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Applications for SAB Foundation Social Innovation & Disability Empowerment Awards 2017

Categories: COMPANY NEWS , Disability
NOW OPEN 03 – 25 May 2017 : Prizes range from R150 000 to R1.2 million.

The SAB Foundation was launched in 2011 as part of the SAB Foundation’s primary focus to ignite a culture of entrepreneurship in South Africa. To date, the programme has invested in 88 entrepreneurs and their innovations at a total investment of over R30-million. Previous award winning innovations have improved efficiency and/or affordability in housing, health care, small holder farming techniques, education, medical diagnostics, waste disposal, township security, fire prevention, support for people with disabilities, to name but a few.

People with disabilities are some of the most marginalised members of our society with an estimated 70% unemployment rate. The SAB Foundation Disability Empowerment Awards was added as a special award category in 2016. This category seeks and awards social enterprises which have come up with innovative solutions which improve access to the economy for disabled people.

An open competition puts innovator applicants and their innovation through a rigorous, phased adjudication process. In the end, investments are made in those innovations which are innovative, scalable and can be commercialised. As part of a significant cash injection, each entrepreneur will be offered a personal mentor as well as technical assistance which will help guide them on their journey to develop their product or service into a sustainable business. This mentorship, which recognises the uniqueness of each entrepreneur, will be tailored according to each entrepreneur’s stage of operation and growth needs.

SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards 2017 prizes range from R150 000 to R1.2 million.

We define social innovation as innovation that demonstrate both a sustainable business model and a measurable social impact. The competition plans to recognise the work of entrepreneurs who are finding innovative business solutions to the challenges facing the life of low income groups, particularly women, youth, people in rural areas and people with disabilities.

Product innovations cover goods and services which can be divided into ‘new’ or ‘improved’. A new product may use advanced technology and knowledge, or a combination of the two, while an improved product is one that already exists, and its performance has been enhanced.

Process innovations involve adapting and creatively improving ways of delivering a product or service. This could come from changes in knowledge, perception and/or understanding. The innovation solution must have progressed past an idea and must have proof-of-concept. This means that applicants must be able to show evidence that prior to entering the competition that they have invested time and/or capital developing the innovation. The social impact of the innovation is a strong selection criterion.

Key Investment Principles and Criteria

  • The SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards are open to all South African citizens, and seek the best ideas to enhance the lives of disadvantaged South Africans.
  • Specific consideration will be given during the judging process to the race, gender, age and disability status of applicants.
  • Be South African – can be part of a group, organization or individual
  • Present original and innovative work
  • The innovation can be a product or a process
  • Show proof that before applying, they have spent time and/or money developing the innovation

Eligibility Criteria
 

  • The SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards will be open to any innovation solution that offers a credible prospect of meeting a demonstrable social and/ or economic need evidenced by the SABF’s target low-income beneficiary groups (with a particular emphasis on innovation that benefits women, youth, people with disability and those in rural areas), as well as demonstrating potential as a sustainable business.
  • Entries are welcomed from South African individuals, innovators, entrepreneurs, Social Enterprises and university departments. Entrants may enter as individuals on their own, or as members of a team, in which case one individual team leader shall complete the online application form.
  • The innovation entered must be the original work of the applicant and a true innovation and/or a significant improvement on an existing technology, product, service, and production method or business model.
  • Product innovation covers innovations in both goods and services, which can be divided into new or improved products. A new product has different characteristics and intended uses than existing products. It may use new technologies, knowledge and products or a combination of these. An improved product is an existing product whose performance is significantly increased; in terms of either increased output or a reduction in cost.
  • Process innovation is the adaption or creation of improved ways to deliver a product or service. It could come from changes in knowledge, perception and understanding. For poverty reduction, process innovations can increase the level of service delivery to beneficiaries, or enable practitioners to reach previously untouched groups or individuals.
  • The innovation solution must have progressed past the “blue-sky” thinking stage: there must be some evidence of investment by the applicant. This means that applicants must be able to show proof that prior to applying, they have spent time and/or money developing the innovation: planning, developing & testing prototypes, market & industry research, developing a business plan.
  • Applications are open to all South African citizens of 18 years or older. All participants (“Entrants”) must submit a certified copy of their South African Identity Document with their online applications.
  • Please see the “Participation Rules” on the online Application Forms Terms and Conditions for further guidelines.

Background

The SAB Foundation was established as a beneficiary of SAB’s Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) transaction, SAB Zenzele. The SAB Foundation is an independent trust for the benefit of historically disadvantaged individuals and communities through entrepreneurial development in South Africa. To date, the SAB Foundation has invested over R170-million in 844 entrepreneurs and social innovators.

To apply

  • Applications are now open: 03 May – 25 May 12h00 (midday)
  • Applications must be completed online.  Click here to access the link to the online application portal.
  • Should you have any questions on the Social Innovation Awards programme or to apply, please contact the SAB Foundation directly on sabfoundation@za.sabmiller.com

UPLOADS

    SAB Foundation Social Innovation & Disability Empowerment Awards Brochure

    Online Application Guidance Document & Important Information

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Project Responsible Workshops

During the month of October the Market Responsibility Team from District Cape Inland hosted a series of Project Responsible Workshops.  The workshops, arranged in partnership with the NGO FASfacts, the Western Cape Liquor Board, the Western Cape Department of Community Safety and representatives from the respective SAPS, were held with liquor license applicants in Bishop Lavis, Elsies River, Ravensmead, Fisantekraal, Delft, Vredendal, Kraaifontein, Paarl East and Robertson.

 

 

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District Cape Inland - CSI

On the 8th of October 2011 DCI MRO Garnett Kallis assisted the Epping Forest Neighbourhood Watch and SAPS by sponsoring their community outreach initiative.  The initiative was to paint the walls in a park used by the children in the community.  The walls were in a state of general neglect and covered in gang graffiti.

Garnett provided the neighbourhood watch with 50 litres of paint, hotdogs and cooldrink for the initiative and joined them in the painting.  He was also given a certificate of thanks from City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee member JP Smith for his participation in the project. 
 

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March Against Substance Abuse - Robertson

On the 6th of October, DCI MRO Enzo Prins joined the Robertson community in their ‘March against substance abuse’.  The march took participants through the streets of Robertson to the sports field where they listened to speeches from MEC for Community Safety Dan Plato, the deputy mayor, SAPS and SAB.
 

The event was aimed at the children of the community and around 250 took part. At the sports field they were entertained with singing and dancing activities and given a nice hot meal.
The event was profiled in the Robertson community newspaper.   

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Cape Regional News

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DCI – Haven Night Shelter Christmas Party 

On Tuesday the 20th of December, District Cape Inland hosted their annual Christmas Party for the Haven Night Shelter in Kraaifontein.  All the residents at the shelter were served a scrumptious Christmas meal by the district.

In addition to the annual party, the district also renovated the bathrooms and installed several showers to enable the residents to have better ablution facilities.  

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Khayelitsha Community Safety Campaign 

On the 9th and 10th of December SAB was invited to participate in a community safety campaign in Khayelitsha facilitated by Eskom.  The theme of the campaign was ‘Be Safe, Be Smart and Stay Alive this Festive Season’.

Sisa and Sam from the District Cape Peninsula Market Responsibility Team did a great job in encouraging the community members present not to abuse alcohol during this festive period, to be safe on the roads and not to drink while you are pregnant.  
 

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CSI Movember Campaign

We are proud to announce that the CAPE REGION has raised R14 000 for CANSA through the ‘Grow Your Mo’ campaign.  Well done to everybody who sent in a ‘Mo’ or who voted.  Here are a selection of photos that were sent in

 

 

 


 

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World Aids Day – Getting Zero.

On the 1st of December SAB Cape Region celebrated World Aids Day.  The event also coincided with the employee wellness day and ‘16 Days of Activism’.  General Manager at Newlands Brewery, Diarmaid De Burca, gave a fantastic speech about how this year was the 20th year after Magic Johnson was diagnosed with HIV and that this proved living positively with HIV is not a death sentence. Remember to ‘Get tested’ and lets get to zero new infections! 

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DCP Project Responsible Workshop

On the 29th of November the District Cape Peninsula Market Responsibility Team held a Project Responsible workshop at the Newlands Brewery.

The 37 traders who attended were transported on buses to Newlands where they went on a brewery tour.

In addition to the brewery tour Leana Olivier (CEO of FARR) and David Frost (Safely Home Programme Manager) presented on the harmful effects of alcohol.

David’s breathalyser was used to test the traders breath alcohol levels at the end of their tour after the beers they had consumed in the pub.  Many expressed surprise that they were over the limit to drive despite ‘only having two beers’. 

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DCI Market Responsibility Team – Stakeholder Braai

On Sunday the 27th of November the DCI Market Responsibility Team hosted a braai for their stakeholders at the Bellville Depot. 

The braai was arranged to say thank you to the SAPS, Western Cape Liquor Board and Community Policing Forum members that have assisted the team throughout the year.

The stakeholders also thanked SAB for the support they have received in crime fighting initiatives.     

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Caledon Beer Festival

On the 5th of November the District Cape Inland Market Responsibility Team ran a ‘Regret Nothing’ campaign at the Caledon Beer Festival.

The team provided consumers at the event with purified drinking water, and promoted the ‘Regret Nothing’ campaign with caps, t-shirts, water bottles and lanyards.

Consumers were also encouraged to test their breath alcohol levels with  disposable breathalysers before driving.   

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World Food Day

On the 14th of October SAB & the Western Cape Department of Agriculture in partnership with the Matzikama Local Municipality celebrated World Food Day at Doringbaai on the West Coast. During the event a food mountain made up of contributions from the staff of the Department of Agriculture, the World Food Bank and SAB were handed over to various beneficiaries of Doringbaai.

During his speech the MEC for Agriculture Gerrit van Rensburg thanked SAB for getting involved and taking the upliftment of impoverished communities seriously.

Our thanks goes out to Deidre Esau (Acting Market Responsibility Manager – DCP) for taking the time to represent SAB at the event.

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DCI – Epping Forest Neighbourhood Watch   

On the 21st of September, Garnett Kallis of the District Inland Market Responsibility Team hosted the Epping Forest Neighbourhood Watch volunteers on a tour of the Newlands Brewery.

The tour forms part of his efforts to build good relationships with the communities he works in.



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DCI – Elsies River and Bishop Lavis Neighbourhood Watches

Garnett Kallis also donated bibs, balaclavas, and gloves to the Elsie’s River and Bishop Lavis Neighbourhood Watches.  The donation will make them easily identifiable to the community at large and help reduce crime.

 

 

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Stakeholder Relations – B.A.C Golf Day 

On the 30th of September, Corporate Affairs sponsored the 14th hole at the Business Against Crime golf day.  B.A.C has been one of our key stakeholders in the Responsible Trader Programme.

A huge thanks to Fallon from the Events Team for arranging the Castle Lite stand and the ice cold beers for all the golfers.     

 

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Kickstart

The Kickstart class of 2011 have been attending business skills training workshops in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.  31 young business men and women are attending these training sessions.  The sessions run over a period of 4 weeks and will end early in September.

In addition to the training, the top 6 Kickstarters from last years classes attended the adjudication for the National Kickstart  Awards .  Lets hope the Cape Region can have the same success as last year and take home first prize again.      Read More ...

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The Responsible Trader - Graduation Ceremony

The graduation ceremony for the pilot phase of the Responsible Trader Programme took place on the SAB Oval on the 3rd of August.  The more than 200 traders from the Western Cape who participated in the pilot phase of the programme attended the graduation.  Also in attendance were members of the liquor board, Business Against Crime and SAPS.

An evaluation of the pilot showed an increase in traders’ knowledge about how to trade responsibly in their outlets. Traders rated the programme highly on applicability of knowledge and skills for themselves, their business and immediate communities. More than 95% of participating traders were committed to applying the knowledge and skills received within their outlets. Traders were also positive about their role in contributing towards the role of alcohol abuse harm in communities.      Read More ...

 

 

 

 


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DCI – Women in the Making

The Market Responsibility Team from DCI hosted a Women in the Making workshop for women’s month.  Female liquor traders from the Wallacedean area attended the workshop that was hosted at the Wallacedean Community Hall.  The workshop focusing on reducing harm from alcohol, reducing domestic violence and encouraging entrepreneurial skills, was run in partnership with the local SAPS and Community Policing Forum.

The event was a huge success and those present made the following resolution:
“The changes we have seen in the Liquor industry in the Western Cape has created new challenges for us as liquor traders, and the communities we trade in and belong to. It has become evident that it’s our duty as the custodians of the liquor trade to adapt to the transformation by adhering to responsible trading practices.” 

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DCP – CSI Initiative

On the 19th August, the DCP MRO team donated blankets to the Elukhuselweni Orphanage in E section, Khayelitsha. This project was part of a partnership with the CPF and tavern owners who were present to hand over the blankets.   

 

 

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 67 Minutes for Mandela

Three districts completed their 67 minutes for Mandela.  The Market Responsibility team from DCP distributed blankets to destitute people living on the streets and to the Wynberg Homeless Shelter.  The Market Responsibility Team from DCI distributed blankets to the Robin Hood Crèche and to community members in Wallacedean, Robertson, Elsie's River, Delft, Strand and Paarl. In some areas this was done in partnership with SAPS.     

 

 

 

Finally the licensing team from District EP created soup kitchens, in and around Port Elizabeth, at the Walmer Dumping Site and Airport dumping site.  Employees bought ingredients, made soup and distributed at the soup kitchen.  The soup kitchens were part of FAWU and COSATU’s Nelson Mandela celebrations.

 

 
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DCP – CSI Day

Well done to DCP for giving the Shawco Home for the Aged in Nyanga, as well as the centre hosting the Youth for Change in Nyanga, a face lift for their CSI Day.

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