Entrepreneurship: Solution to unemployment and development in rural communities

Bongani Thulani Gamede, Chinaza Uleanya

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This study explored the effects of entrepreneurship in remedying unemployment in rural communities, using South Africa as a case study. Qualitative method was adopted for data collection. Hence, semi-structured interviews were conducted for 12 final year students from four faculties in a selected rural based university in South Africa. The findings of the study show that the curriculum of the university, lack of work integrated learning approach, shortage of infrastructures, policies of the government and university, orientation of the students towards entrepreneurship among others are factors hindering the growth of entrepreneurship within the institution and host community. Recommendations are therefore made that entrepreneurship should be introduced as a core module, partnership between the university and organizations within the community should be formed to promote work integrated learning, while policies of the government and university that can enhance entrepreneurship from undergraduate level should be made and implemented.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1528-2651-21-S1-157
JournalJournal of Entrepreneurship Education
Issue numberSpecial Issue
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Business creation
  • Career
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Rural communities
  • South Africa
  • Unemployment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Education
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management


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