Young black, female owned businesses on the fast track to success

AccelerateHer programme concludes with lasting impact

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.

MTN celebrates 10 years of community outreach as it prepares to embark on its flagship staff volunteerism programme

Starting today, thousands of MTN employees in South Africa and across the operator’s 22 markets in Africa and the Middle East will be rolling up their sleeves and commencing the month-long and country-wide community upliftment initiatives to alleviate the plight of communities that are less fortunate.

Tebogo Mabye was helped by Add Hope partner MES and now works for the NGO

Add Hope, a powerful initiative that unites KFC customers and staff in the fight against hunger, now feeds over 120 000 children nutritious meals, partnering with 137 beneficiaries across South Africa. Leading up to World Hunger Day on 28 May, Add Hope is using virtual reality experiences for the first time to inspire South Africans to join the Hope against Hunger Challenge and help feed even more children.

Mother’s Day is one of those amazing days where moms are thanked for everything that they have done, it is also a day where moms can reflect on their journey to motherhood. For nine months, you have carried this little person inside of you, watched them grow and felt every movement and within a blink of an eye they are here and you are a mom. The first moment you get to hug your little one is one that you will remember for ever. To mark this special occasion Huggies® will be doing something special for the new moms at the Pholosong Hospital and Far East Rand Hospital in the East Rand, Johannesburg on Mother’s Day.

Professor Justice Yvonne Mokgoro

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 –

Born in Hillbrow to a single mother and surrounded by street gangs and crime, young Tebogo Mabye seemed destined for struggle. Fortunately, he found a safe haven at MES, a partner of Add Hope that is funded by donations that KFC customers make every day. Tebogo, and many other children like him, have been able to turn their lives around thanks to Add Hope and the organisations they work with – becoming role models for other children and breaking the cycle of violence and poverty that threatens to engulf them.  

The CEO SleepOut™ Trust offers an outline of The Legacy Projects created out of funds from The 2016 CEO SleepOut™ by the appointed Beneficiary Partners.

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 year is almost over but not everyone will be having a jolly festive season this year. It’s been a tough time for many in the advertising and communications industry which is why it’s important that we support one another.

The ABF’s next fundraiser, the ever popular Pub Quiz, takes place on the 17th November at the Cedar Lakes Clubhouse.