South Africa


  • Service: Infrastructure, Marketing and Communications
  • Type: Press release
  • Date: 2011/08/04

SIFE UKZN team receives first place at 2011 National Competition 

The SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) University of KwaZulu-Natal team returned to KwaZulu-Natal as winners, after participating in the SIFE South Africa National Competition, sponsored by Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited and HSBC Africa, on 13 and 14 July 2011 at Emperors Palace. SIFE SA hosted the competition over two days and all 26 higher-education institutions enrolled into the SIFE Programme, participated this year - with no less than 911 people attending this year’s competition, of which 150 were judges.

The SIFE team from the University of KwaZulu-Natal which won the 2011 SIFE SA National Competition for the development and implementation of outstanding sustainable community outreach projects, will compete against winning teams from 38 countries when they represent South Africa at the 2011 SIFE World Cup in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), from 3 to 5 October 2011. During this academic year, the SIFE University of KwaZulu-Natal team organised 18 educational outreach projects in their surrounding communities, including projects focused around sustainability, development of community centres, economic development and food security.


“This competition is always an exciting and highly competitive one for the students, where the quality of work delivered is phenomenal and the projects truly impactful. It is with this in mind that we congratulate the SIFE University of KwaZulu-Natal team for their commitment to their projects, commend them for the impact they have made in their communities and wish them the best of luck for the SIFE World Cup Competition in Malaysia later this year,” says Letitia de Wet, CEO of SIFE South Africa.


The University of KwaZulu-Natal SIFE team, fourth-time champions, competed against teams from 25 other higher-education institutions to win the title of the 2011 SIFE SA National Champion. The University of Zululand SIFE team was awarded second place (for the second year), while the Durban University of Technology SIFE team came third and the University of Fort Hare was placed fourth – a first time top four placing for this team since their participation in the competition.


Eight SIFE teams advanced from the four opening rounds to the two semi-final rounds, of which the four mentioned above, advanced to the final round.


The following four teams were jointly placed fifth in the overall competition:


  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Rookie Team)
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of the Witwatersrand.


About SIFE South Africa

SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise), is an international non-profit organisation bringing together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. SIFE has active programmes in more than 1 500 institutions of higher education in 39 countries.