ENACTUS launches its initiative on the SPU campus

Sol Plaatje University (SPU) in partnership with ENtrepreneurship ACTion for others creates a better world for US (ENACTUS) launched its student entrepreneurial initiative on 17 August 2022 on Central Campus. In conjunction with the launch, a campus activation programme was also held.

ENACTUS is an international organisation active in 37 countries with 72 000 students joining annually. It 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 the vision of creating a better and more sustainable world.

“Thank you for taking the initiative to attend this launch. I hope you will be motivated and encouraged after the presentation by the ENACTUS team. Grasp the information that will be shared and sign up so you may open yourself up to more opportunities through this international organisation,” urged Prof Pierre Joubert, Head of SPU’s School of Economics and Management Sciences, as he officially opened the ENACTUS event. Prof Joubert reminded students to remember where they come from as well as their responsibility to make a positive change in their communities while building a better life for themselves.

“When you complete your studies, you must not think that degree is yours alone – you must use it as a tool to uplift not just yourself, but others too,” Vice-Chancellor and Principal of SPU, Prof Andrew M Crouch advised students at the launch. With the Northern Cape contributing 2% to the national GDP, Prof Crouch believes entrepreneurship is vital for the growth of our province.

ENACTUS has teams all over the country at different universities where they encourage entrepreneurship among students. Programme Coordinator for ENACTUS South Africa, Ms Masabata Sebusi already coordinates and manages teams from the University of the Free State (UFS), Central University of Technology (CUT) and University of Johannesburg (UJ). She will now also include SPU in her team. Her advice to students on starting a business? “The initial phase is important and you cannot assume when it comes to solving societal issues. Tackle a solution and make an impact.”

Students were encouraged to work towards a life of entrepreneurship by the Programme Director of ENACTUS South Africa, Mr Bheki Mdziwa. “Ten out of 100 South African graduates get a job, but although they’ve landed a job, most times it’s in a field in which they did not study towards. Do not rely solely on the government for employment but create those opportunities for yourselves”, he said.

With this partnership, SPU hopes to ignite the spirit of social entrepreneurship among the youth in Kimberley and its surrounding regions.

 

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