October got off to a busy start for THENSA as we prepared to launch our Online Entrepreneurship Programme at the end of the month. This online programme was the brainchild of the CEO of THENSA, who believes that every student should be given the opportunity to be entrepreneurs. This online programme was developed in partnership with Munster Technological University (MTU) in Ireland and funded by the Irish Embassy in South Africa.

It took our two data architects Dr Niall O’Leary (MTU) and Willie Cloete (THENSA)to develop the programme which was was piloted amongst 51 students at the Durban University of Technology (DUT), which served as the host for this exciting new venture. As an organisation, one of our primary concerns is the high percentage of unemployment and poverty amongst the youth of South Africa.

It is the driving force behind some of our initiatives such as our partnership with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and service provider Milzet to re‐skill and up‐skill young people in the UIF database, and our Graduate Employability App (GEA) which will connect recent graduates with over 500 businesses in the country and refine their interviewing skills and CV preparation.

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