ENACTUS AND FORD COLLABORATE TO TRAIN 25 YOUTH EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAMS ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
Enactus is the world’s largest experiential learning platform dedicated to creating a better world while developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators. The Enactus network of global business, academic and student leaders are unified by a single vision — to create a better, more sustainable world for all.
Johannesburg, South Africa, 9 September 2019
On 30th – 31st August 2019 and 5th and 6th September, 25 Enactus teams from across South Africa traveled to Johannesburg to join the Executive Leadership Training Workshops that was hosted by Enactus South Africa and anchor sponsored by Ford South Africa. Additonal support was provided by Pick n Pay and Rich Products Corporation Africa.
These groups of university students were hosted by Pick n Pay at their Conference Centre at Pick n Pay Office Park in Johannesburg. As anchor sponsor of both Training Workshops, the Ford Chief Financial Officer, Mr Joseph Verga joined the last group on Friday 6th September where he addressed the students.
“These young people are the agents of change, and the leaders of the future, who set the example for others to follow,” he said. “Ford is nontenured to partner with Enactus on this journey of empowerment for our youth and communities. It is wonderful seeing out-of-the-box thinkers being such a powerful force for good in the world. While financial support is often needed to get philanthropic initiatives off the ground, not all giving efforts have to involve money. I believe simply by giving of ourselves – our time, resources, and knowledge – each and every one of us has the power to impact someone’s life and make the world a better place. Individual efforts may sometime seem minor but in combination with the efforts of others, the collective impact can be profound.”
Ford is a sponsor of Enactus globally and South Africa is one of eight (8) countries where Ford supports Enactus Teams in their efforts to alleviate poverty in local communities.
The purpose of these Workshops was to train the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders to lead their teams on their respective campuses and communities. For this they are trained on how to use innovation and business principles to improve the world. The teams of university students come together to learn how their efforts can create meaningful social impact and to enlarge the scale and quality of their entrepreneurial projects to change the standard of living and quality of life of marginalized communities.
According to Letitia de Wet, Chief Executive Officer and Country Director for Enactus South Africa, “Enactus has proven that it is possible to transform lives and enable progress through entrepreneurial action. Like in business, we believe that competition in the social sector encourages innovation and reward results. Annually in July, business, student and academic leaders from across the country gather to witness how entrepreneurial action and shared innovation is transforming lives. The work that these students will be doing not only transforms the lives of the communities and the social ills they address, but it helps these young students develop the kind of talent and perspective that is essential in an ever more complicated and complex world. Afterall, when we come together with our unique talents, passions and ideas, and a common goal for the greater good, we all benefit! We are excited to partner with Ford in South Africa and look forward to an interesting journey of going further to change more lives.”
The Enactus program offers an opportunity for our students to grow, to give back to the community, to make a difference in the world in which we live, and to participate in competition to benchmark their work against their peers. “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 and innovative ideas. 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. ” says Enactus South Africa Board Chairman and Executive Coach, Jurie Welman.
Last year, Enactus students from 37 countries dedicated more than 7.3 million service hours creating and implementing over 3,800 projects that directly improved more than 1.3 million lives. These experiences not only transform the lives of the people the projects serve, but also help the students develop the kind of talent and perspective essential to leadership that sees challenges facing people and planet as opportunities to improve the world.
Enactus has more than 72,000 student participants on over 1,730 campuses in 37 countries. For more information,www.enactus.org.
Enactus South Africa was founded in 2001. The organization has experienced great impact in the communities across the country.
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