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For over 20 years, Enactus South Africa has been shaping the country’s next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators to use creativity and business principles to make a meaningful contribution in their communities, including wealth creation and community upliftment.

Arguably there has never before been such a perfect storm challenging our youth. This affects all of us, directly and indirectly, in itself creating a pressing priority for urgent and sustainable civil action. According to Stats SA, South Africa’s unemployment soared to 32.6% in Q1. For the first time ever, South Africa’s unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 32.6%, in the period between January and March 2021. The official unemployment rate among youth (15-34 years) was 46,3% in Quarter 1 of 2021. The rate was 9,3% among university graduates.

The third wave of Covid-19 currently ravaging South Africa is a constant and stark reminder of lives and livelihoods. Barely recovering from the first year of the pandemic, all sectors of the economy are being bashed again (in some cases with no work and therefore income whatsoever). There are deep and fundamental divisions in our society – right from the support for or challenges of the legal standing of our Apex-court and the former President, Jacob Zuma’s, sentencing, through different churches vehemently arguing for or against allowing religious services at present, to the very much more personal but still community-wide decisions around whether to be vaccinated or not.

To secure a future that has a reasonable chance of success for stability, prosperity and ubuntu, it is undeniable that we have to look to our youth – to listen and learn, to empower and teach, and to build a generation of ethical and responsible leaders with a ‘can do’ attitude and ability. This is where Enactus comes in – seeking to bring out the best in people (as leaders and entrepreneurs), relevant innovation and high-impact results.

Enactus works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilise university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible and ethical business leaders. For over 20 years, Enactus South Africa has been shaping the country’s next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators to use creativity and business principles to make a meaningful contribution in their communities, including wealth creation and community upliftment.

Work done by the students throughout the year is showcased at the annual Enactus National Competition – a platform for sharing, inspiration and growth – with the national winner will be representing our country at the Enactus World Cup in October. They will compete against 34 other game-changing country teams. The anchor sponsor of the 2021 Enactus South Africa National Competition is Harmony Gold Mining Limited, with significant additional support from MTN, AIG, Nedbank, AVI, and CHEP. This year’s National Competition will be held entirely online, from 19 – 23 July 2021.

Twelve (12) Enactus semi-finalist teams will compete for the National crown. They will be presenting their tireless efforts to create meaningful social impact to change the standard of living and quality of life of marginalised communities. A Development League will also be hosted earlier in the week for the teams that did not make it to the semi-final round. It offers them the opportunity to showcase their achievements and receive additional developmental guidance from business professionals who will be the adjudicators of their Business Idea pitches. Additional challenges sponsored by among South Africa’s leading businesses – such as the Harmony with their Local Economic Development (LED) Enactus Challenge, add further depth to the overall programme.

This prestigious event will be streamed on LaunchPad6, as well as the Enactus South Africa’s Facebook Page Click Here and YouTube Channel Click Here. The week of the National Competition has a wide and deep relevance – with a clear and constructive positive outlook in otherwise currently particularly challenging times. Delegates will have an opportunity to not only witness first-hand the drive of our youth but to also take part in a career fair (with employability sessions), videos on Human Centredness, and attendees will have the opportunity to engage with renowned speakers and panellists in focused discussions.

For the Edu-tainment Session, we are excited to have serial entrepreneur, global speaker, venture capitalist and author, Vusi Thembekwayo. Our Action Leader Panel Discussion sponsored by MTN, will showcase our keynote speaker, Pavlo Phitidis, CEO of Aurik Business, entrepreneur, investor, renowned speaker, business growth system founder.

Everybody is welcome to attend both the National Competition and the Enactus World Cup online events (a sure-fire remedy for anybody feeling a sense of despondency in our current times) and its free of charge!

The future belongs to all of us but there is a particular responsibility for the sharing and transfer of knowledge to those who need it most.

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Additional commentary and interview opportunities:

The CEO of Enactus South Africa, Letitia de Wet, Board members and representatives of Partner Companies are available for additional commentary and interviews, including for printed media, radio and television. Please contact Lydia Mafatle (Marketing Assistant, Enactus South Africa, on 079 860 6148 or assistantsa@enactus.org) to schedule.

Enactus Background:

Enactus South Africa is a registered NPC that was established in 2001 as the South African Chapter of the international non-profit, Enactus, headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, USA. The organization has great impact in communities across the country with 22 active university teams and 1 549 active students that dedicated 87 407 volunteering hours in 28 projects during 2020.

As the safety and health of everyone in the global network is a priority, many Enactus national competitions have gone virtual and/or are delayed from the original schedule as a result of the global Coronavirus pandemic. These dynamic, energetic events bring together student, academic and business leaders from the Enactus network for an opportunity to engage, collaborate and learn from one another. Over 1 000 delegates are expected to attend this year’s competition. This will be made up of at least 800 student representatives from 20+ universities, of which 12 teams will compete in the Championship, and 4 in the Development League. Over 150 academics and alumni will attend as observers, with 120+ leading business executives to serve as adjudicators of the competition.

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