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 […]

Our Impact Inspired Launchpad Winner Discusses Takeaways

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Our first round of our Impact Inspired closed with a pitch competition and the winner was Reitumetse Matla, founder of Greenthings Projects. Greenthings Projects’ goal is to create an app that would link small-holder farmers with resources (everything from advice to low-cost fertilizers). Reitumetse has a lot of great things to say, not only about his takeaways from participating in […]

Understanding the definition of “51% black-owned” under the dti codes (also: Gazetting the Forest Sector Code)

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The BEE Commissioner has issued a non-binding Practice Guide, the focus of which is the achievement of the coveted “51% black owned”  or “100% black owned” statuses for Qualifying Small Enterprises (QSEs) and Exempted Micro Enterprises (EMEs), which elevates such companies with an annual turnover below R50m to an automatic Level 2 or Level 1 […]

South Africa: inequality is the responsibility of all citizens, not just the government

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Whether you agree with how wages are divided up, with CEOs earning unlimited millions of rands every year and low level workers earning too little to support Maslow’s most basic needs, we surely must be able to acknowledge as a nation that South Africa is in a dire place and that it needs serious help, and fast. […]

Looking back to move forward: new paradigms in business affecting future investment trends

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The world is changing and paradigms of business that worked so well during the industrial revolution are becoming less relevant. What is the future of business and how will this affect investment? When you think of the origins of business, what comes to mind? Cavemen and women bartering with stone tools, or perhaps something more […]