Who and What is the TSiBA Alumni?

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Written by Elroy Dicks, TSiBA Alumni Society Chairman

Ever wondered who those faces are on the walls of TSiBA as you pass the reception on your way to class?

Some of you would have heard that they are the TSiBA graduates, alumni or the ones who have successfully completed their journey and have graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.

Although the above descriptions are correct, the TSiBA Alumni wishes to define itself as: “A community of TSiBA Education graduates, brought together by a common set of values and a need to bring about social change”.

Some background: The official launch of the TSiBA Alumni Society took place in December 2011, where the members formulated the vision and objectives of the TSiBA Alumni together with current TSiBA CEO, Adri Marais.
The objectives are:
- Provide a forum for the alumni to interact amongst themselves and to sustain a sense of belonging with TSiBA Education NPC through mutually beneficial relationships.
- Facilitate and encourage alumni to contribute towards improvement in the status of the organisation (TSiBA Education NPC) in areas pertaining to academics, brand equity, operations, current and prospective students of TSiBA Education NPC.
- Remain a relevant group of TSiBA Education NPC, and acting as an inspiration to current students aspiring to be TSiBA Graduates.
- To provide opportunities and avenues for TSiBA Education NPC to draw on the knowledge and experiences of the alumni for furthering the cause of the organisation.
- To foster relationships amongst members of the alumni through formal meetings and social gatherings.

The alumni consist of a diverse set of individuals, spread across various industries, most commonly, in the financial industry. Many have advanced to post graduate education with some currently enrolled in their masters. Despite many alumni working or studying full-time, as much as 80% of TSiBA Alumni, continue to actively Pay it Forward.

To date, the alumni have been active in various pay it forward initiatives i.e. The Mankind Project, the Zanokhanyo Children’s Safety Home and the Spirit of Youth, to name a few. The alumni society is currently in the process of establishing a trust fund which will be managed by TSiBA’s very own IMACS students. The objective of the fund is to enable the alumni to contribute towards initiatives that will ignite opportunities and create social change.

The year 2014 for the alumni is about creating awareness amongst TSiBA students about who we are and what we do, and to also create a direct channel of communication (through myself and social media) for exchanging ideas and supporting alumni and student led initiatives.

TSiBA Alumni Society also wants to take this opportunity to collectively wish TSiBA Education, a very happy 10th birthday. May the institution continue to ignite opportunities and change lives through education which is the most potent weapon against poverty and an enabler of social transformation.

If you wish to find out more about the TSiBA Alumni Society, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me via email, social media or telephonically.

Elroy Dicks

Mobile: +27 82 750 5339

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