Leigh Meinert

Co-founder and executive director of the Tertiary School in Business Administration

Leigh is a member of the Unitarian congregation in Cape Town, and serves on the church council. She is also co-founder and executive director of the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA), which offers a free course culminating in a Bachelor of Business Administration degree conferred by Unisa.

Our students don’t pay back,” she says, “they pay forward through the transfer of the skills they have learned, through civic engagement and through social responsibility.” She was instrumental in founding TSiBA as a non-profit organisation in 2004 with the help of the University of Cape Town’s deputy vice¬†chancellor, Professor Martin Hall, who is the chair of TSiBA’s Academic Advisory Council.

Leigh, who has a bachelor’s degree in value and policy studies, says that she and her colleagues have also designed a relevant curriculum for subjects including entrepreneurship, self-development and leadership. TSiBA is funded by private sector corporate partners, and lecturers provide their services for free. Books and study materials for the students are largely sponsored. “Juta has been pqrticularly helpful,” she says. The seed capital for the venture was prov1ded by The Shuttleworth Foundation. “I feel called upon to engage with the needs of the society I live in” she says, “there is a vital link between my spiritual life and my work.”

Lunch Spot Mimi's Observatory , Cape Town