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ESWATINI RAW OIL INNOVATION IN WORLD TOP 16

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MBABANE – Ngwane Teachers’ Training College is making waves globally, thanks to a raw oil innovation from invasive plants.

The project ensured the college’s project made it to the top 16 of the ongoing Enactus World Cup.  The extracted oils are used to make products such as mosquito repelling candles and bug sprays for agricultural purposes. This past Monday, it was announced that Eswatini made it into the top 16 of the global showpiece featuring 33 countries.

Divided

The teams were divided to groups. Each of the eight leagues was composed of four teams. Ngwane College was in League Four, where they were up against the United Kingdom (UK), Netherlands and Poland. The team joined 170 participants from other countries during the Zoom session held to announce the top 16 qualifying teams where spirits were visibly high despite the event taking place virtually due to COVID-19. Moses Mantimakhulu, the Enactus Ngwane College CEO, had this to say: “We waited with bated breath as the top two from each of the eight leagues was selected.

The UK was announced first for our league and we waited with bated breath for a very short while; we absolutely exploded with excitement when Eswatini was announced as a qualifier,” he said. Mantimakhulu said this truly validated all their hard work. “The commitment and dedication we have poured into this project is more than we thought we were capable of. We were confident going into the opening round, but the moment was much more beautiful when it came through. We thank all emaSwati for their support, particularly the Enactus Office, Ngwane College as well as our families. We truly have passion on purpose and we are excited to see if we can make it to the top four,” he said. “This is one of the best days in the Enactus calendar as teams who have emerged national champions in that year, go on to represent their country and compete with the rest of the world.

Imagine

“One can imagine how big a moment this is for all of us at Enactus Eswatini; a team from the tiny Kingdom of Eswatini competing with developed giants such as the UK, Poland and the Netherlands. “To have Ngwane College qualify for the Top 16 is another mark in the history books; it has been a while since any of our World Cup entrants have made it that far,” said Country Director Wonderboy Khumalo.

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