TSiBA's Going International: March Quarterly Newsletter
  • In this issue you can read about:

  • STUDENTS – An Open Letter To The President
  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP – The Journey of an Entrepreneur
  • EVENTS – An Exceptional Scholarship Ceremony
  • EDEN – Running for the Future
  • PARTNERS – Investec Invests in Education
  • ALUMNI – Our Alumni Give Back
  • STAFF – Leigh’s Finest Production

March 2012

TSiBA’s Going International

Dear Friend,
Late last year we were approached by Bobby Babusi, a social entrepreneur who is passionate about establishing TSiBA in his native Botswana. On a trip to Gaborone, Bobby introduced us to many high level government contacts who have subsequently visited our campuses twice already. Our Board has endorsed the “TSiBA Botswana” project and Bobby has recently been appointed as our “Replication Ambassador”. There is so much support and goodwill that it is very likely that our campus in Gaborone will open its doors as early as January next year. For more information and to follow the progress of this exciting project please visit
TSiBA Executive Education will probably be offering graduate and management development programmes for the Botswana’s corporate and government sectors this year already. These courses incorporate the “TSiBA difference” in that they integrate personal development with business knowledge and experiential learning opportunities. Each of these courses can also be customised to address the particular training needs of clients.  Don’t miss out on our next public programme in Cape Town 13 June 2012.
The course is called Business Talk and it covers structured written communication, e-mail and telephone etiquette. A detailed outline of the course can be obtained from
execed@tsiba.org.za. More information about other courses offered by TSiBA Executive Education please visit the TSiBA Website www.tsiba.org.za
under Programs & Centres.

Yours in Igniting Opportunity,
The TSiBA Team

STUDENTS – An Open Letter To The President

Pictured: Charlotte Dreyer, Masixole Fana and Aletta Bekebeke - HCBA Students at TSiBA CapeTown

Three Higher Certificate in Business Administration (HCBA) students - Charlotte Dreyer, Aletta Bekebeke and Masixole Fana, wrote a letter titled “Education Inequality” that was published by the Cape Times on 1 March 2012. The exercise formed part of the Business Communications course offered by Philip Broster.  Theirmessage was clear and sincere: a call from future leaders to today’s government to prioritise the provision of equal education. To read the TSiBA students’ open letter visit http://tsiba.blog.com/2012/03/01/education-inequality-open-letter-to-president-jacob-zuma/

Written by: Ntombiza Lingani, Marketing Coordinator

EVENTS – An Exceptional Scholarship Ceremony

Pictured above: Mahlubandile Dyonase, BBA3 student at TSiBA Cape Town, walking up to receive his award as a top student
One of our annual TSiBA traditions – The Scholarship Ceremony – took place on 22 February this year. The Arena was packed, and it became clear that the TSiBA community has grown so much that a bigger venue is needed to accommodate everyone. We were blessed by the presence of parents, guardians, our partners and donors, students, staff and Mr Wayne Blaauw representing the TSiBA Board.
The purpose of the event was to formally welcome new TSiBA students and award them with their hard-earned Higher Certificate in Business Administration (HCBA) scholarships, graduate the HCBA Class of 2011 and celebrate academic high achievers for the second semester of last year. We also announced the names of students who have received special scholarships this year and announced Zikhona Ngumbela as the Karl Flowers Scholar.
The crowd went crazy after Mahlubandile’s name was called up as the Top Student on the Degree Merit List (see picture above).  Mahlubandile has not only excelled academically, but on extra curricula activities too. He is also a former President of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE).

Pictured right: Thokozile Mcopele (IPJ-3 student), Wayne Blaauw (Board Member), Adri Marais (Executive Director), Mahlubandile Dyonase (BBA3 student) and Nicole Kada (BBA2 student)
Holding first position with him was Thokozile Mcopele, BBA3 student currently on an internship in Johannesburg, and Nicole Kada, a BBA2 student who received 4 of the 7 awards in her class.
Bonga Sidlayiya and Luyanda Gysman ended the event on a high note with an impressive performance of Zahara’s Loliwe.
Written By: Ntombiza Lingani, Marketing Coordinator

EDEN – Running for the Future

Pictured: Trail Runners at Bellevue Wine Estate   Far Right: Rodney Brouwer (BBA2 Student), Ntombiza Lingani (Marketing Coordinator), Michael Taylor (Organiserof the Runs) and Valentine Fotabu (BBA1 Student)
One of the most popular trail run series in the Cape peninsula, the monthly TSiBA Eden–New Balance wine farm run, is an invaluable fundraiser for TSiBA Eden. The informal fun runs, which were initiated in 2009, attract an impressive number of people these days.
The winning formula of the wine farm runs was conceived by Jenni Rorrison, a former Western Province athlete, who was inspired by TSiBA Eden. She decided that it was time to Pay it Forward herself and, together with a team that comprised of Gary van Rooyen of New Balance South Africa, Hammer Nutrition, and a bunch of passionate Capetonians, Jenni organised the fundraiser series of fun runs with a difference. "I was amazed at the willingness and generosity of the wine farms that stepped in and went out of their way to support such a good cause," she says. Over the last two years, more and more wine estates have become involved.
Each event offers a 6km and 12km (two loops of the 6km route) run (or walk), on a different wine estate around Cape Town, with free wine tasting and many prizes.
Since 2010, Michael Taylor has taken the helm as the principal organiser of the monthly race. On race day, Michael is assisted by dedicated volunteers, including TSiBA students. Time and again Michael is lauded for his exceptional proficiency and enthusiasm.
Says Sandy Ueckermann, TSiBA Eden’s Campus Director, “Thanks to the tremendous support of New Balance, Hammer Nutrition, volunteers and wine estates in and around Cape Town, and all the participants, the fundraiser trail series plays an invaluable role in creating a non-donor based sustainable income stream.”
The next in the series of TSiBA Eden – New Balance wine farm runs will be held in April (date to be confirmed) at 7h30.
Written by: Katya Soggot, TSiBA Eden Volunteer

STAFF – Leigh’s Finest Production
Pictured: Leigh Meinert, MD at TSiBA, and baby Camille
In 2011 Leigh often joked that she had three productions on the go. In October she successfully published the second edition of our series called Perspectives. This edition, sub-titled The Search for Tomorrow’s Leaders, features a collection of interviews with thought leaders in the field of leadership development. She was planning to finish her Master’s thesis in Higher Education but nature took its course and her most adorable “production”, arrived. On 5 December 2011 Leigh and her partner Landon welcomed baby Camille Farren in to the world.
The memory is fresh as if it was yesterday when Ntombiza received an SMS from Leigh after she had been to see the doctor. She was walking home after work and had just crossed the Voortrekker Road. The SMS read, “The doctor has confirmed that I am eight weeks pregnant”. She screamed louder than she would have if she would pick up a R100 note. She was so thrilled to learn that in just less than 8 months Leigh will be sharing some of her love and kindness with her own daughter.

When Leigh went on maternity leave at the beginning of November, everyone at the office was curious to see how she would endure being away from her passion - TSiBA. She surprised us all when she managed to stay away and came by only when necessary.
Leigh says, “I am very lucky that my first child has eased me so gently into parenthood. She is a very happy, healthy and easy going little girl.Camille is a wonderful baby and I would not want anything more.” She returned to the office in March and “was surprised to find that it was really nice to return to work. Life is full these days. I have a job that I love and in the evenings I return home to play with a smiling little angel”.
Written by: Ntombiza Lingani, Marketing Coordinator

2012 Wish List
As we enter 2012 and the exciting challenges we believe the year will hold for TSiBA, we have compiled a wishlist of items that will greatly assist in our new academic year off to a flying start:

  • Bags for student books (like laptop bags)
  • Laptops and netbooks in good working condition
  • Prizes or gift vouchers for the 2nd quarter scholarship and academic award ceremony
  • A4 printing paper
  • Airmiles
  • Contributions to our emergency food and transport fund for students in need
  • Volunteer lecturers and tutors
Please contact
beverley@tsiba.org.zaif you can assist any of the above or would like to support TSiBA in any other way.

Contact Us

TSiBA Cape Town (021) 532 2750
TSiBA Eden (044) 356 2789
Website: www.tsiba.org.za
Blog: www.tsiba.blog.com
Twitter: TSiBA_Education
Facebook: TSiBA Education

ENTREPRENEURSHIP – The Journey of an Entrepreneur

Pictured: Peter Kraan, Ignition Centre Managerat TSiBA Cape Town with Noor Parker, Entrepreneur and owner of Digital Expressions
Our First Quarterly Breakfast Networking Forum for 2012 was a wonderful success. Fifty local entrepreneurs and small business owners attended to hear Noor Parker’s inspirational story. Our theme for this breakfast was “The Journey of an Entrepreneur,” and Noor’s story is most certainly an inspirational journey.
Parker is a small man, standing at a mere five foot three, but his personality and passion filled the room. His story began at age six, when he was forced to live on the streets with his mother and younger brother.  It was this extreme poverty that first ignited his entrepreneurial spirit. At this early age, Parker began sweeping and cleaning at a corner shop in exchange for popcorn which he then sold door-to-door. As a young schoolboy he began fixing anything and everything he could from watches to radios to toys in exchange for money. It was this experience that taught him he enjoyed fixing things and had a talent for it.
Thanks to his mother’s insistence, he continued his education and got a degree in engineering. His drive and work ethic lead him to becoming a junior partner of a major audio-visual company in his early twenties. However, he lost everything after discovering that his employers were taking advantage of him. Despite all of the ups and downs in his life, Noor Parker is now the owner of three highly successful companies. His most well-known company is Digital Expressions which specialises in high-tech home automation solutions, the first of its kind.
Noor Parker is inspirational, not because he has become so successful, but rather because he has maintained a sense of humility and a true passion for his work and the people who are struggling to find their own entrepreneurial paths. Noor’s story left the community of entrepreneurs feeling motivated and refocused. It was a brilliant start to 2012.
Our next Quarterly Breakfast will be on 22 May and our guest speaker is a TSiBA Associate, Luvuyo Rani the owner of “Inspiring Minds Through Technology” Silulo Ulutho Technologies.
Please contact Sonja Hagins at 021 532 2750 ext. 128 or email her at
sonja@tsiba.org.za for more information about the Ignition Centre, training programmes and other events.
Written by: Kate Pellegrino, Ignition Centre Intern

Pictured below: Luyanda Gysman and Bonga Sidlayiya, BBA3 students atTSiBA Cape Town

PARTNERS – Investec Invests in Education

Pictured: Setlogane Manchidi (Head Investec CSI) and Namhla Saba (Investec CSI)
On 10 February TSiBA Eden hosted Setlogane Manchidi (Head Investec CSI), aka Set, and Namhla Saba (Investec CSI) for a visit to TSiBA Eden. It was a joy to show them both the progress on the campus – especially the vegetable garden and the new Ignition Centre – and to share our plans for the year ahead. They were impressed by increased student retention figures and the accreditation of the Certificate in Business Administration as a Further Education and Training (FET) qualification with the Services SETA.
Set and Namhla enjoyed meeting individual students and hearing their inspiring stories of resilience and determination to impact their futures and the futures of their families positively through education. They also enjoyed the campus tour and popping into the kitchen to see lunch being prepared. Despite the rainy weather, they even ventured into the gardens.
The highlight of the visit was Set’s appearance as Hero Speaker. His own story of how he fought for his education and how he worked with determination to create a successful future for himself, his family and his community resonated with students and left them feeling that, indeed, anything possible. Of course, the talk was punctuated by Set’s sharp wit and wonderful humour.
Since this visit, Investec has agreed to continue funding for TSiBA Eden in particular and we look forward to deepening our partnership as we work together to Ignite Opportunity in rural education.
Written by: Beverley Basson, Relationships

ALUMNI – Our Alumni Give Back

Pictured: Brian Adams, Siyabonga Gobingca, Cindy Krawe, Asanda Dodi, Pumla Sodela, Mkhuseli Ngcube and Thobela Mfeti
The TSiBA Cape Town Alumni was launched on 3 December 2011. The alumni who gathered at the event formulated the following vision statement: “As advocates of social change, our vision is to create mutually beneficial relationships that ignite opportunities and possibilities. We will deliver on our vision through building a strong network of TSiBA Graduates, Paying it Forward and fundraising to support alumni projects.”
During the launch important areas of involvement were identified. One critical area was an active participation in motivating current TSiBA students to help improve the retention rate and overall pass rate. Twelve graduate alumni started on this quest by meeting the new intake of 2012 during the orientation camp.
“Returning to where we started left me feeling anxious and proud of being a TSiBA graduate,” said Bethwill Cloete.
The alumni was introduced to the new HCBA students for the year 2012 and got an opportunity to share a bit about where they are at in their lives. They advised students based on what worked for them during their student careers. It was inspirational to listen to other TSiBA graduates who want to Pay it Forward by being role models to TSiBA students.
The alumni has taken the first step and showed commitment by being at the Orientation Camp. 
Written by: Bethwill Cloete, Recruitment Officer and Ntombiza Lingani, Marketing Coordinator at TSiBA Cape Town

We would like to encourage you to register for a MySchool card and nominate TSiBA Education as the beneficiary (Village Name: TSiBA, Branch: 11245). It will not cost you anything and TSiBA will receive 10% of the value of the item(s) you purchase.
MySchool is South Africa’s biggest fundraising programme. They raise over R2.2 million monthly for more than 9000 schools, charities, environmental & animal welfare organisations.
You can apply online
www.myschool.co.zaor e-mail ordercard@vmp.co.za, call 0860 100 445 or simply complete a form that you can pick up at Woolworths.
Thank you for your support.

Dates to Diarise
The last Thursday of every month we hold a Volunteer Briefing Breakfast where we invite people interested in volunteering at TSiBA to learn more about how they can get involved.
TSiBA Eden

  • 24 April 2012: Ignition Centre’s Business Networking Forum
  • 14 April 2012: Alumni Day
  • 5 May 2012: Principals Lunch
TSiBA Cape Town
  • 13 June 2012: Business Talk – how to communicate effectively, provides practical advice and details the processes of structured written communication, e-mail and telephone etiquette and the value of quick response.  Course details available under the News and events tab of http://www.tsiba.org.za
  • 11 May 2012: Principals Breakfast
  • 23 May 2012: Ignition Centre’s second Quarterly Networking Breakfast
  • 31 May 2012: Volunteer Briefing Breakfast

Closing Thought

Think Global, Act Local. Support a TSiBA Campus nearest to you!
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