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Youths urged to tap into opportunities


YOUTH, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment deputy minister Mathias Tongofa has challenged Bulawayo youths to shun the wait-and-see attitude and instead tap into opportunities the current economic situation presents.


Speaking at a Valentine’s dinner organised by the Zimbabwe Youth Council at a local hotel last Friday, Tongofa said the youths should develop a culture of unlocking value if they were to become successful entrepreneurs.

“Youths need to form their own business ideas and align them with ZimAsset. They should understand what ZimAsset is and what it can do for them. The problem they have is that they do not want to come up with their own business ideas, but they want to do what other people are doing,” he said.

“I challenge youths to be more practical in their businesses. If you are good in planning but bad in execution you will die. Let us challenge the (notion) that Zimbabweans are good at planning but bad in implementing.

“You should have passion in what you are doing. Wake up early in the morning and do what is supposed to be done. I encourage the youth to think globally and act locally for their business to be viable.

“Let us do it in groups and form different projects and we are there to assist. Do not be jack of all trades, but master of none,” he added.

“I the urge youth to take charge and I believe we have to show that we can do it. Do not wait for the minister to come and give you programmes but go there and get them.”

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