Final Round Results
- National Champion:
- Second Place:
Gwamile Vocational and
Commercial Training Institute
- Third Place
Limkokwing University of
- Fourth Place:
Swaziland College of Technology
If you read our blog post about the Enactus USA National Exposition, you know we commented on the magic that happens when thousands of like-minded individuals gather together around a shared cause. Well, something just as special happens when a smaller group meets to do the same thing, to showcase their outreach initiatives and exchange ideas directly. This was the 2014 Enactus Swaziland National Competition.
Held in Ezulwini on 5 April at the Happy Valley Hotel, this event, generously sponsored by Swaziland Water Services Corporation, brought together more than 150 people including 71 students and 56 business executives and government officials. Four universities shared with 34 judges how they are using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. After much deliberation, the judges named Southern Africa Nazarene University the 2014 Enactus Swaziland National Champion. Judges were impressed by their outreach initiatives, including Octopus Project, which provides business skills training, information on advanced agricultural techniques, and motivational sessions to 30 disabled people, leading to a 42% increase in their revenues. They will now prepare to meet the rest of the world at the Enactus World Cup in Beijing in October.
Clearly, the collective work of the Enactus Swaziland program has not gone unnoticed as there were some very impressive people in attendance, including The Right Honourable Prime Minister, Dr. Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini, who spoke to attendees about the importance and impact of youth entrepreneurship among other topics. Also in attendance were The Minister of Sports, Tourism and Culture, Mr. Cruiser Ngcamphalala; the Acting Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Mr. Jabulani Mabuza; and the US Ambassador to Swaziland, Ms. Makila James. Just imagine what it would be like to be a university student and have the chance to not only present your work to this caliber of individual but to have the opportunity to visit with them individually. This is the power of the Enactus community.
With the impressive level of participation coupled with the positive work of the students, it’s no wonder the event was covered extensively by the media including Swazi TV, The Times of Swaziland and The Swazi Observer.
Our first two national competitions show us that it really doesn’t matter how big or small the event is; when our students, faculty and business leaders get together it is sure to be a meaningful and fulfilling experience. Two down, 34 to go…