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BCX.Disrupt Summit Unlocks The Power Of Disruptive Innovation

Some of the world’s biggest influencers to lead Disrupt Summit in SA.

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For the first time in history, South Africans will be able to engage with some of the world’s greatest disruptors at the inaugural BCX.Disrupt Summit, which will be held at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre in Midrand on 16 and 17 November 2017.

The two-day event will feature a high-calibre speaker line-up of disruption leaders, many of whom are in South Africa for the first time. On the first day of the Summit speakers will include:

  • Jane McGonigal, director of game research and development at the Institute for the Future in California.
  • Lars Silberbauer, senior global director of social media and video at LEGO.
  • Malcolm Gladwell, the journalist and author who has written five books, all of them on The New York Times Best Seller List – his prescription for disruption is to constantly revise our conclusions and is based on his very popular podcast series “Revisionist History”.
  • Mariéme Jamme, named one of Britain’s 100 most influential people of African and African Caribbean heritage, technologist and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
  • Nick Goldman, mathematician, genome scientist and a member of the management team at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).
  • Rapelang Rabana, founder & CEO of learning technology company Rekindle Learning and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader for 2017.
  • Sipho Maseko, Group CEO of Telkom and an executive director of BCX.
  • Will.i.am, global music artist, creative innovator, entrepreneur and tech investor.

Related: 4 Secrets To Success That Helped Rapelang Rabana Grow Her Business

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Aside from paradigm-shifting addresses by these speakers, the first day will also feature a panel discussion titled How to Create the Future, with best-selling author and New Yorker columnist Malcolm Gladwell, Rapelang Rabana, Ian Russell, CEO of BCX and will.i.am.

“A ground-breaking, world-class learning experience, this two-day summit promises to stimulate new thinking and inspire positive action as the globe’s top thought leaders and industry pioneers tackle the most pressing disruptors facing business today,” says Russell.

The second day of the BCX.Disrupt Summit features another South African first – an exclusive masterclass hosted by Malcolm Gladwell. The workshop will comprise an intensive, interactive group seminar examining beliefs around personal obstacles and the qualities that distinguish high achievers.

Dean Carlson, founder of BrainFarm and co-host of the Summit, says this will be an interactive forum that offers unparalleled opportunities for delegates to engage with these leaders who have their fingers on the pulse of disruption and innovation.

“In today’s fluid business environment, knowledge sharing is more powerful and more critical than ever before. We promise that delegates will never think the same way again.”

Business as we know it is headed into uncharted territories, characterised by perpetual and unpredictable change, reimagined business models, and future-forward technologies that will dramatically change industry in ways we can’t even imagine. At the Summit, South Africans can engage with some of the world’s greatest disruptors.

The purpose of the BCX.Disrupt Summit is to bring these vitally important thought leaders and conversations about disruption to South Africa for the first time and tackle the big, future-thinking questions.

Related: Will.I.Am: The Man Who Took Music To Mars

If you had 2.6 billion collaborators, what could you build? How do you harness the collective intelligence of relatively untapped audiences like gamers, hackers and start-up founders, often the most creative, co-operative and future-ready networks on earth? How do you turn innovation into profit?

These are just some of the cutting-edge disruption topics that will be tackled at the Summit, which is set to push delegates into new realms of thinking they never believed possible.

“I believe South Africa has the potential to become one of the world’s next big technology and innovation powerhouses,” says Russell. “By tapping into the knowledge of these influencers and thought leaders, we can enable the type of disruptive thinking that will attract the attention of the rest of the world.”


The BCX.Disrupt Summit takes place at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre. Ticket prices are R16 400 (VIP), R8 200 (general admission) and R12 200 (masterclass). Booking opened on 14 August 2017. Further information and bookings at www.bcxdisruptsummit.com

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Off The Beaten Track

What Tourism Month means in South Africa and how Mango Airlines is focusing on local opportunities.

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This September, being Tourism Month, we have so much to talk about in South Africa, and so many people to engage with, both domestically and abroad. We are privileged to be able to leverage a broad range of destinations – arguably world-class in nature, and they expand way beyond a beautiful mountain, and an ecosystem of game.

The vast majority of leisure tourists, however, remain attracted to the Mother City and various Safari destination, while business tourists tend to stick to hub cities for short durations of time before departing again.

“There is a golden opportunity to expand on the same offerings – while not detracting from them in any way. Our responsibility is to drive tourism into new areas, really emphasising the differentiators that are incredibly attractive to local and international tourists,” said Benediction Zubane, Head of Marketing at Mango Airlines.

“Often tourists visit one of the more well-known sites in an area, and are completely unaware of the other features and destinations close by. We’re seeing a lot of success in township tourism which goes to show how diversifying can really drive new tourism opportunities,” explained Zubane.

Related: Travel Tour Agency Sample Business Plan

According to Statistics South Africa survey on Tourism and Migration, nearly 3.5 million international travellers visited South Africa in August 2017. Top numbers were tourists from USA, UK, Germany, France and The Netherlands, with African visitors primarily coming from SADC countries. Zubane added, “This means there is vast opportunity to begin engaging with travellers in new countries across the globe. We need to become our own best ambassador, talking-up our famous and lesser known destinations, proudly showcases our uniqueness. We should also be tourists in our own country and start exploring the wonders of the Rainbow Nation.”

Mango is passionate about helping its SMEs and entrepreneurial community to successfully overcome the unique challenges facing the tourism industry: “There has never been a more opportune time for small businesses and entrepreneurs to benefit positively from tourism in South Africa, and we hope to celebrate alongside our SME community as they fly high – both literally and figuratively,” he concludes.

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FNB Receives 50 Million US-Dollars To Accelerate SME Development

First National Bank puts their focus on SME development in South Africa.

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First National Bank (FNB) has received 50 million US-dollars from the DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft to deploy towards small and medium enterprise (SME) development in South Africa.

DEG is a development finance institution whose mission is to promote private-sector enterprises in developing and emerging-market countries as a contribution to sustainable growth and improved living conditions.

Mike Vacy-Lyle, CEO of FNB Business says: “The new line of funding contributes to our ongoing efforts to accelerate our contribution to SME development in South Africa. We believe that SMEs are key to stimulating sustainable economic growth and job creation. Our intervention in SME development is not only limited to funding, we also invest heavily to improve capacity and supplier development capabilities in small businesses.”

FNB continues to pioneer products and services that have taken the angst out of South Africa’s entrepreneurs, from providing free instant accounting services to online documents reservation services, and forming public-private partnerships to digitise the registration of businesses.

“Our message to entrepreneurs is that we remain committed to providing meaningful solutions to help them grow. We have exciting developments that will take us further in our journey, all aimed at advancing the SME agenda by taking the anguish out of doing business,” concludes Vacy-Lyle.

Related: The 10 Most Reliable Ways To Fund A Start-up

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A Conversation With Yourself Could Change Your Life

Thami Buti is a 24-year-old South African actor. He is amongst the 46% of South Africans between 20 and 50 years, who have no savings at all. He’s probably one of 90% of people who will retire with less than 50% of their income.

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Except none of this is true for Thami, because he’s had a conversation with himself – at six different ages – in Sanlam’s new educational campaign.

In Sanlam’s Conversations with Yourself campaign, Thami gets transformed into a 20, 30, 50, 65 and 80-year-old (actor Hlumelo Mzimkulu plays the 10-year-old) called YOU. And over a series of conversations, these characters in their different age brackets sit and share wisdom on life’s ‘what ifs.’ Disrupting the traditional approach to ‘finance talk’, the central idea is this: what if you could learn everything you need to know about life, from yourself? What if 65 year-old you could tell you – at age 20 – to stop buying so many cappuccinos and to invest more into an RA? And 30-year-old you could ask you at 80 how many kids you have – and how you afford to give them the lifestyle and opportunities you want for them?

Sonja Sanders, Head of Marketing and Client Experience at Sanlam Personal Finance, says each of the seven Conversations with Yourself films uses humour and insight to broach a different topic – and presents the accompanying product solve. “For example, the Conversation on Life and Retirement tackles retirement in a completely new way. Planning for retirement is often not a priority when you’re young. But what if you knew only 6% of South Africans are able to cover their monthly expenses once they retire? And what if you could ask your 65-year-old self whether you are one of the 6%? Would 20-year-old you still take that year off? Would you at age 30 still buy that flashy car?”

Using banter to bring home the fact that today’s decisions will define life when you’re older, the script takes a notoriously low-interest topic and makes it relatable.

The same goes for the highly sensitive topic of death, which no one wants to talk about — undoubtedly a problem in a country with an average age of death that stands at 64 years, and where 40% of the workforce is more likely to have cell phone insurance than life insurance.

Sanders says, “Conversations with Yourself takes an idea we’ve all had to the next level: The wish to fast-track into the future to see if our lives worked out the way we expected. Ultimately, you are your own partner in life. Everything you do now either benefits your future or jeopardises it. It’s often too daunting to imagine one’s future-self. But Conversations with Yourself connects the future to the present, and makes the experience real and impactful.”

Related: How To Start Saving Money Today

South Africa’s problematic savings culture has been well documented. In the retirement space, Sanlam’s Benchmark research has identified millennials as the generation most at risk of having insufficient savings, mainly due to their DIY approach to money matters, their mistrust of financial service institutions and the fact that they don’t identify with retirement as a goal. It’s a generation known for overconfidence despite their poor financial literacy. Millennials prefer self-directed advice – so what better way to deliver it than through a ‘conversation with yourself’?

“As WealthsmithsTM, Sanlam wants to empower people with the knowledge and tools to enable them to make positive financial decisions today. This should set them up for success both now and into the future. Conversations with Yourself helps people to appreciate that the planning they do today has significant implications for their future self. Ultimately, the campaign uses progressive storytelling to share a story to which any generation can relate. The story of you,” concludes Sanders.

Visit Conversationswithyourself to watch the films and start your own conversation.

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