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With youth development as key focus of Government, 16 Enactus university teams came together at the Enactus South Africa National Competition to showcase their social entrepreneurship projects that are changing lives and providing innovative solutions for sustainable impact in their communities. It also saw the inaugural Ideation Challenge where 9 teams participated.

Enactus South Africa NPC
Representative: Lydia Mafatle
Contact number: +27(0)79 60 6148
Email: assistantsa@enactus.org

Johannesburg, South Africa, 09 July 2019
For immediate release

This platform provides an opportunity to showcase the progress our Enactus students have made in key areas that are framed within the United Nations Sustainable 17 Sustainable Global Goals. The energy created when business leaders and influencers intersect with student innovators fuels one’s entrepreneurial spirit, motivate personal change and drive new ideas.

The Enactus Durban University of Technology team was crowned as the Enactus South Africa National Champion Team who will advance to represent South Africa at the Enactus World Cup 2019 in Silicon Valley, San Jose, California, USA from 16th to 18th September 2019. Here they will compete with 36 countries.

The Championship was held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Sandton, Johannesburg with Barloworld and Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited as the presenting sponsors of this competition. Other supporting sponsors included MTN South Africa, AIG South Africa Limited, CHEP South Africa, Nedbank Limited, Rich Products Corporation Africa, Tsogo Sun and Unilever.

The Opening Rounds of the competition took place on Monday on 8th July 2019. Eight (8) of the 16 teams advanced on the 9th July to the Semi-Final Round of competition. From this, four teams advanced to the Final Round. The results of this final round confirmed University of Mpumalanga as 3rd runner-up, University of Kwazulu Natal as 2nd runner-up; University of Pretoria as 1st runner-up with the Durban University of Technology as winner 2019 National Champion.

The Team was the defending Champion from the previous year. They presented on an “Agri-Business” a project related to a theme focused on recycling, reusing and re-purposing that the team carried over from 2018. The project is aimed at empowering rural subsistence farmers to transition to small scale farmers. This is achieved through their adoption of a sustainable vertical farming model of growing fresh produce in tunnels that are built at 47% cheaper than conventional models.

Through this project the team collected and recycled over 47,000 2litre plastic bottles and repurposed them through using it in building a customized greenhouse they designed. In addition, they also introduced vertical farming structures which contributes to a 60% water saving. To enhance soil quality and for cost saving, the beneficiaries were introduced to bio-composting as they used chemical fertilisers prior to the team’s intervention. This improved their yield. They furthermore introduced the Train the Trainer model where they utilized one of their previous year’s beneficiaries to conduct training to 19 beneficiaries. This enhanced their farming skills. Through capacitating these 19 beneficiaries, they availed fresh produce and seedlings to over 820 households and directly impacted 4,718 primary school learners.

Chief Executive Officer and Country Director for Enactus South Africa, Letitia de Wet, says that Enactus not only transforms the lives of communities, but it helps our students develop the kind of talent and perspective that is essential in an ever more complicated and complex world. We believe that when we come together with our unique talents, passions and ideas, and a common goal for the greater good, we all benefit!

According to Jurie Welman, Enactus South Africa Board Chairman and Executive Coach ““For me, Enactus represents the future – a better future forged by these young leaders with a head for business and a heart for the world were students share their innovative ideas and accomplishments with the business leaders. I have confidence that we all have a significant role to play to effect positive change by capacitating our communities, to protect and improve our shared and fragile environment, and to provide an entrepreneurial means for individuals to financially support themselves and be able to help others.

The programme also included two Action Leader Forums which was sponsored by MTN and Unilever. The Unilever panel was hosted on 8th July and the panelist addressed “Plastic Waste & Packaging”, while the MTN Action Leader Forum focused on “Scaling inclusive innovation across the African Continent”.

In addition to the Enactus SA National Championship had 4 Special Competitions that challenged the active teams to address specific causes and needs, relevant to the participating partners this year. This provided opportunity for the amplification of projects to change more lives and communities. The themes of these Special Challenges were:

• MTN ICT Enactus Challenge;
• Harmony LED Enactus Challenge;
• Ford C3 Building Sustainable Communities Challenge; and
• Nedbank Scaling for Impact Enactus Challenge

Enactus has proven that it is possible to transform lives and enable progress through entrepreneurial action. Like in business, I believe that competition in the social sector encourages innovation and reward results.

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Visual footage and high-resolution pictures are available for usage along with opportunities to interview the Team President or the Enactus leadership.
For more information visit: www.enactus.org.

Please contact Lydia Mafatle, Spokesperson to arrange for interviews or coverage of this event.

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