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Free State Premier Beatrice Marshoff has urged that young entrepreneurs who wanted to venture into the exporting business should be given the chance.
Speaking in Bloemfontein this week at the annual Free State Premier's Exporter Awards, Marshoff said such initiatives should be encouraged.
The exporter awards, the brainchild of the Department of Tourism, Environmental and Economic affairs, are aimed at acknowledging the outstanding efforts by exporters to boost the province's economy.
"We need to create a category that will uplift young people in the province who want to put it on the market," she said.
"The youth are the future of the country, therefore they need to be acknowledged and encouraged to do something about their lives. The awards also motivate entrepreneurs to do well in the exporting sector."
A total of 20 Free State companies out of four categories contested the awards.
Neo Masithela, the MEC for Tourism, and Environmental and Economic Affairs, said the Free State government intended encouraging job creation in the formal sector of the economy through diversification and growing the manufacturing base of the province.