The South Africa Chapter of the BRICS Business Council, in partnership with the National Business Initiative, is delighted to invite South African companies and organisations to participate in the global BRICS Solutions for SDGs Awards 2021, recently launched by the India Chapter, who are in the Chair of the BRICS platforms for 2021. Further information.
On Monday 19th April 2020, the Swiss Ambassador and the Head of Swiss Economic Cooperation and Development (SECO) in South Africa, along with the KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs and local government leaders from the district, paid a visit to the Umfolozi TVET College Mandeni Campus during which they visited the site of the iLembe IRM Hub, which is under construction there. The iLembe IRM Hub, through combined funding from SECO and GIZ, and in partnership with Umfolozi TVET College, will support the development of existing and start-up Installation, Repair and Maintenance (IRM) enterprises in the surrounding township and village communities, providing intensive enterprise and skills development, as well as increased market access. Through this support, the Hub will enable increased demand for skills and jobs in these communities.
During the visit, Dr Anthony Gewer, Programme Manager in the NBI’s Social Transformation Unit and Programme Lead for the IRM Initiative, introduced the various dignitaries and stakeholders to the IRM Hub and highlighted its planned purpose in promoting economic inclusion, enterprise development and job creation in the iLembe district.
The Hub is due to be launched in early June 2021, by which time the first 10 enterprises will have been selected to participate in the support to be provided through the Hub. Sappi Southern Africa has come on board as a lead partner on the establishment of the Hub and has committed to supporting local IRM enterprises through the Hub as part of their enterprise and supplier development strategy.
Please contact Dr Anthony Gewer for further information: AnthonyG@nbi.org.za
Joanne Yawitch, NBI CEO, has been appointed as a member of the Inaugural Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission (P4C)
|The Commission will advise on South Africa’s just transition to a low-carbon, inclusive, climate change resilient economy and society, as well as provide guidance on matters of adaptation & mitigation. Read details here.|
|International Anti-Corruption Day is commemorated annually on 9 December in recognition of the United Nations Convention against Corruption which was signed in Mexico in 2003. NBI’s Head of Social Transformation, GuguMcLaren-Ushewokunze was interviewed yesterday on NewzRoom Afrika, discussing the impact of corruption in the private sector. View here.|
Today, the National Business Initiative together with our partners Corruption Watch and ODI are excited to announce the launch of the Transparency in Corporate Reporting (TRAC), which explores the reporting practices of South African companies: Transparency in Corporate Reporting: South Africa 2020 (TRAC SA 2020)
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.
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.
NBI’s Head: Social Transformation, Gugu McLaren-Ushewokunze was interviewed by John Maytham on CapeTalk today, discussing the question: “Is diversity training in South Africa still practiced?”.
Listen to the podcast of this interview and learn more about the NBI’s work around social transformation, inclusion and cohesion, by clicking here.
The National Business Initiative (NBI) has just released our latest report: Understanding the Experiences of LGBTQI+ Employees in the Workplace.
A key insight is that meaningful transformation is reflected in workplaces where people are affirmed in their identities. Read the report here.