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A Unique Post Grad Offering For TSiBA

25 Sep 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 place 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, 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)

TSiBA Students Launch Their First Book

19 Sep 2012


The Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) was founded in 2005 with a mission “to be an innovative learning community that graduates entrepreneurial leaders who ignite opportunity and social change”.  TSiBA has been graduating leaders and entrepreneurs for over four years now and has already produced four Mandela Rhodes scholars.  Now this unique business school has another accolade to add to the list – an innovative and inspiring book written by TSiBA students themselves!  Containing the secrets of success, it shares the stories of inspired youth.  The book, It Starts with Me, is intended for young people of all ages who believe they can make a difference and want to ensure they live their dreams. 

Today’s youth will live their lives in the 21st century. Never before have young people, worldwide, faced so many challenges and so many opportunities. How these future leaders see the world really makes a difference. If all that they see is what is going wrong and how difficult life is, they can become discouraged and give up more easily. If they are aware of the opportunities, and become excited about the possibility of reaching their fullest potential as human beings, life opens up and becomes a source of joy and fulfilment. 

The book, It Starts with Me, was compiled by second year Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) students together with their Leadership and Self Development lecturer, Ruth Mattison and three professionals – writer, Jenny Ibbotson, editor, Kristina Davidson and book designer, Petal Palmer. These four volunteers embody TSiBA’s Pay it Forward philosophy and demonstrate the power of inter-generational collaboration.  Ruth shares her views, “It is strange, but sadly true, that bad behaviour seems to get more attention than good behaviour. Each one of us needs to pay attention to those who make the right choices. When we show appreciation for their courage and wisdom, a new world opens up – one in which we can find like-minded people and work together.”  The students chose to listen to people who have a positive outlook on life. During their conversations with these inspiring youth, they discovered that it is possible to face many challenges in life and still reach for your dreams – and make those dreams come true. It may not be easy but these resilient people are creating a positive future for themselves, their families and communities.

TSiBA co-founder, Leigh Meinert, explains “These are the good news stories that must be told. Everyday my colleagues and I have the remarkable privilege of working alongside SA’s emerging leaders, and as a result, we are full of hope for our nation and our continent’s future.  Who better to share this hope, than our young leaders themselves?” 
BBA student and SRC President, Ekome Same, shares his enthusiasm for the project, “It was so good to work on this project because it’s not often that good news is shared and it’s this news that is so important to hear.  I think that every person in South Africa – whether young or old - should read our book!”  Click on It Start with Me to read the book.

Township Training with Ekasi Entrepreneurship Academy

28 Aug 2012


Cindy Krawe, TSiBA’s Community Training Courses Co-ordinator, has recently launched a joint venture project with Silulo Ulutho Technologies to create a training academy in Khayelitsha.  Ekasi Entrepreneurship Academy aims to empower township entrepreneurs by giving them the necessary skills and training to grow their businesses.

Ekasi Entrepreneurship Academy opened for business on 23 July with its first intake of nine entrepreneurs.  Ekasi means “township” in Xhosa and the name was chosen with a long term dream of opening many of these academies in townships all over Cape Town.  The courses are aimed at entrepreneurs with start-up businesses or individuals who have an idea for a business that they want to start.  The first course is 12 weeks long and covers topics such as Business Essentials, Business Plan Writing and Mentorship.  The course costs R2000 and classes run every week day morning from 08h00 – 10h00 until 12 October at Silulo’s Head Office at Khaya Bazaar.  The course facilitator, Cindy Krawe, teaches the training material.  Cindy has been involved in community training since she graduated from The Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) with her BBA degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership in 2010. 

Cindy noticed the overwhelming number of unemployed people in her community and decided to do something about it.  She explains, “From the research I conducted, some of the reasons for the high numbers of employment were due to the fact that people didn’t have job finding skills, they did not know how to use a computer or type out a CV and if they were lucky enough to secure an interview, they didn’t know how to adequately prepare for it to make a good impression.”  Cindy and TSiBA entered into a joint venture to start the TSiBA Community Training Programme which forms part of the Ignition Centre.  Founded in 2007, the TSiBA Ignition Centre is a hub dedicated to extending TSiBA’s mission of “Igniting Opportunity” to reach beyond their students and into the communities they come from.  The centre offers support to community members and aspiring entrepreneurs through specific training courses, mentorship programmes, networking opportunities, access to business networks, office infrastructure and business instruments. 

To date, the Ignition Centre has helped over 200 entrepreneurs and one of the major success stories is Luvuyo Rani of Silulo Ulutho Technologies. Luvuyo is a former teacher and started his computer sales business from the boot of his Corsa Lite. He first came to TSiBA to seek help with managing growth, finance and compliance.  Silulo Uluthu now has more than 18 internet cafés and computer training centres in Cape Town and has recently opened its first internet café in Queenstown, Eastern Cape.  Silulo Ulutho was the perfect choice as a joint venture partner because they are committed to empowering individuals with knowledge to create more successful township entrepreneurs.

To book a place on the next course in October, you can contact Nomthandazo Mlungwana at Silulo Ulutho Technologies on 021 361 3212 or email Nomthandazo Mlungwana .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Minister Trevor Manuel Lauds SA’s “Pay it Forward” Business School

25 Jul 2012



On Friday, 20 July 2012, the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) was very proud to host their Graduation Ceremony at Old Mutual.  With extra special guest speaker, Minister Trevor Manuel, 31 TSiBA graduates were capped for achieving their Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in Entrepreneurial Leadership.  This is the biggest graduation ceremony TSiBA has ever seen and brings the total number of TSiBA graduates to 77 since this unique private, not for profit business school held its first Graduation ceremony in 2008.

Graduation ceremonies are not usually known for their creativity but TSiBA is not your average business school.  With two MCs, a Marimba band, a singer and a National Planning Commission Minister – it was an event to be remembered!  The ceremony began with a minute of silence as guests were asked to respect the auspicious occasion and the incredible journey it has been for the 31 graduates.  Paul Boynton of Old Mutual welcomed everyone and gave some background into the partnership between The Old Mutual Foundation and TSiBA.  Guest speaker, Minister Trevor Manuel, gave the graduates some food for thought as they embark on the next chapter in their lives.  Leigh Meinert, a founding member of TSiBA, reflected on the journey that each student has embarked upon to become a TSiBA graduate; someone that is confident and acquired the values, attributes and behaviour of a leader and who is grounded in themselves, their community, country and world. 

Each graduate was capped by Professor Fatima Abrahams, TSiBA’s chairperson, whilst Adri Marais, TSiBA’s CEO, shared some appreciations for each graduate.  The appreciations really added that something extra as it became clear just how many challenges some students have faced in reaching their goal.  Each graduate had a picture taken with Minister Trevor Manuel.  Minister Manuel expressed his thoughts, “It’s so wonderful to see an organisation like TSiBA grow and flourish.  TSiBA students are so committed to making South Africa better, they are conscious citizens and walking examples of ‘Paying it Forward’.  I applaud you!”  Adri also shared her views, “Friday was certainly the most amazing graduation we have ever had – it was just wonderful to be there with our beautiful graduandi, their family, friends, mentors – and so many of our unique TSiBA relationships. To now have a total of 77 TSiBA graduates out in the world is such a wonderful feeling and sense of achievement.  To think that these graduates will add R5.5bn to the economy between now and when they are 60 years old, is simply phenomenal.”  The event was co-ordinated by Ntombiza Lingani; TSiBA’s marketing co-ordinator and a TSiBA graduate herself.  She says, “Graduation ceremonies celebrate the efforts of so many special people and I wanted to give a little something back to fellow TSiBA graduates by giving them a graduation they would always remember!” The event was co-sponsored by The Old Mutual Foundation, a platinum partner.

TSiBA Education NPC is a non profit business school that was founded in 2004 and is registered and fully accredited with the Department of Higher Education as a private higher education institution.  Students are not required to pay for their education monetarily, but rather to “Pay it Forward” by transferring the knowledge, skills and resources that they gain at TSiBA into their communities. In this way, TSiBA’s vision of “Igniting Opportunity” is realized. 

TSiBA’s academic programme consists of an accredited Certificate in Practical Business Administration and a Higher Certificate in Business Administration that act as a bridge into TSiBA’s accredited and enriched Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) in Entrepreneurial Leadership. The curriculum uniquely integrates knowledge, skills and attitude. TSiBA’s Profile of Graduateness has been carefully designed to match the needs of employers/or the competencies needed to be a successful entrepreneur.  TSiBA has two campuses in the Western Cape - an urban campus in Pinelands, Cape Town and a rural campus, TSiBA Eden, in the town of Karatara, near Knysna. A replication in Botswana is planned for 2013.  TSiBA also has Ignition Centres which assist grassroots entrepreneurs who are linked to TSiBA Education. To date, over 200 entrepreneurs have been received financial, business, management and marketing assistance on a pro bono basis.


• TSiBA Education is a beneficiary of the Vodacom Change the World Programme for 2012/2013.
• For more information please contact Linda Brash, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 082 620 6682.

TSiBA is recruiting for a Dean

26 Jun 2012


The purpose of the Dean role is to ensure that TSiBA produces graduates of a high standard and acceptable quantity that meet industry demand and international benchmarks.

Experience and Qualifications required:

• PhD preferred, with a Masters degree as a minimum requirement
• Business experience at a management level (minimum)
• Academic curriculum development and lecturing experience
• Ten years of experience working in a tertiary education environment
• A respected academic in good standing
• Knowledgeable on governmental and national policy

Key Performance Areas

The core function of the Dean is to be the academic executive and strategic head of the institution.

Committee Responsibilities (10%)
The role of Dean is an ex officio director position which requires you to adopt the following responsibilities for as long as you hold this role. They are:
• Member of the Board of Directors of TSiBA Education NPC. The position holds and carries the responsibility of holding the institution’s academic offering( including highlighting risks and achievements) in its totality.
• Member of the Executive Committee of TSiBA Education NPC. As a member of TSiBA’s “Exco”, you are responsible for the overall well-being of the organisation and its alignment to its vision.
• The Dean is required to build and maintain TSiBA’s Academic Advisory Council (TSiBA’s subcommittee on Academic Affairs) as a body that guides TSiBA’s academic integrity in its entirety.

Programme Strategy (40%)
• Building and Managing the Academic Advisory Council as a strategic resource
• Developing and Maintaining TSiBA’s offering of excellence across the 3 academic pillars of Academic, QA and Support ensuring staff and student well being
• Developing and implementing a Teaching and Learning Strategy to achieve excellence in the delivery of the Curriculum in line with TSiBA’s mission statement and core value of Paying it Forward.
• Maintaining full Accreditation status with relevant government education bodies (HET, CHE, SAQA, FET, UMALUSI and SETA)
• Develop and Implement a Student Selection Policy
• Setting programme strategy wrt TSiBA’s offering, the sites where programmes are offered, the number of qualifications and their level together with the Academic Advisory Council
• Investigate the feasibility of new programmes and commissioning the development thereof
• Reviewing, moderating and benchmarking of programmes
• Driving TSiBA’s position within the National Policy Framework
• Building relationships including:
o governmental and related relationships including viz-a-viz national policy, regulations and funding. This in order to build visibility and credibility
o Developing TSiBA’s reputation as a highly regarded academic institution
o Relationships with other universities in order to ensure that TSiBA students can pursue post-graduate studies at a wide variety of institutions
o Partnerships with other Higher Education institutions, locally and internationally
o Liaising with corporate partners regarding human resource requirements

Standard Setting (20%)
• Setting standards, policies and procedures for Academics and Students and ensuring that these are implemented uniformly across all of TSiBA’s campuses
• Setting the policy for amongst others, the Selection of all applicants to TSiBA’s campuses and overseeing the implementation thereof

Management (30%)
• Overseeing the Academic Team including all Academic Managers at all TSiBA campuses (dotted line reporting)
• Managing the Academic Team in at the Cape Town campus (solid line reports) and responsibility for their development and well being.
• Overseeing Curriculum design, integration & delivery
• Overseeing Quality Assurance
• Overseeing Student Support
• Overseeing TSiBA’s Ignition Centres
• Planning for succession
• Budgeting
• Ethics

• Participation in TSiBA’s generic activities (e.g. student and applicant interviews) and events
• Monitoring & Evaluation (described below)

For more information or to apply, please email your CV (max. 3 pages), together with a covering letterr to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The closing date is at 12h00, 09 July 2012. Kindly note that if TSiBA has not contacted you within three weeks after this deadline, your application should be considered unsuccessful.

Introducing TSiBA Executive Education

01 Mar 2012

TSiBA Executive Education offers their first training courses as part of the high quality graduate and management development programme for the corporate and government sectors. These courses incorporate the “TSiBA difference” in that they integrate personal development with business knowledge and experiential learning opportunities. Each of these courses can also be customised to address the particular training needs of our clients. 

A two-day course, Write Right – creating business stories provides practical techniques for the creation of various business documents using storyboarding, storytelling, and general writing tips.  The course is scheduled for 19-20 April 2012.  A detailed outline of the course can be obtained from .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


TSiBA’s fourth Mandela Rhodes scholar

07 Oct 2011

Thobela Mfeti has officially become TSiBA’ fourth Mandela Rhodes scholar in the four short years that we have been producing graduates.


This is an outstanding achievement for her and a glowing endorsement for us, as the MR scholarships are awarded to a handful of scholars throughout Africa who display excellence in terms of academic process and broader leadership potential. Indeed they are the next Mandelas.

Thobela will pursue a Masters in Tourism at UCT next year and her research will focus on township tourism. In her application letter to the Foundation she wrote, ” I am a township girl and I am proud of it, but I know that I know that there needs to be transformation and it starts with me. With my passion for township and its development, I have no doubt that I will bring about change.”

Please join me in celebrating Thobela and this very happy moment for TSiBA. Relative to the size of our graduate pool, we are proud that SA’s smallest and youngest university is continuing to produce a disproportionately high number of graduates of the very highest calibre.


The Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) was founded in 2004 with a vision to “Ignite Opportunity”.  Our mission is to be an innovative learning community that graduates entrepreneurial leaders who ignite opportunity and social change.

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