Phumzile Chifunyise is an Enterprise Development Practitioner with a drive to change the status quo of especially youth owned businesses, through innovation & real impact market access solutions
I am an advocate for social cohesion and economic inclusion, especially for marginalized groups such as Youth and Women. With a 9-year background in Capability Building, Communication, & Economic Development, I believe the time has come for us to find and apply innovative yet sustainable solutions to localization, job creation and entrepreneurship. I’m a qualified Journalist by trade, who enjoys storytelling as a form of reputation and brand management. For the past 3 years I’ve led SA’s oldest ED programme, SAB KickStart for Youth & Women entrepreneurs, with a special focus on innovative agri-preneurship solutions for young urban farmers in South Africa.
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The Rise of Supplier Development:
Proudly South Africa Buy Local Summit
A panel with multi-national organizations, my insights here were on the importance of integrating ESD in procurement practices, to transform supply chains and drive local sourcing, in order to result in true transformation and job creation in South Africa
The Role of Diverse Stakeholders in Youth Entrepreneurship:
Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI)
In this Pan African panel discussion, I provided the importance of innovative solutions to address youth unemployment, as well as the important role that collaboration across stakeholders plays
Youth In Farming:
The Hook Up Dinner (THUD)
This was one of Phumzile Chifunyise favourite panels, where we explored growth opportunities that young farmers can tap into, as well as how they can take advantage of innovative models to penetrate local markets
“Her ability to decode complex data and relay key information in its simplest form makes her a valuable asset when engaging with audiences of all levels. Her style of engagement in projects like the AB InBev Africa Sustainability Challenge with business owners from different African backgrounds to engaging entrepreneurship platforms on the opportunities in the Agriculture sector shows a critical skill, the ability to communicate effectively. I’ve always enjoyed her presentations and look forward to more of her on global stages.
-Selebogo Molefe, Founder, The Hood Up Dinner (THUD)
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