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.
The NBI Social Transformation Programme aims to challenge and support our member companies to collectively work towards transforming to become an equal, equitable and inclusive society. Please click here to view further details and to see how your company can participate in this programme.
The first cohort of 37 apprentices on the Swiss South African hospitality apprenticeship programme (SSHAP!) began their 6-month apprenticeship at the Hilton Sandton, Hyatt Regency and Park Inn Sandton hotels. Read here.
On 22 March 2019 participated at the World Water Day Media Networking Breakfast hosted by the Department of Water & Sanitation in Pretoria. Gauteng. The session held under the theme: “Leaving no one behind, water for all”, was transmitted to 21 radio stations across the country and the topics discussed during two panel sessions, included Water Quality and Water Stewardship in South Africa. Alex shared possible collaborative ways to improve water quality in the country. View here.
Today (19 March 2019) participated in a panel discussion at the WC Premier’s Council on Skills, held in Cape Town. Makano addressed “Innovative Work Readiness Training” where Employers expect unemployed learners to be ready at the point of hiring and yet work readiness is not integrated into the school or College curriculum. The discussion focussed on how business can address this issue in partnership with TVETs and other institutions. Please contact: Makano Morojele should you require further feedback.
In 2017, the National Business Initiative (NBI) and the National Skills Fund (NSF) entered into a partnership aimed at enhancing the employability of graduates from Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges through structured workplace-based learning in occupations linked to their areas of study. Read here.
On 19 March 2019 facilitated a session on building resilience in water security at the Alternative Africa Climate Week. The Alternative Africa Climate Week was run as a Wilton Park dialogue in association with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and African Climate Reality Project and focused on working with 40 young leaders under the age of 40. The dialogue shared expertise between the next generation of leaders across the continent, looked at ways to harness their energy and imagination, and equipped them with insights and tools to help mobilise their communities to increase climate resilience. For more information please contact: Michelle Hiestermann.
Steve Nicholls, NBI Head of Environment co-facilitated, and presented the NBI work on Green Economy Finance
This took place at the first meeting of the Demand Side Working Group of the Bertha Centre’s Impact Investing Flagship Programme on 13 March 2019. The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, at UCT, is the first academic centre in Africa dedicated to advancing social innovation and entrepreneurship. The working group was a gathering of key organisations and individuals in early stage finance in order to brainstorm potential solution and future working group work spaces. For more information on the NBI and Green Economy Finance, please contact: Steve Nicholls.
Gugu Mclaren-Ushewokunze: Head – Transformation and Social Cohesion at the NBI today presented insights from the development of the NBI’s transformation programme at the UCT GSB’s Future-Work Research Workshop. In particular, Gugu shared businesses role in addressing inequality and inequity. The workshop aimed to shape research questions that address pressing social and environmental issues in a meaningful way, by bringing in varying practical and theoretical perspectives. Please contact: Gugu Mclaren-Ushewokunze should you wish to get involved with the NBI’s Transformation programme.
The National Business Initiative /Brand South Africa: An Investor’s Perspective on South Africa’s Investment Context
Last week on 27 February 2019, the NBI and Brand South Africa hosted an event in Johannesburg at the Brand SA Houghton offices. This engagement explored the South African economy through the eyes of the investor and shared information, including on-the-ground experiences of doing business in South Africa. The event, attended by prominent NBI members companies was extremely well received with active engagement. Brand SA’s GM for Research, Dr. Petrus de Kock presented on investor perception findings and the growing confidence of South Africans. He shared findings from Brand SA’s international investor perspective’s research and the implications for SA’s business community, stating that regional peace and security is a key element of building international confidence. Negative perceptions around the country need to be addressed in order to build stakeholder and investor confidence. This event is also to be held in KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Town in April 2019. Please contact Tumi Nkosi for further information.