I don’t know what you guys call her but I call her the linchpin of the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Enactus Club. That’s my definition of her but why define her whilst we had the chance to talk to the bubbly and lively Uratile Nare (UN), sibling to the famous Pokello Nare? Below is the interview that Campus Moments’ Mbulelo Mpofu (MM) had with the lass:
MM: Hello Uratile and welcome to Campus Moments Magazine.
UN: Yeah, yeah Mbulelo, thanks for having me.
MM: You are welcome, people would like to know. Who is Uratile Nare in five (5) adjectives?
UN: (Baffled) 5, oh my, OK, OK. I would like to say the biggest out of the 5 is ambitious. Ambition is a very important thing to have and I believe that everyone should dream and that is my number one in life. Secondly, I’m creative. I think out of the box, I always have something in mind and I’m the best person to ask for advice or anything really. I would also say that I’m motivated. I don’t give up no matter how hard things may be and I push till the very end. Strong is another adjective that describes me in the sense that I’m not fazed by negativity or what people say. I know who I am. I just push and stay strong till the end. Lastly, I would say that I’m lovable and I have so much love to give to and I don’t ever see that changing.
MM: How does it feel to be a Nare given the popularity that your family has?
UN: Well, ummm, being a Nare means hard work. My dad being in the spotlight and my sister Pokello being a socialite though she doesn’t like that term (Chuckles). Them pretty known for their hard work pushes me to work hard so that I can raise the bar and the family name and that’s what being a Nare means.
MM: OK, let’s get into the nitty-gritties of the interview now. Tell us about Uratile as an Enactus Club member. How has the journey been so far?
UN: My love for clubs started way back while I was still in high school and when I got to NUST, my interest grew more. The first club I joined in 2018 was Enactus, a student entrepreneurship club where one had to come up with business ideas and projects that have a social impact. At the Enactus Club, I presented and participated in the Enactus national competition in 2019 and that made me the face of the club.
MM: Which project did you do for the competition?
UN: We had 2 projects actually. One was called Bi’Pluz and the other SackSpace. The former encouraged the use of biomass as an alternative source of energy for cooking and heating so that we protect our environment from deforestation. This was meant especially for people living in the rural areas. We also had SackSpace, an agriculture project where you would grow plants in a sack. One would grow a minimum of 23 seedlings in one sack. This project targeted urban high-density residents who usually lack space for their agricultural activities. That was Enactus.
There’s also the Delta Ethics where I presented twice, representing NUST. This was a social responsibility recycling initiative since Delta makes drinks and people tend to litter the environment with PET bottles and cans. When I presented the first year, we came first but the following year, we came second. Surprisingly, we won an additional investment price so we won the biggest price of the competition.
There was also Elevate by Econet where I presented with my friend Shaun Ncube. This was an open competition where one would do any project of their liking. Shaun and I worked on a project called, iIndicators for science students. The indicators were used for science experiments during their practical lessons.
MM: So it was scientific project? How did it go?
UN: Yes it was and it went well. We made it to the top and it was good. Lastly, there was the Hult Prize. This is my favourite because it’s the one that I believed in the most. Well, Hult Prize is under the United Nations and a lot of other global organisations such as Earth Network who are also on entrepreneurship and focus on sustainable development goals, things that have a major impact on the society. I did Hult during my first year as well and was part of a team called Smart Gas since we were doing a gas reticulation system that we were planning to implement in Bulawayo. We participated in the competition and came first. So what happens is that if you participate in the Hult OnCampus programme, you travel for regionals outside the country. In my second year, I participated again but this time, I wasn’t a competitor. I was part of the organising team as the logistics co-ordinator, working with 2 colleagues which makes an exec of 3 people.
With Hult Prize, everyone had to be involved from the administration, prominent business people in Bulawayo and the students as well. The event had a good turnout since a lot of people came to watch and we had about 25 teams that participated and these were made of 4 members each. We are currently waiting to go to Kenya for the regional competitions on the 24th of April this year but with the novel Covid-19 putting everything to a halt, it’s very unlikely we will go there in April.
MM: Oh nice. So how do you balance school, clubs and everything in between?
UN: (Chuckles) I believe that there is a time for everything and careful planning does the trick. You have to plan things accordingly and everything will work out at the end.
MM: What are the benefits of joining clubs and societies?
UN: I always tell people that opportunities don’t just happen. You make them! Yes, school is good but it shouldn’t always be about school. I know people have different hobbies like sports but with clubs, especially those that are entrepreneurial like Enactus and Hult, you can start your own thing. I’m happy that we have the Innovation Hub at NUST now where students can get help with their projects and funding as well.
MM: Thank you. What has been the weirdest thing that has happened whilst you were presenting on stage either to you or the audience?
UN: (Sighs deeply) The weirdest thing that happens is forgetting your lines. That’s the worst with scripted presentations. I remember the Elevate Econet competition. I actually forgot my lines on stage so as a public speaker you should be a forward thinker. I quickly composed myself and everything fell into place. Don’t show the audience that you have forgotten the lines because the audience doesn’t know what you are there to say. Never panic.
MM: If there was one thing you would change about clubs and societies ant NUST, what would it be?
UN: Their visibility. I feel like there are clubs at NUST but not all of them are on the spotlight. Publicity is in short supply.
MM: Any last words to the Campus Moments Magazine readers?
UN: In fact, I want to encourage the Campus Moments team to keep doing your thing since the magazine industry in our country is not very dominating as much so I feel like people are interested in reading and knowing about what people are doing. We don’t want people to live in a bubble. Every NUST student needs to know that there is a Campus Moments.
MM: Thanks a lot Ratie for affording us time on your busy schedule.
UN: Thank you eMKlass, it has been great. I feel honoured to be given such an opportunity. Keep doing your thing guys.
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