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DUTs Young Entrepreneurs Scoop Seven National SIFE Awards

DUTs Young Entrepreneurs Scoop Seven National SIFE Awards

Media Statement by Prof Nqabomzi Gawe, Acting Vice Chancellor of the Durban University of Technology (DUT)

Durban University of Technology’s (DUT) students have been awarded seven awards after competing in the National Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) Presentation at Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre in Johannesburg, on 06 August.

The group of 45 students presented various projects, based on creating economic value and entrepreneurial impact and opportunity, to executive companies that supported SIFE. DUT SIFE president, Melusi Ndima said the feat was an astonishing achievement by the group as they managed to secure forth rating out of the 26 competing universities.

“It’s the first time that a University of Technology (UoT) has walked over traditional universities such as Wits, to secure a good rating,” said Ndima. He added that the concepts behind the projects were geared to creating and enhancing economic opportunity and development for communities, which enabled the group to be favourable candidates for the awards.

The group walked away with seven trophies after participating in different categories, their achievement includes one second place and six first place awards. DUT SIFE Vice-president, Nhlakanipho Nene said their achievement has created a new chapter in the history of DUT.
“It is an undisputable fact that we are the first organisation to deliver such results in DUT’s history. We would like to thank people who have supported us, especially the Faculty of Management Sciences”, said Nene. He added that his organisation is based on firm business principles and each member’s participation and dedication contributed to their achievement.

For more information, please contact:
SIFE President, Melusi Ndima
Mobile: 072 933 0160

Nhlakanipho Nene
Vice President
Mobile: 079 586 2183