Change Makers

CSI must change gear to confront the new reality

By Marcus Coetzee – Management Consultant Back in January 2019, most businesses were pursuing a Corporate Social Investment (CSI) strategy which had been fine-tuned over the years. Then the pandemic hit South Africa in late March. Everything changed. CSI activities pivoted, refocused and were fuelled by adrenalin and empathy. CSI entered crisis mode. Mitigating harm …

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Mapping South African Social Investors’ response to Covid-19

Covid-19 is an unprecedented global health crisis. In South Africa, the pandemic has resulted in an unparalleled response from all sectors to mitigate the social and economic impact of the pandemic. Since the day President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the national lockdown in March, social investors have played an integral part of the national response.

No longer business as usual: The role of the private sector to improve schooling in South Africa

This article is based on a Report  titled “No Longer Business as Usual: Private sector efforts to improve schooling in South Africa,” funded by Absa Group Citizenship, and prepared by the Centre for Development and Enterprise. Click here to download the Report , or visit www.cde.org.za The COVID-19 pandemic affected education systems around the globe …

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Why CSI programmes for children affected by HIV/Aids are more important now than ever before

2020 will forever be remembered as the year of Covid-19. Efforts to keep economies afloat, infection and death rates down, as well as to create a vaccine have been the primary focus worldwide. In the chaos, the progress made in the fight against HIV has been gravely threatened. And it appears that children will pay …

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How the 4th Industrial Revolution and Covid-19 are changing the face of CSI donations

By Sithandile Mpofu – Editor, Social TV It is common company practice to stick to a three-year cycle to update and upgrade employees’ computers and laptops, but many of these devices still have years of use to go. So, instead of sending them off to the recycling depot, rather follow DriveRisk’s example in donating them …

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Astral Foods Limited spreads joy by feeding communities in need

With many individuals facing unprecedented hardships since the start of the nationwide lockdown, it became increasingly evident that much relief would need to be given to those most affected by the crippling outcomes that would follow the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown. Astral Foods heeded the call to give back; after all, it …

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The most urgent climate crisis-related risks facing South Africans in the first half of the 21st century

By Kevin Bloom Kevin Bloom, senior investigative journalist of Daily Maverick‘s Climate Crisis reporting division “Our Burning Planet” This article is based on a Climate Risk Report commissioned by Absa Group Citizenship and online independent newspaper Daily Maverick. World-acclaimed scientists at Wits University’s Global Change Institute, with a panel of 12 experts from various disciplines, …

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