Inspiration from Tjaart

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Written by Beverley Basson, TSiBA Education

Picture: left to right: Tjaart Theron, Sithembile Malinga, Javier Guzman

Five years ago I was introduced to Tjaart Theron through a mutual friend. He had a vision for supporting the development of talented youth in South Africa by collaborating with youth in Europe to raise the kind of scholarships that organisations like TSiBA and Study Trust offer. I was not totally clear on what his plans entailed but was inspired by Tjaart’s imagination, enthusiasm and his passion for making a difference.

Much has happened since our first encounter and since the launch of the socionext foundation ( in 2010. But this morning that initial vision became realised as I attended the group presentations of the TSiBA Innovation-3 class and witnessed first-hand the powerful journey that the socionext social entrepreneurship programme has set our students on.

After only 5 weeks of intensive thinking, co-creating, being daring and many hours of hard work, the audience was treated to an inside look into the 5 businesses that the TSiBA students have started. Their business ideas were original (thanks especially to Charles Maisels!) and their presentations included feedback on marketing & costing strategies, financials and key successes and challenges. I’m impressed that so many of the businesses have the potential to become sustainable enterprises and that the students managed to get so much done in such a short period of time – but that is what entrepreneurial business leaders do and what both socionext and TSiBA are all about.
The income generated by the enterprises will go to supporting a scholarship for a student and many of the businesses used the social angle of “profit for a purpose” to garner business.
I am in awe of Tjaart’s dedication to his original vision and of the determination with which he has pursued it. TSiBA is deeply appreciative of his generosity and of how he has run the pilot socionext challenge while managing the time constraints and other hurdles that arise when trying something brand new.

We look forward to many more collaborations and contributing to the realisation of the socionext vision: “To see the societal challenges faced in the 21st century jointly and proudly solved by all of the world’s young entrepreneurial talent and an ever-expanding network of support and expertise.”

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Students Turn Out Big for ‘Head to Head’

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Picture: Special Agent Black (Carwell Lekay) and M.M.I (Calemn Baatjies)

Today, students of TSiBA Cape Town pushed and shoved to get a view of ‘Head to Head,’ a lineup of rap battles and R&B sing offs between students. The rap battle was so packed that many students stood just outside the door trying to overhear the rap verses inside. The line up included top TSiBA talent such as Secret Agent Black vs. M.M.I. This event followed up TSiBA’s first cypher session last week, in which the ‘Mean 16’ performed solo. The spike in enthusiasm and attendance from last week proves that TSiBA students are eager to hear from their peers through this energetic and informal medium. Be on the lookout for the next big event from TSiBA MC’s and singers.

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You Are That Hero

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Picture: Left to right: Shameez Liederman, Craig Ross, Kim Hickley

“Apparently I am a hero. That is why I am here today,” began Craig Ross while addressing the TSiBA Cape Town students. Ross grew up in less than ideal conditions in Bridgetown, Cape Town, in which he struggled with substance abuse and gang affiliation.

“What do you have in your hands that you can give back to the world?” asked Ross, who used his knowledge of gangs and drugs to build JamiiX Social Exchange, a way for drug addicts, gangsters and others needing help to access free advice and counseling. In addition to JamiiX, Ross also started Digital Factory, the world’s biggest digital agency.

“When you do good, you feel good. Doing good is my new drug,” explained Ross. Ross ended by encouraging TSiBA students to unpack the three enemies: the unknown, the impossible, and the unimaginable. Students can tackle these three enemies using their unique perspectives and skills to do something good for their communities. In this way, the students can all become heroes.

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TSiBA Fundraising Trail Run Series

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Written by Claire Everingham, The Studio Group

My name is Claire Everingham. I am a complete blonde, with a passion for fitness and healthy living, an obsession with shoes (especially bright trainers), who doesn’t know my right from my left, and just wants to make the world a funner (totally a word) place by spreading the endorphins of exercise. I started teaching Pilates in 2012 and opened my own studio (The Studio Group) in 2013. I love what I do.

I have been very lucky in the opportunities that have come my way, and by a wonderful twist of fate, the TSiBA trail running series, was presented to me at the beginning of the year. My mother has a close affiliation with Jenni Rorrison, who started the runs for TSiBA Eden Education 7 years ago. Having done a couple of trail runs, I knew what fun they were and I had no hesitation in turning back flips when Jenni asked me if I would like to take them over.

The TSiBA Eden Education: Studio Group trail runs are trail runs/ walks that take place once a month at various wine farms in the Western Cape. There are two distances that you can choose from a 6km and a 12km. A Saturday morning doesn’t get much better than running around a beautiful wine farm and enjoying a delicious wine tasting to follow. We have been very lucky with our wonderful sponsors who always give radical prizes to the runners out of the goodness of their hearts. These runs would not happen without LOTS of help. I must have been a very good girl, as I was brought 2 spectacular parents, a wonderful boyfriend, ridiculously special best friends and two awesome TSiBA students who help with every single run. I could not do it on my own by any stretch of the imagination, and these guys work silently and tirelessly to help me ensure that the runs always go without any hiccups! I salute you all!

The general organising of the runs is a total ball ache – walking around a beautiful wine farm on a Friday afternoon, dealing with exceptionally nice wine farm owners and managers, drinking some wine and raising money for the wonderful TSiBA charity is just awful! Jokes aside, organising these runs is hard work, but my goodness, its so much fun too. The only truly hard thing is setting my alarm for 4:30am on a Saturday morning, let’s be honest, even Ghandi would get a little upset over that. However, the complete reward of seeing the smiley (albeit sleepy) faces at registration and the love for trail running totally makes it all worth it. That AND the fact that we get to raise money for such an awesome cause. TSiBA’s pay it forward initiative is what grabbed my attention in the first place, followed by the exceptional idea of finding potential leaders and entrepreneurs and giving them the skills to take their lives and the lives of others to a whole new level.

One of the big reasons of me becoming a Pilates instructor was to improve lives through exercise. That dream has been taken one step further now and it makes my heart smile to know that my efforts of organising these events, impacts so much onto the lives of others, and those others who in turn are effected by them. After all, paying it forward is what it’s all about!

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Make a difference – three opportunities in London next week

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By Nicola Millson, TSiBA UK Trustee
6 Heads

Many of you have followed the blogs related to the remarkable Tsiba University, attended the Transformative Education event at LSE last year or donated to the Tsiba cycle for change campaign. We are inspired by Tsibas innovative approach to transforming individuals and society in South Africa and impressed by their success – in terms of the quality of graduates and the significant awards won, including 5 Mandela Rhodes Scholars and a Kofi Annan Scholars.

Next week Adri, Tsiba’s CEO is in London.  We have some wonderful ways for you to connect with Tsiba and do great things…Kindly RSVP using the links below.

1)    Thursday 15 May 18:00 – 19:30 pm, London Business School More About Mentoring

Are you interested in learning more about mentoring a TSiBA student long distance? Join Adri to hear how TSiBA facilitates this very special and impactful relationship and how you can make a positive contribution to a South African’s young life in a very direct way. Drinks and snacks will be served. There is no charge for this event.

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2)    Saturday 17 May 08:30 to 10:00am, Richmond Park Fun Cycle Ride and Breakfast

To celebrate TSiBA’s successful Cycle for Change campaign, our London based friends are invited to enjoy a relaxed half hour cycle around Richmond Park, starting at 08:30 at Roehampton Gate. Bring your bike and helmet with you and join Adri for breakfast thereafter at Roehampton Café. You are welcome to skip the ride and just join for breakfast at 10am! There is no charge for this event.                 

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3)      Friday 16th May, Introductions

We are building our community here in London with the aim of raising an endowment fund for long term support of the University.  Please do get in touch if you have any ideas for funders that would be interested in Tsiba.

We hope to see you next week.

Yours in Igniting Opportunity,

6heads and the TSiBA Team

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‘Mean 16’ Perform

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Today, the MCs, comedians and hip-hop singers of TSiBA Cape Town gathered around a lively crowd of students to showcase their talent. Dimitri Louw, a TSiBA student and organizer of the rap session, explains that the informal, chill rapping atmosphere gives some of the students confidence to express themselves in ways they wouldn’t in a more formal, academic setting. Next time, Louw hopes for an even greater crowd to support the rappers and continue to push the performers forward.

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Paul Mphambani Crossing the Finish Line at the Homtini MTB Race

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Paul Mphambani, a student of TSiBA Eden and the Chairperson of TsiBikes, “led from the front” at the Homtini MTB Race this past week. In addition to completing the race, Paul made contact with Triathlete Hannele Steyn, who has donated them some sports kit. “Words cannot say much but a pure sincere heart is indeed happy ‘thank you again’” said Paul regarding the opportunity to ride in the event. Other TSiBA students joined Paul in completing either the 30km race or 60 km one.

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Mentorship Day at Coronation

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From left to right in the photo:
Nadia Williams, Andiswa Dulane, Courtney Petersen, Richard Jamieson ( one of Coronation’s consultants from Connemara whom also ran the workshop), Myself- Chad Lee Cupido, Juliet Magagula ( 1st year student @ Stellenbosch University) and Abe Mahlesaela. Not included in the photo and who was also in attendance was Monique Williams.

Written by: Chad lee Cupido, TSiBA Cape Town student

For me, the mentorship workshop was an amazing experience and was very insightful. The theme of the workshop was “Honing Mentorship” and we worked through the different aspects of mentorship and what it all entails. The workshop allowed me to interact with the different Coronation bursary holders at TSiBA (from different years) and with Juliet from Stellenbosch.  The relationships formed is important to me cause i can now go to these students for advice especially relating to TSiBA (academics) and Coronation matters. I now look forward to getting my assigned mentor (as promised by Coronation) and to the many experiences that i will make at Coronation.

Written by: Courtney-lee Petersen

The day at Coronation was great. We had a workshop on mentorship, where we discussed the roles of a mentor & mentee equally. We also discovered various things about ourselves through the different activities which was arranged for us. We got to meet new people as well as engage with people on campus whom we had only seen when walking through the corridors. It was an interactive and fun-filled session which ended in a great lunch with new found friends. I have learnt so much from this experience and am now using the advice we received with my own mentor. It also opened up a new platform of knowledge as I am now able to communicate with these new peers if I have any issues (academic or work related).

I really appreciate this opportunity & will use these tools in my growth process as a person.


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TSiBA Alumni Pay it Forward on Easter

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TSiBA Alumni’s Easter visit to Ncedolwethu Edu-care Centre
By Athini Kenke, TSiBA BBAGraduate 2013

Saturday the 19th of April, the day after Good Friday, saw TSiBA Alumni trek all the way to Mfuleni, where we were welcomed by 49 beaming faces at Ncedolwethu Edu-care Centre. Ncedolwethu, which means “Our Help” in Xhosa, is a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) that is run from the home of *Mama Florence who is a model for ‘Ubuntu’. Her home has become a place of learning for little minds, and refuge for teens who don’t come home to; a quiet space and/or lunch after school.

The day we had excitedly been waiting for as an Alumni kicked off with a welcome talk by Mama Florence and then it was time for everyone -toddlers, teens and Alumni- to mingle and have fun with a couple…well, a lot grin...of ice-breakers! After everyone had worked up an appetite, it was time to enjoy some traditional Easter foods like; fish, hot-cross buns and of course Easter eggs. After all the tummies were filled, it was time for the handover of goods we had collected for the children.
These items included; 50 educational reading books donated by Educo’s Sihambela Phambili programme, 50 colouring-in books and crayons donated by Redisa, 2 pallets of fish products donated by Lucky Star, vegetables (including a pumpkin that could win any Biggest Pumpkin contest), cereals and Easter treats.

What a smile these goodies brought to everyone’s faces and such big ones on our hearts. I think the Alumni will agree with me when I say that the day was more of a treat to us from the children than the other way around.

In parting, we as the TSiBA Alumni would like to thank all organisations and individuals for your kind donations. We hope to partner with you on the next event of this kind. We also hope that this inspires at least one reader to reach out to the children of Ncedolwethu.

Ncedolwethu’s Mama Florence, is a foster mother to five children who were orphaned at very young ages. She runs the ECD with the help of her daughter, some helping hands from the community and a very kind volunteer who helps source food, clothes, educational materials and other essentials. Should you feel urged to get involved in any way, check out Ncedolwethu’s website and their wish list.


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IQEarboardz, A Student Company

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Written by Zikhona Ngumbela, BBA-3 student

We are IQEarboardz, a student company that has just been started out by a group of eight students studying at the tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA), majoring in entrepreneurial leadership. We are final year students and one of our courses this year is Innovation and Knowledge Management offered by SocioNext. As part of this course we were required to start an innovative business that could change the current South African way of doing business. We came up with the idea of using earrings as a promotional tool.

An earring is not something new. It is a simple accessory. The idea to use an earring as a promotional tool was inspired by the traditional Zulu earring called the Isiqhaza (in the IsiZulu language). The Zulus use an ear plug as an earring.

We seek to create earrings that promote different organisations, political parties, sports teams and music bands etc. We do this by bringing a new and unique type of promotional item that can be worn not only by females but by males as well. The item is unique in the sense that it is an earring which is not normally used as a promotional tool and the design can be made to our customers’ specifications. As noted by the history of the Isiqhaza earring we will be offering a promotional tool that has a historically ethnic origin.

The earring can be made as per client’s specifications and customization.  This is so it can achieve the message that particular organisation wants to send across.

Our slogan says “Promoting brands, Promoting intelligence”. This is because we see earrings as a promotional space. Earrings are trendy, fashionable and easy to wear and take out.

The aim of our project is to raise funds that will go towards a student’s scholarship (which costs about R48 000 per year). As final year students who also study on scholarship, we are also using the opportunity to help the TSiBA raise more scholarships for other students.

The Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) is a private, not-for-profit business school founded in 2004. TSiBA’s mission is to be an innovative learning community that graduates entrepreneurial leaders who ignite opportunity and social change. Up to date TSiBA has had a 50% throughput rate in the degree programme versus the national average of 25% for students in three-year degree programmes in contact education.

We would like to thank The Socio next Challenge and TSiBA education for have given us the opportunity and platform to entrepreneurship.

Please support us, like our facebook page: Iqhaza IQ Earboardz, for orders email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Call/send a sms to 084 688 1350

Picture: Back row Bantu Hamile, Zikhona Ngumbela, Nosiphiwo Mphithi, Sibulele Zicina, Ntombovuyo Mathiso; front row Joyline Maenzanise. Not pictured: Joseph Maisels & Natheera Noor

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A Huge Thanks from the TSiBA Argus Cycle for Change Team

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Written by Marissa Kraan, TSiBA Argus ‘Cycle for Change’ Team Member

Dear TSiBA friends!
Thanks for your support and making us proud finishers of the ‘Cycle for Change’ initiative of TSiBA! We were 20 cyclists taking the challenge and raised a total of almost 5 scholarships for TSiBA! Herewith I would like to thank you for your magnificent contribution! Stefan and I were able to raise 2 scholarships (out of the total 5) and this thanks to you!
The three of us (Peter, Stefan and I) all finished with our best times ever! Fighting against some strong Capetonian southeasterly! I was ready to go back home just after the start, where a wind canal hit us and all cyclists actually had to push the bike for a few meters!
Only 15 minutes after the start, I felt that it was going to be a tough one! The first elevation was going, the wind was against us and the muscles were cold… So, I told Stefan to go ahead and race. Stefan needed to get a good time, as he was earning ca. 4 CHF per minute below a total of 7 hours – didn’t want to interfere with his fundraising target! So off I went all by myself!
After approx. 1h30 I arrived in Simonstown for a quick pitstop and thinking about doing a quick Physio for my cramping leg, but no, I got convinced and hopped back on the bike! I was actually racing to get to the finish line underneath 5 hours (two years ago I arrived after 6 hours).
The cramps let go and off I went to enjoy the race, improving my racing time steadily and enjoying the great scenario. If you have never done this race, it is difficult to imagine the amazingly stunning beauty you pedal through and the amazing atmosphere with all the fans!
One of my highlights was the ascent to Chapmans Peak (aka Chappies),  where we sang a song altogether (about 30-40 cyclists): “Hey, hey baby, I wanna know if you’ll be my Chappies” and the whole crowd went:    “Uh, Ah”… or one guy I passed literally only sad “Aaaaaaahhhhhh”… I guess you all know which song this is (just think about Dirty Dancing wink

The last hill – Suikerbossie – a large TSiBA crowd cheered for me and up I went without any major problematic to enjoy the last downhill and straight line to the finish! I was looking forward to catching up even more time here, but the wind was against me and I had to fight to the finish only 4h35 after the ‘Whoopa’  launch at 8:10.
Stefan arrived after 4:08, so we met up and quickly went for a beer before my father reached the finisher line after only 5:38!
Thanks again, and if you want to enjoy this experience again, TSiBA is racing next year’s Cape Argus on March 8th! Let me know if you want to get on board of next year’s cycle team!
Herewith I wish you a fantastic spring and start of summer!

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Frank Chikane’s Visit to TSiBA Eden

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Written by Penny Costley-White, TSiBA Eden Voulunteer & a UK based Trustee of the charity, Friends of TSiBA Education

As part of the Knysna Literary Festival which was held in Knysna between the 21st and 23rd March, Reverend Frank Chikane gave a lively presentation to the students, staff and invited guests at TSiBA Eden on Thursday 20th March. 

The main theme of his talk was his time in government which he called the “belly of the beast” meaning the rough and tumble of politics. By referring to his three books, starting with his autobiography No Life of My Own, about his time in the struggle, written when he was only thirty six years old, he tried to explain how we have arrived at the current political situation. He explained that both his best-selling titles “Eight Days in September: The Removal of Thabo Mbeki” and “The Things that Could Not be Said” which refers to the things he could not write about when still in government, were written to demonstrate the challenges faced by government. 

Reverend Chikane ended his talk with a reference to his concept of a “dream” to end what he called the nightmare that we are currently living through. He called on everyone to look at our country and see what they want to change and to dare to dream how to change things. Finally he appealed to our students to become little Mandelas to promote change and reconciliation. 

TSiBA Campus Director, Sandy Ueckermann, took Reverend Chikane and his wife Kagiso on a tour of the campus. Their comment was that we need to have more TSiBA Edens in South Africa to regenerate our education system. 

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Cycling in the Kingfisher Cycle Race

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Written by Paul Mphambani (TSiBA Eden Student & Chairperson of TSiBikes Eden Campus)

Picture: Siphosethu Majini, Tsheditso Pokotsho, Lebohanga Lekhoba, Hopolang Lerutla, Moses Lefora, Sandile Maqhoboza, Sanelisiwe Makhamba, Paul Mphambani, Luvo Vice, Vincent Tlou

We woke up early around 4:30am to go to the Kingfisher Cycle Race Competition that was held at Hoekwil. We left the campus at exactly 5:00am driven by the passion. There was no transport to take us there so we had to ride 20km from the TSiBA campus to Hoekwil. There was 1 lady and 9 guys which made up our team of 10.
When we arrived at the race, the 20km category riders were being called to the start. We had to register fast and drink water immediately, but had not eaten at all. People were surprised to see us with cheap bicycles when theirs cost about R12 000. Some even said theirs cost R124 000. This however did not affect our impressive results. 

We managed to defeat them and maintain various positions in the top twenty. There were about 200 riders. One of our team members, Siphosethu Majini placed in 7th position which means he falls in the top ten. We all received medals.

After all the tribulations we’ve been through, we managed to shine above our expectations. We look forward to competing in many races in the future.
We wouldn’t have made it without the help of Mr Mike Gould and Mr Norman. Thanks to them for the extra support and funding.


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I had that opportunity during the first Open Day for 2014

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Written by Razaan Arendse

The Pay if Forward Philosophy of TSiBA Education caught my attention. It is a philosophy that asks us to challenge ourselves to do better. At TSiBA Education this philosophy is not only adopted by the organization but by the students as well. Students use their time/education to help others through their Leadership Hours. I feel that every student should belong to a society that believes in giving back.

I had that opportunity during the first Open Day for 2014 to give back and it was an amazing experience to be part of this day. Meeting new people and helping others is something I have always loved doing. At the Open Day I had an opportunity to show prospective students around the building and answering the questions they had. This was a moment that I thoroughly enjoyed. I could share with the learners the tangible aspects of what we talk about as students. For example Paying it Forward, Igniting Opportunity, Values and other terms we use to describe so much of what TSiBA Education is all about. You will always hear students talk about we are a family and that’s cause you are more than just a student number and TSiBA Education is about developing the whole person.

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I am so proud to represent TSiBA Education

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Written by Aqeela Daniels

I am so grateful for the opportunity I wanted to be part of the recruitment team and participate in the open day. It was an amazing experience. It was like I was getting to know TSiBA all over again and remembering what I love about this place. That feeling that a quality education is being received in an environment that promotes learning is a brilliant feeling. Meeting new people as well as spending time with my class mates is an absolute bonus.

I am so proud to represent TSiBA Education and I truly believe in paying it forward. The feeling is so gratifying to know that you are part of something bigger and can make a difference in people’s lives. I am a true TSiBAling at heart and the open day, opened my eyes to that. TSiBA has given me the chance to get out of my comfort zone and try new things. Speaking in public is something I was terrified of doing but evens in my short journey so far at TSiBA I’m finding my voice. I learnt a lot about myself with regard to the open day and I enjoy being an ambassador for TSiBA. I look forward to participating evens more in the near further :D

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It made me realise how much I enjoy being a part of TSiBA

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Written by Mushfiqah Abrahams

My experience with regard to the open day was amazing! It made me realise how much I enjoy being a part of TSiBA. The atmosphere is so friendly and fun, it gives that feeling that you are in a remarkable space of learning & understanding.

I appreciate TSiBA giving me the opportunity to take our prospective students on a tour of the campus. I enjoyed the willingness the prospective students shown to learn and respect for the TSiBA students. While I was talking about TSiBA to our prospective students I’ve learned a few new things from them and hopefully gave them enough knowledge about TSiBA and the family vibe around campus.

I realize that as current student we need to play a part to in who become future students at TSiBA. We Pay it Forward so that others can Ignite Opportunity as well.

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I say a big HATS OFF to you guys

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Written by Briony Esterhuysen

On behalf of Gr8 Learning, Outcomes, Ocean View High School, Masiphumelele High School and the Desmond Tutu Youth Centre I would like to sincerely thank you for all the effort you put into hosting our children at your open day on Saturday.

Both Lelo and Sippy gave very encouraging feedback about your supportive training environment such as although you provide scholarships, the money would have to be repaid if the learners did not complete the program. We will certainly be looking at your terms and conditions and fine print to make sure that the kids who have expressed a desire to attend TSiBA are well briefed on the expectations they will have to live up to. Lelo will drop the application forms off at TSIBA later in the year.

We commend TSiBA for its very bold initiative in tackling tertiary learning for the disadvantaged child. Since we all work in this environment, we are very aware of the need for a more nurturing tertiary learning environment for the learner coming out of the township school system. Since I personally come from the Private High institution sector, I say a big HATS OFF to you guys. We wish you all the best for 2014 and the years to come.

We look forward to more interaction between our organizations in the future.

Kind regards

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The Green Team Gears Up For The Argus Cycle Challenge On Sunday, 9 March 2014

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Written by James Irlam (Member of TSiBA Argus Cycle for Change Team)

James & Amy Irlam and friends at a Make-Your-Own-Pizza Charity Evening held on 1 March 2014.

The countdown to our ride has begun! The training is over and we’re feeling good and looking forward to joining about 35 000 others at the starting line next Sunday.

Our TSiBA Cycle for Change charity team leaves at 9h00 so please look out for us along the way and cheer us on.

We’ll stop briefly at Mostert’s Mill just before 9h30 to greet family and friends - it would be great to see you there too!

THANKS again for your donations towards scholarships for TSiBA (details below if you still wish to donate).

The Green Team: James & Huw & Amy

First National Bank
Branch: Mowbray
Branch Code: 250655
Account Number: 62063430278
Account Name: TSiBA Education
Reference: (Surname) Cycle Tour 2014: IRLAM

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Who and What is the TSiBA Alumni?

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Written by Elroy Dicks, TSiBA Alumni Society Chairman

Ever wondered who those faces are on the walls of TSiBA as you pass the reception on your way to class?

Some of you would have heard that they are the TSiBA graduates, alumni or the ones who have successfully completed their journey and have graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.

Although the above descriptions are correct, the TSiBA Alumni wishes to define itself as: “A community of TSiBA Education graduates, brought together by a common set of values and a need to bring about social change”.

Some background: The official launch of the TSiBA Alumni Society took place in December 2011, where the members formulated the vision and objectives of the TSiBA Alumni together with current TSiBA CEO, Adri Marais.
The objectives are:
- Provide a forum for the alumni to interact amongst themselves and to sustain a sense of belonging with TSiBA Education NPC through mutually beneficial relationships.
- Facilitate and encourage alumni to contribute towards improvement in the status of the organisation (TSiBA Education NPC) in areas pertaining to academics, brand equity, operations, current and prospective students of TSiBA Education NPC.
- Remain a relevant group of TSiBA Education NPC, and acting as an inspiration to current students aspiring to be TSiBA Graduates.
- To provide opportunities and avenues for TSiBA Education NPC to draw on the knowledge and experiences of the alumni for furthering the cause of the organisation.
- To foster relationships amongst members of the alumni through formal meetings and social gatherings.

The alumni consist of a diverse set of individuals, spread across various industries, most commonly, in the financial industry. Many have advanced to post graduate education with some currently enrolled in their masters. Despite many alumni working or studying full-time, as much as 80% of TSiBA Alumni, continue to actively Pay it Forward.

To date, the alumni have been active in various pay it forward initiatives i.e. The Mankind Project, the Zanokhanyo Children’s Safety Home and the Spirit of Youth, to name a few. The alumni society is currently in the process of establishing a trust fund which will be managed by TSiBA’s very own IMACS students. The objective of the fund is to enable the alumni to contribute towards initiatives that will ignite opportunities and create social change.

The year 2014 for the alumni is about creating awareness amongst TSiBA students about who we are and what we do, and to also create a direct channel of communication (through myself and social media) for exchanging ideas and supporting alumni and student led initiatives.

TSiBA Alumni Society also wants to take this opportunity to collectively wish TSiBA Education, a very happy 10th birthday. May the institution continue to ignite opportunities and change lives through education which is the most potent weapon against poverty and an enabler of social transformation.

If you wish to find out more about the TSiBA Alumni Society, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me via email, social media or telephonically.

Elroy Dicks

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TSiBA is that beam…

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TSiBA poem written for Valentine’s Day 2014 by Igshaan Adams (BBA1 student, TSiBA Cape Town)

As red as our hearts,TSiBA is that beam which lightens our dark, igniting opportunity, with a merciful spark, reaching heights higher than a lark, with a tone which is heavenly calm, embracing our souls, in a lovely song, with educating minds, and empowering future leaders, because that is our path, And as this road bends, with a feeling of romance…up ahead is a day, where hearts dance, and know this is our 10 year pathway, because we’re a place with stars, all going broadway smile

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Dream Big But Be Realistic

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Written by Cindy Van Wyk, TSiBA BBA-1

They say good things come to those who wait; I say go out there and make things happen. In December 2013 I was introduced to Stanley Subramoney, Deputy Ceo of PricewaterhouseCoopers(PwC) at a Golf Day hosted by Minister Trevor Manuel. During our brief discussions I was offered an opportunity to take flight to Johannesburg as a representative of the youth in Cape Town as well as the voice of the recipients of the Mitchell’s Plain Bursary and Role Model Trust.

This meeting was coordinated to develop a training programme to help people in communities such as Mitchell’s Plain and surrounding areas develop and learn entrepreneurship and business skills. PwC is the leading company making this project possible as they already have an existing business skill foundation that trains people and creates a platform for these individuals to start their own businesses.

During my stay in Johannesburg I was introduced to influential business people who have indeed taught me valuable life skills, given me business guidance and allowed me to network whilst I was gaining exposure. PwC upholds many of the values that are taught at TSiBA, with not just profits as their common goal, but rather a willingness to train and empower the community. With paying it forward as a one of their key principles and having leadership, such as Stanley Subramone, a company has the potential to excel beyond their expectations.

I’ve come back wiser in the decisions I make, richer in experience and even more determined to let others know nothing is impossible, you are your biggest obstacle. Perseverance is key. If I could do it, nothing is stopping you from achieving greatness. This experience has indeed added value to my life and has taught me lessons I wish to implement at TSiBA as well as in my community.

As for the future of this project I extend an invitation to anybody who is interested in broadening their horizon in entrepreneurship and the corporate world. This programme recognises ordinary people’s potential to grow and prosper irrespective of one’s upbringing.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”


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‘Cycling for Change’ for TSiBA

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By Peter Kraan, TSiBA Education CFO

In exactly one month, 20 employees and friends of the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) will be at the Civic Centre in Cape Town starting in the 37th Cape Argus Cycle Tour in Cape Town. They will be “Cycling for Change” and raising funds to enable bright young South Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds to study towards a Bachelor of Business Administration at TSiBA. The race is 109km long in a spectacular setting for a spectacular cause!

The cyclists’ goal is to raise several scholarships valued at R48,800 each; one scholarship allows one student to study for one year at TSiBA Education. TSiBA is a private, not for profit institution that does not receive any subsidies from the government. The cost of scholarships includes textbooks, food and lodging for the students at our rural campus (TSiBA Eden), a wide range of student support services and many experiential learning opportunities such as internship programmes every year, mentorship and wilderness leadership programmes.

TSiBA boasts extraordinarily high throughput rates and 95% of degree graduates are employed, enrolled in postgraduate study or entrepreneurs in their own businesses. In a six-year period, TSiBA has already produced 2 Kofi Annan Scholars, 2 Allan Gray Orbis Candidate Fellows and 5 Mandela Rhodes Scholars – ten times more Mandela Rhodes Scholars than any university in South Africa.

TSiBA’s first ever “Cycling for Change” team is an eclectic mix. I will be riding together with my daughter, Marisa, and her partner, Stefan, who are flying in from Switzerland just for the event. James Irlam will be riding tandem with his 10-year-old daughter, Amy. His 14-year-old son Huw will ride solo for the first time. We have several employees participating, volunteers, sponsors and long-time friends and family of TSiBA. We even have stars on our side: UCT astrophysicist Prof Tom Jarrett will be responsible for navigation and the Lauren Powell Band (of which Gary Powell - also riding with us - is a member) will be hosting a concert on the weekend of the cycle tour (visit for more).

Will you help us raise a scholarship? Heck, will you help us raise twenty scholarships, one for each rider, and join us for some fun while we do so? You can back us on

In the words of the great man himself:
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Nelson Mandela

Thank you.
Yours in running and cycling for change,
Peter Kraan

Kind regards,
Peter Kraan
TSiBA Education

The full line-up:
James Irlam
Gary Powell
Neill Ross Young
David Donde
Tracey Chiappini-Young
Charles Melzer
Adrienne Melzer
Heidi Kornmuller
Nicholas Meinert
Theo Wilscott
Huw Irlam
Jeremy Bingham
Joffre Toerien
Pieter Kraan
Marisa Kraan
Stefan Hunn
Earl Starr
Thomas Jarrett
Loyiso Koyana
Amy Irlam

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A Warm Welcome to all the New 2014 Students!

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Written by Elroy Dicks, BBA Graduate and Chairman of the Alumni Society currently working at Curo Fund Services

A warm WELCOME to all the new students who joined TSiBA Education in 2014.

TSiBA Alumni wishes to welcome all new students that joined TSiBA in 2014, and congratulate them on being successful throughout the recruitment process. As TSiBA Alumni, we know exactly what it feels like when you receive that phone call saying that you have been accepted to study at one of the best Tertiary Education institutions in South Africa.
You are here today, enrolled as a TSiBA student, because we believe that you have the capabilities of leading your community, your country and your future with the education provided to you by TSiBA. So while some of you are overwhelmed with excitement, fearful of the challenges that lie ahead and still feeling your way through the first few days at TSiBA, here is some proof from TSiBA Alumni, the ones who have completed the TSiBA journey, that we share your feelings and want you to know that you would not be here, if we did not believe in YOU!

Khanyisa Mtombeni, 2008 TSiBA Graduate and current MBA candidate at ESMT European School of Management & Technology.

I remember when I joined TSiBA back in 2005 feeling excited about the opportunity to study towards a Bachelor’s Degree on a full scholarship. I was slightly unsure about the institution at the time because it was still new and going through a process of accreditation, but I was very confident that everything was going to work out for the best. Today I’m part of a MBA class in one of the top business schools in Germany and have accumulated very good financial services experience. My success today is a direct result of my decision to join TSiBA back in 2005.”

Cebisa Mahlukwana, 2009 TSiBA Graduate and current Business Development Manager at Sanlam.

“When I first joined TSiBA, my overall feeling was a sense of welcome. I felt that I’ve been accepted into a family with whom I will on embark my journey to obtaining my Bachelors Degree. Having experienced other universities, I now know today that TSiBA was a good foundation for me – I wouldn’t change my experience for anything!”

Adeeb Samsodien, 2010 TSiBA Graduate and current Bond & Money Market Fund Administrator at Curo Fund Services.

Joining TSiBA was a dream come true. It created the perfect foundation for me to complete my honours and then continuing to masters which has been a challenging, but rewarding experience. I am currently completing my masters research aimed at understanding how entrepreneurs recognise and develop opportunities into successful ventures. I am dedicating my master’s research to TSiBA Education as my contribution to a philosophy which still resides with me today ‘Paying it Forward’.”

TSiBA Alumni wish you all the best throughout your journey and look forward to welcoming you to the TSiBA Alumni family at your graduation in four years!

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My Surprise Holiday Work Experience at TSiBA

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Written by Romzi Basardien, 2013 BBA2 student & SRC Academic Representative TSiBA Cape Town

When I saw the email that TSiBA were looking for people to work in the holiday call centre, I wasn’t sure if it was something I wanted to get involved in. Initially, I wanted to do an internship or get a job in the corporate world, regardless of what the position was.

The aim was to get experience as well as a taste as to what the future potentially had in store for me. After numerous applications, I realized that I had acted too late as most companies informed me that it was either short notice or that they did not take on interns who had not graduated yet. I had no backup plan. What was meant to have been a vacation of personal development seemed like it would be fruitless instead. As the despondency settled in, I realized that the call centre job was an option too. It may have been too late, but never the less, I updated my CV, forwarded it to Sharifa Fredericks at TSiBA and hoped for the best. The best is certainly what I received. I was asked to attend training which basically resembled a selection process. Well, at least it was meant to. Everyone who attended the training was selected to work because the entire group proved to exceed all expectations.

Since then, the job has been really rewarding. There has been many a phone call and I personally have learnt so much from our extended community. A job that I thought wouldn’t have been suited to me proved to have been the best choice. I looked forward to coming to work in the morning, knowing the great possibilities that lie ahead. I am able to assist the team as well as TSiBA on a daily basis, which is truly fulfilling… and having some pocket money isn’t too bad either!

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A year in my life at TSiBA ... 2013 in retrospect.

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Written by Joyline Maenzanise, BBA3 student at TSiBA Cape Town

Photo left to right: Joy with fellow student Janice Olyn.

My name is Joyline Maenzanise, better known by most as Joy. 2012 marked my third year at TSIBA and second year as a degree student. Best believe, resilience sees one through all these years at TSiBA. And this year was no different!

I love working with numbers because they challenge me to think and I just always had the best marks in my numbers- related courses. When the year started and I looked at my courses for the year, I just thought…first challenge! I was going to be doing a lot of reading for sure and I knew that I had (and still struggle with) concentration problems. I can never get myself to read through a page without my mind straying. Ok, maybe I shouldn’t say ‘never’ but you get my point!

I remember even telling one of the people who’ve been supporting me that I was worried about the year ahead of me. He told me that, back in his day, he would read out loud to himself and this helped him to keep focused on what he would be reading. I did that and it worked! One thing I also had to do was to really be interested in what I was reading because then I would want to know it and understand it. I made sure to write notes though at times there was so much work to do that keeping one’s notes up-to-date became really taxing.

One thing that also helped me this year was study with a friend when we had upcoming tests or exams. It helped having to explain things to someone else because that meant I had to make sure that understood the material I read. The strategy helped us both as we all passed.

The year, like all the past years, had its own challenges: the workload, teamwork, the list is endless. Don’t get me wrong, I do not hate working in teams. It’s just that at times you so happen to be in a team which does function quite like one. It’s actually sad when this happens because if one member under-functions, then you know someone else is going to have to over-function. But hey, what doesn’t kill you will make you grow. And that’s what challenges are basically just there for. That’s how we learn and grow.

There were also some light moments amidst the busy-ness of the year. Like when the students from North-Eastern University (Boston, USA) came around during our June vacation. Believe me, so many of us were not chuffed at the idea of our ‘rejuvenation’ period being taken away from us. Hello, we needed to recuperate after a hectic semester at college.  But, the time turned out to be another time of learning and having fun and it really was just worth it. We worked in teams (the magic word!) with selected budding businesses that we had to assist in whatever way we could. This business consulting programme (as it was called) was for two weeks only so we had to ensure that we did not promise to do things that we would fail to deliver. We had to be realistic. My team worked with two gentlemen who offer tutoring services to students needing to re-write their Matric examinations. I really enjoyed working with them and being able to share my own experiences as a tutor. Their business seemed to be in shape and they only needed help with marketing it. We had to revamp their website, amongst their other few marketing-related needs.

As part of the TSiBA/NEU programme, we went around Cape Town visiting places like the townships, Seal Island and Robben Island. Despite getting sea- sick on our way to the Islands, I really enjoyed the experience. I was deeply moved by all the stories about the inmates at Robben Island and the way they were treated according to the colour of their skin. It all makes you realise just how grateful we all ought to be because some people gave up so much just so we could be where we are now. It also makes you realise that we all have some part to play (big or small) in adding some form of value not only to our lives but to others as well. And that’s what I aspire to do now.

When the second semester started I found out that one of our lecturers had selected me, along with a few other students, to tutor Business Management to the foundation year students. I must admit, at first I wasn’t amused. What, with all the work I needed to do for myself! And I just mentioned that theory courses were not really top on my favourites list. Now I had to tutor a group of students! I was chickening out, to cut the story short.

But after much thought, I decided that I wouldn’t really know if this would do me more harm than good if I did not go for it. And I was also studying General Management so I would be assisting the students with some of the material I may have just gone over in class. It really wouldn’t be such a train smash. So I went for it! I enjoyed it to the bone. Even though I would like to believe I may have gotten the rowdiest group of students to tutor. Still, I just enjoyed tutoring them. I got to see them as my own little siblings that I had to look out for even though I had to be careful to set boundaries just in case their tails got too big for my liking. I would say, I learnt to be patient and humble. I did not go to the students with an ‘I know it all’ mentality. Hell no! I wanted us to learn from each other so I had to listen to them and they had to do the same. Even though this seemed to be such a huge mission for some of them (no need to mention names). Looking back now, I don’t regret tutoring. I just hope my students don’t regret having me as a tutor! Hmm!

It’s the festive holiday now and I’m just thinking of the year that is four days from coming to a close. I just can’t help but appreciate all the people who saw me through it all. I’m really thankful for all the support because I don’t think I’d be where I am now were it not for all those people who’ve just been with me (some since my first year at TSiBA: 2011) giving me hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I think of them as my angels. I know they are all in my life for a reason, some for a season and some, a lifetime (who knows!)…

I had asked the company that is sponsoring my studies in Investments Management Administration and Client Servicing (IMACS) if I could get vacation work for this period. They said it would not be possible for various reasons. And they advised us to really take the period to relax because when we start our formal internship next year, we would be working really hard. Isn’t it nice to know in advance how your internship is going to be like!

Anyway, a job opportunity opened up at college for call centre agents. I must say, when I applied for it I thought we would probably just be making calls to parents or entertaining queries about applications to study at TSiBA. I was wrong! Turns out we were going to be doing what I see as one of the best ways to give back to the college. To just say thank you to Leigh, Adri, Gia and many others who have just made it possible for me and many like me to create the life we want to live.

I am working as a call centre agent with nine other amazing students. We are reaching out to all those people who have had some form of involvement with the college and have added value to it in one way or the other. We are just saying thank you. Thank you for the support, it is because of you that we are seeing our 10th birthday in 2014 and we just hope you will continue to support us so TSiBA will see its 100th birthday or even beyond. It goes without doubt that TSiBA would not be where it is now without the support it has been receiving (financial and non- financial)…

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My Final Year Work Internship at Unilever!

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(Well done to Ekome on hearing that he made it through the stringent selection process to do his internship at Unilever in Cape Town.)

Written by Ekome Same, Final year BBA3 student at TSiBA Cape Town.

What makes this IPJ (Individual Practical Project - work internship) special for me is the fact that it will take me to a new horizon of marketing which has always being my passion and strong point. Unilever is an international company with a special focus on teamwork and leadership. I go into this field feeling confident as a result of the sound background acquired from TSiBA. Personally. As someone looking forward to launch a career in marketing, I think this IPJ will provide me the effective way to locate, implement and fill immediate marketing needs.

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TSiBA Ripples

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Written by Graham McCulloch, TSiBA Volunteer, 27 September 2011

In the shadow of the great massif that sits atop its proud red badge
Stands a place of exciting, transforming opportunity
For those who come to it with very little in material terms
Determined to quench their inborn thirst for learning

A plucky little tertiary school amongst significant others
Its name established far and wide by past alumni proud
Igniting keen young minds with knowledge to break the paradigm
That else would limit their life’s path to fulfillment

You who’re blessed to play a part in making dreams come true
Must do so kindly and with special care, knowing that your very touch
Might be just the one that sparks the waiting kindling
Into warmth and light along the way to dignity and attainment

Make this house a place of hope, make it, too, a place of possibility,
Inspire each other, support, embrace and encourage one another;
Come together, talk together, find and heal its hurts together
You alone will set the stage for that which you are here to do:

Touch them softly, oh, touch them with compassion
Gently drop your pebbles in their deep clear ponds of promise
Take great care of them, while together, you watch the widening ripples
Expanding to the far horizon; then let them go, your job is done.

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Story of a South African I Met

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Written by Griffin Lerner, student at North Caroline University USA, intern at TSiBA Cape Town 2013

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For my story of a South African I met, it is only natural that I chose the first person that reached out to me at TSiBA and treated me as a friend – Theo Wilscott.  One of my first interactions with Theo should give you a clear idea of the immense character and good heart Theo possesses.  On my first day of work, I spent four hours in Etienne’s van going to and from my internship.  On the second day, I told Theo about my long commute and he suggested I take the metro; seeing that I was unaccustomed to the workings of the metro, he offered to walk me to the closest station to TSiBA and inform me how to get home.  Once the train came, he stayed on past his stop and accompanied me all the way to Cape Town station, even showing me what street I was on and how I should get home from there.  More than simply helping me get home that day, Theo reached out to me and made me feel cared about at TSiBA.  He helped to get my internship off to a fantastic start and I will always be extremely grateful to him for showing me kindness and going the extra mile when he didn’t have to.  Since then, I talk to him almost every day, albeit briefly, as he asks about my time in South Africa.  Theo works within the business side of TSiBA, and he recently called upon me to use my tech savvy to convert a PDF file of the top 200 companies in South Africa into an Excel spreadsheet listing each company.  I saved him hours of work in typing out each company out by hand and he should now be able to contact those companies and document his interactions with them with ease.  In following the ethos of TSiBA, I was able to pay it forward to Theo in assisting him, and I am extremely thankful I got the opportunity to pay him back in one way or another.

In interviewing him for this assignment, I had the privilege of receiving a window into his life that I otherwise may not have seen.  In telling his story, Theo was consistently as good-hearted as the he was while escorting me through the metro.  Theo spent most of his childhood in Vredenburg in the Western Cape and subsequently Hanover Park in the Cape Flats, where he moved when he was twelve.  He said that growing up in a Coloured community, he was largely unexposed to the greater injustices of apartheid that he didn’t become aware of until adolescence.  Both blacks and whites were presented as the Other – whites as the benevolent, clever, rich superiors and blacks as the lazy, corrupt inferiors.  To him, the common narrative was that of whites being idealized and blacks being demonized, and to some extend he bought into that narrative.  His mother was a live-in domestic, so she was quite obstinate in her belief of the superiority of whites.  His father, on the other hand, was more liberal, as a merchant seaman who saw much more of the world. 

Theo’s negative experiences with apartheid were limited – all he can recall is being kicked off the whites-only section of a train once when he was a child.  He never truly became opposed to apartheid until he approached matriculation.  According to Theo, South Africa didn’t see the images of apartheid that the world saw due to the state-controlled television, and as he became privy of these uncensored images he began to appreciate the moral injustice of apartheid.  Despite being fairly comfortable with his own life under apartheid, Theo joined the South African Student Organization (SASO) against apartheid because he couldn’t sit back and watch as the injustice of apartheid unfolded.  A high school friend of his and fellow protestor against apartheid died from lead poisoning after the shotgun pellets from a policeman’s gun poisoned him.  It is very telling of Theo’s moral fiber that he fought against apartheid even though the apartheid system had rarely personally wronged him.

When asked why so many Coloured people I’ve met prefer the apartheid government to South Africa’s contemporary administration, Theo responded that it was both a socioeconomic and identity issue.  Under the apartheid government, the Coloured people were indeed second-class citizens, and by and large could not associate with people of another color.  Theo holds, however, that in an economy that incorporated only about 20% of the South African populace, being Coloured and in that 20% meant access to better schools, hospitals, and other public services.  Since incorporating the black population into the economy, many of these public services have deteriorated as they struggle to accommodate millions more people.  Thus, for many Coloured people, segregation was a worthy price to pay when given access to improved public services.  Theo agreed with my suggestion that Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs could factor into the Coloured nostalgia for the apartheid system.
The Hierarchy of Needs suggests that people prioritize physiological and safety issues above issues of belonging or self-esteem.  In the Coloured case, while they may have been marginalized during apartheid, physiological and safety needs were met thanks to superior public services.  Today, however, these services have been rendered less effective while wages have dipped and employment is more difficult to find due to the Black Economic Empowerment Program.  While today’s democracy is morally respectable and no longer systematically segregates the South African people, it has left many Coloured people struggling to meet their physiological and safety needs, and thus they prefer the apartheid government.  Theo was fortunate enough to have his needs covered, and was able to begin attending UCT in 1994 at age 18.  Since he was provided for, Theo was able to critically analyze the moral issues of apartheid and consequently oppose it.  Another suggestion Theo made regarding the Coloured fond memories of apartheid is that the notion of a benevolent white ruler was ingrained so deeply into their psyches that the Coloured people would rather be ruled by whites than blacks.

Theo posited that Coloured people, especially in the Western Cape, are desperately searching for an identity and a history.  Many Coloured people don’t know their connection to the past, or where they came from.  Theo himself draws his roots from the Xhosa people, but even he is unsure about his origins.  Theo believes that Coloured people are “held captive by their lack of a past, and this lack of a long-standing identity will always shape how the Coloured people fit into South Africa.  Theo believes that while the Coloured people have a voice, it is not a unified one; the heterogeneity of the Coloured people makes a common agenda very difficult to create.

Despite not knowing how he fits into South Africa, Theo remains optimistic about the countries future.  He acknowledges that much of the infrastructure from the apartheid system was meant to accommodate five million as opposed to 50 million people, and South Africa is suffering from that transition today.  Cities like Johannesburg were not meant to hold 15 million people, and the rapid growth has been very trying for South Africans.  Despite this however, Theo believes the future is bright.  While the Gini coefficient and wealth inequality have increased, South Africa has also made significant progress on the Millennium Development Goals – Theo mentioned that education, HIV, and child mortality rates have all improved.  More importantly, Theo has seen massive progress made in racial relations as well.  Thanks to his college education, Theo has been able to move his family into a previously white-only area.  Most of his children’s best friends are white, and he claims that his girls don’t recognize race, preferring instead to judge people on the content of their character.  Theo told me that this is “the greatest gift he can give them.”

Theo Wilscott is one of the most pure-hearted, generous people I have met in South Africa.  He has an engaging personality and never stops smiling.  It was a pleasure getting to know him during my time here and I have no doubt we will stay in touch long after I leave Cape Town.  I think that our relationship is much like South Africa’s democracy; in Theo’s words, the story “is merely in its foreword and still being written each and every day.”

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A Northeastern Perspective on the Passing of Madiba

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From Social Justice to Economic Justice: A Northeastern Perspective on the Passing of Madiba

Written by Prof Dennis Shaughnessy: Founder & Executive Director, Northeastern University (NU) Social Enterprise Institute & Distinguished Visiting Professor, TSiBA Education

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For the past six years, we have travelled to South Africa each summer to work with students and entrepreneurs from the townships, or slums, of Cape Town.  Each year, forty undergraduate students studying global social enterprise have had the privilege of privately meeting with Nelson Mandela’s close friend and fellow Robben Island prisoner, Dr. Ahmed Kathrada.  This past year, students also met with the retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a colleague and confidant of Madiba and fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner. 

Dr. Kathrada has taken our students each year to visit Madiba’s prison cell.  In the infamous prison that housed so many of today’s anti-apartheid leadership of South Africa, he talked of Mandela’s dream of a moral, just and non-discriminatory society for all of South Africa.  Archbishop Tutu also shared with our students the view he shared with Mandela for the need for forgiveness and reconciliation with the apartheid enemies of freedom and equality.  Only with forgiveness, Tutu advised, can people live peacefully together in pursuit of a better and more just society.

As Northeasterners, we also spend each summer working side-by-side with college students enrolled in a unique “free” university for poor black and coloured students called TSiBA.  Our students study alongside South African peer students who have suffered from deep poverty and the isolation and suffering that it brings to young people in the world’s most unequal country.  The relationships built between NU students and their new South Africa friends are often the highlight of their time at our university.

Through the hard work of service, our students have worked in communities where Madiba is seen as the equivalent of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama rolled into one figure, and more.  Madiba is not only the father of South Africa, but also the symbol of equality, freedom, fairness and decency.  He is beloved and revered by all South Africans regardless of color, class or faith in a way that we as Americans can’t easily relate to.  His passing will only make his legacy and his message stronger.

But despite the greatness of Madiba, any visit to the slums of South Africa nearly twenty years after his election to the presidency can see that poverty still reigns freely over many of the country’s townships and rural communities.  The progress in social justice has not yet been matched with meaningful and sustainable progress in economic justice.  Yes, it has only been twenty years, and it is perhaps too much to expect of such a young democracy to have eliminated poverty so quickly.  However, progress in reducing inequality, improving public education and creating jobs at living wages has been too slow for many young people to tolerate.  The patience of the average South African has been impressive, but we can expect that it will begin to wane if change on the economic side of the equality equation doesn’t arrive soon.

It is the great Madiba’s historic legacy that South Africa is finally a free, democratic and non-discriminatory society.  It is up to the next leader of this remarkable country to carry that legacy forward from social justice to economic justice.  With social equality comes the expectation for full and complete equality, and the expectation among the millions of poor South Africans is for more and better jobs, and the improved conditions of daily life that follow productive and meaningful work for all.

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Reflection on my South African TSiBA Internship

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2nd internship reflection

By Griffin Lerner, African History major, with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Education at the University of North Carolina
Student Intern at TSiBA CT, August - December 2013

As my internship and time in Cape Town come to an end, it is only natural to reflect on my time here; upon reflecting it quickly became eminently clear to me that these four months are a period in my life that I will treasure deeply forever.  I can only hope that every college student finds themselves an experience as meaningful as what Cape Town has been and will forever be to me.

My time at TSiBA has been invaluable to me in regards to my own personal growth in understanding education and South Africa.  While I did not tutor as much as I would’ve liked to, my varied role at TSiBA allowed to me to experience numerous levels of work experience in an educational facility,  and I leave with a much deeper understanding of all the cogs of a tertiary institute and how those cogs both complement and occasionally interfere with one another.  While not every single experience at TSiBA was wholly positive, the lessons learned from the negative experiences merely served to increase my awareness to the issues that plague the education system and NGOs in South Africa.
I was fortunate enough to intern at TSiBA during an important time in the school’s history. TSiBA’s 10th anniversary is coming up in June, and I helped to design the marketing campaign for the 10th anniversary, with consideration given to TSiBA’s goals and aims going forward.  One important transition is TSiBA’s upcoming move from full tuition scholarships for every student to a sliding scale of payment depending on ability to pay.  I remember that the first thing I knew about TSiBA was its full tuition scholarships for every student, and my idea of TSiBA was somewhat defined by that fact.  I believe that TSiBA aims to fight this notion by implementing a sliding scale system of payment.  In a way, offering a free education to every student only serves to reinforce the narrative of African NGOs acting as charities for helpless Africans.  A college that is free can seem illegitimate the quality of its education, and TSiBA feared that this idea of illegitimacy or charity could weaken its brand.  No education is free, students and staff put in endless hours of their time to make the most out of a TSiBA education.  In addition, TSiBA ran at a fairly large deficit in 2012 and those sorts of losses would ultimately make TSiBA unsustainable.  So, in order to both move towards a more traditional college brand and make TSiBA more profitable, students will begin paying a monthly tuition to TSiBA that is dependent on each student’s ability to pay.  On average, TSiBA will cost R220 per month for the average student, which certainly looks more payable when compared to the $25,000 in tuition that UNC charges out of state students.  What surprised me more than anything, however, is how receptive the students were to paying tuition to TSiBA despite their limited means.  TSiBA students have consistently impressed me with their gratefulness to TSiBA for the opportunities it has presented them with, and those opportunities are worth a change to a monthly tuition to most students.

Much more than brand marketing and business structures, TSiBA is defined by its incredible students who are some of the inspirational young people I have ever known.  What’s so incredible about TSiBA is that everyone has a story – life experiences that have been a complete pleasure to learn and be a part of at TSiBA.  TSiBA students are the definition of overachievers. The vast majority of TSiBA students are the only students from their class to attend college, and many underwent significant challenges on their way to tertiary studies.  One student I became quite close with was born and raised in Nyanga.  His mother passed away when he was eight years old and his father has been in prison for the last nineteen years.  Yet, despite all this, this student finished at the top of his class in high school and is now about to graduate TSiBA with a business degree at 21.  I attended his Xhosa initiation ceremony this past weekend, and his family and friends were immensely proud to see him finish his studies at TSiBA.  It is stories and people like this that make working at TSiBA such an incredible honor.

The resolve and ability of the students at TSiBA is a main factor that makes my internship at TSiBA unique when compared to many of the other UNC internships.  While many UNC internships involve work with South Africans from townships, these South Africans are often in positions of powerlessness in many internships.  From burn victims at Red Cross to developmentally disabled children at the Vera school, I fear that interactions with South Africans from townships at some internships can foster a sense of pity for these people and their unfortunate circumstances.  There is nothing to pity at TSiBA; despite coming from challenging situations, these students do not need anyone’s sympathy or pity when striving for success. Many students I work with have a much firmer grasp on management principles and economics than I do, and numerous students have started their own successful businesses, not to mention that statistically there is a higher likelihood that they will have a job after graduation than I will.  I admire and respect these students as opposed to pitying them, and there is no sense at TSiBA that the students are charity cases in any way, shape, or form.

Finally, I cannot neglect the skills that I have developed as a result of working at TSiBA.  Tutoring different students in a wide variety of subjects has forced me to remain fluid in my teaching style and act responsively towards the students’ individual needs.  At times I felt myself grasping at straws for a more relatable way to convey the information, but when I did figure it out, the feeling was extremely meaningful.  At one point, a student told me that I was “sent from God to help TSiBA students with their studies.”  While I cannot recall ever being told by God of my purpose at TSiBA, it was nonetheless heartwarming to receive such a positive response from a student.  My stated goal at TSiBA in my first paper was “to leave the school and students better off, if even marginally, than when I arrived,” and I believe in that regard I have succeeded, if even simply through repeated positive interactions with students.  I seriously doubt that I changed anyone’s life while at TSiBA, and I know well that my legacy at TSiBA will ultimately be short-lived.  I did, however, develop meaningful relationships with students and staff, contributed to their well-being and developed significantly as both an educator and a learner, and I am more than content with that.

As my days have become numbered in Cape Town, I have been frequently faced with an existential sadness about the beauty that surrounds me.  I become increasingly aware of the impermanence of my very happiness and find myself nostalgic for something that I haven’t even lost yet.  Walking home from Green Point, the sun shined brightly as a warm wind fluctuated between whipping and calm.  Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, and Signal Hill were all in my immediate view and I was just overwhelmed with a sense of happiness unlike anything I’ve experienced in Chapel Hill.  The physical beauty of Cape Town is absolutely breathtaking, and there are moments where I can do nothing but stare in awe at the world around me.  It is these moments of happiness that give way to a sense of longing for what will soon be gone as the transient nature of the moment becomes clearer and clearer as the program gets closer to its end date.  Despite my wishes, there in a definite expiration date on my time here.  The sadness that comes with any happy moments is only natural, given that that I understand that the things that induce this happiness are fading away quickly from my life.  There is no proper solution to this premature sense of nostalgia, but I have resolved to appreciate that sense of sadness as well.  Only something profoundly meaningful to me could produce such a feeling, and I consider myself extremely lucky to have had an experience so positive that the idea of leaving is such a depressing one.

Cape Town offers an experience that is profoundly unique and one that I couldn’t imagine having elsewhere.  My past weekend serves as a microcosm for the opportunities presented by this wonderful city.  In the last 72 hours, I sunbathed on the beach, had a lengthy discussion with a Zimbabwean artist about his craft, went to and participated in a Xhosa initiation ceremony, saw an elementary school classmate at a bar on Long Street, went to a beer festival, hiked Signal Hill to watch the Noon Gun, and observed a call to prayer from inside a Mosque in Bo-Kaap.  I am swallowed by cultural experiences in Cape Town, with such a distinct blend of ethnicities, cultures, and languages coming together in one of the most beautiful cities on earth.  Many experiences that Cape Town has offered me have not been easy – I’ve seen a dead body in the middle of the road and a TSiBA diagnosed with HIV – but they have all been intensely meaningful to my understanding of both myself and the world’s people.  The reflection period has been enormously helpful to my appreciation of Cape Town as well as my personal growth, as I believe that hearing the stories of other peoples’ experiences force me to more closely examine my own and sift meaning from the trivialities of everyday life.  In a city as layered in deep issues as Cape Town, taking a designated time to reflect on these issues is not just important, but imperative to getting the most meaningful experience possible here.  It would be overzealous of me to claim that I carry the lessons from reflection throughout every minute of my life, buy there undoubtedly moments during reflection where I feel a sense of clarity and understanding that completely engulfs and enriches my life experience in that instant.  This brief flame lights up my life in that moment, and I am undeterred by the ephemeral nature of these moments of illuminating clarity.  I prefer to bask in the fading light than focus on the looming darkness, and reflection has served to cement this approach for me.

While the program has only twelve days left, that means it has 288 hours, 17,280 minutes, and 1,036,800 moments left on the program.  I already understand extremely well how powerful just a single moment can be in Cape Town, and in even twelve days I still have more than a million opportunities to experience profound moments.  Life is but a compilation of meaningful moments, and Cape Town has provided more of them than any other place I have ever been.  I am forever grateful for my experience in Cape Town, and I will carry these moments with me for the rest of my life.

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My dinner event with Trevor Manuel!

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Written by Cindy Van Wyk, TSiBA HCBA Student 2013

Last night, along with 11 other recipients of Minister Trevor Manuel’s ‘Mitchell’s Plain Bursary and Role Model Trust’, engaged with CEO’s and managers of companies like Liberty, DELL, Transnet, Alexander Forbes, PwC, Sanlam, Old Mutual and so much more at a special event.

The dinner was to raise funds and to allow investors to meet the recipients of this fund. I had a blast and I definitely did my part as a TSiBA ambassador to get our name out there, Trevor Manuel mentioned quite a few times to this prestigious crowd how wonderful our campus is and how he admires our ‘paying it forward’ attitude.

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TSiBA Eden’s Award Ceremony

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Written by Louricia September, TSiBA Eden student

On the 8th November TSiBA Eden, had their annual awards ceremony combined with their appreciation lunch for; volunteers and important role players.

Like many other institutions, TSiBA Eden also takes time out to give students, who work hard the acknowledgement and praise they deserve. And who said hard work doesn’t pay off!

The institute along with their ‘‘exceptional students’’ (as Belinda Bam Academic Manager refers to them), surely embraced the moment. The ceremony were opened by our very own passionate and vibrant Campus Director; Sandy Ueckerman. Not only did she portray thee remarkable students we have but also how fortunate she feels to be able to see the growth in students. And of cause what would this organization be without hard working and dedicated workers. Without a doubt unique stepping stones! Various awards were given for an example students were rewarded who portrays the five values namely; integrity, responsibility, tenacity, resilience and communication the best. One other award was for the best ambassador, just to name a few. Many were shocked out of their boots due to not knowing how people observe them.

The award ceremony ended with a ‘‘braai’’ truly TSiBA Eden style. Not only should this institute praises be sung but also should it be recalled in history.

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SYMBIOSIS IN EDUCATION CONFIRMED: government and private education can partner

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Written by Dorothea Hendricks, Special Projects & Student Psychologist at TSiBA Cape Town.

TSiBA and its CEO, Adri Marais, had the immense honour today, to welcome the youngest member of parliament, Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mduduzi Manana and his team.  Aged 29, some factors that possibly led to his appointment to this senior position, were confirmed in the 3 hour long visit and wonderful discussions with staff and students. Deputy Minister Manana’s passion for education, his vision of how critical education is particularly both government and private sector education sharing resources, his clarity of the vital impact of education, economics, nation buildling together, his call for young people to have the kind of patriotism which can be critical, but build the nation at all levels and educate themselves and their communities, his obvious brilliance as a business person and yet his ability to be a person to other persons in discussion. 

Student Leader, Chris Koyana and founding staff member Lindelwa Hanjana were the Deputy Minister’s hosting team, amplified by SRC President Tasneem Teladia and the whole TSiBA SRC and senior students. They shared the impact of TSiBA on their lives.  TSiBA Staff were invited to share one principle of how and what we do that is part of our X-Factor of success.  The entourage then engaged with the TSiBA Support team, which includes trained and highly skilled Peer Counselors, and professional staff.  Based on an African model, designed over years by both the students and careful visioning which at all times confirms a person’s worth and capability, some of the Support Team modus operandi and programme were shared with Deputy Minister Manana.

At the beginning of the visit, Deputy Minister Manana had clarified that this visit should culminate in an exploration of the partnering possibilities ahead, which should be tabled and held to account.  He acknowledged his admiration of our work and indicated that it was remarkable and daring an educational model. It is based on solid research and experiential learning, good business principles, values and the joint ownership of the institution by students, management, staff and the business discussion at the end concluded with commitments which included the Deputy Minister endorsement of our work as well as our willingness to share our model, learnings and intellectual property with other local institutions, for example. 

We are thankful for the honour of receiving him and for the establishment of this amplifying partnering with the Department of Higher Education and Training. Staff and students alike were inspired, and Deputy Minister Manana, Mduduzi Gumede, Portia Morai, Lwazi, also inspired by their presence and the very professional people they are. Lindelwa Hanjana’s pertinent appreciation and challenge to government drew our common goal never taking away hope from people, doing all we need to in order to educate with brilliance and never tiring to empower young people to rise to their leadership capacity with the full support of all who are skilled in our country. Proposals for our future work together will be written this week and this great meeting taken to the next level of engagement and commitment.

Though protocol and procedures are critical and necessary, Deputy Minister Manana’s clarity of intent, ability to endorse commitments and to take ideas to pragmatic steps, may signify the younger leadership’s ability to see a good thing, and engage with purpose. We look forward to a meaning and necessary partnership as we at TSiBA educate this nations young leaders and build this nation, with a world-class educational institution.

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My Experience at Neotel

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My name is Nolwazi Nkosi. I am a Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA1) student at TSiBA Cape Town. I am originally from Johannesburg, Soweto, but I am currently staying in Pinelands, Cape Town. I have been working at Neotel for my internship. Neotel is a telecommunication company. I was in the marketing department and also doing promotions at the mall to promote the Neotel product. What I liked about my internship is the fact that they made us feel part of the team and also believed in us that we were able to do what was assigned to us. I got to understand the importance of a customer because without the customer they is no company at all. I have learned that in a business is it all about team work and that collaboration is really important.  What I liked about Neotel is how they are hands on, it really does not matter what position you are in everyone works together as a team.

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What many others experienced as just an other day, the people of the Karatara community and neighbors were filled with gratitude and joy.

The World Food Day event took place on the 11th of October on the home grounds of Karatara and like always TSiBA Eden ignited the opportunity and also attended the event. TSiBA Eden got to show off their talent by having a students joining the community choir, which was part of the entertainment for the community. TSiBA Eden also embraced the opportunity to show case their solar oven and baked lovely muffins for community members to taste from. TSiBA students all dressed in their white and red TSiBA T-shirts captured a lot of attention, which drew a lot of people to our solar oven. Our very own Enactus team made a contribution to the event by donating boxes filled with tins and can food

Well done TSiBA ambassadors! And also our fellow TSiBA Cape Town students.

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Joseph Maisels making movements

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My name is Joseph Maisels a 21 year old from Elsies River and currently a second year student at TSiBA Education. I am fortunate to have qualified for the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s Fellowship opportunity. This program offers a rigorous program in entrepreneurial leadership. The program also has avenues of personal growth.

At TSiBA I have had the opportunity to serve the student body that I am a part of in different capacities. Recently I have served on the SRC as the academic representative. This has been a challenging role to fulfill this year. As an SRC we tried to have an strong focus on improving the academic aspect of the lives of students at TSiBA. One project we launched this year was the study nights program which we adopted from BMF-TSiBA.

I have also been the quality assurance officer at ENACTUS TSIBA, a role that I attempted to the best of my ability over the last financial year. We had many challenges to overcome as ENACTUS TSiBA but we managed to complete a number of successful projects and present at the National competition.

I have also had the privilege of performing a tutoring role in the form of a MGT-F tutor for this year. I have enjoyed this role the most as I was able to follow the passion that I have for teaching within this role. I have been fortunate to have a class filled with bright minds that eagerly engage with the course material. They have really made “teaching” them a joy and I have learnt a great deal from my engagements with them.

A role at TSiBA that I have been fortunate to have recently has been that of being an apprentice facilitator for the Spirit of Youth (SOY) program. SOY is run at TSiBA one Saturday of every month and has grade 11 high school learners from across the Cape to engage in personal, leadership and entrepreneurial development. Not only has this program given me access to engage with a group of young individuals with fascinating minds, who are the future leaders of South Africa, but I have also had the opportunity to grow as an individual. The program exposes these young people to a great deal of lessons from life and as an apprentice facilitator I am lucky to be privy to this.

All in all I really enjoy my time at TSiBA Education and the many opportunities that it has exposed me to. I also recently encountered sever health challenges which TSiBA, by means of especially its support team,carried me through and helped me to the position I am in today. I urge all students to make full use of the privileged position we find ourselves in and the exposure that we have to a host of opportunities.

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Internship Experience

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I am Gcobani Dyantyi a first year Bachelor of Business Administration student at TSiBA Education, currently resideing in Gugulethu. In the month of May I did my internship at the Good Food & Wine Show which was hosted in Cape Town and I was working for RAINBOW Experiential Marketing.

The experience I have acquired from an Internship

At the different stations that I worked on, what I could most recommend from my experience on my internship is the importance of sharing views and ideas to individuals you work with and knowing how to concrete relationship with clients.

I learned how to create a blog and how useful it is when you need to record opinions and information on a regular basis. I have gained marketing skills and now I could say I know how to pursue a customer to purchase my product and to serve customers. I am content with my internship at the Good Food & Wine Show, it has created a good platform for me to get job exposure and has increased employment opportunities for me.

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My First Live Radio Interview About TSiBA

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Written by Ekome Same, BBA3 Student at TSiBA Cape Town

‘‘If you happen to be a good public speaker and you think it is the same for a radio or television interview then you have got it all wrong. It was my first ever radio interview and at the beginning I was a little nervous. But soon after the first break I gathered momentum and during the second session of the interview I picked up the pieces from where it was left to do a great job. When you have been at TSiBA for 3 to 4 years public speaking regardless of which domain (TV, radio e.t.c) becomes an easy walk in the path. After that amazing experience to be on heard on air by my fellow TSiBALINGS I can’t wait for another breakthrough with a great master piece.’’

Thanks TSiBA Education for giving me such an opportunity.

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Les Fella Team

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We call ourselves the Les Fella Team. If my memory serves me correctly, Les Fella’s means ladies in French.

The 2013 Les Fella’s family consists of (from left to right) Landela, Haley, Thembi, Thembi, Jade, LiLethu, Zoey, Tara and Chywita.

My name is Haley Chapendeka, the Les Fella’s Netball Captain. I have been the captain for the past 2 years. I love the captain position even though it brings many headaches! I am happy to say that we have successful achieved two medals for netball since my in the past two years.

We currently in the Indoor Netball League at Stadium on Main in Claremont. We normally play indoor netball but we are open to netball tournaments that take place outdoors.  Our netball matches are played every Wednesday evening at Stadium on Main. Every Wednesday the ladies and I play our hearts out. Netball is not only our hobby; we do it because it is our passion. We have so much fun in the courts and I think that is one of the main factors that contribute to us being a successful netball team.

On the 6th September 2013 the Les Fella’s Team played a netball match against the netball girls from TSiBA Eden. We could not wait to play this match. The hype and excitement amongst us all was wonderful. We could not wait to see who the winners will be. From the first blow of the whistle the ladies and I gave it our all. The match was an hour long, but it was broken up into 4 quarters. Half time the score was 11-Les Fella’s and 6-TSiBA Eden. Unfortunately, due to the weather we could not continue to play further.  Therefore the end results were 11-6 in favour of TSiBA Cape Town Les Fella’s.

The Les Fella’s Team has gone through many trails. But each trail brings us closer as a netball family. We have an amazing bond with one another, and laughter can always be expected once we are together.

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The Individual’s Decision

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The individual’s decision

Written by Tinashe Munyuk, HCBA Student at TSiBA Cape Town (originally from Zimbabwe)

In many people’s lives, a lot happened resulting in the way one’s life became. Some encounter challenging moments which result in dire consequences in their lives. Financial hurdles, poor backgrounds, only to mention but a few, are the major factors that affect many people’s lives.

Almost everyone in this world has his/her difficulties, but, it should also be noted that people do not only encounter problems. There are many amazing opportunities people encounter in their lives. Such opportunities include scholarships to help one improve investment in human capital.

Let’s talk about TSiBA Education.

Many students got scholarships to study at this institution as it was established to ignite opportunity to the less privileged. One is only required to pay with his time to attend lectures, gain the much needed business skills and obtain a first class Bachelor of Business Administration degree. It’s simple, right?  Paying in personal effort for your own merit? Can one believe that? Of course, YES. So, let me say that it’s a blessing to be a TSiBA student.

However, there is one question to be asked. Does everyone take such opportunities seriously? The answer relies on you, the reader. That’s the individual decision, to make choices which determine the outcomes of one’s life, either good or bad. Putting extra effort in one’s studies to come out with flying colors is not something difficult as far as a better future is concerned. There are always people willing to help others so taking such opportunities will be a brilliant idea.

Doesn’t it feel good to move forward on this road to success? Let’s all know that we are responsible for most things that happen in our lives. Best choices lead to best outcomes and vice versa.

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Entrepreneurial Spirit in our Graduates

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Angel Décor was started by Theodosia Cloete who after years in the retail industry decided to follow her passion for décor and helping others to have beautiful event to remember. Together with her son Bethwill Cloete a TSiBA graduate started Angel Décor in 2009. The idea of a décor business started a few years before then but was officially registered as a Closed Corporation in 2009. This venture was started not as a profit making business but as a passion project that is continuing to grow each day.

Angel Décor provides a Hiring, floristry as well as décor services for events like, birthdays, weddings, etc. The approach taken by Angel décor is that people and relationships are key aspects in ensuring a customer is happy with the service.

The business is following a path of organic growth by using the proceeds of events to grow the business. This is to keep in line with being able to satisfy clients’ needs and not to take on projects that are bigger then what Angel Décor can provide. This is a small but important reminder for the family business that satisfaction is about the smaller details for our clients and also to be honest with our clients.
Theodosia Cloete works in the business on a full-time basis while Bethwill Cloete works on a part-time basis assisting with logistics and some other administrative functions within the business. The practical skills learned during Bethwill’s time at TSiBA Education were pivotal in the setting up of the business. “the transition from theory to practical in our business, made taking note during Entrepreneurship class worth it” says Bethwill. Angel Décor has taken part in the North Eastern-TSiBA field study programme in 2010 where a group of students from both the North Eastern University in Boston and TSiBA Education consulted on the business for 2 weeks. This has been an eye opening experience and Angel Décor has been growing steadily over this time. TSiBA Education in 2011 also entrusted Angel Décor to do their Graduation event. This was a significant event as it was also the day Bethwill graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from TSiBA Education. 

Angel Décor continues to grow each day and in an ever changing environment strives to stay true to its clients and adapt where necessary.

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Bluenib designs

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By Gordon White

Business Overview
In March 2010 Gordon White founded Bluenib Designs as a student at TSiBA with the aim of making website and graphic design accessible to all companies, big or small. Some of the services Bluenib offers include Website Design, Logo Design, Brochure Design, Business Card Design and Poster Design.

Besides its basic services, Bluenib also offer Domain Registration, Website Hosting, Email Account Hosting, Premium WordPress Themes, and Search Engine Optimization. They also design Animated Banners, Animated Logos, Banners, Prezi Presentations, Photography, Photo Collages, and Catalogue Designs.

The company also focuses on developing online marketing strategies through Social Media and Search Engine Optimization for businesses that are looking to establish and grow their online presence. Bluenib also has a blog that focuses on tips and tricks dedicated to setting up effective online marketing strategies.

Target Market
Bluenib Designs’ customers are primarily small and medium enterprises, mainly new businesses and startups, looking to develop marketing material and websites at affordable prices. Bluenib also engages with event management companies and advertising agencies that are in need of freelance designers for short-term projects. To date, Bluenib has experienced significant success working with businesses that have come out of entrepreneurship centres such as the TSiBA Ignition Centre.

The company specializes in designing marketing material for schools, colleges, universities, and governmental organisations, to name a few. Bluenib understands that many of its customers, mainly small businesses and micro-entrepreneurs, are unable to afford high design prices, and therefore the company is committed to providing clients with affordable design packages.

Sales and Marketing
With Bluenib being a new and relatively unknown brand, the company is focused on keeping prices low and competitive to attract new customers while still maintaining a strong message of high-quality work. Unlike other web and graphic design companies, they offer their clients an opportunity to pay for their designs over a 6 month period.

The majority of Bluenib’s clients so far have come from referrals and direct interaction at networking events and incubators. Additionally, Bluenib is investing a significant amount of time and energy in Social Media marketing on Facebook, Twitter and their company blog. As part of their social initiative, people are also able to make some money through the companies’ referral program. Bluenib will pay a 10% commission for every paying customer.

Currently, sales and client relationships are managed by Gordon White as well as all design work. As the company grows, Bluenib Designs anticipates hiring more staff to support the sales and client relationship process as an intermediary to the actual web development staff. These staff members will be paid with a base salary plus commission so to keep costs under control but to compensate for hard work.

Social Entrepreneurship
Bluenib Web and Graphic Designs also provide a platform for other designers to display their designs on our website at no cost to them. This is mainly because we would also like to develop good relationships with web and graphic design students in order for us to be the number one choice of employment. We also do this because it’s difficult for young designers to get employed straight out of varsity especially if they lack the working experience.

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Skateboarding with a social conscious

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By Rayne Moses, founder of Nebula & BBA Graduate 2013

Photo: Winners from Skateboard Competition fundraiser held in Strand organised by Nebula
Rayne Moses sitting in front

It has always been my dream to have my own skateboard company, which is why I came to study for a business entrepreneurial degree at TSiBA.  I wasn’t yet sure of how, what or when, but I knew this was my passion. I also wanted to make a difference in people’s lives and TSiBA has helped influenced my decision to not only start a skateboard business, but to combine it with youth development. This is why I created a NGO called Nebula so we can inspire youth around the country and promote skateboarding and social development in various ways like competitions and tutoring programmes.

The TSiBA experience has a big place in my heart and I consider it to be another home. Their “Pay it Forward” philosophy is what I live out daily and I also tutor students to share my knowledge and experience. On the academic side I am now business-minded and equipped with critical business theory, strategy, finances, business etiquette, communication skills etc.

Nebula’s Vision
To be South Africa’s leading non-profit skateboarding company

Nebula’s Mission
To inspire youth and promote the growth of skateboarding through competitions, youth development and tutoring programmes

Nebula was launched in 2012 by Rayne Moses, a skateboarder and graduate from TSiBA Education. Since then, he has been able to organise and host 4 skateboarding events and launch Nebula’s Youth Development Programme in Gugulethu Cape Town.
In 2013, Rayne has been able to make significant additions to the Nebula team. Kurt Daley is a graduate from the Cape University of Technology, completing a course in graphic design and taking his own initiative to focus on illustrations. Ntlantla “Ice” Dukwe is a proud member of the Gugulethu community and Project Supervisor for Nebula’s project. Together, the 3 of them constantly work on improving and growing the organisation as well as seek opportunities for new partnerships and solutions to the challenges facing the 12 participants in our tutoring & skateboarding programme.
As much as Nebula’s project in Gugulethu is its primary focus, the organisation intends to build a skateboarding brand that is rooted in social change and designed to inspire youth to discover and use their highest potential to realize their dreams.

To find out more, and how you can get involved contact:
Rayne Moses
072 727 0041
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TSiBA-BMFsc hosts Women and Leadership

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By Keke Mohasi, TSiBA Cape Town student & Public Relations and Media for TSiBA BMFsc

As of the 20th August, We had one of the great, inspiration and successful businessman Bill-Guy Bhembe. He is the founder of Black Child Its Possible. He started his company at the age of 19, this was when he was doing his 2nd year of University at University of Johannesburg.

His message to us,was simple to dream without limits, never procrastinate, finish what you have started and most importantly, success doesn’t recognize age. He encouraged us to do anything we want to do now, because it’s not about age but the things we believe we can do now.

In his talk, he mostly emphasized on inspiration and how ones life challenges can make you stronger and become a hero like he is one day. Billy-Guy beliefs success is the ability to move from point A to point B.

The Black Management Forum is a non- racial, non partisan advocacy organization which condemns racism and discrimination of any kind based on race, gender, sex,  ethnic or social origin, colour, language, religion or politics against any of its members, private persons or groups of people. 

Billy-Guy and his team speaks one language fluently and that is “INSPIRATION” .  Black Child Its Possible. For more of inspiring and motivational stories find him at

Photo from left to right, Lumka (student at TSiBA), Billy-Guy Bhembhe (Guest Speaker), Thembi Malinga (Student), Mandi (COO Black Child Its Possible) and Keke Mohasi (student at TSiBA).

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Student Appreciation speech

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Student Appreciation speech written and presented by Joseph Maisels at Graduation 2013.

Good afternoon distinguished guests and students

There is a ritual that I perform that I would like to share with you this afternoon. I perform this ritual when I things become too much with regards to my studies and personal life. What I do to motivate myself and remind myself that the completing my degree is possible is stare at the wall of TSiBA alumni. This wall has the names and photographs of individuals who have walked the same path and were able to complete. Today we welcome a new group of alumni who will also be on that same wall.
I would like to congratulate you one completing the degree and thank you. You have walked a journey and completed it and today we applaud you for that. This started for most of you just over 4 years ago and with what was then called foundation year and is now known as the HCBA. Today we also have graduates of the HCBA, to you all I can say is good luck. Ahead of you lay a road full of hard work. You need to know that you can all onto members of the TSiBA community for assistance.
We thank you for being our tutors, mentors and is some cases friends. Although you may only have touched some of our lives in this way you serve as a symbol of motivation and hope for all of us. We urge you today to keep living lives that ignites opportunity for others. This you can do by applying the philosophy of “Paying it Forward”.
Once again I look forward to seeing you on the wall of graduates as I walk into campus especially when things get tough. You will serve as symbols of hope not only to us now but to future TSiBA students to come.

Joseph Maisels: Second Year Student - TSiBA Education; Academic Representative - TSiBA SRC; Quality Assurance Coordinator - ENACTUS TSiBA; Candidate Fellow - Allan Gray Orbis;

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Oom Sam Lwayipi Eulogy 17 August 2013

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Written by Sandy Ueckermann, Executive Director of TSiBA Eden

I felt privileged and honoured to be asked by the Lwayipi family to give a eulogy at Oom Sam’s funeral on 17 Aug 2013. His funeral was attended by hundreds of people - from politicians, to clergy, to academics, and mostly, to the people he worked for on the ground. Lwayipi Sam is/was known as a Social activist and a Community Leader in the Southern Cape. He stood for the rights of all and was active in politics from the ‘60s – when it was dangerous and socially-isolating to be so. His CV and achievements for social equality are legendary. By for me, my relationship with Oom Sam was personal.

I met Lwayipi Sam in 2007 when he and his wife, Emily, were the Hostel Parents of the then-Eden Campus. Lwayipi Sam was a co-founder of Eden Campus. But it wasn’t until 2008 that I really got to know the person that I began to appreciate as the Leader, activist, visionary and Father that Oom Sam was. He had a big dream for a small rural Southern Cape Town: to work together with all the fragmented factions of the town to establish a tertiary Business school for all – especially those who had not had access before. It was a clear vision for the future of the region’s children and their children.

In 2008 that dream almost came to an end when Eden Campus nearly closed. In that time, Oom Sam was my pillar of strength. He worked tirelessly, visiting and campaigning stakeholders in government and the community and region, to do everything from not allowing that to happen. He gave me the courage to fight alongside him and often in the darkest moments, over a cup of tea, he would assure me that we would overcome. His words were always considered and wise and practical. I took strength and direction from that and I believed him and trusted him.

In 2009 Eden Campus amalgamated with TSiBA and has thrived and grown since. This is no small part due to Oom Sam’s tenacity, resilience and passion. I am grateful that in Lwayipi Sam’s lifetime, in 2012, we had the privilege to aptly name our newly-established Community Skills development Centre after him.

TSiBA will miss you, Oom Sam. The community and Greater Knysna will miss you. South Africa will miss a true leader. I will miss a friend, a mentor, someone who encouraged and believed- a Father.
Your vision stands and I know you will be proud of the socially-conscious leaders TSiBA puts out there in the world. People like you – who ignite opportunity and go on to forge positive social change. People who see no colour or gender or creed or social class – only potential for all!

Shala gashle. Tot Siens, Tata.

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Top Women !!! Thank You TSiBA

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Written by Nicole Kada, TSiBA BBA3 Student & FNB Fund Scholar currently doing her IPJ at Futuregrowth Asset Management within the Client Management Department.

Hi All

As I am sitting at my desk, all of a sudden my mind starts wondering off to TSiBA- this confirms two things: 1) I miss TSiBA, IPJ is fun, but it’s much more fun driving your lecturers insane and 2) TSiBA certainly made an impact on me individually!
In two days’ time we’ll be celebrating Women’s Day and Gia Whitehead do you remember last year this time we were all cheering for you to win the award as our very own Top Woman and YOU DID!
In closing I guess, what I’m trying to say is that not only does TSiBA have a reputation for producing Top Graduates, but it has an eye for only having Top Women on-board! May the men not feel left out, because without you our home (TSiBA) would not be the same.

So Happy Womens Day TSiBA and Keep doing your best.

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BBA1’s Charlotte, Chanel and Charne’s experiences during their internships

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My name is Charlotte Dreyer and I am a BBA1 (Bachelor in Business Administration) student at TSiBA Cape Town. Doing an internship at any company is part of the curriculum at TSiBA which is why 9 other students and I responded to an email that was sent by Benu Mukhopadhyay (Careers Manager at TSiBA) with an opportunity to do this. Our internship took place at the Good Food and Wine Show. I completed my internship at the celebrity chef show. Our duties were making the VIP’S know where to be, packing and labelling books, preparing and cleaning the DSTV VIP lounge, making sure everyone has the correct seat and many other operating things.

I personally enjoyed it and I was looking forward to the internship from day 1. I told myself “you going to learn new things, be open and have fun”, and that’s what we did. The biggest lesson I learnt was that people have different personalities, some will be pretentious to you and others will be arrogant but by being yourself and standing firm, nothing bad that they say will hurt you emotionally.

My name is Chanel Abels and I am a BBA1 student at TSiBA Cape Town. As a BBA1 student it is compulsory to do an internship at a company of your choice.
I was lucky enough to do my internship at the Good food and Wine show at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). I can most certainly say it was a memorable experience. I must say I was really looking forward to it, but at the end of my first day I was so exhausted but by the next day I knew what was expected of me. My job required me to work at the celebrity chef theatre, where I had to check tickets. When the shows were completed I had place the VIP cards on the seats and we also had to help out in the DSTV lounge.

I can honestly say that I had a fantastic time and would not have preferred to do it elsewhere. I enjoyed engaging with other people. I also learned to take responsibility for my actions as there was no one to check up on behaviour and being responsible was of the essence as it reflected on TSIBA.

My name is Chane’ Hendricks and I am a BBA1 student and as a student at TSiBA part of our curriculum is to do an internship at a company.When thinking of places to do my internship Benu came forward and told us that she would like a few of us to do our internship at the Good Food and Wine Show at the CTICC. I really don’t have words for the amazing time and experience that I had. So the first day came up and I was all excited and energetic to start at the Good Food and Wine Show, so my job at the show was at the celebrity chef theatre where I had to usher; give out information about what was happening there and checking tickets. Chanel, Charlotte and I worked together where before and after every show we had to prepare for the next event.  I helped in the VIP area we had to make sure all the VIP fans were happy with what benefits they got.

Meeting Celeb chefs was amazing, getting to meet people you only see on television like Gordon Ramsey, Eric Lanlard and Bill Ganger. I really enjoyed my time and really would like to attend something like this again. Personally I learned a lot during my time at the show.  I learned that people have different personalities and in order for you to keep the peace with the fans you have to have the right mind set and positive attitude.

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Iftaar - breaking of the Fast.

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Our very own HCBA student, Saaliegh Abbas, together with his community-leader Mum, his father and several of her friends, fed about 1000 people in Hanover Park for the Iftaar - breaking of the Fast.  Besides the joy in which both Saaliegh and every person involved served, I was very moved at many little details, such as Saaliegh bringing the TSiBA banner, application forms, reading material for prospective students, also the way they engaged with people without a sense of being hurried. 

Prayer mats were put out amidst the tables of very delicious foods, so that the fast could be broken with prayers of praise and Thanksgiving to God.  Muslim and Christian, young and old, boy and girl, those with nothing to share with those who shared everything - all these people were drawn together in one highly organised, scrumptiously delicious beautiful event.  Thank you Saaliegh and everybody involved for a very sacred experience and meal. 

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GRADUATION 2013: Their moment in time

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Written by: Samantha Cyster

One of the most important dates on the TSiBA 2013 calendar, 19 July 2013. This is a date that the 27 graduates will remember, for the rest of their lives.

The venue has been set and guests started pouring in for yet another TSiBA Graduation. The handsome Ekome Same together with the beautiful Natheera Noor Mohamed were the MC’s for the procession. Guest speaker Dr Mamphela Ramphele made her way to the stage right after the academic procession was completed. She graced us with a few kind words and surely reminded the parents that their children’s hard work has paid off and that the journey towards this event was not easy. The HCBA’s of 2012 also received their Certificates and was all too proud to be wearing the highly regarded regalia.

One by one they were called to the stage to receive a handshake from Nolan Beudeker (TSiBA Dean), Prof Fatima Abrahams (TSiBA Chairperson of the Board) and Dr Mamphela Ramphele. This was soon followed by the highlight of the afternoon. The graduandi were called to the stage and spent a few minutes be-side Adri as she reflects on their journey to this day. Each reflection just more inspiring as the other, so inspiring that it brought tears to a few people’s eyes. Dr Mamphela Ramphele held each graduates hand tight while she whispered a few encouraging words in their ear. The afternoon was closed off by a very soothing and soulful performance by Claire Phillips. Ekome Same, MC of the event introduced Claire as a songbird who comes from humble beginnings. This was truly evident in her performance.

Students walk with confidence and be encouraged to keep going run the TSiBA race!!

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My metaphorical hike at TSiBA

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Written By: Sharon Tan

This is a journey I’ll be taking you on, my metaphorical hike. In our placement at TSiBA, we were invited to sit in on a class with a small group of 3rd year students. It was almost like a group counselling session, and we spoke about how where we came from and our background made us a certain way. Many of the students had been betrayed in terrible ways growing up, such as being abandoned by their parents or having to become family bread-winner at a very young age. But the lesson was that, although those experiences were important, they didn’t have to define us. Everyday, we can still choose. We choose whether to engage or withdraw. Whether to love or not, to listen or to switch off. Mama Dorothea, counselor at TSiBA, shared this traditional bushman greeting. When they meet each other, their equivalent of ‘hello’ can be translated into:  “I see you looming from afar. “
This was especially poignant because San people are not very tall. Yet they acknowledge the greatness in each other. Not only have I seen this mountain looming from afar every morning, I have seen each and every one of you looming from afar.
My time in Cape Town has been a period of self-exploration and personal growth. I came here from a place of instability. I’m so grateful to have found time and space here to slow down, be alone, and make sense of what I was feeling and going through. More than ever I was able to engage in prayer, reflection and meditation. It took me some time to become acquainted with the place, the community and the new living style, but slowly and surely a routine took root. In my heart I’ve clocked several personal milestones. As in climbing a mountain, I’ve taken it one step at a time.
I’ve been at receiving end of a lot of love. I remember visiting Claremont Main Road Mosque, arriving late. I didn’t know what I was doing at the service and this lady Aisha took me under her wing and whispered to me, ‘Do as I do’. I remember navigating my way to the Gardens Shul for their Friday evening service on a dreary day, and finding guidance in a kindly woman called Hazel. I flipped the pages as she did. I’ve also been to church a few times, I loved the singing and sermons because they reminded me to become better. I attended a meditation retreat and a handful of meditation sessions with the Buddhist Dharma Centre, a source of lots of peace. In these ways I have found many paths towards faith, and deepened my self-belief and hope for the world.
I’ve enjoyed learning in an affective way - meaning that my emotions and belief system participate actively in the learning process. I benefited from our discussions of identity in terms of race and gender and learned to recognise, accept and let go of my racial microaggressions and assumptions. Hearing from one another’s service placements taught me about specific instances of how to manage difficult circumstances, especially with relationships came into the picture. History was incredible in giving me local context to make sense of the sites we saw and people we met. I liked learning of bottom-up development successes in my Cities class. I think I enjoyed academic studies here not only because they were remarkably stress-free but also because they were often immediately applicable. We are here and learning about how to be here.
In my Cities class, I wrote my final paper on Ubuntu. Ubuntu is loosely defined as I am because we are. I was inspired by Graham’s spotlight at our house to consider others before oneself. I’ve been facing my own demons for quite a while now that I’d almost forgotten how to do that. It makes me think of service as an extension of myself. It reminds me of reciprocity, because when we acknowledge the humanity of someone else, ours is affirmed as well. It inspires me to want to be better - to be more compassionate, more confident, and more creative.
It’s been a great hike. I’m very grateful for this chance to share some closure. The San greeting that I began with is usually given the response: “I was dying but now that you come, I live again.”
I’ve been inspired by each and every one of you here. Thank you.

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Understanding South Africa

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Written By: Aditya Todi

Amongst all the stories that I have read and heard growing up, there is one that has long stayed with me. It is a story about six blind men and a elephant. Many of you may already be familiar with the story so I will only recount it briefly. An elephant comes to a village that has six blind men. The blind men had heard of elephants, but did not know what it looked like. Some thought it was a powerful giant as they had heard it could go to war and carry huge burdens. Others thought that it is majestic and elegant as the royalty rides it. With these preconceptions the six blind men get to the elephant, each holding a different part of it. The one holding its side says that the elephant is like a wall, another holding the trunk says it is like a giant snake, the one holding the tusk says its like a spear, another holding the legs says its like a tree, another says its like a fan upon holding the ears and the last one holding the tail says its like a rope. The point is that none of the blind men were able to know what an elephant looks yet, each one of them was confident in their narrative and went back home thinking that they truly understood what an elephant was.

How we shape our narrative and reflect on our experiences are largely shaped by the lens that we choose to look at the world through. Over the past two months here in Cape Town, we have been on a journey to understand South Africa, but unlike the blind men in the story though, we have had a chance to explore the country from multiple sides. One of them has been service-learning.

Ever since I came to Stanford, the term entrepreneurship has highly frustrated me.Entrepreneurship back on campus meant venture capitalism, having a start-up, creating a new app, pitching ideas to angel investors or more simply put, entrepreneurship was a privilege reserved for highly competitive, overly ambitious, emotionally apathetic people whose sole purpose in life was to be the next Mark Zuckerberg. However, at TSiBA entrepreneurship was more about small businesses where people were just trying to make a little money and expand their business. Entrepreneurship was about a student who dreams to open his own dance studio. It has been about a street vendor who hopes to open one more store in town. It has been about the woman who needs that additional oven to expand her business. It has been about the Radio Jockey who hopes to gain a wider audience. It is these very real life challenges that people encounter and must overcome. Entrepreneurship has been about that process, about that journey of exceeding your own expectation.

Further, unlike the blind men though, we have had the opportunity to sit together and discuss. I have learned from the experiences of my peers. Some of us may have felt the trunk, some the tusk or some the leg, but in reflecting and talking we have all become richer and have a better sense of what South Africa truly is. I feel that I would have been just like one of the blind men without the shared experiences of everyone. I have understood service learning better because of the experience that everyone else has shared. Thank you for an amazing, unforgettable quarter

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Celebrating Madiba’s Birthday!

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Written by Sarah Hartenstein & Johannes Depeneu (German Exchange Student Interns at TSiBA Cape Town)

Starting our fourth day at TSiBA we were very busy in helping for the preparation of the biggest event of the “TSiBA year” - The Graduation.

Today is the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela (or as they say here: Madiba). A few students - especially Shai Selani - (President of the Students Representative Council) organized an event at the “Orthotic and Prosthetic Centre” where a group of about 30 TSiBA students delivered Cupcakes and some soup for disabled people.

After that, they began to sing and dance and everybody got in the mood by clapping hands and dancing.
Mr Braam Mhlom delivers a very emotional and realistic speech in which he reports about his experiences in bygone times. He was very happy that those times are gone and so we can all celebrate this day together. It doesn’t matter what colour your skin is or from which country you come from - we are all humans, we are all the same.

All in all, we can’t stay the whole 67 minutes, but it was a very nice experience for us, how all South Africans celebrate the “Nelson Mandela Day”. Probably, we all should celebrate the Nelson Mandela Day everyday and take the chance to make everyday a better for the world.

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TSiBA Eden’s Soccer Fundi Thapelo Mokoaleli

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Written by Marilyn

In the very middle in the front row with jersey number 8 is Thapelo Mokoaleli. Thapelo is 22 years old and comes from the Eastern Cape. He has been playing soccer since he was 12 years old, Thapelo has no parents only two brothers and an older sister. He is a passionate soccer player but also wants to become a business man. He is currently futhering his studies with TSiBA Education at the Eden campus in Karatara. He is nominated to play for Bafana a team based in Knysna to play in a tournament associated with the castle league this weekend.

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Written by Louricia September, TSiBA Eden CPBA student and Student Marketing Officer

Graduation! Camera, lights, ACTION!

It might have seemed to the rest of the population to be just another day … but to an outstanding group of students, who attended TSiBA EDEN during the years 2011 and 2012, the 22th of June 2013 will be remembered as a day of achievements and success.

On the day of Graduation at the TSiBA Eden campus in Karatara, near Knysna, excitement overflowed as all walks of life came together to celebrate the Graduates’ success. The likes of Adri Marias (TSiBA CEO), Nolan Beudeker (TSiBA Dean) Professor Quinton Johnson and Dr Bridgette Johnson attended the graduation.

The day started with a ceremony where students were given their graduation certificates and were wished well by TSiBA Eden Campus Director Sandy Ueckermann and Eden Academic Manager   Belinda Bam. The ceremony was mc’ed by Alex Zukisile, TSiBA Eden Certificate in Practical Business Administration (CPBA) lecturer. Our choir ‘TSiBA Voices’ also did their thing and entertained the guests with their unique anthems. After the ceremony guests were served a delicious lunch prepared by TSiBA Head Chef Ian as well as the current CPBA students.

Opportunity was given by TSiBA management for past students to interact with current students, where they shared life stories and experiences from when they were students of TSiBA Eden. Students of TSiBA Eden listened attentively to the graduates who gave advice on how to achieve success. Some graduates even shed a tear when they spoke about TSiBA. It truly showed the massive impact our institution has had on these graduates.

This occasion was facilitated by TSiBA Eden Campus Director, Sandy Ueckermann, Genevieve Keene (Ignition Centre Coordinator), Belinda Bam and Ncediswa Mpandle (Senior Facilitator in the Higher Certificate Programme).

The day was ended off with a “lekker braai”.

Thanks to all the people who played a part in making this day special.

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German Interns Luisa Enderle and Johanna Barth

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Written by Luisa Enderle and Johanna Barth

We are studying Labour Market Management in Germany. We wanted to improve our English skills and wanted to get to know a new country and a different culture. Some Students from our university told us about TSiBA. We think TSiBA is doing a great Job and we like the idea of “Igniting Opportunity”.

We coordinated the (Bachelor in Business Administration) BBA-1 work placement internships and helped Benu Mukhopadhyay, TSiBA Careers Centre Manager, in the Career Centre at the Cape Town campus.

When we were staying in Cape Town we went surfing and hiking a lot. And we went to Cape Point. We did a wine-tasting tour. We are going to paraglide and travel along the Garden Route. We went to Nyanga and Gugulethu. And we met many cool people smile

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The coming of the exams is a blessing to all students

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Article by: Zim Boys, Tonderai Pudege & Tinashe Munyuki

The coming of the exams is a blessing to all students. However, it has been a quite difficult time for many students at TSiBA, having such a task to show what they have learnt over the past six months. For those who were prepared, it was as easy as cutting margarine with a hot knife.

As according to the famous former president of South Africa, Mr. Nelson Mandela, ’education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.’ This shows that studying is the gateway to success. Without education, one can find it difficult to have a better life.

With such an amazing opportunity to be studying at TSiBA, investing in human capital, we believe that we can turn what is impossible to become the achievable as most of the students have managed to excel in their studies, with only a few being caught offside.

Due credit goes to the TSiBA Students Representative Council for organising study nights which enabled many students to share the knowledge they have. Surely, no one can dispute that these study forums went a long way in addressing the hunger for success for students at TSiBA, preparing them for the examinations.

There were also some unfortunate events that transpired during the examination period, for example, missing an exam by one of the HCBA students due to train delays. This must go a long way in alarming TSiBA students, as leaders of tomorrow, about the socio-economic problems they are likely to tackle in future.

Be responsible for your lives.

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USA students visit Karatara!

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By Louricia September

USA students visit Karatara!
The start of a whole new level of friendship!

Excitement filled the Eden district, specifically TSiBA EDEN, on the arrival of the students from Minnesota, America, last week. The American students were received with open arms and a feeling of warmth (so they say) and we all become close within no time
Their journey through South Africa started on the 26th of May. TSiBA EDEN was fortunate enough to spend time with these extraordinary human beings. On Sunday our student body got the chance to spend some time with them and we had lots to talk about all being students. There is so much we could tell you about our time with them for example just how humble and down to earth they are. They had an evening filled with laughter and joy at the Pelican Lodge in Sedgefield and the “TSiBA Voices” choir entertained them with our own mixture of vocals. True African style!
And because every occasion is believed to be educational at TSiBA EDEN myself, Louricia September, Megan Gertse, Nicolene Britz, Lihle Dyosiba and Paul Mphambani were given the opportunity to capture these wonderful moments. What a great experience I must say. On Monday the students visited to our campus and each of our students doing practical training was buddied up with one of the Minnesotan students. For the day they then got to experience some of our CPBA programme and their immediate reaction was that they wanted to stay! They also had the opportunity to experience TSiBA Eden’s new solar oven and got to do some outreach work with our marketing team definitely “IGNITING OPPORTUNITY”.
The students also cycled to visit “Oom Sam”, he man who is responsible for the building of our Ignition Centre, where he told us his heartfelt story. They were enthralled and I think that many started to change their attitude towards life.
Sadly their journey with us came to an end on Tuesday so we ended the day off with a nice game of volleyball and sang our different national anthems.
Thanks to our Executive Director Sandy Ueckermann, Belinda Bam, Genevieve Keene and other role players for this amazing experience!

Photo from left to right (front):Ntombizille Mkokeli and Kenneth Momo. Back row from left to right: Vyisani Jinkingqina, Dan, Taylor, Clifford Lambese, Kelebone Ntsikinyane, Heath, Venecia Masego and Lagon

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Born Free

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By Achmat Kazie, TSiBA Financial Manager

I vaguely remember the morning of 11 February 1990 except that all the adults around me at the time were fixated on the television for most of day. Living in Mitchell’s Plain, many people did not have a television set and close neighbors came over to witness the birth of our democracy with Nelson Mandela walking out of Victor Verster prison a free man.

I do remember the excitement on everyone’s faces while they were discussing the potential that the future holds and also the sadness in remembering those that were lost in the fight for freedom. I was told by my father that the world has been opened up to me and I would not be limited by the colour of my skin but only by my own desire. If only this was true.

I was twelve years old when Nelson Mandela was released but the excitement of this momentous occasion was short-lived as within four months, on a misty May morning, my father was taken away from us in a horrific accident. Suddenly my 29 year old mother, with only a primary school education was the sole provider to four demanding boys, aged 12, 10, 8 and 6, and a three year old daughter.

As my world came crashing down around me, I could not see this bright future that was envisaged for me just a few months earlier. While my mother had support from her family in assisting her through this difficult time, I hold her in the highest regard in being able to raise five children mostly on her own. I remember helping her with my younger brother’s homework, watching her trying to understand mathematical equations that she had never seen before but not letting us pick up that as much as she was teaching us, we were teaching her even more.

1994, came and I came to understand much more of our turbulent history. I remember the lines at the voting station on that cool autumn morning in April as many people, friends and family, casted their vote in our country’s first democratic election. Unlike the vague memories from 1990, I clearly remember sitting up at night as the counting started and the results started to trickle in. I remember our president standing at the Union building being sworn in as our first democratically elected president. My hope that had been lost four years earlier was reborn on this day.

While I was born before 1994 and not considered as a “Born Free”, I have no memory of what life under apartheid was like. I find it hard to relate to the older generation and the obstacles that they had to overcome. What I do know is that the effects of apartheid was not reversed on that morning in February 1990. The effects of an inferior education system did not suddenly give my mother the skills and knowledge to be employed in normal employment in order to give her children a proper university education.

After the inauguration of Nelson Mandela, the circumstances of those born after this day to parents that bore the brunt of apartheid did not change. Many believe that we should move on as we have addressed the past but my belief is that it will take at least another two generations befor all children born in this country will have an equal opportunity. How can you today say to a 19 year old from the Cape Flats, whose 50 year old father with a Bantu education, earning a pittance and doing manual labor, that he should not be the same as a 19 year old white teenager from the suburbs. While there are many people of colour that achieved great things in the face of extreme adversity and improved their lot in life, the number of people that still find themselves in these difficult circumstances are even far greater.

I do believe that the current government has failed in the education system. With this “Born Free” generation only coming into the tertiary education system now, I believe an organisation such as TSiBA Education who provides full tuition scholarships to study for a university degree is pivotal in leading this generation in creating a better future for this beautiful country. Entrepreneurship and small businesses is the way to create employment and grow the economy. The Bachelor in Business Administration degree offered by TSiBA is a fully accredited three year degree with a focus on entrepreneurship through practical and experiential learning.

Having grown up without much opportunities, I am passionate about the work being done by this wonderful organisation and the people that makes this a reality from the bubbly Feziwe at reception to the sometimes serious, sometimes funny CEO, Adri. I have grown so much as the Financial Manager of TSiBA Education over the last two years and I am as passionate about it now as I was when I first started.

Growing up on the Cape Flats was not easy, but through hard work and family support I did not allow myself to be tempted into a life of crime, drugs and gangsterism. My achievements in life are in spite of the difficulties I faced and not as a direct result of the abolishment of apartheid. My children will one day however truly be able to say that they are “Born Free”.

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TSiBA Entrepreneurship 2 students making memories

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BluPrint Memories is group of BBA-2 students that formed in 2013. Our entrepreneurship project is selling decorative tile crafts for special occasions such as birthdays, child births, thank you tiles, etc. We even personalise tiles with pictures and special phrases or poems.

Taking the business skills we have learned over the past 2 years at TSiBA has helped us becoming the winner of a R500 elevator pitch in Entrepreneurship 2. We are grateful for the opportunity given by TSiBA to learn the necessary skills in running a business successfully.

At the moment we are busy with a Father’s Day tile with a stand and if you would like to place an order, please feel free to contact any of our group members below:
Ronelle Sampson-Mietas 074 806 3689; Sibulele Zicina 073 886 4168; Riefqah Simons 0718967391; Sixolisile Mahlasela 0719682163; Eugene Groep 0764058259

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Our School and Coping with Life

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Written by: Dorothea Hendricks

Dear Students
University students all over the world have challenges - including the reality that for most students, being overstretched and broke are simply part of the privilege of studying. 
However, I want to have a boast moment please.  My suspicion is that at TSiBA, students have a far higher resilience, you bounce back from challenges in a shorter time, and you are focussed on the goal with greater determination.  The other thing which makes us stand out I feel, is that students support and encourage each other, to an admirable degree.  In my life I have had direct experiences with UWC, CPUT, UCT, University of Zimbabwe, Rochester University, Wits, University of Johannesburg, Unisa.  YOU STAND OUT!!! FOR SURE!!!
So, as you prepare for exams, I want to just remind you of your INBUILT and DEVELOPED ability to cope!!!!! You are able to stretch yourself, humble yourself, focus, work hard, get through in absolute amazing ways.  You are able to feel anxiety, and yes, handle it in a very healthy way. 
Here are some secrets of coping extra:

1. Don’t lose a night’s sleep studying.  Being fresh gives you a greater chance of figuring things out in an exam.

2. Arrive bright and EARLY on the day of exams.  Eat your breakfast at school, but arrive very early. This in itself removes the stress in the hour before exams.

3. Ensure that you are warm, and have a warm extra something in your locker incase you rain wet or the temperature in our building is colder than expected.  When the body gets cold, the shivering is actually the heart trying to pump extra blood in the body to push up your temperature.  However, shivering will enhance anxiety. So be comfortably warm at all times.

4. Loyiso’s passion:  Drink water!  It is a proven fact that the body operates far better with the water flowing through it. 

5. If a fellow student needs emergency tutoring from you, respond with what is real for you eg.  ‘I can only help you with 15 minutes else I’m in trouble with my studies myself.’  Then stick to the 15 minutes. 

6. When your mind goes into automatic doubt mode before an exam,  say to yourself, but I am going to do my best in calmness and figure out things to the best of my ability.  I know that I am good at doing this.

7. In a way that I cannot explain, I’ve noticed that at exam times, family hassles surface to a larger degree.  DON’T GET INVOLVED.  Whoever wants to say whatever, whatever is happening, tell yourself after exams I’ll pay attention to it.  It is good to transform the worries directly into prayer and to say to God, please handle every detail of every need at home.  And help me to focus despite what is happening at home.  Then focus, knowing that Divine Help surrounds your family.  Since family do not mostly know of the pressures of being a student, don’t get upset at any words mentioned to you.  Let it go in the one ear, and out the other ear - but keep the facts of your studies secure between your ears please! [Funny hey!]
8.  A very sad reality is that for some students, there are traumas happening right now.  Lubabalo for example Sibhene has had to have the devastating reality of losing his mother, Noluthando, now.  Please pray for the family during this time of bereavement.  His email address is:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  .  Here too, with your loving prayers for him and the family, he will know that at school, love will surround him as he prepares.
It has been my personal advise to students who have had to deal with big things like this, to just try to keep going as best as you can.  The problem is that if you don’t, the pressure goes from a Table Mountain to a Kilimanjaro overnight, and it is hard to catch up.  So for you too, just keep going as best as you can.
9. For students who have lost DP’s, carry on studying the subjects you are able to write.  Your degree being extended by a year is actually not the end of the world.  In fact, the average time of getting your degree, in all universities, is not usually in the shortest time possible.  However, you MUST review after exams, and do an honest reflection of why you lost your DP. And fix up from your side what you need to, and address whatever needs to be addressed clearly before it is too late.
10. It is a proven fact that the human mind when it should be focussing at times, will suggest an alternative action eg. now turning out your room, spending hours on something which will not directly make you pass.  Leave unnecessary jobs for later, and just spend as much time as you can doing what will help you pass .

There are a couple of wonderful learning tricks I can teach you. Come if you need to.

You are at TSiBA because you have the potential to cope, to pass, to get through any and every challenge!!!! 
Support Team will tell you, if you, amidst your studies, need to have a good cry, have a good cry!!!  It releases a whole lot of Feel-Good hormones!!!!  But then after the cry, say: ‘Ah, now I can carry on, and get on with what I choose to build my future.’  If you need to talk, come to me, or one of the Support Team or staff, we will be there for you.  By now you know that you can email me, sms me. 
I wish you all well.  Rely on the strength and the Touch of God on each of you.  Chat to Him in between, and when you sit down to write exams, remember to just become aware that you are NOT alone, that He is right there with you!

I write on behalf of the staff too, to wish each of you well.  We have confidence in you, and in our TSiBA community, knowing that each of you have a rich and ready resourcefulness to tackle anything, right inside of you.

With love

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Computers for Kylemore-A very special collaborative project

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Article by: Linda Brash


On Monday, 13 May, Kylemore Secondary School received ten computers for their brand new library.  This is the very first library to be created in the rural village of Kylemore and has been set up at the high school through Imbali Western Cape.  Imbali is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of the Kylemore community.  The computers were donated by TSiBA, a non-profit business school based in Pinelands, Cape Town.  The initiative was co-ordinated by Linda Brash, a Stellenbosch University Clinical Psychology Masters’ student who volunteered at TSiBA last year.

Kylemore is a previously disadvantaged rural community outside Stellenbosch. Although an old established community with a remarkable level of generic skills and individual talent, it is still economically vulnerable with an unemployment rate of over 40% and few community facilities. With a population of 4000+ people, the community is largely dependent on seasonal jobs as farm labourers during the harvest season. For the rest of the year, unemployment is rampant and few are able to support themselves through personal endeavour. There is no industry of any kind in this little settlement and employable skills are limited. There is no internet café, no computers and no sports facilities.

Founded in 1988, it was Imbali’s aim to provide art education in rural South Africa schools. In time this developed into multiple programmes that support children and adults in disadvantaged communities achieve a better quality of life.  In 2001, two original members of Imbali, Yvonne Wilson and Jeanne Bestbier-Bloch joined forces as neighbours of Kylemore to provide art education for the village children under the auspices of Imbali. Imbali Western Cape was founded but soon they discovered that the children were often too malnourished to even enjoy the art. This lead to a joint effort with local farmers’ wives to establish a soup kitchen in the winter months and provide a meal with the art classes.  Joined early on by Eva Williams (now a director and project leader) and other community volunteers, Imbali in Kylemore has become an established part of the village tapestry. It has enabled the community to launch a number of initiatives to address the needs of both children and their under-employed parents, on the basis of respect for whole person – whole family – whole community.

The Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) was founded in 2004 with a vision to “Ignite Opportunity”.  TSiBA’s mission is to be an innovative learning community that graduates entrepreneurial leaders who ignite opportunity and social change.  TSiBA is a unique private, not for profit business school that helps people who cannot access opportunities to jump ahead in life. TSiBA does this by providing emerging leaders an opportunity to study high quality, accredited academic courses that are focused on developing entrepreneurship and leadership. Their aim is to provide excellent business education for people with a social conscience who have the desire and the skills to build our nation. For this reason, TSiBA does not require their students to pay them back for their scholarships but rather to Pay it Forward. 

The joint effort between Imbali Western Cape and TSiBA was co-ordinated by Linda Brash, a Clinical Psychology Masters’ student at the University of Stellenbosch.  Linda has been working in Kylemore as part of her Masters’ degree along with her community partner, Tracey-Lee Arendse.  Linda worked at TSiBA last year and contacted them to see if they could assist with computer donation.  Beverley Basson, Relationships Manager, was eager to oblige.  “At TSiBA, we believe in igniting opportunity through education and realise the importance of access to information.  We were only too happy to help out by donating some of our computers to help spread knowledge for the Kylemore community”.

The ten computers were set up by Stellenbosch University IT Services and will be available for Kylemore Secondary students to use.  Linda and Tracey-Lee are also busy working on a community skills development programme, where community members will be able to learn basic computer skills after school hours.  They are also working on other community initiatives including a women’s empowerment group, psychological skills training for the nursing staff at the Kylemore clinic and workshops for high school students.  Linda is extremely passionate about her studies and the work being done in Kylemore, “I feel so incredibly grateful to be doing my Clinical Psychology degree at Stellenbosch University because community work forms such an integral part of our training.  The university is committed to offering psychological services to communities in need and it is so wonderful to be able to work with TSiBA and bring in much needed equipment to help this special community.”

To find out more about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities in Kylemore, please contact Linda Brash on 072 277 5533 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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TSiBA Entrepreneur ‘Tycoon’ Luyanda

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Luyanda Gysman, who calls himself a new Tycoon, started this business alone without any Capital, no soap, and no customers. This amazing young self-employed student started this Car Wash business as means to cover his transport traveling expenses and food. He sooner realized this business as more than just what it can do for him, but what it can do for others, by it creating employment opportunities for others.

Next to the TSiBA Cape Town Ignition Centre in Pinelands there is a Car wash happening on Thursdays and Fridays. There you will find Thembile and his assistant, Ayanda who is also experienced in washing cars in Phillipi. I am not talking about the fly by night Car washers, nor strangers, these are committed and dedicated individuals who fend for themselves to make ends meet, by means of washing cars, while you still busy in your office.

Luyanda Recalls; “This is no longer an unsustainable school project that will end any time, rather this is serious business that cleans and purifies all the cars around the parking vicinity in the campus. We use the best products to wash the body, the tires not to forget leaving a nice fragrance smell on the dash board”.

Thembile himself is an entrepreneur he decided to work for Luyanda at TSiBA. He owns a car wash too, at Phillipi, a local township next to Hazeldean in Cape Town; He employs youngsters like Ayanda in his Car wash to keep them away from drugs and crime. Luyanda recalls “I chose people I trust, people who will do the good job, I too have seen them in Phillipi, and they are ‘wow good’”.

This is what Luyanda would like to say to his friends (Youth); “When in tough times always ask yourself why are you here and where are you going in the near future. Do what you love, if you don’t love it, create that love and don’t forget to love yourself. That is what keeps me going” by Luyanda Gysman.

None of this would have happened without the Ignition Centre team, Abe, Sonja and Cindy, not to forget my birth place where I was thought about “pay it forward”. Perhaps I have realized that, getting people off the street and employing them to wash cars is a “paying it forward” philosophy happening for real.


Operating hours: Thursdays and Fridays happening forever!

Price: R50:00 NB! This is all for inside and outside + vacuum cleaning and many more FREE!!
Place: Next to TSiBA Ignition Centre.
Luyanda: (073) 487 1491
Thembile: (084) 220 7303
Em@il: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Perhaps if you entered our numbers into your cell phone under L for Luyanda and T for Thembile, it would speed things up when you need your car washed and waxed.

Please click the link below, this will lead you to a picture of people washing cars. Here are the pictures from Thursday’s car wash.








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TSiBA Eden Easter Soccer Tournament

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This happened in a place called Hoekwil there were 8 teams who were in the tournament and we played group stages for the first day. The games ended at ten at night and we came back tired, had to travel after the games and others had injuries and we got to the campus at about 23:50 and the following day we had to go back and play our next match. What I loved about our team is that we worked very hard and we had one objectives that’s why we managed to make it and win the tournament. The other thing that was unique about us was the style of play, it was different to the way that is being played here that’s why we managed to beat those teams. There are still more to expect from our team and everyone is committed and we are going all-out with one objective saying that we want to make TSiBA known with sporting activities also. There is lots of talent here and everyone is showcasing it to his very best, even though we are from different footballing backgrounds or come from different places we adopted to each other very quickly and now we play one style of football. So we won the first price in Hoekwil and know we are known in other places like George and Knysna and the communities around the campus support us and are the best team currently in the community. We thank our management and co-ordinator for the support.

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Masifunde- TSiBA Education’s final year students encouraging reading in eKasi

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Article by: Brian Williams

Its Friday noon and the day is blossoming with the Autumn season sun. Students from the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) are running up and down the TSiBA Cape Town campus Mupine Building preparing the final classroom setting, refreshments and making final confirmation calls to their guests attending the TSiBA book donation event. Some of their guests are arriving one after the other some with shy, yet excited smiles on their faces.

Located at the Mupine Building, Pinelands Cape Town is the reputable Tertiary School in Business Administration which is well known as TSiBA Education. TSiBA is an innovative tertiary business school with a campus in Cape Town as well as near Knysna, Western Cape. TSiBA has graduated five Mandela Rhodes scholars in five years which positions TSiBA as the institution with the highest percentage of Mandela Rhodes Scholars in the country – an unequalled achievement! For more info go to:

The final year students of TSiBA are also working hard so that they can also be counted as one of the Alumni’s of this institution and to play part in the economy of our country after they graduate and enter the working world. But all will come when the finish their studies. They reason for the buzz on the TSiBA campus is because of one of their final year courses, Innovation (INN3). These final year students have a project called the Right of Passage Project (ROP). This is where they need to raise R20 000 towards their ROP camp fees where they learn to manage challenges in order to survive the harsh Corporate world. This is the last step of four years of study before the big event, their Graduation. .

INN 3 has three equally divided groups selling different things and one of them is the Nerd Corporation. The Nerd Corporation’s duty was to sell fiction and non-fiction books as part of their contribution to the R20 000 target. The group was made up of ten young, vibrant and warm-hearted students. Even though they got these books donated to sell, they took a portion of them and donated them to local public libraries. ”Paying it forward” is what TSiBA is all about instead of students having to pay back their tuition scholarships. It was quite evident that the thought behind the students was the results of the TSiBA culture of making a difference and ‘igniting opportunity’. The libraries had to complete a motivational letter and the top three motivational letters earned themselves a collection of the “brain feeders” (books ).

The Nerd Corporation also received a motivational letter from Anele Mqamelo, a Postgraduate student at the University of the Western Cape, currently completing his Postgraduate Certificate in Education. This young man’s vision is to bring about change in the education system. “I don’t what to say about this because it’s like a dream come true”, said Anele in his words of appreciation to the TSiBA students. Anele’s goal is start-up a reading club Ekasi to encourage reading to high school students as he believes that the culture of reading is lost in the township.

The other beneficiaries of these books were the libraries from Grassy Park, Brown Farm as well as Moses Mabhida in Site C, Khayelitsha.  The representatives of these libraries were so happy and they just didn’t have enough words to thank TSiBA. The book donations give-away took part after the TSiBA CEO, Adri Marais, gave a wonderful opening speech to tell the guests all about TSiBA. Amongst the guests was the Library Marketing & Research Officer at the City of Cape Town, Nazeem Hardy. Nazeem also blessed the other guests with a few words of inspiration, telling them about the City of Cape Town’s future goals of opening a book club/coffee shop at one of the libraries in Khayelitsha.

The event was closed off by some refreshments and the students took the guests on a tour of the TSiBA Cape Town campus. There is no doubt that everyone left the event with either a sense of accomplishment and feeling like a winner.

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BBA1’s Represent TSiBA at ‘KASI Experience Expo’ in Khayelitsha

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Written by: Ndonwabile ndengezi, Beth Nase, Nolwazi Nkosi and Siyabonga Nombali

We took an opportunity to promote TSiBA & the Ignition centre at the KASI Experience event.

The event happened at Lookout Hill in Khayelisha and was a great success, many people didn’t know about tsiba and the entrepreneurship Iginition Centre and all they could say was “I have been waiting for this day!” that’s how excited they were. We where also join by Hectic9Nine team and said they would bring Loyiso “the presenter” to come and register his business with the TSiBA Ignition Centre.

Its was a great adventure for us as BBA1s because we were able to combine our values of this year, great teamwork and organizing. This is where we collaborated our marketing skills and made the best out of the promotion because that lead to us networking with young entrepreneurs like photographers, designers and many celebrities like Siv Ngesi. We sure would do this again because the response was fabulous. 

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Sesethu Konjwayo,TSiBA Eden SRC Spokesperson, Freedom Day Speech

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Date: 27 APRIL 2013 - Freedome Day
Place:  George Saasveld Campus
Speaker:Sesethu Konjwayo, TSiBA Eden S.R.C Spokesperson 2013

Greetings to:

Our hosts NMMU SAASVELD CAMPUS, Executives, Staff, S.R.C and other dignitaries that may be present with us here today, sponsors of the event, participants, spectators and the entire house at large.

My name is Sesethu Konjwayo (TSiBA Eden campus S.R.C spokesperson for 2013). It gives me great pleasure to stand here and address everyone on behalf of my school. We at TSiBA believes that sports in general is a great tool for building relations and social cohesiveness. And when such an opportunity came knocking, we gladly without hesitation accepted the invitation.

Communication and integrity are two of our key values, and this event not only represents that, it provides a platform for building of life long relationships. And what better way to achieve that other than on a sports field .On days like these there are no losers, everyone walks away victorious.

On such a historic day, a legacy was left behind in order for us to be gathered as we are today. As we celebrate ‘‘unity in diversity’ ‘let today’s event be associated with the following words ‘‘fair-play, respect and honour.

Thank you once again NMMU SAASVELD CAMPUS for inviting us to take part in your open day, hopefully this is a start for bigger and better
things to come.

Sesethu Konjwayo
S.R.C Spokesperson 2013

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My fun day with the kids in Lavender Hill, Cape Town, to ‘Pay it Forward’

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Written By Deborah Solomons

Las Sunday, in my free time, I organised and hosted an event on behalf of Veronica Kroukamp (CEO) of Lavender Green Pastures (NGO), based in Lavender Hill Retreat for the kids in the area. The kids I worked with are from a very poverty stricken and crime related background. They were between the ages of 9 to 14.

The purpose of the whole event was to give these kids a new perspective of what life is about. My plan was to give these kids a chance to be themselves and to be children as they should be, even if its for one day. One thing that I have come to realise is that although they may look like children, they are treated and expected to be adults at an early age as a result of their circumstances.
Basically, the program that I set up was most of the activities that I have learnt on the Educo course and have done myself. I have told some of the Educo staff members that I would do a workshop with some kids by using the ideas that I have gained from them.

One of the things I did was asked the kids a question about what makes the kids happy and what makes them sad. Another thing I did was help them make masks which they decorated.

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TSiBA HCBA “Zim Boys’’ experiences at the EDUCO Wilderness Camp

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Written by: TINASHE MUNYUKI (white shirt) & TONDERAI E. PUDEGE (black t-shirt)

What an amazing experience!!! It was the most wonderful time of our lives-The Wilderness Course, having exciting moments like never before.

As we departed from TSiBA campus heading towards the Groot Winterhoek Mountains, near a small town of Porterville, about 170km from the City of Cape Town, we were not even expecting such a surprise. In our minds, it was just a waste of time going to stay in the mountains for a couple of days, sleeping outdoors, hiking all day and so on.

In just a few hours, we were on top of the mountain as high as Table Mountain. The environment totally changed clearly showing that we were now at a different place. One way or the other, we were now looking forward to see what the wilderness has prepared for us.

Even though what happens in the mountains stays in the mountains, lessons and skills acquired cannot remain the property of the mountains by any means whatsoever. Since the main objective was to know “Who Am I?” we began to know ourselves much better.

Being given the opportunity to lead a group of people from one point to the other, it was quite a big challenge since you have to motivate all the group members with different interests as well as emotions to do what you want.  However, despite all the challenges that we might say we have faced, the overall outcome was awesome. We have learned to work as a group, helping each other, believe in ourselves as we are the leaders, have self confidence in everything that we do and be able to grow professionally each and every day in our lives.

We have then realised that ‘Courage is not the absence of fear but the will to do’. Believe in yourself, don’t let anything stand on your way. We are the Leaders, we will remain Leaders forever and we can stand on top of the world.

Thank you TSiBA for such an opportunity to explore. We appreciate it.


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TSiBA Education and Stanford University Partner

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After many conversations between Jen van Heerden from the Bing Overseas Study programme and Benu Mukhopadhyay, Career Centre Manager at TsiBA Education the first students arrived at TSiBA to work on their in-service training: Kareem Alston, B.A. Candidate | African & African American Studies and Timothy Huang B. A. Human Biology Candidate - Human Development and Education.

Benu Mukhopadhyay, Career Centre Manager was invited to their final oral presentation of their experience.  Kareem presented a powerpoint of his experiences and his focus was ‘Entering Community’. Indeed I can say he entered the TSiBA community with open arms.

Here are their presentations:


I want to discuss my experience at TSiBA Education through the lens of Entering Community. I believe the idea of Entering Community has served as one of the most important aspects of my service learning experience thus far. It has been crucial to my development as an individual as well as my success at TSiBA in the 10-weeks that I’ve worked there. I will describe two experiences that I’ve had at TSiBA during my service to illustrate this notion of Entering Community. Two experiences that I believe have served to introduce Tim and I to the TSiBA community from the very beginning.


The first experience involves: Binders.

Now traditionally, Binders seem harmless right? They are nice objects, functioning to help you organize your notes, papers, pictures etc. There is nothing harmful about Binders… right? Well, then change that one Binder into 120 Binders. 120 Binders that have to be filled with 15 different documents that are yet to be printed and whole punched. That is, 120 Binders plus 1800 pieces of paper equals: lots and lots of tedious and frustrating work. The first project we were given was in fact to create 120 of these Binders filled with orientation material for the incoming students. I can honestly say, when I was told I was going to work in a tertiary business school for community service, I did not anticipate doing this type of project. On top of this, all of the students with me on this program, in one way or another, believed at one point that our Stanford education qualifies us to save the world. Giving us the ability to complete any task or project thrown our way. For example, “Single-handedly transforming a non-profit organization during the 2 days a week of our 10-week community service learning abroad program.

So, why am I filling Binders? How is this helping the organization I’m working with? And how does this process help one adequately enter a community?

Despite the tedium of the project placed in front of us, the process of filling these Binders proved to be a very humbling and important experience. I came to realize that if Tim and I weren’t working on these Binders, one of the tremendously busy faculty members would be. However difficult it was for us to do, being the only assignment that we were given, it would have been significantly harder for someone juggling five different other responsibilities. It helped me realize the nature of what my role at TSiBA could be. Repositioning what I saw as my impact on the community. That if I fully committed myself to any project given to me, and gave it 100% of my attention and energy, I could make a real contribution to the students and the faculty.

Furthermore, my willingness to put so much energy into such a menial project allowed the community to see that I was genuinely there to do whatever they needed me to do, no matter how minimal or mundane the project could be. It showed them that I wasn’t coming into the community with the perception that I was somehow more qualified then they were or better than they were, but that I was ready to do what needed to be done. I believe this experience helped me to effectively enter the TSiBA community; even if it was primarily with the supervisors that I worked for.


The second experience I want to talk about is one that is of a different nature. That is: Hosting/MCing the new student orientation braai.

During our second week of working at TSiBA, we were “asked”/strongly encouraged to kick off the year for the new students by hosting the talent show at their braai. We were also given the task to keep them having fun and inspire them to dance. Hesitant to say no, Tim and I accepted the responsibility of hosting the braai, not really knowing what to expect. Admittedly, I was a little nervous about the experience. Here we were two random Americans who hadn’t met any of these students. We don’t know what they enjoyed, if they would understand the jokes that we made, whether they would warm up to us. If we didn’t do a good job, we could have ruined the talent show, and set a very bad first impression of us to the students. However, if done properly, it would be a great way to introduce ourselves to the students and to the community as a whole. In preparation for the braai, Tim and I decided to just be ourselves; to not hold back on any energy or commitment, and to fully put ourselves out there for the students and….
It was a blast. The students had a lot of fun, Tim and I got the chance to act a fool while at work, and we got to know everyone really quickly. We did a little dancing, Tim gave a rap and overall everyone had a great time. Looking back on that experience, I would say if the Binders helped us enter the community, the braai made us a part of it. We were able to show the TSiBA community that we were willing to put ourselves out there, be vulnerable and selfless towards the needs of the community. We showed that we were interns in a business environment who liked to have fun and weren’t afraid to be ourselves. After this event, I felt as though the TSiBA community had embraced us. No matter if we were leading a Math tutorial or an Information Technology session, all the students saw us rap and dance, and were more than comfortable approaching us for help.

They even gave us the nickname of Harold & Kumar; referencing a popular American film that feature characters that look vaguely like we do.

Back to the point.


Both of these events were essential to our ability to enter the community as fast as we did. I would say that my major take-away from this whole experience is that to enter a community most effectively, you must do so with an open-mind, a genuine heart, and the willingness to learn. You need put your ego regarding what your education or experience qualifies you to do to the wayside and prepare yourself to put together some Binders. Don’t take yourself too seriously, put yourself out there, host a braai or two. If a community is entered correctly, lasting relationships are formed, and great productive experiences can be had. Even though you may enter the community as an outsider, you can leave as a part of it.

Moving forward, when engaging any sort of future service learning/community service project, I will definitely give great time and energy to figuring out how I will enter the community.


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Joseph Maisels: Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellowship Experience

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The Fellowship experience has changed my life and the way I view my future. I need to start off by saying that the selection process was the most intense experience that I have ever undergone. It was close to six months in which I completed an application form, attended an interview and particiapted in a selection camp assessment centre. Even the final acceptance telephone call was intense - I was really excited when I received news that I was accepted to the Fellowship.

Being part of the Fellowship has transformed my views regarding the change I am able make in the world around me. It has exposed me to young individuals like myself who have a similar passion to make a difference. The Fellowship is designed to improve my competencies and behaviour through its holistic approach. I am able to grow as an individual in my leadership and entrepreneurial capacity; however it also gives me the opportunity to grow in socially and emotionally.  If I perform well in my degree I will also have the opportunity to apply for post-graduate which I am really excited about, since I wish to further my studies once I have graduated.

The Candidate-Fellows community consist of great individuals and I have been able to create a number of meaningful friendships and even one mentorship relationship. Having a fellow TSiBA student in the Fellowship is great as she provides me with a great deal of support – It’s been great to be able to work closer with her.

The support that the Foundation provides is amazing. One of the support mechanisms I have access to be a Leadership and Entrepreneurship Officer to whom I submit assignments and with whom I can meet in order to gain insights as to how I can grow in those areas of my life.

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Written by: Joseph Maisels, TSiBA BBA2 student

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Zikhona Ngumbela: Allan Gray Orbis Foundation experience

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The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation offers the exceptional Allan Gray Fellowship to Southern Africa’s pioneering bright young students. This initiative aims to develop students, known as Allan Gray Candidate-Fellows, into Southern Africa’s future high impact entrepreneurial leaders. Every year, the Foundation selects the best and most ambitious Grade 12 learners and first year university students from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland to join its vibrant community of Allan Gray Candidate-Fellows. The Fellowship includes comprehensive financial support alongside exposure to thought leaders, mentorship and entrepreneurial mind-set development. Access to postgraduate funding is available to those who have excelled in their tertiary studies and the Fellows Programme.

When the Foundation came to TSiBA to present their opportunity, I just knew this was for me. I applied and soon after that I was called for an interview. I wanted this so badly that I was not nervous at all during the interview. I went in and boldly shared with them what I was about and that felt good. After the interview, I was called to let me know that I had made it through to the next round of assessment - a selection camp in Johannesburg. I was so excited although I knew that I had not been selected yet. The camp lasted for 3 days which felt like 3 years. I had never in my life encountered such a thought provoking experience – it really pushed me to challenge myself. The Foundation wanted us to show the best of who we are. Often when someone refers to the “best”, I think it implies that I must be a perfect person. I then tend to adopt all the good things from other people and hope that this will make me perfect. The truth is that no one is perfect. We are just who we are. At the selection camp we had to be ourselves and be the best at that and we had to show what uniquely differentiates us from each other.

Although I did my best, I went home thinking that I didn’t make. Today, I am an Allan Gray Candidate-Fellow and I feel so proud of myself. When I will graduate I will become a Fellow for life. This community provides me with the support needed for my academic and personal development.

When the Foundation decided to host its quarterly Dialogue Session at TSiBA Education for the first time ever, it made me extremely proud of our institution. The Dialogue Session is an opportunity where speakers from industry come and address Candidate-Fellows about a particular topic – this one was about ethical leadership and entrepreneurial spirit.

It’s truly amazing and a privlege to be part of a community of students that care about this country and its future – I feel like I am part of something big. Being in the Fellowship challenges me daily and makes me feel like I am living my life to the fullest. One thing that has shifted for me is that I now feel more confident that I am able to make a significant contribution to the future of this country. I would like to urge all the BBA1 to apply for this opportunity and I look forward to being one of the first Allan Gray Fellows to graduate from TSiBA education.

Written by: Zikhona Ngumbela, TSiBA BBA2 student

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TSiBA Alumni Easter Event at Zanokhanyo Children’s Safety Home

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On Saturday, 30th March 2013, TSiBA Cape Town Alumni spent their Easter with the children of Zanokhanyo Children’s Safety Home in Khayelitsha. We arrived just after 10am and was greeted with pure joy and excitement by the kids. As we began unloading the trunks with goods, all the children’s faces lit up as they saw what the TSiBA Cape Town Alumni brought them for Easter.

We had the pleasure to be exposed to a few hours in their daily life and we’re introduced to everyone’s daily responsibilities, from cleaning, making food, to collecting chicken eggs from their chicken shelter. Due to generous donations, we were also able to let the kids and their “mom”, the owner of Zanokhanyo Children’s Safety Home, Nolubabalo Nditha, relax and enjoy while we as the TSiBA Cape Town Alumni, served a tasty plate of Curry and rice and handed out Easter hampers to everyone.

Donations included: 2 x 10kg Sugar, 2 x 10kg Flower, 1 x 10kg Rice, 1 x Cooking Oil, 10 x 1kg Instant Porridge, 1 x 10kg Maize Meal, 12 x 50ml Toothpaste, 10 x Bath Soap, 34 x Toilet Rolls, Potatoes, Onions, Squash, Butternut, Warm Curry and Rice & Easter Hampers.

The day has in all been a blessing and I thank each and every one of the TSiBA Cape Town Alumni for their generous contribution in creating a difference in the lives of these children. The contributions from TSiBA Cape Town Alumni, have not only made an impact in their lives for that one day, but also provided Zanokhanyo Children’s Safety Home, with various products to sustain themselves for the next month or two. Please read the Thank You Letter  to Elroy and TSiBA Cape Town Alumni Society from Zanokhanyo.

Thank you ALL for Paying-it-Forward

Written by: Elroy Dicks, TSiBA Alumni Chairperson

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Easter Soccer Tournament

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Pictured: Siyabulela Mgayiya with Gugulethu kids

The TSiBA Enactus committee coordinated an Easter Soccer Tournament on behalf of Gugulethu & Nyanga community as part of TSiBA’s & Enactus’s mandate of helping those who are in need.

On the 29th of April 2013, I -Siyabulela Mgayiya- SRC for TSiBA sport and Enactus Sports Enterprise leader with the help of the Enactus sport team took the initiative of convening a soccer tournament for under privilege kids leaving in our townships. We worked with community leaders who played a role of parenting and coaching the kids involved in our Easter tournament. TSiBA student helped with administration and were officials (such as referee and lines man) in the games played on the day. With the help of the funds given by Enactus TSiBA, we were able to travel, eat and entertained ourselves and those present in this tournament.

The tournament was designed with a recreational goal of uniting, entertaining and educating township kids through sport, ensuring that these kids were kept busy during the past Easter holidays. This goal was achieved as we had more than 150 township kids attending the event and managed to create a networking platform for those who are interested in the sport. Challenges we experienced on the day where that of kids not having anything to eat on the day, we had to help print tournament rules & regulations, fixtures & score keeping documents as there was no finance to cover these administration documents.

We left the community of Gugulethu & Nyanga amazed with the work TSiBA & Enactus students prepared in making this event a success. This implementation has rubber stamped the “TSiBA’s pay it forward” culture in the eyes of the community members present on the day.

I’ve attached above pictures taken on the day and would like to invite you and anyone who can help for our future tournament which will take place on the 13th & 14th of April 2013. Donations and any financial support will be welcomed.

Written by: Siyabulela Mgayiya, TSiBA Cape Town SRC Sport Representative
“Igniting opportunity through sport”

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TSiBA Students “Dance to Las Vegas South Africa”

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Our names are Dimitri Louw and Mandy Papier 1st and 2nd year students at TSiBA education respectively. We are co-founders of the new up and coming dance studio, Revolution Studio’s.

We are currently studying at TSiBA Education. We are doing so because we want to to acquire all the necessary knowledge to understand and grow our business professionally. TSiBA education is not only a University it is a support structure that gives you all the necessary guidelines and support to be a successful individual. The mentoring program that TSiBA have is an amazing program, it gives you the opportunity to have sessions with a successful human being and talk about life and to better you as a person. Our Varsity also have a program that allows us to talk to a life couches that will give us the necessary tools to be a successful person.

The studio is up and running since May 2012 to date. Our doors are open to anyone who has a love for dancing and want to grow as a solo dancer as well. Our goal is to make strong dancers individually, so that our movement can be even stronger. We are five partners, each playing a vital role in the creativity and driving force of this Dance Family. We are a diverse bunch of individuals, all from different walks of life as well as very different dancing backgrounds. In this diversity lies our strength. We pride ourselves in doing things differently, seeking new and more adventurous ways to teach our classes, constructing our pieces as well as challenging ourselves in numerous choreographic aspects. We may not agree on everything but we have one thing in common -the love of Dance.

We recently entered one of the biggest dance competitions called ‘Dance to Las Vegas South Africa’. The competition is in search for South Africa’s best dance crews/groups to represent there country in the world Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas. As every year the competition just gets more tough, all the crew’s want to be the best in their country and with that motivation its hard for anybody to win. We entered 3 sections our u18’s, Adult crew (18 and over) and in the mega-crew section. With us just being together for almost 2 years, it was a huge leap to get to 1st place. Not expecting to place top 3 we danced hard and left our hearts on that stage. As the competition ended we heard the names for the younger crews and our u18 team did not make top 3, as sad as it was we still had some faith in the other crews. As they announced the adult crews and said our adult crew placed 4th was an amazing feeling. In 2012 we placed We placed 3rd in the Mega-crew section and now have the opportunity to represent South Africa in the World Hip Hop championships in Las Vegas. We are in need of sponsorship to make this opportunity possible.

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HCBA students talk about what life is like on campus and what they think about TSiBA

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Pictured: Lugmaan Titus, HCBA student at TSiBA Cape Town

Shon van Harte - T13109
My experience has been amazing and challenging @ the same time I am still adapting to the fast environment and the oh so new economics. I have met some really awesome people here and they make each day worth it.

Carwell Lekay - T13052
Everything is new to me, given my age I have to adapt to different tribes and learn to interact on a daily basis with random people, it’s been fun so far and I really enjoy everyone I engage with. I find that because of TSiBA’s pro bono nature a few lectures are with no urgency and this needs to be worked on. Proud of myself for working it through the institutes arbors and looking forward to tripling my worth.

Sinoxolo Sinari (Lolo) - T13097
I came to Tsiba just to learn business. I have had a great time here at Tsiba and loved every moment more than expected.
Igshaaan Adams - T13003
It’s amazing, I love it although less classes would be much appreciated and also assignment dates should not all be cramped up and I feel that notes should be printed for us; it would make things much easier.

Nokuthula siswana - T13098
I am enjoying every moment of being at TSiBA. Every day I gain new experiences and knowledge. Most of all, knowing that I have a second family on campus makes me feel at home.

Clyde Gympies - T13038
TSiBA is like a working playground. I enjoy every moment on campus. On weekends I wish to be at TSiBA. The classes are nice but I have a problem with ECO-F class. Wish there could be a better Dave. . . NOT!

Vernique Grever - T13036
Notes should be printed and Janine must go through her lectures slower. Assignment due dates must be further apart and not on the same day.

The staff at TSiBA is really thrilled that the students are enjoying their time here and feeling part of the TSiBA family.  Every single student in HCBA 2013 is already a winner to us having made it through the selection process. We have the utmost faith in all of you achieving great things and look forward to being a part of your experience here. We appreciate all your comments and are happy to respond to any queries so that we can make sure TSiBA remains the best it can be.

Written by: Lugmaan Titus, HCBA student at TSiBA Cape Town

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TSiBA Alumni Hike Up Rhodes Memorial

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Pictured: Adeeb Samsodien, Elroy Dicks, Luwanda Mxhosana & Yazeed Peters

On the 23rd Feb 2013, five TSiBA Alumni were up and ready to discover the natural beauty of Rhodes Memorial, right on our doorstep, situated beautifully on the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak.

The weather was pleasant and the walk started as soon as everyone reached the hiking trail which presented a 20-25 minute walk up the steps to the Contour Path that led to Newlands Forest. We opted to take the Contour Path instead of walking up to the Kings Block House for two reasons; many muggings have been reported in that area and we just couldn’t resist the shaded Newlands forest on a scorching hot day.

The view from the hiking trail was breathtaking, giving us uninterrupted view of the Southern & Northern Suburbs with Muizenberg beach in clear view.

One of TSiBA Alumni’s most experienced hikers, who has hiked Mount Kilimanjaro, Luwanda Mxhosana, hiked with us. His legs were shaking a bit because the last time he hiked was in Kilimanjaro, March 2011.
The trail to the Newlands forest picnic area took us 2 hours, all well spent catching up on what’s happening in our lives and sharing beautiful stories of journeys undertaken since graduating from TSiBA.

After a well deserved rest and “brunch”, we headed back down the mountain and left nature in the beautiful state that we found it for, hopefully, many future TSiBA Alumni to enjoy.This has in all, been a very joyous and beautiful day spent amongst people with a common purpose in life to “Pay It Forward”.

Pictured: Yazeed Peters, Wiedaad Solomons, Adeeb Samsodien and Luwanda Mxhosana

Written by: Elroy Dicks, TSiBA Alumni Chairperson and Senior Fund Administrator at CURO Fund Services

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Proposed Tax on New Graduates

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One of the resolutions passed at Mangaung last year was a proposal to tax new graduates. The purpose of the tax is to bolster NSFAS. While I agree on the need for NSFAS, it should not come at the expense of new graduates. Tertiary education should be incentivized and not the other way around.

As this was taken at the ANC conference, it is not yet on the government agenda. On the face it seems that the ANC is seeing the effects of a slowing economy, the impact has on revenue collection, and are looking at creative ways in which to levy taxes. This can be seen with the introduction of e-tolling and the government’s insistence on “the user pays principle”

This principle in my opinion is flawed when it comes to national budgets on infrastructure, service delivery, national healthcare, education, safety and security as these impacts the vast majority of the population. As an example if the user-pays principle was to be uniformly adopted across government spending and revenue collection, as someone that does not have children and have private medical aid, I would be within my rights to request that my tax paid not go towards education or public health. Also my tax should only be spent in the Western Cape. Where does one then draw the line with this flawed user-pays principle.

Last year Pravin Gordhan announced South Africa’s first 1 Trillion Rand budget. I shudder to think what he will be saying when he steps up in parliament later this month. Last year’s budget was probably one of the worst in recent years. The reduction of certain taxes was far less than the implementation of new taxes and the increases in existing ones. Last year’s budget was one that affected the poor more than any other sector of the population.

While the proposed graduate tax will only be a possible reality in 5 to 10 years, something needs to done now to stop this from ever seeing the light of day. It should not even get as far as the etolling debacle as the action through the courts will be a lot harder than any civilian lobbying action taken now.

The full article can be viewed HERE.

Written by: Achmat Kazie, TSiBA’s Financial Manager

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CTEW Ignites at TSiBA

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As over 75 community guest entered TSiBA’s Arena Friday morning, they were greeted with the sounds of enthusiastic students and a warm marimba band.  The scrumptious muffins, juice, and coffee were popular among the new arrivals, but the food was not the substance most desired. The young entrepreneurs, students and other guest from the community came to witness the inspirational, successful narratives of student, community, and guest entrepreneurs. However, the audience may have gotten more than they bargained for—the program engaged the visitors by opening the platform for questions, comments, and providing a place for participants to network in an entrepreneurship market.

TSiBA’s Youth Ignited event combined its role Cape Town Entrepreneurship Week as well as the Ignition Centre’s Quarterly Entrepreneurship Breakfast, bringing together a vast variety of individuals from the community. However, the significance of the program was its inclusion of student entrepreneurs. When the unemployment rate is increasing annually and disparities between the wealthy and the poor are ever widening, South Africa is hungering for a generation of youth who ignite their passions in the form of commerce. TSiBA creates the spark for entrepreneurs to be self-sustainable through the Ignition Centre’s resources, connections and encouragement.

The audience was captivated by success stories shared by student, community, and guest entrepreneurs

One of several Mhani Gingi market displays

The diversity of speakers related to each audience member as individuals spoke from each corner of the community. The speakers consisted of TSiBA student companies Tongue Smart Catering and Hustle Trends, community venture Delavega Creations, Luvoyo Rani of Silulo Ulutho Technologies, Ronald Sasson of Sissy Boy, Ryan Charton of Union Swiss , and one minute rocket pitches from community entrepreneurs, and TSiBA organizations and staff. The program was MCed by Nicole Kada and Ekome Same, who was interview by Cathy Dipnall from Young Business Leaders (YBL) along with Faith Tererai. The event ended with an entrepreneurship market in collaboration with Mhani Gingi. Plants, product and services were displayed by TSiBA stakeholders and Mhani Gingi representatives for entrepreneurs to peruse the tables and network with each other while snacking on a lunch sandwich.

The Ignition Centre hopes to make this an annual event, occurring simultaneous with the Cape Town Entrepreneurship Week ever year. This is one of many exciting components to TSiBA’s entreprenurial future.

Written by: Lindsey Ricker

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TSiBA Eden Gets a Perfect 10

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PINELANDS, CAPE TOWN 13 November 2012

The Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) Eden campus in Karatara near Knysna, has a lot to smile about.  Ten TSiBA Eden students were recently interviewed for an amazing training programme venture between Unilever and Smollans.  Each and every one of the students made it onto the programme.  They are: Lucky Sithole, Mkhombeni Hlengwa, Monwabisi Tese, Zamuxolo Nqweniso, Masala Ramulifho, Thabang Ramaano, Nokwazi Shezi, Sinelizwi Mkhwebula, Thembeka Gola and Zenthia Kamfer, a TSiBA Eden graduate.  The students will be placed by the Smollan Group within a corporate environment in various positions that suit their skill-set in 2013.  With the Smollan’s structured training at this level coupled with the right development, most of these individuals, via their own merit and determination, have the potential to move into various positions within the Unilever Field Sales structure (a Business Unit within the Smollan Group).

TSiBA Eden campus director, Sandy Ueckermann, could not be more thrilled, “It is so wonderful that all ten students have made it!  TSiBA Eden is unique in that it focuses on offering a green entrepreneurial bridging and skills development programme that serves rural communities in the Southern Cape and beyond.  At TSiBA we focus on being an innovative learning community that graduates entrepreneurial leaders who ignite opportunity and social change”.  Each of the students was able to select where they wanted to be based and all of them were lucky enough to be placed at the relevant Smollan’s branch of their choice.

Denella Fencham, Unilever HR Director for Customer Development explains why the students were selected, “Having interviewed the ten students, it is clear that TSiBA is embedding its values of Initiative, Integrity, Responsibility, Tenacity, Communication and Resilience within its students.  In addition, they all demonstrated a strong sense of community and we loved the fact that they were all involved in a “pay it forward” initiative plus showed a deep commitment to our planet via various environmentally-conscious initiatives on campus.  Also worth mentioning is how humbling it was to learn how most have overcome many obstacles and hardships to get to where they are today – and are not afraid of hard work, nor starting at the bottom to earn their stripes.  These qualities, coupled with right attitude will set them up well in future.  The TSiBA team has done a great job at setting the right foundation!  Thank you for the experience and opportunity.”

Katia Graca, Business Unit Human Resource Manager, Unilever Field Sales, has indicated that they are currently looking at ways to sustain this long term partnership with TSiBA Eden, in employing all successful students in the future within the UFS business unit or within the larger Smollan Group.

Earlier this year Unilever South Africa was chosen as one of seven of the Best Employers in Africa.  Unilever prides itself as being a leader in research and development, having a highly regarded graduate recruitment programme, international career opportunities and providing a successful work/life balance due to a flexible working environment for its employees.

According to Denella, “This partnership with TSiBA is in line with the global Unilever strategy which is to double our business whilst reducing the environmental impact, which calls for a talent strategy that supports this growth and our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan ambition.”

TSiBA is an innovative business school that is based in the Western Cape.  TSiBA was founded in 2004 as a not for profit company and is registered and fully accredited with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution.  Students are not required to pay for their education monetarily, but rather to “Pay it Forward” by transferring the knowledge, skills and resources that they gain at TSiBA into their communities. In this way, TSiBA’s vision of “Igniting Opportunity” is realized.



•TSiBA Education is a beneficiary of the Vodacom Change the World Programme for 2012/2013.
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Innovation In Action

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sold equip goods distributed to local adventures

In the third and last year of the Entrepreneurship and Leadership BBA major, TSiBA students complete a course called Innovation and Knowledge Management 3 where they must conduct R20 K enterprise development projects. Like the previous course, Entrepreneurship 2, the students must carry out actual business activities. However, Innovations 3 students must focus on innovation strategies throughout their venture based on process, business model, and service or marketing innovation. The revenues generated are applied to sustain the developmental projects in preparing students for the corporate world or their own enterprising venture. In accordance to the course mission, the organisations’ goal is to support other local businesses through enterprise development.

This year, the class groups consisted of three enterprises: Bookit, Student Inc, and Equip. Together, the three businesses earned a net profit of R57,583 within a two month time constraint. However, the business Equip alone raised R50,727 of the total net profit.The three ventures were able to earn this net profit due to the generosity of Juta & Co’s in-kind donation of office supplies, textbooks, and kitchen equipment valued at R1,082,667 for the support of enterprise development.

JJ’s cafe owners

Equip selected donated products such as South African sport jerseys, kitchen appliances and catering equipment consisting of, but not limited to, crockery, chip fryers, food display units, glassware, and silverware. The group sold products to internal and external consumers as wells as businesses in diverse stages of development ranging from startups to existing ventures. The team was able to supply Nyama Nyama, local entrepreneur Sally Brambill, and JJ’s Café with kitchen equipment for the companies, fulfilling their mission to support local enterprise development. Since the Equip team exceeded the R20,000 goal, the students will receive 5% of the total value of sales.

Written by: Lindsey Ricker

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Practical Experience Through Entrepreneurial Implementation

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Entrepreneurship 2 Implementation Presentations

Implementation is a component absent in most entrepreneurship business degrees around the world. However, the implementation requirement in TSiBA’s Entrepreneurship 2 class is clearly successful as project presentations demonstrated Thursday, October 19. From the Tongue Smart Catering (TSC) buffet to the displays of accessories and fashion products, the students of Entrepreneurship 2 have clearly made their business theories a reality. Among the eight student ventures, the teams together earned a net profit of about R50,000.
The student teams consisted of:

TSC food display

The presentations showed advanced knowledge of venture management and enlightened philosophies on entrepreneurship. Teams discussed the challenges they faced and had to resolve complex issues such as changes in suppliers, navigating group dynamics, and managing financial operations. The groups’ successful performances will set a new benchmark for future student enterprises. The top two teams will also have the honour of presenting their businesses during TSiBA’s Cape Town Entrepreneurship Week event on November 16.

One of the eight student ventures, Flavavuum

Written by: Lindsey Ricker

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Change Makers Celebrated and Encouraged at CPUT

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organisation raising awareness about human trafficking

After eating an assortment of delicious appetizers and pastries at CPUT’s Service Learning Mini Conference, I decided that I may never leave South Africa. However, the food was just one of many delightful experiences found at CPUT’s conference hosted by the Centre for Community Engagement and Work-Integrated Learning.

The conference was an epicentre for movers and shakers in the greater Cape Town area, highlighted by a series of service learning project exhibits. Many of the attendees were employees of significant NPOs in the community. The conference served as a platform to inform, unify, and recognize the achievements of local nonprofit organisations and community based organisations.

The event was run by the entertaining programme director Trevor Davis and TSiBA’s very own Abe Oliver was the keynote speaker. As the guest speaker, Abe spoke about change makers in the social enterprise industry. To demonstrate the impact of social ventures, Abe gave international examples such as World Vision, Kiva, the Grameen Bank, Toms Shoes, and FashionABLE. However, the local examples seem to resonate just as much with the audience. Khayelitsha Cookies, Streetwires, the Clothing Bank, and the Amy Biehl Foundation were among the local social ventures highlighted to demonstrate sustainable change with a measurable impact.

Mr. Abe Oliver delivers his keynote address

Abe ended his lecture by posing a challenge to the audience. By citing Silulo Ul and Dalavega Creations, Abe demonstrated how TSiBA supports the community through the ignition (Entrepreneurship) Centre. He congratulated the attending NPOs’ achievements and encouraged them to strive for more by increasing sustainability in their local communities as well. Finally, Abe showed that financial constraints are not an excuse for a lack of growth since funds are available for those who seek them. For instance, UnLtd South Africaa R50K grant, but he is looking for organisations to claim it. Just as significant as money, Abe concluded that social entrepreneurs need innovation and sustainability to eradicate social issues and poverty.

Written By: Lindsey Ricker, Ignition Centre Intern


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TSiBA Is Tops with Another Mandela Rhodes

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The Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) is extremely proud to announce that TSiBA graduate, Thokozile Mcopele, has received the prestigious Mandela Rhodes scholarship for 2013.  Thokozile completed her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership in 2012 and has her eyes set on an Honours Degree in Strategic Management at one of Gauteng’s Institutions of Higher Learning.  Thokozile is the fifth Mandela Rhodes scholar for TSiBA in five years and positions TSiBA as the institution with the highest percentage of Mandela Rhodes Scholars in the country – an unequalledachievement!

The prestigious Mandela Rhodes scholarships aim to help building leadership excellence in Africa.  The Mandela Rhodes Foundation offers young Africans who exhibit academic prowess as well as broader leadership potential an educational opportunity unique on the continent. While pursuing their chosen post-graduate degree, each Scholar benefits from access to leadership development programmes, rooted in the principles underpinning the Foundation.  In addition to the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of fellow-Scholars that spans the continent and academic disciplines, they become part of a wide-ranging network of young Africans of excellence who are expected to play leadership roles in their fields and societies in the years following their time ‘in residence’.  Since the selection of the first cohort of eight Scholars in 2005, a total of 173 Mandela Rhodes Scholarships have been awarded.Thokozile expresses her feelings, “I feel so blessed and humbled to have been awarded this prestigious scholarship and am so grateful to TSiBA. Without the excellent training in Entrepreneurship and Leadership and having been exposed to the high calibre of lecturers, students and staff at TSiBA, this would never have been possible for me. And of course, it is a huge blessing from God!”  TSiBA CEO, Adri Marais, explains, “Thokozile epitomises the TSiBA graduate, someone with the perfect blend of skills, knowledge and most importantly, the right attitude, which will make her go far in life.  Well done Thokozile – we couldn’t be more proud of you.”TSiBA is an innovative business school that is based in the Western Cape.  TSiBA was founded in 2004 as a not for profit company and is registered and fully accredited with the Department of Higher Education as a private higher education institution.  TSiBA’s mission is to be an innovative learning community that graduates entrepreneurial leaders who ignites opportunity and social change.  Students are not required to pay for their education monetarily, but rather to “Pay it Forward” by transferring the knowledge, skills and resources that they gain at TSiBA into their communities. In this way, TSiBA’s vision of “Igniting Opportunity” is realized.

Thokozile strongly believes in the TSiBA of principle of Paying it Forward, “I Pay it Forward by making sure I contribute wherever and whenever I can.  I know the best gift I can give to others is by living out my name and bringing joy unto others and allowing others to do the same. Nothing makes me happier than to see other people overflowing with joy.”
Wishing you all of the very, very best in your future endeavours, Thokozile.

Written by: Linda Brash, Brand Manager

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From Flying TSiBA’s Flag To FNB’s R10 000 In The Bag…

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It’s quite impossible to share my entire experience during the FNB Bursars workshop, but I can highlight the best of my experience.  Firstly, the aim of the workshop was based on understanding and linking our SA community and economy, as well as an overview of FirstRand Ltd.

My unknown journey started on 8th July with my first time flying on an aeroplane - flight 334 from Cape Town to Johannesburg. After we landed in busy Johannesburg, I was quickly ushered to the classy FNB Conference and Learning Centre. It had a 5 star hotel standard, maybe even a 6 star standard! Everything during this workshop was sorted out by FNB…and I mean everything. I had breakfast like a king, lunched like a king, and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you what dinner was like!

For 6 days I had a schedule of 8am to just after 5pm. This schedule included going to the different subsidiaries of FirstRand Ltd which are FNB, WesBank and RMB Holdings. Within that I got to meet many inspiring people from FNB’s Head of Private Clients, Basani Maluleke, to the CEO of FirstRand Ltd – Mr Sizwe Nxasana, who was quite keen to know more about TSiBA Education. Hint, hint Bev wink! So that was just the nice of part of the workshop, and now comes the best and most exciting part.

Paul Steenkamp, FNB Head of Innovations Programme, puts up a challenge for us, which involved creating an innovative product or service. The team that wins the challenge walks away with R10 000 start-up capital. The first thing that came to my mind was easy peezy! At TSiBA I have already came up with many innovative ideas and since 1st year I have been doing Entrepreneurship as a subject. Paul gave us about 3 days/nights to create an innovative idea and eventually we presented the concept to a panel of judges. Then they announced the winners, and my team took first place!

On a serious note, this workshop is really an opportunity for all students as it gives you a much broader view of the working (jungle) world. But remember I said my journey started on the 8th July? Well, it actually started on the 14th July when I left Johannesburg with R10 000 in the bag – the first half will be released
as soon as a business has been registered and the second half in 2013. Watch this space!

The FNB Foundation supports TSiBA to the value of 10 scholarships – we are most appreciative of their support and their interest in developing our students and creating new opportunities for them. Thanks too, to Ian Slade of Tshikululu Social Investments for his role in managing the programme.

Written by: Arshad Tape, BBA3 Student at TSiBA Cape Town

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Ekasi’s Auspicious Start

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The first half of most days in the TSiBA Ignition Centre(IC), Cindy Krawe’s chair is empty. To further TSiBA’s mission to “Ignite Opportunity,” Cindy goes to the Khayelitsha community each morning to teach business strategies to a class full of aspiring entrepreneurs. On the 11th of October, the other cohorts of the IC team visited Khayelitsha to hear her class pitch business plan proposals.

Cindy’s class, Ekasi Entrepreneurs, prepared fifteen minute presentations to inform and persuade their audience to invest in their respective start-ups. The smartly dressed entrepreneurs pitched ideas for ventures that were innovative and sought to fill a need in their local market. Proposals included ideas for cleaning services, party planning and hosting, fashion designs, marketing, and technology firms.

After each pitch, the presenters had five minutes to answer questions and defend their venture. With confidence and ease, many of the entrepreneurs successfully established their credibility by elaborating on their research of the industry and prospective consumers. While the pitches were a first draft for the majority of the class, the students demonstrated maturity and thoughtfulness in the development of their enterprise.

The future looks promising for the Ekasi students and the growth of the programme in Khayelitsha. TSiBA IC hopes for sequential events to increase the scale of the platform and size of the entrepreneurs’ audience, exposing the local community to creative ideas and the entrepreneurs to new stakeholders and resources. Also, the Ekasi programme provides a great opportunity for future participation of the Northeastern University/TSiBA partnership and projects in social entrepreneurship. Other areas of growth in Ekasi include the establishment of an elevator pitch incentive. This would reward and challenge entrepreneurs to quickly present venture ideas with increased clarity and more in-depth development of their business model.

Written by: Lindsey Ricker, TSiBA Ignition Centre Intern

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A Unique Post Grad Offering For TSiBA

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PINELANDS, CAPE TOWN 21 September 2012

The Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) specialises in developing leaders and entrepreneurs who will take South Africa forward.  TSiBA’s mission is to be an innovative learning institution that graduates entrepreneurial leaders who ignite opportunity and social change.  TSiBA noticed a gap in the market for a formalised, academic course that is aimed specifically at those people who work closely with entrepreneurs and small business owners.  Focussing on the vast amount of experience TSiBA has gleaned in the entrepreneurial space, a very special, one-of-a-kind, post graduate course is being incorporated into TSiBA’s academic offering for 2013.  Introducing PG Dip SEC – Post Graduate Diploma in Small Enterprise Consulting.

The PG Dip SEC launch took place at TSiBA’s Cape Town campus on 13 September 2012 and responses from various stakeholders were very positive.  TSiBA’s Dean, Nolan Beudeker, explains “The Total Entrepreneurship Activity (TEA) index for South Africa is at less than 5%. That is less than half of any other comparable nation. Entrepreneurial activity fails simply because people do not know what they are doing: entrepreneurs often have no managerial or financial skills and no help or mentorship. It is also clear from research that most interventions are not successful which is exactly why we are so passionate about this course.”

PG Dip SEC is an 18-month part-time course at NQF Level 8 accreditation.  It is aimed at managers, leaders, coaches, mentors and consultants who have an interest in helping the growth and development of entrepreneurial activity in South Africa.  Essentially it is for those people who help small business owners start, grow and develop their businesses to ensure they are profitable and sustainable.  TSiBA CEO, Adri Marais, elaborates “PG Dip SEC is being designed
as a formalised qualification that will enable its graduates to provide support to entrepreneurs through coaching and mentoring, and to facilitate knowledge transfer in those areas that we know South African entrepreneurs need it most.  Amongst ourselves we speak of a Post Graduate Diploma as ‘Holding-the-hand-of-the-Entrepreneur’.”

PG Dip SEC is a “paid-for” course but all course fees will be ploughed back into TSiBA to cover scholarships for more students.  In terms of Enterprise Development, TSiBA’s integrated model, which includes the TSiBA Fund, enables TSiBA to effectively serve as an ‘empowerment portal’.  TSiBA educates entrepreneurs and works together with partners to offer solutions that address every one of the seven pillars of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Codes of Good Practice.  The three main areas that may be applicable in line with PG Dip SEC include: Skills Development, Enterprise Development and Corporate Social Development.

The course consists of six core modules with one elective plus an experiential learning component.  The core modules include: Entrepreneurship, Applied Coaching and Mentoring, Entrepreneurial Finance, Leadership and Self Development, Business Communication and Information Management and Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business.  The electives include Global Entrepreneurial Business and Social Entrepreneurship.  The strong experiential learning component is modelled around Small Enterprise Consulting and takes throughout the programme. Students will select entrepreneurs for their experiential learning component.  Students will consult with their chosen entrepreneur (typically up to small scale level) during and after each block release of course work.  In the process, students understudy the entrepreneurial journey and support them using acquired tools in business fundamentals, entrepreneurial creativity, leadership, and mentoring and coaching.

To apply, you need to have a three year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and a minimum of four years’ business experience at managerial level.  A 10% quota has been set aside for applicants who do not meet the above criteria to apply for admission through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and a submission of a portfolio. TSiBA also accepts 5% of its intake from non-South African citizens.  The course is worth 120 credits which is the stipulated criteria for application for further studies into relevant Masters Programmes. TSiBA is a registered, accredited institution (number 2007/HE08/001) and is up to date with the application process for this programme extension.  The cost of the course is R34 800 and payment options are available. NGO’s can apply for a fee-discount.
The Application fee is R200 and the Registration fee is R600.  For more information or to apply, please go to the TSiBA website, click on Programmes and Centres and then select PG Dip SEC from the menu.  You can also call Warren Kennard for more information on 072 293 8071 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Written by: Linda Brash, Brand Manager at TSiBA

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Introducing The BBA2 Students’ Book “It Starts With ME”

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It Starts with Me was compiled by the BBA2 students together with their Leadership and Self Development lecturer, Ruth Mattison and three professionals - writer, Jenny Ibbotson, editor Kristina Davidson and book designer, Petal Palmer. These four volunteers embody TSiBA’s Pay it Forward philosophy and demonstrate the power of intergenerational collaboration.

The students chose to listen to people who have a positive outlook on life. During their conversations with these inspiring youth, they discovered that it is possible to face many challenges in life and still reach for your dreams – and make those dreams come true. It may not be easy but these resilient people are creating a positive future for themselves, their families and communities.

Here is the link to it starts with Me - Youth Shaping a Better South Africa.

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Ours Is a Leadership Opportunity

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Is it just me, or do you also find the constant talk of a leadership “crisis” boring and depressing? It seems a well-worn cliché now that is no longer helpful. Use of the word crisis can serve to mobilise and rally communities of people wonderfully for a short while. But if used ongoingly –as it is these days– it has the opposite effect.
I believe that it is not only is it unimaginative, but also irresponsible to regurgitate this tired cliché. It perpetuates the very situation - disorientation, numbness, a lack of energy and uncertainty – that we bemoan. When we decry the reality that we consider to be “the state of leadership” in our country, we are in fact practising poor leadership ourselves.

What do I mean by leadership? One of the best definitions that I have heard is that leaders take people to places that they ordinarily would not go to by themselves. Good leaders create a compelling vision of a place that people can’t quite imagine or fully believe in yet, and then they help them to get there. Poor leaders recycle the status quo.

One of our problems is that we believe that only Great Leaders, like Nelson Mandela, can take us to an alternate future. Perhaps this is because, as Mamphela Ramphele has identified, we still have a “Groot Baas” mentality 18 years after Apartheid was supposed to have died. We have abdicated our responsibility to be active citizens to a very small and elite few who never were and never will be able to do it on their own. The Dinokeng Scenarios ( of 2009, which she helped to outline, encourage us to “Walk Together” to realise a future in which civil society, you and I, take leadership together with government.

Scenario planning is based on the premise that our future is not fixed. Leadership is an act of creation and we can choose from a range of alternate pictures or scenarios. This approach was used powerfully when our future seemed extremely precarious in the early 90’s. The Mont Fleur Scenarios outlined four such stories about the future and gave each story evocative names like “Lame Duck” and “Icarus”. In the end the participants chose a story called “Flight of the Flamingoes” in which the transition to democracy was successful, with everyone rising slowly and together. They set about sharing this story and in so doing, sowed the belief that this was possible.

What stories are you telling? What South Africa are you painting? Which country are you choosing to live in? What effect are your words having on those around you?

The words that we choose to use are critical, and we do have a choice. South Africa’s leadership is only in crisis if that is what we choose. A leader knows that a problem represents a solution, waiting to be discovered. Leaders are willing to stand out from the crowd and offer a different way of looking at our reality, an alternative route to the future. Leaders don’t accept reality as it seems to be. We create it as we would like it to be.

We can each be leaders by simply not repeating well-worn clichés. Let’s begin by choosing to replace the word crisis with opportunity. Let’s start looking out for stories that support our chosen future and let’s share these with each other. I know of many, but here’s just one.

Last year the DG Murray Trust launched an ambitious nationwide public innovation and leadership incubator called Activate! Currently 200 young people are involved in their three year programme that is building a critical mass of think-out-the-box trendsetters and they are scaling their reach quickly. These young social change agents represent a wave of emerging ethical leaders that is beginning to gain momentum and will be increasingly visible in years to come.

The country of our dreams exists, but we are still expecting that someone else will take us there. In the seeds of our crisis lies the chance to realise that there is no Great Leader or Groot Baas who will save us. We have to go where we have not been willing to go before. We have to start using words that inspire hope and create energy when we talking about our country. We have to stop talking, and, like Activate!, just start doing.

What seems like a crisis to some, can be a leadership opportunity for each and every one of us.

Leigh Meinert is a co-founder and executive director of TSiBA, a private not for profit business school.

05 September 2012

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TSiBA 5th Annual Curriculum Review

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On Wednesday 5 October the academic team met with Ian Scott, Jeff Jawitz and Kevin Williams of UCT, including Keith Long the Headmaster of Rhodes High, to debate the assumptions we make in curriculum construction. We left with some great insights which fed really well into the the theme for the curriculum review on 6 September: Student Workload and Assignment Integration.

Dr Shadrick Mazaza opened the session with a thought provoking talk on Consciousness and Personal Transformation. Here is the link to the podcast. here In a nutshell the outcomes of the two sessions have emphasised the need to accelerate our move towards incorporating 21st century learning and teaching skills into our curriculum.

We now have two main focus areas for our curriculum construction: (1) integration of content knowledge and skills across disciplines; and (2) incorporating ICT’s for education into the mix for both pre- and post-lecture material and student assignments.  The podcast above demonstrates our experimentation with this technology.

2013 is going to be a fun year for us!

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Township Training with Ekasi Entrepreneurship Academy

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Cindy Krawe, TSiBA’s Community Training Courses Co-ordinator, has recently launched a joint venture project with Silulo Ulutho Technologies to create a training academy in Khayelitsha.  Ekasi Entrepreneurship Academy aims to empower township entrepreneurs by giving them the necessary skills and training to grow their businesses.

Ekasi Entrepreneurship Academy opened for business on 23 July with its first intake of nine entrepreneurs.  Ekasi means “township” in Xhosa and the name was chosen with a long term dream of opening many of these academies in townships all over Cape Town.  The courses are aimed at entrepreneurs with start-up businesses or individuals who have an idea for a business that they want to start.  The first course is 12 weeks long and covers topics such as Business Essentials, Business Plan Writing and Mentorship.  The course costs R2000 and classes run every week day morning from 08h00 – 10h00 until 12 October at Silulo’s Head Office at Khaya Bazaar.  The course facilitator, Cindy Krawe, teaches the training material.  Cindy has been involved in community training since she graduated from The Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) with her BBA degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership in 2010.

Cindy noticed the overwhelming number of unemployed people in her community and decided to do something about it.  She explains, “From the research I conducted, some of the reasons for the high numbers of employment were due to the fact that people didn’t have job finding skills, they did not know how to use a computer or type out a CV and if they were lucky enough to secure an interview, they didn’t know how to adequately prepare for it to make a good impression.”  Cindy and TSiBA entered into a joint venture to start the TSiBA Community Training Programme which forms part of the Ignition Centre.  Founded in 2007, the TSiBA Ignition Centre is a hub dedicated to extending TSiBA’s mission of “Igniting Opportunity” to reach beyond their students and into the communities they come from.  The centre offers support to community members and aspiring entrepreneurs through specific training courses, mentorship programmes, networking opportunities, access to business networks, office infrastructure and business instruments.

To date, the Ignition Centre has helped over 200 entrepreneurs and one of the major success stories is Luvuyo Rani of Silulo Ulutho Technologies. Luvuyo is a former teacher and started his computer sales business from the boot of his Corsa Lite. He first came to TSiBA to seek help with managing growth, finance and compliance.  Silulo Uluthu now has more than 18 internet cafés and computer training centres in Cape Town and has recently opened its first internet café in Queenstown, Eastern Cape.  Silulo Ulutho was the perfect choice as a joint venture partner because they are committed to empowering individuals with knowledge to create more successful township entrepreneurs.

To book a place on the next course in October, you can contact Nomthandazo Mlungwana at Silulo Ulutho Technologies on 021 361 3212 or email Nomthandazo Mlungwana .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Gia Whitehead Is TSiBA’s Top Woman!

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On the eve of Women’s Day, the Top Women awards ceremony took place at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg. It was a star studded evening with esteemed members of government in attendance including DIRCO Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Energy Minister Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, and MEC Nomusa Dube.  Gia Whitehead, TSiBA’s Sustainability Director, won the award for Top Woman Entrepreneur (sponsored by ACSA) category.

The judging panel for the 2012 Awards included admired business leaders like Basetsana Kumalo – Director of Travel with Flair, Stewart van Graan – General Manager of Dell Southern and Central Africa, Dolly Mokgatle - Co-Founder and Executive Director of Peotona Group Holdings and Ansie Ramalho – CEO of the Institute of Directors of South Africa, to name but a few.  There were 18 finalists in the Top Woman Entrepreneur category and Gia Whitehead won the award for her incredible work in the non profit sector.  Gia is one of four founders and the Sustainability Director of TSiBA Education NPC. She successfully established a non profit business school in Cape Town devoted to developing entrepreneurial skills for future business leaders from traditionally disadvantaged communities, without depending on government funding support. Gia heads up Sustainability for TSiBA and also focuses on attracting Enterprise Development funding.  She specifically developed the Entrepreneurship Curriculum with practical components that simulate real life experiences.  There has been little precedent to rely upon and Gia, along with the other founding members, has developed a model for replication elsewhere in Africa – the first being a rural campus in Karatara, near Knysna.  Further replications are planned for Gaborone, Botswana and Stellenbosch, Western Cape. Gia’s achievements are pivotal to the sustainability of TSiBA and the roll-out of the replication model.

Gia has raised over R80 million for operating expenses since TSiBA’s inception in 2004, with over R9 million invested in reserves. This excludes over R3 million raised for the TSiBA Fund, which she set up to build TSiBA’s long-term sustainability.  To date TSiBA has awarded over 1000 scholarships, with 86% per cent of graduates either employed, running businesses or continuing their studies (versus the national average of 32%) and over a dozen are completing international internships. Furthermore, in its short existence, TSiBA has already produced 4 Mandela Rhodes Scholars, placing it among the elite of South Africa’s universities.

Gia expressed her feelings on winning the award, “The award is really about TSiBA and so I believe this award is for everyone who is part of the TSiBA family! I am so proud to have represented such an incredible and inspiring organisation.”

Well done to Gia on an incredible achievement.

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Exciting Times At TSiBA

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The Board of the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) is very proud to announce the appointment of their new CEO, Adri Marais.  Adri will take over from Leigh Meinert from 01 July 2012.  This comes at a very exciting time for TSiBA because it is busy planning two new replications for 2013 – one in Gaborone, Botswana and another in Stellenbosch, Cape Town.  TSiBA is a beneficiary of this year’s Vodacom Change the World (CtW) programme, a ground-breaking programme that takes corporate philanthropy in a new direction.

On Friday, 15 June 2012, TSiBA’s Board of directors announced the appointment of their new CEO, Adri Marais.  Adri is a co-founder of TSiBA and has been with the organisation since it launched in 2004.  Leigh Meinert, also a co-founder, is finishing her second term of three years as the executive head of TSiBA and felt it was time for new leadership to take over the reins, “As TSiBA launches into an exciting new phase of development, I felt it was time for a new wave of passion and energy to come through.  Adri epitomises the spirit of TSiBA and I believe she is the perfect person to take over this special role. I am delighted that the Board has chosen her.”  The role was advertised nationwide and over fifty applications were received.  Ultimately three candidates were shortlisted, two external and one internal.  All the candidates were strong but the Board felt that Adri had the best combination of both education experience and business acumen, which the role requires.

Up until now, Adri has been Executive Director for Academic Programmes and was responsible for the strategic planning, implementation and delivery of all aspects of TSiBA’s academic programmes including the accreditation thereof. Adri has an MSc in Biochemistry and an MBA; she has also recently completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education at UCT. She is passionate about education and the role TSiBA is playing in educating South African youth, “We’re a non profit business school and our aim is to develop leaders and entrepreneurs who will take South Africa forward.  90% of our graduates are either employed or pursuing post graduate studies versus the national average of 32% and this demonstrates that our model really works. Furthermore we have already
produced four Mandela Rhodes scholars. I am so excited to be part of TSiBA’s new growth phase and look forward to more replications both locally and internationally.”

Leigh Meinert will stay on as an Executive Director but in a part-time capacity as she has recently become a mother to a beautiful baby girl.  Leigh will focus on sustainability and growing an endowment in order to ensure that TSiBA has the necessary funding to keep on doing the amazing work they are doing in education.

Welcome aboard Adri!

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TSiBA Eden Ignition Centre Open Day

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The TSiBA Eden Igntion Centre held an “Open Day” for local Karatara people, on Friday the 25 May 2012, to officially introduce the centre’s courses, e-café and entrepreneurship coaching to the community.

A short film on entrepreneurship in Lagos was shown accompanied by delicious “roostekoek” with curry mince, prepared by local entrepreneur Aneline, of “Annie’s Catering”.  This was followed by a slide show presentation of some of the work that the Ignition Centre is doing, and a question and answer session.

The feedback from the community was that they would like to see similar films, which inspire creativity and collaboration; and portray the “success stories” of people earning an income out of recyclable materials. A highlight was the expressed interest in the courses and coaching sessions, people seem really excited to have the computers available here in Karatara and to be able to get training on how to use them.

It was heartwarming to hear that people really enjoyed the afternoon at the Ignition Centre and look forward to coming in again!

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Giant Leap, TSiBA!, For Eden Ignition Centre

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The TSiBA Eden Campus took a giant leap (tsiba!) on Friday the 1 June 2012 by officially launching their Ignition Centre, in Karatara, with a symbolic ceremonial ribbon cutting, by Lwayipi Sam and Alain Leger.

The launch was well attended by friends of TSiBA, employers, service providers, mentors and municipality; including the Old Mutual Ilima Trust, SANPARKS, MTO-Cape Pine, LifeLine Garden Route and Masithandane, coming from as far as Cape Town and the Eastern Cape to witness this important event for Eden Campus. It was a glorious, sunny afternoon with the impenetrable views, of the surrounding mountains set against the clear blue skies, providing a stunning back drop to the buzz of chatter and delightful sampling of locally inspired finger food.

Sandy Ueckermann, TSiBA Eden Campus’ Executive Director, thanked Lwayipi Sam and Mr Leger for their unwavering support which culminated in bringing the Ignition Centre to Karatara. Genevieve Keene, the Eden Ignition Centre Co-ordinator, spoke of the centre’s poignant achievements to date; and Peter Kraan, the Cape Town Co-ordinator, inspired the group with stories of the success of the Ignition Centre’s entrepreneurs in Cape Town. Anita Janse van Vuuren, a local entrepreneur, described how she benefited from the support and business coaching with Deon Kruger, her mentor from the Old Mutual of Ilima Trust, who confirmed the progress that she had made since joining the Ignition Centre. Leigh Meinert, Managing Director of TSiBA Education, expressed her appreciation towards all the parties involved in getting the centre to where it is today.

People were moved by the considerate words of Alain Leger, who thanked TSiBA for the work that they do in marrying education with essential values, that encourage sustainability and sharing opportunities with one’s community. The ribbon ceremony was preceded by the inspiring words of Lwayipi Sam who insisted that the Ignition Centre grows and makes a difference in the lives of the youth in Karatara.

The Ignition Centre is a launch pad for it’s mission of “igniting opportunities” and its vision of people earning “sustainable livelihoods”, and as it continues to grow the potential of what can be launched from here is incredible!


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Computer Classes Held In Smutsville Primary School

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A series of fortunate events lead to the first TSiBA Eden Ignition Centre computer class being held at Smutsville Primary School, Sedgefield, on the 9 May 2012. Hugo Ngaka, the head of a new local NGO, “Sanctified Creed”, approached the Ignition Centre, in early April, regarding computer classes for people in Sedgefield, within minutes a plan evolved regarding bringing the computer course to Sedgefield.
The idea was nurtured with positive input from key stakeholders, namely the Principal Mr Dogh and IT teacher Mr Sass of Smutsville Primary School, and sanctioned by local Ward Councilor Irene Grootboom; which transformed it into reality. Hugo is one of those dynamic people who see opportunities in the blink of an eye; he brought the relevant stakeholders together in order to create this opportunity in Sedgefield, so that local people can acquire sought after skills. The primary school offers an ideal location at the entrance of Smutsville thereby making it very accessible to residents. The Ignition Centre is so grateful for the fiery passion that local people have towards supporting their fellow community members. Thank you!

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Open Day Jitters

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TSiBA Education held its first open day for 2012 on the 17th May 2012. This was a clear indication that recruitment for the 2013 intake was in full swing. The purpose of the open day was to give the prospective students for 2013 a chance to learn more about what TSiBA education provides as a tertiary institution.

The planning for the open day started weeks before the 17th May 2012. First the medium of how to get the message to the prospective students was chosen.  Vukani, Die Son and People’s Post was targeted to advertise about the Open Day. There after the program for the Open Day was carefully constructed on how the day will be runned. The program included showing prospective students a DVD about the TSiBA journey, PowerPoint presentation, campus tour and experiences from current students.
The new Higher Certificate in Business Administration (HCBA) students paid it forward with assisting with the Open Day. It was a moderate turn out with just over 80 people that have shown interest in what TSiBA education has to offer.

The day went well with only a bottle neck at registration; however after that it was smooth sailing for the rest of the day. The HCBA students really worked well together and showed great enthusiasm about sharing with prospective students what it means to Ignite Opportunity.

Written By Bethwill & Tania

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About Gems, Tea and the Work of TSiBA Education

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What do gems and tea have in common? Entrepreneurship, of course!
GEM stands for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor and is the world’s largest study of entrepreneurship. It is an annual assessment of the entrepreneurial activity, aspirations and attitudes of individuals across a wide range of countries.

Now where does the tea come in? The primary measure of entrepreneurship used by GEM is the Total early-stage Entrepreneurial Activity Index or TEA for short. TEA is the percentage of a country’s adult population (18-64 years) active in young (up to 3 1/2 years old) businesses.

GEM South Africa is based at the Graduate School of Business (GSB) at the University of Cape Town. Last night, I listened to Mike Herrington and his research team from GSB present the latest 2011 figures on the state of entrepreneurship in South Africa.

On the whole, the news for South Africa is not good. While there is much room for improvement, we do seem to be making slow advances. Here some highlights:
•In terms of early-stage entrepreneurial activity, South Africa is in the bottom fifth of the barrel. South Africa’s TEA index stood at 9.1%, whereas a number of countries with similar economies (the so-called efficiency economies) scored well over 20% (e.g. Argentina, Chile, China, Colombia, Panama, and Peru.)
•The average in comparable economies is 14.1%, well above South Africa’s performance.
•Of the BRICS economies, Brazil (14.9%) and China (24.0%) are doing very well. There was no data for India and South Africa only beats out Russia (4.6%)
•South Africa leads the pack in gender inequality. While the gender gap in South Africa is becoming smaller, it is still significantly higher than in the other BRICS countries.
•Concerningly, given South Africa’s high youth unemployment rate, entrepreneurial activity in South Africa is more predominant in older generations. South Africa loses out to every Brics country (even Russia!) in early-stage entrepreneurial activity among 18-34 year olds.
•On a positive note, it does seem that our TEA index is slowly improving over time. From 2002 until 2006, the TEA index hovered around the 5% mark. The World Cup 2010 seems to have bumped us up to 9% and in 2011 we managed to stay there.

There is clearly much work to be done in South Africa regarding the fostering of an entrepreneurial mindset. We at TSiBA Education can be extremely proud of the fact that this year’s GEM report showcases our work in fostering and nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit of South Africans. For more For more, see the interview with Leigh Meinert on page 13 of the report.

Peter Kraan

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Why I Get Up In The Morning

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Out of the blue, I received this SMS over the weekend. It was from an entrepreneur who was in my office two weeks ago, a 50ish gentleman who had spent a considerable number of years trying to get his engineering company off the ground. He was very polite and controlled but agitated. During the course of our conversation it was clear that he was under enormous financial and emotional strain. Because of the tough situation, the conversation was tough and I despaired. Afterwards, I remember saying to my colleague Sonja something like “I think we’ve lost this one” and added “But I could be wrong”.

Well, I was wrong:

“Hi Peter. Thanks for the inspiration and your time spent listening to me. I now view life and business from a totally different perspective. I am soughting [sic] out issues with my landlord. C u @ breakfast 22 May. Have a splendid day. Regards. Errol Baynes.”
Unknown to me, Sonja was also getting an SMS at the same time:

“Hi Sonja. Thank you for being diligent and indirectly introducing me to Peter Kraan. I had a good 1 on 1 + fruitful meeting with him. It’s good to have a support structure and positive people like you around. See and meet you @  Q breakfast 22 May. Have a good + blessed evening. Regards. Errol Baynes.”

That very same day, completely unscripted, our MD, Leigh Meinert, received the following email (slightly edited for clarity):

“Hi Leigh ... Today I am a business person because of you and Peter. I trust myself. I do not fear anything in business. The confidence that I have and ability to do my work [came through] the courses I did. [They] opened my eyes. With TSiBA YOU WON’T GO WRONG. ... Evelyn Mbenyane”

What a privilege it is to do the work that we are doing at TSiBA!

Peter Kraan

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Ignition Centre Karatara Business Networking Forum

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The TSiBA Eden Ignition Centre hosted its first Business Networking Forum on the 24 April 2012. Dion Kruger, the Ignition Centre’s mentor and business coach, from Old Mutual’s Ilima Trust, gave an in depth presentation on Marketing which captured everybody’s undivided attention.

The forum is aimed at creating an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to learn and share ideas; that will support their growth and extend their networks. Invitations were extended to entrepreneurs in the local community, to begin this forum with support from our immediate footprint. In total 11 people attended thereby creating a positive atmosphere of support and encouragement through offering referrals and exchanging ideas. The forum will run every 3 months and extend its invitations into the wider Garden Route to create a larger footprint from which people can draw and extend support.
The event was a great succes for the Ignition Centre as it has encouraged entrepreneurs to book appointments and make use of the mentoring resource

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