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Ways for business sector to build resilient communities

By Nozizwe Vundla, head of the Sanlam Foundation In the past decade alone, Sanlam has invested around R630 million in the financial resilience of Africans. We believe the business sector has a responsibility to holistically support communities to be sustainable in the long-term. This requires a 360-degree approach which empowers people to empower themselves. Ultimately, …

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Passionate Women Entrepreneurs of the Sanlam ESD Programme

In a recent report, it is estimated that over 55 000 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will have to close their doors due the wide-reaching effects of the pandemic and lockdown. With South Africa’s  struggling economy, SME sustainability is an important cog in the country’s recovery. Corporates can contribute meaningfully by transferring skills and funding to …

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The importance of funding the rise of the female-led digital economy in Africa

by Janade du Plessis, Head: Alternative Equity Investments; and Kashira Naidoo, Analyst: Alternative Equity Investments at Nedbank CIB When it comes to making good business decisions, representation matters. Always. The acknowledgement of this truth is what has led to the wide-ranging racial transformation of businesses across South Africa over the past 20 years, albeit with …

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FirstRand Founders share how they forged a successful company as they step down as RMH board members

To bid farewell to people who founded a company that later gave birth to FirstRand, one of the biggest companies on the JSE, Monday 6 July was supposed to be a night of expensive cocktails and maybe even fireworks at RMH. But after saying their goodbyes to fellow board members, all that Dippenaar and Harris …

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Vuyolwethu Dubese – a powerhouse all about impact

A multiple award-nominated professional in impact and inclusive development, and innovation strategy, Vuyolwethu Dubese has over the past five years served as a Startup Partnerships Lead for Africa for global intelligence firm, Thomson Reuters and as an Impact Acceleration Associate at investment and advisory firm, Impact Amplifier. Dubese has also served on boards, one including …

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Godfrey Motsa calls for inclusion and access to tech

MTN SA CEO Godfrey Motsa says without broad levels of sustained and consistent inclusion and access to technology, the country will not reach its potential. He notes MTN stands in strong support of government’s commitment to ensure South Africans are able to benefit from transformation across business, employment, and skills development. Motsa says MTN’s procurement spend with …

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PPS Foundation – Potential to change South Africa’s future

“PPS is the only mutual financial services company in South Africa that focuses exclusively on graduate professionals,” explains Masenyane Molefe, Group HR Executive at PPS. “As such, our focus on STEM talks to both our core business and the members who make up our primary target market, as well as contributing to one of the …

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Takalani (Taki) Netshitenzhe – Group Chief Officer of Corporate Affairs for Vodacom

Takalani (Taki) Netshitenzhe is a pioneer of socio-economic transformation through the use of ICTs who believes and demonstrates that ICTs are an enabler and tool for development. She is the Chief Officer of Corporate Affairs in Vodacom Group, Executive Director of Vodacom South Africa and Chairperson of the Vodacom Foundation. Taki passionately fosters integrated Corporate …

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Zandile Njamela – ESD Programme Lead for Accenture

Zandile is a leader in Enterprise and Supplier Development, Transformation, B-BBEE Advisory, Entrepreneurship and Human Capital development. Throughout her career Zandile has been consistent in her chosen path of development. Started off in the development of the unemployed and unskilled through implementation and management of learnerships then progressed into human capital development with focus on …

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