TSiBA's Open Day: March 2013 Newsletter
  • In this issue you can read about:

  • STUDENTS – Meet new HCBA student Nokuthula Siswana
  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP – The Ignition Centre Flourishes
  • EVENTS – The Scholarship Ceremony
  • EDEN – Post-Graduate Diploma in Small Enterprise Consulting (PG Dip SEC) Launch
  • PARTNERS – Dell Partners With TSiBA on Enterprise Development
  • ALUMNI – TSiBA's 5th Nelson Mandela Rhodes Scholar
  • STAFF – Introducing TSiBA's Recruitment Officer

March 2013

Open Day and 2014 Applications 

Dear Friend,
Planning to study further is one of the most important choices you will ever make.  But not everyone has the means to pay for tertiary studies.  TSiBA’s mission is to provide excellent business education for people with a social conscience who have the desire and the skills to build our nation. TSiBA had an Open Day on Saturday 16 March 2013 and the campus was buzzing with students eager to be part of TSiBA.

Our graduates leave with a fully accredited business degree,
99% chance of finding a job and the skill set that enables them to successfully undertake advanced tertiary education.  Currently TSiBA Graduates are working at big organisations like Oceana, Old Mutual, Sanlam, JP Morgan and Prudential in various roles like Investment, Finance, Human Resources, Client Service and of course some have become entrepreneurs in their own businesses.

Bethwill Cloete, TSiBA’s Recruitment Officer and TSiBA Graduate says “On Open Day we open the doors to the public so people can visit the campus, get to meet students and experience TSiBA first-hand.  Students all say how TSiBA feels like you’re part of a community – you are more than just a student number to staff and colleagues.”

Nokuthula Siswana, first year Higher Certificate in Business Administration (HCBA) student sums it up when she says, “I am enjoying every moment of being at TSiBA. Every day I gain new experiences and knowledge. Most of all, knowing that I have a second family on campus makes me feel at home.”

Yours in Igniting Opportunity,
The TSiBA Team

STUDENTS – Meet new HCBA student Nokuthula Siswana

Pictured: Nokuthula Siswana, HCBA student at TSiBA Cape Town

Nokuthula, which means ‘quiet’, is not shy to share her story. Her ex-principal told her about TSiBA and she was interested and applied immediately. She was one of the best students at Cape Town High School. Nokuthula approves of TSiBA’s selection process. Tests are scheduled to be written on Saturday, so Nokuthula could not attend because of her religion, 7th Day Adventist. She phoned our Recruitment Officer, Bethwill Cloete, and explained her situation. Bethwill understood and arranged for her to write on a day that would work for her. Nokuthula says it was from that moment that she realised that TSiBA is the place to be.
When asked about her experience of TSiBA so far, she lightened up and said, “I do not regret being here, I love the atmosphere. Whenever I walk through the doors of TSiBA, I feel at home like I have a second family. People care and appreciate me for who I am. Basically, I am enjoying myself.”  Nokuthula had a choice to go to UCT and Wits, but she chose to come to TSiBA because she felt that TSiBA has a lot more to offer her.

What makes TSiBA different to other institutions, according to her, is the attention that students get and the focus on developing the individual. Nokuthula says, “by the time I leave TSiBA, I will be able to stand on my two feet and become somebody in life.” Nokuthula has always been interested in business. She wants to open her own business, lecture part-time and write books once she graduates. She is busy with her book, but it’s still under wraps.
Lindelwa Hanjana, Campus Manager, speaks highly of Nokuthula’s work as a Campus Assistant. Nokuthula gets her leadership hours working in the staff room as a Campus Assistant. She is so passionate that she is not even recording her hours; to her this is an opportunity to show her appreciation for receiving her tuition scholarship. Nokuthula says, “When I wake up, I tell myself that I need to be the best person I can be and perform well academically to show the sponsors that I truly appreciate what they have done for me.”
Written by: Ntombiza Lingani, Marketing Coordinator at TSiBA Cape Town

EVENTS – The Scholarship Ceremony

Pictured: Vera Ngalo and Joseph Maisels, TSiBA degree students at TSiBA Cape Town
The 2013 Scholarship Ceremony took place in February to formally welcome and award new TSiBA students with their Higher Certificate in Business Administration (HCBA) scholarships. These students have earned their place at TSiBA – not only by meeting the admission criteria - but by also successfully completing the orientation process.
The event was MC’ed by Vera Ngalo and Joseph Maisels, final year Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA3) students, who were perfect examples of how TSiBA grooms exceptional, inspirational leaders and well-rounded individuals. The academic high achievers for the 2012 second semester were announced and ten students were awarded scholarships by the Lewis group Foundation to fund not only their studies, but a contribution towards subsistence costs. In addition, two students received the Alan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellowship for 2013. TSiBA has already provided scholarships to nearly 1,000 talented young people, who would otherwise not be able to access higher education, and produced 5 Mandela Rhodes scholars who, along with many other TSiBA graduates, have gone on to successfully pursue post-graduate studies.
Applications for 2014 are now open. For more information please contact Bethwill Cloete on 021 532 2750 or
Written by: Sandi Sher, Marketing Manager at TSiBA Cape Town


EDEN – First of Its Kind Post Grad Diploma to Help SA Entrepreneurs!

Pictured: Reidwaan Jawoodeen, Post-Graduate Programme Anchor at TSiBA
Following on from the 2012 launch in Cape Town, the Post-Graduate Diploma in Small Enterprise Consulting (PG Dip SEC) - the first of its kind in South Africa - will now be offered at TSiBA’s Eden Campus in Knysna. .
TSiBA noticed a gap in the South African market for a formalised, academic course aimed at managers, leaders, coaches, mentors and consultants who have an interest in helping the growth and development of entrepreneurial activity in South Africa. Entrepreneurs need sustained, expert mentorship and coaching to guide their enterprise through both the incubation and growth stage. The PG Dip SEC is designed to develop consultants to become coaches and mentors who can effectively support and guide micro enterprises into small and medium-sized businesses.
TSiBA’s Dean, Nolan Beudeker, explains why there is such a great need for a course like this especially in the South African context “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.”
TSiBA specialises in developing leaders and entrepreneurs who will take South Africa forward by igniting opportunity and social change. While TSiBA is a not-for-profit Business School the PG Dip SEC is its first “paid-for” course with all fees being ploughed back into TSiBA to cover scholarships for more students. Not only is the course providing a solution for the lack of entrepreneurial mentoring courses, but it will also boost entrepreneurial potential in South Africa by providing funding to help disadvantaged students.
For more information contact Reidwaan Jawoodeen on 021 532 2750 or
Written by: Sandi Sher, Marketing Manager at TSiBA Cape Town

STAFF – Introducing TSiBA's Recruitment Officer

Pictured: Bethwill Cloete (in a green shirt), Recruitment Officer at TSiBA Cape Town with HCBA Class of 2013
Bethwill is the Recruitment Officer at TSiBA Cape Town. His passion involves going out to schools and getting new students each year. He does this by using various forms of marketing to get a pool of potential students who are interested in studying at TSiBA. He forwards the pool of students to the selection team to select the suitable candidate for the next year. The Academic Team and the Support Team have an input in terms of the type of student TSiBA accepts.
The kind of student TSiBA is looking for is one that wants to use their education to “pay it forward” to others. From the academic point of view the students need to have an understanding of the basic Maths and able to read and write in English. The student does not need to have a specific subject choice. The student must be a well-rounded individual that shows potential. Students are tested through various ways including recommendations and our selection process.
The recruitment process starts with going out and finding the potential students. Students need to first complete application process.  Then the students are then informed about the selection process. On the day of the testing, they are briefed before tested on the TSiBA entrance test, which is a combination of Maths and English. This tests students for readiness to start the Higher Certificate not degree readiness which is what the NBT tests.
Bethwill graduated from Mountview High School in Hanover Park. We currently have four students registered that graduated at Mountview. Bethwill is ecstatic that there are so many students from his school because he has always looked at how he can make a difference. A year ago, he made a decision that he wants to make that difference. He left his job at JP Morgan (now CURO) in favour of helping more people to access high quality education and joined TSiBA as a staff member. He is also a TSiBA graduate, graduating class of 2011. He is extremely happy.
Applications officially opened on the 16 March 2013 and closes on the 30th September 2013. For more information please contact Bethwill at 021 532 2750 or email

Written by: Ntombiza Lingani, Marketing Coordinator at TSiBA 
2012 Wish List
Two TSiBA Eden graduates, now degree students at TSiBA Cape Town, are receiving grants for living accommodation but they need a fridge urgently..
If you are able to assist in-kind, a fridge, or with a cash donation, please let us know.
Below is a list of items that will add immense value as donations:
·         Volunteer lecturers and tutors
·         Volunteer student mentoring
·         Volunteer mentoring of entrepreneurs
·         Novels for the book-club
·         A3 coloured cards
·         Ghetto blaster and speakers for relaxation sessions
·         Dictaphones or any voice recording device
·         Webcams
·         100 Headphones
·         Adobe Connect Software
·         Digital voice recorders
·         Podcast editors
·         A venue for the Curriculum Conference, catering and transport
·         Air-miles
·         First Aid Kit
·         Contributions to our emergency food and transport fund for students in need
·         A 60m/2 container or Wendy house for extending the TSiBA Eden Ignition Centre
·         Driving lessons and volunteer driver
·         Hard drives
·         Microwave
·         Digital voice recorders
·         Headsets
·         Webcams
·         Volunteers to edit lecture videos and/or voice recordings
·         Wireless microphones
·         An elliptical, a treadmill or any other cardio exercise machine
Please contact
beverley@tsiba.org.za if you can assist with any of the above or would like to support TSiBA in any other way.

Contact Us

TSiBA Cape Town (021) 532 2750
TSiBA Eden (044) 356 2789
Website: www.tsiba.org.za
Blog: www.tsiba.org.za/blog 
Twitter: TSiBA_Education
Facebook: TSiBA Education

ENTREPRENEURSHIP – Ignition Centre Flourishes

Pictured: Cindy Krawe, Community Training Courses Co-ordinator; Reidwaan Jawoodeen, Post Graduate Programme Anchor; Gordon White, TSiBA graduate and Entrepreneur; Abraham Oliver, Ignition Centre Manager; Sonja Hagins Ignition Centre Coordinator and Bethwill Cloete, Recruitment Officer
The TSiBA Ignition Centre was founded in 2007 to offer support to community members and aspiring entrepreneurs through specific training courses, mentorship programmes, networking opportunities, access to business networks, office infrastructure and business instruments. 

Last year thee TSiBA Ignition Centre was approached by Stellenbosch University to partner on a project where TSiBA could generate income. The significance of what TSiBA is doing is recognised by an established institution like the University of Stellenbosch (USB) and they realise that TSiBA’s Ignition Centre is leading in area of Small Medium and Micro-sized Enterprise (SMME) development.

Abraham Oliver, Ignition Centre Manager, says, “We are expanding our entrepreneurial footprint as a suitable partner for SMME training. Our expertise and specialization of understanding the industry is recognized.” The strategy will roll over to 2015 with TSiBA being the training partner for USB Small Business Academy. The programme runs for a year starting on the 22 April 2013 with the Business Essentials Programme and
Entrepreneurs will mainly come from Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha following the project name KhayaPlain Project.
The Ignition Centre has also partnered with the City of Cape Town to start an Ignition Centre in Macassar, Cape Town. This project was born from witnessing the challenges of entrepreneurs that attend the Ignition Centre’s Quarterly Breakfast. The team working with the Ignition Centre is tasked by the City of Cape Town to start upliftment projects in the community. The Ignition Centre team has introduced themselves formally through the Network Forum and brought awareness about opportunities for the unemployed and young entrepreneurs.

The graduation ceremony for the KhayaPlain project is scheduled for November 2013 For more information on the courses and services offered by the Ignition Centre please contact Abraham Oliver at 021 532 2750 or email

Written by: Ntombiza Lingani, Marketing Coordinator at TSiBA Cape Town

PARTNERS – Dell Partners With TSiBA on Enterprise Development

Pictured: (from left) Darren Campher, Aaminah Noor-Mohamed and Roslyn Engelbrecht - TSiBA Cape Town degree students

Most people will tell you that one of the key elements of a successful education offering is state-of-the-art IT infrastructure. Thanks to one of our key partners, the Dell South Africa Development Fund (Dell) TSiBA has just that. Dell has supported TSiBA since 2005 and we are both delighted and humbled that they have assisted us for so many years and in so many ways.
TSiBA has excellent IT infrastructure – including servers on both campuses, IT labs where teaching, research and homework happens, two mobile IT labs with netbooks to enhance access to ICT in our lecture rooms and an e-cafe and training room at our Ignition centres. The Cape Town campus has been a wireless environment for the past year thanks to Dell support and, although we do have “slow days” with Internet access, our faith in our hardware is unshakable.
But Dell’s support goes beyond delivering boxes of IT. They are completely aligned with our belief that investment in entrepreneurs will contribute to South Africa’s growth and development and they have partnered with TSiBA on Enterprise Development initiatives at our Ignition Centres. Their support also includes funding towards scholarships for students and we are currently investigating the possibility of our students/graduates accessing internships at the offices in Cape Town.
The Dell Development Fund is also serious about sustainability and believes that “By providing the opportunity for young people to discover new possibilities, change their lives and unleash their true potential, we are helping to give them a future to look forward to. After all, it is only through improving social conditions that business conditions can be improved, and education is an essential tool to drive this transformation,” says Karen Matthews.
We have huge appreciation for Dell’s generous donations and assistance and truly value the supportive relationship we have built over the years. TSiBA started on four laptops in an office without a window in 2004 … and just look at how far we and our IT systems have come. We know that IT plays an essential role in igniting social change and we look forward to building on our strong foundation to take opportunity wider and further.
Petra de Witt from Dell says, “We are proud of what we do at Dell and believe that our investment into the lives of TSiBA students will assist in their development and their future. Technology and Education are the powerful tools and, when combined, can make a sustainable difference.”

Written by: Beverley Basson, Relationships Manager at TSiBA Cape Town

ALUMNI – Pumping Mandela Rhodes Scholars

Pictured: Thokozile Mcopele, TSiBA Graduate

Thokozile is the fifth Mandela Rhodes scholar for TSiBA in five years and positions TSiBA as the institution with the highest percentage of Mandela Rhodes Scholars in the country – an unequalled achievement!

The prestigious Mandela Rhodes scholarships aim to help building leadership excellence in Africa.  The Mandela Rhodes Foundation offers young Africans who exhibit academic prowess as well as broader leadership potential an educational opportunity unique on the continent. While pursuing their chosen post-graduate degree, each Scholar benefits from access to leadership development programmes, rooted in the principles underpinning the Foundation.  In addition to the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of fellow-Scholars that spans the continent and academic disciplines, they become part of a wide-ranging network of young Africans of excellence who are expected to play leadership roles in their fields and societies in the years following their time ‘in residence’.  Since the selection of the first cohort of eight Scholars in 2005, a total of 173 Mandela Rhodes Scholarships have been awarded.

Thokozile expressed her feelings, “I feel so blessed and humbled to have been awarded this prestigious scholarship and am so grateful to TSiBA. Without the excellent training in Entrepreneurship and Leadership and having been exposed to the high calibre of lecturers, students and staff at TSiBA, this would never have been possible for me. And of course, it is a huge blessing from God!” 

TSiBA CEO, Adri Marais, explains, “Thokozile epitomises the TSiBA graduate, someone with the perfect blend of skills, knowledge and most importantly, the right attitude, which will make her go far in life.  Well done Thokozile – we couldn’t be more proud of you.”

Written by: Sandi Sher, Marketing Manager at TSiBA Cape Town

Call to Action 

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Thank you for your support.
Dates to Diarise
The last Thursday of every month we hold a Volunteer Briefing Breakfast where we invite people interested in volunteering at TSiBA to learn more about how they can get involved.

TSiBA Eden
  • 06 April 2013: Recruitment Open Day
  • 12 April 2013: CPBA Cyle 1 ends
  • 22 April 2013: CPBA Cycle 2 begins
  • 03 May 2013: Headmaster's Lunch
  • 11 May 2013: Open Day and Alumni Day
  • 24 May 2013: HCBA Semester 1 ends 
  • 28 May 2013: Study Leave and Exams
  • 21 June 2013: HCBA holiday
  • 28 June 2013: CPBA Cyle 2 ends

TSiBA Cape Town
  • 02 April 2013: Term 2 begins
  • 13 April 2013: Mentorship Development 
  • 25 April 2013: Volunteer Briefing Breakfast and Mentorship Intervision
  • 30 May 2013: Volunteer Briefing Breakfast and Mentorship Intervision
  • 15 June 2013: Mentorship Development
  • 27 June 2013: Volunteer Briefing Breakfast and Mentorship Intervision

Closing Thought

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela

Help change the world by investing in education for the next generation leaders who will ignite opportunity and social change. 
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