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IIJM:Volume 6, Issue 4, April 2018

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Title:
The entrepreneurship ventures from former participants in the Kuyasa Clean Development Mechanism renewable energy project.
Author Name:
Thembinkosi Maphosa, Abdullah Bayat, Philip J Lloyd
Abstract:
ABSTRACT The Kuyasa project in Khayelitsha township of South Africa retrofitted 2 309 Reconstruction and Development Program houses with 110litre solar water heaters, insulated ceilings and 14watts compact fluorescent lights. The project idea generation was in 1999 and conclusion of the project was in 2010. The project employed 87 community members. These employees were initially trained in carpentry, steelwork, electrical wire fittings, plumbing and administration. The training was conceptualized as leading to employability and did not picture them as potential entrepreneurs. The study’s main objective was to investigate if there had been any entrepreneurship ventures by former Kuyasa employees as a result of the training and participation in the CMD project. And it found out that at least 9 out of the formerly employed 87 community members are embarking in renewable-energy related entrepreneurship ventures. Other employees secured jobs in other renewable energy projects and organisations. The main research question was; what entrepreneurial ventures have been embarked upon by recipients of training and participation in the Kuyasa project since its completion? In the study the researchers employed a qualitative approach. A questionnaire with 27 qualitative and 4 demographic questions was used to solicit opinions and information from Kuyasa community former employees. The findings were that some entrepreneurs are now carpenters, plumbers, electricians and involved in steel work as a beneficiary of skills gained from the project. At the same time, these entrepreneurs are positively contributing to the three pillars of sustainability, namely economic growth, environmental conservation and social development. One of the recommendations from the findings was that training must encourage entrepreneurship in the South African renewable energy industry. The study uses as a metaphor, the enterprising activities of the male weaver bird, as a way to think about how to implement the recommendations. The bird has the ability to attract female birds to its intricately woven nest. Keywords: Entrepreneurship, SouthSouthNorth, 87 Kuyasa community former employee, lessons.
Cite this article:
Thembinkosi Maphosa, Abdullah Bayat, Philip J Lloyd , " The entrepreneurship ventures from former participants in the Kuyasa Clean Development Mechanism renewable energy project." , IPASJ INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT(IIJM) , Volume 6, Issue 4, April 2018 , pp. 005-018 , ISSN 2321-645X.
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