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Buzzing around to the rescue of Zim farmers

Buzzing around to the rescue of Zim farmers

TAFADZWA DZENGA, BIRD STORY AGENCY IN early 2018, Anesu Mapisa walked out of the gates of Zimbabwe’s Midlands State University armed with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy… and a vision. While his peers began looking for employment in the agricultural sector - one of the best paying in Zimbabwe - Mapisa’s mind was elsewhere; he wanted to innovate and transform the lives of farmers and just become another regular employee, or a beaurocrat, in the sector. The more he thought about it, the more the idea - one he'd had since high school - consumed him. Instead of doing…
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Mentorship programmes in Kenya can make graduates more employable. Here’s how one works

Mentorship programmes in Kenya can make graduates more employable. Here’s how one works

SEVERAL studies have shown that besides technical education, “soft skills” are critical for graduates to succeed as innovators, entrepreneurs, and in the formal workplace. These include problem-solving, teamwork and communication. DR. CHAO MBOGHO, Educator, Researcher, Mentor, Kenya Methodist University Mentoring relationships – where an experienced person offers guidance and support to a mentee – are some of the most effective methods to nurture these employability skills. This can be seen in South Africa and in the Middle East and North Africa region. Other benefits that students receive through mentorship include raised learning outcomes and increased completion rates. However, there is…
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How to help entrepreneurs adopt cutting edge technologies to grow their businesses

How to help entrepreneurs adopt cutting edge technologies to grow their businesses

ENTREPRENEURS are known to drive innovation and progress in various fields. The Fourth Industrial Revolution has provided an unprecedented platform to do so. SEAN KRUGER, Coordinator Strategic Innovation, University of Pretoria ADRIANA ALETTA STEYN, Senior Lecturer in Informatics, University of Pretoria This global concept was coined in 2016 by Professor Klaus Schwab. He said that this revolution entails “nothing less than the transformation of humankind” because it is the integration of technologies across the digital, physical and biological spheres. Moreover, the speed at which this is happening is influencing work, services, educational needs and people’s everyday activities. Entrepreneurs have the…
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