The Northern Cape might be South Arica’s largest province, but it has the sad distinction of also having the lowest level of education among South African youth. So said Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Sol Plaatje University (SPU), Professor Andrew Crouch. He was welcoming participants at the opening ceremony of the fifth Students Entrepreneurship Week in Kimberley, on Tuesday. This year’s theme is #Rebuild. #Againstallodds.

Professor Crouch (above), returned to his birthplace, Kimberley, to head up Sol Plaatje University in April 2020 – just a month after the CoViD-19 pandemic forced universities across the country to make major teaching and learning changes. He said that exposure to entrepreneurship, and the development of an entrepreneurial spirit was of critical importance for the Northern Cape, and Kimberley.