The YES Initiative has been Gazetted

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The YES Initiative has finally been gazetted! Although gazetted a few weeks ago already, we wanted to wait for feedback from the dti’s briefing session held on the 10th of September, so we could include answers to our questions in our communication with our clients on this initiative. However, it seems the dti is not […]

Collaboration in the Social Economy

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Being both an impact investor as well as a co-founder of a space which is focused on co-working, programmes, and events for social enterprises, I am quite firmly (and happily!) embedded in the social economy. I travel around the world as much as possible with the goal of visiting other social enterprise communities and initiatives […]

B-BBEE: Do South African corporates have their heads in the sand or has a once-well-intentioned policy lost its way?

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Between the idea and the reality Between the motion and the act Falls the shadow – T.S. Eliot I have been operating in the BEE industry for well over a decade and have found myself fighting a losing battle against deep cynicism over the last year. It’s hard to tell whether this is simply because […]

Giving Back on Mandela’s 100th Birthday

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Wednesday, July 18 was Mandela Day, which also happened to be the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela. In celebration, the Simanye team chose to donate care packs to the Immaculata Shelter at 17 Sturdee Ave. in Rosebank (a short walk from our offices at Impact Hub Joburg). Immaculata Shelter has approximately 400 people on their register to whom they […]

2018’s Impact Launchpad Finalists

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This year’s session of our Impact Launchpad is well underway at Impact Hub Joburg. 2018’s programme has a focus on the health, wellness and fitness industries and the finalists this year have some exciting and innovative early-stage start-up ideas that they are beginning to take shape. This week’s session participants are covering the Business Model […]

Proposed amendments to the dti Codes, which could see companies elevate their BEE levels significantly, published for 60 day comment

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On March 29th, the dti released a (draft) Easter gift to South African businesses in the form of a first-ever BEE incentive, along with some changes to Skills Development which could have far-reaching, positive, consequences for the economy, if companies will focus on implementations aligned to impact rather than to compliance only – which is where […]