Why you should be using Business Intelligence for Social Investment Decisions
11 August 2017 | Knowledge Management and Research unit
Whether your business is driven or enabled by technology, and whether Corporate Social Investment (CSI) is central to your business or not, the end result is that these are both considered as integral and unavoidable components of doing business in South Africa. As technology advances and CSI plays a more prominent role in doing … Continued
Establishment of the ApexHi Charitable Trust
27 March 2017 | Adam Boros
Background ApexHi Properties was a listed property loan-stock company that offered investors the opportunity to invest in a diversified and professionally managed portfolio of retail, office and industrial properties, and distributed income to unit holders on a quarterly basis. In 2009, ApexHi merged with Redefine Properties.
Importance of knowledge management in South Africa
31 January 2017 | Ashley Hourigan
As competition increases locally and globally, organisations are making efforts to find new ways to remain relevant and to sustain their business practices. Organisations are beginning to realise the value, need and importance of information and knowledge management practices to assist in achieving their organisational objectives. Within a South African context, organisations are facing the challenge of leveraging and managing information and knowledge as a strategic resource. The lack of effective management of these resources severely impacts an organisation’s ability to grow, gain competitive advantage, remain sustainable and to innovate. In setting the context for this article, we look at some scenarios in the South African business and service environments that highlight the importance of knowledge management practices.
The importance of knowledge transfer between social enterprises and communities
24 August 2016 | Ashley Hourigan
Knowledge transfer has always been somewhat of a challenge for organisations, and is more visible when continuity is necessary with new members joining. It is particularly important in the space of social enterprises that do development work in communities, as will be discussed in this article.
Four young women journey from rural South Africa to high-level ICT study in Hyderabad, India
30 June 2016 | Mammuso Makhanya
A handful of young women and scores of young men could not believe their luck when on Monday the 23 November 2015, they found themselves at the Gordon Institute of Business Studies (GIBS) – one of the country’s premier higher education institutions – anxiously sitting in front of panellists, being grilled about synergies between South Africa and India.
Towards unified and sustainable social investing
31 May 2016 | Graeme Wilkinson
In the alphabet soup of development finance, one can be forgiven for conflating SRI with Social Investment. Sustainable, responsible investing (SRI) might be thought of as being something very conscientious, high net-worth individuals and highly regulated pension funds concern themselves with. Corporate social investment (Social Investment) might be seen as something corporates do to score some SED points on their broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) scorecard. Yet socio-economic development (SED), as it is understood within the framework of B-BBEE regulation, very seldom qualifies as SRI. “Surely these are two very different things?” you might exclaim.
Towards responsible donor exiting strategies and practices
10 May 2016 | Silvester Hwenha
Social investment has evolved as the result of a number of factors, including a growing interest by high net worth individuals and institutional investors in tackling social issues at the local, national or global level. Social investors have also become increasingly relevant in many countries as a result of mounting social challenges amid declining public funds to provide social services. The rationale for social investment is based on the realisation that social or environmental factors can impact a company’s bottom line and therefore are important factors in business. Besides, it has long been acknowledged by civic society and business that government alone cannot confront and solve all of society’s problems.
Tshikululu announces Serious Social Investing Conference 2016
26 February 2016
As South Africa’s premier showcase of corporate social investment, the annual Serious Social Investing (SSI) Conference has become a highlight on the business calendar. Now in its seventh year, the event aims to inspire top business leaders and local companies to drive real socio-economic transformation in both the public and private sector, thereby enriching and uplifting the lives of thousands of people in rural communities across South Africa.
Transitioning from secondary school to tertiary education: what social investors should know
24 February 2016 | Thandeka Rantsi
According to Alan Cliff, an associate professor at the University of Cape Town, the sad reality of higher education in South Africa is that only about one third of the students who qualify to gain entry into higher education are actually prepared for the academic literacy demands of a university.
Critical issues in primary and secondary education
15 February 2016 | Tsepo Senoamali
The current state of our schools has a long way to go if we aspire to increase the number of centres of excellence and learning. Schools have to create new learning environments that model a spirit of inquiry, inclusiveness and interdependence with learners who represent a wide array of cultures, languages and social backgrounds.
The future of capacity building
22 December 2015 | Nonkululeko Sikakane
In an era of sustainable development, the importance of coupling donor funding with capacity building interventions has increased over the past 20 years. In the 1950s, when the capacity building concept took root in international development, the focus was on institution building, where models were merely imported from developed countries with very little attention to contextual issues. Thinking about capacity building has since evolved substantially, with increasing recognition of the importance of a systems perspective.
Technology and M&E: Getting it right
11 December 2015 | Amira Elibiary
Technology-enabled tools (for example, iFormBuilder, CEGA’s remote sensors and micro-satellites, PoiMapper and CommCare) have transformed both the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) field and programme delivery. They have enabled programmes to be adaptive, responsive and impactful. Real-time data allows for early, continual evaluation and learning; improved data quality; and has also facilitated participatory M&E where communities report directly, as well as allowing for feedback loops to communities. However, to integrate them effectively one has to address the following key points.
Rethinking entrepreneurship as a tool to develop communities, with a key focus on water security
08 December 2015 | Bianca Jordan
Unemployment in South Africa is spiralling. According to Stats SA, the unemployment rate has jumped to a 10-year high, and the jobless rate increased to 26.4% in the first three months of 2015, from 24.3% in the preceding quarter.
Investing in an ageing population
19 October 2015 | Lisa Temkin-Todes
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that the number of old people in the world will be one of the most profound forces affecting health and social services in the next century (WHO, World Health report, Health of the Elderly, 1995). While the world’s population has been growing at an average annual rate of 1.7%, the population aged over 65 is increasing by almost 2.7% annually.
Rethinking education through the arts
28 September 2015 | Janet Watts
If it had been suggested 12 years ago that by 2015 one would be able to access emails, Facebook, Twitter and Google on one’s phone, at any given time or place, while following detailed instructions (spoken by this gadget) on how to reach one’s destination, one would have been very skeptical. Twelve years is the average time most children spend at school. During these 12 years the world outside that school will change so much as to be almost unrecognisable.
Learning to learn: establishing the building blocks for learning organisations
21 September 2015 | Silvester Hwenha
The rapid information and technological developments worldwide coupled with the rise in big data have increased the need for the more efficient use of knowledge. According to the World Development Report (1998-99) “knowledge, not capital, is the key to sustained economic growth and improvements in human wellbeing”.
Balancing social investment risk and reward
14 September 2015 | Adam Boros
There is great power and promise in funding education, health and social development programmes. Social investors, both large and small, have made invaluable contributions all over the world towards the alleviation of poverty, the improvement of education and the strengthening of health outcomes. These accomplishments have been made possible by the targeted spending of funds, as well as the innate advantages of social investment, such as the ability to be flexible, innovate and take risks.
Lean thinking and monitoring and evaluation practices for non-profit organisation sustainability
08 September 2015 | Asgar Bhikoo
In the current economic climate, the grant funding pool available to non-profit organisations (NPOs) has shrunk. This situation requires NPOs to demonstrate how their activities provide a social return while ensuring that their operations are financially sustainable.
Reflections on Mandela Day
17 July 2015 | Tracey Henry
Mandela inspired our nation to celebrate the gift of giving and practice acts of kindness. The 18th of July is a great opportunity for employees, who don’t encounter the harsh reality of poverty and/or inequality on a daily basis, to experience what it may feel like to walk in the shoes of someone less fortunate.
The business case for capacity building
25 June 2015 | Tracey Henry
Capacity building is a term associated with interventions geared towards strengthening the functioning of non-profit organisations. Because it should be an integral part of any business’s development plan, both profit and non-profit organisations need to make it a priority.
Business leaders have a responsibility to be active advocates in and partners to society
18 June 2015 | Godfrey Gomwe
The future of both business and our country is dependent on the agility and informed decision-making of leaders across all sectors of our society – and their ability to partner with others to enable economic growth and social development. This will ensure that we achieve a more equitable and economically robust society.
New report demonstrates the power and impact of communication in the social investment space
11 June 2015 | Adam Boros
An innovative collaboration between Tshikululu and GrantCraft has seen the recent launch of the Communication that Counts: Lessons from South African Social Investors report. Offering critical insights about how to communicate for impact, the report promises to assist partners, social investors and grantees in their quest to achieve common objectives – and keep their key messages top of mind.
Cheryl Carolus: The power of the youth
05 June 2015
“The last time I felt angry and disenfranchised was when I was about 13 years old,” said Cheryl Carolus in her opening remarks at Tshikululu’s recent Serious Social Investing Conference. “I asked myself then,‘ Well, what are you doing to do about it?’”
Dr Vincent Maphai: The role of business in manifesting socioeconomic change
21 April 2015
In his talk at Tshikululu’s Serious Social Investment Conference recently, Dr Vincent Maphai drew correlations between the current state of affairs in South Africa and the circumstances that contributed to the shifts that the country saw in 1976.
Molteno Institute’s Vula Bula programme
30 March 2015 | Tsepo Senoamali
The Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy (Molteno) was established in 1974 as a project of Rhodes University. It was funded by a grant from the Molteno Brothers Trust, from which it derives its name, and sought to explore the reasons why African learners were failing to learn English.
South Africa’s tenuous food security situation
05 March 2015 | Nonkululeko Sikakane
I watched the fanfare that followed the release of Oxfam’s “Hidden Hunger in South Africa” report in October 2014 with interest. Seeing this issue brought to centre stage in the media, and through campaigns such as the Mail & Guardian’s R6 Challenge, was a real Cinderella moment for the food security problem in South Africa.
Bringing 16 years of experience into 2015
29 January 2015 | Tracey Henry
Introspection and retrospection are often the best starting points when creating a sound plan for the future, and the soil of reflection can often be fertile ground from which new ideas and improved outlooks may spring.
Business schools need to promote CSR beyond legal and profit motives
Somaya Isaacs | Somaya Isaacs
“Most business schools do not equip potential leaders with the awareness and tools to internalise the concept of CSR. In many instances, these business schools will address CSR in relation to good corporate governance and as an opportunity to increase profit margins.”
Anglo American voted corporate with greatest development impact
22 January 2015
Once again, Anglo American has been voted the corporate entity with the greatest development impact in terms of its Social Investment efforts in South Africa, a significant landmark of which Tshikululu Social Invesments is immensely proud.
Two ways corporate South Africa can change the face of healthcare
08 January 2015 | Judith Matthis
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.
Is Social Investment spend making any difference?
23 December 2014 | Tracey Henry
In the corporate social investment (Social Investment) 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.
In order to be, education must become
12 November 2014 | Phillip Methula
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.
24 October 2014 | Kelly Brownell
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 (SE): 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. With the scale of the social challenges in South Africa, an emphasis should be placed on the success of the social entrepreneur. Many factors (social and other) influence the success of an entrepreneur, such as access to readily available financing, technology and infrastructure.
Does the funding of infrastructure projects have a tangible benefit for development?
07 October 2014 | Elinor Kern
“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.
Making advocacy attractive to grant-makers
09 September 2014 | Amira Elibiary
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.
Renewable energy and the potential it holds for South African communities
05 August 2014 | Jolene Shaw
The Department of Energy (DoE) expressed its commitment to the growth of the renewable energy industry by launching the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) in 2011. This policy was put in place to elicit significant growth and investment from international renewable energy companies.
Governance for the non-profit sector
30 July 2014 | Mthandazo Ngwenya
Tshikululu has played an active role in support of amending and updating the current King III Codes, in its submission to the King Committee on Corporate Governance. This submission was made to suggest that the codes be made more adaptable for the not-for-profit (NPO) sector, which battles to apply these corporate-minded governance codes in its social context.
Read the full report: Value and Values – What Motivates Corporate Citizenship in South Africa?
26 May 2014
At the 5th Annual Social Investment Conference, held at the beginning of April 2014, Tshikululu Social Investments CEO Tracey Henry announced the results of Tshikululu research into what motivates companies to engage in corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Life after matric not a bed of roses for many
22 April 2014 | Phillip Methula
With the hype, excitement and furore around the matric results slowly dying down, thousands of matriculants around the country are bracing themselves for the next set of challenges in their journey of growth: finding study opportunities in tertiary education institutions.
Sizwe Nxasana: how the NECT supports the NDP
09 April 2014
The National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) is an organisation dedicated to strengthening partnerships among business, civil society, government and labour, in order to achieve the education goals of the National Development Plan (NDP).
Interactive learning experience in a smart way
19 March 2014 | Tsepo Senoamali
St Mary’s Interactive Learning Experience (S.M.I.L.E) was founded in 1991 with the key objective of improving the quality of teaching and learning in English (first additional language) as the core foundation for improved proficiency in all subjects in the GET and FET phases (Grades 4 to 12).
The VCP: an initiative that tackles the root causes of crime and violence
18 March 2014
In order to promote violence and crime prevention, the German and South African governments have agreed on a joint initiative: the Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention for Safe Public Spaces Programme (VCP).
Reframing interventions to end gender-based violence in South Africa
06 March 2014
On 25 February 2014 the FirstRand Foundation hosted a breakfast session focusing on interventions designed to end gender-based violence (GBV) in South Africa, as part of the Social Investment That Works series. The event was hosted by Sizwe Nxasana, chairperson of the FirstRand Foundation.
The Principals Management Development Programme makes an impact
27 February 2014 | Tsepo Senoamali
The Principals Management Development Programme (PMDP) – implemented by Performance Solutions Africa and PricewaterhouseCoopers in collaboration with the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the KZN Department of Education, was first piloted in 2009 at 50 schools in three districts in the province. It has since been implemented in Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape, where it is attaining high levels of success.
PSP makes a difference in the classroom
12 February 2014 | Tsepo Senoamali
The Primary Science Programme (PSP) organisation came into operation in 1984, with the sole purpose of developing the capacity of educators to provide quality teaching and learning, particularly in the poor schools of the Western Cape.
Aligning our Social Investment strategy with key priorities of the NDP
11 February 2014
Tshikululu Social Investments recently hosted the National Planning Commission (NPC) as part of our monthly speaker forum. The theme for the forum was on aligning our Social Investment strategy with key priorities of the National Development Plan (NDP).
Tshikululu goes to De Aar
10 February 2014 | Sarah Hallier
The Tshikululu Advisory team recently travelled to De Aar in the Northern Cape. The purpose of this visit was to conduct a comprehensive environmental scan and assessments in Philipstown and Petrusville, for a large international renewable energy company.
Tshikululu, through its mining clients, delivers deep social impact
28 January 2014 | Thakhani Tshivhase
The Isibindi project is a community improvement programme aimed at creating safe and caring communities for vulnerable children and youth at risk through a developmental child and youth care work response.
Request for proposal: independent consultant sought to evaluate programme
07 January 2014
On behalf of the WesBank Fund, part of the FirstRand Foundation, Tshikululu wishes to appoint a consultant to conduct an independent outcome evaluation for the second round of funding of the Food Security and Agricultural Livelihoods Programme 2014 (FSALP2).
The value of the community voice
07 November 2013 | Jolene Shaw
One of the most resilient anti-apartheid forces in the late 1970s through to the 1980s was the grassroots civic association. Stokvels, burial societies, youth and church groups rallied together, meeting in churches, homes, and streets to discuss their challenges and decide on plans of action. They played an instrumental role in building defiant communities capable of effecting change. Their success lay in the fact that they were not solely focused on political action, but also on community development.
Teamwork is vital for mining to benefit all
30 October 2013 | Tracey Henry
South Africa’s beleaguered mining sector needs to foster greater co-operation with all stakeholders, including civil society, labour unions, the government and the private sector, in order to achieve mutual benefit for all parties concerned.
Intensifying public awareness of the world’s hunger problem
17 October 2013
“Every day, over 842-million people go hungry in a world of plenty. That’s roughly one in every eight people in the world. This fact alone should be cause for moral outrage and concerted action,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on World Food Day.
Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa measuring the quality of care
11 October 2013 | Graeme Wilkinson
The Hospice Data Management System (HDMS) of the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) was initiated by and developed with funding from First National Bank (FNB). The seed was sown at the HPCA Annual Conference in August 2006 by the then FNB fund manager at Tshikululu Social Investments, who thought it would be a good idea to develop an information management system that could report on the care provided by all hospices, particularly the 20 hospices funded by FNB at the time.
De Beers PPC Kimberley clinches field band championships in style
10 October 2013
The Wanderers Stadium, usually associated with the roars of fans egging the much-loved Proteas on to another victory, was recently the scene of celebration in song and dance of another sort: over 1 000 young aspirant musicians participating in the annual Field Band National Championships.
Global Social Service Workforce Alliance helps those who help others
23 September 2013
Those in Tshikululu’s health sector are familiar with a USAID initiative called CapacityPlus, a global alliance of healthcare workers and those assisting them in order to realise the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.
The shift toward impact in Corporate Social Investment
01 August 2013 | Tracey Henry
Historically, corporate social investment has been mostly philanthropic. Over the past five decades we have seen enormous shifts in the practice of social investment – it has grown in complexity and in the face of demands for greater accountability.
Moving charity beyond Mandela Day
31 July 2013 | Jolene Shaw
Mandela Day saw corporates and employees extending goodwill across South Africa through various charitable giving. Classrooms were painted, blankets were collected and sandwiches were made for the needy. All this was done in the spirit of inspiring individuals to take action and help change the world for the better. And as wonderful as this type of charitable day is – bringing out the compassionate side in most people – the question posed now is how we extend the attitudes and activities beyond just one day.
The case against charity
30 July 2013 | Dan Maré
Grantmaking, and corporate social responsibility more generally, is the conduit between the capital of corporate South Africa and the NGOs that have taken it upon themselves to shore up the work of the state and assist those who have the least. Why is this money given? Sometimes out of a sense of ethical responsibility, sometimes out of a need to conform to governance imperatives and legislation, sometimes because it accrues public relations benefits, sometimes out of a sense of charity. Not all of these motivations are noble. One; charity, is pernicious.