Social Investments

Rotary International showcases Africa’s most impactful community development programmes at Centennial celebration

Rotary International’s highlight for Africa: The Zone 22 Rotary Africa Centennial International Conference is fast approaching, with the highly anticipated African House of Friendship Virtual Projects Fair taking place from this Friday, 23 April. This platform will see over 50 organisations showcase their community development programmes to delegates from within Africa and beyond, gaining exposure …

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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.

The Value of leadership coaching in the growth of SMMEs By: Ziyanda Masiza

SAICA Enterprise Development (SAICA ED) in partnership with a sponsoring client, embarked on a 12-month Leadership Development Programme, which entailed coordinated and structured set of initiatives that were aimed at a higher purpose, building the eco-system of six Chartered Accountants who own Small Medium Practices (SMPs).   “In the spirit of transformation, the firms selected …

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Strengthening the Steel Industry Through Skills Development and Training

Quality education and training are constituent components of the South African steel industry. As the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have wreaked havoc on the metals sector, in the face of a steadily increasing unemployment rate across the board, the industry must focus on stimulating growth and employment opportunities.  This strategy begins with pioneering work-based …

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Karabo Nguyuza, a guesthouse owner with a disability wins local tourism award

“Everything is possible as long as you put your mind and focus to it.” Atang guesthouse has been declared the best guesthouse in Tembisa by Gauteng Women in Tourism (WiT), at an awards ceremony held in Boksburg, Gauteng on August 30. Lockdown level 2 guidelines were followed and only 50 people were in attendance, seated two metres apart. Karabo Nguyuza, the guesthouse owner, does not know who nominated her business, however, she is grateful for the nomination and the win. “I feel excited …

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COVID-19 reveals the fragility of our world – Absa’s COVID-19 efforts

The global pandemic has laid bare risks we have ignored for decades: inadequate health systems; gaps in social protection; structural inequalities; environmental degradation; and the climate crisis. Entire regions that were making progress on eradicating poverty and narrowing inequality have been set back years, in a matter of months. Those were the words of United Nations …

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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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Heels in construction – incubating women owned businesses in construction

The Construction industry is among the most male-dominated industries world-wide. However, in South Africa, women seem to be well represented in the industry and can get even better. According to the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), 48% of South Africa’s construction companies are owned by women. This shows that great amount of efforts is done …

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