[Su-Mari Du Bruyn] There is always some unpalatable job in any business that needs to be done in order to keep the wheels turning. It is a job generally characterised by no one noticing when it is being done right, but with absolutely everyone complaining the moment that things go wrong.
[Maja Rode] On Sunday, 7 October 2012, I was one of 20 000 runners that traversed the substantial divide between Sandton and Alexandra as part of Nike's 'We Run Jozi' 10km race. Despite the impeccable organisation, challenging route and fantastic vibe, crossing the finish line left me feeling strangely empty.
[Nick van Rensburg] 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.
[Sarah Britten] Do you have a favourite example of how marketing can have a positive impact on the world? I never hesitate when I'm asked that question: the Outsurance pointspeople. Social good meets brand awareness and affinity: it's a win-win situation.
[Reana Rossouw] In the majority of industries, exact standards of measurement - 'best practice' - already exist. However, in some less 'mature' industries, these assessment standards have not yet evolved to a level where everybody who works in the industry is on the same page as to what the 'best practice' standards are. This is typically the case with socio economic development (SED).
[Theresa Mallinson] This writer never met late photojournalist Anton Hammerl, slain in Libya on 5 April 2011. What is abundantly clear though, is that he was a kind-hearted man who formed strong, lasting friendships. Now his friends around the world have banded together to set up "Friends of Anton", an online campaign to raise money for his children's education.
[Amelia Jones] 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.
[Issa Sikiti da Silva] As another Nelson Mandela International Day nears (Monday, 18 July 2011), the IMC - in partnership with the Homecoming Revolution, Sanlam, SA The Good News, Direct Marketing Association of SA, Heartlines and loveLife - is urging all South Africans to use their resources, skills, time, money or goods to play their part by giving 67 minutes or more to do something good for their communities to make SA a better place to live in.
[Matt Rose] South African consumers, like other westernised nations, are all too familiar with products and brands that seem to be affiliated with certain 'causes'. Don't get me wrong; I am not against philanthropy or charity, but after being exposed to Slovenian philosopher Slajov Zizek's commentary on this issue called "first as tragedy, then as farce", I felt deeply disturbed by this global marketing trend. [video]
[Issa Sikiti da Silva] Independent news media houses in most developing and emerging markets are not only battling to save their skins from governments' oppressive tactics and policies, but are also being upstaged by state-funded media outlets in terms of financial support and resources. WAN-IFRA and SIDA yesterday, Tuesday, 31 May 2011, published a report analysing how social investors and donors can increase funding to news media in these parts of the world.
[Daniel Munslow] TORONTO, CANADA: "How do we shift the way we think of the world...? We need to find opportunities in our daily lives to give back. It's the right thing to do, but it also has a good business case." So said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of Free The Children, speaking at a special general session hosted at the recent 2010 IABC World Conference in Toronto, Canada.
[Kevin Bloom] When John Perlman was presenter of the AM Live show on SAfm, it was one of the most hard-hitting and influential radio programmes in the country. His famous run-in with the broadcaster's politburo left him weary of political games, so he founded an NGO. Now the one-time cynic is a full-time believer.
|[Dr Graeme Codrington] I have delayed writing this post out of respect for the dead, although the thought first came to me in the very week after Haiti suffered their horrific earthquake. A few weeks on, the scale of the tragedy is now clear, and the difficult task is to rebuild this broken country - a task that could take a generation, as the Haitian president claimed. He's probably right.|
|I agree with everything that you wrote ... but you oversimplified the matter. You didn't include People With Disabilities. According to the United Nations department of social development: an ESTIMATED 1/3 of the global population are directly affected with disabilities. Yet, despite this being the case, this population-group ... and their needs ... is shrouded by a veil of silence.|
[Tshepiso Seopa] Jacaranda 94.2's Good Morning Angels (GMA) relaunched yesterday, Monday, 19 January 2009. A regular feature on the Breakfast Show for a number of years, through it the station reaches out to listeners in need of assistance, mostly medical and, more recently with the economic meltdown, economic, through its network of clients, contacts, friends, and agencies.