Dirk Lotriet
2 minute read
28 Aug 2020
5:05 am

We need to work for ourselves

Dirk Lotriet

It’s time for schools to take entrepreneurship more seriously.

Dirk Lotriet. Picture: Alaister Russell

This year will be remembered as the year of Covid-19. But I believe history will also label it as the year in which we were forced to become entrepreneurs. Our official unemployment figure stands at well over 30%. Unofficially, every second person is jobless. When I look around me, more and more people are trying to make a living selling something: boerie rolls, plastic kitchen accessories, shares in pyramid schemes… Until recently, you only saw beggars at the traffic lights. Now they are outnumbered by people selling sunglasses, vehicle licence holders, energy drinks, Chinese manufactured toys… One day, we will...