Students secure funding for community outreach project

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2015-04-30 11.25

(L-R)uThungulu Community Foundation CEO Chris Mkhize, Enactus’ Kwanele Mkhwanazi, Bonga Mkhize from Enactus and Phumla Mgabhi from the Foundation

The Enactus UNIZULU continues to break barriers as they empower communities, improve lives and the society’s standard of living. Under the capable leadership of Kwanele Mkhwanazi, the current Team President guided by faculty advisors Mrs Nana Magigaba and Mr Mtshengu, the team celebrated having secured a R30 000 funding from uThungulu Community Foundation for one of their outreach programmes called “Investing in Young Entrepreneurial Minds (IYEM)”. This project is all about instilling the culture of entrepreneurship to pupils while still undergoing their high school level of education.

“This funding will go a long way in assist us relive our mission of inspiring future entrepreneurs, while building a nation in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner,” said Mkhwanazi. The team plans to allocate this funding to IYEM participating schools with innovative small scale business ideas.

Chris Mkhize the CEO of Uthungulu Community Foundation who also serves on Business Advisory Board for Enactus UNIZULU said the foundation was very excited to partner with Enactus UNIZULU to reach communities in need. He further encouraged students and the youth in general to participate in initiatives such as Enactus. Started in 2009, Enactus Unizulu currently operates seven projects which are all aimed at empowering communities using the power of entrepreneurship. The UNIZULU team will be presenting their success stories during the annual national competitions of Enactus, if the team is crowned as national champions it will represent South Africa at Enactus World Cup to be held for the first time in South Africa Johannesburg in October 2015.

Magigaba who is also the acting Head of Department for Business Management at UNIZULU congratulated the team for their dedication to the organisation. “Being part of Enactus helps students gain amazing skills that help them resolve everyday challenges.  We also thank Uthungulu Community Foundation as we commit to using the donation towards advancing lives of our young people”. Mkhwanazi also thanked Uthungulu Community Foundation and their generous donors for the support they gave to the team.