TSiBA Newsletter June 2016
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Dear Friend of TSiBA

June is Youth Month and our students are readying themselves for examinations and completing final assignments. Our 9th Graduation is in August and most of our final year students are ready to be placed into internships at our partner companies. 

Examinations, assignments, Portfolios of Leadership and Learning, Wilderness Experiences, Rights of Passage work and internships in the workplace are all essential building blocks in the development of our student’s journey towards work-readiness. We know that by putting attitude at the heart of our students’ development in our curriculum, that we will graduate leaders who will Pay it Forward and become part of the multiplier effect towards positive social change.

During my recent visit to Switzerland, where I was invited to give a presentation on TSiBA, I met with some of our students completing their internships overseas.  I was again struck by how relevant our Leadership curriculum is and how directly applicable our students found this in the workplace. Europe is impressed with our graduates and so are we. 

Wishing our students well in the weeks to come and sending gratitude to our TSiBA friends for all the love and support we receive from you.

Please have a look at our new Annual Progress Report by clicking on the image below to see the incredible things we have achieved this year!

Yours in Igniting Opportunity
Adri Marais
Photo: Vuyolwethu Makena, TSiBA BBA3 student

TSiBA Student 
Vuyolwethu Makena  

“If you believe it, you can achieve it” 
These are the words of 26 year old final year BBA degree student Vuyolwethu Makena, who grew up in Mfuleni township. Vuyolwethu sadly lost both her parents at a very young age so she grew up with her aunt and five cousins. In 2007 Vuyolwethu’s cousin, the bread winner of the family, passed away. That was the day Vuyolwethu decided she would take control of her future and vowed to pursue her dreams and get an education.

Vuyolwethu has always struggled to understand why youth with talent, ambition and skills do not utilise their talents and think big. “Why do they restrict themselves? There is a world beyond the townships, a world filled with so many possibilities!”

“A year after matriculating I applied to TSIBA Education. At this point in my life I realised I needed to believe in my potential, that doubt is a magnet that pulls you back from unleashing your true potential”.

“TSiBA values play a large part in our leadership and self-development courses as well as our Paying it Forward responsibilities. Rather than paying back our scholarships, we are able to ignite opportunities in our own communities which makes me very proud.”

Vuyolwethu is currently completing her work internship at
BEG Commercial Consulting which is one of the final unique elements to TSiBA’s degree programme. This project is a significant milestone in a TSiBA student’s academic journey and provides a distinct advantage in that students will gain practical work experience, and networks, even before they graduate.
Photo: Sam Noemdoe (TSiBA Eden Branch Manager) and Genevieve Keene (TSiBA Eden Sustainability)

Proud Moments

  • TSiBA Eden, our green WESSA-rated rural campus, won an Enviropedia Eco Logic Merit Award for ‘Energy Efficiency’ for their use of solar energy and hot boxes.
  • Masala Ramulifho, BBA1 student, as a top five finalist for JUTA’s Pay it Forward campaign.
  • Ten degree students awarded prestigious Lewis Group Scholarships. Read more  
  • TSiBA Enactus students launch an innovative new Pay it Forward project in KwaLanga township called “Born and bred in Langa” to empower women with business skills to become entrepreneurs and to start their own bakery. Read more
  • Welcome to Mr Jacky Kalani who has joined the TSiBA Board. He is the Public Participation Manager at Knysna Municipality.
  • Adri Marais, TSiBA CEO & Co-founder, named as a finalist in the 2016 "Business Women of the Year: Social Entrepreneurship" category.
  • Skills-development/B-BBEE Partnership with BankservAfrica Group who are supporting 40 full tuition scholarships for 2016.


 The interest overseas for the vital work that we do at TSiBA continues to grow and the last quarter was no exception. There’s still much work to do, but we are confident are laying a solid, sustainable foundation beyond 2016 for TSiBA. We would like to appreciate:
  • Trident Trust UK: boosting our international fundraising efforts with a contribution of grant funding to significantly improve our IT infrastructure. This project will also provide subsidised tablets to our students for increased access to study opportunities and to remain on the cutting edge of technology. TSiBA’s relationship with Trident Trust also includes vital ongoing intellectual capital towards TSiBA’s evolving IT strategy.
  • Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals (Switzerland & Austria): continued support of TSiBA’s Pay it Forward initiative – the Peer Education programme offering health and HIV education to youth.
  • Novartis Pharma AG (Switzerland): top executives' donation towards two scholarships in their personal capacity. They are also hosting two TSiBA final year degree student internships (Zintle Kanyiwe and Sinawo Gcwabe who have made us all proud!).
  • The Joel Joffe Trust ( UK): donation of two scholarships.
TSiBA has an international funder willing to donate with matched donor funding. If you are interested in matching funding with TSiBA and an international partner please make contact Graham Moore on info@tsiba.org.za
Photo: Carlos Sanvee, Bellah Osala, Adri Marias & Pearl Pugin


We are honoured that our CEO and Dean, Adri Marais and Pearl Pugin, were invited to Nairobi to share their expertise and our unique curriculum with Carlos Sanvee, General Secretary of the African Alliance of the YMCA and Bellah Osala, who is the Project Coordinator at YMCA.

Hanze and Franklin University 

Photo: Hanze University students

TSiBA has educational partnerships with tertiary institutions around the world. Postgraduate students from Hanze University, Holland, completed one of their modules in Cape Town working with the Students Representative Counsil (SRC) to develop strategies to enhance their impact on campus by bridging the communication gap between students, the SRC and academic operations.

TSiBA Eden also hosted students from Franklin University in Switzerland for a workshop on supporting African farmers to move from subsistence farming to sustainable agriculture. This project supports the development of TSiBA Eden’s Green Campus Eco-Club & sustainable living practices. 

Farewell to our international interns
Photo: Cayman McDonald and Santosh Marrivagu with TSiBA students.
We also appreciate international volunteers, Cayman McDonald and Santosh Marrivagu who have been invaluable additions to the Ignition Centre. Cayman, a student from Northeastern University (NU) in Boston was also part of TSiBA’s 2015 student NU exchange programme. Santosh, a MBA graduate from the European School of Management & Technology (ESMT) was awarded a Responsible Leaders Fellowship to volunteer at TSiBA. Read Santosh’s blog here
Photo: Andrew Minor (TSiBA mentor) and his mentee Darren Jacobs (TSiBA BBA1 student)

Call for Mentors

“You don’t know the potential you have until you unleash it. We have the power to empower others and ourselves” says Sonja Hagins Head of Student Support at TSiBA.

Everyone has something unique to offer and this is why TSiBA relies on community volunteers to get involved.

We are looking for people to join the TSiBA volunteer family and make a difference lecturing, tutoring & mentoring. TSiBA provides training, orientation and on-going support for all our volunteers who all tell us they feel they often gain just as much, if not more, self-growth then their mentee. We host  workshops for our mentors with the opportunity to network and share experiences.

Contact Jenna Monk on info@tsiba.org.za to get involved.

Photo: Sanlam Enterprise & Supplier Development Programme 2016 

ESD Partnership

Expanding on the success of previous years we launched the third Sanlam/TSiBA Ignition Centre Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) Partnership. This programme is a priority element of the revised B-BBEE codes which are working towards transformation of the South African economy.

TSiBA's Ignition Centre selects small and medium-sized enterprises (SMME) from the local community who have the potential to be developed for inclusion into the Sanlam database of core product/ services providers. The intention is to provide access for SMME black-owned businesses to formal markets in the economy.
This programme extends across personal leadership and entrepreneurship to essential skills in business finance, marketing, human resource management and market and brand development. Participants have the opportunity to network and connect with experienced business mentors and networks with the broader goal of creating profitable and sustainable entities.

This programme contributes towards the realisation of South Africa’s  transformation and need for  job creation.

Leading Sustainability 
Applications Open

TSiBA Education, in association with Deutsche Bank, is offering an innovative 9 month modular programme for leaders of non-profit companies who are driving sustainability. The programme takes a fresh look at the critical issues of income generation and non-donor reliance and focuses in particular on up-skilling and supporting leaders as they help their stakeholders shift from a “NGO mentality” to a business orientated/ entrepreneurial mindset.

For more information contact Mark.Gamble@tsiba.org.za  or read our brochure here
Photo: TSiBA Cape Town SRC 2016

SRC does us proud

The TSiBA Cape Town SRC were invited to participate at the New Hope Summit hosted by USB to engage with other university SRC’s. The topic debated was “Transformation and Decolonisation in higher learning institutions and the role of the Student Representative Council (SRC) in the transformation process”.

The New Hope Summit at Stellenbosch was informative and a great platform to engage with other students. This kind of platform gives us all exposure to new ideas and opinions and should be encouraged in our communities so that we can enable a culture of discussion with youth, rather than violence.” says Lerato Bontsi, BBA2 Student & SRC Secretary.


Photo:Rodney Brouwer with his mentor Graham Bingham 

TSiBA Alumni 
Rodney Brouwer

“If you have a setback, never take a step back, just make a comeback”
Rodney Brouwer grew up in a small town called Riversonderend in the Western Cape and was first introduced to TSiBA at a TSiBA Eden recruitment drive. Rodney has always been passionate about entrepreneurship and leadership and he instantly knew that TSiBA would turn his dreams into reality. After Rodney completed his Higher Certificate in Business Administration he relocated to TSiBA Cape Town to complete his degree. What a difference a few years makes... Rodney is now 25 years and permanently employed as a Training Administrator at Santam after completing his graduate programme.

“I now see how my TSiBA degree sets me apart from other graduates trying to make it in the working world. Studying at TSiBA prepared me for the corporate environment; I never once struggled to find my feet from working in a team to making presentations to managers. If all educational institutions could follow the TSiBA Education blueprint we will have young professionals who all have the TSiBA’s unique Profile of Graduateness where skills and knowledge are layered with a good attitude and sense of self”.

Rodney is currently Paying it Forward by being actively involved in the development of sports and positive youth recreation in his home town of Riversonderend. This project works to keep youth off the streets and introduce the practice of discipline and self-development - skills Rodney mastered at TSiBA and is now sharing with others.

TSiBA Vacancies

We are searching for new talent to join our dynamic, expanding team. In line with our commitment to excellence and innovation, new positions have been created and we have some exciting and rewarding opportunities. TSiBA is committed to driving sustainable socio-economic change and igniting opportunity and committed to Employment Equity goals. Positions include:
  • Project Delivery Manager
  • Student Psychologist
  • Lecturer and Subject Convenor: Business Communication Studies
  • Relationship Manager
  • Sustainability Administrator
  • Lecturer and Subject Convenor: Business studies
For more info on the full job descriptions please click here

Diary of upcoming events 

TSiBA Eden
28 July  Green Campus Celebration: Solar Oven tea (10h30-12h00)
30 July : Campus Open Day (10h00-13h00)
20 August : Graduation Ceremony (11h00-13h00)

TSiBA Cape Town
Volunteers’ coffee morning: IC Boardroom:
28 July: 9h00-10h00
25 August: 9h00-10h00
30 July : TSiBA Open day (10h00-13h00)
27 August : Graduation Ceremony (13h00–16h00)


Photo: TSiBA Eden staff with the Mossel Bay principals

Education Solutions (TES)

TSiBA Education Solutions (TES) was contracted by the Western Cape Department of Education to facilitate Leadership Skills Training in Mossel Bay. Local Principals & Senior Management teams were equipped to transfer new skills into their schools and find ways to improve the youth educational experience.

TES offers high-quality, customised management development courses, interventions and training solutions for all sectors to address particular client needs. Courses incorporate the ‘TSiBA difference’ by integrating personal development with business knowledge and experiential learning opportunities to grow entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial leaders.

TES builds on TSiBA’s
mission to be a leader in the entrepreneurial and leadership sectors with proceeds being re-invested into TSiBA Education NPC to contribute to scholarships for marginalised youth.


TSiBA services the community and as a non-profit every bit helps, including vital gift-in-kind donations. Our wish list includes items that will massively increase our ability to keep Igniting Opportunity. Section 18A Tax Certificates may be issued in compliance with SARS provisions for all donations over R100/annum. For more info contact Sandi on info@tsiba.org.za.
1. Student Meals 
2. Stationery
3. A small car
4. Books & Textbooks
5. Awards Prizes/ Gifts
6. Driving School lessons
7. Employment and Internship Opportunities

To see more of our wishes please 
click here
Photo: Susann Bongers (B360 volunteer lecturer) with the 2016/2017 PG Dip Sec class

PG Dip Sec

TSiBA’s 3rd Postgraduate Diploma in Small Enterprise Consulting (PG Dip SEC) cohort for 2016/2017 completed the 2nd module in their 18-month block release programme. Susann Bongers, an experienced Swiss mediator and coach, facilitated this module as a specialised volunteer from the international B360 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. If you would like more information on applying for 2017 please contact
Photo: TSiBA Eden cycling team 2016 

Youth on the move

Cycling for Change 
TSiBA Eden students have been Paying it Forward acting as support crew for major cycling events around Knysna. We cheered on our own ‘Cycling for Change’ team in the 7Passes MTB Race and assisted in the prestigious RECM200 for local company Garden Route Events.

The company’s owners, Louise Wilson and Patrick Mostert, said “it was an absolute pleasure to work with the TSiBA crew and that everyone commented on their positive spirit and attitude

Eden Eco-Club
TSiBA Eden’s Eco Club celebrated Earth Day on the 5 June, working alongside Conservation Global to revive and energise the Karatara Primary School community food garden.

It was an important reminder of how the humblest of actions are of greatest service. TSiBA’s Eco-Club students and Franklin University Alumni have committed to establishing a Seed Project at the community garden so that it can become a model for sustainable agriculture practices.

Campus Open Day
Scholarship applications open

Planning to study further is one of the most important choices you will ever make.  But not everyone has the means to pay for tertiary studies. TSiBA is fully accredited and our mission is to graduate entrepreneurial leaders to drive social change in South Africa. We are now accepting scholarship applications for full, or part, tuition scholarships to provide access to youth who may otherwise experience difficulty accessing tertiary education due to financial or academic reasons.
Come see for yourself at our
Cape Town & Eden Campus Open Day on Saturday 30 July 2016 between 10h00 to 13h00 to experience the campus and meet students and staff.  For more information contact Kwanele Magwaca on 021 532 2750/ study@tsiba.org.za


Trailfun is a monthly run/walk at various wine farms in the Western Cape. Proceeds from this event go towards student scholarships.  Drive social change  just by walking and running! Next event: Saturday 23 July 2016 at Rhebokskloof, Paarl, click here to register.

Your Perfect B-BBEE Partner

TSiBA is committed to achieving inclusivity in the South African economy as well as securing our sustainability. We have a number of highly effective solutions for Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE).

All TSiBA beneficiaries fall within the
B-BBEE categories of Black-designated groups so we can offer options for each of the 5 elements in the revised B-BBEE codes of practice including Skills Development, Enterprise & Supplier Development, Ownership and Socio-Economic Development solutions.

Please contact Graham Moore on
info@tsiba.org.za for a specialised solution for your B-BBEE requirements.
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L Meinert, G Whitehead, D Pillay, J Kalani, Y Scholtz, J Kalani, Prof. E Smit, R Hendricks 

TSiBA Education NPC is registered and accredited with the Dept of Education as a Private Higher Education Institution No: 2007/HE08/001 Company Reg: 2004/005126/08 | PBO No: 930014613
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