Press release statement
For immediate release: 18 August 2021
Submitted by: The Department of Marketing & Communications
Via email: Hlophe@mut.ac.za
Seven MUT students win internal round of EDHE competition
Seven out of 14 Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) students that took part in the internal round of the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) intervarsity competition have advanced to the next round. These students are now going to compete with their counterparts from the other 25 South African universities taking part in the EDHE Intervarsity Competition.
Ntombifuthi Mthembu, a Lecturer in the University’s Department of Human Resources and Management and the competition coordinator at MUT, said the seven students are preparing for regional competition, which is the next phase of the competition. This phase of the competition will be hosted virtually by the University of Zululand from 23 to 26 August 2021. It will be followed by the national competition, which will be held later in the year.
Mthembu said the overall purpose of the EDHE Intervarsity Competition is to identify the top student entrepreneur at each of the 26 public universities in South Africa and to inspire students to consider entrepreneurship as a career choice.
“The competition provides an opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs in the ideation phase to pitch their innovative business ideas,” said Mthembu. “In the process, universities will have an opportunity to showcase their entrepreneurial talent and demonstrate the ways in which they support and grow the next generation of business leaders.”
All 14 budding student entrepreneurs impressed the judges with their presentations, and visions for their businesses. Dr Sakhile Ngcobo, one of the judges, said: “If I had enough money, I would put my money in all these businesses.”
Dr Ngcobo, an MUT graduate and entrepreneur applauded the students for the high standard of their presentations as they pitched their business ideas.
The following are the categories of the competition, and winners of those categories:
- In the Innovative Business Idea category, there were two winners – Langalethu Malanda, and Mzamiseni Zondo. Malanda’s business is ‘Help A Students Organisation’ (HASO); Zondo’s is the MK Beach Lockers.
- In the Existing Tech category, the winner was Wandile Sihiya. Sihiya’s business is called Pipe Boys Plumbing.
- The winners in the Existing Social Impact category were Makabongwe Sithole, with his Jabulani Foundation business, and Cebo Dlamini with his FIMDO business.
- The winners of the last category, the Existing General Business, were Njabulo Mzulwini, with his Love Beauty Salon business, and Lihle Zenzile, with her TM Project and Events business.
MUT is one of a few higher education institutions that are actively promoting student entrepreneurship. The University’s Acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal, Professor Marcus Ramogale, has, on number of occasions, stated that it was imperative for universities to include entrepreneurship in their academic programmes. This will 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. He said there was no rule that said that graduates should only be employees. They can form their own business; the Acting Vice-Chancellor said when the University had its inaugural Student Entrepreneurial Week in October 2019.