South Africa Competition Highlights

South Africa Competition Highlights
July 30, 2014 National Competitions 1 comment
  • National Champion:
    University of Fort Hare
  • Second Place:
    University of Pretoria
  • Third Place:
    Durban University
    of Technology
  • Fourth Place:
    University of Venda

Following along on social media, you couldn’t help but be struck by the intense enthusiasm, pride and excitement coming from the 2014 Enactus South Africa National Competition, which took place 10 and 11 July at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Tweet after tweet was sent and then often retweeted over the two-day event, from students feeling inspired by the speakers to donors congratulating the teams. Social media was so active that on the second day of the competition, #WeAllWin and @enactusza were trending in South Africa.

Part of the reason people were so active on social media was that the event was jammed packed with sessions: on the first day, Enactus South Africa hosted a Thought Leader Panel Discussion sponsored by MTN SA Foundation. Angie Maloka, Senior Manager, Community Projects of the foundation gave the opening remarks on the topic of employability and work readiness. The impressive panel included S’ne Mkhize, Senior Vice President, Human Resources of Sasol Limited, and Loane Sharp, Labour Economist for Adcorp Holdings Limited, and was moderated by Aubrey Masango of Talk Radio 702. The discussion continued on the second day with welcome remarks given by Kusile Mtunzi-Hairwadzi, General Manager of the MTN SA Foundation. Moderated by Godfrey Mutizwa, Anchor for CNBC Africa, panelists Pavlo Phitidis, Director of Aurik Business Accelerator (Pty) Ltd & 702 Talk Radio Contributor, and Patrick Makhubela, Chief Executive Officer of Neledzi Cleaning Services (Pty) Ltd. discussed the topic of entrepreneurship.

Another reason the event was so meaningful for the more than 1,000 people who attended was the incredible sponsor support. Companies including Harmony Gold Mining Co Limited, Sasol Limited, AIG South Africa Limited, Absa Barclays, Barloworld, Rich Products Corporation of South Africa, Sage, Nedbank Limited, MTN SA Foundation, and Tsogo Sun all played an important role in the successful event as well as the organization’s ongoing sustainability. This article was written about Harmony Gold Mining’s support, and KPMG was also an active supporter, leading the charge on social media to get the event trending.

team celebrating
panel discussion

Over three rounds of competition, 21 Enactus teams presented their social entrepreneurship projects to over 140 leading business executives serving as judges. In the end, the University of Fort Hare was named the national champion impressing judges with projects like the development of a biomass plant and biogas digester in rural settlements around Alice in the Eastern Cape. The team worked with 16 villagers from the Melani and Fort Cox communities to equip them with the knowledge and skills to construct and operate the biomass plant, which provides a cleaner source of energy as opposed to traditional fossil fuels. Energy is generated to service the community bakery in Melani, which now sells an average of 2,600 loaves of bread per week. In Fort Cox, the biogas system supplies a community kitchen with energy to prepare an average of 200 fast food meals per week. The business model developed can be replicated in other communities and is securing a sustainable stream of income for the bakery and community kitchen.

national champions

If this year’s Enactus South Africa National Competition is any indication, we are in great hands as we look to take the Enactus World Cup to South Africa in 2015.