TSiBA Education March 2015 Newsletter
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The start of a new year brings new energy and positivity, and the TSiBA Scholarship Ceremony was just the occasion to witness the arrival of masses of vitality on campus. The formal handover of scholarships marks the start of a life-changing academic journey for TSiBA’s 2015 new intake students. For many, they are the first in their families, or communities, to study at tertiary level and our Dean Pearl Pugin encouraged them to “show up”, in the truest sense of the word, each and every day. The arrival of 199 new students on our 2 campuses indeed marked an inspiring start to 2015.

Another highlight of the first quarter has been the announcement of the 2015 Bronze Ministerial Youth Excellence Award: Youth in Rural and Farm Areas for TSiBA Eden. The awards were hosted by the Western Cape Department of Social Development in partnership with the Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre. This acknowledgement of our work further inspires us to drive change and pursue excellence.

During 2015 we will continue to live out our commitment to Igniting Opportunity and Paying it Forward

And we have a super team of staff and volunteers to ensure excellent delivery to our students. This year saw a record number of new volunteers coming forward to contribute towards social change by lecturing, tutoring and mentoring - well over 100 volunteers nationally! It’s wonderful to see a growing interest in our cause year on year. Walking through the passages, entering classrooms in action, watching extra tutor groups being helped by volunteers – the energy is palpable and the enthusiasm infectious. A warm and humble appreciation to each of you for the value you bring to our students’ journey.

Thank you to all our stakeholders for continuing to drive change with us.
 
Adri Marais

TSiBA CEO
Shon von Harte

BBA2 Degree Student
 
"Finding out about TSiBA was a true blessing for me. I had just finished matric and was looking for affordable higher education institutions as I’ve always dreamed of studying further.
 
After realising how high university fees were, it became clear that this dream would put my family under great financial strain. So when I heard about TSiBA Education in 2012 from my aunt who at the time worked at JP Morgan (who happened to one of TSiBA’s partners) it was a dream come true. I applied for a scholarship and it was the greatest decision I’ve ever made.
 
TSiBA has taught me more than just academic skills, I have also learned good values, leadership skills, to not be discouraged by problems but to deal with them head on and see them as opportunities - something I know my friends don’t get at their respective universities. This is why I’ll forever be grateful to TSiBA".
 
Cycle for Change
 
Three BBA students were in TSiBA’s Cape Town Cycle Tour charity team this year Paying it Forward - Paul Mphambani, Sandile Maqhoboza and Vincent Ntlou. Student Paul Mphambani says  “all funds raised go towards TSiBA scholarships which will help ultimately break the cycle of poverty in our communities. Thank you to all the riders, supporters and donors.”
 
Lewis Group staff were once again in the TSiBA team and sponsored the TSiBA cycle kit. George de Gouveia, a celebrated professional SA cyclist, attended the pre-event breakfast to share some insider tips with the team.
 
The Cape Town fire may have put a damper on the route, but nothing could stop the team Igniting Opportunity. All completed the race, including our youngest riders, Huw Irlam (15yrs) and his sister Amy (12yrs), cycling in tandem with their dad James. 
TSiBA Eden
 
TSiBA Education Solutions has developed a unique programme to assist businesses in managing their interns.
 
The objectives of the programme include assisting companies to develop professional ethics, values and leadership skills of their interns and new employees, and provide training workshops for mentors to enhance their ability to facilitate workplace learning programmes, teamwork and collaboration among employees.
 
The recent successful partnership with Knysna Municipality helped them deliver a structure to their workplace learning programme. TSiBA provided support in the form of coaching, mentoring, leadership and self-development training to the Knysna Finance Directorate’s Interns and Managers - who act as mentors.
TSiBA Peer Counselling
 
Each year TSiBA invites students and community members to a workshop to train as Peer Counsellors. The workshop aims to help students be able to deal with their own and other’s problems, respond to requests for help, deal proactively with situations of concern, and know when and how to refer their peers for help that may be needed.

It is also TSiBA’s way of Paying it Forward by transferring counselling skills to members of the community. The first training this year was in February and it drew over 80 people, ranging from TSiBA students, local community leaders, and people from corporate institutions such as De Beers and Jacobs, the Police Forum, UCT and UWC.

The training is facilitated by  a TSiBA staff member, Dorothea Hendricks - a trained Psychologist.
Omsfin breakfasts with TSiBA students
 
TSiBA students loved attending a "meet and greet" breakfast held by OMSFIN for the 24 TSiBA scholarships they funded in 2014.

It was a great opportunity for TSiBA students to network, understand more about OMSFIN as a business and for OMSFIN staff to meet the students they have been supporting. Thank you OMSFIN for Igniting Opportunity for TSiBA!
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.
Andile Dyonase

BBA Degree Graduate, Kofi Annan Scholar

 
Growing up in Khayelitsha, Andile never dreamed he’d go to university, let alone travel across the world.

"The day I set foot in TSiBA, my whole world changed - I discovered untapped potential buried inside me. I was encouraged to dream big and taught that with the right attitude and hard work I could become whatever I want to be in life, regardless of my background.
 
It wasn't all plain sailing. I struggled and failed maths a number of times. But with help from TSiBA’s dedicated staff and lecturers, hard work and determination, I eventually passed maths with flying colours.
 
I was awarded a Kofi Annan Scholarship in 2014 to study towards my Master’s Degree in Finance at the prestigious Business School Lausanne in Geneva - true testimony that failure doesn't mean the game is over, it just means try gain.
 
Just when I thought things couldn't get any better, they did! EY (Ernst & Young) in Geneva invited me to stay and do my articles to become a Chartered Accountant which is where I am right now.
 
When I return to South Africa, I can’t wait to continue sharing my story with young South Africans and instil proactivity into them to take control of their lives and realize their future is in THEIR hands, not the government, parents nor school.”
Entrepreneurship
 
As a way of reaching out to the local business community, TSiBA Ignition Centre and Cape Town Chamber of Commerce held a workshop in Mitchells Plein, Cape Flats, about “What is your business model and how does it work?”
 
This was the first training session in a six-month series designed to provide community entrepreneurs with business skills and professional mentorship on how to run their business to ensure sustainable growth. Read more.

TSiBA Partners

Nedbank Eyethu Community Trust has announced a generous donation to TSiBA for 2016. The grant will specifically be geared towards supporting the delivery of our NQF-5 Higher Certificate in Business Administration.
 
As stated by Joshua Pule, Portfolio Manager for Corporate Social Investment at Nedbank, “Nedbank is committed to making a sustainable impact in our country. We collaborate with public and private organisations to contribute towards the Millennium Development Goals and the National Development Plan.”
 
In a country where youth unemployment remains at critical levels, such partnerships are crucial to the long-term socio-economic future of South Africa – and our youth.
 
The Nedbank Eyethu Community Trust partnership enables TSiBA’s vision to Ignite Opportunity through education for youth who may otherwise not have had the means to access tertiary education. We thank Nedbank for helping us ‘Make Things Happen’.
 
International news
 
TSiBA is now able to accept donations from the USA. We are now truly global,  adding to our Swiss and UK fundraising entities. 
 
With our global Trustees in place, we are poised to spread our fundraising wings into new waters and share the TSiBA story with the world. Do let us know if you have any networks that would be interested in learning more about TSiBA.
In Memoriam
 
TSiBA family mourns the tragic passing of one of our talented 2014 HCBA students, Sinesethu Gazi. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.
Campus Open Day
 
TSiBA Pinelands
16 May (09h00 – 12h00)

See you there!

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Big thank you  to all our donors, supporters and volunteers. We could not do it without you.