Swaziland National Competition Highlights
Quick Facts Results
- National Champion:
University Of Swaziland – Kwaluseni
- Second Place:
- Third Place:
Limkokwing University of Creative Technology
- Fourth Place:
University of Swaziland – Luyengo
On 27 June, when nearly 130 Enactus Swaziland supporters came together at the Ezulwini Royal Swazi Sun Convention Centre for the country’s national competition, they were joined by a very special guest: The Right Honourable Prime Minister of Swaziland, Dr. Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini. He addressed delegates directly and spoke of his excitement about attending the competition and marveled at the intensity of commitment of the students, the dynamic characteristics of the projects, and how much the participants enjoy being a part of the program.
He continued by emphasizing the key role that the Enactus program plays in not only developing leaders through the entrepreneurial experience but also improving lives in communities across the country, which is in line with the national strategy on community development. He also remarked on the growing number of Enactus students who start businesses at the end of their studies, noting that five have been started since 2013 with total projected revenue of $314,000 for 2015. He also thanked the Board of Directors for their involvement and the donor organizations for their financial support, and wished the winning team the best of luck in the Enactus World Cup. He also took the time to interact with delegates and took time to learn more about the program by visiting the company display booth of alumnus Muzi Dlamini who started his company Blue Line Auto Consultancy in 2014, as well as present the trophies to the winning teams.
The words of wisdom did not stop there: students also had the chance to hear from Thabiso Masina from the Geneva Forestry Services and Mandela Washington Fellowship (YALI), who spoke of the opportunities through entrepreneurship; Celumusa Dlamini, Director of Net Storm Technologies, who shared information about crowd funding as a means of fundraising; and Kurt Puttkammer from Bulembu shared his experiences with entrepreneurship and how his organization is helping 300 children.
Four teams took part in the inspiring competition in hopes of winning the national title and earning the chance to represent their country in Johannesburg this October. In the end, judges selected the team from University of Swaziland – Kwaluseni who presented their core projects including Fire with a Mission. After learning that 900 million trees are cut down around the world each year while significant amounts of paper and cardboard products fill landfill sites, the team knew they had to act. The team engaged 23 domestic worked employed by the University of Swaziland and taught them how to manufacture then sell fire blocks, which takes materials like newspaper, cardboard and sawdust, mixes it with water and compresses it into blocks. After drying in the sun, the blocks are efficient fire starters, and sales of the product have increased individual incomes by 40%.
Generously sponsored by The Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland, Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited, Coca Cola Swaziland, Nedbank Swaziland, Swaziland Water Services Corporation, Swazi Bank, DD Williamson, MTN Swaziland, and Standard Bank Swaziland, the competition received significant media coverage including The Sunday Times of Swaziland, The Times of Swaziland, The Sunday Observer, Swaziland Broadcasting and Information Services, and the Swaziland Television Authority. Check out this article featured by The Observer. And don’t miss all the highlights from the event in the flashback video!
— Swaziland Education (@SwaziEducation) June 28, 2015
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