TSiBA Newsletter March 2016
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Dear Friend of TSiBA

2016 is our Capture the Magic year, as we reflect on the 12 years that TSiBA has Ignited Opportunity and social change. We remain grateful that TSiBA has been able to play such an important role in jumpstarting entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial employment in South Africa.

To date, our current Bachelor’s degree
(BBA) Alumni will have (conservatively estimated) pumped over R1.7bn into the economy over their lifetimes. Pretty cool in an environment where 8.3 million people are jobless and over 60% of their peers are unemployed.  There has also been a marked increase in the number of Alumni that are now beginning to itch in Corporate and there were at least 2 new businesses started since the beginning of this year (2016). With S.A. our economic growth rate expected to be less than 1%, our economy is at a virtual standstill. We need this spirit to stay alive and we are proud of our Alumni as they pave the way for our current students to step into the world of work as active economic citizens.

As we enter our 12th year of students studying on virtually full tuition scholarships, we are pleased that the #feesmustfall movement supports what we have envisioned all those years ago.  It is possible to offer all South Africa’s talent an open door to the biggest single changer of futures – entrepreneurial education.

Yours in Igniting Opportunity
Adri Marais
Photo: Pearl Pugin (Dean), Achmat Isaacs and Adri Marais


Achmat Isaacs
“Don’t follow other people’s footsteps, walk your own path and set your own trail  That’s how you make your own path in this life...” 
These are wise words for a 20 year old, but ones by which Achmat Isaacs lives by. Achmat is a first year BBA degree student born and raised in Manenburg on the Cape Flats (renowned for its gangsterism and violence).  He is the first in his family to go to university, a harsh reality that exists for many TSiBA students and their families.
Achmat has had a passion for business and dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur for as long as he can remember. When his high school principal from
Leadership College told him about TSiBA, he immediately knew this was where he wanted to go and jumped at the opportunity to apply.
Achmat speaks with a quiet confidence about being 100% focused on his studies and how he actively Pays it Forward in his community. What he doesn’t tell you is that he is one of TSiBA’s top academic achievers on the Higher Certificate Merit List for 2015 in almost all of his subjects. 

Achmat says “I value all the knowledge that I have received at TSiBA. I believe that if I can share all of these skills and knowledge I will be giving someone else the same learning opportunity”.
Photo: Ruth Mattison with Gcobani Dyantyi


Ruth Mattison
TSiBA is currently recruiting for people like you to volunteer and pay it forward with things like lecturing, tutoring & mentoring students. TSiBA provides orientation, training and on-going support for volunteers who also gain an opportunity for self-development.  

“It has been my great privilege to work with the staff, students and volunteers at TSiBA for the past ten years. It is not often in life that we have a chance to work with people of vision and dedication of all ages, races and cultures in South Africa. ” says Ruth Mattison.

Your assistance will be greatly appreciated – please contact Sbahle on info@tsiba.org.za for more info, or join one of our  coffee mornings.
Photo: Adri Marais and Theo Wilscott, Facilitator and Mentor at TSiBA


Rotary EDC Conference
In February more than 300 Rotarians, representing over 27 countries from across the world, converged on Kelvin Grove for the Rotary Economic Development Conference 2016. TSIBA CEO, Adri Marais, was invited to be a keynote speaker alongside world-renowned industry experts like Clem Sunter and Cape Town’s hottest entrepreneur, and TSiBA’s first ever Honorary Postgraduate Diploma in Small Enterprise Consulting recipient, Luvuyo Rani, from Silulu Ulutho Technologies

Adri’s address discussed the findings in the latest
Global Entrepreneur Monitor (GEM) report and looked at why South Africa is lagging so desperately behind the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa and other similar economies. 

Adri said "As long as entrepreneurs are not viewed as “the coolest guys on the block” and we, as a nation, struggle with the notion of money being “bad”, we will not be able to shift into an innovative entrepreneurial space to kick-start a stagnant economy.

By building entrepreneurship into study curricula as early as primary school and right into the tertiary environment, we can begin to cultivate the “DNA” of an entrepreneur and make it the Blueprint of our Future”.


Photo: Rev Canon Mpho Tutu and Darryn Wakens
Darryn Wakens, BBA2 degree student is making TSiBA proud after being awarded a prestigious Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Candidate Fellowship.

Photo: BBA students Monwabisi Mtshamba, Siyasamkela Kilani, Cinga Dyantyisi & Mphumzi Duna

Siyasamkela Kilani, BBA2 degree student, never let his humble beginnings in KwaLanga Township  hold him back. He has now been recognised as a2016 LifeCo UnLtd South Africa Young Enterprizer”. He is the founder of YES Entrepreneurship, a TSiBA student company that is environmentally conscious in pioneering new ways to make shoe-polish out of recycled materials.
Apply for a 2017 Scholarship
Applications for 2017 will open in April 2016!

We are looking for people with potential, determination and a passion for entrepreneurship & social change to apply. Do you know anyone? You can find the qualifications we offer, application forms and application criteria on our website here, or contact Kwanele on
021 532 2750 or study@tsiba.org.za


Patrick Melikhaya Yoko

We mourn the passing of a bright degree student and passionate young man, Patrick Melikhaya Yoko who passed away in December 2015. 


JUTA Project
JUTA’s long-term relationship with TSiBA is growing with the donation of R1.2 million worth of brand new books.TSiBA’s entrepreneurship lecturers have set up an Emerging Micro Enterprise (EME) to serve as the middleman between JUTA and student businesses.

The goal is to empower students to be entrepreneurs while giving students the opportunity to gain practical experience about business operations. Books will be sold at cost price to students who re-sell the books to their customers for a profit.

Get involved by contacting Santosh or Cayman at info@tsiba.org.za

TSiBA Trailfun
The TSiBA “TrailFun” Series takes place monthly at various wine farms around the Western Cape with proceeds going toward TSiBA Scholarships. If this doesn’t inspire you then maybe the free wine tastings, prizes and lucky draws at Durbanville Hill Wine Estate on the- 27 April 2016 (7h30) will do just that!

Click here to register


Thokozile Mcopele
“There is a quote by George Burton Adams that’s says “There is no such thing as a “self-made” man. We are made up of thousands of others...”
Thokozile Mcopele graduated from TSiBA with her bachelor’s degree in 2012 whereafter she was awarded a prestigious Mandela Rhodes Scholarship to do her Honours in Strategic Management at the University of Johannesburg. Thokozile, 22 years ,was born in Port Elizabeth, raised in Khayelitsha township in Cape Town and is currently settled in Johannesburg where she works at ABSA as a Trainee Business Manager at Coverage, a Division of ABSA Capital.

”Getting my degree and becoming a Mandela Rhodes Scholar has been an eye-opening experience for me where I  quickly learned to think bigger, but start small.  When I was studying at TSiBA I got to understand that no dream is unrealistic, but that I need to drive my own vision as do others. I have always had a passion to become an entrepreneur and recently started my own company being an MC at corporate and private events.

“TSiBA provided us with a strong foundation to achieve our dreams and the
Profile of Graduateness is instilled within me along with the mind-set and values which are empowering me and my fellow students to grow into social entrepreneurs. So that we can be pioneers of the change we need in our communities by inspiring and igniting opportunities for others. 

“I know what I have now wouldn’t have been possible unless the people at TSiBA who selected me hadn’t believed in me, had faith in me and seen beyond my situation at the time.  

Read about Thokozile’s new company


Your Perfect B-BBEE Partner 

Committed to the challenges of inclusivity in the South African economy, as well as our own sustainability, TSiBA now offers a number of highly effective solutions for Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE).
Since all TSiBA beneficiaries fall within the
B-BBEE categories of Black designated groups we 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 solutions to your B-BBEE requirements.

Photo: Armin Hollenstein, B360 Volunteer with TSiBA students


B360 helps implement online learning
TSiBA’s impact on SA youth is recognised all over the world and we have partnerships with prestigious international organisations and institutions who share our passion to increase access to education and promote social change.

B360 is a Swiss organisation dedicated to improving educational systems around the world with their Cross-Border Volunteering’ project which sponsors global experts to travel around the world training and sharing knowledge.
This year we hosted our second B360 volunteer Armin Hollenstein, a retired Statistics Professor. Armin’s project involved the implementation of an online platform to assist students improve quantitative skills as part of the Quantitative Business Applications (NUM-101) course in the first year of the TSiBA degree. This is often a challenging course for students, one which may impact the speed of their progression through their degree.

Numeracy 101’ website portal provides access to resources which supplement course material as well as video lectures and exercise tutorials.

Armin Hollenstein said “while the greatest experience I had is taking a guided tour of Langa Township I am mostly impressed by the TSiBA students who are very eager to learn mathematics which is something I am not used to! They really try to understand the course material and work together to share solutions with the rest of the class.


TSiBA Wishlist...

We appreciate your support in many ways – especially as TSiBA is about community and for the community! As a non-profit every bit helps including vital gift-in-kind donations. We posted a list of items that will massively increase our ability to keep Igniting Opportunity.
1. Student Meals 
2. Stationery
3. A small car
4. Books & Textbooks
5. Awards Prizes/ Gift
6. Driving School lessons
7. Employment and Internship Opportunities

Section 18A Tax Certificates will be issued to Donors in compliance with SARS provisions and on request.

For more info please click here.


TSiBA Eden

TSiBA Open Day: 9 April 2016
Volunteers Coffee: 10 May 2016

TSiBA Cape Town Campus

Volunteer’s Coffee: Ignition Centre Boardroom
31 March: 9h00-10h00
28 April: 9h00-10h00
27 August: Graduation


C.T and Eden Scholarship Ceremonies
This year we welcome a record number of new students. A total of 211 full tuition scholarships awarded to study TSiBA entrepreneurial programmes at ceremonies in Cape Town and Eden. This is a staggering R11m investment in providing access to tertiary education for future SA leaders and entrepreneurs (this excludes additional funding required for sliding-scale scholarships for returning degree students). In addition TSiBA continues to support SA youth employment via our Career Centre and Ignition Centre entrepreneurial hubs.

After 12 years and 7 cohorts we remain expertly positioned to address the skills and knowledge gap of SA youth so our students are able to progress in their tertiary studies, find aspirational employment or thrive as entrepreneurs. It is working because TSiBA degree graduates have a 95% employment rate.

It is thanks to our supporters, donors and volunteers who share our vision of Igniting Opportunity and ensure we never give up in our quest to raise sufficient funds to turn dreams into reality.
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Directors:Prof. F Abrahams (Chairperson), A Marais (CEO), P Pugin (Dean), Belinda Van Niekerk (EOM)
L Meinert, G Whitehead, D Pillay, D Msibi, 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
NPO No: 043-720-NPO