Business Leadership South Africa

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP SOUTH AFRICA  |  Podcast , ±3 min episodes every 1 week, 6 days  | 
Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) is an independent association whose members include the leaders of some of South Africa’s biggest and most well-known businesses.

Through this forum, South Africa’s business leaders engage key players in South African society, including government, civil society and labour, to exchange ideas in our national interest and to create effective dialogue.

BLSA's purpose is to build an environment in which globally competitive and national responsible companies can prosper. By so doing, it contributes to building strong communities underpinned by job creation through sustained economic growth.

As an organisation BLSA is focusing on three core activities, which combined with our contract with South Africa, will help to facilitate a better and inclusive South Africa:

*Advancing a modern, inclusive and growing economy,
*Upholding the constitution and protecting the integrity of the state institutions, and
*Demonstrating that business is a national asset and is central in addressing poverty, unemployment, economic injustice, and transformation.

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SAFETY TIPS: gender-based violence (GBV)

The recent crime statistics painted a grim picture of how, from 1 July 2022 to 20 September 2022, 989 women were killed in South Africa.

When comparing the 2022 statistics to that of the same period in 2021 there is a 10.3% increase in the number of women who were murdered.

The statistics also indicated that 13 283 sexual offence cases were reported during 1 July 2022 to 20 September 2022.

BLSA monitor centre and data analytics manager Sharlain Moodley shares some tips on what you or a loved one be a victim of sexual assault or rape:

Eyes and Ears Initiative – Constantly growing

BLSA executive programme manager Fouché Burgers gives a brief explanation of what the Eyes and Ears Initiative (E2) is. E2 is a joint crime fighting initiative between Business Against Crime South Africa (BACSA), the South African Police Service (SAPS) and hundreds of willing private security companies and information service providers. It provides a coherent communication platform and formal framework for these partners to work together to fight crime.

SAFETY TIPS - Hijackings

In South Africa a car is stolen every 22 minutes. According to the crime stats, from 1 July 2022 to 20 September 2022, there were 6 149 hijackings.

The crime stats also showed that over the three-month period there was a 24% increase in hijackings as compared to the same period in 2021.With the festive season upon us this number is likely to increase.

More people are prone to drop their guard as they enjoy the festivities but getting lost in the moment risks falling prey to hijackers.

BLSA National Project Manager Roelof Viljoen shares some hijacking prevention tips for the festive season.

SAFETY TIPS - kidnappings and missing people

According to police statistics, in the first six months of 2022 an average of 1,143 kidnappings a month were reported to the police; this is double the monthly average of the 2021 period.

The number of missing and kidnapped adults and children in South Africa is alarming and with the festive season upon us, we could see an increase in these incidents.

BLSA National Project Manager Roelof Viljoen shares some tips to follow should a loved one be kidnapped or go missing.

Festive Season Safety tips - house break-ins

The recent crime stats show that housebreak-ins are the most common crime experienced by South African residents. From 1 July 2022 to 20 September 2022, 40 550 households were burgled.

BLSA National Project Manager Johan Kruger gives South Africans some safety tips that can minimize their chances of home break-in this festive season.

BLSA and partners help address unemployment

South Africa’s unemployment rate is at an alarming 35.3%, according to Statistics South Africa’s 2021 fourth quarter Quarterly Labour Force Survey.

Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through their Beyond Advocacy Fund (BAF), have partnered with Afrika Tikkun Services to work towards alleviating unemployment.

With the assistance of BAF, Afrika Tikkun Services is providing, to a total of 364 students, digital skills training in desktop technology, data analyses, software development, the Internet of things, cybersecurity and Azure artificial intelligence.

A total of 364 students have completed their training and 260 have been placed in various jobs.

Offering SMMEs affordable funding

While small, medium, and micro enterprises (SMMEs) face a number of challenges, it is evident that financing is still a major stumbling block for many entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Niall Gahan explains how Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through their Beyond Advocacy Fund (BAF), have partnered with Enterpriseroom on their Township SMME Development programme to create opportunities for SMMEs through affordable funding.

Through BAF, Enterpriseroom’s Township SMME Development programme aims to source finance from different partners to provide a blended financing product to SMMEs that is affordable and focuses on driving growth and sustainability. The programme was initially established in November 2021. Enterpriseroom is currently sourcing SMMEs from underserved and underdeveloped regions.

BLSA giving entrepreneurs the necessary capacity

Small and medium enterprises are considered the lifeblood of South Africa’s economy.

Lisa Mavundla explains how Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through their Beyond Advocacy Fund (BAF), have partnered with 22 On Sloane to equip entrepreneurs with the necessary skills through the Capacity Building Programme.

22 On Sloane’s Capacity Building Programme’s key offering is the accelerator model – which is delivered through tailored programmes. It aims to support start-up businesses and help integrate them into the mainstream economy by creating opportunities for them to access markets as well as funding. 22 On Sloane aims to assist approximately 100 entrepreneurs through the Capacity Building Programme.

BLSA and partners offer Nelson Mandela Bay drought solutions

Over the past several months Nelson Mandela Bay has been grappling with severe drought and water scarcity issues. The situation has since become critical and many residents are now at risk of not having any water.

Ruth Troskie explains how Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) together with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through their Beyond Advocacy Fund (BAF), have partnered with the National Business Initiative (NBI)’s Technical Assistance Mentorship and Development (TAMDEV) programme to assist the municipality with its drought mitigation plan.

TAMDEV is conceptualised as giving institutional form to a collaboration between government and business. This collaboration aims to build on tested, workable practices and the deployment of appropriate retired expertise and technical skills from both the private and public sectors to strengthen vulnerable public institutions and address infrastructure provisioning and service delivery constraints

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