Nelson Mandela University – Saki’themba Earthworm
The Enjongweni Cooperative runs a vegetable garden in Motherwell Township in Port Elizabeth. The cooperative executed excessive farming on the land and depleted the soil from some of its most essential nutrients. The Enactus Nelson Mandela University (NMU) team saw this as a huge opportunity to intervene and rehabilitate the land by producing compost and diversifying the beneficiaries farming methods. Saki’themba Earthworm project encourages subsistence farming and a cross-generation collaboration.
University of Limpopo: Bommatswale
The Enactus UL Team identified the need to improve the conditions of the women in the Mankweng community who would offer laundry services to students on their campus for anything in return for their hand-washed laundry services, e.g. food, clothes and not often the students would offer cash payment.The team united the women, introduced them to their business plan and through agreement between these two parties a cooperative was registered called Bommatswale.
University of Venda: Mukondeni Ceramic Water Filters & Pottery Project
The Enactus 2017 National Champions from the University of Venda (UNIVEN) represented South Africa at the 2017 Enactus World Cup in London. One of the projects they presented on was Mukondeni Ceramic Water Filters & Pottery which aims to improve rural water quality in communities without access to clean water and to empower women. Through this project, the local rural community now have access to affordable clean drinking water, while it also drove sales and ensured an increased income for the 33 beneficiaries.
Mangosuthu University of Technology: Phumelela Resource Centre
The Enactus Team from Mangosuthu University of Technology realized the need for library facilities in the remote areas of KwaZulu-Natal. They made it their mission to address this challenge by establishing the Phumelela Resource Centre through partnerships. Through these partnerships, they are addressing the Unite Nations Sustainable Development Goal No 17, which is about collaboration and partnership. The centre is aimed at providing basic education in English and Maths as well as opportunity to internet access and a safe-haven for those learners that need a place to study.
Vaal University of Technology: Mama V
The “Mama V” project has directly impacted 6 people, including Enactus students and indirectly more 139 people. In addition, the bottling of these products is growing the target audience through the introduction of a range for diabetics.
University of Free State: Thessa New Beginnings
Enactus University of Free State partnered with Towers of Hope to assist with the growth of the Thessa New Beginning project. The objective was to improve skills levels and for the project to become a profitable social enterprise.
Focus areas to achieve this were: basic computer training, social media marketing, guidance on the business model and positioning, assisting with distribution of the produced textile items for conferences, the UFS nursing school and consignment agreements with gift shops.
University of Pretoria: Zama Lesedi
The team trained 5 community members to make the light and run the business since there’s high unemployment rate. This magnificent light has a life span of 2-3 years and an automatic switch to charge mode when exposed to sunlight. It takes 6 hours to fully charge in direct sunlight and 8-9 hours in overcast weather. The ultra mode lasts up to 4 hours and 10-12 hours on the ambient mode.