SHAPE Stimulates Business Friendships between Young Entrepreneurs and Business Professionals

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Written by Thandiwe Jumo 

A “Meet Your Business Friend Day” event hosted by the SHAPE (Shifting Hope, Activating Potential Entrepreneurship) in partnership with UKZN, the eThekwini Municipality and the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) created a platform for networking and sharing of ideas between established entrepreneurs, business professionals and entrepreneurship students.

The event, at the Durban Undersea Club, allowed business professionals to share their knowledge and entrepreneurship skills as well as their contribution towards their KwaZulu-Natal’s Regional Economic Development with the students who in turn shared their entrepreneurial aspirations with the professionals. It is envisaged that through such social entrepreneurship initiatives – which expose students to the business industry and the business industry to the students – partnerships will be created which contribute towards stimulating entrepreneurial thinking and a start-up culture essential to the sustainability and economic growth of KwaZulu-Natal.

At the event, participants took part in an interactive workshop facilitated by Graduate School of Business and Leadership academic, Dr Shamim Bodhanya. The workshop involved the participants in fun actives aimed at building friendships and exploring leadership and business strategies. International top Surf-Lifesaving athlete and world class sport achiever, Mr Wade Krieger, was part of the event to inspire young entrepreneurs and co-ordinated  the beach activities with Bodhanya.

The day used innovative societal technologies of combining Multiple Intelligence pedagogy practices, with Living Theories, Action Learning and Participatory Action Research.  It had a distinct purpose of introducing young entrepreneurs and business professionals to each other, hoping to increase each other’s levels of entrepreneurial self-efficacy and forming business friendships. The beach day unfolded into a beautiful happening of emerging social science.

The Founder of the SHAPE Project, UKZN academic and doctoral candidate, Ms Thea van der Westhuizen said: ‘It was about relating like-hearted people, sharing business passions and getting inspired by one human being to another. It was about raising levels of self-confidence of being a young entrepreneur in South Africa and not being scared to network with business professionals. It was about stepping out of your comfort zone and taking risks through finding a business friend through beach activities and creative play that symbolises real life situations. It’s about placing people first, returning to creative play and finding fun filled purpose in an era that is driven by idolising money and capitalism. It’s about inspiring greatness and being inspired to greatness,’ she said.

Business partners and students described the event as a great way to network, exchange knowledge and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses in business.

Mr Thabani Nsele of Inamandla Mathematics Education and Entrepreneurial Platform said he learned a lot about building friendships and came up with a lot of new business ideas; while Mr Richard Hoffmann-Jensen of Truck and Plant Engineering said the event was a positive step towards forming lasting business relationships and he called for more events of this nature in the future.

From a student’s perspective, SHAPE candidate Mr Andile Xaba said the enriching experience exposed him to the fun side of business. ‘The business professionals I met were very helpful and approachable. It was inspiring to get advice on my ideas from people who have been in the industry for years and I am looking forward to applying this newly acquired knowledge,’ said Xaba

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Getting into SHAPE – Final Scholarships* Announced

FIRST MEETING

DATE: Wednesday 19 March 2014

Time: 12:15-14:15

Venue: GSB&L, Lecture Theatre 2  

Program details, dates and events will be discussed, as well as what will be expected from students.

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CONGRATULATIONS for choosing to get into SHAPE

We received hundreds of applications. We are happy to announce that SHAPE is making an additional 10 Scholarships* available.

We therefore proudly award 60 Scholarships*to the following students

  Name Surname Student Number
  1.  
Andile Mnguni

213539035

  1.  
Andile Xaba

213514163

  1.  
Bongumusa Nene

211530146

  1.  
Carissa Maxine Ramadu

213569372

  1.  
Elvis Ndlovu

213516981

  1.  
Gcobisa Nono

213567923

  1.  
Gift Phiri

213563931

  1.  
Gugulethu Gumede

213571564

  1.  
Hlanzeka Nkosi

213529287

  1.  
Jodie Lynch

213533405

  1.  
Lethokuhle Vilakazi

213536565

  1.  
Lonwabo Mava

213570187

  1.  
Lungani Nkomo

212531465

  1.  
Lungelo Dlamini

213570925

  1.  
Lungelwa Jama

213510637

  1.  
Mandy Dube

213539674

  1.  
Mbali Malembe

209506906

  1.  
Mbongeni Ntimbane

211510271

  1.  
Melusi Mthembu

213530060

  1.  
Mpho Makhalanyane

213528073

  1.  
Mthembeni Ngcobo

213565115

  1.  
Mthobisi Mthobisi

211538037

  1.  
Mziawupheli Bhali

213571312

  1.  
Mzwandile Mthethwa

213513437

  1.  
Nhlanhla Mhlongo

213511176

  1.  
Nhlavutelo Melda Kubayi

213514465

  1.  
Nkanyiso Langa

213503352

  1.  
Nkanyiso Majola

212526735

  1.  
Nkanyiso Maphanga

213534875

  1.  
Nkanyiso Ngidi

213571429

  1.  
Okuhle Ngunze

213510222

  1.  
Okuhle Mgoboza

213572117

  1.  
Omeeth Bandhooa

213507983

  1.  
Palesa Masina Masina

213522574

  1.  
Phumzile Mahlaba

213534847

  1.  
Sakhile Justice Mpungose

213546829

  1.  
Samkelo Mbatha

209512695

  1.  
Sandile Libanje

209519803

  1.  
Sanele Sibisi

212510228

  1.  
Sanelisiwe Fatima Thayi

213564910

  1.  
Sibusiso Mkhwanazi

212536382

  1.  
Sicelo Gumede

210503959

  1.  
Sihle Abel Cossa

213510914

  1.  
Simbonge Zungu

213557572

  1.  
Sinazo Nyokana

213503410

  1.  
Sithembiso Siphesihle Nkabinde

2135104364

  1.  
Siya Mpanza

213515697

  1.  
Siyabonga Manukuza

213519703

  1.  
Sphamandla Mthembu

213549106

  1.  
Sthobekile Mthembu

213527054

  1.  
Teddy Ngwenya

213540182

  1.  
Thembalakhe Ngcongo

213511376

  1.  
Thobeka Mdluli

213553340

  1.  
Thokozani Magubane

208521047

  1.  
Thubelihle Zondi

213532202

  1.  
Usengimana Shadrack Mutembereza

213533584

  1.  
Wonga Manciya

213507487

  1.  
Zama Zungu

213528662

  1.  
Zinhle Hadebe

208522929

*Scholarship = Tuition Remission for SHAPE only

Short List for Shape Scholarship*

SHAPE SCHOLARSHIP* SHORTLIST

  1. Shortlisted candidates are divided into two groups.  Groups are sorted alphabetically according to availability in meeting room. There is no relation to group order and getting into SHAPE
  2. These groups will meet separately Tuesday 11 March and Thursday 13 March in the LAN of the GSB&L building at University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Westville Campus.
  3. Meeting time is 12:15PM-14:15PM.

Short listed candidates will only need to come ONCE, not both days

*Scholarship = tuition remission for SHAPE program only

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