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CSI during an economic downturn – why more should be the norm

A view from Lynette Saltzman, MD, Dis-Chem It may seem contrary, but tough economic conditions make an even more compelling argument for an unwavering commitment to corporate social investment initiatives. With 2021 being the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Dis-Chem Foundation, it’s fitting to look back to see what we have accomplished, yet …

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Breaking the cycle of poverty, crime and unemployment one day at a time

Earlier this year the Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, reported that South Africa achieved a 76.2% pass rate which is a 5.1% drop to the previous year. Access to basic education has been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the need for alternate learning institutions has become essential. The School Of Hope, a foundation …

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Activate! Change Drivers hosts youth leadership, GBV response imbizo

NGO Activate! Change Drivers recently hosted an imbizo in the Free State, focusing on ‘Youth leadership and accountability in the gender-based violence response’. According to Nkokheli Mankayi, Activate! project coordinator: gender, justice and equality, despite the National Youth Policy 2020 recognising the vital role young people play in building South Africa, the youth are disproportionately …

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BIC supports education in SA through its Buy a Pen, Donate a Pen initiative

As part of their continued investment into the education of South Africa’s learners, BIC stationery is donating pens and pencils to under-resourced schools across the country. This year, the campaign ran from March ending in June 2021, which was made possible through the brand’s longstanding ‘Buy a Pen, Donate a Pen’ initiative. This year’s donation …

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Rand Pharmaceuticals on the path to rapid growth

The Vumela Fund, established by FNB Business and Edge Growth, has announced a new partnership with Rand Pharmaceutical Distributors that will see the expansion and growth of this innovative 100% black-owned and managed company that services independent pharmacies, private practices and small clinics. “Vumela sees an opportunity to support an acquisition that will boost capacity …

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Why your personal brand is crucial for entrepreneurial success

Entrepreneurs are known for hustling hard, working beyond the typical nine to five to achieve success. Indeed, we continue to see lines blurring between what is public and what is personal when it comes to small business owners and their businesses. With identity so integrated between businessperson and brand, strengthening your personal brand is crucial …

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Covid-19 as a catalyst for reshaping society

Hlanganisa Institute in Development Southern Africa in collaboration with donor partners has provided emergency funding and support to nearly 100 community-based organisations (CBOs) during the COVID-19 pandemic – and aims to assist more organisations providing life-saving support to thousands of people in South Africa, says executive director Bongiwe Ndondo. Based on the COVID-19 work of …

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ASEDA on the road for skills development in North West

Road maintenance backlogs continue to mount alarmingly. As Technical Assistance to the Community Based programme at the Department of Public Works and Roads in the North-West province, ASEDA, an engineering and infrastructure company is using its expertise to support the training of 9 000 people in North West province to undertake essential repair and rehabilitation …

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MAMAS Alliance – inspiring youth through sport and equipping them for a more resilient future

Sport has a significant role to play in a community’s culture, economy and education. In underprivileged sectors, the provision of recreational activities can have enormous benefits in making youth less susceptible to crime and drug use. Besides the physical benefits, community sporting programmes can aid social, emotional and mental development, teach the importance of teamwork …

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