November, 2013 | Allan Gray Orbis Foundation
Part of a Global Movement

Part of a Global Movement

Allan Grey Orbis Foundation-67At the Foundation we endeavour to frame our entrepreneurial activities within a global context. By connecting with world leaders in this field we not only acknowledge our part within a global movement, we also seize the opportunity for cross-pollination – sharing ideas, strategies, and possibly even resources. Our part in this global conversation on entrepreneurship has recently included participation in the Fourth Global Entrepreneurship Summit and the annual Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit has its unlikely roots in a speech made by Barack Obama in Egypt in 2009 where he committed to host a summit on entrepreneurship to identify ways of deepening ties between business leaders, foundations and social entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world. The subsequent summits in Washington, Dubai and Turkey attracted close to 5,000 delegates from around 120 different countries.  This fourth summit held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was no different in the number and diversity of participants it attracted. This annual gathering has truly grown into a powerful celebration of the spirit of entrepreneurship.

A particular highlight of the summit was an initiative termed Global Startup Youth. It featured 500 youth between the ages of 18 and 25 from around the world being taken through an intensive three-day lean startup boot camp.  The quality of ideas that emerged from the participants in this boot camp confirmed the possibilities of entrepreneurship and the power of young people leading this charge.

Another significant event that was represented at the Fourth Global Entrepreneurship Summit, and is similar in its worldwide impact, is the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). It is a movement set on fostering a better culture of entrepreneurship in individual countries. GEW finds expression in 35,000 events being held at the same time across 125 different countries. This year GEW will take place from 18-24 November The GEW will also coincide with the E2 Seminar that this year focuses on food security. At this event Fellows make their final Startership pitches to E2, the venture capital fund established to invest in businesses led by Allan Gray Fellows.

The fact that such events garner the interest and support of governments at the highest levels is a leading indicator that the battle of establishing the economic importance of entrepreneurship has been won. The next frontier is identifying the most effective of a growing number of entrepreneurship education interventions.  Having to choose from an abundance of entrepreneurial solutions is, however, a good problem to have.

This shift in thinking around the potential of entrepreneurship is perhaps best summed up in a statement from the president of GEW, Jonathan Ortmans: “Entrepreneurship has been transformed from a subject of narrow commercial significance into one of substantive cultural consequence that signifies the potential of human endeavour for the benefit of all.”

We look forward to the continued participation of our organisation, our Fellows and our country in this global entrepreneurial movement.


Fellowship 2013 at a Glance

Fellowship 2013 at a Glance

Allan Gray Orbis Foundation National Jamboree, Spier, Western Cape.Each year a number of graduating Candidate Fellows are invited into the Allan Gray Fellowship community. This year we were again joined by a diverse group of passionate and creative individuals.

The Foundation’s long-term vision of creating high-impact entrepreneurs starts with creating an environment in which these individuals can discover who they are and express themselves fully. Before long our Candidate Fellows’ efforts of discovery and expression become evident and we cannot help but be proud of their achievements.

This year Candidate Fellows have been extremely busy, doing what they love and are passionate about. Their endeavours show the degree of significance they wish to have in the Southern Africa context, today and in the future. The individual and collective achievements of our Candidate Fellows are showcased in the Snapshot Review of 2013.

In this issue of IMAGINE we also share in the experiences of two of our Fellows. Mashokane Mahlo tells us about her experience at an international youth conference in Mashokane at One Young World and we take a look at why Daniel Ndima is Head and Shoulders Above the Rest.

Mashokane at One Young World

Mashokane at One Young World

Mashokane at One Young WorldMashokane Mahlo (4th Year Candidate Fellow) recently attended the One Young World Summit held in Johannesburg during the first week of October. She recounts some memorable moments of the event and shares her hopes and plans for the future.

One Young World (OYW) is considered the world’s largest youth gathering, and second only to the Olympic Games in terms of the number of nationalities being represented. The conference aims to create networking opportunities, and facilitate debates and solution generation around the issues facing our world today. OYW delegates also have the unique experience of receiving counsel from the likes of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Sir Bob Geldof, Maria Ramos, Sir Richard Branson and Jamie Oliver, to name but a few.

A rigorous application process along with a proven track record for leadership are requirements for becoming an OYW delegate and, eventually, an OYW Ambassador with access to a global network of young leaders set on creating a positive change around the world.

As a B.Com graduate from the University of Cape Town, director and founder of Young Entrepreneurs Media Platform (YEP Media), and speaker at the 6th SA Innovation Summit, Mashokane fitted the bill perfectly. She also felt more at home than most of the other delegates, being able to boast that Johannesburg is her home city.

When asked why she attended OYW the answer came as a simple “It had been praised so much that I just had to find out what it was all about.” Herein lies the making of a journalist – curiosity. It comes as no surprise then that Mashokane’s dream is to run her own African media conglomerate, and that her brainchild YEP Media is currently pursuing the production of a new television show, The Next Big Thing, set to feature young successful South Africans. This is in keeping with YEP Media’s vision to connect and showcase young entrepreneurs in South Africa and the rest of the continent.

“I met really amazing individuals who brought the realisation that no matter where we all come from, we are all linked even if only by the fact that we fight the same problems, care about the same issues and ultimately want the same things – development, socio-economic welfare and greater opportunities for everyone.” This was also the moment when Mashokane realised that “we are all world citizens and more dialogues should be held trans-nationally on great platforms like OYW and not just locally.” And she draws on the words of Sir Bob Geldof, a Counsellor and Speaker at OYW, to further bring her point across: “We should all be less Chinese, less American, less Nigerian, less Scottish, less Indian etc and more world citizens – we do not face national problems but world problems.”

When asking an individual with such trans-national ideas such as Mashokane what excites her about the future, there is no hesitation:  “I am looking forward to growing YEP Media and working with creative, innovative and passionate people. I believe there is a need for a company like this; one that focuses on youth media.”

“Experiences such as speaking at the SA Innovation Summit and becoming an OYW Ambassador showed me the potential of what we seek to do at YEP Media: broadening minds and celebrating Africa’s uniqueness. It truly is exciting times!”

We look forward to journeying with her as she strives to respond to the imperative of all world citizens in making a difference.


Head and Shoulders Above the Rest

Head and Shoulders Above the Rest


Daniel Ndima - Head and Shoulders Above the RestThe University of the Western Cape (UWC) hosts an annual awards ceremony where students’ academic and extra-curricular achievements are recognised. The 12 areas of achievement include a number of leadership, academic and sports awards. The twelfth and most coveted of these is the Vice Rector’s Outstanding Achievement Award that is accompanied by a R10,000 cheque. Students are considered for this award when they display academic excellence, leadership abilities and social awareness through their participation in organisations and projects relevant to the UWC community.

Daniel Senzile Ndima not only ticked all these boxes but stood head and shoulders above his peers as the worthy fourth recipient of this award. A quick glance at this young man’s passions, motivations and entrepreneurial zeal and it becomes clear why he was recognised.

As a Fellow of the Class of 2012 Daniel is no stranger to entrepreneurial prowess. He is the founder of Achievers Elevation Foundation, an organisation that recruits Grade 12 learners from high schools in townships and rural areas and assists them in gaining access to tertiary education. Daniel is passionate about education and making a positive contribution. Through Achievers Elevation Foundation and future business endeavours he hopes to address the many socio-economic challenges our country faces.

Daniel has a B.Sc degree specialising in Biotechnology and is currently doing his honours  in Biotechnology at the University of the Western Cape. He dreams of providing innovative solutions within the food production and medical industries, and hopes to one day run a large biotechnology firm that offers consulting and product-designing services to South Africa, the African continent, and perhaps even the world.

Scholars Take the Lead

Scholars Take the Lead

Scholarship Development CampSince the inception of the Foundation’s Scholarship Programme we have grown accustomed to becoming teary eyed whenever we approach the last few months of the year. The months of October and November are generally filled with planning and other programmatic activities, hardly suggesting the need for tissues. But when you have Scholars approaching their schools’ yearly prize giving ceremonies you know that it’s time to carry a few more tissues with you!

It is always special to witness an individual’s development, and here at the Foundation we have the privilege of witnessing that often. Yet nothing quite compares to witnessing the growth of a youngster – someone whose development journey has only just begun. And when such a young person is already achieving so much in their youth one cannot but anticipate even greater things.

Each year our Scholars offer us the opportunity to stand alongside their parents, grandparents and teachers; all of us brimming with pride in what they achieved. In 2013 we again saw our Scholars taking the lead academically, in sport and in school governance. A summary of the top achievements are listed below. There were also Scholars who took the lead in terms of social responsibility. Three of them were awarded funding through enke, a youth development organisation, to support their community projects. These Scholars’ projects are detailed below.

Congratulations to you all!

St Alban’s College

  • Katlego Theledi (Grade 11):

–       Senior Leader (2013)
–       Full Academic Colours

  • Avishkar Sewnath (Grade 11):

–     Head of House (2014)
–     Full Academic Colours

Selborne College High School

  • Bathandwa Mbadlanyana (Grade 10):

–       Prize for First Place

  • Avumile Mbali (Grade 12):

–       Palma Virtuti Leadership Award (outgoing Head Boy)

Pietermaritzburg Girls High School

  • Nthabeleng Sibiya (Grade 11):

–       Prefect (2014)
–       Deputy Head Boarder (2014)

Collegiate Girls High School

  • Michala Vermaak (Grade 11):

–       Prefect (2014)
–       House Captain (2014)

Maritzburg College

  • Sandile Zakwe (Grade 11):

–       Prefect (2014)

St Andrews School for Girls

  • Karabo Makete (Grade 11):

–       Deputy Head of House (2014)

Pretoria Boys High School

  • Winford Collings (Grade 11):

–       Prefect (2014)

  • Fred Dilapisho (Grade 11):

–       Prefect (2014)

Rhenish Girls High School

  • Jameelah Edwards (Grade 11):

–       Prefect (2014)

  • Onke Mbuli (Grade 12):

–       Leadership Award (Best Head Girl)
–       Loyalty for School (School Ambassador)

St Mary’s School, Waverly

  • Pertunia Letsoalo (Grade 11):

–       Head of House (2014)

enke Community Action Projects

The following Scholars were awarded funding through the enke: Incubator Fund to help support their enke Community Action Projects (CAP).

The Incubator Fund is made possible by Absa and the Australian High Commission. Selection is quite rigorous and includes a written application, reference checks and an interview. The funding amount was based on the proposal budget submitted by the applicants.

Khulugqame Gardens, run by Ben Jensen from Maritzburg College was awarded R1,500.

 Ben feels strongly about the level of poverty in this country and recognises that children are affected the most. He believes that they can overcome their challenges if equipped with important skills. His CAP provides seeds and material to grow vegetables to under-resourced schools with a high level of poverty. His beneficiaries are being equipped to grow vegetables, and eventually generate an income.

ARK Building a Library, run by Tshimangadzo Nemuranga from Clarendon Girls High School was awarded R2,500.

Tshimangadzo started a library at New Life Primary School. She aims to supply learners who visit the library with English comprehension exercises so that she can teach them how to answer these exercises. This will improve their reading and writing skills. She believes that through reading out loud learners will be able to improve their confidence in conversing in English.

SEEMO, run by Pertunia Lerato Letsoalo from St. Mary’s Waverley was awarded R1,500.

Pertunia believes in the value of mentorship and learning through experience. This CAP will use mentorship to address the challenges that young people face in the Limpopo community of Tzaneen. She organised an all-day event so that mentees could be exposed to positive role models, and receive guidance on their academics, personal branding, leadership and potential development.









Passionate Talent –  Carl Herman

Passionate Talent – Carl Herman

MH.SOS29When I was recruited into the Foundation I considered it an opportunity of a lifetime.  I still do. That call from management with the offer to become an Academic and Personal Leadership Officer filled me with gratitude and excitement. I would be part of a vision that would in time leave a legacy in terms of our country and continent’s development.

The vision of the Foundation had always appealed because it aligned with my personal values. However, it was not until I started working with the Talent, Candidate Fellows and key stakeholders of the Foundation that I realised the depth of that vision. It felt like I was making a meaningful contribution in an organisation that is all about purpose and meaning.

Working with the Foundation’s Talent has also been a unique experience. Being part of a team that is energised, committed, dedicated and passionate about our cause is a gift. As an organisation, the Foundation is also quite dynamic and very supportive. It encourages the incorporation of new approaches at every level, and favours endeavours towards the personal development of their Talent.  I was able to do my Industrial Psychology internship within the Foundation while working as a Programme Officer. For this I am ever grateful.

The most rewarding part of my job is undoubtedly the Candidate Fellows. I still remember doing my first consultation sessions with them. Our slogan is ‘investing in greatness’ and this is what I saw during those first sessions – greatness. And to think I get to help them develop that further! It’s nothing short of an honour to help them explore their passions, introduce balance to their lives, create career-development opportunities and help them overcome adversity and challenges. Seeing an individual grow into their life purpose is simply spectacular.

The fulfilment I’ve been experiencing at the Foundation has run parallel with some equally fulfilling experiences in my personal life, and some of the best ones happened this year. I was lucky to get a “yes” from my girlfriend when I proposed! I was also able to buy my first property, finish my Master’s in Industrial Psychology, complete my fifth Argus Cycle Tour and plan to complete a second Double Century Road Race.

Working at the Foundation has opened my eyes to many disheartening facts about our country, but it has also given me many reasons to keep dreaming big dreams for South Africa.  Poverty, unemployment, inequality and poor leadership are but a few of the issues we face and yet, when I look at the calibre of young people that move through the Foundation, I am confident that our country will be in safer hands down the line. We nonetheless have a responsibility to create a platform from which they can build. After all, as Mahatma Ghandi said, we need to “be the change we wish to see.”

My hope for South Africa is that one day everyone would have access to quality education, that our people’s wounds would heal and that we would live out Nelson Mandela’s vision of being a rainbow nation. More than that I wish that the youth we invest in will live out the Foundation’s vision of becoming high-impact entrepreneurs with the power to change communities and even countries for the better.

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