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Appreciation for TSiBA | Andrew Selondo

27 Sep 2017


TSiBA Eden Alumni Speech at the 2017 TSiBA Eden Graduation

“It gives me a great honour to stand in front of you today. My name is Andrew Selondo and I’m thankful for this opportunity to do my student appreciation.

So how did my journey with TSiBA begin?

From Pretoria to the Western Cape and now in TSiBA Cape Town, now a proud first-year student studying towards a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. I arrived in Plettenberg Bay in January 2015 in a small township called Kwanokuthula, approximately 45 km from here. Prior to this, I knew nothing about TSiBA. I wanted to study at South Cape College, however, due to certain circumstances, I could not study there. I was told to return to Pretoria because I was staying in the mission house and only students were allowed to stay there. A friend of mine told me about DenRon Community Development Centre and it offered Adult Education and Training facilitated by a company called Tripple E. I decided to register at the Centre in February 2015 and it wasn’t long before the Centre saw how committed I was to my studies, I was given an opportunity to further my studies at TSiBA.

Without a solid background in business, I was anxious when I learned TSiBA was a Business School. I feared going back to Pretoria without a sound qualification, I decided to apply at TSiBA through DenRon Centre. On the 27th of January 2016, I arrived at TSiBA for orientation, nervous and excited. That was the day I became a part of this amazing family called, “Tsiba’lings”. TSiBA’s premises made me sceptical.  I was expecting a huge building but as the old saying goes, “dynamite comes in small packages.” TSiBA is an institution that shapes one’s life into a life of meaning and purpose. I say this because here at TSiBA, we live by values and we carry this values wherever we go. It was here at TSiBA where I challenged myself by reflecting on my past and my present. I set smart goals for my future and one of my long-term goals is getting my BBA degree in three years time.

TSiBA also made me see the essence of “Pay it Forward”, which is a way to give back to our communities by committing to community initiatives. As a former SRC member, who held the portfolio of “Pay it Forward”, I realised how small acts like taking time out to help somebody - can make a difference. I speak for all of us when I say TSiBA Eden has made a huge impact in our lives and we are indebted to our sponsors for making this possible. We are here - all of us glowing with smiles, because of you. It is a privilege, and one of my greatest moments to have met people who had become a pillar of strength throughout my studies at TSiBA.
I am thankful for the support structure I received from TSiBA’s student support. TSiBA Staff, thank you for being patient with us, your work is “one of a kind”. Most importantly, I would like to thank God for carrying me and my family back home, thus far.

Thank you to everyone who is here to celebrate this marvellous day with us. I would like to finish off with a quote from Martin Luther King; “If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl but, by all means, keep moving.”


The Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) was founded in 2004 with a vision to “Ignite Opportunity”.  Our mission is to be an innovative learning community that graduates entrepreneurial leaders who ignite opportunity and social change.

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