KwaZulu-Natal-based Zodwa Ndevu (29) is one of the successful beneficiaries of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA).
The NYDA's mandate is to support youth entrepreneurship.
Ndevu is the owner of SZ Dream Wear, a fashion design company that specialises in graduation outfits, formal wear, bags, and school uniforms.
She became interested in fashion in 2011 while studying at the University of Fort Hare in Alice, Eastern Cape.
She opened her boutique in 2013 after completing her studies.
“Starting a business with limited resources is not easy. Fortunately, I have hands-on experience in sewing and, as a result, I was able to do most of the initial work,” she adds.
Ndevu applied for the NYDA Grant Programme and was successful.
The grant she received enabled her to purchase a 9-in-1 heat press machine and fabric to make academic gowns.
“I found out about the NYDA on social media and went to their Durban offices to find out more about the different grants they offer. In February 2020, I attended a one-week NYDA training workshop in business management. Following that, I applied for the grant and I received R49 000 in funding in 2021.”
To apply for any NYDA funding you must;
- Be 18-35 years of age.
- Be a South African citizen.
- Live in South Africa.
- Have a skill that can contribute to running a business.
- Attach all required documentation.
- Supply proof of attending a business management training course.
- Do a 10-minute business pitch – in person or telephonically.
- Pass a due diligence assessment.
Grants range between R200 000 and R250 000 for agriculture and technology-related projects.
For more information, contact the NYDA Grant Programme at 087 158 4742 and/or register on the portal at www.erp.nyda.gov.za