Anele Mkuzo

Senior programme co-ordinator at GIBS

Anele Mkuzo’s parents made many sacrifices to ensure that she and her siblings had a good education. Her father moved to KwaZulu-Natal to work, while her mother studied and worked. This meant that as children, Anele and her siblings moved around a lot, and often stayed with family and friends in the Eastern Cape.

“The reality is that had my parents not sacrificed a lot to get us a good education I would not be blessed with the opportunities that I have at my disposal today,” says Mkuzo (28). “Access to good education, access to healthcare and poverty are issues that many people in my community in the Eastern Cape are struggling with every day.”

She feels strongly about these issues and in her current role as senior programme co-ordinator at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), she has the opportunity to make a positive difference, by pursuing her passion in education and entrepreneurship. To date, she has worked with over 400 entrepreneurs from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and industries, assisting them in designing business management programmes that empower them to increase revenue and employment.

Last year the GIBS Enterprise Development Academy (EDA) won the Most Innovative Programme category at the Women in Construction Awards, which recognises excellence in Africa within the construction, cement and concrete industries. Mkuzo was instrumental in designing EDA’s award-winning programme, which involved taking 100 women who own construction-related businesses through a 10-month empowerment programme.

Mkuzo also sits on the National Home Building Regulatory Council’s Women Empowerment Panel, which sponsored this programme. At the weekends, Mkuzo often volunteers her time to Seeds of Hope, a nongovernmental organisation which provides an accelerator programme for tutoring grade 10 and 11 learners in maths, science, accounting and English. She has also recently registered her own social enterprise through which she aims to educate schoolchildren about financial literacy and entrepreneurship. She is determined to ensure that this education will be provided in numerous African languages, so as not to exclude children who are unable to understand English.

“Everyone has the right to basic education,” she says. “Education gives one an opportunity to do better for themselves and their communities. Providing an education is one of the few ways in which we can ensure that everyone has a fair chance at achieving their potential.” — Fatima Asmal