Impact Investing

Here’s why South Africa needs its own Startup Act

A co-created and tailor-made South African Startup Act would be a powerful tool for empowering entrepreneurs and addressing key developmental issues, although case studies from other African countries show that it will require prolonged and widespread engagement with various stakeholders. This was the conclusion reached at the end of a webinar discussion on the relevance of a …

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There is nothing small about the impact small businesses have on our economy

South Africa has hundreds of thousands of small businesses and there’s nothing small about the impact these small businesses have on our country’s economy. Small businesses need the nation to mobilise behind them more than ever before. That’s the word from Mike Anderson, Founder & CEO of the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC). The role …

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South Africa’s major new ‘transformation’ law is coming – what you need to know

The Department of Employment and Labour has published a notice indicating that it plans to introduce the Employment Equity Amendment Bill to the National Assembly. First announced by Labour minister Thulas Nxesi in July 2019, the bill promises to make a number of significant changes to the country’s employment equity laws. At the time, Nxesi said that …

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

It’s 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 to a worthy cause. Here’s how the country …

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Telkom unveils online education support solution for learners

Most classrooms in South Africa have over 50 learners per class with one teacher having to give enough attention to each child. This is impossible in most cases resulting in some children being left behind. 2020 has added additional strain to this already tenuous situation with Teachers and Parents now having to help learners to …

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Financial Mail’s The Human Face of Business showcases corporate SA’s response to covid-19.

Now in its 12th year, CSI: The Human Face of Business has become the key reference guide for best practice and innovation in SA social investment. With the social, economic and health challenges emerging from the Covid-19 crisis, thousands of South Africans are set to be adversely impacted – throwing into sharp relief the importance …

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Business in Education Forum explores strategic interventions and calls for collaboration to overcome basic education crisis

Held on Thursday 9 July, the conversation featured a call for focused, collaborative and re-purposed investment in education across sectors, focusing on innovation, connectivity and skills. There was consensus that the latter is often overlooked, and that basic services as well as leadership development and readiness for change underpin the effectiveness of long-term interventions. Hosted …

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