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Old Mutual Education Flagship Project – Improving Educational Outcomes

The Old Mutual Education Flagship Project (OMEFP), a multi-partner national initiative that set out to boost education at under-performing public secondary schools in South Africa, has come to an end. The seven-year programme had two main objectives: to increase the number of Grade 12 learners passing maths and science, and to build the management and …

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Entrepreneurs making a difference…powered by Standard Bank

Those who have shown entrepreneurial drive and have started businesses usually face the market access challenge, as the number one challenge, as there are legacy barriers to entry into major corporate supply chains. Once access to markets has been gained, the need often quickly escalates to funding requirements to fulfil obligations. Development needs are related …

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ProfitShare Partners disrupts market with innovative SME funding model

It is often mooted that growing South Africa’s economy is largely reliant on the success of small businesses. Yet a lack of access to operating capital from banks and limited business experience can be major obstacles to entering the formal economy. ProfitShare Partners has established an enviable track record in unlocking operating capital to SMEs …

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Liquid Telecom partners with Twiga Foods to accelerate agricultural transformation

Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has partnered with Twiga Foods to increase agricultural productivity through precision farming. This partnership is opening up a new world of opportunities, enabled by Kenya’s rapidly expanding Internet of Things (IoT) network, Liquid Telecom says. In a statement on Tuesday, Liquid Telecom said it has deployed a complete precision agriculture …

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How Sasol used Covid-19 downtime to overhaul the business

Covid-19 containment has broken many businesses and pushed many perilously close to collapse – but for the Sasol executive team this has proved to be a time to develop plans to improve the business and review its business and workforce structures. Sasol has renegotiated with lenders, made progress with its crude oil hedging programme and undertaken a …

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For financial advisors, impact investing is no longer merely a “nice to have.”

If there is a silver lining to the current global crisis it is that COVID-19 has brought issues of economic injustice to the forefront of the investment conversation. We see daily proof of the significant inequities affecting every part of our social strata from race to gender to income, health and geography to name a …

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Black Business Council starts facilitating activities for small business development programme

On 18 April 2020, the Department of Small Business Development announced, in a media statement, guidelines for participation in spaza shops and general dealers Covid-19 support scheme. At the time they said: “The Department has finalised an agreement with Nedbank to support spaza shops and general dealers on the back of the Credit Guarantee Scheme …

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Concor’s youth development strategy drives transformation through education

Black-owned construction group Concor is implementing a youth development strategy that is focused exclusively on education and skills development, which the company views as the most critical driver of ongoing transformation. Concor’s history of contributing to youth development predates its emergence, in 2017, as an independent contractor; a development that arose when a Southern Palace-led …

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