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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.

Related: SA Billionaire Donates Half to Charity

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.

#ActOfGenerosity #PayMyBills

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 Innovator Trust And Citi Are Searching For Black-Owned Smes Who Are Ready For Growth

The Innovator Trust, an enterprise development organisation, and the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi), Africa’s oldest incubator, are calling on Cape Town-based growth-stage ICT entrepreneurs to join the intensive 2-year enterprise development programme.

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The ICT sector has gone from strength to strength and is one of the fastest-growing industries on the African continent. Yet African entrepreneurs are still finding it a difficult business landscape to navigate. That is why The Innovator Trust and CiTi, through exposure, training and mentorship, now aim to equip entrepreneurs and businesses in the sector with tools that will keep them on track, assist them to achieve their goals and create tech leaders of the future.

ICT entrepreneurs in need of mentorship, skills development and business support who have been operating for more than 2 years and are fiercely committed to growing their business, can now apply to the prestigious 2-year Innovator Trust programme, co-developed and run by CiTi at the Woodstock Bandwidth Barn and remotely in Cape Town. Applications close on 22 February and the selected candidates will be announced on 4 March.

The Innovator Trust programme aims to support the: increase annual turnover, equip businesses with the necessary accreditation to remove red tape, as well as increase profitability and number of employees. Get ready to move the dial on your business.

Celebrating its 20th year of supporting entrepreneurs, CiTi currently runs a number of incubation programmes from idea to growth stage. After a very successful first cohort of the programme, completed in 2018, CiTi confirmed a second collaboration with the Innovator Trust to support further Cape Town businesses over the next two years. Applicants need to be in “ICT”, but this has included a broad range of focusses in the past, from IT recruitment, network security to cabling service provider and software solutions.

Related: Watch List: 50 Top SA Black Entrepreneurs To Watch

The programme, designed by CiTi and Innovator Trust, is not to be taken lightly. Monthly training, mentorship sessions with industry experts, and a strong focus on technical improvements means a substantial time and focus commitment by the entrepreneur. But this intensive design enables significant business progression over the two years.

 “Once the entrepreneurs who take part in our Enterprise Development programmes become more established, they turn their focus to growth. This accelerator is especially for entrepreneurs who’ve created businesses with high-growth potential and provides them with the skills to scale at speed and responsibly,” says Tashline Jooste, CEO of the Innovator Trust.

Cape Town was recently confirmed as the Tech Hub of Africa, by an Endeavor Insight Report commissioned by CiTi and partners, presenting growing opportunities for those businesses serious about growth, and with the right support.

“I believe strongly that ICT entrepreneurs are going to be critical to South Africa’s economic growth, which is why we need to focus on equipping these businesses with the skills they need to grow, create jobs and stimulate our economy,” adds Jooste.

In order to be considered for the programme, prospective applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • A company defined in South Africa as an SMME, QSE or EME;
  • Must be operational and trading for two or more years;
  • The business should be at least 51% black-owned;
  • A minimum Level 1 – 4 BBBEE status according to the DTI or ICT Codes;
  • The business must be a registered company with key focus in ICT and be based in Cape Town and surrounding areas.

In addition, applicants will need to supply copies of their company registration, company profile, and annual financial statements along with their BEE certificate and IDs with their applications.

Related: Attention Black Entrepreneurs: Start-Up Funding From Government Grants & Funds

“We had a fantastic experience on the Innovator Trust programme, perhaps most beneficial was the advice and mentorship on our financial management, up-skilling of our team, and establishing a 3-year budget and growth plan for the business. Our advice to entrepreneurs considering the course is “JUST DO IT!!!” The skills and knowledge you gain are invaluable and put us on a serious growth trajectory.” states Jennifer Classen, Founder of Ngaphaya Y2K10, and Participant in the 2015 – 2018 Innovator Trust programme.

Ready to grow your business? Learn more about the programme and submit your application HERE.

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Rocket Challenge Targets Local Coding Skills

The Rocket APT Challenge is open to undergraduate students 18 years of age or older who are currently studying engineering, science, or technology at an accredited college or university.

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Addressing the growing skills gap within software development, local information technology value added distributor, Axiz has sponsored the Rocket APT Challenge and encouraged 39 students to participate in the regional round of the Rocket.Build coding challenge. This comprises 40% of the total numbers of entries received globally. Hosted by Rocket Software and APT Solutions, this annual challenge provides a forum for participants to develop applications on Rocket’s MultiValue platform.

Colleen Becker, Axiz pre-sales engineer, says that the response to the challenge was exceptional and the company is excited to be part of this global initiative: “This is a fantastic innovation challenge that provides students with an opportunity to hone their coding skills on a leading software platform. South Africa is by far the bigger pool of entrants and we are excited to see who is selected for the global Rocket.Build 2019 Hackathon.”

Participants are required to design an app on Rocket’s MultiValue application platform in support of the challenge theme: ‘Improve your Community’. Consisting of three regions: EMEA, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas, three winners from each region will be selected and awarded a cash prize of:

  • $1,000 (USD) – third place
  • $2,500 (USD) – second place
  • $5,000 (USD) – first place

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The nine developers will also be given an all-expenses-paid trip to Massachusetts, USA in June 2019 to participate in Rocket.Build 2019, where they will compete in teams of three to decide the global winner of the Rocket APT Challenge. The winning team will share a grand prize of $24,000 (USD).

Becker says that this is the first year Axiz is participating and the company will definitely register for the 2020 challenge, recruiting of which starts in September 2019: “We are committed to grow the number of young coders on the Rocket platform. There is a global opportunity for students to graduate into a developing industry and support the growing shortage of MultiValue-certified coders. Participants also stand the chance of receiving an internship from participating partners across all industry sectors.”

The Rocket APT Challenge is open to undergraduate students 18 years of age or older who are currently studying engineering, science, or technology at an accredited college or university.

For more information, contact colleen.becker@axiz.com

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SMEs: Have You Completed Your Financial Planning For 2019?

While small to medium enterprise (SME) owners may not have a great deal of control over South Africa’s broader economic issues, they do have control over how they plan and manage their finances, says EasyBiz Technologies Managing Director, Gary Epstein.

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“The failure of many SMEs to make it past the critical 3.5-year mark is more as a result of their inability to get the fundamentals right, rather than being able to deal with issues such as political uncertainty, crime or credit-rating downgrades.

“Several SMEs do not gain an adequate understanding of their markets or the competition they are up against. In addition, failure to manage their finances properly or to access funding and adapt to changes in the marketplace can also be serious hindrances to success.”

Epstein believes without proper financial planning and management, businesses place themselves on the back foot. “Business owners can only make informed decisions when they have a clear view of what is happening with their finances.”

That’s why having the proper financial management tools in place is so important for start-ups and SMEs. “At EasyBiz Technologies, we offer accounting solutions that are aimed at helping businesses manage their finances properly and placing them on a sound financial footing,” adds Epstein.

Tangible outcomes of a good system include increased productivity, reduced monthly expenses, improved accuracy, simplified tax compliance and better financial security. An effective system can also provide critical business insights and allow business owners to make informed and proactive decisions.

Epstein says efficient accounting solutions can help speed up business processes, affording business owners more time to focus on their core processes and growing their operations. “After all, time and money are the most precious resources when it comes to running a small business.

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“Our solutions include analysis tools, report making applications and payroll assistance. In addition, income and expense trackers provide valuable information for tax and audit preparations,” he adds.

Epstein urges SMEs to plan for 2019 if they haven’t done so already. “It’s not too late to prepare for the year ahead and, with the financial year end for many businesses looming, now is the time to get a good system in place.”

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