Impact Investing

Covid-19 reminds us to respect, admire and learn from social welfare organisations

When Covid-19 first landed in South Africa, exposing the entire populace to the global pandemic, the social sector was amongst the first to be galvanised into action. By the time the call for social distancing was made, these organisations, who are in the main non-profit organisations, had already thought of (and began implementing) solutions to …

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Pioneers of sustainable enterprise and supplier development – An Anglo American Zimele case study

Anthony Mpati is the founder and CEO of 115 Solutions, an engineering consulting company that, from its humble beginnings in 2011, has expanded to include 40 full-time employees and an enviable client list. “Starting your own business is tough,” says Mpati, “but at some point you need to grab the bull by the horns and …

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Tshikululu’s Social Investment Specialist, Dipalesa Mpye on scaling social impact: what is really missing?

As more and more funders make the shift from traditional grantmaking to investing in strategic, system-shifting initiatives, conversations around scaling the impact of flagship programmes and successful pilot projects have dominated meeting agendas. The idea of scaling is not a new one. In the for-profit world, expansion of market reach, product offerings and operations form …

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BCX’s transformation strategy makes real changes to the lives of the previously disadvantaged

The national broad-based BEE (BBBEE) strategy was born out of the constitutional requirement for previously disadvantaged individuals and entities in SA to allow for equal access to the economy. It comprises three measurable components, namely direct investment, human development and employment equity, and indirect empowerment. The BBBEE scorecard for each SA company indicates the measure …

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New map by Tshikululu tracks social investors’ response to COVID-19 in SA

Pilot map begins to tell the story of how South African social investors responded when the country needed them most. The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented crisis in South Africa which has resulted in an unparalleled response from all sectors in society including the state, Non-Governmental Organisations, social investors, foundations, companies, funders, individuals and development …

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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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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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Key Considerations for Community Leaders Facing Civil Unrest

What begins as a normal day in a local community can erupt in protests and demonstrations by evening; looting and violence may follow as the evening progresses. The spark may be an incident that illuminates a deep divide among residents and touches emotional nerves. Media coverage can spread the news quickly, and social media can …

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Ebola a blueprint for African philanthropy in COVID-19 crisis

Philanthropic responses to the COVID-19 crisis in Africa should be guided by the blueprint that Ebola provided in West Africa, said Carl Manlan, chief operating officer of the EcoBank Foundation in Togo. He was one of three speakers in the final session of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Africa Month Virtual Symposium. The 27 to …

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