Establishing the best methods to tackle climate change is one of the key challenges facing South Africa today. To inform these decisions, a suite of tools have been developed known as ‘Integrated assessment models’ (IAMs). These models are used to answer central questions about climate change, from how the world could avoid 1.5C of global warming at the lowest cost, through to the implications of countries’ current pledges to cut emissions. Read more about this initiative here.
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|The Jobs Summit lays the basis for more responsive and effective collaboration between social partners to deliver on the promise of a better economy for all South Africans, by ensuring that commitments are clear and precise, that they strengthen existing initiatives and develop new ones. Technical Assistance and Mentorship Development (TAMDEV) is an intervention whereby experienced individuals assist in the improvement of service delivery by participating in the execution and support of potential solutions with the aim to strengthen the capacity. TAMDEV is operating from within the National Business Initiative (NBI) and has recently appointed Ruth Troskie as the Programme Manager. The Initiative is supported by ASISA, Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), the National Mentorship Movement (NMM), Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), iLimaLethu Trust, the National Business Initiative (NBI) and the Banking Association of South Africa (BASA). To get involved, please contact: RuthT@nbi.org.za|
|The National Business Initiative (NBI) and its partners have initiated a programme to develop learning and employment pathways for Technical Plumbing Assistants, targeting unemployed and underqualified youth and offering a pathway to becoming a qualified Plumber. The Initiative provides an opportunity for employers looking to tap into a high-potential technical skills talent pool of young people for its entry-level employment needs, enterprise / supplier development incubation and apprenticeship opportunities. Interested employers who are willing to host students for workplace learning should contact: Cecil Macheke or Shavilla Harpal. For more information, view the full programme here.|
|The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Graduate School of Business (GSB), through its involvement in the Embedding Project, has been recognised in the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International’s (AACSB) annual 2019 Innovations That Inspire challenge. UCT News, 4 July 2019.|
|The NBI in partnership with the OTHER FOUNDATION, the LGBTI+ FORUM and PLUS hosted a Thought Leadership dialogue to discuss why inclusion is essential for organisations to meaningfully address in order to drive transformation and innovation, and to learn from experiences within workplaces. For a high level overview of the engagement and dialogue, kindly click here to view the recently launched video.|
|Water availability is one of the biggest threats facing South Africa’s people and businesses. 46% of municipalities cannot fulfill their water and waste mandate. To fix SA’s water crisis – this is where we need to start. Listen to NBI’s Alex McNamara discussing strategies on how to fix SA’s water crisis. Daily Maverick, 13 June 2019.|
Ekurhuleni East TVET College hosts demand Activation in Solar Water Heating and Plumbing with IOPSA Members
EThe National Business Initiative (NBI) in partnership with the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA), GIZ, Nedbank Foundation’s Eyethu Community Trust, Business Leadership South Africa’s Beyond Advocacy Fund and Ekurhuleni East TVET College (EEC) are implementing the Green Skills in TVET Colleges Intervention to unlock opportunities for effective TVET learning pathways in the Green Economy. Read here.
In 2016 the founding partners, the NBI, WWF, GIZ, Mondi and Tongaat Hulett came together with key public and private sector role-players to formalise the uMhlathuze Water Stewardship Partnership (UWASP). Currently the Goedertrouw Dam that supports most of the catchment’s water requirements is at 49% capacity and water restrictions have lessened, but are still in place. UWASP has established a committee of agriculture and government authorities to collaborate in catchment monitoring and to support decision making regarding dam releases. This support, combined with efforts to strengthen strategic water governance, enhanced metering and an online water balance platform will further boost water security in the region. The inclusion of many of UWASP’s priority interventions in the City of uMhlathuze and Mhlathuze Water strategies for climate change adaptation and action is an encouraging move towards further collaboration. Please contact Michelle Hiestermann should you wish to learn more about the UWASP.
The NBI launched the findings of its Kopano ya Metsi project at African Utility Week in Cape Town on Tuesday and will be doing the same at The Venue, Sandton on 6 June 2019. Over 18 months, Kopano ya Metsi has engaged with hundreds of experts to understand how national water investment can be unlocked, what role Public Private Partnerships can play in closing the water sector funding gap, and how we can strengthen municipal water management. Kopano ya Metsi (‘meeting for water’ in Sesotho) speaks directly to the need to investigate alternative delivery models and ways to improve the sector’s financial viability, as outlined in the national water and sanitation master plan. Please click here to view the project’s recently updated website page.