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Tuesday, 05 August 2008

CPUT wins seven trophies at national business leadership competition


The CPUT Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team won seven trophies at the South African National SIFE competition on 3 July 2008. The competition was held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, Johannesburg and challenged students to demonstrate their expertise in business leadership.

The CPUT team won trophies in several different categories including Success Skills, Financial Literacy, Sustainability, and Business Ethics. Eighteen teams participated in the competition and more than 450 people attended the event, including leading business executives who judged the competition. CPUT competed against finalists from institutions like Rhodes University, University of Fort Hare, Durban University of Technology and University of Limpopo.

Student teams were rated on the strength of their projects. Their work aimed to create sustainable economic opportunities by helping others understand market economics and by transferring skills in financial literacy, entrepreneurship, success skills and business ethics.

The overall champions were the team from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. This team will represent South Africa at the 2008 SIFE World Cup, due to take place in Singapore in October.

The SIFE organisation’s focus is to create global partnerships between business and higher education that prepare university students to make a meaningful contribution towards a better world as entrepreneurs and business leaders. SIFE challenges students to address real world business and economic issues in their communities.

The organisation was founded in 1975 in the United States of America and is currently affiliated with 24 South African universities. Students from around the world are encouraged to implement projects that will transform the lives of people facing real social and economic problems.

The CPUT team was led by SIFE faculty advisor Buntu Gwija and Co-advised by Brian Ntlangula. Gwija said that with limited resources, the University’s team went to Johannesburg with their heads up high and made a name for CPUT in academic and scholarly involvement.

The 45 active CPUT SIFE members were represented by six students (Vusumzi Thomas, Edwin Msuthwana, Fertinald Phaka Rangongo, Sandy Zigana and Tshegofatso Moshane and Thando Ngese).

Optimistic Gwija congratulated the team with the words,, “Bravo SIFE CPUT. Keep up the good work.""

By Ruth Chisesa, Marketing and Communication Department

Photograph: CPUT SIFE faculty advisor Buntu Gwija (centre), co-advisor Brian Ntlangula and the six SIFE team members proudly display the trophies they won at the national competition.

Written by CPUT News