• University of Johannesburg

    South Africa | In action since 2004

  • 884Students involved

  • 0Past WC appearances

Project Highlight:

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS)
After learning about the plight of refugees in their country as well as local instances of xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, the Enactus team at the University of Johannesburg jumped at the chance to help. They were contacted by global NGO Jesuit Refugee Service to set up a small business training program for a group of refugees in Gauteng. After meeting the group and conducting a needs analysis, they leveraged partnerships with a number of organizations to develop a simple yet comprehensive curriculum that covered topics from business plan writing to basic bookkeeping. To foster understanding, the team also included South Africans in the workshops to build stronger connections between the two groups. After completing the training workshops, participants had the opportunity to apply for start-up funding to start their own micro-businesses. With more than 1,400 hours invested in the initiative, the team was successful in impacting 270 individuals, and 221 businesses were started as a result. Long term, they hope to continue the work with the goal of further building understanding between local citizens and refugees.

Team Profile:

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Biggest challenge from the past year:
Funding for travel so our students could travel between project sites and school

Team described in one word:
Hardworking

Get to Know Us:

With graduation just weeks away, the team’s outgoing President credits her Enactus experience for many things, including teaching her new skills and knowledge but especially finding her first professional position: after working with the Jesuit Refugee Service as part of a project, they hired her as a Country Business Consultant. She now hopes that the experience she will gain at World Cup will lead her to her next employer and is looking forward to all the even has to offer including global networking opportunities and exploring a new country.

More about Nomvelo:

  • Book she’s currently reading: A Child Called It by David Pelzer
  • Her personal theme song: Naninina by Vusi Nova
  • One person who inspires her: Bonang Matheba
  • Enactus in one word: Powerful
  • Single best Enactus moment: First time presenting at the National Competition
  • In five years, she will be…a business analyst

Connect with Nomvelo:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nomvelo.xulu
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Mvelo_x
Instagram: www.instagram.com/nomveloxulu/
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/nomvelo-xulu-b02906a3?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic

After learning about Enactus during a class presentation, he knew it was an extra-curricular activity he wanted to get involved with. Three years later, this Entrepreneurship major now serves as the team’s Campus Coordinator, putting his organizational skills to good use. Although he describes a typical day with the team as hectic, he also praises the group for their ability to work together to achieve their goal. As the team prepares to represent their country at the World Cup, Andile is excited to learn from the other teams and identify entrepreneurial opportunities that can be replicated in South Africa.

More about Andile:

  • Book he’s currently reading: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  • His personal theme song: 9 by Drake
  • One person who inspires him: My father
  • Enactus in one word: Insightful
  • Single best Enactus moment: Getting appreciated by our beneficiaries
  • In five years, he will be…a serial entrepreneur

Connect with Andile:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/andile.hlatshwayo1
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ahlatshwayo101/
LinkedIn: https://za.linkedin.com/in/andile-hlatshwayo-159a63b8

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