DUT LAUNCHED CENTRE FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Written by: Sthabiso Mdledle
The Durban University of Technology in partnership with the Department of Small Business Development launched the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE) at the Ritson Hall on
According to a statement by the DUT, the centre will help people in developing innovative social enterprises that will add value to both local and rural communities in order to address
social challenges such as unemployment and inequality.
The ceremony was attended by delegates like the Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu who applauded the institution for its involvement in the development of the
She said that the gathering was very important, that universities through their conversations and discussions with the communities have contributed towards the well-being of the society
in-terms of job creation, poverty alleviation as well as reducing unemployment.
“I would like to thank DUT for hosting this ceremony, it is indeed a memorable event. The program we are launching today has elements that enforce hope and confidence that we can
achieve the goals we have collectively set for ourselves,” said Minister Zulu.
She added that she believes the gathering is to pay tribute to the power of entrepreneurship.
According to Prof Ahmed Bawa, Vice Chancellor and Principal at DUT, the whole enterprise and social entrepreneurship is really about getting communities to understand that they can be
“The CSE in DUT focuses on the milling and ploughing industry and that is hugely important in KZN you all know that these are the industries that were flashing in KZN years ago. And
now the challenge for us is really to try and understand how to re-galvanise that sector and how to make it competitive,” added Prof Bawa.
Thamsanqa Mpulo, a third year student at DUT’s Public Relations Department, said that this initiative will help him understand the government involvement and its aims in ensuring
sustainable economy in SA.
He said that as a student and youth he has a responsibility to make use of this CSE because it will give him relevant information as an entrepreneur.