USA Student Reflection: South Africa Dialogue with TSiBA

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Written by Ally Agoglia
Northeastern University student part of the TSiBA/NU Field Trip Exchange Programme

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The social entrepreneurship dialogue to South Africa opened my eyes to a country I had never experienced, people who understood firsthand the challenges poverty presented, and mechanisms for change that originated largely at the grassroots level. During our trip, we learned about social entrepreneurship alongside our classmates from TSiBA, a business school that provides free or highly subsidized education to predominantly black and colored students in Cape Town. In our smaller Northeastern and TSiBA teams we were paired with local micro-entrepreneurs, later visiting their stores or offices, and offering our business consulting skills to provide the company with tools for improving their efficiency. From this experience, we discovered some of the multi-faceted struggles that under-resourced entrepreneurs face in a developing country on top of the evident challenges that entrepreneurs face globally. 

Outside of our classroom time, we engaged in work with multiple organizations that sought to address key issues including as sexual harassment of children, health care, and malnutrition. With free meals provided by the organization Food for Life, hundreds of community members congregated towards a VisionSpring eye care clinic temporarily constructed in a local school. Our dialogue team tested those with sight troubles, and fitted the individuals with appropriate glasses if necessary for a low cost. Upon finding the right prescription glasses for an elderly woman from the community, I watched as she slid them on her face. When she looked down to the paper to determine whether her eyesight had improved, tears immediately streamed down her face. She bundled me up in a comforting hug, explaining that she hadn’t been able to see for years until today. This clinic and its eyeglasses changed the lives of hundreds of individuals in minute ways such as enabling a grandmother to read the newspaper again, or much more evident ways of equipping a woman to re-start her sewing business.

While in Cape Town, we experienced an intense but short-lived storm. With waves surging over the beach barriers, we remained sheltered inside of the apartment complex, safe from the cold, rain, and wind. Just weeks before, we had walked through the townships and informal settlements of Enkanini, Imizamo Yethu, Langa, and Khayelitsha, marveling both at the creativity sparked from such dire poverty, and reflecting on the still seemingly-hopeless situations of many of the residents. We learned about the power of collective action with community gardens, and the innovative fire-detection technology, Lumkani, that helped address the tragic issue of shack fires within the townships. Despite these advancements, most homes were smashed together, walls often constructed of corrugated tin, scrap metal, or even plastic bags. While we stayed comfortably inside during the storm, hundreds of thousands of people in the townships were left vulnerable to the extreme winds that flattened shacks and led to numerous injuries. These sharp contrasts defined my time in Cape Town. Privilege, in the form of income, housing locations, and opportunities remains a key indicator of inequality, reflecting the legacy of apartheid. These challenges continue to necessitate effective innovations to begin to change the narrative of generational poverty.

As Brian Stevenson advised during his First Pages talk at Northeastern several weeks ago, to truly start to address social problems, we must get proximate to the issues. This dialogue provided me with the opportunity to begin to understand some of the chronic problems affecting the township residents that perpetuate the cycle of poverty. Throughout our work with local micro-entrepreneurs, we witnessed the power small businesses can have as catalysts for this change. I seek to take this perspective back to my classes here at Northeastern to more critically analyze what interventions might be most helpful in this field.

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Luvo Cycle Tour for TSiBA

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My Cycle Story

I am Luvo Vice, 19 years, born and raised in the Eastern Cape in a rural coastal town called Mqanduli. It was, and it still is, great to be a member of this community which is close the town, as well as the beach. During winter there we experience berg winds coming from the west and during summer we experience sea breeze from the east and south. The dry and warm wind during winter makes it perfect for children to be outside in nature, but is bad for farmers due to scarcity of rainfall. As a kid I would use the winter season to cycle all around my beautiful area.
I was always inspired by professional cyclists even though no one in my family loved this sport as they say it is dangerous. However; at the age of 6 years my mother did buy me a bicycle as a birthday gift and that was the most loved present I had ever received.  That day I fell in love with the sport.

A year later I fell badly off my bike and got a bit a bit scratched up while my bike was smashed into pieces. After that my family said no more bikes! But that did not take away my passion for cycling instead it motivated and taught me that even professionals have to fall to get better. It doesn’t matter how many times you fall, what matters is what actions you take afterwards. Even to this day cycling is the thing I always go to in times of stress for exercising and I also use it as vital mode of transport to get to TSiBA and study.
In 2014, I was awarded a scholarship to pursue a Certificate in Practical Business Administration at TSiBA Eden in rural Karatara and that’s where my passion for cycling was re-ignited! We started a cycling club with old mountain bikes at the campus and I had to be competitive with myself as we represented TSiBA at local races. The Cycling Club was successful as we were all committed and were there for each other.

During the year 2014/2015 I participated in 4 to 6 races and always came in the top 10 or 20 depending on the distance. Those races were not only about winning, but about bringing the sponsors and spreading awareness about TSiBA Education and it is the number one green, Wessa-rated business school in South Africa.Our success as a club didn’t just end in Karatara, but went provincial when three members moved to TSiBA Cape Town and represented the university at the 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour. This year, the Eden team is all pursuing their degree in at TSiBA Cape Town which inspired us to continue the legacy and start the TSiBA Cape Town Cycling Club. I can’t tell you how excited we all are to be cycling and sweating it out together for 109km in the 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour!

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Paul Cycle Tour for TSiBA

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My Cycle Story

I am Paul Itumeleng Mphambani, a 27-year-old male originally from Soweto Township in Gauteng, Johannesburg. I was raised by a single parent, my mother, in a family of five siblings including my twin. I have never met my father as he died when I was around 2 years old. I am the first person to finish high school in my family and the first one to enter the tertiary education.
I grew up living in one room with the whole family which we rented for R300 per month. My twin brother and I, as the only men in the house, decided to go work at the age of 15 years old so that we can rent our places and give my sisters their privacy. As a result, we ended up in places that I am not proud of as we never thought we would end up, as part of a gang. In 2007 by some miracle, I managed to get out of the gang which I thought was impossible. I then focused on completing my high school in 2009.

Back then I never had a love for the cycling back then as we were more interested in causing mischief. However; my passion started in 2013 at TSiBA Eden in Knysna (where I completed my Certificate in Practical Business Administration as well as my Higher Certificate in Business Administration). TSiBA Eden campus had a wendy house full of bicycles and helmets which were not being used so my fellow student and I fixed them and I helped found a cycling team I remember my first race, the Kingfisher,  was like a dream come true where I did 70km mountain biking in the Garden route trails.

In 2015 I came to study towards my BBA degree at TSiBA Cape Town and am now in my second year. We got the opportunity to cycle as part of the TSiBA team in the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour. which Being a part of the biggest timed cycle race in the world was the best time of my life ever even though the race was a bit shorter due to bad fires in Cape Town that year. Overall it gives me a great sense of pride to be able to turn my life around by finding passion and positive focus through this sport that I never thought I would have the opportunity to get involved with and that I persevered no matter what!

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Sandile Cycle Tour for TSiBA

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My Cycle Story

I’m Sandile Maqhoboza, I was born and bred in Matatiele. I grew up with the love of cycling, but unfortunately I did not have a bike, but I had a cousin that had a bike. When I was eight years old I used to walk 20-30 minutes every weekend and everyone thought I was visiting the family, but the truth was I was only going because he had a bike.

When I was 14 years my neighbour bought a bike for his son so I used to ride his bike the whole day. I stopped visiting my cousin because I was able to ride my neighbour’s bike until it needed to be repaired and after that I had rent the bike forR10 to ride half a day and I enjoyed every second of it. I loved cycling even though I never had a bike of my own at the time.

In 2014 I started studying at TSiBA Eden campus and during the campus tour I saw a lot of bikes locked in the store room and I knew for sure that my dreams of becoming a cyclist were coming true. The TSiBA Eden Cycling Club trained every day as a team climbing hills and I learnt a lot about how to ride as a team and my love for cycling grew day by day.

I remember that one day we woke up at 3am because we were going to a cycling competition, but we didn’t have transport to take us there so we had to ride more than 30km before the race even started which was not easy, but we had fun. Even though people were making jokes about our bikes (as they were very basic and old) once the race started we proved them wrong because they thought we were not going to finish the race, but surprisingly we all finished before them. Then, after the race, we had to cycle another 30km back to the campus and we were really tired, but we made it through teamwork.

The challenge I faced growing up was, having a passion for cycling, but no money to compete which you need for transport and entry fees. To me cycling it’s not just a sport, but for environmental health because it doesn’t cause air pollution like cars and motorbikes. Also if people can start cycling we won’t have people who are obese and struggling with diseases because they don’t exercise.

The money I raise will go towards TSiBA scholarship for future students to get this opportunity. If it was not for the scholarship I received from TSiBA, my dreams may never have come true.

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Siphosethu Cycle Tour for TSiBA

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My Cycle Story
I was born in the heart of a very cold winter, June 1993, and raised by both parents in rural Eastern Cape. I grew up in the village called Khohlo, in a small town of Mqanduli.  I was introduced to TSiBA Eden Campus in 2014 as a CPBA student.  There was bicycle at the campus used by students so we formed a successful cycling TSiBA Eden Club. I did many races in the Garden route and always doing well coming in the top 10. Through hard work and commitment I improved with ever race -.or my first race I was 7th, and the second 5th, and the third 2nd and the last one came first.

I enjoyed my childhood although it was not easy. I did all the things that other children did in the village, but I felt different as I also loved to play with mechanical things. I remember when I worked on the wiring of my first motor car, it was my first I created something that I could get paid for - and have fun doing! But even when I was 5 years old I was aware that I loved getting out there and making things happen. When I started school in 1998 I already knew what I wanted to become when I grew up. I wanted to be a cyclist and from 1999 I started to use my uncle’s bicycle to go to school. Since then I have never stopped using a bicycle as my means of transport as I developed a deep love for cycling in my early years. It was really challenging for me a few years later when I moved again and my parents couldn’t afford to buy me my own bicycle and my uncle was using it so couldn’t give me his. That was very difficult three years of my life as a child so I spent all my weekends and vacations near my uncle so I could ride his bicycle.

Cycling taught me two important lessons: to be responsible and not to give up. I remember when I started to ride a bicycle it was not easy as I fell down many times, but I never gave up. I kept on learning until I became an expert at it and I never stop learning so now I can do quite a lot of techniques on the bicycle. I have learned to be responsible when I am riding my bike, and in life generally.
In 2014 and 2015 I won an award at school for the best sportsman of the year. I love cycling, and to keep myself fit and healthy.


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Moses Cycle Tour for TSiBA

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My Cycle Story
My name is Nkumane Moses Lefora; I was born and raised in a tiny town called Mount Fletcher in the Eastern Cape. When I grew up I always wanted to cycle, but that seemed like an impossible dream because where I came from there was no one that cycled.

When I was in grade nine I used to ride my bike to school and back home and I really enjoyed being on the bike. In 2014 I went to study at TSiBA Education Eden in Karatara where I became an active cyclist and started participating in races as we had a big cycling club of about 20 active members. Currently I am studying towards my degree at TSiBA Education in Cape Town and I am looking forward to cycle as much as I can because I love to cycle.


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Vincent Motebang Ntlou Cycle Tour for TSiBA

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My Cycle Story
I am Vincent Motebang Ntlou originally from a small town called Mount Fletcher in the Eastern Cape where I lived with my parents and two older siblings. As a young child, I was taught that cycling is only for white people and not for black people as the perception was that soccer was the only sport for us.

Growing up I was the only young boy in the neighbourhood that had a bicycle and people would discourage me because in our culture it was considered an unacceptable sport. Due to this perception and negativity surrounding the sport, overcoming this obstacle became a challenge in itself. However, I was able to overcome this due to two key values that I hold dearly which is to always have a positive attitude and to remain self-disciplined. Because of these, I am able to see beyond what people may see. I see a great community of all races and genders becoming friends in the cycling community all joined by a love for the sport.

Cycling is also important because it keeps people healthy and young keeps the mind fresh. I want to inspire young people from my community and surrounding areas. I want them to look at me and say “because of you, I did not give-up” and that is why I am cycling for the change.

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Rizqah’s Cycle Tour for TSiBA

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8 TSiBA students from TSiBA’s Cycling Club will do the 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour to raise awareness AND funds. Please share this link & support Rizqah Nordien at Rizqah Backabuddy

My name is Rizqah Nordien, 21 years of age. My passion and love for cycling started out when I was asked to help out at a local bike shop in the 2011 October holidays. I soon found myself fascinated by this sport a few months later I got to cycle on the road for the first time…This is where my story begins.

Today, I am a former road cyclist who gave up her dream of becoming a league road cyclist after deciding to choose between racing or becoming a full-time student.Previously I was under full sponsorship for 3-years with a local bike shop where I realised how much passion I have for this sport. Lunch breaks didn’t matter and all I was interested in was learning about bikes and repairs. During that time I cycled for Steenberg High (2011-2013), Cedar race team (2013) as well as being fully sponsored by Caledonion Cycles (2011-2013). In 2013 I did my first Cape Town Cycle Tour in 4hr47.  I have further technical experience with building and working on bikes through practical training at Sportsman’s Warehouse cycling department.

Cycling will always be a part of me because the thing I love doing nearly paralysed me from the waist down in 2011 due to a mountain bike duathlon accident injuring my lower spine. Nobody believed I would ever race again, but I proved them wrong and raced my way up to 18 races and 4 successful tours and received “Player of the Year Award” in matric. I have also paid it forward by coaching youth and beginners when I worked at the local bike shop on weekends.

I am currently a BBA1 student at TSiBA and my vision is to inspire other females out there that nothing is impossible. It has been nearly 2.5 years since I’ve cycled, but I feel it is a time I do what I love most by getting back on the saddle and start a new chapter by slowly getting back into the sport and eventually work my way up if all goes well. And if just by cycling, and doing what I love, can help raise funds for scholarships even better!

My goal is to someday be able to start my own cycle business as well as inspire youth to pursue their dreams by believing that anything is possible.

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#FeesMustFall is old news… TSiBA Education NPC has been is doing it for over a decade!

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Written By: Pearl Pugin, Dean at TSiBA Education, Dean at the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) responsible for the strategic planning, implementation and delivery of all aspects of TSiBA’s academic programmes. She holds an Honours degree in Labour Law Studies and a Masters in Management and is currently pursuing a PhD in Strategic Human Resource Management.

“At practically every higher education forum I am asked how the TSiBA model works to provide sponsored education aka ‘free’ education to 500 students a year across 2 campuses.  Every audience, without exception in the last year, has been completely enamored by the success of the academic and business model and the achievements of our students and graduates.  That is, until they focus on the numbers, the impact that such a small, private university can have on a problem of such immense proportions as highlighted by the #RhodesMustFall and then #FeesMustFall campaigns.

And herein lies the problem…despite our successes in qualifying students for international academic scholarships and prestigious local and international work internships, the numbers are not interesting enough.  The economic principle of ‘Economies of scale’ argues (in layman’s terms) that the more ‘widgets’ you can manufacture in a single production run, the lower the cost per unit.  If we consider this argument, then at a small university like TSiBA, each student should cost more than at a large public university.  This is absolutely true, except that the argument is not an economy of scale argument, it is a re-consideration of what constitutes a curriculum and how ‘cost’ per student is typically defined and measured. 

First, private universities like TSiBA sadly, receive absolutely no funding from government.  Our funding comes from corporates and private individuals who enter into relationships with TSiBA because they believe that the SOCIAL impact derived from graduating responsible, empathetic and ethical leaders is greater per student than can ever be measured.  The TSiBA value system as the foundation of our academic programme is mirrored in our funders’ personal and corporate philosophies.  The personal, social and financial impact on entire families when the first in a family, a son, daughter, sister or brother graduates with a degree and with no student loan to repay, is priceless.  As is the joy and delight of a great-grandmother in Karatara, a remote little settlement in the Knysna District, witnessing the graduation of her great-grandson.

For all of this to happen while ensuring the integrity of 4 accredited qualification is less an argument about a funding model than it is an argument around motive.  TSiBA’s funding model is not perfect, I am yet to find a funding model for universities that fits this criterion. The motive behind both the funding and academic model is however as close to perfect as I have encountered thus far.  When an entire learning community (i.e. students, alumni, volunteers, mentors, individual and corporate sponsors and staff) care deeply for their communities, building and nurturing relationships that underscore respectful interactions with each other, the result is a graduate who knows who he is and knows his work.  They are not caught up in condescending and disrespectful rhetoric around youth entitlement in South Africa.  TSiBA students understand that they are only entitled to anything, if they add value themselves.  They do this by paying-it-forward into their communities as mentors to secondary school youth in their communities, and their engagements in various initiatives that benefit their communities.

The creation of appropriate platforms for respectful dialogue is the responsibility of the leadership on all sides of the argument around free education.  These platforms need to be in place as soon as there is even a rumbling that a constituency does not feel heard.  At a recent forum, a delegate speaking about this was adamant that the structure for dialogue was in place at his public institution.  He proudly announced that he had meetings with the Student Representative Council (SRC) every quarter.  And of course, if I bothered to respond that I met with the SRC at my campus every week, the argument would be that this is possible only because of the size of the institution. 

This argument may hold if you forget that the SRC is proportionally the same size at any institution of learning, regardless of the amount of students.  This argument may hold if you forget that regardless of the size of the institution, a private university accommodating 500 students is benchmarked in terms of quality assurance against the public institution that has 50 000 students, without the requisite funding.  This argument holds if you forget how much more institutions like TSiBA can contribute to creative solutions on how to invest in keeping hope alive for the youth of this country who, for various reasons, cannot access our 23 public universities and more than 100 private, for-profit universities in South Africa. 

The violence and aggression seen in raised voices and razed public property at our universities, is evidence that stakeholders feel that they have not been heard.  The multiplicity of stakeholders in this crisis means that while the arguments range in focus, they reveal the same chasm with no bridge-builder in sight.  This chasm is created by each side truly believing in their own stance, rejecting ‘the other’ out of hand. 
I am struck by the complexity of circumstance that gave rise to this crisis. I am also struck by how it has become decidedly politically incorrect to call for peace.  When did that happen?  I can only wonder how Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and all the great peace-makers of our time would respond to being accused of being naïve because they advocate for peaceful resolution to conflict. 
With great empathy for our university and student leadership and all who are caught in-between; I run the risk yet again of being labeled as the critical parent addressing a child, with my closing words.  I have such great pride when I remember the humble teaching of my daughter as she attempts to find out what happened to make her toddler cry and babble incoherently.  Her gentle advice to the child resounds in my ears: “I am so sorry that you are upset baby…but we need to use our words so that we can talk and make it better.

From one very concerned university leader, mother, grandmother and human being to another: Right now, all sides sound like they are babbling incoherently so could we all please create a space to use our words and talk so that we can make South Africa better? “

Pearl Pugin
Tertiary School in Business Administration

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Carmen de la Paz Visits TSiBA Eden

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Tuesday the 23 of August we had a very special guest from the USA, Carmen De la Paz, who,  on her very first time in South Africa, visited our small town called Karatara. Carmen fell in love with TSiBA Eden interacted with the local nature, people and students of this town.

Carmen is a television personality, designer, carpenter and decorative painter who fell in love with the craft of wood-turning and has become a spokesperson in America and can be seen on the Emmy award-winning show, Home-Made Simple,on the Oprah Winfrey Network, and other shows, and is an established TV personality and ‘‘go-to’’ Do-it-yourself Expert.

The reason for Carmen’s visit South Arica was to bring the “Turners Without Borders” (TWB) project to South Africa with the promise of making a meaningful contribution to local marginalised communities.

Carmen’s visit was action packed including:
- TSiBA student welcome Carmen with a song
- Visit to MTO (Easy Grow) Nursery
- Visit to Farleigh with introduction to the Eco Furniture Projects in partnership with SanPARKS
- TSiBA Campus lunch with some of the main guests including: Executive Mayor Eleanor Bouw-Spies, Ward Councilor Cathy Weideman, Stakeholder Louisa Hart, Naturally Knysna (CEO) Greg Vogt
- Karatara Hall: Carmen did the demonstrations on the lathes and its was very interesting to see how many people showed interest in working on a lathe

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Meet TSiBA Student Luvo Vice

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My name is Luvo Vice, I am 19 years old and was born and raised in the Eastern Cape in a rural town called Mqanduli.  In 2013 I received my Diploma for matric with mathematics and science. I thought that once I had passed matric the way forward was going to be easy, but it’s actually where things started to get much tougher.

When I grew up I was fascinated about a career in the engineering industry and, while still at school studying science, I was selected to attend extra classes with a non-profit organization called Axium Education situated in Zithulele in the Eastern Cape. But this all changed after matric when I was not able to get any financial assistance to study engineering at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). Instead Axium Education submitted an application for me to a private, accredited university called the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) which offers business related qualifications at two campuses across the Western Cape.

Fortunately, I was accepted to pursue my Certificate in Practical Business Administration (CPBA) in 2014 at TSiBA Eden campus in Knysna and that is when my life changed forever. The TSiBA CPBA qualification is designed for school-leavers and people without a business background to get an introduction to business and includes a lot of practical experience. My tuition and hostel fees were covered in my TSiBA scholarship which was a dream come true for me.  All TSiBA students are either on full, or sliding scale, scholarships and do not have to pay back their scholarships, but rather to Pay it Forward in our communities. I must admit, I did not like the idea of changing to commerce at first because I never saw myself as a businessman, or studying anything to do with commerce. When I look back I now realise that even though I did not initially choose to study business, it definitely chose me! And it’s been the best choice and the greatest move I have ever taken.

My first year at TSiBA was a year of self-discovery because it was the first time away from my comfort zone - which is home. However, I was able to handle the pressure by visiting TSiBA’s student support office whenever I need. TSiBA is unique as it has many support systems which assist students, whether it is personally or academically, to cope and do well. I also joined the TSiBA cycling club to manage any stress because being a first year student is challenging as everything is new and you need to have self-discipline and be responsible for doing your studies. 

Even though it was challenging at times I invested much time and effort to make sure I did well. All my hard work paid off as I not only passed all of my courses, but was in the top of my class. I knew I wanted to study more so I applied again to NNMU to study a National Diploma in Building and was accepted.  I really surprised myself when I realised that I was actually already so in love with business that I decide to stay at TSiBA and continue with a second qualification which was a Higher Certificate in Business Administration (HCBA) which is an accredited stand-alone qualification, but also serves as an equivalent to a bachelor university pass.

Things got more real for me that year when I was chatted to other university students back home studying bachelor degrees in commerce and accounting. I suddenly realised that we were talking the same language and we knew all the same stuff.  This made me realise for sure that I wanted to specialise in business so I started looking for university bursaries. I didn’t have to look long, because I was notified that I was one of the top students in my class and one the few TSiBA Eden students to get a scholarship, with accommodation in a Cape Town TSiBA residence, to continue studying towards my bachelor degree in TSiBA Cape Town.
I am proud to say that as I write this, that I am preparing to graduate with my Higher Certificate on the 27th of August 2016 and in the first year of my Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) at TSiBA Cape Town and due to complete my bachelor’s degree in 2018.

In conclusion, I would like to say to all Grade 12 learners who would one like to be self-employed, doing postgraduate study or employed in the corporate world then TSiBA Education is the institution which Ignites Opportunities. And it can do this for y you too. My advice to other young people is also set small, realistic goals so that you are able to follow through and achieve them. From my experience it is easier to achieve one goal, then you can move onto your next ones.

I was lucky to grow up with good family values, but at TSiBA I have been able to develop them further especially tenacity, resilience, integrity and self-discipline. I have an even deeper understanding of how to use them in my life and I personally really value integrity, independence and purity. My family misses me a lot and always want me to come home to visit, but I can only go back twice a year at the moment as travel is expensive. But my family is very proud of me as it is a dream come true for me to go to university. I appreciate this opportunity TSiBA has given me and when I am home I go visit local high schools, help tutor learners with their math and science as I want to pay it forward and make a difference.

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International Work Internship (IPJ) Credit Suisse Core investments

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Written by: Gcobani DyantyiI, final year TSiBA Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) student

On the first Monday of February, I reported at Credit Suisse (CS) Sihlcity Zurich where we had an introduction half day hosted by B360 team members. We learned how things work within CS, how we should behave and tackle challenges we might come across. For me that was very useful, it gave me an opportunity to plan on what I want to achieve in the three months of my internship with the company and I even wrote myself a letter about that.

After midday we were introduced to our mentors and we went out to have lunch with them. While I was having lunch with my mentor I got a chance to speak about the environment and culture of the company and also what to expect. That was highly substantial for me to know what I am throwing myself into and advices given by my mentor were so valuable. In the afternoon one of the team members offered to show me around the building and arranged my working material like access cards etc. I felt welcomed. At the end of the first week, we had a team-building event on one of the highest Swiss mountains where we were hiking, building Igloos, sharing our life experiences and enjoying ourselves.

My first month was very slow as I was still trying to adjust and getting to know the industry and people better I was working with. I had to work on a project, therefore my line manager allocated me to a specific one and we started well working as a team. My workload permitted to work for a second team at the same time. I have been learning new things almost every day in the operations division and they also provided me with reading material to familiarize with systems they use on daily bases.

I have been challenged by my team members on how effective I can be on delivering my work, and I have enjoyed the challenge. The kind of people I was working with, they were so supportive and all willing to share their knowledge. All I acquired from my team, I used to make my daily business activities more pleasant and interesting. From my line manager whom I found as someone who has passion about his work, I learnt a lot about business ethics such as punctuality, respect of policies and importance of communication. During my internship I improved my self-esteem and my interpersonal skills. I realized that it is most important to participate and be inquisitive about business activities and team meetings.

There is nothing more important than to have and build a good relationship with people you work with as well as create networks with everybody. I believe CS is one of the best companies to work for as they have many opportunities they can offer to young leaders who want to progress in their careers.

I would like to thank the B360 team for offering this possibility to me!
Read Gcobani’s report on the B360 website here
Cape Town, June 2016

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Sorry, the world is such a cruel place

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In commemoration of Youth Month Cindy Van Wyk, BBA student at TSiBA has written a thought compelling piece on her view of modern day society:

I wake up some mornings, afraid to bring another human being into this world. Not because life is becoming more expensive but because the fear of exposing them to a world that is so cruel, terrifies me.

Day after day, we hear stories of individuals becoming victims of rape, abuse, trafficking and poverty. How human are we, when our lives are cut short for a few minutes of pleasure; because somebody had too much pride and beating you up feeds their ego. When you’re detached from your life loved ones, for a few Rand’s after you’ve been shipped; or paying tax that is used for self-indulging and personal riches while your circumstances hasn’t changed.

I get sick to the gut when I read about these horrors and how people think so less of the next person; that they are willing to commit these inhumane crimes.

Just because she was intoxicated didn’t give you the right to violate her body. Just because they gay doesn’t give you the right to hold judgement and end their lives. Just because they don’t have a voice and are too young to defend themselves doesn’t give you the right to strip away their innocence.

I am angry at the world because everybody don’t appreciate diversity like I do; I am angry at the world because you think you are far superior than the next person. I am angry at the world because you judge somebody by their race, religion and colour of their skin. You have no right to treat anybody less than yourself because we are all human beings worthy of being loved, appreciated and to live a life of purpose.

So tell me, how do you give life to somebody, raise them to love and not judge anybody based on the colour of their skin. Teach them to say ‘please and thank you’ and help those who are in need. When there is a 50% chance that somebody is preying on their good heart and innocent soul?

I refused to let my heart turn solid because of all the hate, racism, war, inequality and supremacy in this world. I choose to be the 1% good and teach my children to do the same. If one day I should leave this earth I will be proud of the legacy I leave behind and the good I contributed with the little I have.

I was put on this earth, to be the salt and light, a splitting image of God. I will make use of my gifts and bring happiness wherever possible. Do not conform to society, be your own person and love your neighbour even if they don’t return the deed.I am the 1% good, in this cruel world. I acknowledge the next person and consider their lives precious, just like my own.

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Applied Coaching and Mentorship lectures commence

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Lectures began today at TSiBA Cape Town for the Postgraduate Diploma in Small Enterprise Consulting (PG Dip SEC) class of 2016/2017. The first lecture on Applied Coaching and Mentorship forms part of module 2 in this 18-month block release programme. This course is designed to develop consultants to be more effective coaches and mentors who can effectively support and guide micro-enterprises into small and medium-sized businesses. 

The module is facilitated by Susann Bongers, who is a well-experienced Mediator and Coach ( who comes from Switzerland as an expert volunteer in the Swiss B360 programme. The aim is to equip consultants with the necessary skills and knowledge to assist entrepreneurs in reaching their business objectives strategically. Empowering business owners to achieve strategic plans and educate business owners about the importance of goals and plans for their business.

The PG Dip SEC is an HET accredited qualification at NQF level 8, worth 120 credits (SAQA 90822).
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TSiBA Enactus Students Pay it Forward in Langa Township

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Written by: Nadia van der Byl, BBA1 student at TSiBA Cape Town and member of Enactus.

On the 12 May 2016 seven TSiBA Enactus students prepared for the first implementation of the “Born and Bred in Langa” project, which is a project aimed at stimulating entrepreneurship in townships. The implementation of this project involved the full installation of a rocket stove oven at a community center called Lecap in Langa which will be used by the women involved in the Lecap project. This project empowers women to be entrepreneurs by teaching them practical and business skills that will assist them creating a successful and sustainable small bakery. Lecap is in partnership with BreadRev a company based in Fish Hoek.

Initially the project was designed to empower five women, but due to the high participation rate of the community the project has expanded. BreadRev ran a workshop to teach the women how to bake bread.  They were taught how to handle the different types of dough, how to measure ingredients and how to bake from the heart.

The bread produced by “Born and Bred in Langa” is not any ordinary bread, this unique loaf of bread is 1kg packed with vitamins and nutrients. The aim is to promote healthy living at an affordable price as townships usually face high rates of poverty and unemployment .The aim is to empower local woman whilst enriching the community, alleviating poverty and promoting entrepreneurship.
After an educational workshop in Fish Hoek the women baked 15 marvellous loaves on the day, the variety was sour dough, raisin bread, brown and white bread. Our hearts were warmed by the smells of the hot loaves, bright smiles and enthusiasm from the women.

The first implementation was a great success due to the values we learnt at TSiBA, giving back to our communities and creating social change by assisting local entrepreneurs establish small businesses.
We would like to request that volunteers step forward and make themselves available to get involved in any of our many project which helps us empower entrepreneurs and ignite opportunities in townships.

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TSiBA SRC Invited to New Hope Summit

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The New hope Summit was held in Stellenbosch University, the topic of this discussion was “Transformation and Decolonisation in higher learning institutions and the role of Student Representative Council (SRC) in the transformation process”. TSiBA SRC were invited to attend and assist with organisation of the summit to engage with other university and college SRC’s.

Mthetho Koyana, BBA 2 student: SRC President reflects on his experience:

“The New Hope Summit for me was eye-opening and a very good experience. We rubbed shoulders with big institutions like UCT, UWC, CPUT, Stellenbosch and FET colleges who are now called TFVZS.
We were exposed to so many issues that they face and we also face at our institution, things like management having a lot of power over the SRC. Students not believing and having faith in the SRC and the SRC not being involved in decisions about things concerning students etc. The SRC proposed a solution of holding ourselves liable for not delivering students requirements”.

Lerato Bontsi, BBA 2 Student: Secretary of the SRC reflects:
The New Hope Summit at Stellenbosch was very informative and a great platform to engage with other students. I discovered that other institutions are also facing the same challenges as us despite the difference in size and location. I got exposed to terms that I would not have otherwise been exposed to, discussing and sharing with other people who have different opinions and experiences in South Africa.
This kind of platform that was created in the summit should be encouraged in our communities, so that we can enable a culture of discussion rather than violence.

Mphumzi Duna BBA2 student: SRC Finance Office

My experience of the New Hope Summit was exceptional it was such a great networking opportunity, I learnt a great deal about factors affecting youth in other universities. The Summit on its own was a a learning curve as it was our first time meeting with other institutions and learning things like Decolonization, transformation and Intersectionality and so forth.

Rafeeq Goliath BBA 2 student: SRC Academics office

When the summit began, we discussed the social movements across different universities in the Western Cape. The thoughts that came to me is that we are extremely sheltered here at TSiBA, as the staff here make it their mission to protect us from issues that public institutions face on a daily basis, but this has both positive and negative effects for us as students.

Over the course of the weekend I learnt a lot has to the issues at various other universities and colleges around the Western Cape, and I must say I had a lot of fun at the New Hope Summit.

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Does social media cause more harm than good?

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It is an undeniable fact that we live in a technologically advanced world where information is readily available to anyone, anytime and anywhere. This has made life so much easier and convenient for all, but just like everything in life that convenience comes with responsibility. If one is not careful about what they put out for the world to see they are putting themselves in danger of being victims of cyber bullying especially on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.

In the Business Communication class, BBA 2 students took on a very engaging topic debating whether Social Media does more harm than good or more good than harm.

One group argued that social media is good for society because:
It allows people to communicate on a larger scale
It allows people freedom of speech
It’s a cost effective way for businesses to advertise their products and services
It helps people find common ground to fit in with society

The opposing team argued that Social Media is more harmful than good because:
Social Media advertising is immeasurable
It creates a lack of personal and interpersonal skills, because people are always on their phones they don’t interact with each other
It exposes kids to sexual predators as a result of easy access
It increases the chances of one having their identity stolen
Because of the style of writing people use on social media, they tend to forget the correct way of writing, which results in people being illiterate

The debate was quite heated; both teams presented strong facts to support their arguments. It was a difficult decision for the judges to make, but based on arguments brought forward, the conclusion was that Social Media does indeed cause more harm than good in society.

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TSiBA Eden gets a visit from Franklin University students

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Franklin University Switzerland joined Eden students to workshop global issues hosted by Armando Zanecchia, Professor of Political Science & Int. Management, organised by Elisabeth Leaning & Nathalie Belet of local NGO Conservation Global.

Armando incorporates Sustainable Development into his curriculum and has been involved in a number of projects supporting African farmers to move from subsistence farming to sustainable agriculture. This project supports development of Eden’s Green Campus Eco-Club & sustainable living practices.

Eden students were super excited for the opportunity to meet international students and learn about sustainable farming but feared they would have nothing in common. Simiso Manatha a HCBA student explains “As we welcomed students from Franklin University to our green TSiBA Eden Campus a quick rush of excitement and an atmosphere of happiness covered the campus. In trying to find common ground, one Franklin student took out her phone and shouted “Selfie” as quick as that - technology had bridged the gap and selfies had become the new language. I saw different people from different backgrounds coming together just for a selfie and at that moment I knew the world is in good hands.”

No matter where you come from, culture, age or race, technology has the power to connect us all. Just one Selfie has created a connection between students from different backgrounds. This new network of friendship is just one step to creating long lasting relationships.

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Paying It Forward

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by Santosh Marrivagu, 2015 EMST MBA Graduation, 2016, ESMT Responsible Leadership Fellow

A better world. Many wish it. Few take actions for it. And fewer strive to realise it. Since the beginning of February I’ve had the privilege of being an active part of an organisation that strives to make the world a better place.

Extreme poverty. Living in shacks. Congested houses, six people living in one small bedroom. Unhygienic sanitary conditions. Teenage pregnancy. Rampant gangsterism. High crime and school dropout rates. These are the harsh realities of life in a township in South Africa. Growing up as a child under such circumstances you literally grapple with life. Education and opportunity are synonymous with luxury.

In my two weeks so far in Cape Town, I met some people who grew up in townships. One student had been an active gangster for years before he decided to change his life for better. He is articulate, passionate, energetic and aspires to be an entrepreneur. His vision is to create opportunities for young people in townships so they can choose goals over guns. Another student does hair dressing over the weekend to make ends meet. She wants to help grow her mother’s business of tailor-made beaded garments and shoes.

A successful entrepreneur I met yesterday grew up with 27 other people in a three-room house in the Langa township. I found him to be an astute businessman. He has been running a successful business for over 6 years and is a motivational speaker for school children. I am sure I will meet more such people in the days to come.

These people are living examples of the kind of transformation that will create a better world. Their transformation was ignited by the Tertiary School in Business Administration, TSiBA, a non-profit private business school in Cape Town that offers a bachelors degree in business administration (BBA), to underprivileged children. It is also home to TSiBA Ignition Centre, an incubation centre that supports entrepreneurs through business and leadership mentoring and training.

TSiBA strives to build entrepreneurial leaders by igniting young minds who in turn can become agents of social change. It has done this by creating a sustainable business model around the idea of paying it forward. The students and entrepreneurs at TSiBA are from disadvantaged backgrounds who cannot otherwise afford university-level education or professional business mentoring. Most of them hail from townships. Their education and mentoring is sponsored by donations, volunteering and consultation services from supporters. The beneficiaries do not pay back, rather pay it forward by creating jobs and driving social change by empowering other underprivileged people. TSiBA supporters pay it forward through their donations and volunteering support.

As part of ESMT Responsible Leaders Fellowship (RLF) program. I am supporting the TSiBA Ignition Centre. RLF is a voluntary program , which gives us ESMT students an opportunity to add value to a social change initiative by leveraging our business skills. I was convinced of the value RLF adds to society and had decided to participate in it even before I started at ESMT. During the MBA, I came up with three criteria to select the organisation for my RLF participation

1. A cause I am passionate about
2. Scope for leveraging skills and insights gained during MBA
3. A culture I’ve never been exposed to before

The opportunities at TSiBA Ignition Centre fitted the bill perfectly. TSiBA is all about empowerment, something that I am passionate about. At TSiBA I have the opportunity to choose what I want to do. There are many initiatives. Skilled people who are willing and able to lend their time and effort to TSiBA’s mission are in short supply. There is ample scope for leveraging the skills and knowledge I gathered from my professional and MBA experience. Through initiatives at Ignition Centre there is opportunity to engage and work with entrepreneurs and other organisations, to share my experiences with them, and to be part of their learning journey. Interactions with TSiBA students is another exciting opportunity to learn and understand the South African culture.

At present my work spans the following:
1. Leading an entrepreneurial initiative with the goal of setting up an emerging enterprise and building a sustainable business model to enable partnership with one of TSiBA’s donors.The project will also provide the second-year BBA students, a first-hand experience of the challenges entrepreneurs face in the real world.
2. Profiling, screening and selecting entrepreneurs for TSiBA’s student consulting project program, done in collaboration with another university in the US.
3. Guiding a micro-finance project, to roll out a pilot to a group of women from Zimbabwe and test the feasibility of the idea.
4. Lecturing and mentoring students on Entrepreneurship and Leadership & Self-Development.
5. Mentoring entrepreneurs

This is a great learning opportunity, and I have a strong sense that this will be an enriching experience. I thank TSiBA for the opportunities provided and my alma mater ESMT for the opportunity to pay it forward through the RLF program.

Till next time!

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To: All Students

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by Olwethu Gubula

You are here today

You are here today to live a life of meaning, and to live it well. You are here today to make a difference.
You are here today to witness the beauty of this life. You are here today to take action, and to create new goodness.
Today, you are here to express values you treasure. Today, you are here to support all you love and care about.
You are here today to learn, to grow, to feel and to give. You are here to wonder, to explore, to share and to encourage.
You are here today because no one else can do what you can do. No one else can offer what you have to offer.
Live today as though it is your unique, essential mission to be you and to be doing what you do. For in countless ways, on all kinds of levels, it is.
NB: TSIBA might not be what you expected but it is a blessing in disguise my friends, my advice to all of you is… Embrace the opportunity, make the best out it, learn as much as you could, love as much as you could and always show gratitude… it’s the beginning of the year and you all see each other as just individuals form indigenous places, and trust me! You will go back home knowing that you were not just friends, school mates, roommates nor just partners but a Family. Most important, have fun and study hard you will reap the rewards at the end of the journey


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My first week at TSiBA

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written by Sbahle Lujiva:TSiBA Marketing Coordinator

My name is Sbahle Lujiva, I’m from a small town on the South Coast of KwaZulu Natal called Harding. I am the new Marketing Coordinator for TSiBA. They say you have not lived until you learn to follow your heart. It has always been my dream to work in Marketing, so when I got the opportunity I did not think twice. My biggest fear was how am I going to adjust? Would my colleagues be welcoming? Would I enjoy my Job?

Today marks the end of my first week at TSiBA, what I’m truly grateful for is the warm welcome I have received. The passion each and every one has displayed is a continuous motivating factor for me.  This experience has thought me how to appreciate each role people play in an organization. I might be just a Marketing Coordinator but the role I play contributes to a bigger picture. The induction process gave me full understanding of the organization as a whole, what we all aim to achieve and how working together will help us reach our goals.  I look forward to the campus buzz, seeing the students and interacting with them. Thanks to TSiBA for giving me this opportunity, I look forward to igniting opportunity.

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TSiBA Staff Say it in a Haiku

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To celebrate 2015 at the annual staff party Cape Town staff wrote a haiku to capture the magic of TSiBA. Well done to all!

Alistair Sim
TSiBA magic is Igniting Opportunity
For now and forever.

Adri Marais
Privilege is blind
I see what is beautiful
I capture and hold.

Cindy Krawe
Careers a journey
It is a calling of mine
Capturing magic

Igniting a flame
I feel the purpose
How long will the fire burn?

Sandi Sher
Welcome brand new day
A new start for all begins

Peter Kraan
Inspire. Aspire.
Come on, dude, light our fire.
TSiBA is the way.

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B360 Programme Switzerland ‘Donates’ Paul Monn to Guest Lecture

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Pic left to right: Paul Monn, Pearl Pugin, Dean of TSiBA, and Reidwaan Jawoodeen, responsible for General Management at TSiBA

Postgraduate Diploma in Small Enterprise Consulting (PG Dip SEC)
Assignment report by Paul Monn
Head Opportunity Net, Team of Experts, Credit Suisse Zurich
TSiBA EDUCATION, Cape Town, South Africa
8-12 October 2015

(Report courtesy of B360 website report)

Early in 2015 I got an email from my principal challenging me to do an education assignment in Africa. He and later on my wife encouraged me to apply for this assignment. As I always say: The only way to change the world is education. I applied and fortunately got selected by Credit Suisse, B360 and TSiBA staff. My goal definitely was to share my knowledge and experience but also to learn as much as possible from the South African culture.

Paul Monn with his amazing class

Upon arrival at Cape Town Airport I had a very warm welcome by Reidwaan, the program responsible and my most important contact person at TSiBA. On the trip from the airport to the university campus I got a first impression of the townships and times of Apartheid. I got in touch early with the daily questions about race and religion. On TSiBA campus I realized soon that there are many different people of different colors and languages. There is a strong and friendly relationship amongst the board, staff and students at TSiBA. It is an impressive place to be.

After first introduction on campus I went to the accommodation. A beautiful B&B in Pinelands, 10 car minutes from campus. The B&B called The Oval with its hosts, Mike and Louise, was a very nice place to stay at. The family style environment and very good discussions amongst hosts and guests from Africa and Europe were definitely an enrichment.

The plan was to teach from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. I prepared enough teaching material for the whole week but did not include South African business cases. I had to prepare with Swiss and US ones.

We started on Monday at 9am in the morning. On the first day we finished at 5pm. For the rest of the week, it turned out to be 6 or 7pm. The students where seriously interested and hard working.

It was challenging for the students and me to align the different levels of knowledge. There were students with a Business Administration Education and others with absolutely no knowledge of finance. In addition, age differed from the age of twenty to fifty plus. In the end, I am convinced that we met the goals of the faculty and reached or even exceeded the goals of many students.

I was deeply impressed about the Ignition Centre at TSiBA. It is a wonderful and empowering place, from which many countries all over the world can learn. That is how TSiBA describes the Centre on its website: “Since its inception in 2007, the Ignition Centre is a leading entrepreneurial service hub that offers education and training in business, career management and computer literacy as well as business mentorship and incubation support for grassroots businesses. TSiBA currently operates two Centers located on campuses in Cape Town and at TSiBA Eden in the Southern Cape.

The Centers play a transformative role by empowering beneficiaries to 1) start up their own businesses or obtain suitable employment, 2) take their existing small businesses to the next level to ensure sustainable livelihoods and 3) strengthen small business to enable job creation and growth. In addition to strengthening the social fiber of the communities they serve, TSiBA Ignition Centers offer a platform for unique and powerful collaboration between provincial government, the business community and civil society.”

I am very thankful to have been part of the TSiBA Team. It was an unforgettable experience and I thank God for the good relationships and especially for new friendship with Reidwaan, with whom I am convinced I will stay in touch.

I look forward to returning as a lecturer and maybe as an investor to entrepreneurs. Totsiens! In 2016?

Gwinden, November 2015

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The Power of a Vibrant Volunteer Community

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Volunteers are an essential part of the Tertiary School in Business Administration’s (TSiBA) vision to Ignite Opportunity.  Volunteers contribute a wealth of professional industry experience, as well as their personal journeys and knowledge, and are a unique support and developmental element of TSiBA’s educational model, the Profile of Graduateness. TSiBA’s model is unique in placing attitude at the heart of a student’s development and surrounding this with layers of knowledge and skills.

At TSiBA, a volunteer is defined as “a person who offers a specified number of hours to TSiBA without expecting remuneration”. TSiBA’s generous volunteer community contribute more than just helping the organisation offer youth access to high quality learning opportunities – they enter into transformative relationships with the next generation of South Africa leaders and thus strengthen the very fibre of society: This is social change in action.

As a non-profit tertiary business school, a great deal of their success rests on the ability to utilise the expertise and experience of volunteers from business and civil society. This has led to the emergence of a vibrant community of volunteers, including lecturers, tutors and mentors.

TSiBA provides orientation, training and on-going support for volunteers who also gain an opportunity for self-development. These role-models are enriched to become exemplars of the values and behaviour that inspire others in the community. It is also a component of TSiBA’s delivery of high quality academic education and part of an organisation that is making a measurable impact on nation building and social change. This also echoes the TSiBA philosophy of Paying it Forward.

In 2014 more than 200 individuals from many diverse fields contributed as volunteers – this can be translated into monetary value of more than a R1.2 million in expertise that would otherwise have to be paid for – which is a challenge for a non-profit organisation.

TSiBA is an accredited, not-for-profit business school founded in 2004 focusing on leadership and entrepreneurship. Emerging leaders can apply for a sliding scale tuition scholarship and are not required to pay back their education monetarily, but rather to Pay it Forward by transferring the knowledge, skills and resources they gain at TSiBA back into their communities.

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TSiBA Student Lerato Bontsi Talks #FeesMustFall

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Lerato Bontsi, 19 years, from George, Western Cape

Lerato Bontsi is only 19 years, but she is already a good example of how access to tertiary education is changing lives for South African youth and how #feemustfall is really impacting the younger generation who are struggling with funding. Lerato, who grew up in George and currently lives in Bishop Lavis, is a student at the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) and has attended both of TSiBA campuses –in Cape Town and Karatara, near Knysna. Despite her parents’ lack of education, Lerato always imagined herself educated and she badly wanted to break this trend for her family’s future.

After school Lerato was accepted to various universities, but was unable to register due to lack of finances.  When she heard she could apply for a scholarship to study business at TSiBA she jumped at the opportunity and was accepted, leaving behind many of her school friends who are now either working, have children, or sitting at home lacking financial resources to study.

When Lerato speaks about her peers she says that “I know that my level of education makes me different from others who haven’t been exposed to all the different knowledge, practical skills, leadership and self-development that I have learned at TSiBA. If youth can grasp these skills too they will be able to better manage their emotions, their fears and decision-making abilities. I feel the main challenges youth are facing today is they don’t understand that there are opportunities out there and sometimes it may be fear stopping them from going after their dreams.”

With regard to the recent higher education crisis and the #feesmustfall protests Lerato says “in my opinion I support this movement because already a lot of people are sitting at home unable to study further as they are unable to pay for fees. The proposed increase in fees is confusing to me as on the one hand the government is saying they want to adjust the economy and try making things better for all.  However, at the same time students having to pay more will further limit opportunities for those who have potential so it doesn’t make sense on how South Africa will be able to achieve change.

“I believe very much in education and if this dies then we will be facing more employment. I have been watching the news and know that in the future one of the proposed solutions is that students are saying there must be no fees at all and I don’t really agree with this because the money has to come from somewhere like higher taxes, or other citizens. Perhaps a partnership with the private sector and government could make this possible by working together to make this mutually beneficial by focusing on study programmes which are more relevant to what employers and industry really need. Also if fees are eliminated the value of education may decrease in the way that students approach education. If you don’t struggle with something you don’t value it as much.
“I think students would not have been heard and the President got involved without the protests, but things could have managed better if more news and information had been communicated by government as we feel the 0% increase for 2016 doesn’t give full the full solution. I don’t think students have to stop with protests, but they should lay low till the exams are completed, then look at future and put more thought into solutions to not further add to the education crisis.
“I do still understand about the struggle to pay fees and repay debt as this is why I couldn’t go to other universities. I realise how lucky I am to be on a scholarship to study at TSiBA, but if free education becomes a reality then I pray that higher education starts implementing teaching values and including courses that not only make you intelligent, but create character which is part of our curriculum and credit-bearing. Another big TSiBA difference is that even 12 years since being founded students do not need to pay back their scholarships, but rather to Pay it Forward in the community which is what we do. The #feesmustfall situation makes me so grateful to be studying at TSiBA as I know even in my community how study debts are affecting my brothers and sisters once they graduate.

“If my parents suddenly get millions of Rands I would choose to stay at TSiBA because I believe what is inside is more important than outside and at TSiBA I have learned to challenge myself intellectually, but also it has boosted my character in being a better person in the world. I have friends at other universities and I haven’t really seen this aspect in them even though they look impressive and confident, they lack substance without any leadership training and skills. My friends at home have been inspired by me and chosen to attend TSiBA over other universities after they were forced to sit at home after school thinking they were never going to get the opportunity to study.

Lerato continues “With the many challenges that South African youth are faced with today I’m therefore a strong supporter of youth projects and programmes aimed at empowering our youth. In our communities youth are often neglected. What makes TSiBA so unique is that it not only teaches academics, but also teaches students how to deal with life challenges and how to cope in social situations, which gives the students a competitive advantage in the job market as employers are not only looking for someone competent with numbers, they want to know that you can represent their company and interact with other people.”

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TSiBA Students Share Thoughts on Prem Rawat’s Wisdom

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TSiBA students share their experience of Prem Rawat’s Peace Education Programme & his Social Change Lecture at the Cape Town Campus on the 27 November 2015

Mphumzi Duna, BBA2 Student at TSiBA Cape Town
“In a way the PEP has shown me how to appreciate my surroundings and not complain about what I do or don’t have. Now I feel I am more at peace with myself and the people around me because the lesson we learned from Prem in all the videos has inspired us to do just that. When I have a problem I think of his lessons which taught me what to do when I encounter a situation and how I should act upon it.”

Monwabisi Mtshamba, BBA2 Student at TSiBA Cape Town
“One of most important things I learned is that currently everyone is always talking about world peace and about war and what that means, but Prem Rawat has made me think of my involvement in all of this as he says that peace starts with ‘you’. In all this talk we do not get is that we, as individuals, have a part to play in all of this and what is inside us manifests to the outside too. Tools I have learned have helped me be more content and appreciate other people. In dealing with conflict we often forget to appreciate the small things we do have, for example the current education crisis in South Africa with the #feesmustfall protests. A few weeks ago I realised that while we could be complaining about our DP’s (duly performed – to write exams) that actually we should rather see that we are getting an awesome opportunity to write our end of year exams when many of our peers at other universities are not.”

Cinga Dyantyisi, BBA2 Student at TSiBA Cape Town
“ It is about being mindful. After you listen to Prem you become more mindful of your surroundings and yourself as person. You get to think about your footprint and how things you do affect other people. The parables taught us lessons with their stories in a way that we will now never forget.  Essentially Prem teaches us to be conscious of the unconscious mind, prepare for the unprepared and see the unseen.”

Mthetho Koyana, BBA2 Student at TSiBA CT, 2015 SRC President
“I have learned to think about my thoughts which is always being conscious and mindful –  we have both an unconscious and conscious mind which leads to self -awareness.  The programme, more than anything, has brought me self-awareness and the knowledge that peace comes from within - not outside- also that you can transfer this to other people. I think I am now more peaceful minded than before and can enter into a conflict situation and be able to calm the situation down. I can help bring about change and be the bigger man and fight for peace.  Each and every one of us are the same regardless of backgrounds.”

Zayd Batchelor, HCBA Student TSiBA CT
“It is really all about what they say in the (John Mayer) song “say what you need to say”. It has taught me to be more open and more understanding and accepting of who I am as a person. The 12 week course taught me to accept me for me.  Before the Peace Programme I was more passive and I would tend to hold things to myself and not stand up for myself. Through finding peace in myself I have progressed to being more assertive and not letting my opinions get trampled on.”

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Eden Kite Festival 25 October 2015

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Photo-caption: Siphosethu Mejeni with Keith Mould and Bomber Webb, from The Edge, after the kite competition

TSiBA Eden did a great job of showcasing our talent at the new Eden Kite Festival held in Karatara which was held as a fundraiser for Masithandane’s respite centre for elderly and frail people that need a hospice type of facility.

Under the fastiduous management of Marilyn Meyer, TSiBA Eden Ignition Centre Administrator), our amazing students manned our food, merchandise and veggie stall, marshalled the event and entertained kids all day long.

The cool, funky singing style of TSiBA Eden students, Thabo, Wonga and Melikaya, wowed the crowd! TSiBA Eden also entered the corporate Kite Battle and Sipho and Thabo held the last kites flying- at their first kite competition ever!

A big TSiBA thank you to Marilyn for taking this on and to Masithandane for including us from the get go! We are so looking forward to next year’s festival!

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TSiBA Grad Nqobile Bhengu Reflects on Life and Work

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Written by Nqobile Bhengu, TSiBA Alumni & 2012 BBA Graduate

Growing up in a small township in Durban called Ntuzuma, I never thought I would be where I am today and it wasn’t in my plans to travel around the world. However, God had His own plan about me, after completing Grade 12 at Nqabakazulu Comprehensive High School, God opened doors for me that I didn’t even knew that they exist. In 2007, I relocated to Cape Town to join TSiBA and this was quite exciting for me and a little bit nervous as I was leaving home for the first time.

Being a student at TSiBA was one of the best experiences of my life; I learnt and grew to become a very independent woman. Having said that, it was not always smooth sailing and very often I had to choose to make sacrifices to keep up with my studies. Eventually all the hard work and sleepless nights began to start paying off when God blessed me with an opportunity to go do my IPJ internship in Switzerland and I was able to travel around Europe and I also went to do research in Malawi. There was no greater feeling in the world than the feeling I had when I finally graduated with a BBA in 2012!

When I entered the working world I had absolutely no fear because I knew TSiBA and my IPJ work internship experience at Novartis in Switzerland had prepared me well. I started my first job at one of the biggest FMCG companies in the country - Unilever. Since joining the company in 2013, I have never been treated differently because I didn’t graduate from a big, well-known institution and I had equal opportunities like everyone else.

Today, I’m proud to say I am ending my stay at Unilever as one of the top performing employees and have been awarded a number of accolades which proves that it is not about the size of the university that you came from but how you transform your knowledge and skills into delivering great results with the ambition and hunger to succeed in everything you do. I’m now relocating from Durban to Johannesburg to take up a role at Danone SA and again, I know my foundation is strong and I will be able to meet the new challenges.

Wherever I go I always remember the important role that TSiBA has played in helping me accomplish my goals. I cannot help but feel gratitude and want to give back, and what better way than through keeping the TSiBA Pay it Forward concept alive, a concept I’ve kept close to my heart ever since it was introduced to me.  In 2013, me and a couple of my friends we initiated a project named “Addicted 2 Giving”  and we adopted a home that looks after 80 children, so on yearly basis we do something big for them that will empower them on education.  This is what inspires me to jump at any opportunity to Ignite Opportunity for someone else, just like TSiBA did for me!

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All the things you need to know about applying to TSiBA!

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1. What courses do you offer?

We have two undergraduate courses: Higher Certificate in Business Administration and Bachelor in Business Administration. In addition we offer a Certificate in Practical Business Administration at our Eden Campus and a Post Graduate Diploma in Small Business Consulting at our Cape Town Campus.

2. What other courses do you offer?
We only offer business courses and focus particularly on Entrepreneurship and Leadership

3. What are the requirements?
We are looking for talented people who want to work hard to develop their potential and make a difference in the lives of their communities. You need to have passed matric with at least a Higher Certificate Pass. We do not have any specific subject requirements but you do need to have an interest in business


4. What happens if I have matriculated in another town or province and I am unable to get my high school stamp?
You will need to provide a certified copy of your matric certificate. Please note that a statement of results will not be accepted at registration


5. What if I am unable to get a community reference letter?
If you are still in school you can get one from your principal or one of your teachers or if you are working you can give one from a manager


6. When is the closing date and do I need to pay an application fee?
The closing date is 30 September 2015 and no application fee is applicable if you submit before this date. After 30 September we will a charge R150 late application fee.


7. Do you offer bursaries?

All our students study on either a full or part scholarship. The scholarship covers tuition and textbooks. Students are responsible for all other expenses like traveling, food, etc. Please also note that scholarships are only available to TSiBA students


8. Do you have accommodation?
We do not offer accommodation at these time-applicants who live outside of Cape Town need to arrange their own boarding for the duration of their studies


9. Are your courses accredited?
TSiBA Education is registered with the Department of Higher Education as Tertiary Institution. All our courses are accredited by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).


10. What is the selection process?
Step 1: All prospective students need to submit an application form available from our website
Step 2: All applicants are invited to write the TSiBA Entrance Test (TET). Please ensure your cellphone number is reliable as all communication will happen via sms.
Step 3: If you meet the minimum requirement on the TET you will then be invited for an interview- again via sms.
Step 4: You will receive a letter in the post on the status of your application.


11. Where are you located?
The campus is located at Mupine College, 307 Forest Drive Extension,Pinelands. We are very close to Mutual Station and the Old Mutual Head Office.


12. Where can I get an application form?
Please follow the link:

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TSiBA Eden tips to saving electricity

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Sustainable energy is top-of-mind for all South Africans - with high electricity costs, insufficient power capacity and leveraging our abundant sunshine. For TSiBA Eden, not only do their environmental savvy campus operations save the environment and relieve pressure on the power grid, but they help save electricity costs for this unique not-for-profit tertiary education institution.

“TSiBA Eden, who has a WESSA Green Flag status, practices a variety of energy saving initiatives in their Laundry and Kitchen Departments, as well as income-generating Vegetable Garden. Almost all of their techniques are low-tech and easily replicable in urban or rural homes. Their systems include solar geysers and a solar oven used for the showers and kitchens, simple black pipes installed on the roof to heat water, insulation cooking bags and clay ovens which make use of compressed recycled paper ball coals - both produced by the students on campus” says Susan Donald from WESSA. Also, the campus receives committed support by the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA) who is involved in training and execution of various similar sustainable projects.

Eden’s energy saving initiatives were recognised in this article about cutting electricity costs – you can read it here

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The TSiBA Difference in Action

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Written by: Monwabisi Mtshamba, 2015 BBA1 student TSiBA CT
Venue: Yabonga Community Centre Makaza, Khayelitsha
Event: Career Exhibition
Date: 03/07/2015

Purpose of event:
To inform students about the possibilities of studying further after matric and present possible tertiary institution options as per their career preferences.
On the day three institutions were invited but unfortunately only we (TSiBA) and False Bay College were present. We gave the students the basic required information about the institution and as part of our exhibition we took them outside to do a few exercises. The exercises we did changed their perspective about the institution as initially they some level of insecurity about our degree and its curriculum. They started to believe in the content of our degree, as the exercises required them to show a lot of leadership and proactivity. Overall we left a good impression; some of the students asked to take photos with us and requested that we visit the centre and their schools regularly.

Personal feedback note:
I feel that TSiBA students are very unique to other university students and thus I feel that on exhibitions like such; the opportunity to parade and show off “the TSiBA difference” must be exploited. Us being there, sharing our TSiBA experience and just showing people some of the things we do on campus makes a huge difference because we are a relatively small and institution compared to other universities.

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201 TSiBA Eden Alumni Gathering

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The 2015 TSiBA Eden Alumni Gathering was all about networking and the start of new beginnings. TSiBA Alumni are students who have previously studied at TSiBA Eden. They travelled from many areas across South Africa to attend this function to Ignite Opportunity. The event was held in Sedgefield at the Pelican Lodge on the 19 June 2015, after the campus’s 2015 Graduation Ceremony, and was a great success. It was a good exercise for the TSiBA Eden Alumni’s to gather and share their stories, discuss possible networking opportunities and ask “why are we here”- hopefully leading us to a bigger pay it forward purpose for our next gathering . All had a chance to introduce themselves and tell the others what they are currently doing after completing their studies at TSiBA Eden.

Alumni came from as far as Mount Fletcher, Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, as well as some Alumni from Johannesburg who are currently working in Unilever’s head office in Sandton, and Cape Town doing their BBA. This annual event is important so that students are able to reconnect and new networks can be born. It’s also an incredible opportunity to keep in touch with our Alumni to see what they’re doing and how they are getting on in life. It is inspiring to see how these TSiBA Eden graduates are so independent after being at TSiBA for only one year. Be sure to stay in touch with Marilyn Meyer .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to ensure that you are part of our next Alumni gathering so that we can Capture the Magic that happens at these events together!

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TSiBA to host 8th NU Summer Programme

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TSiBA will host the 8th Northeastern University Summer Programme (NU - USA) which brings together 22 South African entrepreneurs, 44 American students, and 76 local TSiBA students to promote cultural exchange and global entrepreneurial activity.

Students from both universities form consulting teams and are assigned to local entrepreneurs facing unique business challenges where they will help them to develop viable solutions. Students, who have been studying entrepreneurship from an academic perspective will get first-hand experience on the daily realities and “bumps in the road” that entrepreneurship entails.

Entrepreneurs are selected from a wide range of industries like tourism, transportation, wellness, entertainment and community and youth development.. This diversity ensures students get to choose to work on ventures they feel passionate about.

As the programme is too short for the solutions to be implemented by the consulting teams, TSiBA Ignition Centre will continue engaging with these entrepreneurs to support them in growing their businesses to become sustainable. They will have an opportunity to join our mini-MBA programme, the Business Essentials courses, and find a mentor among our qualified business experts.

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International MBA volunteers

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Following their graduation from the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Berlin three MBA graduates Mariana Helguera, Sergey Ten and Sherzod Abdujabborov spent five months volunteering at TSiBA. They were all selected as ESMT’s Responsible Leaders’ Fellows and they truly lived TSiBA’s Pay it Forward ethos sharing their knowledge and wisdom at TSiBA.

Mariana Helguera, who worked in the Marketing Department as well as tutoring and lecturing, said “My volunteering experience at TSiBA was one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life, one from which I learned a lot about leadership, motivation, passion, dedication, understanding and patience. This experience helped me become a more centred and mature person. It helped me discover and develop parts of me that I didn’t know I had, such as a passion for teaching and understanding how different students learn”.

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“Never forget the Purpose”

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Written by Lerato Bontsi, 2015 BBA1 TSiBA Cape Town student, previously at TSiBA Eden.

I am writing to show you appreciation for the funding that you have offered me throughout this first semester. I would not be able to continue with my degree if it was not for the fund, every time I encounter challenges during my stay here in Cape Town I remember how lucky I am to have been given the opportunity of this scholarship. The opportunity to be the first woman to be educated in my family.

Besides all the challenges I have gone through while here in Cape Town, I have managed to pass all my modules prior my mid-exam and I have participated in events at school in singing. I have developed an understanding during my integration from HCBA to BBA 1 that the HCBA serves as a preparation for the BBA 1 which tests you more on your intellectual ability and critical thinking. The only challenge I have been facing is NUM 101, I have managed to get a 61% before the exam but I am working very hard to obtain a 70% and above on my exam.

I have been having challenges with adjusting in terms of accommodation, I would not like to put that as an excuse for the decrease in the level of my performance but it had an impact. I am still working on finding the best suitable accommodation for me that will last me till the end of my degree. I have been applying for other financial scholarships with the hope of them covering my accommodation and my personal expenses as the whole fund I have been presented by TSiBA goes straight to accommodation.
I want to urge you to continue presenting these opportunities to other students too like you have done for me, and I promise that my work will speak for itself how appreciative I am.

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TSiBA Staff Wins TSiBA Trail Run

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TSiBA interns take the 1st & 5th place in the 5k TSiBA trail run!

So proud that not only do ESMT interns support TSiBA during work hours, but they participate in external events too!  Two of the ESMT interns doing their responsible leaders fellowship programme at TSiBA this year participated in the TSiBA trail run in Constantia on May 16, 2015. This was the second trail run meant to raise funds for TSiBA and it brought together several hundred sport enthusiasts.

We are very proud to announce that Sergey Ten, our finance and math tutor, finished first in the 5km route AND Sherzod Abdujabborov was placed fifth! Congratulations Sergey & Sherzod!

Don’t miss out on the next TSiBA Trail Run - here is the ifo:

The third event in the 2015 series of the TSiBA Eden Education Trail Run will be held on Saturday 13 June 2015 at Durbanville Hills.

Enjoy this special opportunity to run through beautiful vineyards, taste the wines and stand a chance to win prizes sponsored by Durbanville Hills. Walkers also welcome.

Date: Saturday 13 June 2015

Time: 08h00

Cost: R 80 for short route , R 100 for long route

Entries: Click here to buy tickets on Quicket or enter on the day, from 6h30

Venue: Durbanville Hills Wine Estate, Tygerberg Valley Road, Cape Farms, Cape Town 7550, South Africa, Tel: +27 (0)21 558 1300

Distance: +/-6km and +/-12km routes (one water table)

Queries: Japie Swanepoel on 082 44 33 033 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Free Wine Tasting – Food & drinks sold after the race – No dogs allowed

Click here to get all the information!

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T.E.A. Pitch and Poster Competition Launch May 6th, 2015

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This week we had the launch of our first TSiBA Entrepreneurial Activity Pitch and Poster Competition during the Hero Speaker talk. Abe Oliver, the Ignition Centre Manager introduced our sponsors from the Rotary Club of Newlands: Andy Ismay, Jenny Ibbotson and Kenny van Aardt who gave an overview of the Rotary Club and their pledge for continual support if our pilot Pitch and Poster Competition is a success. We believe this competition is the recipe for a sustainable partnership with the Rotary Club going forward!
The speech made by Mr. van Aardt was followed by a very inspirational talk from Hero Speaker of the day: Dr. Ron Duggins, Director of the Centre for Business Development at Meridian Technology in Oklahoma, USA. Dr. Duggins presented his P.O.S.T. UP strategy for success as an entrepreneur. This inspiring strategy is an analogy for a basketball game when a player “posts up” in preparation for receiving the ball and scoring! The acronym P.O.S.T. stands for preparing a foundation, opportunity or making the most of every opportunity given, setting up your network, and taking action. For our TSiBA Pitch and Poster competition the Ignition Centre will a receive 15,000R grant from the Rotary Club of Newlands. This is an amazing opportunity for TSiBA students to win seed funding for their business ideas!
Students who want to enter the competition will be required to submit a first draft of their poster for their business idea to the Ignition Centre by May 29th. Then, they will go on to have consultations in the Ignition Centre in order to polish their ideas for the final Pitch and Poster day in June. It will be the first time students from all classes will be able to work together and compete against one another with their own business ideas! This competition is part of TSiBA’s strategy and vision to ignite opportunity among its students. It will be the beginning of a hatchery within the Ignition Centre for student ideas, which will lead to incubation within the centre and eventually a new business start-up. Hopefully, the TSiBA Pitch and Poster Competition can lead to many student initiated businesses and a stronger connection between the Ignition Centre, TSiBA students and the Entrepreneurship Curriculum! We are so excited to see what the students come up with for our TSiBA Pitch and Poster Competition!

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TSiBA Eden students participate in the 7PassesMTB mountain bike race

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Congratulations to our TSiBA Eden students Luvo Vice (left) and Siphosethu Mejeni (right) who cycled in the endurance mountain bike race Garden Route Events - 7PassesMTB race.

The challenging route follows seven mountain passes, hence the name, lined by beautiful scenery surrounding the Karatara, Homtini, Barrington and Phantom passes via the indigenous forest roads, dairy farms and pine forests.

Siphosethu placed 2nd in the overall Knysna2Karatara lap with a time of 1:27:26.153 and an average speed of 27 kilometres per hour. Luvo placed 29th in the open category with an average speed of 18 kilometres per hour.

You guys make us really proud!

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TSiBA students learn cooking skills

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Following discussions with our students it has become apparent that there’s a burgeoning desire to learn cookery skills among the students.

And so, Guesthouse & Training chefs Jason Davids and Stuart Anthony volunteered their time to teach TSiBA students some basic cooking skills so they can be able to whip up nutritious, cost-effective meals that they can enjoy both at home and at campus.

As the old saying goes, a healthy body makes a healthy mind!

At TSiBA we value the support of the individuals, corporates and the community who share our ethos of Paying it Forward and working with us to make a difference in the future of our youth.

Thank you to Jason and Anthony.

If you would like to volunteer at TSiBA we would love to hear from you. Please click here on how to get involved.

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TSiBA Peer Counselling Training

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Each year TSiBA invites students and community members to a workshop to train as Peer Counsellors. The workshop aims to help students be able able to deal with their own and other’s problems, respond to requests for help, deal proactively with situations of concern, and know when and how to refer their peers for help that may be needed.

It is also TSiBA’s way of Paying it Forward by transferring counselling skills to members of the community.
Our first training this year was in February and it drew over 80 people, ranging from TSiBA students, local community leaders, and people from corporate such as De Beers and Jacobs, the Police Forum, UCT, UWC.

The training is facilitated by a TSiBA staff member, Dorothea Hendricks - a trained Psychologist.

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TSiBA Alumni: Andile Dyonase, BBA Graduate 2013

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“Growing up in a township, Khayelitsha, younger I never dreamed I would go to university, let alone travel across the world. Success was not something I could relate to and certainly not something I aspired to.

The day I set foot in TSiBA, my whole world changed - I discovered untapped potential buried inside me all along. For the first time I was encouraged to dare to dream big. I was taught with the right attitude and hard work I could become whatever I wanted to be in life regardless of my background.
It wasn’t all plain sailing. I struggled and failed maths a number of times.. But with help from TSiBA’s dedicated staff and lecturers, hard work and determination, I eventually passed maths with flying colours.

After I graduated I was awarded a Kofi Annan Scholarship to study towards my Master’s Degree in Finance at the prestigious Business School Lausanne (BSL) in Geneva, Switzerland - true testimony that failure doesn’t mean the game is over, it just means try gain.

And just when I thought things couldn’t get any better, they did! One of the world’s biggest auditing firms, Ernest & Young in Geneva, invited me to do my articles to become a Chartered Accountant in 2015. 

When I return to South Africa, I cannot wait to continue sharing my story and journey with fellow young South Africans and instil proactivity into them to take control of their lives and to realize that their future is in their hands, not the government, parents nor school. With the right attitude they can reach their highest potential regardless of their backgrounds. If there’s at least one person inspired by my story then it’s worth sharing.”

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Avenues that can help reduce your tax liability

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By Achmat Kazie BA (SA)

There are many ways in which people can reduce their tax liability, for example saving via normal avenues such as the Retirement Annuity, Pension Funds or Provident Funds. These vehicles however can be complicated and also require fixed monthly contributions.  Also, these mechanisms carry very high penalty fees should for some reasons the contributions cannot be maintatined.

There are however a few companies that offer less complicated Retirement Annuities,  with the minimum monthly contributions of R1 000.00 per month – a still relatively high amount.

There are no adequate products available for lower to middle income earners.

The finance Minister announced last year the introduction of a new type of savings account called Tax Free Investment Accounts (TFIA). The incentive is available from 01 March 2015.

The basics of TFIAs are listed below:

• No Income Tax, Dividend Tax or Capital Gains Tax.
• The amount that you can put away is capped at R30 000 per year.
• It is also has a lifetime cap of R500 000 per person.
• Parents can invest in their children’s name thus increasing the limits above by the number of children. (Great savings mechanism for future education fees).
• This is only applicable to new accounts.
• Capitalised income does not contribute to caps

Some negative comments:
• If you go over the limits above there is a 40% penalty payable to SARS. As an example, if you save R35 000 in a year, the penalty payable to SARS will be R2 000 (40% of R5 000).
• Unutilised amounts do not carry forward. Not really an issue is you planning to save a little every year as there is no time limit on when you must reach the R500 000 limit.
• No transfers in the first year of implementation (01/03/2015 – 29/02/2016)
• Contributions made to a TFIA are not tax deductible like contributions to retirement annuities or pension funds are.

The accounts that will qualify under this scheme are:
• Fixed Deposits
• Unit Trusts
• Retail Savings Bonds
• Certain Endowment Policies
• Linked Investment Products
• Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

For higher income earners who have exceeded the limits of their contributions towards their RAs, this is a perfect vehicle to put additional retirement savings away instead of through normal unit trust accounts.

All the banks have launched various accounts that qualify to be a TFIA. I am not going to recommend any particular bank but would be more than willing to advise!

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As many of you know, 12 TSiBA Alumni members have attended a weekend camp in the Grootwinterhoek Mountains in November 2014 as part of a partnership between TSiBA Alumni and Educo.

The partnership allows for TSiBA Alumni to visit the mountains (on selected dates) and make use of the Mpepho house that has been adopted. The opportunity arose due to the Sihambela Phambili Programme by Educo Africa.

The visit back to Grootwinterhoek has been the 1st in many years for some of the Alumni, and provided an opportunity to reflect back to our time as students and our introduction to the Grootwinterhoek Mountains, to the ROP (Rights of Passage) in our final year before embarking on our individual journeys post-Graduation.

The weekend has in all been an amazing one with opportunities for some hiking and abseiling. Many alumni members do not often get the time to spend time together so this was a good opportunity to catch-up on each other’s lives and careers, but also, connecting with people who have walked your path through your TSiBA journey with you.

The date for 2015 has not yet been finalised but we are looking at 6-8 November 2015 for 24 Alumni Members. An update of this will be provided throughout the year and none of the previous attendees of November 2014 will attend to allow an opportunity for all other interested to go and enjoy a common place amongst TSiBA Alumni.

There is also an opportunity for TSiBA Alumni to visit the house on their own (i.e. for hiking, weekend away) which still need to be finalised with Educo.

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TSiBA My Hero

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by Sipho Dyanase
Oh…TSiBA my hero
Oh…TSiBA the intelligent one
You compromise time and effort just to ensure we obtain knowledge
You encourage and motivate donors to invest for our lives
Oh…TSiBA how kind can one be?
The fact that you supply education and demand effort reveals tenderness
I can’t help acting suspicious whilst knowing you upright
That’s called Fearlessness
Harboring a grudge on your internal judge- mentalism
You still encounter golden platform in my Individualism
Oh…TSiBA you never impose muddleness upon our soul

You indicate to a position
Where achievement is a role waiting to be played
Where competence is a melody waiting to be listened to
Where leadership is a position wanting to be felt
Where possibility is a factor of prosperity
Oh…TSiBA how amazing you are
How much gratitude shall we reveal?

Oh…TSiBA you are my hero

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My 2014 Internship at Curo Fund Services

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Written by Shon Von Harte, TSiBA Bachelor in Business Administration Student (BBA2)
WOW! What an experience! As I began my internship at the beginning of December 2014 I had no idea that CURO would have such a massive impact on me and my career path. The great mentors that I was exposed to, set the pace for me in so many ways – I am so grateful at the opportunity presented for I now have a taste of what the working world is really like. Their welcoming culture made my stay absolutely delightful and I walked away with more than just insight – I now possess their value system too.

I worked in the HR Department which is the field I want to go into after I graduate from TSiBA. I know have a better understanding of the HR roles –like the legalities, administration, corporate politics and employment equity. Also, the reality of the competitiveness of that environment in comparison to TSiBA which is very supportive.

I was commended on my ethics and values which definitely gave me an edge and using my initiative right from the beginning. My advice to other students for when they do internships is speak up and don’t be afraid to ask, they want you to ask and expect that you will take the initiative. Go extra mile and never get too comfortable as everything you do is being observed!

A big thanks to TSIBA for setting the foundation within, I am forever thankful that I could walk into their doors everyday feeling like I have something profound to offer!

Life’s Good and you all are Great! Find yourself and be that.

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TSiBA Ignition Centre: Sanlam Business Partners’ programme

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Yesterday TSiBA Ignition Center organized a reception dedicated to the close-out of the year-long business training project sponsored by Sanlam. The project was part of the Sanlam’s ESD initiative to support five local entrepreneurs. The goal of the project was to empower entrepreneurs through rigorous training, mentorships, and networking opportunities to help them grow their businesses in a sustainable way and eventually become suppliers to Sanlam. At the event, each project participant presented about their experience, key takeaways and accomplishments that the programme made possible. They reported increased revenues, more sustainable income sources, stronger marketing and branding strategies, and more jobs created which indicates the absolute success of the project. The entrepreneurs expressed their gratitude for such a valuable opportunity to Sanlam and TSiBA.

TSiBA looks forward to igniting even more opportunity for local entrepreneurs with Sanlam in2015!

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ESMT MBA Graduates Paying it Forward at TSiBA

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by Mariana Helguera
January 21st 2015
Since the beginning of the Full time MBA 2014 in ESMT Berlin, I got to know more details about its Responsible Leadership Fellow Program. Since I heard about it I was interested in becoming a volunteer for six months after graduation. However, it was after the International Field Seminar in September for which some of us came to South Africa, that I became greatly interested in being a volunteer in TSiBA. Finally, after so much planning, packing and long flights… three of us are here! I will be working in the Marketing area, Sergey will be in the Academic area teaching math and Sherzod will be in the Ignition Centre supporting entrepreneurs.

We have spent five days in Cape Town and three of those in TSiBA. Before leaving Berlin everyone told me “Oh it’s going to be fun and interesting!” and so far, I believe that was an understatement. As new people in town, we decided to explore transportation options and routes. The first time it took us around 90 minutes to get to TSiBA, which surprisingly is only 12 km away from home. However, we are all set with our MyCity Bus cards, we figured out which was the right train to take and we are improving in negotiating with Taxi drivers.

On our first day at TSiBA we had a very warm welcome by Cindy from Career Services, who gave us a tour and introduced us to almost everyone; and Sandi from Marketing, who gave us our TSiBA bag with presents. It felt so nice that people knew we were coming and they were so happy to have us here. On our second day, “our first formal day at work”, I had a more detailed introduction to the marketing activities and met more new people.  It felt so good to be back in the working life, going to meetings, taking notes and having ideas about the projects to be done.

After the second day, Sherzod said “Everyone was very friendly and welcoming and wanted to help us with settling in and figuring out how things work, specially my supervisor.  I felt that my interest to work for TSiBA and contribute to its mission was reinforced after talking to the people and watching how excited and motivated they all are… even more after meeting some of the students. I look forward to this experience.” However, an afterthought was that it will take a while to remember so many different names. In Sergey’s case, he said “Kind and relaxed people with good sense of humor. Absence of “corporate business climate” smell. A lot of diversity in people’s minds and characters. Total quietness before the exploding start of academic year.” 

Now, in my third day here… with my e-mail account, phone number, coffee mug with my name and my own desk; I feel as if I have been here for a long time. Today I had the chance to meet the new batch of 120 students for the HCBA (Higher Certificate in Business Administration) in their induction week. They will be starting classes next Monday, in which I will be helping the staff to give them their new books. I am very excited to be part of TSiBA and for being able to Pay it Forward.

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TSiBA Eden 2014 Alumni Reunion

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Written by Hakim Caeser, HCBA Student

The TSiBA Eden annual Alumni gathering were held this Saturday at our Karatara Campus. Former students from 2010 to 2013 were invited to this auspicious event. There was great excitement on Saturday in the early hours of the morning when the students coming in from Cape Town arrived. They were ecstatic to reunite with their old friends and to be back at our Karatara Campus

Early that evening as the event started the Alumni were officially welcomed by our Spokesperson Mr Vincent Ntlou and entertained with singing from the whole student body and the SRC members. Lecturers were very happy to meet up and network with the former students. It was great to hear the former students share their unique experiences and Eden students were highly inspired by their TSiBA Spirit. It was clear that TSiBA has improved their lives and they are proud and honoured to be part of the TSiBA family.
There was dancing and singing throughout the evening and everybody enjoyed themselves. Just before the braai started some more of the local alumni arrived. There was feast followed by some more dancing and music from in-house DJ`s Brian Hlanti and MC Lwando S.

Sunday afternoon, after some much needed rest, the visiting students were ready to depart back to their destinations. Saying goodbye was the only sad part of the weekend.

TSiBA Eden would like to thank all those who made a special effort to attended the reunion. It was great meeting up with the guys and we wish them all the best for the last months of 2014.

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Recruting & Application Season Is Upon Us At TSiBA

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Written by Thobekani Menyelwa, TSiBA Eden HCBA Student

Last week kicked off with what I think has been a fun part of my year as an HCBA student – the recruiting season!

As proudly TSiBA Eden HCBA students we headed into Knysna and George High schools to recruit students for 2015.

We were able to speak to over 250 students in different schools, visit local libraries and approach people in the streets; in these 2 days we were busy! It was so stimulating to speak with potential students who are about to leap into an amazing new journey to tertiary school. “We handed over 150 application forms!”, said Khayalethu Nongena excitedly (one of the HCBA students). He also stated that 60 application forms were given to parents who have matrics in their homes.

One of the six TSiBA Education values which is ‘Communication’ was successfully exercised during these recruiting days. I feel that getting the message out there -that TSiBA Education is tops and a special business school that shows how this value was successfully applied on these busy recruiting days. 

We are expecting about 100 application forms returned at the end of September.

We are looking forward to recruiting more students for the coming years!

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TSiBA’s Grows it’s Open Access Book Collection

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Written by Ilana Barling, TSiBA Librarian

Picture: Kaylen Breda, Nonkonzo Rwayimani, Rafeeq Goliath, Celene Chetty (sitting), Jennifer Moeketsi and Ivan Moulomba

In September, Juta and Company kindly donated two large boxes of books which are perfectly suited to the Open Access Book Collection at TSiBA.

This collection, found in the Student Development room, contains books which are not catalogued and are available for indefinite loan periods. These books cover a wide range of topics from business management, economics, leadership and entrepreneurship to politics, psychology, art and history. The collection also includes a number of novels.

The collection functions on an honesty policy. When the reader has finished with the book, it will be returned so others may read it. All that is needed from the student, is the book details, their name and student number and the date on which the book was borrowed. These are noted in the loan register.

As soon as the books hit the shelves, a bunch of students were there to see what new books had arrived.

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What Paying It Forward Means To Me

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Written by Soren Cloete, TSiBA Volunteer

I heard about TSiBA, when Dorothea Hendricks, who was the Student Counselor at the time (also related to me), told me about TSiBA and invited me to come join and do some volunteer work because I was just sitting at home. I actually don’t really see myself as a volunteer because TSiBA reimburses me for my transport. I’m a volunteer because I don’t have matric and I can’t sit at home every day, and I guess that’s how I pay it forward by giving my time daily to do what I can for TSiBA, like arranging Wellness Days, Women’s Clinic and loading contacts onto our system. But mainly it is that I enjoy it - which I do. 2014 is my 7th year at TSiBA.
I think TSiBA is an very good organisation because of the opportunities and the “Pay it Forward” learning. Not only do our students get a chance to do their bachelors degree for a very small cost, they get various tasks that teaches them to be responsible and giving back to their community which is called “Paying it Forward”. TSiBA is also an organisation that’s makes you feel at home, even working at TSiBA as a disabled person myself makes me feel as an able bodied individual. I feel part of this great TSiBA community.

I’ve got a few fond memories such as going on camps with students. Not only did they make me feel really independent for a few days from my parents but I also got to know our students on a more personal level. I’ve always wanted to work with students on a one on one basis, almost like counseling or mentoring. Even though I’m not actually working with them, we chat sometimes and I see them grow. I was a mentor to four students which I really enjoyed, it was very challenging because I had to talk about different topics once a week beside checking in on their daily lives on and outside of campus. Overall I’ve made a few friends whom I was close with, and still are and see them now and then. Then there was this one student whom wasn’t one of my mentees but I was like a mentor, a close friend, a brother to her. She used to come fetch me by my desk almost every day to chat, I felt very good to be part of her journey at TSiBA. Right from the start watching her grow in maturity and emotionally. Dealing with all kinds of situations that she went through, which was a big part of her growth I think. So I appreciate her a lot for allowing me to have been part of her Journey here at TSiBA. That was my most memorable moments. Up until today, two years later, we are still very close friends and I see her once a month.

Economically I do worry about my future as a disabled person when it comes to my ability to work, to do things for myself and my level of education. But knowing that I play a part in helping students accomplish their dreams their goals and improving our country, gives me great pleasure in “Paying it Forward” and that’s what I would say to encourage others to do the same.

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How I Make a Difference: S.U.P developing Initiatives

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By Siyasamkela Kilani, TSiBA 2014 HCBA student, Langa, Cape Town

Our vision is to be part of a community that you feel safe and loved in. We want to walk around the streets of South Africa without shivering with fear of being brutally killed for our belongings; we want our Children to grow in an environment with no Gangsters but youngsters whom are educated and ambitious. 

Our Mission is to form collaborations with corporate institutions that are keen in developing Society for a better tomorrow.  So we could be able to teach Youth in the Township to be Self-Developed and goal orientated, teach and equip adults to gain Entrepreneurship skills.


My Love for Nature:
It all began when a young man (Tony Goy) of God from Pinelands introduced me to God and developed that Love and passion in me for the Mountain. We were a group of teenagers whom were troubled and did not see or expected much from our future since we were raised around a disadvantaged Shack place called Joes Slovo in Langa.
Tony Goy Introduced to us a world that was foreign and strange but I found peace and Joy in the Wild. This caused me to forget for a moment about the poverty and struggles that my Mom and I faced back at Home. I had a better view of things rather than being stuck in a shack and stressing. I had a reason to smile without the use of substance.

My eagerness to develop and groom the Youth:
It all Began in January 2014 when I became a Man and realised that Life was too short to waste and very valuable than pure Gold or Diamond that every person in the world is chasing. Money ,fortune and fame. Later this Year a long-time Friend of mine: Vuyani Past away. He was shot dead on the Face by a group of 19 and 20 year Olds because they saw him as an Enemy.

This Incident caused many whom knew him to be furious, bitter and mad. Revenge was the solution to many but to me It was a turning point. I had a dream of becoming a platform to change and better lives. I started a group of Young boys whom I took for outings on weekends were I would mentor them and teach them not only how to behave as an African traditional man that I am but to allow them to dream big. This was a plan to reduce the number of Boys whom are being brutally killed or Jailed due to gangsterism. I wanted to change their perception and intellectual to be comprehensive.

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Life takes on different hues and this is sometimes beyond human anticipation.
It was on 6th April 1994 when I saw the landing airplane being shut down while it prepared to land on the airport. Ever since then, the life took on different direction toward unknown destination. I was 12 years old when the whole incident of Rwanda genocide took place. I was introduced to the dehumanised styles of life which is beyond any language to express.
Walking, sleeping outside, hunger, no parent or friend, most of my generation is gone, everything besides me look strange. Seeing dead people pilled like logs of trees. Looking at other people being killed with no one to intervene! This entire scene was recorded in not only in my memory, but the memory of many young and older people of that time. Moving here and there has modified the sense of belonging and, generally the whole thing I am was buried underneath like the volcanic lava covers the land.
Ever since I came to South Africa, I thought that it is too late for me to resume the school after 17 years of unrest and insecurity. I did not know how to resume from grade 5 when I am 27 years! One of my friends told me about ARESTA and I went for more information. I started with ABET Level 2 then Level 3 and level 4.I also succeeded to in obtaining basic computer skills such as networking and computer repair. Through the process of learning from ARESTA I gained hope that I can make it to grade 12.I had the opportunity to have passed my grade 12 through EDUCATION FOR AFRICA by 2013.

I felt a bit alive by having matric certificate but I was still having the question “where will I get money for Tertiary Education?” A friend told me about TSIBA and I took initiative to apply. Unbelievably TSIBA awarded me a scholarship! Currently I am studying my Higher Certificate in Business Administration (HCBA) on a tuition scholarship at TSiBA (Tertiary School in Business Administration) which is a non-profit business school with campus in Cape Town. I’m looking forward to graduate in few years.

This is where I met different people from different corners of the World. The new life has just started. Every opportunity being offed to me has a unique impact on my life for today and tomorrow. The programs here at TSIBA have extracted the whole of me from underneath the rocks of the past and exposed me to the light where I can clearly see who I’m through Five Values which are :responsibility ,initiative; resilience , communication and integrity.

These values being the light, I’m carrying it to the World, to the communities lost in abyss of gangsterism, lost in ignorance. These values also act like lifesaving jacket which I’m carrying to the Word drowning in the rivers of poverty. We call it “Pay it forward” Philosophy!  I do this through tutoring mathematics at ARESTA and EDUCATION FOR AFRICA.

Please allow me to say thank you to everyone who encouraged and assisted me in any way.
And most of all TSIBA

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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

Mobile: +27 82 750 5339

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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

Photo: Griffin is second from right in the front row - meeting Emeritus Arch Bishop Tutu

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

Photo: Prof Shaughnessy together with Mzoli of Mzoli’s Place in Gugulethu

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.

Gordon White
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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
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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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