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SA doing well on the entrepreneurship front, report says
SA doing well on the entrepreneurship front, report says

South African entrepreneurs have overcome slow GDP growth rate and Big Business competition to produce some of the most successful enterprises on the continent...

16 Mar 2017

Launch event of the Old Mutual Black Distributor's Trust Infinitum Initiative
Old Mutual initiative aims to further drive transformation

Old Mutual Black Distributor's Trust has launched Infinitum Initiative, an incubation programme that aims to further boost transformation in the financial services sector...

15 Mar 2017

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Auditing profession must look beyond the numbers for real transformation

IRBA outlines its concerns around the slow pace of transformation of the financial services sector before parliament...

15 Mar 2017

GIBS hosts the fourth International Conference on Responsible Leadership
GIBS hosts the fourth International Conference on Responsible Leadership

Responsible and effective leadership is under the spotlight at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Illovo, Johannesburg this week...

Issued by Gordon Institute of Business Science 14 Mar 2017

First Johnson & Johnson Africa Innovation Challenge winners
First Johnson & Johnson Africa Innovation Challenge winners

Johnson & Johnson has announced the winners of the first Africa Innovation Challenge at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress today, 14 March 2017...

14 Mar 2017

Vumelana Advisory Fund recognised for land reform projects
Vumelana Advisory Fund recognised for land reform projects

The Vumelana Advisory Fund was acknowledged at the 2017 Drivers of Change Awards, hosted by the Southern Africa Trust and the Mail & Guardian, after having been nominated under the Special Mention category of the 2016 Investing in the Future Awards...

14 Mar 2017

Social grants chaos: A major threat to rural economies
Social grants chaos: A major threat to rural economies

In South Africa, while big businesses are the engines of economic growth making South Africa the largest economy in Africa, the country's rural towns' economy is not as prosperous. This is mainly due to...

By Hamlet Hlomendlini 13 Mar 2017

SA making notable progress in closing the gender gap
SA making notable progress in closing the gender gap

South Africa currently ranks 15th out of 144 countries when it comes to closing the gender gap...

10 Mar 2017

Women in senior executive positions remain marginal: survey
Women in senior executive positions remain marginal: survey

A patriarchal culture has hindered the growth of women holding key executive positions in South Africa.

10 Mar 2017

Over R30m to transform home building industry
Over R30m to transform home building industry

The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) will be spending more than R30m in the new financial year in its efforts to bring about transformation in the home building industry...

10 Mar 2017

Computer scientists can make important contributions to fixing societal ills. UNAMID/Flickr,
Africa needs more women computer scientists. How to make it happen

In Africa, a continent grappling with many social ills, it's critical that universities produce more Computer Science graduates. It's also one that equips students with crucial skills...

By Chao Charity Mbogo 9 Mar 2017

How microfinance reduces gender inequality in developing countries
How microfinance reduces gender inequality in developing countries

An increase in the proportion of women accessing microfinance services by just 15% could potentially reduce gender inequality, as measured by the Gender Inequality Index, by half in the average developing nation...

By Quanda Zhang and Alberto Posso 3 Mar 2017

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#DesignIndaba2017: Students' social activism FTW!

Global design students Bo-Won Keum of the Rhode Island School of Design affectionately known as ‘Risdee' (RISD) and Rhys Jones of Canada's Carleton University of Industrial Design, enthralled attendees at the second day of Design Indaba 2017 with their use of design to make the world a better place...

By Leigh Andrews 2 Mar 2017

#DesignIndaba2017: Real global connectivity, three words at a time
#DesignIndaba2017: Real global connectivity, three words at a time

Technology designer Chris Sheldrick lit up the afternoon session on the first day of Design Indaba 2017 with his talk on tech startup What3words and used small words with big numbers to explain how it is quite literally changing the world for the better...

By Leigh Andrews 1 Mar 2017

Government to fast-track Black Industrialists Programme
Government to fast-track Black Industrialists Programme

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies says government plans to accelerate the creation of black industrialists with an aim of creating 100 black industrialists by the end of the coming financial year...

1 Mar 2017

GSMA report encourages government policies for inclusive digital economies
GSMA report encourages government policies for inclusive digital economies

The GSMA has released its Embracing the Digital Revolution: Policies for Building the Digital Economy report which encourages governments to pursue policies that incentivise investment and promote development of digital economies...

27 Feb 2017

Empowerment is not just whitewashing
Empowerment is not just whitewashing

In 2015 the Department of Trade and Industry announced amendments to the broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) codes. As much as BEE has been a part of the business language for about 13 years, these latest changes reflect that government views business ownership as an integral element to transform the South African economy...

By Stacey Davidson 22 Feb 2017

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Universities to improve access for disabled

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has invested about R175.6m to ensure that students and staff with disabilities have improved access to university facilities...

22 Feb 2017

Amanda Clack, president of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is one of the speakers at the RICS Africa Summit.
RICS Africa Summit to host mentoring workshop with Women's Property Network

The annual RICS Africa Summit, taking place in Sandton, Johannesburg, 22-23 February, will place a stronger focus on the empowerment of women in the built environment...

21 Feb 2017

Evashin Naidoo from Garden Court Marine Parade
Tsogo Sun's Deaf Chef programme changing lives

Tsogo Sun introduced a Deaf Chef programme in March 2010, to change the lives of many aspiring deaf or hard of hearing chefs in KwaZulu-Natal...

20 Feb 2017

Africa must bust the myth that girls aren't good at maths and science
Africa must bust the myth that girls aren't good at maths and science

Children's ideas about what their gender means for their intellectual capacity are formed before they have even turned six...

By Nox Makunga 20 Feb 2017

Professor Barry Dwolatzky, director of the JCSE
Wits launches CEFF Digital Innovation Challenge

Wits has launched its Campus Personal Navigator Challenge which aims to develop innovative systems to assist students with visual and physical disabilities to independently navigate Wits' vast campus...

15 Feb 2017

Students at the 2017 Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Camp for Girls at the University of Wollongong. Paul Jones/UOW, Author provided
How to find success as a woman in science

As children we are encouraged to dream big, and many young people – including young women and girls – aspire to a career in science...

By Kara Perrow, Amy Wyatt, and Martina Sanderson-Smit 13 Feb 2017

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Urban farming produces more than food: social networks are a key spinoff

By talking to the farmers we found that even having a small backyard food garden puts you in touch with neighbours, NGOs and local government, which in turn creates a wealth of spin-off benefits...

By David Olivie 10 Feb 2017

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Africa: a continent of hope

Far too often, the world views Africa through the prism of problems. When I look to Africa, I see a continent of hope, promise and vast potential...

By António Guterres 6 Feb 2017

City cleanup tough on the poor in Benin's economic hub
City cleanup tough on the poor in Benin's economic hub

Traders and hawkers armed with brooms and bags sweep pavements and scoop up rubble in Benin's economic capital Cotonou, where the authorities have ordered a vast city cleanup...

3 Feb 2017

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Building rules and regulations work against Cape Town's poor

We must challenge planning and land use management if we want a more equal city...

By Noah Schermbrucker 2 Feb 2017

Redressing inequality in SA through skills development and entrepreneurship
Redressing inequality in SA through skills development and entrepreneurship

Inequality emerged as a major theme at the 47th World Economic Forum in Davos, and remains a pressing concern globally and in South Africa...

By Ryan Ravens 1 Feb 2017

The City of Cape Town has committed to turning the Woodstock clinic into social housing. The clinic will be relocated to District Six. Photo: Christine Hogg
City promises social housing in Woodstock

Sceptical activist calls for concrete plans...

By Christine Hogg 1 Feb 2017

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