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Paine College receives grant, bringing trade mission to South Africa

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Paine College is participating in a trade mission to South Africa and is looking for local business owners and entrepreneurs interested in networking with South African business professionals.

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The college will take a delegation of about 40 people on the trade mission to Johannesburg and Pretoria on Oct. 5-13, said Dr. Okoroafor Nzeh, the chairman of the department of business administration at Paine College. Nzeh will attend the trade mission with several faculty members and students.

The cost for business owners is $6,000, which includes travel and lodging. Most meals and incidentals will be the responsibility of each participant.

Paine College was awarded a $75,000 grant by the UNCF Special Programs Corp. as part of the group’s Global Entrepreneurship Initiative, Nzeh said.

Other colleges participating are Alabama State University, Prairie View A&M University, St. Augustine College and North Carolina Central University.

“The money will be utilized to look at the global perspective of engaging United States entrepreneurs with other countries of the world,” Nzeh said. “We choose to go to South Africa because we want to engage with South African businesses.”

The grant is also being used to develop an entrepreneurship course at Paine, which will include certification, he said.

Nzeh said South Africa was a logical choice because it is a free market economy and has a conducive political system. It is also the world’s largest supplier of platinum, chromium and manganese, he said.

The mission will bring together delegates from U.S. industry, government and historically black colleges with South African business and government leaders. Participants will receive market information, embassy briefings and one-on-one meetings with South African business contacts for U.S. companies that plan to enter or expand their presence in South Africa.

There will also be visits to South African facilities where a U.S. company’s service might be applicable.


Local business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to attend the South Africa Trade Mission to Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa. The trip is Oct. 5-13.

The cost is $6,000, which includes expenses for travel and lodging. Most meals will be the responsibility of each participant. To apply or get more information, contact Dr. Emmanuel Oritsejafor at

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rmwardsr 09/05/12 - 07:38 pm
Weren't they just under some

Weren't they just under some sort of investigation for misuse of student loan funds? Wouldn't that money be put to better use locally?

soapy_725 09/06/12 - 08:38 am
That is what most people do when they are broke

and in debt. Take a vacation to South Africa on federal grant money. The new Economics 101.

scgator 09/06/12 - 04:27 pm
I would be curious to know

I would be curious to know how many friends and family that he has in business where they "chose" to go...................republicans do it all the time, why not democrats........

Cestlavie 09/06/12 - 06:19 pm
UNCF is a philanthropic

UNCF is a philanthropic organization who raises funds just like other groups of this nature. The scholarships they award are not just for black students, but students of all ethnicities. Paine College is one of the member colleges, and the money has nothing to do with federal money and is not connected to taxpayer monies. UNCF raises millions of dollars every year to help provide scholarship opportunities for low to moderate income students through its telethons, charity events, and charitable contributions. I think this is a tremendous opportunity for the business community and for Paine College as well.

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