THE NEW TRADITION LIVES ON… 2022 ENACTUS SOUTH AFRICA VIRTUAL REGIONAL COMPETITION
Continuing the new tradition of Regional Competition as a predecessor of the Enactus South Africa National Competition has greatly invigorated the Enactus South African competition season. As in business, we believe that competition drives innovation.
The 2022 Enactus South Africa Regional Competition is the second regional showcase of entrepreneurial action that was hosted. The event took place virtually on Thursday, 21st April 2022 and was split into two MS Teams sessions where the respective Enactus Teams were adjudicated. A total of 17 teams out of the 24 participating member universities competed and were divided into the 5 leagues based on geo-location. Only the award ceremony was streamed live at 3pm via the Enactus South Africa Facebook, https://fb.me/e/1pbnFxzXN and YouTube Channel, https://youtu.be/6bSnQnk1IUs.
In the first adjudication session, three leagues with 11 teams participated, while 6 teams were judged in the second session by a panel of independent judges. The judging process was facilitated by the Enactus South African Staff, that integrated the adjudication process through the user-friendly the Microsoft Teams platform. Results were audited and verified. The regional competition is aimed at the selection of the 12 teams that will now advance to the semi-finals of the 2022 Enactus South Africa National Competition to be hosted on 14th July 2002. However, that’s not the end for the other teams that entered this year’s competition, as they will be participating in the Enactus Development League.
The following 12 Semi-Finalist Teams are now in the run towards being crowned National Champion at the 2022 Enactus South Africa National Competition at the Sandton Convention Centre.
In League 1 was Nelson Mandela University and Walter Sisulu University advancing to represent the Eastern Cape Region. For League 2, Cape Peninsula University of Technology from the Western Cape Region made it through. The KZN and Central Region will be represented by the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Central University of Technology. From League 4, the North-West, Gauteng and Mpumalanga Region, two teams advanced into the Top 12 namely, North- West University and the University of Mpumalanga. From League 5 which covered Gauteng and the Limpopo Region, was the University of Johannesburg and the University of Pretoria, which sums it up to a total of 9 teams.
To complete the Top 12 Teams advancing to the National Competition, Enactus had three wildcard allocations. The wildcard teams were selected through continuous assessment looking at the team’s administration, financial management, team support structures and other key performance indicators as exhibited in their monthly reporting. The great news is that not only 3, but 4 teams were selected through this process to conclude the Top 13. They are Mangosuthu University of Technology, the University of Cape Town, the University of Venda, and the University of Limpopo.
It is heartwarming that amidst the pandemic and natural disaster that struck KZN, our teams are still endeavoring to change lives. We are proud of the semi-finalist teams as they took on the opportunity in the next few weeks to curate and improve their overall impact and quality of their businesses or projects to affect the human condition for positive change and livelihoods. Enactus is committed to being a premier source of effective, responsible business talent, and provide students with opportunities to apply smart business practices to make a difference in the world, while also developing their leadership, teamwork, communication, and project management skills.
In addition to the Enactus South Africa Regional Competition, 4 Special Competitions challenged the active teams to address specific causes and needs, relevant to our donor partners this year. This provided opportunity for the amplification of projects to change more lives and communities. The themes of these Special Challenges were:
- Ford C3 Enactus Community College Challenge
- The Enactus Refocus Accelerator Challenge sponsored by Harmony
- MTN Enactus Digital Innovation Challenge [formally MTN ICT Challenge]
- 2022 Global Races & Challenges:
- Action with Africa Challenge
- Race to Rethink Plastic Tea
- Race for Climate Action
- Race to Feed the Planet
Letitia de Wet, Chief Executive Officer and Country Director for Enactus South Africa, remarked in her welcoming that Enactus South Africa is guided, especially considering the emerging economic scenarios associated with the current situation by the following strategic objectives, namely:
- Our focus on creating stability and growth for Enactus and how we can scale our projects nationally.
- Our determination to tackle unemployment in our country and to deliver more entrepreneurs and develop more Small Businesses to our economy, and
- Our drive to ensure that our members become business owners before they graduate.