Business in Society Conference 2017 2017-12-04T18:37:14+00:00
16 & 17 May 2017
The Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg

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About the conference

This event – with renowned local and international thought leaders ‒ explored solutions to South Africa’s socioeconomic challenges. It has been renamed The Trialogue Business in Society Conference in celebration of its ten-year milestone and in recognition of the broad and integral corporate role in development.  Join fellow stakeholders in development, from companies, non-profit organisations, government, academia and media, to share insights, case studies and lessons for effective socio-economic development.

The programme included 60 expert contributors. Keynote speaker, Mrs Graça Machel, spoke on the role of women in the socioeconomic transformation of Africa.

Topics included:

  • National and global trends in corporate philanthropy
  • Social licence to operate
  • Communicating CSI
  • Funding social justice
  • Managing and meeting community expectations
  • ICT for development and ICT in education
  • Data for development
  • Leveraging digital platforms for relationship building and fundraising
  • Enterprise development
  • Social enterprising
  • Fundraising tips from corporate donors
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Trialogue Donors’ Den 2017

This interactive session has been adapted from the internationally acclaimed Dragons’ Den television series. Following a national call for applications, the three non-profit organisations profiled below were selected to pitch a project to a panel of corporate donors and received detailed feedback, empowering them with expert advice about how to hone their pitching and fundraising skills.

Alliance for Parenting Education in Africa (APEA) works with communities to create systemic support for the healthy development of children. APEA is based in the Eastern Cape and has also initiated projects in KwaZulu-Natal and Gaborone, Botswana. The organisation works with parents, caregivers, teachers, community members and the whole ecology of the child, to create nurturing and enabling environments in which they can grow. Activities include parenting study circles (known as ‘iziko’), including fatherhood and vulnerable parents’ programmes. APEA runs a preschool in Mthatha and supports other preschools in the area.

APEA pitched its Iziko Centre at Nelson Mandela Park in Mthatha West. The aim of this centre is to foster positive child-parent relationships and provide play-based interventions to enhance the healthy development of children in this disadvantaged community.

Community Action Partnership (CAP), based in Swellendam in the Western Cape, has a vision for the rural community in which it works to shift from surviving to thriving – in their heads and with their hands. The organisation was started in September 2011, with job-readiness programmes for out-of-school youth. APEA has since grown to include CAPability workshops for disabled people; CAP daycare for disabled people; CAP Ithemba school-based interventions which operate at seven farm schools, providing academic support and preventing school dropouts, and CAPequip, which readies youth for the workplace.

CAP pitched the upgrade of its CAPability programme workshop facilities – at which it provides manufacturing services for Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts, Rain, and other small companies – to increase production and adhere to safety standards.

Hlumelelisa was established in 2003, in response to the increasing levels of crime in South Africa. The organisation works to rehabilitate criminal offenders through SETA-accredited horticultural training, by using an inmate’s sentence period to develop scarce skills, increase their employability and inspire them to adopt a more productive lifestyle. The need to heal underpins the organisation’s principles and is reflected in its name – a Nguni word for ‘a new spirit’. Produce is donated to community centres, supporting the principles of community development and restorative justice.

Hlumelelisa’s pitch focused on one of its eight training sites, where the organisation is currently working with incarcerated men, women and juveniles.


For more information please email or call the Cape Town office on 021 671 1640.