Young leader wins award

2019-07-24 06:02
From the left are Dirk Uys (CEO of Rich Products Corporation Africa), Letitia de Wet (CEO and country director of Enactus South Africa) and Thembisile Tyopo (winner of the 2019 WV de Wet Student Leader Excellence Award).Photo: Supplied

From the left are Dirk Uys (CEO of Rich Products Corporation Africa), Letitia de Wet (CEO and country director of Enactus South Africa) and Thembisile Tyopo (winner of the 2019 WV de Wet Student Leader Excellence Award).Photo: Supplied

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Thembisile Tyopo has scooped the 2019 WV de Wet Student Leader Excellence Award of the Enactus South Africa, a competition for higher academic institutions.

He represented the Central University of Technology in the final of the national competition held on 8 and 9 July in Sandton, Johannesburg.

A total of 24 universities participated in the competition.

Tyopo is a second-year Electrical Engineering student and an Enactus projects ma­nager.

The judges chose Tyopo to lead his team in several local economic projects in partnership with public-private entities.

These include the Masilonyana and Letsemeng municipalities, private entities such as Harmony Gold Mine, First National Bank, African Solutions Institute and Centre for Applied Food Sustainability and Biotechnology.

He was found to have proven leadership capabilities and demonstrable competencies through direct and consistent participation in social entrepreneurship in the communities he was involved in.

In their comments, the Enactus South Africa judging team said that Tyopo was is a living testimony of an outstanding leader who has lived the Enactus values of integrity, passion and innovation through the multiple livelihood strategies and methodologies that impacted the lives of marginalised communities.

“His nomination and success did not come as a surprise to us, as he has proven himself beyond reasonable doubt with his great leadership and social enterprise strides in disadvantaged communities in the Free State,” said Maraka Lefera, one of the team members and former Enactus South Africa Junior Alumnus of the Year Award winner.

“These projects improved the standard of living and quality of life of underprivileged communities which faced the great adversities of poverty, inequity and unemployment.”

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