Today's top entrepreneurship and business stories (16 November)

UCT launches free online programme for entrepreneurs and social innovators, IAB SA Bookmark Awards 2017 is looking for SA’s best Digital Student, and more


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UCT launches free online programme for entrepreneurs and social innovators
The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) has teamed up with social enterprise organisation Reconstructed Living Labs (RLabs), to run a novel programme in Cape Town from this November for people aiming to become change makers and successful social entrepreneurs and/or innovators in their communities. 

The course titled Becoming a changemaker: Introduction to Social Innovation, is presented online but, unlike most online programmes, it also has an in-person facilitated component now available in Strandfontein, Cape Town. And to make it even more appealing – it is absolutely free.

"Many of the challenges facing communities in South Africa actually represent opportunities, which can be turned into businesses and has the potential to create jobs for others," says Marlon Parker, founder of RLabs and one of the instigators of the course.  

He says that the course has been designed to show individuals how they can make a difference, how they might, for instance, use social media to market an organisation or enterprise or how the resources at a library can be used to mobilise a youth group. "It is about showing people how problems can be solved innovatively and creatively," he says. 

The six-week course is the University of Cape Town’s sixth Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that is being made freely available online through UCT’s Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) and international online learning platform Coursera. But this course has one important difference. Despite the fact that most of the material is delivered online, students will also have access to a physical ‘campus’ where they can go for information and get help with assignments or – for those who don’t have easy access to wifi – to access all the content on the internet. 

 IAB SA Bookmark Awards 2017 is looking for SA’s best Digital Student
The IAB SA Bookmark Awards 2017 are recognising South Africa’s brightest young digital talent.  

"Digital is, by nature, a playground for young creativity. We are excited to review and recognise the many ways in which emerging talent is contributing to the industry and shaping its future," says Josephine Buys, CEO for IAB SA. "We look forward to awarding tomorrow’s talent and watching these digital stars rise."  

What better way to start your career in digital than being recognised as a young digital pioneer? If you are studying a digital course at an institution including marketing and related disciplines such as UX and your work is making waves, this is the category for you to be recognised in.  

John Dixon, ‎Jury Chair for The Bookmarks said, "We’re looking for budding talent in online design, copywriting, social media campaigns, development and more. If the concept is gold, we want to see it!"

Schools, colleges and varsities are encouraged to enter their students’ outstanding projects. This is a fantastic way to recognise students’ good work, and showcase the excellence of the institution itself. The student category entry fee has been significantly reduced to just R500 per entry to encourage more entries this year, and if the institution submit five entries, they will get one more entry free! 

The Best Digital Student category is an opportunity to showcase the world-class digital talent that is being fostered in our country.  

Let your hard work be counted in South Africa’s largest digital industry awards and gain nationwide recognition. More information on the entry categories, rules and entry tips visit thebookmarks.co.za. For any questions, you can email michelle@iabsa.net. Final entry deadline: 25 November 2016. 

Black property professionals honour Growthpoint’s commitment to transformation 
The South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners (SAIBPP) has honoured Growthpoint Properties for demonstrating outstanding commitment to the transformation in the property sector.

This is the first time that SAIBPP’s Annual Awards have acknowledged property sector companies that, through their programmes and procurement policies, display an over-and-above commitment to transforming the property sector. 

The award was presented to Growthpoint at the SAIBPP Awards 2016 dinner during its annual convention in Sandton this month.

SAIBPP Chief Executive Officer, Vuyiswa Mutshekwane, says: “Growthpoint has demonstrated its intention and its commitment to transforming the property sector and has gone above and beyond what is required of it.”

Chairman of Growthpoint’s social, ethics and transformation board committee, Mzolisi Diliza is also Growthpoint’s largest individual shareholder with 38.6m shares. Diliza says: "Growthpoint’s commitment to transformation is driven by real intent. It has worked hard to make good progress on its transformation journey, so receiving this significant award from SAIBPP is very meaningful indeed."

Diliza describes Growthpoint as an active proponent of transformation, internally and across its industry. 

"Growthpoint has earned a track record of driving meaningful change, starting with concluding the first and largest BEE deals in the industry in 2005 that have since earned billions of Rands for black investors," says Diliza.

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