Ten student’s lives change for the better
29 Feb 2016
Student accommodation at South African Universities has reached crisis point. This leaves students at risk of being financially exploited by landlords, as well as exposing them to various risks. Because of a generous matriarch and her daughters sponsoring a new student residence ten scholarship students’ lives have been changed forever.
The mood was festive at the newly renovated student residence at N2 Gateway Complex in Langa Township, Cape Town. This was a special house-warming to officially welcome students from the Tertiary School in Business Administration’s (TSiBA) Eden Campus which is in the rural area of Karatara, near Knysna, to their new fully furnished, four bedroom home. This is much more than just a house – this home makes it possible for them to travel to Cape Town to progress in their tertiary business studies.
It was an emotional moment for Ruth Powell from Knysna as she honoured her parents who taught her the gift of giving from a very young age “Giving is a very special thing for me and my girls, we continue to ensure that every year we put money into TSiBA’s Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) fund to help with student stipends, levies etc. I’m so proud I’ve been able to give my children that same grounding that my mother taught me”.
TSiBA CEO, Adri Marais expressed her gratitude to Ruth for not only living the TSiBA dream and vision of igniting opportunity, but also for being so active in making these dreams a reality.
Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) is a unique private, not for profit business school that helps people who cannot access opportunities to jump ahead in life. TSiBA does this by providing emerging leaders an opportunity to study high quality, accredited academic courses that are focused on developing entrepreneurship and leadership. What is unique about TSiBA is that students receive sliding-scale scholarships to assist them in the pursuit of their business qualifications. After graduation students are not required to pay back this back in monetary value, but rather to pay it forward by transferring the knowledge, skills and resources they gain at TSiBA to their respective communities.
Thembelani Ntshinga is currently a Bachelor in Business Administration student in TSiBA Cape Town, and a TSiBA Eden alumnus born in Steinsberg a small town in the Eastern Cape. Thembelani described living in the house as a blessing “we treat each other as a family; we help each other with our assignments. We all get along very well, but what makes all our lives easy is simply communicating with each other”.
TSiBA encourages any student with an interest in business to apply, especially if you wish to use your education to benefit others. The courses on offer place emphasis on leadership and entrepreneurship which are great skills that also apply to any career.