Enactus UNIZULU receives hero’s welcome after impressive world cup showing

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Members of Enactus UNIZULU show off their trophies they have won at various competitions this year.

Members of Enactus UNIZULU show off their trophies they have won at various competitions this year.

MEMBERS of the University of Zululand chapter of Enactus were yesterday given a hero’s welcome by Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Xoliswa Mtose and the institution’s management following the team’s good showing at the Enactus World Cup.Enactus UNIZULU, which represented South Africa at the World Cup against 35 other countries, impressed even the cynics when it made it to the top eight. Enactus is an international non-profit organisation which brings together student, academic & business leaders who improve social conditions through entrepreneurial action. Through a moving presentation, Enactus UNIZULU showcased some of the projects it has been involved in and how its interventions had helped to turn struggling small businesses into sustainable business ventures. Some of the projects include assisting a small-scale and struggling aquaculture farmer in the province turnaround his business. Closer to home they have helped a cooperative to make and market its vegetable prickle, which proved to be a turning point in the cooperative’s fortunes. The team received a standing ovation after their presentation yesterday with many of those attending saying they were left speechless. “You are just awesome. I am humbled by this presentation and by the standard. We are really proud of you,” said Prof Mtose after the presentation. Dewald van Rensburg, the acting registrar who accompanied the team to the World Cup, said he was impressed that while most of the Enactus teams that had participated in the World Cup had chosen projects outside of their home countries or regions, team UNIZULU had decided to get involved in projects that are in the University’s backyard. Prof Mtose said the achievements by Enactus UNIZULU has brought recognition to the University. “Success is in your hands and the sky is the limit,” she said encouraging Enactus UNIZULU to aim for the next world cup which is to be held in Canada next year. Meanwhile the outgoing leadership of Enactus bid an emotional farewell to the organisation’s members. Siya Mthembu, the outgoing head of finance at Enactus UNIZULU, told of how members of the organisation had sacrificed their holidays to prepare for the activities of 2015. Their sacrifices had paid off, he said. “The journey has not been sweet but (reaching) the destination has been sweet,” he said. He however concluded by saying more still had to be done. “We are in business, we mean business and we have unfinished business,” Mthembu said t applause. Outgoing president of Enactus UNIZULU Kwanele Mkhwanazi said 2015 had been the best year for Enactus UNIZULU. He said he had learned a lot from fellow Enactus members while also emphasizing the importance of maintaining unity in the organisation.