At the beginning of 2021, False Bay TVET College went into a partnership with Enactus, a global non-profit organization with a footprint in 37 countries.
The Enactus Program has a track record of effecting positive change in communities and igniting the spirit of entrepreneurship through the program. Enactus has been offering the Enactus program through students’ membership at 27 universities and piloted the program to capacitate students at TVET Colleges, thus partnering with False Bay TVET College and other colleges in the country.
False Bay TVET College participated in the programme alongside Gold Fields, Favious Mareka, Sekhukhune and Waterberg TVET Colleges.
MTN SA Foundation sponsored the initiative as a means to capacitate and support TVET graduates to start up their own businesses, through the MTN Enactus Impact@Work Program. TVET students were trained to develop and implement income-generating economic, social and environmentally sustainable enterprises.
The program ran 14 weeks of Design Thinking, Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), The STEP Curriculum and Presentation Skills. The program was led by Mr. Paul Walker, a Business Studies Programme Head at the False Bay TVET College, Fish Hoek Campus.
Once training concluded, entrants were tasked with forming groups and coming up with ideas and pitching their ideas in the 5 categories, each with cash prizes.
The competition was over 2 days and saw a total of 15 college groups from the 5 colleges compete. While False Bay TVET College entered 3 groups, only 2 of the 3 groups made it to the final round.
False Bay College was triumphant when Group 7 was announced the 2021 Impact@Work first place position winner and won R15 000.
Second place receiving R10 000, Waterberg, Group 4.
Third place and receiving R5 000 Gold Fields, Group 7.
The False Bay TVET College Group 7 consisted of False Bay TVET College students;
Sazi Tima, – National Certificate: Welding
Nkgetheleng Bocheletsana, – National Certificate: Educare
Litha Mbana, – National Certificate Vocational Office Administration
Athenkosi Tima, – National Certificate: Public Management
Sive Baliso – National Certificate Vocational: Safety in Society
Their business idea: A mobile garment service with mobile garden box, portable boxes, with options to have wheels and personalised designed for individual clients, organisations and schools, etc. the concept also included offering garden maintenance services at schools and communities.
The MTN Enactus Impact@Work is looking to continue with the program in 2022 at False Bay TVET College and believe this year will be a success, as the previous year has shown that support in the students in TVET colleges can lead to growth, success and many wins for students who are active in entrepreneurship.
Back:Siphokazi Silara, Babalwa Matsolo Jacobs, Litha Mbana, Nkgetheleng Bocheletsana, Sive Baliso
Front: Ms. Letitia De Wet, CEO of Enactus South Africa, and Mr. Abraham Oliver, CFERI Program Manager
Author: Ncebakazi Mathanzima, Technical Manager, False Bay TVET College Centre for Entrepreneurship Rapid Incubator