Empowering digital pressure gauge to become profitable entrepreneurs delivers a multiplier impact, with sustainable SMMEs creating jobs for other unemployed youth. This in flip also contributes to Setas with their levies, enabling additional support of small companies.
CEO Yershen Pillay

CHIETA’s expertise underpins the sturdy premise that entrepreneurship is undeniably one of many key means at our disposal to dramatically improve job creation amongst our nation’s youth. With our rampant unemployment numbers, notably amongst younger folks, which Stats SA positioned at 66.5% earlier this 12 months, and which was reported as the highest on the planet by tradingeconomics.com in December 2021, the need to tackle this actuality is urgent.
We know that there is not any silver bullet to deal with this crisis, however we additionally recognise that complete abilities improvement for young would-be entrepreneurs must be an important part of the country’s efforts to create jobs for youth.
The OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), which represents 38 nations together with South Africa, revealed an article in late final yr which highlighted the global disconnect between younger people’s aspirations to be entrepreneurs and the fact.
The article acknowledged, “Young individuals show a high stage of curiosity in entrepreneurship. Overall, about 45% of younger people report that they would favor to work as an entrepreneur rather than an employee, and 41% think it will be possible.
“However, few younger persons are actively engaged on start-ups or managing businesses. Only about 8% of individuals aged 18 to 30 years in OECD countries have been doing so between 2016 and 2020. The hole is kind of a drop-off from the proportion who point out a desire to be an entrepreneur, suggesting that there is substantial untapped entrepreneurial potential among youth.”

This is strictly the situation that’s driving CHIETA’s Vision 2025, which aims to assist 2 000 SMMEs and 200 start-ups by 2025 with wide-ranging abilities improvement and financial funding. By diaphragm seal of this yr, CHIETA will be about a third of the way to reaching this goal. In 2021 we supported one hundred twenty five entrepreneurs and by the tip of this yr we shall be equipping an additional 500 for successful small business development.
This multipronged technique is producing job creators quite than job seekers, and we are working with higher training establishments and other companions to ensure the entrepreneurs-in-the-making will be enabled via wide-ranging expertise growth, monetary help, and access to market linkages.
CHIETA has an allotted price range of R20 million for small enterprise help within the chemical industries sector in our 2022-2023 financial year. This will assist in delivering training in entrepreneurial abilities, incubation programmes, learnerships, bursaries, adult education and training, and different initiatives that contribute total to small business progress, all of which will be carefully monitored and evaluated all through the period of the programmes to ensure success and sustainability.
This is going some way towards offsetting the robust non-entrepreneurial tradition in South Africa and instead instilling an entrepreneurial mindset throughout the ranks of our youth and, working with large-scale enterprises, throughout the availability chain.
Clearly though, CHIETA’s mandate is restricted to the chemical industries sector. It behoves organisations and industries throughout the nation to recognise the impactful benefits of entrepreneurial and SMME improvement to the nation. These advantages embody job creation, a boost in productiveness and wholesome competitors as small businesses often enter markets with decrease prices, new market growth, a rise in national revenue, and the introduction of new and progressive products, services, and applied sciences.
As we transfer into Youth Month, we can select to have fun it with an unequivocal commitment to building a powerful cohort of younger entrepreneurs and SMMES in South Africa, for the great of the financial and social development of South Africa.
“The youth need to be enabled to become job mills from job seekers.” APJ Abdul Kalam

For more information about CHIETA, go to www.chieta.org.za