Preparing young entrepreneurs

Issue 6 2023 News & Events, Training & Education

Liquid Intelligent Technologies SA, a business of Cassava Technologies, a pan-African technology group, has announced that its Youth Empowerment Programme is making headway, preparing young South Africans with the skills they will need to succeed in a digital future and opening doors for a brighter future in their communities.

The Liquid SA Youth Empowerment Programme comes at a crucial time, with Africa facing a significant digital skills gap, which hinders economic opportunities and development. According to a study by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), by 2030, approximately 230 million jobs across the continent will require some level of digital skills, creating the potential for 650 million training opportunities and an estimated $130 billion market.

The programme in Phokeng and Gauteng, which is run in partnership with Forge Academy and the Royal Bafokeng Enterprise Development Centre, has already made a positive impact, with 40 young South Africans benefitting from the initiative. Of these, 20 youths underwent training in Phokeng, while another 20 participated in the Gauteng programme.

“The Liquid SA Youth Empowerment Programme is aimed at equipping young people with the skills and support they need to become successful entrepreneurs in their communities and to empower them for the continent’s digital future. Along with our partners, we are dedicated to making a difference in the communities where we operate. Supporting skills development among unemployed youth is vital to improving the unemployment rate in our country and fulfilling our goal of leaving no African behind,” says Deon Geyser, CEO of Liquid Intelligent Technologies SA.

This transformative initiative aims to empower young people by providing them with comprehensive technical training, personal development mentorship, and coaching to unlock entrepreneurship opportunities.

“The latest iteration offers specialised technical training in smartphone and tablet repairs. Moreover, it goes beyond technical skills by offering personal development mentorship, enabling participants to grow professionally and personally,” continued Geyser.

The programme also offers a Business Start-up Package, providing a small business grant to participants with business plans that showcase the potential of being realised into real-world solutions. This financial boost will assist in kickstarting their ventures. By nurturing and equipping young entrepreneurs, the programme paves the way for their success and contribution to economic growth and job creation.

In the next version, starting in November, the programme will see a new class enrolled as it moves to new heights by shifting focus from technical training in smartphone and tablet repairs to artificial intelligence (AI).

The 40 new learners will explore AI fundamentals, robotics, coding, and machine learning. The goal is to equip these young individuals with the knowledge and skills to tackle real-world challenges innovatively.

As part of Liquid’s continued commitment to youth entrepreneurship development, it intends to extend similar programmes throughout the country, with the next intake targeted for the Eastern Cape, using the IDSC as a base. It also plans to host additional beneficiaries of the programme being run in Phokeng in the future.

These efforts reiterate the company’s belief that every individual on the African continent has the right to be connected. This forms part of Liquid’s commitment to fostering innovation and building digital skills among the youth, even in the remotest parts of the country.

Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

Pentagon appointed as Milestone distributor
Elvey Security Technologies News & Events Surveillance
Milestone Systems appointed Pentagon Distribution (an Elvey Group company within the Hudaco Group of Companies) as a distributor. XProtect’s open architecture means no lock-in and the ability to customise the connected video solution that will accomplish the job.

From the editor's desk: Securing your secure access
Technews Publishing News & Events
      Welcome to SMART Security Solutions’ first print publication of the year, the SMART Access & Identity Handbook 2024. In this issue, we cover various issues relevant to this industry, from digital to ...

International access manufacturer sets up shop in SA
Technews Publishing Access Control & Identity Management News & Events Products & Solutions
The South African security market can always use some good news, and this year, STid has obliged by formally entering the South African market, setting up its main office in the Boomgate Experience Centre in Roodepoort, Johannesburg.

Re-introduction of the booking system
PSiRA (Private Security Ind. Regulatory Authority) News & Events
[Sponsored] PSiRA is reintroducing the booking system for branch visits. Effective Monday, 4 December 2023, clients will be required to book a slot to visit any PSiRA branch.

From the editor's desk: A sad but exciting goodbye
Technews Publishing News & Events
Welcome to the final monthly issue of SMART Security Solutions. This is the last issue of the year and the last monthly issue we will print. The SMART Security Solutions team wishes all our readers and advertisers a relaxing festive season and a peaceful and prosperous 2024.

Regal celebrates successful golf day
Regal Distributors SA News & Events
Regal Distributors held its first official Regal Golf Day on 18 October at the Glendower Golf Course in Johannesburg. SMART Security Solutions was there on a hot summer’s day to meet many players and sponsors around the course.

Gallagher Security releases Command Centre v9
Gallagher News & Events Access Control & Identity Management Integrated Solutions
Richer features, greater integrations, with the release of Gallagher Security’s Command Centre v9 security site management software designed to integrate seamlessly with various systems and hardware.

Regal launches direct-to-branch WhatsApp communication
Regal Distributors SA News & Events
With a quick scan of a QR code and a few taps on your phone, installers, integrators, technicians or even end-users can chat directly with the team at their preferred Regal branch via WhatsApp

FM Expo highlights industry trends and challenges
Securex South Africa News & Events Facilities & Building Management
Keeping tabs on what is happening within the building/facilities management arena can be frustrating, however, a quick way to find out what current trends, challenges, and solutions are available can be found at the Facilities Management Expo.

South Africa shows a 1200% increase in deepfake fraud
News & Events Risk Management & Resilience
Sumsub released its third annual Identity Fraud Report of the year, analysing identity fraud across industries and regions based on millions of verification checks across 28 industries and over 2 million fraud cases.