The Come Back Begins!!
Enactus UKZN is ready to make a comeback and in a big way. The group has undergone a massive makeover with about 90% of its members being new to the team.
After its suspension in 2015 for failing the team audit conducted by Enactus South Africa, the team is motivated and committed to flying the UKZN flag high.
Enactus UKZN will represent the University at three special competitions, namely: Unilever, the MTN ICT challenge and Barloworld competitions.
The team is no stranger to competition having won the national championships five times. By virtue of winning the national competition, Enactus UKZN then went on to represent the country at the Enactus World Cup.
Enactus–UKZN is currently working on eight projects: the Jonga Phezulu UKZN Agrihub Farming project, Bakhesi Biogas, Isintu, IziMpande, Pallet Project, AloeGo, Umtate Wamabovu and Sonwabile project (potato sack farming).
The Jonga Phezulu and Sonwabile projects have made it to the top eight of the Unilever competition, the Umtate Wamabovu project made it to the finals of the MTN competition while the Sonwabile project made it through to the finals of the Barloworld competition.
Enactus is an international non-profit organisation that brings together students, academics and business leaders committed to using entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Not only does the global network transform lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that is essential to leadership in an even-more complicated and challenging world. Enactus has established the largest global business and Higher Education network in the world. This unique network brings together the knowledge of professional business educators and the expertise of business leaders to focus the potential of university students preparing for leadership roles in business.
At the end of each year, the Enactus team participates in various competitions that provide a platform for teams to present the results of their projects, which are evaluated by business leaders serving as judges.
‘We hope that the team will reclaim its glory the same way they did when they won R500 000 for one of the projects in 2015. We truly believe that indeed the comeback has begun!’
Words by: Nomqhele JD Dube