MUT graduate nominated for UK awards 

Press release                                                                                                  2 August 2020

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Bheki Hlophe – 082 432 1805

MUT graduate nominated for UK awards 

Presidential Youth Working Group nominee and 2020 MUT graduate, Bright Hlongwane has been nominated for the Prestige Awards. His colleagues in the Isimangaliso Group, a consultancy and media marketing communication firm based in the Durban CBD, nominated him in response to an invitation from Cooperate Live Wire, a London based organisation that is organising the Prestige Awards in South Africa and overseas. Bright was nominated for sterling efforts in youth business participation. Cooperate Live Wire saw his profile online.

Cooperate Live Wire wants to use the Prestige Awards to recognise the efforts of young entrepreneurs put in the economic development of their countries. Young Bright fits into this profile. “I feel very excited and proud to know that our strides as young South African entrepreneurs are known and recognised abroad,” said Bright.

Bright said the Cooperate Live Wire came to know about his efforts through online platforms. “Cooperate Live Wire sent us an invitation upon seeing my profile online. They invited us to take part in the nomination,” he said. The event is planned to take place towards the end of the year, or early in 2021 in London, UK, but it will all depend on the coronavirus trajectory.

At MUT, South Africa and beyond, Bright is known as a staunch advocate of entrepreneurship. During Youth Day (June 16) 2020, he was on Ukhozi FM and eTV News, talking about how important it was that the country’s youth got involved in business as job creators, not job seekers. In 2017, Bright attended the Advanced Entrepreneurship Programme at Stanford University in the United States. At the time, Bright said that he would share the knowledge and expertise he gained with his peers.

Bright was among the 2539 MUT students who graduated virtually in June. He graduated with a Diploma in Public Administration.


Bheki Hlophe (Mr)
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