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Image: Milking Profits: A Tale of Cows in Kenya Non-governmental organisations should connect to markets and build networks to sustain their development ventures. It is not funding that is the problem for civil society but access to markets, according to Sisa Ntshona, head of enterprise development at ABSA Bank. He was speaking at the Impact Investing Conference, held by Greater Capital at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute for Business Science (GIBS).   Read More...



HEADLINES, Enterprise, Skills Development
Image: The Entrepreneurial Revolution - moving from Alchemy to Science
South Africa should promote entrepreneurship to enable people to create jobs and also contribute to the country’s economic growth on a sustainable basis. The growing necessity for fast tracking our economic development in South Africa and the pivotal importance of entrepreneurship in achieving this has led to recent calls for an entrepreneurial revolution in this country.   Read More...



Enterprise
By: Catherine Wijnberg

As any business leader with a few years under their belt can testify, all organisations - be they advertising agencies, marketing agencies, retailers, NGOs, manufacturing, publications - go through challenges as part of the natural growth cycle. These range from managing excessive growth as the result of a surge in business, to dealing with a downturn that leaves you feeling as though everything is hanging on by a thread. The measure of a good leader is one that can weather all these storms, and come out smiling and stronger at the end!   Read More...




Enterprise
by Anton Ressel, Fetola

 Recent studies show a worrying and very steep decline in the number of new businesses being started in South Africa. However, if one looks a bit deeper, there is cause for optimism.

The recent Quarterly Labour Force Survey by Statistics SA reports that, over the past decade, there has been a staggering 76% decline in the number of new businesses being registered, from 250 000 in 2001 to only 58 000 in 2011. However, as journalist Teigue Paine notes in a recent article, this is in all likelihood as much in response to increasingly onerous tax and labour laws in South Africa, as to the recession or any other global economic conditions.   Read More...




Enterprise

A recent snap survey by enterprise development specialists Fetola, showed that 93% of small businesses are uncertain about where and how to access finance. “It seems that in South Africa a primary challenge is the difficulty associated with accessing funds, as opposed to the actual availability of funds for businesses,” says Catherine Wijnberg, Fetola CEO.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Enterprise
When Sthembiso Makhanya was retrenched, he didn’t sit around bemoaning his fate. He got down to business.

That was more than a decade ago and Makhanya is now cleaning up – literally. His company Themzak Cleaning Chemicals, which he owns with Zakhele Sikhosana, manufactures and supplies cleaning material and equipment and makes everything from cleaners, floor polish and disinfectants to degreasers and sanitisers.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Enterprise
The Cape Town dynamo is proof that dreams do come true.

That’s if a person with passion and drive is given both a chance to showcase their skills as well as a helping hand. Ncisana – who grew up in a shack in Khayelitsha is the founder and owner of the burgeoning Impumelelo Staffing Solutions.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Enterprise
A CSI initiative from RamsayMedia and BoE

The Picture the Change project, a CSI initiative from RamsayMedia and BoE Private Clients, calls on concerned South Africans to submit photos depicting how they would like the world to be or what they would like changed....

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COMPANY NEWS , Enterprise

Think of ten people who have changed the world… before you start counting off names like Mother Theresa and Mahatma Ghandi, try looking a little closer to home.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Enterprise

Increasingly, private companies are expected by society and governments to actively contribute to addressing the planet’s major social and environmental challenges.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Enterprise
Dedicated efforts lead to 2011 CSI Award

 The African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa in Cape Town led the way last year, with their social investment efforts garnering them the Protea Hospitality Group’s 2011 CSI Award.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Enterprise, Skills Development
Successful workshops lead to follow-ups.

Following the success of workshops held in 2010 and 2011, the non-profit organisation Symphonia for South Africa will once again be holding Community Building workshops in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Durban between 20 February and 25 May 2012.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Enterprise, HIV/AIDS

This year, the theme for World Aids Day is "Getting to Zero.”  Which translates to zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.  But how do we get there?   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Civil Action/Philanthropy, Advocacy , Enterprise

The tough business climate is forcing strategic change, especially in the non-profit sector where revenue streams are even drier. Long established Open Africa has partnered with leading luxury safari lodges as it transitions to a more self-sustaining (less donor dependent) social enterprise model.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Enterprise, Social & Community

Non-profit organisations registered as Section 21 companies have two years to amend their founding documents in order to comply with the new Companies Act.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Enterprise
Voted one of the top 10 most trusted non profits in South Africa

 Non profits are facing the most challenging times since the end of apartheid. We need to get more people, giving more to reputable causes – and you can help. Myggsa.co.za is a trusted online community for good but there’s still enormous potential to grow our community of causes to be even more representative of the non-profit sector in South Africa.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Enterprise
Image: Mamelani Director - Top 200 Young South Africans

Carly Tanur, Mamelani's founding director was shortlisted as one of South Africa's top 200 Young South Africans by the Mail and Guardian newspaper.   Read More...




Enterprise
Image: Mamelani Director - Top 200 Young South Africans

Carly Tanur, Mamelani's founding director was shortlisted as one of South Africa's top 200 Young South Africans by the Mail and Guardian newspaper.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Enterprise
Collaboration for SA

The International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) can only reach its goals if all stakeholders such as business, government and civil society respond to a call to collaborate in realising the positioning of South Africa as a globally competitive nation. This was the central message at a stakeholder summit of the IMC held in Johannesburg last month.   Read More...




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Speakers confirmed

Speakers have been updated and confirmed for the African Investors' Summit on Social Investing and Social Enterprise in Africa, in Cape Town in May.   Read More...



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