The Pella Food Garden Cooperative is a vegetable production farm operated by five female members ranging in age from 25 to 55 (one of whom is classified as youth and one who is physically disabled). All of the cooperative members are heads of and sole contributors to their households. Prior to 2017, the co-op struggled to farm its drought-ravaged land but could not generate enough income to utilize all their land or buy inputs.

Trialogue Business in Society Conference 2019: Collaboration in Education
Presented with Old Mutual Foundation

Kanyisa Diamond | Old Mutual Foundation
David Harrison | DG Murray Trust
Given Mabena | Department of Basic Education
Dr Rooksana Rajab | JET Education Services
Dr Gabrielle Wills | Stellenbosch University
Thabang Skwambane | Conference chairperson (moderator)

Government spent R351 billion on education in 2018 and 44% of corporate social investment, or approximately R4 billion, went to the education sector. Despite significant investment and widespread interest in effecting innovation and progress, large-scale and measurable improvements in the sector remain elusive. The collaboration in education theme sets out to underscore the importance, address the barriers and provide practical tips and implementation tools for how corporate, government and the non-profit sector can work together to realise equitable access to quality education in South Africa.

Trialogue Business in Society Conference 2019: Collaboration in Education
Presented with Old Mutual Foundation

Kanyisa Diamond | Old Mutual Foundation
David Harrison | DG Murray Trust
Given Mabena | Department of Basic Education
Dr Rooksana Rajab | JET Education Services
Dr Gabrielle Wills | Stellenbosch University
Thabang Skwambane | Conference chairperson (moderator)

Government spent R351 billion on education in 2018 and 44% of corporate social investment, or approximately R4 billion, went to the education sector. Despite significant investment and widespread interest in effecting innovation and progress, large-scale and measurable improvements in the sector remain elusive. The collaboration in education theme sets out to underscore the importance, address the barriers and provide practical tips and implementation tools for how corporate, government and the non-profit sector can work together to realise equitable access to quality education in South Africa.

Old Mutual will include a new and integrated pan-African vision for the group’s social responsibility activities and policies across the continent in 2018. This new strategy will focus on:

  • Being a responsible continental corporate citizen;
  • Consolidating strategic CSI interventions across Africa and
  • Building capacity and earning buy-in.

The Old Mutual Foundation is committed to driving transformation through effective socioeconomic development initiatives and the integration of marginalised South Africans into the mainstream economy. Beyond simply providing funding, the Foundation is determined to create positive and sustainable impact.

  • The Foundation funds and provides ongoing support to black-owned businesses that have high potential for job creation.
  • A hybrid funding approach combines grant funding from the Foundation and loan funding from the Masisizane Fund, the Foundation’s primary funding partner in this space.
  • The Foundation and the Fund provide business mentorship and training to all supported businesses.

Trialogue Business in Society Conference 2019

Executive overview: Kanyisa Diamond, Old Mutual Foundation

Kanyisa Diamond has experience in development and programme management, with expertise in student funding and development, psychosocial support, programme and strategy development, and corporate social responsibility. She serves on The Rural Education Access Programme (REAP) board and as a trustee for the Old Mutual Education Trust. Kanyisa is the senior project manager of the Old Mutual Education Flagship Project (OMEFP) – an initiative that aims to improve leadership at select public schools. She has a Bachelor of Social Science from Rhodes University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

Business in Society Conference 2019

Executive overview: Kanyisa Diamond, Old Mutual Foundation

Kanyisa Diamond has experience in development and programme management, with expertise in student funding and development, psychosocial support, programme and strategy development, and corporate social responsibility. She serves on The Rural Education Access Programme (REAP) board and as a trustee for the Old Mutual Education Trust. Kanyisa is the senior project manager of the Old Mutual Education Flagship Project (OMEFP) – an initiative that aims to improve leadership at select public schools. She has a Bachelor of Social Science from Rhodes University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

Old Mutual is committed to enabling the economic empowerment and  financial inclusion of people from under-resourced communities into the mainstream economy by investing in enterprise development, skills development and education. The Old Mutual Education Flagship Project (OMEFP), launched in 2013, set out to invest R350 million over seven years into under- resourced schools. The overarching goal of the OMEFP is to increase the number of bachelor passes of grade 12 learners who study maths and science, so that they are able to access university education, resulting in more professional skills in the economy. As the project reaches its culmination, the Old Mutual Foundation reflects on its evolution, achievements and the lessons that have emerged.

 

Trialogue Business in Society Conference 2019: Collaboration in Education

Presented with Old Mutual Foundation

Kanyisa Diamond | Old Mutual Foundation
David Harrison | DG Murray Trust
Given Mabena | Department of Basic Education
Dr Rooksana Rajab | JET Education Services
Dr Gabrielle Wills | Stellenbosch University
Thabang Skwambane | Conference chairperson (moderator)

Government spent R351 billion on education in 2018 and 44% of corporate social investment, or approximately R4 billion, went to the education sector. Despite significant investment and widespread interest in effecting innovation and progress, large-scale and measurable improvements in the sector remain elusive. The collaboration in education theme sets out to underscore the importance, address the barriers and provide practical tips and implementation tools for how corporate, government and the non-profit sector can work together to realise equitable access to quality education in South Africa.

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