TSiBA Education Newsletter June 2015
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As we batten down the hatches to prepare for one of the wettest and coldest winter in years, I am again struck by how fortunate we are that there are so many who care, who contribute and who Pay it Forward.  Just last week one of our students had his home gutted by fire, leaving him without an item to his name. The support and care shown to him from the TSiBA community was humbling. 

While this is top of mind, behind the scenes we have well over 100 volunteer lecturers, tutors and mentors quietly and generously donating their precious time. They walk the road with our students to graduation and becoming one of the 95% of TSiBA graduates who are in meaningful, and mostly aspirant, employment. 

Currently nearly 40% of TSiBA graduates are employed in the Financial Sector and continue to Pay it Forward by tutoring or mentoring at TSiBA, or getting involved in community projects.  As our students reach the end of their mid-year exams, we are gearing up to prepare for a top-notch 2nd semester where a record number of students are preparing to complete their final modules to graduate in December.
 
Yours in Igniting Opportunity
 
Adri Marais
TSiBA CEO

Lumka Ngxoli
BBA2 Degree Student
 
As long as I can remember I have been a creative person and I would never have imagined that one day I would study business, because I simply thought that I wasn’t cut out for it. But after a friend told me about TSiBA’s holistic approach to teaching, I knew that TSiBA was where I wanted to be.
 
What appealed to me the most was how TSiBA grooms its students to grow both academically and emotionally to do business, but also be able to deal with people. What is also great about TSiBA is the philosophy of Igniting Opportunity, which has become an institutional culture passing through the entire organization filtering from the CEO right down to staff members and supporters.
 
TSiBA does not only teach what’s in business textbooks, it teaches its students to live and breathe being an entrepreneur through various practical learning programmes. When we enter the work environment we will be fully developed professionals with the characteristics of a leader.
 
On my TSiBA journey I became part of the TSiBA Peer Counselor Team where we teach learners how to deal with problems and equip them with tools to deal proactively with situations,  or pick up the signs when to refer other people for help.
 
I was attracted to become part of the team because of its emphasis on self-development. You become conscious of yourself and able to identify and address debilitating emotions that could potentially prevent you from getting what you want.
 

TSiBA Trail Run Series 
        
The popular TSiBA Trail Run Series is already 8 years old. These monthly trail runs (or walks!) are held at various wine farms in the Western Cape. Proceeds go towards scholarships at TSiBA Eden.
 
Don’t miss out on the 2015 series’ 4th event on Saturday 4 July 2015 at Middelvlei. Awesome lucky draw prizes and wine tasting are even more reasons to get your running shoes on. 

 

TSiBA Eden Graduation
                         
Youth Day celebrations continued at TSiBA Eden’s 2015 Graduation Ceremony in June. 

These talented individuals graduated from TSiBA Eden, our rural business school, empowered and in a strong position to find employment, start their business, or continue with their studies.
 
Rhoda Kadalie, Executive Director of Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust and former Human Rights Commissioner, was the honorary guest speaker and said “Over the years Impumelelo has been fortunate to see the growth and expansion of TSiBA - and its satellite TSiBA Eden - in providing quality education with an entrepreneurial component that prepares youth for the world of work. Their pass rate is way above the national average and we believe this is a noteworthy project in the fight against youth unemployment in South Africa.”
 
Many TSiBA Eden are the first in their families to graduate with a post-matric qualification made possible through a TSiBA scholarship.
 
Applications are now open for 2016 and close on 1 December 2015. For more information, please contact Genevieve Keene on (044) 356 2789 extension 19, or email genevieve@tsiba.org.za

International MBA Volunteers 
 
Following their graduation from the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Berlin three MBA graduates Mariana Helguera, Sergey Ten and Sherzod Abdujabborov spent five months volunteering at TSiBA. They were all selected as ESMT’s Responsible Leaders’ Fellows and they truly lived TSiBA’s Pay it Forward ethos sharing their knowledge and wisdom at TSiBA.
Read more here.

 

Campus Open Day
 
First Campus Open Day for 2016 applicants took place in May providing an opportunity for prospective students and their families to visit the campus and meet TSiBA “face to face”.

The day’s theme was “information and inspiration” with a popular motivational speaker who goes by the name of “Dr Eamz" who encouraged the audience to dream big through a fun, interactive programme looking at the obstacles to success and how you can overcome them.
 
Potential applicants and guests were inspired by TSiBA students working at the event to Pay it Forward who also shared their personal experiences as TSiBA students. Also by the fact that they are typical young South Africans who come from the same schools and, often challenging communities as they do. Students gave tours of the campus even choosing to exchange numbers with the learners should they need help with their applications or have any questions.
 
If you missed Campus Open Day don’t worry, visit our website to see how you can apply. Applications close 30 August 2015!

 
Wish list
 
As an institution reliant on our community we have posted a list of items that will significantly increase our ability to continue Igniting Opportunity.
 
To view the list, please click here.
 
Shai Selani
with Sandy Ueckermann at TSiBA Eden Graduation
BBA Degree Graduate
 
Growing up in a small village outside George I didn’t know anything about business. After I finished matric I ended up sitting at home with no financial means to study further. When a family friend told me about TSiBA I grabbed the opportunity. I registered for the HCBA programme and had no idea it was something that would change my life forever.
 
At TSiBA I learned valuable skills in how to become self-sufficient, as well as practical skills on how to start and run a business. This also encouraged me to be creative, taught me to think on my feet and always think of what can I do, rather than what I can’t.
 
Upon graduating from TSiBA Eden, I was fortunate to get another TSiBA scholarship to continue studying towards the BBA degree in Cape Town. I was excited to move to the ‘big city’, but with so many things to do there it was not always easy to focus on my studies. Fortunately I had a strong support system from TSiBA, the lecturers and my mentor and I soon realised that the only thing standing between me and being successful was attitude. I worked at being positive and, when needed, I swallowed my pride asking younger fellow students for help. Even though it was overwhelming at first, it was an exciting journey being elected as SRC President in 2013.
 
I am so proud to have graduated with a BBA degree in 2014 - the first in my family to do so. After my successful internship at Unilever, the multinational offered me a permanent job - which is where I currently work. Now I couldn’t be happier and I plan to continue to Pay it Forward to show my appreciation. True testimony that life is not about what happens to you, but it is about how you respond to it.


 


 

TSiBA hosts 8th NU Summer Programme

TSiBA will host the 8th Northeastern University Summer Programme (NU - USA) which brings together 22 South African entrepreneurs, 44 American students, and 76 local TSiBA students to promote cultural exchange and global entrepreneurial activity.

Students from both universities form consulting teams and are assigned to local entrepreneurs facing unique business challenges where they will help them to develop viable solutions. Students, who have been studying entrepreneurship from an academic perspective will get first-hand experience on the daily realities and “bumps in the road” that entrepreneurship entails. Read more here.


 


TSiBA Staff Selected to Attend Summer School at  Hanze University, Holland  

For the second year two TSiBA staff members, this year Noma Moshani and Adrian van Rooyen were selected to attend a summer programme ‘Doing Business in Europe’ with one of our international educational partners - Hanze University in Groningen, Holland.

 

International news
 
TSiBA continues to Ignite Opportunity and drive social change in South Africa with the incredible support of all involved in our Swiss Verein and UK Trust and we are now in the process of setting up an entity in the USA.
 
We all connect regularly to look at how we can build the TSiBA brand and credibility internationally, as well as explore ways to build partnerships and funding opportunities.
 
Simon Susman, Chairman of Woolworths and Chair of TSiBA's Sustainability Subcommittee recently met with two of TSiBA's Swiss Trustees, Donald Pudney and Berthold Herrmann in Switzerland to discuss TSiBA’s sustainability plans and vision for the next 10 years. We are most appreciative of having such committed supporters who generously give of their time voluntarily to support TSiBA's international efforts to grow our network worldwide.

 

Bidvest Panalpina Logistics takes BBA students on a challenge 

TSiBA collaborated with Bidvest Panalpina Logistics (BPL) on a Business Challenge for Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) students who were presented with real-life business problems and tasked with presenting possible solutions as part of their Strategic Management course.
 
The idea for the challenge came about when JD van der Merwe, BPL Human Capital Manager, approached Reidwaan Jawoodeen, TSiBA Management & Postgraduate Programme Anchor, about the possibility of empowering students with an opportunity to gain practical strategic management experience.
 
The challenge was a success leading to more students participating in class discussions as a result of a deeper practical understanding of Strategic Management in real life situations.
 
Dates to Diarise:

TSiBA Eden
Recruitment Open Days:
17 July
Awards Ceremony:
28 October
Quarterly Volunteer Meetings:
10 June 15h00
26 August 15h00
28 October 15h00
Appreciation Lunch & Show Case: 
28 October


TSiBA Cape Town Campus
2015 Graduation:
25 July
15 August Open Day (tba)
Volunteer Coffee Mornings:
30 July 09h00
27 August 09h00
25 September 09h00