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Enactus CUT win awards at the 2021 national competition and progress to final round

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Enactus CUT win awards at the 2021 national competition and progress to final round

Once a year, a group of business, student, and academic leaders from across the country gather to showcase how entrepreneurial action and open innovation are transforming lives and creating a better future for South African citizens. Twenty-seven University based Enactus teams from across the country spend their year converting ideas into action as they work to improve the livelihoods of others. Enactus National competition gives each team an opportunity to showcase their community empowerment projects that made a difference in communities and had the momentum to create new careers, spark business innovation and deliver fresh energy in social responsibility.

From 19-23 July 2021, Enactus CUT took part in the Virtual National Competitions, winning numerous awards and advancing to the final round. The team presented one innovative project called Village Fa, which aims to curb urbanisation, eradicate poverty, stimulate employment, generate income, and promote sustainable development.

With project Village Fa, the team anticipates achieving a self-sustaining community, which may guarantee food security, improve social inclusion and equality, safeguard the environment, provide employment, and produce high-quality crops and products that meet the commercial market standards. This is envisioned to reduce the rural-urban migration rate of young people since the village will be generating its own income, thus, stimulating employment opportunities.

Enactus has managed to build greenhouses for the cooperatives in the village to produce seedlings for themselves and other 15 villages around Gladstone village. Furthermore, the irrigation system has been obtained by the team, which draws water from the existing boreholes to the farms of the two cooperatives.

As the village becomes economically active, urbanisation will decrease, the rural economy will expand, and cities or urban areas will be able to support a reasonable population rate. Thus, guaranteeing the realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Their core values of integrity, passion, innovation, and collaboration assures success in all it does. The awards won at Enactus South Africa 2021 National Competitions include:

Thematic Awards

Element 1: The award was given to the team that considered the prevailing Economic, Social, and Environmental Factors.

Triple bottom line: Sustainability: 1st Place

Sponsored by Nedbank

Element 2: The award was given to the team that applied Business, Economic Concepts, and Business Solutions for community development.

Entrepreneurial Approach: 1st Place

Sponsored by Harmony Gold Mining Company limited

Harmony Special Competition Awards

The purpose of 2021 Harmony Local Economic Development Enactus Competition is to challenge Enactus teams to intervene and assist their communities to take advantage of opportunities and to overcome challenges.

2021 Harmony Local Economic Development (LED) Enactus Challenge

Enactus CUT won 2nd Place.

2021 Ford C3 Cycle 8 Competition

The award is given to teams that uses entrepreneurial action to find innovative, creative, and unique ways to address an urgent, unmet social need or problem in the local community, empowering the community to become a more sustainable place to work and live. Enactus  CUT won the grand fund to the tune of $5000-00.

2021 MTN ICT Challenge

The award was given to the team that managed to solve challenges in the spheres of Education, Health, and Agriculture.

Enactus CUT was one of the winners who received a grant of R80 000 for business development/implementation of the solution. This grant gives Enactus members an opportunity to own their businesses.

Enactus CUT received two more awards, for qualifying to participate at the 2021 National Competitions and advancing to the final round of the 2021 National Competitions.  The CUT team came out as the 2nd runners-up (3rd Place) out of all the universities in South Africa.

The team created several partnerships with businesses, organizations, and institutions to guarantee Sustainable Development Goal no. 17, which is Partnership for the Goals and the success of project Village Fa. The partners included: AgriBusiness Corner, Mr Ephraim Tshobeka (Technical Advisor) from the Business Support Studies department, Roger Moffat (Mentor/Bee Farmer), Prof. Johan Van Zyl (Crop Farming Advisor) from the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies, SEDA, AKB Poultry Farming and CUT Community Engagement office.

View the Enactus CUT 2021 national competition presentation link

Caption

Enactus students who presented at the 2021 virtual Enactus South Africa national competition. From left: Sizolwakhe Mtetwa: Enactus CUT President, Yanelisa Giyose: Enactus CUT Deputy President and Boitumelo Tlou: Enactus member.

The overall team is a powerful combination of entrepreneurial and innovative students. Led by Sizolwakhe Mtetwa (President) and the executive committee which includes Yanelisa Giyose (Deputy President), Mathapelo Setlholo (Projects Manager), Blessing Ngo (Secretary General), Christopher Molefi (Public Relations Officer), Refilwe Mabaso (Chief Operations Officer), Edwin Masoane (Chief Financial Officer), Masego More (Project Leader), Noxolo Lwandle (Project Leader), and Molefe Thamahane (Project Leader).

Uploaded: 30 July 2021
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