Mul­ti­ple awards for En­ac­tus VUT at South Africa Na­tional Cham­pi­onships

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STU­DENTS and aca­demics from par­tic­i­pat­ing uni­ver­si­ties across the coun­try were all geared up and pre­pared as they pre­sented their award win­ning pro­jects at the En­ac­tus South Africa Na­tional Com­pe­ti­tion held at the Sand­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on Tues­day 11 and Wed­nes­day, 12 July 2017.

Nine­teen teams took part in this year’s cham­pi­onship, themed “We all Win”. All teams com­peted for the 2017 na­tional cham­pi­onship ti­tle which would ac­cord them an op­por­tu­nity to com­pete against Na­tional Cham­pion Teams from 36 other En­ac­tus coun­tries, at the main event which will be held dur­ing the month of Septem­ber 2017, in Lon­don, England.

Dif­fer­ent teams pre­sented their pro­jects aimed at con­tribut­ing to­wards: a sus­tain­able econ­omy; driv­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal change and im­pact­ing the lives of or­di­nary com­mu­nity mem­bers. En­ac­tus Vaal Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy (VUT) pre­sented their Com­mu­nal Prop­erty As­so­ci­a­tion (CPA) project which took them to the semi-fi­nals of the com­pe­ti­tion. This project was split into three parts, namely; Project Bantu Bonke, a hy­dro­ponic farm in Suiker­bos in which they as­sisted with team dy­nam­ics and mar­ket­ing and book­keep­ing skills to en­sure that the ben­e­fi­cia­ries run a suc­cess­ful com­mer­cial farm.

The Mama V project which is where veg­eta­bles from the farm are pre­served and sold. Project Mama V aims to tackle the global is­sue of food in­se­cu­rity through preser­va­tion, En­ac­tus VUT aims to as­sist farm­ers and en­trepreneurs grow their busi­ness ven­tures and they also de­vel­oped the Farm Cove and Ge­nesys app which pro­vides a plat­form for ac­tive and start up en­trepreneurs to re­ceive busi­ness re­lated ad­vice. This app and web­site aims to cre­ate a world of abun­dance through busi­ness re-ed­u­ca­tion.

En­ac­tus VUT’s pro­jects im­pacted the lives of 122 mem­bers of the com­mu­nity di­rectly and in­di­rectly.

En­ac­tus VUT’s hard work earned them awards un­der the cat­e­gory “The­matic and Spe­cial Awards”, which in­cluded: Third place for the MTN ICT Chal­lenge with Farm Cove and Ge­nesys, sec­ond place for the Bar­loworld So­cial Youth In­no­va­tion Award and sec­ond place for the Ned­bank Triple Bot­tom Line Sus­tain­able project. Project Bantu Bonke is one of the fi­nal­ist project for the Ford C3 Build­ing sus­tain­able com­mu­ni­ties’ com­pe­ti­tion.

The team was happy with their achieve­ment and said it wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily about win­ning but achiev­ing their ob­jec­tive which is mak­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact in the lives of South Africans. “Our story is one of growth and this all couldn’t have been pos­si­ble with­out the as­sis­tance of the var­i­ous depart­ments within the in­sti­tu­tion,” they said. Over and above the ex­pe­ri­ence gained tho­ruhg the com­pe­ti­tion, the event cre­ates ad­di­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for these lead­ers to con­nect, net­work and gain ex­po­sure.

EN­AC­TUS VUT walked away with var­i­ous awards un­der the cat­e­gory “The­matic and Spe­cial Awards”, plac­ing fifth in the over­all com­pe­ti­tion re­cently.

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