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Entrepreneurship in the Arts

Sol-Plaatje celebrates local talent with the 2nd Annual Student Entrepreneurship fair

In an effort to promote social change and drive innovation in the food, arts and crafts business, on the 4th of October 2019, the Sol-Plaatje University (SPU), School of Economic and Management Sciences in partnership with Universities South Africa (USAF) and the SPU Student Affairs Department, held the 2nd Annual Student Entrepreneurship Week (SEW). This Market Day celebration was centred on the theme, “Entrepreneurship in the Arts: Beyond Ideas into Action.”

The event was filled with various exhibitors, showcasing their arts and crafts, clothing, painting and various foods where they were able to sell their products and services to attendees. It was a cheerful, sunny, fun filled day of laughter and colour with photo booths for those who love being in front of the camera.

The day was topped off with a talent show, where the winners of the exhibition were announced. The University offered first place to Diana Sauls and her team for catering to those with a sweet tooth. They sold ice cream with toppings and candy floss which was the popular snack of the day. They received a cash prize of 1000 rand,  “We were really excited and surprised at the same time to have won first prize, we are really glad to have taken part in the event,” expressed Diana.

Dineo Manzana who was the second runner up, exhibited and sold smoothies and fruit salads. Dineo and her team aimed to promote a healthier way of eating for students. This came after a concern of seeing how unhealthy students ate in between classes, the staple being fried chips, one of the major causes of cholesterol and weight gain.  “The market gave us an opportunity to demonstrate to the students that there are healthier food options, and also show the students that they can have full, balanced meals at a reasonable price. Our smoothies can assist with metabolism, constipation, fatigue, so this was our way of promoting healthier eating for students at the University,” said Dineo. This group received R600.

The third prize went to Rethabile Ruiter and her group who brought some ‘kasi’ flavour with chicken feet and gizzards, and other mouth-watering options to their menu, they received a cash a prize of R300 from the University. “My group and I are very excited to have won third prize. We are happy that we took the opportunity to use our entrepreneurial skills and we learnt a lot through the question and answer session,” commented Rethabile.

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