A Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) Engineering student is heading for the national leg of the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) annual competition.
Wandile Sihiya, a final year Quantity Surveying and Construction Management student will represent MUT on the national leg of the competition after he won the EDHE’s regional round that was hosted by the University of Zululand from 23 to 27 August 2021. Sihiya won the ‘Existing Tech Business’ category.
Sihiya said he felt “great and really surprised” about winning the regional leg of the competition.
“It was mainly sharing ideas with my team that contributed to my victory,” said Sihiya. “My business uses high-pressure water guns to clean house roofs.” Sihiya said his business will be using drones to do the actual washing at a later stage.
Ntombifuthi Mthembu, the Entrepreneurship Coordinator and a Lecturer in the Department of Human Resources Management at MUT, said she was “super excited” that an MUT student won. She said that it was the first time that the University was going to participate at the national level of the EDHE competition.
The national competition will be hosted by EDHE and Universities South Africa (USAf) in Johannesburg, from 17 to 19 November 2021. All participants from the 26 universities will be physically there.
The other categories of the competition are the Innovative Business Idea category, the Existing Social Impact category, and the Existing General Business.
MUT is one of a few higher education institutions that are actively promoting student entrepreneurship. The MUT Acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal, Professor Marcus Ramogale, has, on several occasions, stated that it was imperative for universities to include entrepreneurship in their academic programmes. This would enable the students to create their own businesses upon graduating, he said. Professor Ramogale also said that students are not only educated to be workers.