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South Africa’s Philanthropist Acts Of Generosity

Quinton Van Der Burgh is one of South Africa’s ultimate success stories, a true maverick with an extensive knowledge of marketing and mergers, and business development in the car, telecom, import and export , industrial, property development , trading and mining industries.

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After working abroad for a number of years, Quinton Van Der Burgh, an entrepreneur with his finger on the pulse of business, returned to South Africa to further pursue his  career in mining and investments and head up Burgh Group Holdings.

Van Der Burgh is grateful for the success he has earned and worked hard for, he is very aware of his fortunate position and with this, believes the most important part of success is sharing it and helping those less fortunate, but in a sustainable way.

The QVDB foundation supporting those less fortunate

The QVDB foundation which is the CSI arm of Burgh Group Holdings is an integral part of the company that Van Der Burgh invests a lot of time and effort into.

Van Der Burgh believes CSI has become a formal and recognized part of corporates within South Africa , he says “Forcing companies into unfamiliar spaces will simply entrench a “compliance” mind-set and encourage fragmented and ineffective thinking. In saying this, it is important for companies to give back within their parameters; have a dominant presence within their own, familiar communities- through holistic and sustainable interventions.”

Van Der Burgh believes the QVDB Foundation is the soul of his business, fighting above its weight, to provide long-term solutions to the socio-economic bills of South Africa.

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The QVD Foundation is made up of the following initiatives:

1. Generosity Water

Van Der Burgh started supporting the Generosity foundation several years ago, Well-developments and combatting the worldwide water crisis. Generosity is more than just bottles water. Founded in 2008, the mission was to help give clean water to 750 Million people in the world that live without water.

Van Der Burgh along with the QVDB foundation have managed to raised money through various events, races, partnering with local and international celebs and business leaders to raise awareness for the cause. Van Der Burgh has taken it upon himself to further that mission throughout SA and Africa with building wells in South Africa’s water stressed regions and doing so out of his own good standing for Generosity.

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To date they have been able to fund 650 water projects in 19 countries, serving 700 0 00 people, Van Der Burgh will not stop until everyone has access to clean water.

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This is assisting families in combating their financial burdens. This is one of the most recent initiatives launched at the end of 2017. Around 20% of South Africans have money left over at the end of the month.

The #ActsofGenerosity campaign wants to try and make it a little easier  for south Africans living with debt, by paying off selected participants debt and assisting families in combating their financial burdens.

Not only does Van Der Burgh pay of debt from his own pocket, but he also provides families/individuals with a more sustainable solution by giving them financial advice and tools to use so their financial situation can improve in the long-term.

Mining Divisions

This division focuses on the social & general upliftment of our neighbouring communities.

Van Der Burgh believes developing a strategic approach to greater responsibility and sustainability requires research, engagement and the correct implementation. In an emerging economy, it creates jobs; improves infrastructure and contributes to the economy.

Most importantly, giving back is the ethos behind the QVDB Foundation; as it creates hope for our people, and he urges more South Africans to follow suite.

The advantages of investing in charitable initiatives

Corporations need to consider the various advantages of investing in CSI initiatives, such as the attraction and retention of investors, investors putting money into companies want to know their funds are being used properly. CSI can also assist corporates in return by improving their public image, and assist in building  a reputation as a responsible business, which can in turn lead to competitive advantage.

Investing in CSI as a company will also boost employee engagement, nearly 60% of employees who are proud of their company’s social responsibility are more engaged at their jobs.

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Furthermore it increases employee creativity. Employees who know their employer is committed to bettering communities feel a stronger connection to the company, workers also feel more inclined to be productive and creative.

It also promotes individual philanthropy, when employees notice the company they work for is involved in charitable endeavours, they play follow the leader and begin to engage in their own philanthropic activities.

Involvement in community leads to corporate success

Van Der Burgh believes that a large majority of the countries success relies on the involvement of corporations in their communities. Big businesses hold a large amount of economic power and ae in a position to make positive change when it comes to the many challenges South Africa faces.

Van Der Burgh says “we should all ethically be compelled to support the disadvantaged of our society, this country and its people have all contributed to my success and I feel it is my moral obligation to return the favour, In doing so, I hope I inspire others that can to do the same”.

For more info about the campaign follow @QVDBFoundation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or visit www.qvdbfoundation.com

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The Sky Is The Limit For South Africa’s Top Women Achievers

High-powered women achievers from across the private and public sectors, academia and diplomatic spheres gathered for a charged two-day conference in Johannesburg this week to share experiences about empowerment, achievement and the role that women are destined to play in a competitive global environment.

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Several hundred women attended the 15th Annual Standard Bank Top Women Conference which, with the Top Women Awards, has become one of the premier events for women on the national calendar. The objective of the gathering at the Maslow Hotel on the 17th and 18th of October, was to showcase the achievements of South African women and reignite their passion as they have major roles to play in all arenas of endeavour, says Ethel Nyembe, head of Card Issuing at Standard Bank.

“The delegates to the Top Women Conference were inspired by speakers such as Yvonne Chaka Chaka, singer, songwriter and an entrepreneur in her own right; Phuti Mahanyele, executive chair of Sigma Capital, a black-owned investment group, and political and academic stalwart Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, now Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University and other women who are playing leading roles in many of the nation’s listed blue-chip corporations.”

“The overall message is that women are playing a central role in growing all facets of our economy and are helping to build a future from which other women can benefit and, in turn, inspire others. Women, regardless of whether they are entertainment icons, professionals engaged in helping shape the minds of future generations, businesswomen or scientists are part of building a new global reality.”

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To inspire delegates about the breadth and depth of the future for women, the conference examined all facets of economic life from the impact that IT and scientific research is having on building businesses, through to the development of entrepreneurs and leadership skills. Insights were offered through the contributions of speakers and roundtable panel discussions in which leading women offered observations and advice gathered from their vast experience.

“Standard Bank is proud of the role it has played in enabling women achievers to reach their full potential within its ranks. The bank also recognises that women across society have a broad role to play in the future of South Africa. It is through support for events like the Top Women Awards and the Top Women Conference that this approach is made visible and tangible.”

“We expect this year’s conference deliberations to deliver insights and inspiration that will not only spur established women to new heights of achievement, but also stimulate young women starting new careers,” says Ms Nyembe.

More information on the Top Women Conference can be found at https://topwomen.co.za/ and it can be followed on the #SBTWConference conversation on Facebook and Twitter  

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The Ins And Outs Of A Good Exit Strategy

The thought of parting with a business you’ve grown from the ground up may be unsettling, but Gugu Mjadu, spokesperson for the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS, says that it is better for both your business and yourself to plan for this as early as possible.

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“The challenge that business owners often face in this respect is comparable to the difficulty that many new parents have with imagining their children grown up and leaving for university. Imagine, however, if parents did not plan ahead for the cost of their education – that would be detrimental to the future of their children. The same could be the case for your business.”

Mjadu says that a good exit strategy is about sustainability and being able to measure your business performance against the goals you have set for it. “It’s really about being able to say, ‘this is when the work is done and I can exit the business or take on a different role – this is what success looks like in terms of monetary return on investment and other business growth indicators’.

“The lack of an exit strategy could be telling of a fundamental lack of measurable business goals and this needs to be addressed,” she says.

From immediate liquidation to liquidation over time; family succession; selling to staff or external investors; the open market or another business; or the gruelling but profitable exercise of taking your company public – there are many different ways in which an entrepreneur can exit their business, but Mjadu says that whatever the process, a strong and solid strategy is essential.

She shares five key points of a good exit strategy:

1. It tells you when you are done

Mjadu says that a good exit strategy should reflect a core understanding of all the intricacies of your business and should be able to tell you when the lifecycle of your business (or of your involvement in the business) should come to an end. This is usually done by including a set of tangible measurables or objectives so that it is easy to ascertain when these have been achieved.

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2. It sets out the right environment within which to exit

A good exit strategy considers the economic, social and political environment at the time of your exit. Mjadu says that this is important in order to plan for a secure financial future.

“Failure to think about this could result in short-changing yourself by exiting during a tough economic climate when the risk to buyers reduces the value of your business.”

She references the case of Victoria’s Secret when founder, Roy Raymond, sold the failing business for $1m unknowing that it would later grow into the multi-billion dollar empire it is now. “While Raymond’s exit was ultimately necessary for Victoria’s Secret’s growth, he sold it in 1982 during the global recession of the early eighties – one of the world’s biggest financial crises and this influenced the selling price at his exit”.

3. It compensates those who have contributed to the life of your business

It is important to consider the impact your exit could have on investors and staff, says Mjadu. “Closing shop for example, means that your staff no longer have employment at your business. Selling could mean the same.” She adds that it is important to consider ways in which your exit could also benefit these stakeholders – for example, selling to a bigger business could mean more career opportunities for your staff, as well as continued job security.

4. It compensates you

Mjadu says that entrepreneurs often struggle to recognise their own true worth, especially when this involves attaching a monetary value to what has been achieved. “The time of exiting a business is no place to short-change yourself. You need to get out the full worth of what you put in,” she says, explaining that this means ensuring that you are financially secure before and while you go into your next venture.

“Your needs for retirement and medical insurance, as well as the maintenance of your living standard, should be met at your exit.”

Related: Want to Exit the Company? Here’s Your Shareholder Exit Strategy

5. It sustains your entrepreneurial drive

Mjadu says that while you may be nearing the end of one journey, your exit should enable and encourage you to continue to be an entrepreneur – and to look forward to the next journey. “Your entrepreneurial skills and capacity do not end when you exit your business and whatever your strategy, it should egg you on to more entrepreneurial activity including becoming a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs.”

Mjadu says that exiting your business should allow you a good retrospective look at what you have done over the years – and so planning the strategy early on in your business lifecycle will set you up in regards to what you hope to achieve. “Upon exit, you should be able to say that you have done what you set out to do, financially and socially, and you have some energy left to do more elsewhere.”

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Search Is On For SA’S Online Retailer Of The Year

World Wide Worx in partnership with Platinum Seed, Visa, Heavy Chef and the Ecommerce Forum of Africa, launch new awards to recognise online stores that promote shopper trust.

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World Wide Worx today announced that it was launching a new awards programme — called the Online Retailer of the Year — to honour online stores in South Africa that grow trust amongst digital shoppers. The awards are part of a broader project to boost online shopping by World Wide Worx in partnership with Visa, Platinum Seed, the Ecommerce Forum of Africa and Heavy Chef.

“Online retail in South Africa has consistently grown above 20% since the turn of the century but only passed 1% of overall retail in 2016. Research shows that trust is a big factor in ecommerce growth, which is why we want to recognise online retailers who help to grow the entire sector by ensuring the kind of ecommerce standards that engender trust with online shoppers,” Goldstuck says.

“But once online retail passes two per cent it crosses an essential psychological barrier and this often leads to a tipping point in emerging economies. That’s when we see online retail snowballing. It gathers real momentum and everyone in the sector benefits,” Goldstuck explains.

To be eligible for entry to the Online Retailer of the Year, owners of digital stores are urged to participate in an essential survey of local online shopping being run by Goldstuck’s World Wide Worx, together with Visa and digital growth agency Platinum Seed.

To participate in the research, local online retailers can go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/OnlineRetailSA

All online retailers who participate will be entered into the award. However, participation in the survey is not a precondition for entry to the awards. However, only online retailers who operate from within South Africa’s borders are eligible for this local award.

The awards will be made at a Heavy Chef event in Cape Town on Thursday, October 01 2018. At the same event, World Wide Worx’s Arthur Goldstuck will lay bare the state of local retail, with Brad Elliott, CEO of Platinum Seed, and Visa.

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Goldstuck, who is judging the awards, will present the following awards:

  • Online Retailer of The Year
  • 1st runner-up – Online Retailer of the Year
  • 2nd runner-up – Online Retailer of the Year
  • Best New SA Online Retailer of the Year.

The winners of the Online Retailer of the Year awards will be given a digital badge that the online store can display online. The winners will have bragging rights for a year — until the next award is made in 2019.

Judging criteria for the awards include trust, innovation, customer service, digital excellence, customer engagement, product excellence, and the online reputation of the digital store. Visa, Heavy Chef, and Platinum Seed will oversee the judging of the awards. The Ecommerce Forum of Africa will audit the results.

Retailers or entrepreneurs who want to attend the awards and presentation of the research results by Goldstuck can purchase tickets from Heavy Chef.

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