YEBO – young entrepreneurs who make a difference

Annette Willemse -- Wed, 01/20/2016 - 14:30

YEBO – young entrepreneurs who make a difference in the community

All young entrepreneurs will tell you the same thing: there is nothing more freeing and satisfying than being your own boss and doing a job you love.  These young entrepreneurs will furthermore tell you that the road to success takes determination and dedication, but that it ultimately sets you apart from your peers. As an entrepreneur you are an agent of change in your community.


Zoey Ramotseboa, Sipho Maphike, Mbali Blaai Andre van Niekerk, Natanya Meyer, Emily Mohlala and Wanda Ntombela

Having said this the team from the Young Entrepreneurs Business Organisation – or YEBO as they are referred to on the Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal), recently put their heads together to come up with a very successful community outreach project. The beneficiaries of the project were the Bophelong Children’s Home and the Lochvaal Emfuleni Shelter – both situated in Vanderbijlpark.

Outreach – making Christmas dreams come true

A team of student volunteers – the YEBO Angels, affiliated with the organisation, launched a drive to raise much needed funds as well as donations for the two mentioned welfare organisations. Their fundraising initiatives not only called upon the members of the Campus fraternity but also the entire Vaal Triangle community.  The result? An unforgettable early Christmas celebration which saw 78 children smiling from ear to ear.

According to Mrs Natanya Meyer, a lecturer in the School of Economic Sciences and the coordinator of the YEBO group, the young entrepreneurs managed to rope in several sponsors and donors. Each child received a gift box to the value of R150 which contained toiletries, educational material, clothing and a toy. The proverbial cherry on top was a sweets packet filled to the brim with all things sweet.

The YEBOs wish to thank the following sponsors and donors in particular: Amtech, Royal Foods, Albany, Ebenhaeser, Chilli Picnic Photography, Mooivaal Media, Acquis Consulting, Riversdale Butchery, Acacia Ladies Residence on the Campus, as well as every staff member and student who contributed towards the overall success of the outreach.

More about YEBO

It was recently revealed by a United Nations (UN) agency that global youth unemployment has risen to near its crisis peak and it is predicted that it will keep on rising over the next five years. In answer to this, the Vaal Triangle Campus launched a unique student organisation two years ago, aimed at motivating university students to heed the call of entrepreneurship. The Young Entrepreneur Business Organisation – or YEBO, aims to improve entrepreneurship awareness among students and by doing so influence young people into having a positive outlook on business ownership.

With the importance of entrepreneurship underpinned in the National Development Plan for South Africa the value of entrepreneurial skills can’t be overemphasised since entrepreneurship offers an effective method to counteract the crisis of unemployment. By promoting entrepreneurship as a preferred career choice, the Vaal Triangle Campus is pro-actively shaping the country’s next generation of entrepreneurial giants.

YEBO represents a first-of-its-kind organisation in South Africa and the organisation enjoys affiliation from the Campus’s Student Representative Council (CSRC) whilst functioning within the sphere of the bhive EDC (Enterprise Development Centre). The latter represents a dynamic unit within the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology