A donation of 200 newly foot-engineered standpipes and 8 hand wash units, sponsored by The Grundfos Foundation, will be distributed in the Enoch Mgijima (Chris Hani District) and Amahlathi (Amatole District) Municipalities in the Eastern Cape on Friday, 20 November 2020, by the National Business Initiative (NBI), in partnership with COGTA, BLSA, DBSA & DWS. The standpipes have been designed by Status Management Services, in collaboration with the NBI’s Technical Assistance, Mentorship and Development (TAMDEV) programme.
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Municipalities are the most basic units of government. Tasked with providing basic services and fostering development in the regions they control, they have the challenging role of mobilising their economic resources and using them to improve the lives of all citizens by providing basic services necessary for good health, well-being and human dignity. SAICA/BizCommunity, 12 November 2020.
Alex McNamara, NBI Programme Manager: Climate & Water, was interviewed on SAfmRadio about the upcoming Annual Water Stewardship Event 2020.
The event takes place virtually on Tuesday, 17th November 2020, and will explore how investments in the South African water sector can generate economic growth, employment opportunities, as well as support a post-COVID-19 green recovery. Listen to the full interview, here: Moneyweb, 9 November 2020.
At the Trialogue Business in Society Virtual Conference 2020, panellists Sabelo Buthelezi (Department of Higher Education & Training), Anthony Gewer (National Business Initiative), Tashmia Ismail-Saville (YES4Youth) and Kuben Nair (Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator) discussed how best to source and create solutions to South Africa’s youth unemployment crisis – from economic growth and reform to the issues regarding the alignment between demand and supply in terms of jobs and skills, and how the focus should be squarely on young people and the small business sector. Trialogue, 7 November 2020.
In May 2020, the National Treasury released a technical paper titled “Financing a Sustainable Economy”, the aim of which was to provide an overview of the essential legislation, trends, developments, risks and opportunities for the constituent components of the SA finance sector. Gray Maguire, Business Day, 20 October 2020
Global Handwashing Day (15 October 2020), saw the commencement of 5 000 plastic bottle handwash units being rolled out across Cape Town’s informal settlements. Made possible by the National Business Initiative (NBI) and Business for South Africa (B4SA) COVID-19 Water Working Group, in partnership with Astron Energy, local NGOs and the City of Cape Town. Business Media Mags, 15 October 2020.
DRESS REHEARSAL: The global pandemic has taught the world many lessons and highlighted that business needs to pay much more attention to the impending climate crisis
The only positive that emerged from the current COVID-19 meltdown and its ‘coronanomics’ is that it demonstrated the possibility of turning back ‘climanomics’, says Owen Skae, director of Rhodes Business School. Silke Colquhoun, JSE Magazine, October 2020.