The MBA class of 2007 at the Graduate School of Business turned its end-of-year dinner into a community project by staging it at the Kopanong bed-and-breakfast in Khayelitsha.
The establishment is run by Thope Lekau and her daughter Mpho, and has largely catered for tour groups. The MBA dinner was their first opportunity to host an event for nearly 100 people.
According to Liz Kimotho, MBA student and one of the organisers of the event dinner, the dinner was a resounding success.
“Everyone enjoyed themselves well into the night,” she said. “Moreover, we have challenged perceptions about Khayelitsha and given an opportunity to a small business to shine”.
“It was a chance for us to support Lekau and allow her to show what she can do.”
The class first made contact with the business through the emerging-enterprises elective on the MBA programme, which brings students in touch with small business owners and their challenges.
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