An open-access course in sustainable entrepreneurship

iZindaba Zokudla, a research project at the University of Johannesburg is partnering with Slow Plate, Slow Food International and communities and schools in Alexandra, and with selected organisations from Soweto to offer an open access course on the creation of sustainable enterprises and systems, titled “Nxazonke” to all interested entrepreneurs and activists.

The course will take the format of a panel discussion on key themes and issues relevant to the creation of sustainable and circular enterprises, primarily but not limited to the food system, in the township economies of South Africa. In 2022 we will focus on Alexandra where the Slow Plate project is being implemented, although the course will be accessible from anywhere where there is an internet connection. 

Below is a series of “self-study” units. Anyone can access and download the material indicated, and use these to prepare for the iZindaba Zokudla Farmers’ Lab that will take place every two weeks on the internet on the Facebook page of iZindaba Zokudla. 
All the material and videos’ and all other material will be available on Facebook so anyone can complete this course in their own time. 

However, this is not a normal course, and is rather a course that is offered as a panel discussion. In this way, we can reach all audiences and we can maximise learning amongst entrepreneurs as anyone can join and ask the key questions they need answered to move their enterprise to a higher level. 

iZindaba Zokudla aims to offer this cutting edge course to all interested entrepreneurs, so we can develop our Townships towards becoming sustainable communities. These courses aim to create the means for entrepreneurs to develop true sustainable enterprises that are ecologically sound, socially beneficial and economically productive. Please join us on this journey as we learn and experiment how to deliver cutting edge insights, knowledge and skills to a broad base so we can create both sustainable communities, enterprises and sectors in our Township economies. 

This course is part of larger research project at the University of Johannesburg that aims to develop systems and processes to create sustainable supply and value chains for enterprises in the Townships. The iZindaba Zokudla Virtual Lab has been active in 2021 and this is a continuation of this process. 

The themes indicated below are part of the learning that UJ students in Small Business Development need to complete. These students have to assist and enterprise to achieve sustainability and they have to engage with such enterprises as they complete mini-documentaries on each. These documentaries will be uploaded to the iZindaba Zokudla website and will form part of the learning materials that is the course. 

This course will be streamed on Facebook on the “Events” Tab (https://www.facebook.com/IzindabaZokudla/events) on the iZindaba Zokudla Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/IzindabaZokudla). 

The course will create the material needed for entrepreneurs to realise sustainability in their enterprises. The course blends insights from design thinking and circular enterprise development and makes this available to the public. We are also encouraging entrepreneurs to form groups amongst themselves and these can be manged as Communities of Practice. 

The course will host the iZindaba Zokudla Virtual Farmers’ Lab on the Events Tab on the iZindaba Zokudla Facebook page. 

Each session will be preceded by an Editorial written by Dr Naudé Malan that will clarify the theme or issue. 
Each session will be reported on by Dr Naudé Malan in the form of a report on the session. 
Each session will be hosted and facilitated by a group selected from the course “Entrepreneurial Strategy Implementation” at the UJs Soweto Campus. .

This group will also serve as panellists in the session, and they will aim to introduce the theme or issue to the public, and educate the public on each theme or issue. Students are to comprehensively introduce and clarify each theme to the public. 

The sessions will invite entrepreneurs, experts and selected organisations to participate as experts and participants in these sessions. Students are to invite appropriate experts and participants to these sessions. 

Participants from the public are welcome to attend these sessions on-line. Participants are invited to seek clarification and learning from these sessions, and are also invited to offer lessons, skills and practices to share in these sessions. 

The overarching research project will also aim to organise entrepreneurs as Communities of Practice, and all participants will be encouraged to sign up on the izindabazokudla.com page and engage with others so a collective response to the creation of sustainable and circular enterprises and economies is possible.

These sessions will be advertised through a mass SMS system, through an email mailing list, but personal invitation from students and lecturers involved, and on the internet. Experts and participants from Slow Plate, organisations in Alexandra and Soweto and select academics are already available to be invited to these sessions. 

These sessions will also be discussed and promoted at the Slow Plate Forum meetings as they occur in Alexandra.

Please do message us on Facebook if you need more information on this programme. 

The Schedule for this course, all freely available materials, and other information will be available on a dedicated Tab on the izindabazokudla.com website.