NWU Vaal student awarded for entrepreneurial excellence

Annette Willemse -- Tue, 03/24/2015 - 13:56

NWU Vaal student awarded for entrepreneurial excellence

In another first for the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), the Vanderbijlpark Chamber of Commerce recently awarded the prestigious Sakkie Jacobs floating trophy to Nceba Magodla for entrepreneurial excellence. Nceba is a honours student in Entrepreneurship and Marketing within the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology.

Sakkie Jacobs, Nceba Magodla, Hester Davis and
Prof Herman van der Merwe
Nceba Magodla with Vaal Triangle business legend, Sakkie Jacobs

Nceba – an entrepreneur in heart and soul

The twenty-three year old Nceba is no stranger to entrepreneurship and is the proud owner of no less than two start-up business ventures. The one venture sees him teaming-up with his elder sister, Yandisa Nohe (37), for a very lucrative executive transport service to and from the OR Thambo International Airport to various hotels and conference venues in and around Sandton.

With regards to his second and latest business venture, Nceba doesn’t want to let too much out of the bag. All that he is willing to say is that it is “his greatest venture yet” and that he is in talks with the Department of Rural Reform and Agriculture in the Eastern Cape to help in facilitating the venture. Nceba – who hails from the Eastern Cape, is a strong believer in the philosophy of knowledge sharing and henceforth he is committed to plough back his knowledge, skills and entrepreneurial know-how into his community. “

Nceba is currently the Chairperson of the Young Entrepreneur Business Organisation – or YEBO as it is more popularly known as, on the Vaal Triangle Campus. This student organisation enjoys affiliation from the bHive Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) and the Student Representative Council (SRC) and represents a one-of-its-kind entrepreneurial hub for young graduates. YEBO aims to improve entrepreneurship awareness among young people and by doing so influence them into having a positive outlook on business ownership.  As for his plans for the nearby future, Nceba is planning to finish his Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship in 2016.

Sakkie Jacobs – passing the baton of entrepreneurship

During the recent gala event of the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology - during which various academic achievers were recognised for their achievements, the Vanderbijlpark Chamber of Commerce awarded the Top Entrepreneur of 2014/2015 with the Sakkie Jacobs floating trophy.  The award was handed over by Sakkie Jacobs –the founding member of the Vanderbijlpark Chamber of Commerce, and Hester Davis, the current Chairperson.

The name Sakkie Jacobs is almost synonymous with that of Vanderbijlpark and as such he is regarded as a living legend – not only in terms of his professional accomplishments as a financial broker but also for his involvement in the development of the community. This involvement has been ongoing for more than four decades.

Izak (Sakkie) Jacobs was born on 23 September 1942 in the small town of Kroonstad, in the Free State. The Jacobs family relocated to Vanderbijlpark in 1953 and Jacobs subsequently completed his schooling at the Hoërskool Vanderbijlpark.  After completing his school career, Jacobs worked as an electrical technician at the then Yskor (now called ArcelorMittal), and after four years successfully completed his trade exam. As a young man he quickly distinguished himself as a leader and team player amongst his peers.

In June 1968, Jacobs joined Sanlam as a junior advisor and within his first year on the job he won the award for Best Junior Advisor within the Vaal Triangle region. He continued to climb the corporate ladder with great success and in 1970 he was appointed as the Branch Manager of Sanlam in Vanderbijlpark. As manager he led his team to the second spot on Sanlam’s national merit rating scorecard and he won three International Quality Awards. It was during this time that he co-founded the Vanderbijlpark Chamber of Commerce. In 1974 he was appointed as the Regional Manager of Sanlam en six years later he started his own brokerage.

Under Jacob’s guidance the business chamber grew from strength to strength to became one of the most active business chambers in South Africa. Looking back, Sakkie served 45 years as a member of the management team of the Vanderbijlpark Chamber of Commerce of which 16 was as Chairperson. In 1983 the Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut (AHI) awarded Jacob honorary membership and applauded him for his dedication and unique contribution to the Afrikaans business sector.