A Unique Post Grad Offering For TSiBA

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PINELANDS, CAPE TOWN 21 September 2012

The Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) specialises in developing leaders and entrepreneurs who will take South Africa forward.  TSiBA’s mission is to be an innovative learning institution that graduates entrepreneurial leaders who ignite opportunity and social change.  TSiBA noticed a gap in the market for a formalised, academic course that is aimed specifically at those people who work closely with entrepreneurs and small business owners.  Focussing on the vast amount of experience TSiBA has gleaned in the entrepreneurial space, a very special, one-of-a-kind, post graduate course is being incorporated into TSiBA’s academic offering for 2013.  Introducing PG Dip SEC – Post Graduate Diploma in Small Enterprise Consulting.

The PG Dip SEC launch took place at TSiBA’s Cape Town campus on 13 September 2012 and responses from various stakeholders were very positive.  TSiBA’s Dean, Nolan Beudeker, explains “The Total Entrepreneurship Activity (TEA) index for South Africa is at less than 5%. That is less than half of any other comparable nation. Entrepreneurial activity fails simply because people do not know what they are doing: entrepreneurs often have no managerial or financial skills and no help or mentorship. It is also clear from research that most interventions are not successful which is exactly why we are so passionate about this course.”

PG Dip SEC is an 18-month part-time course at NQF Level 8 accreditation.  It is aimed at managers, leaders, coaches, mentors and consultants who have an interest in helping the growth and development of entrepreneurial activity in South Africa.  Essentially it is for those people who help small business owners start, grow and develop their businesses to ensure they are profitable and sustainable.  TSiBA CEO, Adri Marais, elaborates “PG Dip SEC is being designed
as a formalised qualification that will enable its graduates to provide support to entrepreneurs through coaching and mentoring, and to facilitate knowledge transfer in those areas that we know South African entrepreneurs need it most.  Amongst ourselves we speak of a Post Graduate Diploma as ‘Holding-the-hand-of-the-Entrepreneur’.”

PG Dip SEC is a “paid-for” course but all course fees will be ploughed back into TSiBA to cover scholarships for more students.  In terms of Enterprise Development, TSiBA’s integrated model, which includes the TSiBA Fund, enables TSiBA to effectively serve as an ‘empowerment portal’.  TSiBA educates entrepreneurs and works together with partners to offer solutions that address every one of the seven pillars of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Codes of Good Practice.  The three main areas that may be applicable in line with PG Dip SEC include: Skills Development, Enterprise Development and Corporate Social Development.

The course consists of six core modules with one elective plus an experiential learning component.  The core modules include: Entrepreneurship, Applied Coaching and Mentoring, Entrepreneurial Finance, Leadership and Self Development, Business Communication and Information Management and Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business.  The electives include Global Entrepreneurial Business and Social Entrepreneurship.  The strong experiential learning component is modelled around Small Enterprise Consulting and takes throughout the programme. Students will select entrepreneurs for their experiential learning component.  Students will consult with their chosen entrepreneur (typically up to small scale level) during and after each block release of course work.  In the process, students understudy the entrepreneurial journey and support them using acquired tools in business fundamentals, entrepreneurial creativity, leadership, and mentoring and coaching.

To apply, you need to have a three year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and a minimum of four years’ business experience at managerial level.  A 10% quota has been set aside for applicants who do not meet the above criteria to apply for admission through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and a submission of a portfolio. TSiBA also accepts 5% of its intake from non-South African citizens.  The course is worth 120 credits which is the stipulated criteria for application for further studies into relevant Masters Programmes. TSiBA is a registered, accredited institution (number 2007/HE08/001) and is up to date with the application process for this programme extension.  The cost of the course is R34 800 and payment options are available. NGO’s can apply for a fee-discount.
The Application fee is R200 and the Registration fee is R600.  For more information or to apply, please go to the TSiBA website http://www.tsiba.org.za, click on Programmes and Centres and then select PG Dip SEC from the menu.  You can also call Warren Kennard for more information on 072 293 8071 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Written by: Linda Brash, Brand Manager at TSiBA

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