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Founded in 1975 in the United States, Enactus is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. We provide a platform for teams of outstanding university students to create community development projects that put people’s own ingenuity and talents at the center of improving their livelihoods.

Guided by educators and supported by business leaders, our students take the kind of entrepreneurial approach that empowers people to be a part of their own success. Our work transforms both the lives of the people we serve, and in turn, the lives of our students as they develop into more effective, values-driven leaders.

Our Mission

To inspire students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action.

Quick Facts

Growth over the past eight years is reflected in the table below.


Program year 07-08 08-09 09-10 10-11 11-12 12-13 13-2014 14-15 15-16
Enrolled teams 21 26 27 26 27 27 27 27 27
Active teams 21 26 25 26 27 26 26 25 23
Competing teams 18 26 24 26 26 25 21 20 20
Active students 966 1062 1587 1602 2166 2404 2868 3325 2839
Faculty advisors 36 44 44 51 55 54 53 47 40
Number of projects 91 125 161 126 162 168 94 112 74
Direct impact 18,877 21,484 20,283 16,831 16,872 6,614 12,203 6,211 6,920
Team project hours 47,553 117,395 154,019 119,762 147,041 201,634 207,976 319,629 331,599

Our Story

Today, Enactus South Africa operates as a subsidiary of Enactus Worldwide and is one of 36 countries around the world that comprises Enactus’ premier business and higher education network.

Enactus South Africa NPC is a national initiative launched in 2001 as a registered section 21 entity, by Students In Free Enterprise, Inc. (now Enactus).
Its first presence in South Africa was at the University of the Free State (UFS) as a result of the efforts of Johan van der Westhuyzen, then a UFS student.
The National program was launched in March 2002 with 10 universities and a 5 man founding board of directors.

The organization has since expanded to 27 institutions of higher learning as registered participants in all provinces of South Africa (excl. the Northern Cape).
Enactus South Africa reached its full market share (excluding UNISA), with a continual but steady growth in team membership.

Participating students form teams on their university campus and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need as aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Through the annual Enactus South Africa National Competition, teams are provided with a platform to present the results of their projects, and to be evaluated by business leaders serving as judges. The Enactus South Africa National Champion team advances to the prestigious annual Enactus World Cup.