This unit, approved by Council in November 2008 and developed in 2009, focuses on entrepreneurship development both within WSU and as a service to its communities. The genesis of the unit is Tabeisa (Technical and Business Education Initiative in SA) a consortium of 6 Universities, 2 UK and 4 SA based (including WSU), a European Union funded unit, formed in 1999. Ten years later, in 2009 it broke away from the EU and became WSU funded and known as Enterprise Development Centre, as informed by the need of its services on the ground which are still in existence to this day
The following seven (7) senior academics were seconded to the centre by the University Management to assist its CEO, Mr CDJ Pakade and his Secretary Ms W Mfeya in the following respective capacities
Interim Chairperson: Dr CJ Posthumus
Executive Manager: Academic and Research: Dr W Plaatjes
Manager: Courseware Development and Quality Assurance: Mr M Panicker
Executive Manager : Business Advice and Outreach: Dr W Mutyaba
Manager: Professional Qualifications: Mrs S. Hansen
Manager: Business Advisory Services: Mr C Lwanga
Manager: Community and Business Outreach: Ms L Mgweba
On the 01st January 2015 to date, a major restructuring occurred throughout the Walter Sisulu University and our centre continued to be allowed to exist and trade, albeit now as a self –sustaining income generating unit, without the university’s budget. All the above-mentioned seconded academics were also recalled back to their academic posts.
Its mission and vision is to:
Deliver world-class professionals and entrepreneurs from rural and developing communities. Its vision will therefore be to “excel in the empowerment of world-class businesspeople and entrepreneurs from rural and developing communities”
Conduct relevant research into entrepreneurship-related challenges and opportunities;
Explore entrepreneurship development models that work in poor; rural and/or developing contexts with a specific bias towards Small Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMME’s);
Research and develop implementation mechanisms for new models of Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment that involve communities (in various forms, including co-ops);
Develop and offer a range of programmes that are geared at developing human capital in the entrepreneurship and small business field; using the Provincial Growth and Development Programme as the main guide (in terms of priority areas for business development);
Offer a range of business advisory services and training to SMME’s in partnership with stakeholders
This strategically positions EDC to focus on its core business of third stream income generating, project proposals, strategic partnerships etc.
The Walter Sisulu University Enterprise Development Centre COMMERCIAL TRAINING PROGRAMME (CTP) Provides a specialised capacity development program supporting the establishment of Local and Rural producers and manufacturers as suppliers of large volume consumer demand products in the Eastern Cape Province. Vision To develop a pipeline of highly trained,...
AC acronym stands for AFRICAN CONTINENT but due to the length of the name the company was simply registered as AC and nowhere does its full name appear. This is a black owned South African company that has forged links with Walter Sisulu University Enterprise Development Centre and backed by...
KWASISONKE FREIGHT LOGISTICS: OWNER AND CEO – MR EUGENIO ‘GINO’ DEL FAVA Mr Del Fava approached Walter Sisulu University Enterprise Development Centre in 2010 and was assisted with the development of a Business Profile for KwaSisonke Freight Logistics. The company provides the following services:- Kwa-Sisonke Logistics will specialize in,...
There is also an opportunity for WSU, through EDC and Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology (FSET) to be involved in the THRIP Research Project in partnership with TMI Dynamatics (Real Time Simulations and Control), but these talks are still at an early stage. The involvement shall be through Research...