Journal of Entrepreneurship Education (Print ISSN: 1098-8394; Online ISSN: 1528-2651)


Entrepreneurship and Development Agenda: A Case of Higher Education in South Africa

Author(s): Thobeka Ncanywa

South Africa is a multiracial, multicultural and segregated country characterized by high levels of unemployment, poverty, crime and inequality especially among youth and graduates. Attempting to solve these ills, the paper explored theories of entrepreneurship; thereafter provided realities, challenges and the development agenda of entrepreneurship in South African Higher Education. It has been shown drawing from reviewed literature that an entrepreneur displays a character of creativity and innovation, risk taking, initiator, strategists, decision taking, opportunist and team member in the business. Furthermore, the education system (especially in Higher Education) needs to provide entrepreneurial education that can drive to economic development. This is witnessed by the initiative driven by Department of Higher Education through Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education. The programme is currently making entrepreneurship awareness to all public Universities and TVET Colleges; and collaborates with private businesses and government institutions like Department of Small business and development.