Socio Economic Development

We pride ourselves on heart and inter-connectedness, championing enterprise development and social corporate responsibility through self- and client-initiated projects. In partnership with thought leaders of South Africa’s CSI industry and some of the biggest donors of the corporate world – such as Tshikululu Social Investments and the FirstRand Foundation – our publications and projects contribute to tangible transformation and upliftment.

Enterprise And Supplier Development Conference

Enterprise & Supplier Development Conference

This event has established itself as the premier showcase of ESD on the African continent, and one of the industry’s most sought-after networking platforms. Bringing together big business, government, SME’s and high growth potential entrepreneurs, the ESD Conference aims to facilitate industry partnerships across all sectors for sustainable job creation and economic growth.

In 2016, the two-day talk shop has been extended to include a focus on the revitalisation of township economies, and how ESD can support township and rural enterprises as key drivers of growth.

The interactive two-stream programme is aimed at both corporates and entrepreneurs/small businesses; and features an inspirational line-up of speakers including highly successful entrepreneurs, renowned local and international thought-leaders, government, mavericks and game-changers in the ESD field.

Serious Social Investing Conference

The SSI Conference began its life as the CSI Conference in 2010, but has since grown into a broader, more impactful event with significance to both social investment practitioners and the NGO/NPO sector. This relevant and leading conference is attended by hundreds of professionals annually, and explores both niche needs and the industry’s approach to national development goals.

CSI Human Face of Business (publication)

This compelling magazine shines a spotlight on corporate social investment and partnerships that are transforming lives in South Africa. With an absorbing mix of independent editorial and company showcases, the annual publication profiles innovation and trends in the CSI space, and is distributed with the respected Financial Mail magazine to maximise reach.

Mme Re Ka Thusa Trust Fund “Strike a Rock” Awards

The Mme Re Ka Thusa Strike a Rock Conference and Awards is aimed at celebrating and supporting local businesswomen in the Northern Cape Province.

As an Enterprise Development focused event, the Strike a Rock Conference and Awards presents a unique opportunity to network with fellow peers, improve women’s access to capital and markets, build women’s capacities and skills and support the rise of women leaders in both the public and private sectors. The event recognizes the businesswoman who has achieved beyond expectations and proven herself an exceptional entrepreneur and leader.

Mme re Ka Thusa Trust Funds know that women are uniquely positioned to have the greatest impact on South Africa’s future economic growth and look forward to shaping this exciting sector.

CSI Paintball Challenge

South Africa’s first corporate military-inspired paintball tournament was held in August 2015 to resounding success. Hosted by Denel, the inaugural Battlebase Combat Games was set in a true battleground setting complete with decommissioned military aircraft and vehicles such as the unique Cheetah fighter jet, Super Puma helicopter, Seeker 100 (UAV), impala trainer aircraft, old tanks and artillery projectiles. The corporate day engaged the ‘who’s who’ of the defence industry on an entirely new level, with teams competing against each other in their quest to conquer the trenches.

ED Hand Book 2017 (publication)

The ED Hand Book has established itself as South Africa’s authoritative resource on the latest trends and developments in the Enterprise and Supplier Development space. More than just the ticking of boxes on a corporate BEE scorecard, ESD has become a catalyst for emerging black business and supporting sustainable and commercially viable small and medium enterprises in South Africa. The Handbook is distributed alongside the Financial Mail, reaching an estimated readership of 30 000 people in the upper LSM brackets.

Volkswagen Community Trust Literacy Conference

As part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the VW Community Trust in September 2015, Volkswagen South Africa launched a legacy literacy initiative aimed at ensuring that all learners in Uitenhage are functionally literate by age 10. The Early Childhood Development initiative focuses on education and mental stimulation and reducing functional illiteracy of young children.

In 2016, the conference themed ‘THE PROBLEM, THE PROMISE and THE PATH’; an interactive and thought-provoking two-day event, dominated by lively discussions and debates between literacy experts, practitioners and education specialists.

ABSA SME Bootcamp

Absa is heavily entrenched in the country’s Enterprise Development landscape, firmly supporting Government’s National Agenda in promoting a thriving SME sector as part of its poverty alleviation initiatives, and view Enterprise and Supplier Development as an integral component of this objective.

As part of Absa’s commitment to ED, the first Absa SME Bootcamp was launched aimed at creating an enabling environment for small businesses to flourish. Following on from the success of this inaugural event, the next segments are set for roll-out across all provinces in South Africa.

Impact (publication)

Our Impact publication highlights the emerging trends of the enterprise and supplier development (ESD) industry, through a considered mix of inspiring and insightful editorial and advertorial content from incubators, companies and other solution-providers. Impact is distributed to our database of over 20 000 readers, including CEOs, B-BBEE practitioners, transformation heads, as well as supply chain and procurement specialists from a wide range of sectors.