THE UNIZULU chapter of Enactus had an impressive showing at the recent Enactus World Cup where it progressed as far as the semi-final stage of the event held in Johannesburg from October 14-16.
Enactus UNIZULU represented South Africa against 35 other countries that took part in the competition.
The World Cup was won by the University Of Southampton, UK. Enactus UNIZULU was declared national champions in September after the team that had initially been named winners in July, failed an audit pertaining the impact of their projects.
“We were very proud to be national champions for the first time. Being in the World Cup was an amazing experience. It was overwhelming for the entire delegation,” said Kwanele Mkhwanazi, the outgoing president of the Enactus team.
Enactus Unizulu came first in its group in the opening round where it went head-to-head against teams from the United Kingdom, Philippines and France. The team was then placed in a more competitive league with teams from Morocco, Egypt and Kyrgyzstan in the semi-final round. Mkhwanazi described Morocco and Egypt as teams to watch for, as they had been in the final rounds of previous Enactus World Cups. United Kingdom took the cup, with the United State as the runner-up.
“Considering that it was the team’s first appearance, we performed at an acceptable standard,” said Mkhwanazi. He further indicated that the team had just two weeks to prepare for the World Cup but nonetheless successfully delivered a world-class performance.
“The team displayed potential to reach the finals. No South African team has gone this far in this competition before. We are very proud,” he said. He expressed sincere gratitude for the support the team received from the university management and for the work of the entire team. “It was a result of hard work and collective effort.”
The Unizulu team also received support from other South African universities who showed up at the World Cup. “The team had a wonderful time at the world cup and had an opportunity to create networking relationships with people from other universities and countries.” “The World Cup was just phenomenal, an experience like no other,” commented team member Thabile Mdhluli.