In a remarkable show of commitment to combat climate change, learners from Bokamoso High School in Thembisa made a significant impact at the launch of Primestars’ high school programme. This initiative is dedicated to nurturing green entrepreneurial skills among the youth to mitigate the destructive effects of climate change.
Speaking at the program’s launch, Martin Sweet, the Managing Director of Primestars, painted a stark picture of our planet, particularly focusing on the African continent, which grapples with poverty underdevelopment and bears the brunt of climate change’s adverse consequences.
Sweet highlighted the unbearable hot summers in Africa, exacerbating droughts by causing rivers and dams to dry up, igniting uncontrollable wildfires, and displacing millions due to floods, as seen in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of the Eastern Cape.
He emphasised, “The world is burning, time is running out, and the moment of consequence, long delayed, is now upon us. We have shifted from being a part of nature to being apart from nature. Scientists warn us that we have no more than a decade to confront the climate emergency head-on, and we must act swiftly.”
Established in 2014, this initiative aims to merge technology and entrepreneurship symbiotically by equipping young individuals with the skills required to thrive in the green sector.
The program attracts an average of 500 business proposals from high school students annually. The initiative then enters its competitive phase, featuring a national entrepreneurship boot camp and the prestigious National Youth Awards ceremony, scheduled for December, with prizes valued at over R4 million.
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