TSiBA Newsletter June 2017
TSiBA’s work is grounded in supporting and cementing the path towards positive social change. We continue to work towards building the structures that will support our young talent and future leaders of this country. It is bittersweet that the barometer of our success in these areas is often only measured in challenging times like the recent storms and fires in the Western Cape where the TSiBA community rallied together. Stronger as a united force.

I have been particularly impressed again this year with the exponential ripple effect of social change effected through our volunteer lecturers, tutors and mentors. Every month a number of people and organisations reach out with an offer to volunteer at TSiBA to lecture, tutor, mentor or consult. We also have pro-bono consultants like the top global strategic consultants from BCG who are working with TSiBA to secure our cutting-edge sustainability plan.

I am privileged to have met and befriended so many of our volunteers over the years - and the stories they tell are extremely inspiring – every time! Just last week I overheard two volunteers chatting, getting to know each other, and sharing stories of their lives, what drew them to TSiBA, what their views are of their classes, the students, the curricula, the questions, the answers, the awarenesses, the learnings, the “aha’s” and of course, ultimately, the joys of co-building a robust, diverse country of active, informed citizens.

Please take a few moments and click here to see our latest 
Annual Report and share in our milestones and celebrations of 2016.

I sign out grateful that I can be part of an amazing journey with you all in a country where significant social transformation is growing and getting stronger day 
to day.

Yours in Igniting Opportunity,

Adri Marais

From Langa to Zurich:
Lundi's Opportunity

At school Lundi (Bill) Mkosi had no idea how he was going to study further, but everything changed when he was awarded his TSiBA scholarship. Just three years later this final year bachelor student was accepted at a top global financial services company, Credit Suisse in Zurich, to do his international work internship (part of the criteria required for a student to graduate).

Now back on South African soil, Lundi shares this experience of a lifetime in Switzerland with us. Interestingly, his interview with Credit Suisse almost didn't happen due to a family tragedy...


Appreciation: Lord Joel Joffe
TSiBA expresses appreciation to great South-African born humanitarian & activist, Lord Joel Joffe who passed away peacefully at his UK home. Lord Joffe is most famous for the groundbreaking role he played in the struggle and as the defence attorney representing Mr Mandela in the 1963-4 Rivonia Trial.

Lord Joffe had great respect for TSiBA and the work we do. Adri Marais, TSiBA CEO, was privileged to meet him several times and fondly recalls “Joel and Vanetta, his wife, valued the growing friendship with Penny, our UK Trustee, supporting two scholarships over the last few years.”
TSiBA Dean invited to address
UN initiative

Our Dean, Pearl Pugin, is doing us proud after being invited to deliver the commencement address at the prestigious Oxford Brookes University Business School Graduation Ceremony in the UK. Pearl also hosted a public lecture on “Igniting Opportunity: A South African perspective on how to graduate entrepreneurial leaders". 

Pearl has also been honoured with delivering a keynote address at the annual
PRME Conference - an initiative by the United Nations in Newcastle,  which is a collaboration of all UK business schools...

TSiBA Eden fights fires
We were all witness to the run-away fires that took place in the Southern Cape recently where thousands were displaced. We are relieved to report that TSiBA Eden, staff and students are all fine and we appreciate the flood of emails we received from concerned supporters. Andre Kitshoff, Eden's Sustainability Manager, said: "We made Eden’s hostel available as an emergency evacuation centre hosting five evacuees."

This tragic disaster was an example of our staff living the ethos of TSiBA. We came together as one unit to ensure our staff and students were safe and the people in our community were offered a lifeline in a time of serious need...”

Photo cred: Jan Venter [The Citizen]


Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

TSiBA is so fortunate to gain the support of world-class companies. In keeping with our commitment to sustainability, transformation and industry trends we are appreciative to benefit from BCG's global industry expertise in corporate consulting.
BCG South Africa, are working with TSiBA as their pro-bono client to ensure we continue to act as a centre of excellence and instrument of socio-economic change in the education and entrepreneurial leadership space. We are looking forward to the future!
Left to right: Jacky Forster (BCG), Mohsin Khandwala (BCG) and Lawrence Muzame (TSiBA EOM)
A Decade of hosting the NU (USA) Programme
Hard to believe it is already 10 years that we’ve been hosting this highlight of the TSiBA year - the annual intercultural exchange between Northeastern University (USA) and TSiBA students who work side-by-side in a practical micro-enterprise consulting project as part of their curricula.

The groups evaluated various local social enterprises in both Khayelitsha and Langa townships, but still found time to visit popular Cape Town tourist attractions...

Swimming to
Ignite Opportunity

Eleven open-water swimmers must really believe in our work. They dived at the opportunity to brave the icy waters of the Atlantic and swim from Robben Island to Big Bay (7.5km) to raise R55k for a TSiBA scholarship. When we asked them why would they would want to do this in just a swimsuit they said it was simple, "to Pay it Forward just like TSiBA students do in return for not repaying their scholarships”.

The Swimming to Ignite Opportunity campaign has already raised R52k - so close!

Please support them on 
Back-a-Buddy as there are five swimmers still to swim when a weather window presents.

Talking social change
Helping youth find their voice

The country’s recent economic downgrade and political events came as a shock to all South Africans and our TSiBA students were certainly not immune.

However; as an academic institution TSiBA is committed to supporting dialogue, questioning and thought leadership with our students and community. We can all find our voice and move from being a passive subject to an informed, active citizen.

Wishlist / Donations-In-Kind

We have Snapscan!

Have you decided how you will pay it forward to honour Mandela Day on the 18th July? If not we have an easy solution for you. You can support our Snapscan R67 campaign and donate towards a 2018 scholarship for our next generation of leaders. It's simple - just scan and donate! 

Would you rather donate in kind? Or donate your time? 

Please click here to see our 
wishlist of items. and see how you can join our dynamic volunteer community by simply sharing your time, expertise and personal experience at one of our monthly Volunteers Coffee mornings.
2018 Scholarship Opportunities
Applications for 2018 student scholarship are open until 30 September 2017. We’re looking for young people with leadership potential who want to study business to apply.

HCBA student Yandiswa 
20 years, originally from the Eastern Cape, offers this advice to youngsters, “TSiBA is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and you should grab this opportunity with both hands. I have gained a sense of purpose knowing that studying at TSiBA will help eliminate poverty in my community.”,

Click here to grab your opportunity and apply!

RIP Tsepho Kwapeng

We have sadly lost a beloved student, Tshepo Kwapeng (25 years). He was a TSiBA Eden graduate currently in the second year of his degree in Cape Town. Tsepho was an active community member who was also serving on the 2017 SRC.  

We will remember Tsepho for many things, but especially his enthusiasm, entrepreneurial flair and natural leadership abilities.

We hope you will join us to pause for a moment to honour the life of an extraordinary young leader who, despite every good intention, did not get the opportunity to finish his journey with us.
Upcoming events:
Eden Campus:
Eden Graduation: 29 July 2017
Volunteers Coffee: 25 August 2017| 24 November 2017​

Cape Town Campus:
Volunteers Coffee: 27 July 2017 | 31 August 2017
Awards Ceremony: 23 August 2017
Graduation: 7 October 2017
Appreciation: 28 November 2017
Directors: Prof. F Abrahams (Chairperson), A Marais (CEO), P Pugin (Dean), L Meinert, G Whitehead, 
D Pillay, Y Scholtz, J Kalani, Prof. E Smit, R Hendricks 
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