With a passion for empowering youth and women Sthabile Shezi could not have asked
for a better role than Divisional Manager for Finance at Ithala Development Finance Corporation (IDFC).
Crunching numbers and ensuring that financial reports, budgeting and implementation of the organisations strategy, is only but a fraction of Shezi’s passion and responsibilities.
“I am passionate about development and to work for an organisation whose primary mandate is development makes me proud to be part of it,” she says. IDFC is KwaZulu-Natal’s provincial development agency. Its core mandate is to facilitate economic development in the province.
Shezi, 37, from Amanzimtoti, south of Durban, was lured into the world Nurturing a passion
of finance during her high school days at Sacred Heart Secondary School where she excelled in mathematics and accounting. Nurturing a passion
This made a career as a chartered accountant a natural choice.
She says in her early years, she wanted to be a social worker because she believed she needed to contribute to society in one way or the other.
At the IDFC she still gets to do this. Economic development in KZN Shezi says that some of the programmes that IDFC is currently implementing to promote economic development in the province are the Inkunz’isematholeni Youth in Business Competition, Siyasebenza Business Development Programme and Imbokodo Iyazenzela: Women in SMMEs Workshops and Awards.
The Inkunz’isematholeni Youth in Business Competition started in 2014 and is aimed at promoting entrepreneurship and providing skills development among the youth.
The programme attracts youth with innovative and sustainable business concepts
and provides incubation and start-up support in their journey to become entrepreneurs.
Shezi says the objective is to enable aspiring entrepreneurs to turn their creative concepts into fully operational businesses.
The IDFC does this by providing start-up capital and the necessary business support to help them launch, manage and run their businesses successfully.
She explains that through the Siyasebenza Business Development Programme,
the IDFC engages in a series of province wide interactive information and business development workshops.
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