Press release statement
Submitted by: The Department of Marketing & Communications
Via email: Hlophe@mut.ac.za
9 June 2022
Enactus MUT to compete for a chance to represent SA at upcoming Enactus World Cup
The Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) Enactus team has a one in 13 chance of representing South Africa at the upcoming Enactus World Cup 2022 to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from 30 October to 2 November. This is after the MUT team qualified to take part in the Enactus National Competition.
“This opportunity is very huge for MUT, as Enactus MUT will be part of the teams that will be presenting [their projects] among universities that have been ranked as the best universities in the country,” said Sthandiwe Biyela, Chairperson of Enactus at MUT. “It will also allow the team to grow and work even harder especially because most of our members are new and partaking in such a huge competition will open a lot of channels for them.”
The MUT Enactus team will compete against 12 teams from other universities for an opportunity to represent South Africa at the World Cup. Teams that will compete in the National Competition, which is scheduled to take place on 14 July at the Sandton Convention Centre, are from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Mpumalanga, University of Pretoria, Central University of Technology, University of Limpopo, University of Cape Town, University of Venda, University of Johannesburg, North-West University, Walter Sisulu University, Cape Peninsula University of Technology and Nelson Mandela University.
“Making it to top 13 was such a huge milestone for our team, provided that we had to rebuild the whole team after being affected by Covid-19, and also with most previous members graduating. Making to the nationals means that Enactus MUT is growing and back to the game of entrepreneurs and innovators,” Biyela said.
This Enactus MUT’s feat of success is part of the University’s overwhelming success in inculcating a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship as part of the curriculum. Commenting on news of the Enactus team’s success, Professor Marcus Ramogale, Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal of MUT, said the success of the Enactus team was yet another indication that the students were taking entrepreneurship and innovation seriously.
“We are proud of this remarkable performance by our Enactus team. As a university, we encourage our students to not only use their qualifications to look for jobs but to consider entrepreneurship as a career choice. It is especially encouraging to see that our students have embraced entrepreneurship and they are doing well against their counterparts from other universities in various competitions,” Professor Ramogale said.
In recent years, has enjoyed a representation by a successful student project at the national level of the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) competition.
Just last week, Ntombifuthi Mthembu, Entrepreneurship Coordinator and Lecturer the Entrepreneurship Coordinator and Lecturer in the Department of Human Resources and Management at MUT, received the annual ‘Start Me Up Award’ from the Wadhwani Foundation for her word in guiding aspiring student entrepreneurs.
In 2020, Professor Ramogale was honoured with an EDHE Award for the progress that MUT had made in advancing entrepreneurship.
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