SACBW Youth Day celebrations a resounding success
The South African Council for Business Women recently hosted its annual commemoration of Youth Day at Emnotweni Casino in Nelspruit.
Young people from all over in the Lowveld attended the event and they had the opportunity to listen to a list of speakers on topics that would help them prepare for the future.
Robin Jansma of Radio Laeveld was the master of ceremonies for the day.
Linda Grimbeeck, chief operating officer of the Kruger Lowveld Chamber of Business and Tourism, was the first speaker and she spoke about how young people can prepare themselves for the workplace.
“Be positive, have interests and be eager to learn. Look for free courses and internships. Be willing to work for free if you can learn something from it. Focus on your strengths. Young people are excellent at communicating. Use that. Remember that you are the leaders of the future,” she said.
One of the highlights of the day was a visit by the Puma rugby team, with strength and conditioning coach Louis Janse van Rensburg talking about a healthy lifestyle, and how important a balanced lifestyle is.
“It is important to have balance between all the aspects of your life, such as work, family, friends, hobbies and religion,” he said.
He also spoke about the influence of a healthy diet on how you look and feel. “Probably 70% of what you look like is dependent on the diet that you follow,” he said.
Attendants also had the opportunity to take selfies with Puma players.
Di Atherton of The Spiral Path spoke to the young guests about money and how important the relationship that you have with money is.
“Put 10% of all money you get in away. You will be surprised at how fast your money will grow,” she advised.
Mrs Mpumalanga 4 U Foundation 2023 Jessica Prim spoke on personal branding.
“Networking, your online presence and how you market your brand message when you talk to people is really important. Identify a target audience and a niche when you sell yourself. Your personal brand should be a reflection of your true self,” she said.
The day concluded with Helene Viljoen of Helene Viljoen Incorporated discussing the pitfalls of social media and the legal implications of not being careful when posting on social media.
Other speakers were Riaan Loubser of Unigrad, who explained the difference between the left and right brain; Lebogang Mathole of Tshwane University of Technology, who spoke about entrepreneurial development; Isaura Cardoso Pretorius of Stegmanns Incorporated Attorneys, who entertained the crowd with some weird laws that still exist today; Kyle Derfoldy of Erafold Digital, who explained the latest progress with artificial intelligence; Ayanda Masombuka of Tshwane University of Technology, who spoke about the youth and the environment; Maretha du Preez of Legogote Digital, who spoke about digital information; Pertunia Lehoka, author, entrepreneur and inspirational speaker, who spoke about attitude in the workplace; Mlungisi Mathebula of LigwalagwalaFM, who delivered a testimony of how young people can align themselves to their purpose; and Blessing Sunday of La Grace Properties, who spoke about business etiquette.
“It was such a privilege to organise and host this year’s Mbombela Youth day. We had captivating speakers and topics with a very attentive and engaging audience. Thank you for everyone’s participation,” organiser Estelle Roe said after the event. Roe is also the SACBW regional business leader in Mpumalanga.