NMMU tutors business skills to unemployed

Shaanaaz de Jager

NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) students are teaching basic business skills to unemployed township women in Port Elizabeth. The eight-week skills course, sponsored by EasiGas and African Unity Foundation, will equip women from the Red Location Art Museum’s arts and crafts project with basic business skills.

The course, attended by about 15 women, was designed by Professor Sandra Perks.

“The women must put together items to sell. A student, Cainos Mukandtsama, is designing a website for the products to be sold from,” said Kim Elliott, NMMU senior manager of leadership training and development.

The university’s student societies Enactus and Beyond the Classroom have linked up for this project as part of an outreach programme.

The students apply their classroom experiences to help teach individuals in their communities the principles of “market economics, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, environmental sustainability, business ethics and how to become successful in life”.

“Once the course ends, Prof Perks will help the women form a cooperative,” Elliot said.

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