the gap?


Date:2009
Document Type:Other (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Contributory Studies and Research Approaches
Country:International
Keywords:Employment, Employment Opportunities, Employability, Higher Education and Development, Historically Disadvantaged Institutions HDI s


File Size:120 KB
Date Added:21 October 2012


Ndedi, AA (2009) Entrepreneurship training and job creation in south africa: are tertiary institutions filling the gap? Journal of Contemporary Management , 6: 463:470