Tertiary School in Business Administration
TSiBA is a formally registered tertiary education institute that offers young adults who’re unable to access universities the opportunity to study for a Business Administration degree. The Old Mutual Foundation has had a supportive relationship with the privately owned, non-profit university since its inception in 2006 and has invested R10million in the tertiary study of deserving students such as Pumla Sodela.
Pumla Sodela grew up in the Eastern Cape. When she finished her matric she moved to Cape Town in the hope of making something of her life. She’s a bubbly person with an open smile, and you can’t help liking her the moment you meet her. Before she started studying at TSiBA, she was employed selling movie tickets. She knew she had more in her, but it was difficult to break out of where she was and break into where she wanted to be.
So when she heard about TSiBA, she applied immediately. It wasn’t an easy road for a number of reasons – it meant four years of full-time study and she needed the help of her family to support her while she studied.
At the end of 2009 Pumla graduated with her Bachelors in Business Administration and was accepted by Old Mutual into their 18-month intern Graduate Accelerated Programme (GAP). Pums (as her colleagues call her) has been thriving in her new corporate life and completed her internship in July 2011.
Sitting at her desk, she’s the picture of confidence – positive and keen to learn and get ahead. Pumla says she got the break she needed and intends to run with it. “My message to others is to persevere,” she says. “Hang in there and give it all you’ve got.”