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TSIBA’s THIRD ANNUAL GRADUATION – Fri 29 July

The hall is abuzz with laughter, cheers and hugs. There is no doubt that the eighteen students who are graduating with a degree of Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Leadership are as happy as the joyful beat of the loud music that fills the room.

TSiBA has pulled out all the stops to make this year’s graduates feel special. White and silver drapes surround the room, accented with red ribbons of fabric. The seats are covered in black with oriental red bows on them.

Claps and shouts of delight fill the air as the both anxious and excited students walk into the hall, dressed in their graduating gowns and mortarboards.

Brian Williams and Kim Davids are the MC’s of the day’s event. Kim Davids encourages the audience to “Laugh, sing along with us and cry if you need to!”

The academic staff stand proud as Davids gives an inspirational speech to the Graduates, smiling through her happy tears. “Your presence has truly been felt,” she tells them, “And you are all true TSiBA ambassadors.”

Sibulele Zicina, a HCBA student reads a poem she has written in honour of the occasion, ‘Footprints’. She leaves the entire audience in awe, with inspiring words, “Today these feet celebrate and dance in trance… Let your feet dance and rejoice to the song that awaits you, Let your feet dance and rejoice to a song called Life!”

Irish Modisane is one of the event’s honorary guest speakers, a past student of TSiBA himself. He speaks about paying it forward and calls himself a ‘Community Builder’. He stirs the guests with his words, “Don’t allow your present circumstances to determine your future. Attitude is altitude.” Perhaps his best advice is, “No matter how big you become, always remain humble.”  A TSiBA hero certificate was granted to Irish Modisane for his speech.

Vuyisa Qabaka from the National Speakers’ SA Black Entrepreneurs Spokes Forum is the second guest speaker of the day. He too, takes his turn to inspire the Graduates with words from Sir Winston Churchill, “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” He tells the graduates to “Question anyone who calls themselves a leader” and to “Create a destiny that is yours to own.” Qabaka, is also given a gift from TSiBA as a ‘True TSiBA Hero’.

Academic Director, Adri Marais takes the podium. She speaks about what makes a great leader, and how to be one. To the graduates she says, “I wish you all the best in your beautiful life ahead.”

The excitement in the air is almost tangible as Leigh Meinert, TSiBA’s Managing Director gets up to the podium for the conferring of the degrees. She begins with Aden Vermeulen, whose degree is awarded in his absence. Leigh gave sweet, inspiring comments to each of the students before they received their degree.

Allister Knowles – “Nolan says you have a wicked sense of humour.”
Bethwill Cloete – “The gentle ladies man.”
Charlene Brophy – “A spiritual songbird.”             
Cindy Krawe – “We’ve watched you as you’ve blossomed like a flower in a windstorm, and what a storm it’s been.”
Fatima Vinoos – “Bubbly and incredibly bright.”
Fika Molusi – “A proud African woman who is remarkably independent.”
Ncedisile Macwili – “Strong, gentle and unassuming. What makes you remarkable is your ability to combine head with heart.”
Nicole Alexander – “Stay as pure and beautiful as you are.”
Nicole Russle – “Shy smile and gentle nature.”
Nomakhosazana Qabitole – “A true African princess with great dignity and grace.”
Phumzile Fatyela –“A great leader with a gentle soul.”
Sanele Khulaphi – “You are strong, resilient and courageous.”
Shakeel Hashim – “We love and admire your commitment to pay it forward.”
Shivon Jacobs – “You are the epitome of quiet determination.”
Siraaj Khan – “Our creative dreamer. We hope that you will never stop dreaming.”
Tania Majavie – “You are a tightly wrapped powder cake in gorgeous packaging.”
Thobela Mfeti – “You are an articulate, intellectual all rounder who is not afraid to ask questions.
Gia Polovin, the relationships director at TSiBA had the honour of closing the graduation ceremony, with her magic words, “I now invite you to turn your tassels from left to right. We will follow your success with delight.”
Congratulations to all of the students who graduated. TSiBA is proud of you!

Written by Rosalyne McFarlane on behalf of the Support Team

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