The inaugural Seed Academy/WDB AccelerateHer programme, a three-month business accelerator for female entrepreneurs, sponsored by Shell Downstream South Africa concluded by notching up a string of successes for young black female owned businesses. The fully-funded AccelerateHer programme provided 25 black female entrepreneurs with an intensive programme including developmental workshops, high impact business development support and mentoring from industry specialists and experienced entrepreneurs to fast track their development.
South Africa’s notable leaders rose up to pledge their support to the 2017 CEO SLEEPOUT™, and its special chapter, the SHE-EO SLEEPOUT™.
“I support this initiative as an individual and as a member of the Thuli Madonsela Foundation.
I do hope that this year, the takings are twice or thrice as much as last year.
This is an important initiative that will go a great way in improving people’s lives, thank you CEOs,”
– Adv. Thuli Madonsela, The SheEO SleepOut™ Brand Ambassador –
The Sun International CEO SleepOut™, driven by social enterprise The Philanthropic Collection, sees business leaders spend a night on the streets, raising funds and gaining empathy for the homeless. The CEO SleepOut™ is the main fundraising Event presented by the SleepOut™ Movement, which is sustained through Projects throughout the year. Since its inception in 2015, it has awarded over R34 million to Beneficiary Partners, selected because of their work within one, or more, of the five pillars required to integrate vulnerable communities back into society; shelter, healthcare, education, nutrition, and community.
Despite Coordinated Efforts by Big Beverage Players, SodaStream CEO Says the Company Will Not Be Silenced About the Shameful Use of Polluting Plastic Bottle
December 2016:SodaStream International Ltd. is under a global, coordinated attack by Nestlé and the bottled water industry, for its hugely successful viral campaign, "Shame or Glory", which sheds light on plastic bottle pollution and advocates for using tap water as an alternative to disposable plastics.
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The evolution of CSI - for the better of communities…and the economy
By employing dedicated Corporate Social Investment (CSI) departments, that do concise and researched CSI planning, corporates can have a bigger and better impact on the communities they support to ‘effectively’ uplift people from the ground, to the boardroom, says Glenda Mansfield, CMO of Marketing CSI South Africa.
It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week and no conversation around the growth of new business and business leaders, can be complete without a discussion that involves CSI and the role it does and can, play in growing a better economy.
Jecy Kalume, long-time resident and member of the Mother of Peace Community received a substantial sponsorship boost from SPARK Media to enable him to attend business school and further his studies.
“In lieu of the traditional client Christmas gifts, we will be contributing to Jecy's future education to make his dream a reality," says Joint CEO of SPARK Media, Gill Randall.
The ABF’s next fundraiser, the ever popular Pub Quiz, takes place on the 17th November at the Cedar Lakes Clubhouse.
Clothing retail group Edcon has become the main sponsor for Casual Day. The nature of the group’s business and dressing for casual day seem an appropriate mix.