Project Description

Youth unemployment is a huge concern worldwide, and especially across our young continent where Youth unemployment averages between 45% and 60% of the total unemployed workforce. Joblessness amongst our Youth is a deep concern for all sectors of society and needs our urgent attention.

In this dialogue we explore supplier development as a tool to enable youth business ownership.

This discussion, with representatives across the business ecosystem, considers Youth participation in the corporate supply chain. Panelists will consider opportunities to help young people enter and add value to the supply chain and explore ways to leverage resources within the supplier development ecosystem.

  • The role of youth in the business economy
  • Unlocking youth potential – what supplier development opportunities are we missing?
  • Refocus from employment to entrepreneurship
  • Upskilling and reskilling Youth – personal growth, business, ICT and financial skills
  • Does fast-track work as a strategy? Mentorship, partnership and collaboration

Joanne Joseph


Kanelani Mavundza

Supplier Diversity Manager


Farai Mubaiwa

Partner Management Lead


Henry Mathys

Social Impact Manager

V&A Waterfront

Mmethebe Zvobwo

Executive: Enterprise & Supplier Development


Kieno Kammies


Future Studies

Trudy Mkansi


Ambesha Africa