of the Year
ENACTUS NATIONAL ADMINISTRATOR
Lecturer Lerato Mohalajeng received a national award from Enactus South Africa for the way she mentors the NWU’s Enactus group to come up with entrepreneurial ideas and execute them.
Enactus: credit for a job well done
For the Administrator of the Year award, Enactus SA recognises faculty advisors who have done an outstanding job in supporting the Enactus team at their universities.
The judging criteria for the award are efficiency and coordination, team management, communication, leadership and professionalism in dealing with issues about Enactus and the university team.
Enactus is an international network of students, academics and business leaders who are committed to creating a better world through innovation and entrepreneurship.
The organisation mobilises university students around the world to use the knowledge gained in the classroom to address real-world business and economic issues in their communities.
Lerato, a lecturer in the School of Management Sciences and Enactus co-faculty advisor, has been named Administrator of the Year 2021 by Enactus South Africa, which forms part of the global Enactus organisation that uses the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives.
Across the country, 27 university Enactus teams spent their year converting ideas into action as they worked to improve the livelihoods of others. Lerato received the award in recognition of her efforts in guiding and mentoring the NWU’s team.
Through her dedication, the university also notched up other achievements in this year’s competition. The NWU team ended in the top five after winning first place in two Enactus special competitions, a first since the inauguration of Enactus NWU in 2010.
What a pleasant surprise
The Administrator of the Year award came as a surprise as Lerato and her team have faced various challenges, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic. “However, the journey was extremely fulfilling, both for me and the Enactus students,” she says.
“This has truly been a rewarding experience for me, not only in my role as a mentor to students, but also in engaging with the global Enactus network. I most certainly did not anticipate winning an award! To be recognised as the administrator of the year has reassured me that our hard work was worth it and surely did not go unnoticed.”
Congratulating Lerato on this achievement, Sazi Gcume, Enactus South Africa National Competition master of ceremonies, said: “She has actively participated in all team training and competitions, and used her personal resources and time to ensure the team met their deadlines.
“Her efforts have culminated in her team winning first place at various competitions throughout the year. Congratulations, Lerato. We hope this becomes an example for many others.”
Good ideas don’t become great innovations unless they are efficiently and professionally managed, and nobody does this better than Lerato Mohalajeng.