TSiBA March 2014 Newsletter
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March 2014


Pictured left to right: Leigh Meinert (Co-founder), Adri Marais (CEO & Co-founder), Gia Whitehead (Co-founder),
Peter Kraan (CFO) & Yasmin Bucknor (TSiBA Trust)
 
TSiBA Celebrates 10th Birthday!
 
Ten years ago on February 27th 2004 TSiBA was registered as a private, not-for-profit business school ready to begin Igniting Opportunity! We are celebrating this milestone with the Power of 10 campaign to highlight the exponential, knock-on effect of TSiBA’s pioneering Pay it Forward philosophy.

TSiBA continues to transform the lives not only of students, but their families and communities. Our 10th birthday is testament to the success of TSiBA as a grassroots initiative that continues to make a significant contribution to South African society. Part of the reason for TSiBA’s success and longevity in the challenging non-profit sector is our ability to embrace innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit. We also believe in investing in our students who graduate as leaders and social change agents.
 
We are so proud of all our students and their achievements over the last ten years which include five Mandela Rhodes Scholars, two Kofi Annan Scholarship winners currently enrolled in their Masters in Geneva and Berlin, as well as two final year degree students in the prestigious Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellowship programme.
 
Another big reason for our success is all of you. We remain so thankful for your support and for believing in us and our mission of being an innovative learning community graduating entrepreneurial leaders who ignite opportunity and social change across Africa.
 
Yours to Igniting Opportunity for another 10 years,
 
Adri Marais
TSiBA CEO
Students Run New Call Centre
 
Pictured: Romzi Basardien (BBA2 Student), Call Centre Team Leader
 
In preparation for our momentus 10th birthday celebrations we initiated a TSiBA Call Centre in December 2013. The aim was  to reconnect with our supporters to say "thank you", share our success stories over the years and extend an invitation to get involved in our 2014 celebration year.
 
It’s a wonderful opportunity for our students to earn money doing part-time work which also spreads  awareness about TSiBA and raises money for scholarships for their peers. To date, this dynamic team has raised funds for three full tuition scholarships and recruited many new lecturers, tutors and mentors.
 
Thank you to everyone for receiving their calls with warmth and interest. This encouraged the students greatly and boosted their all-round confidence. We are grateful to all of you for helping us make this initiative such an unexpected success.

1st European Fundraiser a Success!

Photo left to right: Penny Costley-White & Vincent Ntlou (TSiBA Eden student)
 
Penny Costley-White is a Volunteer at TSiBA Eden and a UK-based Trustee of our newly formed UK charity called the Friends of TSiBA Education. Penny's most recent fundraising campaign to raise £3,200 to cover one scholarship was exceeded by raising £3,567 from TSiBA’s friends across Europe.
 
Penny left South Africa in 1974 and wanted to return to live in the new South Africa, but only if she could find a social responsibility project where she could make a difference. In 2010 Penny found that project: TSiBA Eden. Penny says, "I have now been volunteering at this transformational institution for 3 years. I have seen how effective it is in developing the wealth of untapped potential in the country's youth.”
 
We are tremendously grateful to outstanding volunteers such as  Penny, and all of our international friends for their very generous support.
 
TSiBA’s CEO, Adri Marais, will be returning to Europe in May to continue building and strengthening the wonderful relationships that we are establishing there. For more information about her trip please contact
leigh@tsiba.org.za    
State-of-the-Art Tablets
for Students

Photo left to right: Elmarie Edwards, Shon Van Harte,  Jennifer Schwaighofer & Rejane Damonse (BBA1 Students)
 
Another ground-breaking first for TSiBA is the roll-out of computer tablets for Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) students. This programme exposes students to teaching and learning techniques in line with international trends. Many students don’t have internet access for TSiBA’s online learning management system at home, but with tablets they can download material on campus and access it offline
 
Thanks to Trident Trust Group in the UK for their sponsorship which made these subsidised tablets for students possible.
 
More exciting happenings this month were the launch of (part-time study) Night School, the second cohort for the Postgraduate Diploma in Small Enterprise Consulting (PG DiP SEC) and the implementation of the 10 for 10 scholarship readmission programme.
Public-Private Partnerships
Department of Western Cape Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT)
 
TSiBA won our first government tender to provide a Life-skills & Work-readiness Training Programme for youth between the ages of 18-35 around the Western Cape. The primary objective being to increase employability, help young people to make a productive contribution to the economy and society, create learning and working opportunities and provide a mentorship system and support over a 6-month period.
 
TSiBA proved we have the capacity and experience – we surpassed our target of training 910 learners to graduating 1024!

We are excited to broaden our footprint, assist with unemployment and generate income for scholarships.

TSiBA Eden Wins Gold Impumelelo Award

Photo left -right: Adri Marais, Rhoda  Kadalie, Sandy Ueckermann, Yasmin Bucknor, Genevieve Keene, Sipho Sithole (Student).
 
TSiBA Eden won a prestigious Impumelelo Gold Award for being an exceptional model for rural tertiary education. The Awards create vital awareness and a common forum to bring government and civil society together to share ideas and networks to plan for a better South Africa for all.

TSiBA Eden is the only provider of a rural tertiary education business and entrepreneurship programme in the country which also includes a residential offering. Quality rural tertiary education, and scholarship-based tertiary business schools, are virtually absent in South Africa.

Read about this amazing achievement here

TSiBA Staff

Achmat Kazie, TSiBA Finance Manager and Kim Hickley, Student Development Officer, epitomise TSiBA staff talent.

Achmat jumped at the opportunity to be the Project Manager on DEDAT,"the logistics were challenging, but Graduation every week was my favourite. Seeing the outcome of the week’s training where the training manuals came to life, changing people in just a few days. I didn't mind the sacrifice of spending time away from my family, but I identify with what TSiBA does, the need out there and the importance of providing education to our future leaders.”
 
Kim Hickley, Student Development Officer and TSiBA degree graduate, who left Corporate to work at TSiBA almost four years ago, served as Project Coordinator,”it was amazing to see young people rise up and change within just a week at their DEDAT graduation. I love working at TSiBA as I believe in our value system and culture of believing in people.”

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Thank you for your support!
TSiBA Alumni Society President
Photo: Elroy Dicks, Bachelor in Business Administration Graduate 2010, currently Fund Accountant in Unit Trust Pricing at Curo Fund. 
 
“I always knew I loved working with numbers and I wanted a career which would allow me to do just that. Unfortunately I had no money for tertiary education and I knew that if I postponed studying and sought employment after Matric the chances of later giving up a stable, albeit low salary, which may have been able to sustain the family, would not have been an option.
 
The moment I walked into TSiBA Cape Town I knew this was my opportunity to become what and who I want to be in life. The environment, the people and spirit within the organisation created the perfect culture for learning. It’s one of the best decisions I have made in life, because without that scholarship, I can’t imagine where my life would have ended up.
 
TSiBA allowed me to paint a clear picture of who I am and what I want from life. It allowed me to overcome past challenges and move into a space where I have become a role model to my family and community despite our circumstances. TSiBA’s impact was igniting the spark in me to become the human-being I was destined to be.”
 
Elroy is the inspirational and dedicated President of the TSiBA Alumni Society which is a community of TSiBA Education graduates, brought together by a common set of values and a need to continue to bring about social change.
Partnership with 
Bowman Gilfillan
Pictured BBA2 students left to right: Anelisa Matafeni, Kunal Gune (International MBA Intern) Simagele Sobuwa, Adri Marais  (TSiBA CEO) & Busisiwe Rafu
 
As TSiBA celebrates our 10th birthday, we reflect on long-term partnerships that have played a pivotal role in helping us achieve our vision of Igniting Opportunity for South Africa’s marginalised youth.  Since 2004, TSiBA has offered 1 200 tuition scholarships for study towards a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurial leadership. We’ve achieved a 50% throughput rate –more than double the national average – and 95% of our graduates are employed, pursuing postgraduate studies or running their own businesses.
 
Bowman has been with us every step of the way since 2004, from offering support through pro-bono legal advice to staff engagement in tutoring and lecturing - especially the Business Law course which is often a student’s first exposure to the legal field.
 
Bowman has been a part of key TSiBA milestones like securing TSiBA’s status as a non-profit company, drafting our Memorandum of Incorporation in line with the new companies act, and setting up the TSiBA Fund for our long-term sustainability.
 

THANK YOU
TSiBA lives the practice of appreciation and would like to thank all our supporters and donors for helping us in our mission to graduate entrepreneurial leaders who will lead South Africa into the future. 
 

Entrepreneurship & Ignition Centre 

Photo: Left to right: Abraham Oliver, Ignition Centre Manager, Adri Marais, Michael Bell (Belltech), Deez Adams (Deezal), Reginald Amos (CTC Sports), Latasha Sidone (3@1) & Francois Adriaan (Sanlam)

Sanlam
TSiBA has embarked on an exciting partnership with Sanlam to support Enterprise Supplier Development (ESD) where Corporates donate funds to benefit local entrepreneurism and also gain BBBEE points. Proof that doing good is good business!
 
During this 8-month programme Sanlam’s funding will enable TSiBA to provide 5 local entrepreneurs with business training, mentoring and support to strengthen their sustainability and profitability which in turn supports the South African economy. The bonus for these entrepreneurs is that after they complete the programme they will gain the opportunity to become part of Sanlam’s supplier database. Congratulations to successful entrepreneurs:  CTC Sports, Kwantu Guesthouse Facilities, Belltech, Deezal and 3@1 Internet Services.
 
SocioNEXT Challenge
SocioNEXT is a Dutch organisation managed by Tjaart Theron in conjunction with the University of Amsterdam. SocioNEXT challenges students to run income generating projects as part of their course’s practical component. The unique element is that profits are donated to TSiBA in South Africa for scholarships.
 
The SocioNEXT Challenge has been incorporated into curriculum of the final year Bachelor in Business Administration Innovation course, giving students exposure to international trends and the opportunity to study courses run at international universities. All profits students generate will go towards TSiBA scholarships for their peers.
 
Business Partners Entrepreneur Awards & Golf Day
A special thanks to Business Partners for your support, sponsoring the Top Student Entrepreneur Company Awards Dinner and prizes and choosing TSiBA as the beneficiary of your first ever Golf Day which raised over R22 000.
Cycle for Change
 
Congratulations to TSiBA’s first Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour charity team of 20 cyclists!
 
The cyclists fundraised for scholarships doing things like 
Truth Coffee's ‘Coffee for a Cause’ event, a gig at the River Club by the Lauren Powell Band and our youngest cyclist, 10 year old Amy Irlam, held a Pizza party with her friends raising R500! We even had two cyclists travel from Switzerland, Marisa Kraan & Stefan Hunn, who raised 2 scholarships (out of the total 4 raised each R48 800/year!).
 
Back-a-Buddy and Thundafund made it easy for supporters around the world to donate online. 
Sign up for our 2015 TSiBA Cycle for Change team - email Val Tapela val@tsiba.org.za 
Dates to Diarise
 
If you want to make a difference by volunteering at TSiBA join us on the last Thursday of every month at our Volunteer Briefing Breakfast. 
 
TSiBA Cape Town
12 April 2014: TSiBA Eden Trail Run Series:  Steenberg Vineyards
24 April - 29 May - 26 June: Volunteers’ Coffee Mornings (09h00-10h00)   
31 July: Cape Town Graduation Ceremony    
   
TSiBA Eden, Knysna
13 June - Graduation
14 June - Alumni Gathering
June - Open Day (date tba)


For more info email Sandi Sher info@tsiba.org.za 
Wish List
Gift-in-kind donations make a BIG difference!
 
Computers/A.V.: Hard drives, wireless microphones, headphones, hard-drives/ flashes & webcams
Office equipment / hostel: Refrigerator, ghetto blaster & speakers, voice recording devices, first aid kit , microwave, storage container/ wendy house, contributions to student food supply/ transportation fund, curtains and rails.
Human Resources: Volunteer lecturers and tutors, volunteer student & entrepreneur mentors, driving lessons and volunteer driver
Stationery/ books: Novels for the library book-club, A3 coloured card

Please contact info@tsiba.org.za or Graham on 021 532-2750 (ext 124) if you can assist or support TSiBA in any way.
 

Contact Us

TSiBA Cape Town: (021) 532 2750
TSiBA Eden: (044) 356 2789
Website: www.tsiba.org.za
Please click here if you would like to donate towards a tuition scholarship.
(*All donations over R100 per annum are tax deductible)