Two ways corporate South Africa can change the face of healthcare

  • 08 January 2015 | Judith Matthis | Opinion | Category: Health

As debates rage about whether healthcare professionals should receive their training in private medical schools, and about the politics of co-ordinating national health insurance, the spotlight is once again on South Africa’s healthcare system – and how it can be improved.

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Is CSI spend making any difference?

  • 23 December 2014 | Tracey Henry | Opinion

In the corporate social investment (CSI) space, money is not the problem, rather it is how we go about deciding what to support, how we go about this, what outcomes we envisage, how we monitor and evaluate progress, and whether the capacity exists to achieve this.

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“Disruptive innovation” in health

  • 25 November 2014 | Judith Matthis | Opinion | Category: Health

The Anglo American Chairman’s Fund has traditionally viewed healthcare strengthening as a major contribution made by NGOs to the healthcare sector in South Africa.

Within this pool of NGOs, there are some remarkable organisations acting as change catalysts or market disruptors in healthcare.

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In order to be, education must become

  • 12 November 2014 | Phillip Methula | Opinion | Category: Education

South Africa’s education system has a responsibility to equip learners with the skills necessary for them to cope and thrive in post-matric environments. Academic performance is not indicative of this, and should not form the only criteria by which the success of the education system is assessed.

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Creating an enabling environment for students with disabilities

  • 05 November 2014 | Mammuso Makhanya | Opinion | Category: Education

Providing support to students with disabilities requires comprehensive and consistent engagement if it is to make a difference.

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Social entrepreneurship

  • 24 October 2014 | Kelly Brownell | Opinion

South Africa is a nation with huge potential, but with many obstacles in its way. In an attempt to realise this potential, the South African government has committed to fostering entrepreneurship to advance job creation. Within this context we find the social entrepreneur: an individual or organisation that looks to provide sustainable and scalable solutions to not only create jobs, but also address head-on the myriad social issues our country faces.

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Does the funding of infrastructure projects have a tangible benefit for development?

  • 07 October 2014 | Elinor Kern | Opinion

“To fund infrastructure or not to fund infrastructure?” is a question that engages many donors. And many donors do not fund infrastructure projects because they are seen to be expensive, high-risk and time-consuming, and their immediate impact is often difficult to measure.

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Sipho Mahlangu on infrastructure projects

South African companies committed about R7.8-billion to corporate social investment (CSI) in 2013.

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The Next Generation

  • 15 September 2014 | Nolundi Walaza | Opinion

The Next Generation Dinner is a series of gatherings with young leaders, as part of the GIBS/Tshikululu Social Investments Dialogue Programme.

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Making advocacy attractive to grant-makers

  • 09 September 2014 | Amira Elibiary | Opinion

Advocacy programmes are at times perceived as ineffective, controversial and hard to measure, making them less likely to attract funding and interest of donors, which is unfortunate considering the invaluable contribution that advocacy programmes make towards sustainability.

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