Sharing a noble cause

Published, 26 January 2017, by Adri Senekal, Business Report at 08:21am

“Dignity is the right of every person, including prisoners. Today’s prisoner could be tomorrow’s president or scientist or leader. Let’s come together to make the world a better place.” – Dr Iqbal Survé

The Geneva-based International Bridges to Justice (IBJ), one of the most prestigious global NGOs, announced the appointment of Sekunjalo Group chairman Dr Iqbal Survé to its global advisory board in Switzerland last week.

Karen Tse, the chief executive and founder of IBJ, expressed her excitement “to have finally convinced Survé, after eight years of trying, to serve on the global advisory board of IBJ”.

“Dr Survé is an influential African entrepreneur, a global business leader and a recognised philanthropist; he is the most influential business leader in Africa with the vision to shape the future of the African continent,” Tse said.

Survé currently serves as a patron or board member of a number of NGO’s across the globe, and Survé philanthropies through its seven affiliated foundations, which support initiatives in childrens’, women and human rights; climate change; healthcare solutions for the poor; education and science; arts and culture; social entrepreneurship and impact investing.

Tse said she was delighted that after eight years she convinced Survé to share his outstanding leadership skills and philanthropic experience with IBJ.

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“We respect Dr Survé for his medical work with victims of apartheid and provision of medical care to a number of prominent South Africans during and after their release from Robben Island.

 

 

 

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#CTIJF2017 reveals epic line-up

Published, 24 January 2017 by IOL Reporter, Independent Media at 11:35am

EspAfrika, the organiser of the country’s longest running jazz festival, has pulled out all the stops to ensure that the 18th Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) exceeds all expectations.

The line-up highlights festival director Billy Domingo’s insights into the current musical renaissance around the world, where collaborations are producing unique sounds that are gaining new audiences.

Jazz fans are likely to make a beeline for these exciting acts announced in the second half of the CTJIF line-up: Saxophonist, producer and composer Kamasi Washington (US) and his release The Epic shook up the jazz critics’ pick lists in 2015 and won the 2016 American Music prize, earning new fans across the world in the process; Grammy-nominated singer Andra Day (US) whose song Rise Up has been adopted as an anthem for change throughout the world; vocalist, pianist, composer and music educator, and two-time Metro Music Award winner Nomfundo Xaluva (SA); and, the multi-award winning saxophonist, composer and arranger Buddy Wells, who will lead his own band in a sensitive yet blistering set as the Buddy Wells Sextet (SA).

For those who favour urban sounds and hip hop there is alternative hip hop trio Digable Planets (USA); dance/electronic music producer Jameszoo (NL); STTA (SA) – a live concept band and City Festival Battle of the Bands 2016 winner, comprising of drummer Jstar, turntablists DJ Raiko and DJ P–Kuttah, three live beat machine samplers, versatile vocalist/ Nasty J aka Joniq; and singer/composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Tom Misch (UK), who leaves his London bedroom studio to head to Cape Town for the first time in March.

 

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Unit trust firms gun for Raging Bull Awards

Published, 26 January 2017 by Staff Writer, Business Report at 07:59am

The Oscars of the unit trust industry, the Raging Bull Awards, celebrated its 21st anniversary last night, and to mark the occasion there were two special awards made in addition to the 10 coveted awards. The event was hosted by Personal Finance, a publication of Independent Media, in conjunction with partners ProfileData and PlexCrown Fund Ratings.

The special awards were for the firm with the top-performing South African equity general fund over 21 years and top multi-asset equity fund on a risk-­adjusted basis over 21 years.

Dr Iqbal Survé, executive chairman of Independent Media, addressed this year’s event, which was held at the Summer Palace Ballroom in Johannesburg.

More than 300 representatives of leading unit trust firms, boutique managers, financial services regulators and investment industry bodies attend the event. Each year, 10 Raging Bull Awards are awarded.

The most coveted award, for the South African Management Company of the Year, is made on the basis of an average PlexCrown fund rating that measures risk-adjusted returns and consistency of performance across all of a manager’s qualifying funds for periods up to five years.

Last year, Nedgroup Investments was the first management company to scoop the Raging Bull Awards for South African Management Company and for Offshore Management Company.

 

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Taking pride in finding solutions

Published 05 January 2017 by Siyabonga Kalipa, Independent Online at 06:45am

The Cape Argus has evolved over its 160-year history, according to Independent Media executive chairman Dr Iqbal Survé, who says the newspaper, which celebrates its birthday this week, is more “solutions-driven” than in the past.

“In many ways, the Argus is the same but not the same. It’s the same in that the news is still great, the content is superb, but it’s more solutions-driven. These days you are reading more and more articles about various things that help people.”

He is looking forward to the Cape Argus fulfilling Independent Media’s vision of being “part of your past, shaping your future”. He said the newspaper, especially its sports pages, helped drive transformation.

“In the past, even though there might have been very outstanding sportsmen and women that were black, they were always hidden away in terms of exposure. So, it is nice to see that kind of change.”

There were also more letters and comments being sent in from townships and on the Cape Flats, he said.

“I love what the editors in Cape Town in general are doing in terms of bringing the newspapers to the communities.”

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Gugs race celebrates 16 years

Published 14 December by Staff Writer, Cape Times at 09:27pm

Tomorrow approximately 2 000 enthusiastic runners and athletes will take to the streets for the annual RCS Gugs Reconciliation Race.

The race, which is hosted and sponsored by the Gugulethu Athletics Club, financial services provider, RCS and the Cape Times, has been held for the past 16 years on 
Reconciliation Day, December 16.

Gugulethu is one of the oldest townships in Cape Town and where many black people were forced to live when they were forcibly removed by the apartheid government.

Tomorrow’s race is important for the Cape Times, which this year celebrates its 
140th anniversary, as well as parent company, Independent Media.

Driving social change is integral to Independent Media’s transformation 
strategy.

This event underscores the company’s vision to bring together diverse readership communities and offer platforms where readers can communicate and share, as well as being informed and 
entertained.

 

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The Young Independents launch #Mzansi100Top2017

Published 09 December 2016 by Viwe Ndongeni, Independent Media at 04:19pm

The young, the trendy, the academics and the creatives gathered on 8th December, 2016 at The Young Independents (TYI) call for nominations launch in search of South Africa’s Top 100 inspiring and aspiring leaders for 2017.

In it’s second year, the call for nominations garnered much interest at the African Pride, 15 on Orange.

Esteemed leaders from various industries who came together, elevated the much respected initiative which spear-headed the launch to the next level.

One of them being, South Africa’s new Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane who took office from Thuli Madonsela.

As a key-note speaker, Adv. Mkhwebane encouraged young people to use their talent to better themselves and create employment.

“You have potential to think out-side the box, nothing is stopping you from achieving your goals.”

Adv. Mkhwebane made reference to Ludwick Marishane, founder and creator of DryBath Gel.

On the gravel roads of Limpopo, with an allowance of R50 a week, he came up with a way for his underprivileged community to bath without having to go through the struggle of not walking distances for water, so people could now use a dry soap to clean with.

“What is stopping you?”, Adv. Mkhwebane asked.

With the regards to ongoing struggle of young people, Adv. Mkhwebane

said, “we can step in to ensure the government creates the environment for you to become the young person that SA needs.”

Independent Media Executive Chairman, Dr Iqbal Survé, applauded the contribution of young women who are change agents that bring about transformation and innovation within the Independent Media stable. He went on to say that he wants young people to aspire not to be like him, but to go on and enjoy life, have fun and have a purpose in order to achieve their dreams.

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Khallid Abdulla officially opened stock exchange

Published 09 December 2016 by Staff Writer, Cape Times at 05:40pm

Khalid Abdulla officially opened the stock exchange markets on Wednesday using the Johannesburg Stock Exchange’s (JSE) mystical kudu horn.

Abdulla, who is group chief executive of African Equity Empowerment Investments (AEEI), was treated by the JSE to the sound of its mystical kudu horn, as AEEI celebrates an “exceptional year of performance, empowerment and governance awards”.

The blowing of the horn (ringing of the bell) is a tradition usually reserved for companies that are being listed on the stock exchange.

However, Abdulla and AEEI were honoured after the company showed consistent financial growth over several years, with an impressive trading period in the past 12 months and recognised by its peers with several top awards and consistent financial performance.

AEEI Chief Officer Khalid Abdulla said: “As testament to its forward-thinking approach, its high standards and its ability to deliver results, AEEI was recently recognised by Empowerdex in its annual benchmark of JSE Listed companies as the Most Empowered Company, the Most Empowered Management Control, listed by the Financial Mail as a Top 10 Performer on the JSE for financial performance and was also ranked by IRAS as the Top Performer for the highest SDTI for governance in the Sector: Financial Services – Other.”

 

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AEEI tops in bumper year of awards

Published, 02 December 2016 by Joseph Booysen, Independent Online at 02:00am

African Equity Empowerment Investments (AEEI) has landed its fifth performance award this year.

The diversified investment and empowerment firm received the award at an event held in Sandton this week.

The company was awarded Top in the Sector: Financial Services – Other, with a score of 83.52 percent.

The award is for the Highest Sustainability Data Transparency Index for reporting and governance by Integrated Reporting Assurance Services.

AEEI was also awarded third overall out of 311 companies, of which 297 are JSE-listed companies and 14 state-owned enterprises.

Cherie Hendricks, director of corporate affairs and sustainability at AEEI, said : “For many years we have worked tirelessly to provide our stakeholders with the information they require in order to make informed decisions.”

AEEI was rated 182nd overall in 2013, 16th overall and top in the Financial Services sector in 2014, and last year the firm was ranked 10th overall and second in the Financial Services sector.

AEEI’s CEO Khalid Abdulla said: “We are honoured to be receiving this award, which confirms that our business model is on a firm holistic and sustainable growth path as we continue to add value for our stakeholders, with a very high standard of financial performance and governance in a testing economic climate.”

 

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Indy’s executive chairman helps school attain dreams

Published 28 November 2016 by Dougie Oakes, Cape Argus at 08:46am

Livingstone High School’s decades-long wait for a fully-equipped science laboratory will soon be over thanks to the intervention of tIndependent Media’s executive chairman, Dr Iqbal Survé.

This announcement was made by Dr Survé, the guest speaker at Livingstone’s 90th anniversary dinner, in the school hall on Saturday evening.

Dr Survé, a Livingstone alumnus, who matriculated in 1981, told an audience of former pupils, teachers and their spouses that principal Theo Bruinders and his team had expressed the need for a science lab at the school.

Advanced tutoring programmes for mathematics and science, and computers with relevant software programmes for the library also featured high on the school’s wish-list. “We are very happy to commit towards helping Livingstone meet its goals,” Dr Survé said.

He told the audience he could not at this point quantify the monetary value of this help, but he added he had made a personal commitment that would probably amount to about R1m. This, he said, was only the start.

A key part of the project would also involve the participation of pupils in an internship programme. He said all the companies in which he is involved would be required to provide mentorship for pupils from Livingstone.

This would form part of a full programme of initiatives, over and above the R1m commitment, which will be launched to help Livingstone achieve its targets, Dr Survé said.

 

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Livingstone High gets R1 million donation boost

Published, 27 November 2016 by Dougie Oakes, Cape Times at 10:59pm

Livingstone High, the school whose name became synonymous with a relentless fight for non-racialism and the provision of excellence during the apartheid era, is set to get a R1 million boost.

And there’s a promise of more to come to help it continu e its historic mission of providing quality education for all its pupils.

The announcement was made by Sekunjalo Investment Holdings executive chairman Dr Iqbal Survé, as part of Survé Philanthrophies. Survé, also Independent Media executive chairman, was the guest speaker at Livingstone’s 90th anniversary
dinner in the school hall on Saturday.

Central to the ambitions of the school has been a decades-long desire for a science laboratory.

Advanced tutoring programmes for mathematics and science, and computers with relevant software programmes for the school library have also featured high on Livingstone’s wish-list – which is now about to become a reality.

“When my team met to discuss how we could help Livingstone, we decided to ask principal Theo Bruinders and his team to tell us what they needed,” Dr Survé, a Livingstone alumnus who matriculated in 1981, told an audience of more than 200 mainly former pupils and teachers, and their spouses.

“They told us the school wanted to advance what it offered in mathematics, science and literature.”

He stressed the importance of a laboratory being available for pupils at the school. “When I went to medical school at UCT, the fact that black students were from schools that did not have laboratories proved disastrous for us in our first year.

 

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