• Durban University of Technology

    South Africa | In action since 2008

Project Highlights:

Team Profile:

Students involved
72

Past WC appearances
1

Faculty advisor(s):
Primary: Lana-Ann Brady; Co-Advisor: Nontokozo Ngcobo

Our proudest moment of the past year:
When we had to complete our greenhouse at Mkhizwane, our team was working against the clock. Every member was involved, in different groupings, seemingly doing their own thing, yet working towards a similar larger goal. When it was complete, we stood back and could not believe how it all came together. It left us all with great pride of our work. It is one moment of team spirit that we will never forget.

Biggest challenge from the past year:
Retaining the status of Enactus South Africa National Champion while implementing new innovations to improve the impact of our project.

Team described in one word:
Resilient

Get to Know Us:

Mthunzi is currently serving as the Vice-President of Enactus Durban University of Technology. Mthunzi is a third-year student enrolled for a Diploma in Financial Accounting. “I joined Enactus because of my passion for entrepreneurship and community engagement. I disliked the global narrative about Africa, and as a result, I fell in love with Enactus. It was the only organization that gave a different perspective about Africa as the land of opportunity. This inspired me to join and participate in the program.”

More about Mthunzi:

  • What I’m reading: “Born a Crime: Stories of a South African Childhood” by Trevor Noah; “And for All This: Reasons I’m In” by Gil Oved, Lebo Gunguluza, Polo Leteka, Vinny Lingham and Vusi Thembekwayo
  • Theme song:  “Pump It On” by Toya de Lazy
  • Who inspires me:  My Mother, our beneficiaries and my Faculty Advisor
  • Enactus in one word:  Exhilarating
  • Best Enactus moment: My best moment at Enactus was back in 2018 when we were the first University of Technology to win the Enactus National Competition in South Africa.
  • In five years, I will be… “completing my second degree and to be running a business that creates at least 10 permanent jobs.”

 

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Three years after joining Enactus, Bafana currently serves as the project manager for the Agribusiness Project, the flagship project of Enactus DUT. “I always wanted to restart the small business I had back in high school but struggled with where to start. Enactus has provided me with a good learning platform, through which I have gained insights on how to start and grow a viable enterprise. A part of my Enactus experience that really inspired me was discovering new ways to solve plastic pollution as it has always been part of my vision.”

 

More about Bafana:

  • What I’m reading:  “Good to Great” by Jim Collins
  • Theme song:  “Thanayi” by Hugh Masekela
  • Who inspires me:  I am self-motivated.
  • Enactus in one word:  Awesome
  • Best Enactus moment: Some of the most memorable moments are made during the Enactus South Africa National Competition, when all institutions sing together and rejoice as they celebrate all their hard work and all the lives they have changed. But the best Enactus moment for me personally is when we bring change to peoples’ lives. The smiles on their faces really brings joy to my life.
  • In five years, I will be… “…motivating people through running my own successful company that will be providing sustainable green solutions to the world’s biggest challenges.”

 

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