National Competitions

South Africa National Competition Highlights

  • August 26, 2015
  • By: Tona Rowett

Quick Facts Results

  • National Champion:
    University of Zululand
  • Second Place:
    University of Pretoria
  • Third Place:
    University of Venda
  • Fourth Place:
    University of Fort Hare

If this year’s Enactus South Africa National Competition is any indication, the Enactus World Cup, set to take place in October at the same venue, is going to be an amazing experience for all attendees. The national competition took place on 22-23 July at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, and brought together nearly 1,100 Enactus South Africa supporters to celebrate the impact made by the teams over this past year.

The support for the event was truly outstanding with the Chairman of Enactus South Africa, Yunus Suleman, former Chairman of KPMG South Africa, sharing his thoughts on Enactus through various media outlets, including radio program CliffCentral, where he focused on building awareness for the organization in advance of the event. KPMG South Africa live tweeted the entire competition, sharing highlights from team presentations and other inspirational moments. The participating teams were also very active on social media, sharing their team selfies and other highlights throughout the event. In fact, supporters were so active on social media that the event hashtag, #2015EnactusZANatComp, was trending in South Africa, with the potential to reach almost 43,000 people!

The stakes were high for the competing teams this year, with not only the national championship on the line but also the opportunity to be the home team at the October Enactus World Cup. Twenty teams took part in the three rounds of competition, which were decided by 147 executives serving as judges. After two rounds of competition, the final four teams were named and shared from the main stage how they used entrepreneurial action to improve lives. The team from the University of Zululand is now preparing for the prestigious role of representing South Africa in the Enactus World Cup, and serving as ambassadors as they welcome the world to Johannesburg.

League signs
OR presentation

In addition to the competition, attendees had the opportunity to partake in two Action Leader Forum discussions, sponsored by the MTN SA Foundation. The first explored entrepreneurship and included Thabo Pitse, Entrepreneur and Business Consultant, and Percy Mkhosi, Executive Director of Dreams Development Centre, and Founder and Chairman of Datacomb (Pty) Ltd & Hibon Resorts (Pty) Ltd; Pavlo Phitidis, Director of Aurik Business Accelerator (Pty) Ltd and 702 Talk Radio Contributor served as moderator. The second forum focused on high performance teams and included Adriaan Groenewald, Leadership Commentator and Author, and Lindiwe Mkhondo, Director at Change Partners, as panelists. It was moderated by Nick Christelis, Chief Executive of Nick Christelis & Associates.

The corporate world was out in full support of the event with presenting sponsors Barloworld Limited and Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited. The CEOs of both organizations – Clive Thomson, Chief Executive Officer of Barloworld Limited, and Graham Briggs, Chief Executive Officer of Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited – were present and active as judges of the final round of competition.

Other sponsors included CHEP, Rich Product Corporation of South Africa, Sage South Africa, Nedbank, AIG, Sasfin Bank Limited, and Absa, Member of Barclays. Also noteworthy was the launch of the Enactus South Africa Alumni Association during the event, a group of core supporters who will no doubt make a significant difference in the years to come.