Tshikululu announced as pillar sponsor at Rotary Africa Centennial International Conference

The Zone 22 Rotary Africa Centennial International, which kicks off on Saturday 24 April, will see delegates from around the world gather online to hear from and network with leading visionaries, pioneers, leaders and icons to reflect and celebrate a century of doing good and facilitating impactful socio-economic change on the continent.

South Africa’s leading social investment fund manager and advisor, Tshikululu Social Investments, has been announced as the pillar sponsor for the basic education and literacy session being held on Day 1 of the programme. This important discussion includes Frank Swaniker, Founder and CEO of Africa Leadership International, speaking about his long-term goal to revolutionize the continent’s economies from the educational system up. A panel discussion entitled “Too Little Access, Not Enough Learning: Solving Africa’s Twin Deficit in Education” will also be held with panellists including Dr David Harrison, CEO, DG Murray Trust; South African storyteller Ms Gcina Mhlophe; Mr Hatim El Tayeb, Dean of School, African Leadership Academy and Bonnie Mbithi – CEO, Computer for Schools Kenya.

Facilitating impactful change is at the heart of what Tshikululu does, with basic education and literacy being one of the many areas that corporates in South Africa focus their social investment spend on. Tshikululu believes that all sectors, from early childhood development through to university level, are linked and that addressing issues needs to be done systemically, through partnerships between government, corporate SA and NPOs.

“Many of our corporate clients have and continue to play a pivotal role in addressing the challenges in the education system. We are proud to be part of this Rotary Africa Centennial celebration, to recognise the efforts taken over the last 100 years to create lasting change, and to highlight and network with some of Africa’s foremost thought leaders about how to best tackle the current challenges being faced,” says Tracey Henry, CEO of Tshikululu Social Investments.

Other pillar sponsors include innovative grant-maker, Hlanganisa Institute for Development Southern Africa (for the Community Economic Development session) and Sešego Foundation, an NPO established to make a sustainable contribution to the wellbeing of the Southern African communities with a focus on skills based and corporate employee volunteerism (for the session about Young Leaders and the New Generation).

The African House of Friendship Virtual Projects Fair, which starts on Friday 23 April, sees over 50 organisations showcase their community development programmes to delegates from within Africa and beyond, gaining exposure and exploring new collaborations and business opportunities. Each sponsor will also be hosting their own virtual exhibition to share what they do with all virtual exhibition attendees.

Local NGOs, sponsors, organisations and Rotary clubs will share the impactful work that they are doing on the ground with this captive global audience, including potential donors and funders.

Headline sponsors African Brand Architects are looking forward to sharing the stories of organisations making a difference on the African continent. “Our role as marketing, communications and PR specialists, are to tell these stories on behalf of brands in Africa and for Africans. Our anchor sponsorship of the Zone 22 Rotary Africa Centennial International Conference gives us an opportunity to hear about the incredible work that is being done and to engage with stakeholders who share Rotary’s mantra of ‘service above self’. We are looking forward to getting to know them on this virtual showcase,” says Natalia Rosa, African Brand Architects MD.

For more information see the official Rotary District 9400 website.

About Rotary

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. We connect 1.2 million members from more than 36,000 Rotary clubs in almost every country in the world, with over 38 000 members and 1 640 clubs across Africa alone.  Their service improves lives both locally and internationally, from helping those in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. Go to www.rotary.org for more information.

About African Brand Architects

African Brand Architects is a collective of powerful thought leaders in the marketing and communications space on the African continent which supports organisations that want to reach a pan-African audience and to shine a spotlight on African innovation and excellence to the world.

About Hlanganisa

Hlanganisa Institute for Development Southern Africa is an innovative grant-maker with the experience, insights and community networks to enable your organisation to improve the lives of society’s most vulnerable.

About Tshikululu Social Investments

Tshikululu is South Africa’s leading social investment fund manager and advisor. Find out more here about how Tshikululu assists clients to achieve sustainable social impact.

About Sešego Foundation

Sešego Foundation is a South African registered Non-Profit Company that was established in 2005 to make a sustainable difference in the lives of the communities they serve by focusing on skills based and corporate employee volunteerism.