Junior alumnus awarded

Maraka Lefera, a part-time lecturer at the Central University of Technology (CUT) in Bloemfontein, has scooped the prestigious Enactus South Africa junior alumnus of the year award.

She is the winner in the under 30 category.

Lefera was presented the accolade at the national awards ceremony held in the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on 12 July.

She also serves as the Enactus CUT co-faculty advisor and is currently pursuing her MTech in Human Resources Management at the institution.

Part of Lefera’s prize is a all-expenses-paid tour to Silicon Valley in the Southern San Francisco Bay area in California.

Lefera made history when she was invited in 2017 to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summer School (Gess) which will be hosted for the first time in South Africa later this year.

Gess is the Social Entrepreneurship Academy, organised in collaboration with six leading university-based entrepreneurship centres in Munich (Ludwig Maximilian University, Technical University of Munich, Munich University of Applied Sciences), Mexico City (Tecnologoco de Monterrey) Shanghai (Tongji University) and Cape Town (LifeCo UnLtd South Africa).

Out of 747 applicants from universities around the globe, Lefera is among the top 30 students accepted into the programme.

She has been rendering her support to various initiatives on the CUT campus through the position she is holding.

For her to be considered, Lefera has exemplified the Enactus values of integrity, passion and innovation.

In 2016 she was consi­dered for the inaugural global alumni award.

Lefera has expressed joy over her latest achievement to receive this coveted award and said global exposure has benefited her studies.

“I am ecstatic and overjoyed.

“I consider myself a global citizen and have made the advancement of people my business.

“All my travels and encounters with different people from around the globe have shown me how far one could go in life.

“I have grown from where I was and my approach to life has evolved immensely and I am grateful for that,” Lefera said.

“Being in CUT has opened closed doors for me and I have explored a side of my talents that I never knew existed.

“My plan is to collect all the experience, exposure and information gained, and plough it back here at home.

“I would also like to implement it in my day- to-day activities at CUT, especially my involvement with Enactus CUT. The sky is the limit,” said Lefera.

Dan Maritz, CUT spokesperson, said Lefera has shown support and conti­nued dedication to the institution through community engagement programmes that contribute to the socio-economic development in the region through her entrepreneurial action.