Local Trainer, James Sekhonyane leads MEP workshop
One Global Economy (OGE) is gearing up to launch this year's Mobile Entrepreneurs Program (MEP). In February, OGE will launch the program in 6 rural townships throughout Johannesburg, (Heidelburg, Daveyton, Ivory Park, Thokoza, Meyerton and Orange Farm) to train street vendors, informal small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in technology skills and the soft and hard skills needed for business incubation and micro-enterprise development. With support from Symantec Corporation and Global Giving donors, OGE plans to serve 200 participants and incorporate a new focus on cyber security and Internet safety best practices for small business owners, as well as develop partnerships with local organizations to connect participants to a variety of opportunities and resources.
Training on cyber security and Internet safety best practices can build entrepreneurs’ cyber security awareness, and empower them to protect their businesses from common threats such as information theft and fraud. Small businesses often encounter cyber security issues because they cannot afford state of the art software to protect themselves from loosing information to hackers and competitors. Many participants in the program lack the information to make decisions about and implement adequate security plans. South Africa’s recently approved National Cyber Security Policy Framework was developed in response to the rise of cyber crimes over the past few years that have had a detrimental effect on the economy and target vulnerable populations such as emerging business owners.
OGE is excited to launch this year's program in the coming weeks and offer a new training topic in addition to digital literacy, leadership, professional and entrepreneurship skills building activities and support participants' growth through text messages!
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