ESG Networking Events 2012

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Highlights from Networking Events 2011
ESG Networking 2012
Cape Town

Wednesday, 5 September 2012 
5:30 for 6PM - 8PM
UCT Graduate School of Business LT1
Cape Town, South Africa


Networking:  with 100 sustainable investors and stakeholders
Keynotes:  Seven influential speakers on sustainability in Africa including from RisCura, Bloomberg, GEPF / PIC, ASISA, Mergence, Blackrock, SinCo with welcomes from our hosts + UCT GSB Net Impact.
Date:  Wednesday 5 September 2012, 5:30 for 6 -8 pm
Registration Required: Limit 100 pax
Location:  University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business LT1, Portswood Road in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Logistics:  Metrorail to Cape Town city, MyCiti bus and/or fanwalk. Bicycle and car parking available.
Attire:  Business Smart
Prizes:  Lucky draw prizes
Fee:  Donation of R70 to via EFT (see below). R100 at the event. Register @

Twitter:  #ESGnetworking

Africa Sustainable Investment Forum ( is pleased to extend this invitation to you and your organization as stakeholders in investment in Africa. Will you join us?

The Events Team invites you to meet and mingle with 100 investors, influencers, stakeholders and changemakers in sustainability & investment in Africa. The networking fills the gap in helping investors and stakeholders across sectors to meet with colleagues who are some part of the sustainable investment value chain in Africa today. As always, networking will feature a great vibe, seven x 2 minute speeches by influencers in sustainable investment in Africa, and the most interesting investment people in Africa in one place - see the videoclips BELOW and is an independent, pan-African, not-for-profit network, knowledgebase and advocate promoting investment in sustainable development across the continent. Launched in June 2010, the Project is run by volunteers building a network of institutions and individuals promoting sustainable investment in Africa by investors in public, private and philanthropy sectors across asset classes, countries and stakeholders from our platform @

Networking:  with 100 sustainable investors and stakeholders
Keynotes:  Seven influential speakers on sustainability in Africa including from
Bloomberg, Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA), Mergence Investment Managers, RisCura, Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) / Public Investment Corporation (PIC), Blackrock and SinCo
Welcomes from our hosts: + UCT GSB Net Impact
Date:  Wednesday 5 September 2012, 5:30 for 6 -8 pm
Registration Required: Limit 100 pax, see registration & fees (below).
Fee:  Donation of R70 to via EFT (see below). R100 at the event.

Location:  University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, Portswood Road in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town - directions
Logistics:  Metrorail to Cape Town city, MyCiti bus and/or fanwalk. Bicycle and car parking available.
Attire:  Business Smart
Twitter:  #ESGnetworking

LUCKY DRAW: We have 2 lucky-draw tickets discretion of the organizers) worth up to R18,999 each to give away to the IMN 3rd African Cup of Investment Management, 6 - 7 September 2012 in Cape Town.

Event sponsors: Bloomberg, Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA), Mergence Investment Managers, RisCura, Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) / Public Investment Corporation (PIC), Blackrock and SinCo. Location provided by UCT GSB Net Impact and wines by Woolworths Good Business Journey.

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Please complete the online registration to reserve your place:
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2. Please submit your electronic payment OF MINIMUM R70 donation via EFT with your firstname + lastname
3. Email confirmation to with subject "NETWORKING" in the subject header to confirm your payment.

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We look forward to learning with you!

[subject to change]

5:30PM - Opening

6PM - Welcome - Buyi Nodada
UCT Graduate School of Business Bertha Centre - Professor Walter Baets
UCT GSB Net Impact - Willem Jens, MBA Candidate
ESG Masterclass Certificates Announcements - - Avril Harvey + Kanmi Lawson
*1st Lucky Draw - - Avril Harvey + Kanmi Lawson w/ Tim Bailey, Information Management Network (IMN)

7PM - 2min Keynotes
Adrian Bertrand, GEPF
Mark Van Wyk, Mergence
Kerry Kilcullen Sinclair, RisCura

Neil Lewis, Bloomberg
Sunette Mulder, ASISA
Barbara Vintcent, Blackrock

Graham Sinclair, SinCo

8PM -
Closing & Thank You
*2nd Lucky Draw - - Mandisa Zungu + Deon Smith w/ Tim Bailey, Information Management Network (IMN) - Fatima Rustin

9PM - Venue Closes

Adrian Bertrand, GEPF
Adrian was appointed Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Manager of the Government Employees Pension Fund in February 2011 where he is responsible for managing and implementing the Fund's Responsible Investment Policy. Previously, Adrian was employed by the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) to manage and coordinate the work of the PRI South Africa Network comprising asset owner, asset manager and asset consultant signatories. Adrian serves on the Responsible Investment Standing Committee of the Association for Savings and Investment SA (ASISA), the CRISA Committee responsible for the drafting of the Code for Responsible Investing by Institutional Investors in South Africa, and the Emerging Markets Disclosure Project South Africa team. Adrian also represents GEPF on the Investment Committee of the Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund (PAIDF). Adrian's professional experience includes working as a research analyst for the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index (2010) and the Corporate Governance Rating Matrix of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) in 2009, both in association with the Unit for Corporate Governance in Africa, a unit within the University of Stellenbosch Business School. Adrian taught high school and university courses before moving to the investment industry. Adrian holds a BA (Humanities), Post Graduate Certificate in Education and an MBA, all from the University of Stellenbosch.

Kerry Kilcullen Sinclair, RisCura &
Kerry is currently Head of Marketing and a member of the Executive Committee at RisCura, a leading South African independent investment consultant and financial services firm. Kerry joined RisCura in April 2009 after moving to Cape Town from Geneva, Switzerland. Most recently in sustinable investment, she work as part of the team at RisCura that provide research data for the IFC-funded research into private equity and liquid equity ESG strategies in sub-Saharan Africa in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria that was published in 2011. While in Switzerland, Kerry was engaged in consulting work through SinCo, a boutique investment advisory firm specialising in sustainable investment architecture. Her project work included global marketing plans for an institutional investment firm and developing a marketing & media strategy for a sustainable finance network in a major European financial centre. Starting her career in 2000, Kerry was recruited by SEI Investments into their Leadership Development Program where she joined the Corporate Marketing Team. In late 2004, she was recruited internally to manage business development for SEI’s Wealth Management business, running multiple programs aimed at attracting HNW & UHNW clients. Upon moving to Boston in 2005, she took over as Marketing & Communications Manager across all SEI Wealth Network programs. In addition to being part of the IFC-SinCo report on Sustainable Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa, Kerry’s sustainability work has covered launching SEI's Environmental Leadership Committee, recruiting over 25 employees for environmental projects. She developed a mentorship and sponsorship model under the SVP of Marketing and CFO that successfully reduced costs and re-focused company core values. In Geneva, she assisted with new programming for CSR Geneva, a network for sustainability, social responsibility and social enterprise practitioners. Kerry graduated cum laude from Duke University (AB: Economics) and in 2002 earned a certificate in Brand Management through the Association of National Advertising (USA).

Mark Van Wyk, Mergence
Mark Van Wyk
’s 11 year career includes development finance, structured finance, external auditing and property management has included financial administration; management accounting; work experience at Pricewaterhouse Coopers - international accounting firm, a large commercial property portfolio manager, a large JSE listed empowerment organization and as part of large non-bank financial intermediary. A Chartered Accountant (SA) by profession, Mark started his career as an assistant systems accountant at Gensec Property Services in Johannesburg following three years of tertiary education at the University of Cape Town. Mark passed all his CA (SA) qualifying exams upon first attempt. Mark is currently registered for CFA 3, which he expects to complete in 2013. In 2002 Mark elected to move back to Cape Town from Johannesburg to pursue his ambition of qualifying as a CA(SA) and completed his articles at PWC where he specialised in Financial Services. In 2004 Mark was seconded to PWC-New York. Prior to joining Mergence Investment Manager in 2011, Mark was a Manager at Mettle responsible for  sourcing, arranging and the implementation of Debt and Equity transactions with a main focus on securitizations, preference share placements and corporate debt structuring. At Mettle, Mark was also responsible for establishing new wholesale debt funding relationships, performing due diligences, drafting business plans, financial modelling, liaison with funding partners and oversight of proprietary private equity investments by Mettle within the financial services sector. Other areas of specialisation where Mark has been involved in are beneficial business model design and evaluation and impact assessments.

Sunette Mulder, ASISA
Sunette is senior policy advisor at the Association for Savings and Investment, South Africa (ASISA).  She is responsible for the Investments Board Committee and the various standing committees and working groups that resort under the Investments Board Committee. Sunette started her career at Old Mutual South Africa in 1997 within Actuarial Finance, before joining Galaxy Portfolio Services (previously Old Mutual Investment Services) to work within product development.  In 2000 she joined Old Mutual Asset Managers as performance analyst. She was manager of performance department at Old Mutual Asset Managers and senior performance analyst at Coronation Fund Managers & Cadiz Asset Managers where she was responsible for performance measurement, attribution & reporting as well as running the GIPS ® project. Sunette is the chairperson of the GIPS Standing Committee of the South African country sponsor, ASISA.  In this capacity she is the South African country sponsor representative on the EMEA RIPS (formerly EIPC) and the GIPS Council.  Sunette served on the GIPS Executive Committee (EC) as chair of the Investment Manager subcommittee and was the chair of the EC between 2008/2009 and the chair of the GIPS Promotion and Awareness subcommittee 2010/2011 and the current co-chair of the GIPS Risk Working Group.  The GIPS EC is a standing committee of the CFA Institute. Sunette is deputy chairperson of the CRISA committee that has launched a Code for Responsible Investing by Institutional Investors in South Africa. She holds degrees of
B.Comm(Maths), Hons B B&A (cum laude), MBA (cum laude).

Neil Lewis, Bloomberg
Neil Lewis is Bloomberg Territory Manager: Southern Africa. Previous role/s included Bloomberg – Head of European Derivatives Specialist Sales Team. Neil started at Bloomberg 13 years ago after graduating with an Honours Degree in International Business at University of Plymouth. He spent three years in Analytics, progressing to the Analytics Management team, before moving into terminal sales where he has been responsible for Russia, Scotland, London Buy-side and Global Relationship Managers for Barclays. He holds a BA (Hons) International Business and successfully completed Level 1 of CFA.

Barbara Vintcent, Blackrock
Barbara Vintcent, Director, is a member of BlackRock's Global Client Group. She is the country manager for South Africa where she is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with investors. Ms. Vintcent's service with the firm dates back to 2001, including her years with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM) which merged with BlackRock in 2006. Ms. Vintcent joined MLIM as a member of the graduate training program in July 2001 and, following various rotations throughout the firm, joined the international retail distribution business in March 2005. Ms. Vintcent earned a degree in economics from the University of Cape Town in 1997.

Graham Sinclair, & SinCo
Graham Sinclair
is Principal at SinCo in his role as a sustainable investment strategist, ESG investment architect and global project leader. He volunteers as President and co-founder of the Africa Sustainable Investment Forum project []. His SinCo engagements model investment architecture integrating environmental, social and governance factors into investment strategy, processes and indexes. Before joining KLD in Boston, he worked in pensions consulting and investment banking through 2002, culminating at SEI Investments. Graham chairs the Prudential Assets Working Group of the investment industry group ASISA and lifetime member of Net Impact. Graham has graduate degrees in business and law. He lectures on sustainable investment at leading business schools in North America, Europe and Africa. He has contributed three chapters [Private Equity, Frontiers in Africa, Sustainability Indexes] to "Evolutions in Sustainable Investing" [Wiley Finance, 2011]. He resides in Vermont, USA and Cape, South Africa.

Willem Jens, Net Impact & UCT GSB MBA candidate 2012

Dr François Bonnici UCT GSB Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship 
Dr François Bonnici originally trained as a doctor in South Africa, graduating top of his class at the University of Cape Town’s medical school. He subsequently read for a Masters degree in Public Health (London) and a MBA on a Rhodes Scholarship at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School, where he was awarded the prize for the best overall MBA student. He was then recognised as a Global Leadership Fellow of the World Economic Forum based in Geneva, where he undertook a three-year mid-career academic and personal development programme, culminating in a Masters in Global Leadership conferred by the World Economic Forum. He later became the Head of Africa for the Forum’s own foundation, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, where he still acts as Senior Advisor.  He assisted the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business to envision and establish a new centre for social innovation, where he has started as the Director of the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the end of 2011. He has worked in paediatric clinical medicine; led humanitarian and development programmes; built and worked on public-private partnerships on a global and national level; managed development funding; and consulted to UN institutions, country governments, for-profit social businesses, and non-profit social ventures. He has published in health and development and was the Contributing Editor to the MIT journal’s special edition on "Social Innovation in a Post Crisis World", launched at the Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland in 2010. He consults and provides strategic advice to corporate and family foundations, to social venture funds and to high net worth individuals on venture philanthropy and impact investing on the African continent. He has previously worked with such clients as the Gates Foundation, Virgin Unite (the Virgin Group’s foundation), Save the Children, UNICEF, Bamboo Finance, LGT Venture Philanthropy, the Bertha Foundation and several families and individuals. He also has chaired the jury for Ernst & Young’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award for four years and sits as a committee member on the SEED Award’s International Jury. Bringing together his passion for health, social innovation and entrepreneurship, he established a hybrid social venture with leading child health experts to develop medical devices appropriate for low resource settings. Powerfree Education and Technology is a South African non-profit that recently won the international INDEX Design for Life Award for its first product, and was awarded one of the prestigious Gates Grand Challenge grants. He has been dedicated to stimulating social innovation in Africa and South Africa, helping to establish an environment in which social enterprises can thrive. To achieve this he organized and hosted the first meeting on Social Entrepreneurship in Africa in 2008, co-founded the African Social Entrepreneurs Network in 2009 and is a Trustee of Unltd South Africa that supports early stage social ventures. He is a regular speaker at both local and international conferences, business and foundation events, and universities.

Professor Walter Baets, prior to being appointed as the Director of the UCT Graduate School of Business, was Professor of Complexity, Knowledge and Innovation, Associate Dean for Research and MBA Director at Euromed Marseille Ecole de Management. Previously at Euromed Marseille he was Director of Graduate Programmes. Before joining Euromed Marseille, he held the Philips Chair in Information and Communication Technology and he was director of NOTION (the Nyenrode Institute for Knowledge Management and Virtual Education) at Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands. He has held academic positions in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Spain. He graduated in Econometrics and Operations Research at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and did postgraduate studies in Business Administration at Warwick Business School (UK). He was awarded a PhD from the University of Warwick in Industrial and Business Studies and a Habilitation of Paul Cezanne University, Aix-Marseille III, France. He pursued a career in strategic planning, decision support and IS consultancy for more than ten years, before joining the academic world, first as managing director of the management development centre of the Louvain Universities (Belgium) and later as Associate Professor at Nyenrode University, The Netherlands Business School.  He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Aix-Marseille (IAE) and GRASCE (Complexity Research Centre) Aix-en-Provence. He held visiting teaching positions at ESC Rouen, KU Leuven, RU Gent, Moscow, St Petersburg, Tyumen University, Purdue University and Narsee Monjee (Mumbai, India). Most of his professional experience was acquired in the telecommunications and banking sector.  He has substantial experience in management development activities in Russia and the Arab world. His research interests include: Innovation and knowledge; Complexity, chaos and change; The impact of (new information) technologies on organisations; Knowledge, learning and artificial intelligence; On-line learning, work-place learning and pedagogical innovation; A quantum interpretation of management. He is a member of the International Editorial Board of the Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Information & Management, and Systèmes d’Information et Management. He has acted as a reviewer/evaluator and chair for a number of International Conferences (e.g. ECIS an ICIS) and for the EU RACE programme.  He has published in several journals including the Journal of Strategic Information Systems, The European Journal of Operations Research, Knowledge and Process Management, Marketing Intelligence and Planning, The Journal of Systems Management, Information & Management, The Learning Organisation and Accounting, Management and Information Technologies.  He has organised international conferences in the area of IT and organisational change. Walter Baets is the author of Organisational Learning and Knowledge Technologies in a Dynamic Environment published in 1998 by Kluwer Academic, and of Complexity, Organisations and Learning: the quantum interpretation of business, published in 2006 with Routledge. He co-authored with Gert Van der Linden The Hybrid Business School: Developing knowledge management through management learning, published by Prentice-Hall in 2000 and Virtual Corporate Universities, published 2003 by Kluwer Academic. Along with Bob Galliers he co-edited Information Technology and Organisational Transformation: Innovation for the 21st Century Organisation also published in 1998 by Wiley. In 1999, he edited Complexity and Management: A collection of essay, published by World Scientific Publishing. His most recent books are Knowledge Management and Management Learning: Extending the Horizons of Knowledge-Based Management, published with Springer (2005); and Rethinking growth: social intrapreneurship for sustainable performance (Palgrave MacMillan, 2009) co-authored with Erna Oldenboom.

Buyiswa Nodada, & Independent Actuaries & Consultants
Buyiswa (Buyi) Nodada is VP Networking for and her role is to connect with African investors and promote the strategic relationships for the organization. Buyi is currently an investment consultant at Independent Actuaries and consultants (IAC) and is a member of Executive Committee. As part of her role, Buyi services and advises clients on developing and maintaining certain investment strategies, conducting and preparing material for trustee training on basic investments and economics.  She is also responsible for new business and  joined IAC in September 2010. Previously, Buyi worked at Afena Capital as a Business Development Officer, in this role, Buyi was responsible for client reporting, presentations and new business. Previously worked at Sanlam Multi Managers International (SMMI) as a Business Development Officer, a role that offered an opportunity to provide support to both retail and institutional client servicing team. while in varsity, Buyi also worked as an intern as SMMI during her final year of her studies. Buyi is currently working on two academic (educational) projects, Buyi is  developing or trying to incorporate ESG/ CRISA training onto the trustee training content. Buyi will be launching a Saturday Class programme  in 2013 at her old high school, Khulani High School in Langa, where she will be tutoring mathematics and economics. Other subjects to be offered are Accounting, English and Science. Buyiswa obtained her Bcomm Degree specializing in Economics and Statistics from the University of Cape Town in 2006. Buyi lives in Cape Town with her husband, Goodwill Ndlovu and their three year old son and soon to be blessed with another son.

Deon Smith, & RisCura
Deon is Project Manager for the Trends 2012 Report Project.  Deon joined RisCura on 1 July 2009 and is responsible for developing and running risk and performance reporting across asset classes for investments ex-RSA. This includes: Developing reporting structures and analyses; Research and construction of an African – Ex RSA listed equity benchmark to serve as an institutional investment performance monitoring tool; Performance attribution implementation. Pricing of listed and un-listed instruments and integrating vendor sourced market  data; Monitoring compliance of investments with emphasis on institutional regulatory requirements. Prior to joining RisCura, Deon worked at ForwardSlash as a Business Intelligence Analyst. Deon has a B.Sc. In Electro-Mechanical Engineering from UCT and is a June 2013 CFA Level II Candidate

Avril Harvey, & UCT GSB MBA candidate 2012
Avril works in the Marketplace Trends Report 2012 team covering language, writing and communications aspects.For the past 4 years Avril has been involved in monitoring and evaluation of R&D projects/start up businesses supported by public funds administered through the Department of Science and Technology (DST). These projects were specifically in the Agricultural domain and were focussed in the area of Plant Biotechnology. Previous to that she worked as Process Manager and Head of R&D at a biotech start up producing biological control agents for agricultural use. She also started her own budget accommodation and tour operator based in Pietermaritzburg during this time, which is currently still running.. She is interested in expanding her knowledge, and gaining work experience, in the social investment space in South Africa with the ultimate aim of empowering entrepreneurs in sustainable businesses in Africa. Avril has a Master’s of Science degree in Molecular Biology, read at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. Fulltime MBA University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. Monitoring and evaluation of projects funded through public funds through the department of Science and Technology

Mandisa Zungu, & OMIGSA
Mandisa Zungu joined the team in 2010 and her role on this project is to promote the mission through networking events and with Africa investment professionals. Mandisa is a Business Development Executive at Old Mutual Investment Group of South Africa (OMIGSA) specializing in promoting investments in Africa through Africa portfolios. Previosuly Mandisa led OMIGSA’s promotion of Socially Responsible Investments covering investment products such as the Community Growth Funds focusing on ESG principles and IDEAS Infrastructure fund.  Previously she built client relationships at Coronation Fund Managers and Key Accounts at Old Mutual Properties through networks with the big pension funds in South Africa in 2004 through to 2006.  While busy with the actuarial techniques diploma she joined the investment industry in 2001 at Old Mutual Employee Benefits Investment Services where she led client relationship management for institutional funds with Assets Under Management ranging from R100ml to R5bn.
Mandisa performed pension fund valuations for retirement funds at consulting actuaries Ginsburg Malan & Carsons  (later merged with Alexander Forbes) through 1995.  Mandisa has also served as a non-executive Director of Khula Enterprise Finance Limited.  She is a keen student of mathematics and enjoys sport and music, and has mentored young students in mathematics at Intlanganiso Secondary in Khayelitsha Cape Town, Inyibiba High School in Fort Beaufort and students in business from TSiBA Education in Cape Town. Mandisa earned a BSc in mathematics at Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape and in 2003 completed her MBA at Bond University (Australia). She holds an Intermediate Certificate in Business Studies from the Insurance Institute of South Africa.  Mandisa lives in Cape Town, South Africa and is married to Sipho Zungu and proud parent of two boys, Siphiwo and Nkululeko.

Kanmi Lawson, & ENS
Kanmi is currently a Senior Associate at the South African law firm Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs (ENS) where he forms part of the firm’s Africa Department. Based in Cape Town, the team’s work spans across the African Sub-Saharan region and Kanmi has recently been involved in advising in matters in Nigeria, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, amongst other jurisdictions. As part of his role, Kanmi also is involved in investor led conferences relating to Africa, at which ESG is usually a pertinent issue. Prior to joining ENS, Kanmi worked at a major law firm in the City of London where he was involved in advising on worldwide transactions. Kanmi is a Nigerian and British national, having spent much of his life between the two countries. He is also both English and French speaking. Kanmi studied a BA Joint Honours (French and Latin) at the University of Bristol, UK. He subsequently studied for his Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP Law School in London before completing his obligatory Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, London.

Fatima Rustin, & SinCo
Fatima Rustin is the Chief Administrator at SinCo responsible for the coordination of virtual and local office management and administration. Ms Rustin is the owner of Admin Professional an outsourced business providing administrative support to the management and team of SinCo and has a collective experience of 15 years in office management, administration and human resource administration. Ms Rustin holds a BA Business Degree in Human Ecology, a Diploma in Human Resource Management and Training, and a Diploma in Bookkeeping; and she is currently involved in an entrepreneurial apprenticeship with Action COACH Business Coaching.  She is a candidate member of the International Association for Administrative Professionals (IAAP). She lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her husband and children.



Thank you to our sponsors...

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Our thanks to UCT GSB Net Impact leaders Gregory Macfarlane, Willem Jens and Zaheera Solomons. Learn more about Net Impact at and follow tweets from @netimpact.

Wines/sparkling wine supplied with the support of Woolworths Good Business Journey @woolworthsGBJ. has invited NETwork to partner in presenting our events as a pathway to upskilling, mentoring and including Africans on a path to generating career paths for themselves.

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Believing that meaningful work gives people dignity and hope, we recognise that most people are not seeking a hand-out, but rather the opportunity to forge their own future. NETwork’s vision is to see unemployed people established and included in the formal economy. We build bridges between both the unemployed and employers, empowering the unemployed and connecting them to networks of employment opportunities.


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