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Urgent job creation needed through small enterprises-this vital topic is a key focus at the 10th Annual Conference.

South Africa urgently needs to create millions of jobs through small enterprises – and this vital topic will be a key focus at the 10th annual Trialogue Business in Society Conference, to be held at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg on 16 and 17 May. Over 50 expert speakers and panellists, and several hundred delegates, will meet to discuss how to grow new enterprises, harness technology for development, and build better community partnerships. 

According to The National Development Plan, 90% of the 11 million jobs that the country needs by 2020 will be created through small businesses. However, according to the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) 80-90% of new businesses fail in the first two years due to lack of access to markets, capital and/or business skills. 

Enterprise Development sessions.

Conference keynote speakers include but are not limited to:

  • Tracking a decade of trends and forecasting the future of CSI in South Africa, by Trialogue director Cathy Duff (Tues 16 May 08:45)
  • Overview of ICT for development by Vuyani Jarana, Chief Officer of Vodacom Business (Tues 16 May 14:35)
  • Overview of international trends and best practice in corporate philanthropy by Mark Tulay, Director of Strategic Investor Initiative at the CEO Force for Good (CECP) in New York (Wed 17 May 08:40)
  • Overview of small enterprise development by Allon Raiz, founder and CEO of Raizcorp business incubator. He’s authored Lose the Business Plan and What to Do When You Want to Give Up. (17 May 10:35)
  • A keynote address by Mrs Graça Machel on the role of women in a sustainable and prosperous African future. (Tuesday 16 May 08:45).

Keynote speaker
The keynote speaker in the enterprise development session on 17 May, presented in partnership with the Eskom Development Foundation, is Allon Raiz, founder and CEO of Raizcorp business incubator. Raiz has authored Lose the Business Plan and What to Do When You Want to Give Up, and hosts The Big Small Business Show on Business Day TV. 

A panel discussion and question and answer session follows with Raiz and Antoinia Norman of the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship SA. They will be joined by  Daniel Hatfield, MD  of  Edge Growth (economic and social development);  Jo Nel,  Associate Professor at the University of Limpopo  and CEO  of  Edupark, an NPO established to serve  local communities; and award-winning entrepreneur, author and speaker Thato Kgatlhanye of  Rethaka Repurpose Schoolbags. 

Business breakouts 

Delegates will drill down further in three breakout sessions – social enterprise, youth and entrepreneurship, and case studies.

The session on social enterprise includes Beth Richardson, executive director of B Lab SA (mobilising business as a force for good); Gabrielle Habberton, Impact Assessment Advisory Manager at multi-disciplinary development specialists Greater Impact;  Kerryn Krige, who  heads up the Network for Social Entrepreneurs at GIBS; Millicent Maroga, head of the  Old Mutual Foundation;  and Thato Kgatlhanye. 

The second breakout session will discuss fostering a culture of entrepreneurship among South African youth.

Main contributors will be Antoinia Norman; Arie Bouwer, CEO Education with Enterprise Trust (in-school entrepreneurship education); Nelly Mofokeng, MD of Junior Achievement SA (entrepreneurial and financial literacy programmes); and Steven Zwane, founder of Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development (career coaching and mentorship for young adults). 

The third breakout session will examine enterprise development case studies.

Entrepreneurs include Ezekiel Madigoe, owner of Mamapo Chemicals, which makes industrial and household chemicals and animal feed, and provides waste management and industrial cleaning services. Thembisile Sithole is the co-owner of G&T Autobody, an automotive repair shop that specialises in panel beating and dent removal, spray painting and restoring vintage vehicles. 
Siya Ralawe, a SME Growth Support Associate at Edge Growth, provides support to SMEs. Steph Prinsloo is a Programme Manager in the Eskom Development Foundation, focusing on the Eskom Contractors’ Academy. This body has offered 83 training interventions to date and 1 141 contractors have completed its programme successfully.  

“We call on companies, NPOs, government, academia and media to get together and share insights, case studies and lessons,” says Trialogue MD Nick Rockey. 

“The conference will be a timely opportunity to engage with social entrepreneurs, resource mobilisers, government, academics and leaders of some of South Africa’s most prominent foundations.” 

CSI Spend

South African corporate social investment (CSI) spend was R8,6 billion in 2015/16, he says. The majority of leading corporations have three or more flagship projects, which they have supported for more than three years. 

Sponsors include Eskom Development Foundation, Nedbank, Vodacom Foundation, MTN Foundation, Telkom, Volkswagen, Rand Water Foundation, Old Mutual, MMI Holdings and Procter & Gamble. 

To find out more:   http://trialogue.co.za/business-in-society-conference-2017/

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