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Sustainability: a lever for growth

Sustainability is becoming more and more about business as companies realise that it can be a lever for growth...

By Danette Breitenbach 30 Jun 2015 07:30

Social enterprise is changing - Neil Robinson
Social enterprise is changing - Neil Robinson

Relate, a South African not-for-profit, recently announced its phenomenal growth by 70% in just one financial year.

By Jessica Taylor 24 Jun 2015 07:00

Partnerships can rectify school sanitation horrors
Partnerships can rectify school sanitation horrors

A recent exposé published in a South African daily newspaper and featured on the front page as "School Toilets of Shame", revealed the horrific truth about sanitation in Gauteng schools - in most cases there isn't any...

By Peter Cowan 2 Apr 2015 10:40

Bookmarks Awards reflect a maturing industry
Bookmarks Awards reflect a maturing industry

Winning a Bookmarks Awards is important. It is meaningful for a number of reasons, of which the winning is the least important...

By Danette Breitenbach 23 Feb 2015 11:11

Peter Cowan
Fostering Ubuntu for a brighter future

As early as the 1950s, the term "Ubuntu" has been seen in African literature ... The word encompasses a plethora of social rights movements, simply translating to the most basic action and human kindness...

By Peter Cowan 3 Dec 2014 10:57

Bonnie Ramaila
Is CSI a farce or impactful?

Where is the difference if it's not sustainable and soon forgotten?

By Bonnie Ramaila 24 Nov 2014 10:15

Loeries 2014: Unilever leads the shift from the African opportunity to the African challenge
Loeries 2014: Unilever leads the shift from the African opportunity to the African challenge

Unilever believes that creativity is the key to making sustainable living commonplace - its vision not only for itself as a company, but SA and the African continent as a whole...

By Jessica Taylor 22 Sep 2014 10:35

Grootbos... In for The Long Run
Grootbos... In for The Long Run

For Grootbos Nature Reserve owner and Managing Director Michael Lutzeyer, being included in The Long Run is big news.

By Brian Berkman 6 Jun 2014 10:19

Vijay Sai Pratap
The evolving business model for m-governance

A look at the evolving business model for (mobile governance) m-governance projects and the use of mobile technology as a catalyst for inclusive development.

By Vijay Sai Pratap 27 Mar 2014 14:00

Clear out your closet for #TheStreetStore
Clear out your closet for #TheStreetStore

Now here's an interesting concept - some of us are proper hoarders when it comes to our wardrobes, but here's an opportunity to give it all away to the homeless. It's called The Street Store, and it's happening Tuesday, 14 January 2014, in Green Point, Cape Town.

By Sindy Peters 13 Jan 2014 07:06

Planning CSI strategy
Planning CSI strategy

Corporate social investment (CSI) has evolved in leaps and bounds and is no longer viewed as a simple charitable donation or a PR spin to ease the corporate conscience and enhance the brand's image.

By Marcel Strauss 18 Nov 2013 14:23

New ICT centres for Prestwich Street Primary
New ICT centres for Prestwich Street Primary

New ICT centres were unveiled at Prestwich Street Primary in Green Point last week. The school is situated in an affluent area, but serves mainly underprivileged learners.

By Sindy Peters 7 Nov 2013 08:58

Jillian Reilly
Moving beyond aid - the Obama parade

Jillian Reilly is one of 20 speakers who will be sharing an 'idea worth spreading' on the TEDxCapeTown stage on Saturday 20 July as part of TEDxCapeTown's 2013 'Amazing People, Crazy Places' event.

By Jillian Reilly 11 Jul 2013 11:16

Suiting up for social change
Suiting up for social change

5 for Change recently held its second annual black tie fundraising event in Cape Town, introducing five social enterprises to many of the city's young professionals.

By Sindy Peters 28 May 2013 07:30

&Beyond goes beyond... for our rhinos
&Beyond goes beyond... for our rhinos

The staggering increase in rhino poaching globally has many corporations placing rhino-saving programmes on the top of the CSI agendas, and &Beyond has stepped up to the plate...

By Brian Berkman 15 Mar 2013 05:23

[2013 trends] It is no longer business as usual
[2013 trends] It is no longer business as usual

No matter how slow off the mark, we have all come to the realisation that, no matter what line of business we are in, drastic measures are needed in order for us to not only increase market share but also to survive. It is not, however, all doom and gloom and for those who are embracing innovation and prepared to experiment with new ideas, a lot of opportunity awaits to reconnect with consumers and rise above the negative economic factors.

By Dave Nemeth 30 Jan 2013 10:44

[2013 trends] The year ahead for experiential marketing
[2013 trends] The year ahead for experiential marketing

It's that time of the year where agencies are asked to haul out the old crystal ball and provide pearls of thumb-sucking wisdom. Before we do so, it would be wise to see how history might repeat itself. Reflecting briefly, for experiential marketing, 2012 was quite a year locally and abroad. Oh, and mazeltov on surviving the Mayan apocalypse - it was touch-and-go for a second there.

By Mike Silver 29 Jan 2013 11:18

[2013 trends] A virtuous cycle - appscriptions, augmented, apocalypses and other apt trends
[2013 trends] A virtuous cycle - appscriptions, augmented, apocalypses and other apt trends

The world is more interdependent and interconnected than ever before. Technology is ensuring the free flow of ideas, information and energy; creative co-operation and influence; and is bringing change across the globe that is happening at an unprecedented and accelerated rate.

By Gisèle Wertheim Aymés 25 Jan 2013 12:59

[2013 trends] Predictions for the retail sector
[2013 trends] Predictions for the retail sector

A transformation is in motion amongst shoppers and retailers country-wide. Consumers are becoming more discerning and demanding, and retailers and manufacturers are under pressure to innovate, offer quality and savings - all in one eco-friendly package! Here are some interesting trends for the retail sector that I've identified for 2013.

By Gareth Pearson 23 Jan 2013 12:48

[2013 trends] 'Goodvertising' - the key to brand leadership
[2013 trends] 'Goodvertising' - the key to brand leadership

There's a transformational shift happening and it's picking up pace in the New Year. Business and its far-reaching (some might say overreaching) arm, advertising, are becoming more responsible, more caring and more sustainable.

By Thomas Kolster 22 Jan 2013 10:53

[2013 trends] Everything's so serious - time we loosened up a little!
[2013 trends] Everything's so serious - time we loosened up a little!

In reviewing the past few years from an events perspective, I'm tempted to ask: "Where did all the fun go?" As both the South African and the international events industries have grown, developed, matured and become increasingly competitive - all within the context of the global economic crisis - I might be forgiven for thinking that the game plan has changed.

By Karen Ashwin 16 Jan 2013 10:40

Nick van Rensburg
Local supply lines increase economic growth

Over the years, Anglo American's enterprise development arm, Zimele, has discovered a pool of businesses and individuals in various communities with the entrepreneurial capacity to be incorporated successfully into its supply chain.

By Nick van Rensburg 1 Jun 2012 10:01

Issa Sikiti da Silva
[Sustainability media seminar]: Can SA drift towards a green economy?

South Africa, Africa's economic powerhouse and the world's 11th greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter, will have to restructure its economy away from capital and energy-intensive growth and strive to shift it towards the green line due to severe implications of climate change, Nedbank chief economist Dennis Dykes said last week in Sandton, Johannesburg, while addressing a media seminar on sustainability.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 26 Oct 2011 12:18

Amelia Jones
Why we need more Mandela Days

Mandela Day today, Monday 18 July 2011, is an important day because it rallies people to think about what they can do to improve the world around them. It's easy to be dismissive about such events; after all, is 67 minutes of someone's time or some commercially inspired corporate gesture really going to make much difference? Probably not, but it's an argument that somewhat misses the point.

By Amelia Jones 18 Jul 2011 13:49

Chefs of the world unite against hunger in South Africa
Chefs of the world unite against hunger in South Africa

At a media launch for the Bidvest World Chefs' Tour Against Hunger, held yesterday 24 May 2011 at Punchinellos at Southern Sun Montecasino, Dr Bill Gallagher made a plea for support from corporates and the public for the forthcoming event, scheduled for 21-30 August 2011.

By Gwen Watkins 25 May 2011 14:41

Biz.Travel Q&A with Lew Rood
Biz.Travel Q&A with Lew Rood

While there may be a better safari experience, many will say there is no dispute that Singita is the bespoke safari product with the best marketing. As Singita's public relations and trade relations manager, the softly spoken Lew Rood has had a deft hand in creating arguably the most sought-after safari brand. We met at The Taj Hotel, Cape Town for coffee.

By Brian Berkman 4 Mar 2011 09:35

[2011 trends] The shift hits the fan
[2011 trends] The shift hits the fan

You don't have to be clairvoyant to figure that this is the time of year for scenario planning - but this, the year that kicked off so neatly with its demonstration of pure binary code 1111, that has had mathematicians all atwitter about its status not only as the first prime year since 2003, but also the year that is the sum of no less than 11 consecutive prime numbers, will be more than different. So what does 'primeness' mean now?

By Terry Levin 24 Jan 2011 12:55

Innovative Franchise Concepts' lifeline to informal traders
Innovative Franchise Concepts' lifeline to informal traders

Informal traders have been offered a 'golden' opportunity to formalise their business and change the face of their trading processes through the Drink & Snack franchise. The project, an initiative of Innovative Franchise Concepts (IFC) and funded by National Brands Limited (NBL), will kick off today, Wednesday, 13 October 2010, in selected areas of Johannesburg.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 13 Oct 2010 08:23

Issa Sikiti da Silva
Green leadership: what consumers expect from media

In an industry prone to sensationalism, hearsay journalism, reporting keener on settling scores than informing, pathetic wages, mass exodus of skills and lack of ongoing training, environmental reporting in Africa is almost non-existent. Some believe African media's indifference towards green issues constitutes an affront to impoverished populations that pin their hopes on newsrooms to hold profit-obsessed businesses to account for hurting the planet.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 8 Jul 2010 12:01

Partnership boosts Jet Community Awards
Partnership boosts Jet Community Awards

Free-to-air TV station e.tv this year joined forces with Edcon Group to take the seven-year-old Jet Community Awards to another level - to create awareness around community projects participation and give exposure to those who are working hard under difficult conditions to improve the lives of ‘forgotten' people living in socially-disadvantaged areas of Southern Africa.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 5 Nov 2009 08:20

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