ONE Day Leader winner, Lesley Masibi, was elected the new president of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) alongside the newly elected executive committee on Monday.
“In essence I see this position as an opportunity to have a positive impact in the lives of many, irrespective of how minute, and it’s an opportunity to contribute, as part of a collective, towards helping others become better people who can contribute towards making our nation a better place to live in,” says Masibi.
Masibi recently won the One Day Leader reality TV competition in which six potential youth leaders compete for the opportunity to effect change and gain experience in positions of leadership with an internship in the offices of the National Youth Development Agency chairperson and the Presidency.
SIFE’s goals are to develop students to become future leaders who will in turn empower their own communities.
The new executives plan to embark on new projects, collaborate with different faculties on campus as well as companies in the coming year.
“The organisation is not only for those students doing BCom degrees, but everybody else who would like to do a bit of community work with an entrepreneur leg to it,” says Ngobeni.
Masibi says their vision is also to improve SIFE’s relations with the university, the private sector and civil society because they are essential to the organisation’s success.
Nkosi says, “In my new role, I hope to introduce more entrepreneurship seminars for all students on campus. SIFE would like to host speakers with a keen interest in community development and empowerment.”
Wits came fifth at this year’s national competition held at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park. Teams from numerous tertiary institutions presented their projects to panels of business executives from various companies. The University of KwaZulu-Natal won and will represent South Africa at the SIFE World Cup in October.