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Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Learning Lab: Coaching and Mentoring

The Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Learning Lab recently hosted a panel discussion around coaching and mentoring, aiming to help players in this space discuss challenges and share ideas. This topic is especially pertinent at the moment because the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation…

Entrafluence

Just a few years ago, no one had heard the word ‘influencer’. Now, a plethora of articles pop up on your screen if you google the term; anything from to become an influencer to how to harness the power of…

Responsible Business

Henry Ford once said that “a business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” With environmental and social conditions encouraging consumers to look more closely at the businesses they choose to support, this statement has never held more…

Entrepreneurship pathway opens for Grade 12 change agents

February 2021: In an uncertain world, it is evident that developing an entrepreneurial mindset and skillset is pivotal. This is an opportunity for Grade 12 learners who dream of ideas that could better the world; and the individuals who aspire…

Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellows at the frontline in South Africa’s fight against COVID-19

Testing is a critical in the fight against the spread of coronavirus. Led by Allan Gray Fellows Daniel Ndima and Dineo Lioma, CapeBio has answered the challenge with a kit providing results in just 65 minutes. Testing is a pillar…

COVID-19 Update

As responsible citizens, we are doing our part to halt the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of our Talent, programme participants and stakeholders are of primary concern to us, so it is important that we act quickly. The…

In memory of Allan William Buchanan Gray (8 April 1938 – 10 November 2019)

It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the death of Allan William Buchanan Gray. He died of natural causes on 10 November 2019 in Bermuda, where he lived since 1997. Allan made an immeasurable impact on…

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation is saddened to announce the passing of Allan William Buchanan Gray

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation is saddened to announce the passing of its Founder and Patron, Allan William Buchanan Gray. Allan was a visionary and successful businessman; a pioneer in the investment sector; a leader and a philanthropist, and these…

Fake News Statement

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation has noted with great concern an article headlined: Allan Gray lends a hand to South African families with revolutionary Bitcoin Home Based Opportunity, published on a replicated version of online news platform Fin24 recently. The…

It all starts with a story | By: Nicole Dunn

As part of our Allan Gray Orbis Legacy Project, the Year Experience Candidate Fellows partnered with Nal’ibali (isiXhosa for “here’s the story”) to promote multilingual literacy and a love for reading. As a year group, we value the power of…

The appointment of our new CEO

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of our new CEO, Yogavelli Nambiar. Yogavelli succeeds Anthony Farr, who tendered his resignation earlier this year after 12 years at the helm of the Foundation. He will be moving…

You Can’t Win the Raffle If You Don’t Buy a Ticket

The 2017 Allan-Gray Orbis Foundation Jamboree event is an incredible opportunity to expose your idea to a world of possibility. Your idea is interrogated, torn-up and built-up by a room filled with bright students. This has opened up many doors…

Scholarship Development Camp: Grade 10 & 11

The picturesque town of Franschhoek was the setting for the grade 10 and 11 Allan Gray Orbis Foundation National Development Camp. This town is rooted in history and is a stone’s throw away from the Klein Drakenstein Prison, the iconic…

Accelerated Entrepreneurship: A Taste of the Real Thing

For one weekend only, the graduating Fellows of 2016 left their ordinary comfortable lives of new employment or post-graduate studies to occupy a seat at the executive table of New Horizons Financial Services. This pilot Accelerated Entrepreneurship Assessment Lab spearheaded…

The appointment of our new CEO

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of our new CEO, Yogavelli Nambiar. Yogavelli succeeds Anthony Farr, who tendered his resignation earlier this year after 12 years at the helm of the Foundation. He will be moving…

Out of the Mouths of Babes

While Laaiqah Taliep, a Grade 12 learner at St Cyprian’s School for Girls and Allan Gray Scholar, is technically no longer a babe, she’s sharing wisdom that is well beyond her years. A video she recently created to promote awareness…

No Turning Back

  Carol Nonhlanhla Gajana accepted the position of Events and Logistics Coordinator at the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation because of her passion for managing events and her love for working with young people. These two skills have also come in…

GEW 2016: Becoming an entrepreneurial explorer in our own cities | By Dinika Govender

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job-creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. The global event is anchored by five specific themes: Youth, Women, Cities,…

Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and E² launch their inaugural accelerator programme

August 2016: The Foundation is of the firm belief that high impact, responsible entrepreneurs will contribute to a positive economic, social and political change by providing access to education and entrepreneurial development. Their inaugural accelerator programme aims to rapidly scale…

The State of Global Entrepreneurship Education By Phumlani Nkontwana­

What is the state of entrepreneurship education in the world today? To answer this question would be straight forward if the field of entrepreneurship education was in harmony about what content needs to be taught, how it needs to be…

A Passion for Mentorship by Mbali Mncwabe

Over the years I have started leaning towards the philosophy that dictates, “if it does not have meaning, it is not worth doing”. The more I exercise this, the more I find that I experience greater fulfilment in all that…

Lessons learned from a week in the Valley By Benjamin Shaw

The aim of the trip was to expose South African entrepreneurs to the most cutting-edge companies, incubators, venture capital investors (VCs) and hi-tech startups from the Valley. The trip was also an opportunity for us as entrepreneurs to establish new…

BYM 2016 Summit Reflections by Daniel Ndima

The Brightest Young Minds (BYM) experience was one of the highlights of my year. The brand “Brightest Young Minds” triggered anxieties in me as I anticipated a crowd of lively and robust young people from across Africa. And that is…

Aspiring to be the Average by Nicole Dunn

There are very few spaces in which I can be myself and in which I am understood. There are very few people who dream as outrageously and courageously as I do. There are very few places I call home. The…

Diary of Some Scholars at Development Camp

Every year the Foundation holds a Scholars Development Camp is a development camp where Scholars in the same grades from across the country meet in one place for a few days to enrich ourselves by learning skills and soaking up…

Celebrating 10 Years

The Foundation celebrated its 10-year anniversary at the end of 2015. To mark this achievement we hosted a celebratory dinner.. The event was held in Johannesburg, with the Foundation’s beneficiaries, Talent (Foundation staff) and Board members in attendance. The guests…

Leaving Her Footprint in the African Soil

Kholofelo Mashego grew up with a desire to see people not being defined by their past struggles. Her passion for social justice started at a very young age – even though she didn’t quite know that it was called “social…

Learning from Older and Wiser Versions of Themselves

A Scholars’ Development Camp was held from the 1st to the 4th of April this year. Both the Grade 8s and 9s within the Scholarship Programme spent the weekend together at Haboniem Campsite in Hermanus. The camp provided the ideal…

The End of A Decade and The End of An Era – Bidding our Chairman Farewell

It is with some sadness and almost disbelief that we come to the end of an era with our Chairman of the Board, Futhi Mtoba, finishing her final allowed term as a trustee.  She was one of the founding trustees…

World Debating Champions Credit Their Diversity for Success

One’s body can do strange things when you have just received news that you are a World Debating Champion. This is what Candidate Allan Gray Fellow, Fenelesibonge Maswhama, realised soon after being heralded the 2016 Debating World Champions along with…

An immersion in international entrepreneurial excellence

Stepping into her new role as Fellowship Director, Dr Nontobeko Mabizela, decided to immerse herself in entrepreneurial knowledge by learning from international counterparts and exposing herself to as much entrepreneurial excellence as possible. A whirlwind tour of America’s East Coast…

Foundation’s Global Significance a Priority By Fredell Jacobs

It is not often that one has the pleasure of doing what you love for a living. Joining the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation allows me to extend that pleasure beyond working with startups to making a small contribution towards the…

New Beneficiaries Join the Foundation

33 new Allan Gray Scholars and 105 new Candidate Allan Gray Fellows have been inducted into the Scholarship and Fellowship Programmes respectively. They were welcomed and introduced to the Foundation, the Programme teams and Programme curriculums during that orientation events…

2016 Circle of Excellence Schools Announced

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s annual Circle of Excellence has become synonymous with recognition and reward of excellence. The initiative was launched to increase the pool of applicants for the Allan Gray Fellowship and resulted in a network of feeder…

Commending the Scholarship Class of 2015 By Molefe Mohlamoyane

‘I have had worse partings, but none that so Gnaws at my mind still. Perhaps it is roughly Saying what God alone could perfectly show – How selfhood begins with a walking away, And love is proved in the letting…

Savouring Allan Gray Scholars’ Successes

Towards the end of each school year learners are acknowledged for their contributions and achievements throughout the year. Parents’ hearts swell with pride and grateful nods are extended to the educators. Like any other parent, the Foundation basks in the…

17 Fellows expand their entrepreneurial and African horizons

“Anytime you leave what is familiar and comfortable, you are guaranteed personal growth.” This is what Nkgopoleng Moloi expected to happen when she joined 16 other Fellows on a week-long trip to Accra, Ghana, on 14 November 2015. What she…

Six 2016 Mandela Rhodes Scholarships go to Candidate Allan Gray Fellows

The Foundation is proud to introduce the six Candidate Allan Gray Fellows who will form part of the 2016 Mandela Rhodes Scholar cohort. During their time in residence Mandela Rhodes Scholars pursue postgraduate studies and participate in customised leadership development…

Reflections on #GEW

The annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (#GEW), held between 16 and 22 November, always results in a hive of activity at the Foundation. Along with 43 other partner institutions in South Africa, we celebrated this initiative by covering various aspects of…

Introducing the 2016 Fellows in Residence

The Association of Allan Gray Fellows saw it fit to create the role of an Association Fellow-In-Residence (“FIR”) to act as a link between the Association and its graduated Fellows. The role has been structured to provide support for the…

A Meeting Of Minds Around Philanthropy by Dinika Govender

It isn’t everyday one receives an invitation to hang out with a group of influential philanthropists. So when one does, one jumps at the opportunity – elegantly and eloquently, of course. Such was the case when the Allan Gray Orbis…

Foundation Selection Summit

In September 2013, the Foundation conducted its first Selection Summit – the purpose of which was to create clarity around our selection practices and processes. The programme included reflections on the Foundation’s selection journey since inception and provided an overview…

2015 National Fellowship Jamboree by Lethabo Tloubatla

July 2015 saw the entire Candidate Fellow community come together for one of the biggest annual events on the Fellowship’s calendar – our annual Jamboree. This two-day event encourages the Candidate Fellows to engage with one another and equip themselves…

Startership by Ludwick Marishane

The weekend of 6 to 7 June 2015 signaled the annual Startership Seminar – a national event where Fellows, who have ideas for viable ventures, have the opportunity to get practical about their business models. The Startership process is a…

The Association Choose New Executive Committee

An impressive and very capable Association Executive Committee has been elected to lead the Association of Allan Gray Fellows through the next two years. The team brings a mix of skills, experience and interests that will allow the Association to…

Talented Talent – Angelinah Moekena

Scholarship Selection Officer, Angelinah Mokoena, grew up dreaming of a job that would help her empower and give back to the community. That dream, coupled with the “business vein” she had always noticed inside her, made working at the Allan…

Journey to the Continental Championships

Foundation Scholar Development Officer, Jason Pentz, describes his incredible journey supporting blind athlete David Jones to the summit of the international triathlons. I met David through a mutual friend in June 2014. David, an avid and world-ranked visually impaired athlete,…

Scholars National Development Camp

The picturesque town of Hermanus recently provided the backdrop to the development camp for Grade 8 and 9 Scholars that was held at the Habonim camp site. It marked a very exciting time for the Scholarship Programme because for the…

Foundation Leadership Changes

There have been a number of exciting developments within the Foundation’s senior leadership team in recent months. These changes are the result of the investment in Talent Development by the Foundation and Talent themselves. Managing Director Graeme de Bruyn joined…

Fellowship Connect Community Camp

All Candidate Fellows, in their second year (Year Equip) of the Fellowship Programme, have the opportunity to engage, in a very real way, with one of the Foundation’s Pillars, the Spirit of Significance. They are allowed to step out of…

Circle of Excellence Schools 2015

A number of years ago the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation launched an initiative to increase the pool of applicants for the Allan Gray Fellowship. The Circle of Excellence (COE) initiative connected the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation with 100 schools for…

Inspiring Champions

We recently caught up with Fellow Bulukani Ndlovu. When he’s not tending to numbers as a CA or out in the wee hours of the morning, training for the Two Oceans Marathon, Bulukani can be found visiting high schools and…

Farewell and thank you to one of the real servants of the Foundation

On Tuesday, March 24th 2015 the Foundation held its Ninth Annual General Meeting (“AGM”). The event was tinged with some sadness as it brought to an end Mahesh Cooper’s nine years of service as a Trustee.  Mahesh has thus been…

Scholars accepted into Fellowship

At the end of last year, from the third Allan Gray Scholarship Matric Cohort in 2014, eight Allan Gray Scholars were selected as Candidate Allan Gray Fellows at university. This is the latest chapter in a story that began in…

Reflections on Accenture Innovation Conference By Ludwick Marishane

I was greatly honoured when Accenture approached me to give a talk on reverse innovation at their recent Innovation Conference, held on 26 February. I was the only African speaker among the internationally renowned Sebastian Thrun (the inventor of Google Glass,…

Leading through Caring

She has always been the one to bring the proverbial stray cat home. This is a fact borne out by her mother and her 16-year long career in the non-profit sector. She affectionately refers to these years as her time…

Foundation Admission’s Ceremony

The Admissions Event of the Association of Allan Gray Fellows is a highlight of every Candidate Fellow’s journey, second only to their graduation from university. It marks a Candidate Fellow’s progression from Candidate Fellow to Fellow. On this day the…

Dr. Marks Ensuring Impact

My role at the Foundation is Head of Impact Assurance (IA).  In my early engagement before taking on this role, I compared the role and function of IA to creating a well of knowledge, experience and intellectual rigour upon which…

Graeme de Bruyn visits Babson University

Graeme de Bruyn, Head of Programmes at the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, recently visited the renowned Babson College in Massachusetts, USA, to attend an entrepreneurship course entitled ‘Driving Economic Growth Through Entrepreneurship Ecosystems’. Babson College is ranked the number one…

Kega Mukwevho, Top 10 Finalist in She Leads Africa

It’s common wisdom that one should not count your chickens before they hatch, but in Kega Mukwhevo’s case you might want to. Not only does she work in tandem with South African chicken brand, Galito’s, she is also a co-founder…

Benjamin Shaw shares their entrepreneurial challenge

Every year the CFA Institute hosts a research challenge aimed at university students in the finance sector. It is considered the ‘investment Olympics’ of university students, expecting them to do hands-on financial analysis and compete with teams from around the…

Nine out of this year’s 40 Mandela Rhodes Scholarships have been awarded to Allan Gray Fellows and Candidate Allan Gray Fellows

At a time when a lack of leadership in Africa is often bemoaned, most recently as a reason for the worst recorded Ebola outbreak, news of foundations and scholarships set on building leadership excellence in Africa comes as welcome reassurance…

Allan Gray Orbis Foundation mourns death of Candidate Allan Gray Fellow Nnete Malebo.

On the 23rd of October 2014 the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation received news of the death of Nnete Malebo, one of its Candidate Allan Gray Fellows. Details regarding her passing, particularly the cause of death is not as yet clear.…

Scholarship Selection – Deadline Extension

The deadline to apply for the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Scholarship has been extended. Applications will close on the 30th of October 2014. This opportunity is open to current Grade 6’s who will start Grade 8 in 2016. The Scholarship offers access…

Startership Reflection

Every year the Association of Allan Gray Fellows hosts a Startership Seminar where Fellows have the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to each other and select the best ones. The top three ideas may then be pitched at the…

Scholars get busy with entrepreneurship

Challenge Accepted was born one afternoon when four Allan Gray Scholars, Saadiq Brey, Tayla Anthony, Quratul-Ain Parker and Rebecca Plaatjies, sat discussing the impact the Scholarship Programme was having on their lives. In that moment the comparison between their enriched…

Candidate Fellows attend SAWIP

Earlier this year three Allan Gray Candidate Fellows became part of the 2014 South Africa-Washington International Programme (SAWIP). Bongani Ndlovu, Lauren Hess and Thato Mabudusha underwent a rigorous selection process to be part of this seven-month long programme that focuses…

Report on World University Chess Championships

At the recent World University Chess Championships, held in Katowice, Poland, Allan Gray Candidate Fellow Seadimo Tlale realised again that chess is more than just a sport. Engaging chess grandmasters and sampling Polish culture left her feeling socially and mentally…

Fellowship Connect by Jasmine Jacob

The second year of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s Fellowship Programme, Year Equip, focuses (among other things) on Candidate Allan Gray Fellows’ interaction with each other. As a way of forging a sense of community among the second year group…

The Circle of Excellence Principals’ Conference

The Circle of Excellence Principals’ Conference takes place once every year for the principals of the schools where the most Candidate Allan Gray Fellows come from. It affords the Foundation an opportunity to recognise the great work that these leaders…

Tshidiso Ramogale makes the list of the M&G’s 200 Young South Africans

Candidate Allan Gray Fellow, Tshidiso Ramogale, was recently identified by the Mail & Guardian as one of their 200 Young South Africans. This initiative by the Mail & Guardian is in its 9th year and celebrates young men and women…

Why I love working at the Foundation by Sue Marx

I am a Cape Town girl who loves living close to the sea as my family is mad about surfing.I have a 17-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old son who continuously fascinate me with their quirky senses of humour and love…

Scholars’ Grade 8 & 9 Development Camp

The annual Scholars’ Development Camp for Grade 8 and 9 Scholars took place from 27 – 30 June this year. The intention for this camp is to foster an understanding of the Foundation’s Five Pillars – Achievement Excellence, Courageous Commitment,…

Association Leadership Seminar by Akosua Eunice Koranteng

The Association of Allan Gray Fellows held its first national event of the year this past June. It was a leadership seminar entitled ‘The Intellectual Needs Society’ and constituted the second leadership event in the life of the Association. Allan…

National Fellowship Jamboree 2014 by Charlene Nel

Thanks to the Beach Boys’ 80s hit, Barbara Ann, Jamboree 2014 had its own theme song. The halls of the Protea Hotel in Techno Park, Stellenbosch, where this year’s Jamboree took place, are still reverberating with the vibey, energetic and…

Year Equip Connect

During Year Equip, the second year of the Fellowship Programme, Candidate Fellows attend an event called Connect. The event is aimed at developing a sense of community among Candidate Fellows and allowing them to think about the dynamics of community…

Scholars and Fellows Graduate

With its view of creating responsible, high-impact entrepreneurs, the Foundation has established a pipeline that starts at school level and ends at the point when high-impact businesses are born. The Foundation believes that education is an important part of an…

Growing with purpose by Ingrid Kalie-Moses

I am inspired by the challenge of forging a new path. My main strengths lie in organising myself and others so I perform best in a role where I can offer discerning advice and direction. For example, I’m good at…

International Boys’ School Coalition Conference 2014

On 15 March 2014 Wynberg Boys’ High School hosted an International Boys’ School Coalition Conference in Cape Town. The conference was attended by principals from various boys’ high schools in South Africa. The keynote address was given by Anthony Farr,…

Congratulations to the 2014 COE Schools

A number of years ago the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation launched an initiative to increase the pool of applicants for the Allan Gray Fellowship. We believed that by creating a network of feeder high schools we would enhance not just…

Lerato Nxomani Awarded Mandela Rhodes Scholarship

One of our Fellows, Lerato Nxomani, was recently awarded a Mandela Rhodes Scholarship. This postgraduate scholarship is available to students from all over Africa. In order to qualify Lerato had to prove that she espouses the values of leadership, education,…

New Scholars Join the Scholarship

The Allan Gray Scholarship aims to increase the number of Fellowship applications from high school learners by identifying entrepreneurial talent and financial need at primary school level. Learners who qualify as Scholars receive placement at a partner high school, financial…

Passionate about People Development

by Vuyiswa Doo My passion has always been development, specifically, people development. This stems from the many evenings spent listening to my parents, members of the exile community, and people who welcomed us in the countries where we sought refuge.…

Namibian Scholars Awarded for Excellence

The Namibian Ministry of Education recently held an award ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate learners’ hard work during the 2013 National Examination. Two Allan Gray Scholars from Windhoek High School were awarded for their achievements in the Namibian Junior Secondary…

The most important question an entrepreneur can ask themselves? It’s all about mindset.

Anthony Farr’s latest blog published on Ventureburn. Every year at this time we are bombarded with numerous articles on New Year’s resolutions and goal setting for the year ahead.  And yet the average person makes the same New Year’s resolution…

Pumeza Thembakazi Losi – A Gift to the World 31.01.1991 – 30.12.2013

Our Fellow and dear friend Thembi Losi passed away in Mozambique, on Monday, 30 December. Thembi was selected as a Candidate Allan Gray Fellow as a matriculant from Alexander Road High School, starting in 2009 and graduated from the Fellowship…

“So little done, so much to do” – Mr Allan Gray

On 13th December 2013, as part of the UCT Faculty of Commerce – Ceremony II Graduation, Mr. Gray was awarded an honorary doctorate in Economic Science by the university.  The citation in the programme read as follows; “Allan Gray was…

Announcing Executive Committee 2014/2015 | Association of Allan Gray Fellows

As we mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela, our first democratically elected president, we not only celebrate the gift of his life but reflect on his legacy. This legacy of leadership should inspire us to be ever more active in…

Global Entrepreneurship Education – Zimkhitha Lugodlo-Peter

In October this year Zimkitha Lugodlo, the Foundation’s Association Director, visited Boston, Massachusetts in the USA. She had a packed programme that included meetings with representatives from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as well as a…

Tribute to Madiba

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation joins the entire nation and indeed the world in honouring and paying respect to a life that has touched us all. The passing of former president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is a moment to reflect on…

“Business Matters” – Ron Kamwendo

Ron, the Foundation’s Head of Finance, recently ventured into the heart of the American state best known for Country music, Franklin, Nashville. His mission, however, would not be learning from a famous musician. Instead, he had their local and very…

Part of a Global Movement

At 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 –…

Fellowship 2013 at a Glance

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…

Mashokane at One Young World

Mashokane 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…

Head and Shoulders Above the Rest

  The 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…

Scholars Take the Lead

Since 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…

Passionate Talent – Carl Herman

When 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…

For the Common Good

The Foundation identifies and encourages individuals who have the potential and appropriate attributes to excel as responsible entrepreneurs.  Our reason for being is to develop these future change agents as responsible entrepreneurs for the the Common Good. What is the…

Learning from Role Models

The Foundation values Mentoring and considers it to be an integral part of its Personal Leadership and Entrepreneurial Development Programme. Mentoring creates a unique opportunity for Candidate-Fellows to learn about themselves and the manner in which they interact with others…

Working at the Foundation is a Calling

Beverley Fanella, born in the Eastern Cape, studied BPsych (Counselling) at Stellenbosch University and is currently enrolled for MPhil in Higher Education. Her key areas of expertise include identifying trends in higher education and the educational sector, and recruitment strategies (including…

Starting Young

As part of their development, Allan Gray Scholars are given practical tasks to help them develop an entrepreneurial mindset. The Grade 9 Scholars were tasked with two challenges upon leaving their Grade 9 camp this year. Their first task was…

Ideas Ignite – Fellowship National Jamboree

Two-hundred-and-forty of the country’s brightest young potential met at the annual Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Jamboree at Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on the 20th and 21st July for a weekend filled with creative exchanges and collective contribution to conversation…

Our colleague and friend- James Thomas

Our colleague and friend, James Thomas, worked at the Foundation from 2010 to 2013. He passed away in the most untimely and devastating fashion in the 9/22 massacre in Nairobi while there on a work assignment. James’ embodied the Foundation’s…

Investing in Greatness: Saadiq Brey, Allan Gray Scholar

My early years I was born in Cape Town in 1997 and grew up in Rylands Estate in Athlone. Things between my mom and dad started to change when I was in Grade 5 and shortly afterwards they divorced. Although this…

Investing in Greatness: Roxanne Christian, Allan Gray Scholar

My early childhood I was born in Cape Town in 1996 and grew up in Athlone. I live with my parents, grandmother and brother. I have fond memories of spending time with my grandparents when I was younger, especially my…

Investing in Greatness: Bulelani Ngqukuvana, Allan Gray Scholar

Growing up I was born in Cape Town at the Mowbray Maternity Clinic in 1999. I grew up with my family in an informal settlement which I always enjoyed, but when my parents separated I had to go live with…

Scholarship Opportunity

The 2014 Scholarship opportunity was open to last year’s Grade 6’s, who will start Grade 8 next year. The purpose of the Scholarship is to broaden the pool of eligible applicants into the Foundation’s Fellowship, which is aimed at Grade…

Scholarship Grade 8 Development Camp

A Scholarship Grade 8 Development Camp was held between 20 -23 April in Grabouw, Western Camp, and was attended by 40 Allan Gray Scholars from all over South Africa. The camp was themed “Me and My Context”, with the aim…

Fellowship Opportunity Update

As part of our communications campaign to create awareness about the Fellowship opportunity  across Southern Africa, we identified four Fellows that were willing to share their inspiring stories with the country: Suzie Nkambule, Wandile Mabanga, Jacqui Watson and Batandwa Alperstein.…

Fellowship Year Equip Connect Event

The Fellowship Year Equip Connect event was held on the 21 – 23 March 2013 in Villiersdorp, Western Cape, and was attended by Candidate-Fellows from the Foundation in their second year of university. The Year Equip Connect Event acts as…

The Association of Allan Gray Fellows

The Association of Allan Gray Fellows has continued to make strides over the first half of this year building on successes from 2012. The outcome of the Startership Seminar continues to bear fruit with our seven Allan Gray Fellows activity…

Namibia Scholarship Development Camp

The Namibia Scholarship Development Camp was held between 24 -26 May just outside of Windhoek, and was attended by 30 Allan Gray Scholars. The camp was themed “Grounding” and “Testing Foundation”. The camp aimed to assist Scholars in uncovering their…

A word from the CEO on Entrepreneurship

The Foundation recently attended the latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2012 Report. It is the largest annual entrepreneurship study in the world covering countries representing approximately 85% of the world’s economy. This report showed that the proportion of South African…

Investing in Greatness – Batandwa Alperstein

Batandwa Alperstein was born in Cape Town but grew up in a village called Cala in rural Transkei, where he was raised singlehandedly by his mother, a health worker for the local community. Batandwa recalls a happy childhood herding animals…

Investing in Greatness – Wandile Mabanga

Wandile Mabanga grew up in Kwa Thema, a township located on the outskirts of Springs, Ekurhuleni in Gauteng. Wandile’s mother left school in Grade 11 and gave birth to him a few weeks before her 19th birthday. Although his parents…

Eduvator Wins at Design Indaba

Seven Allan Gray Fellows have banded together to launch a social enterprise called ‘Eduvator’. Galvanised by the Association of Allan Gray Fellows Startership Challenge, their collaboration was borne out of a desire to contribute towards solving the urgent crisis in…

First cohort of Allan Gray Scholars graduate

The first cohort of Allan Gray Scholars graduated from the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Scholarship in a ceremony held recently at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. The theme of the graduation ceremony was ‘Celebrating Pioneers’, which was appropriate as the…

Applications to Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellowship now open

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation is offering bright young learners the opportunity to become South Africa’s future high-impact entrepreneurial leaders. Applications to its Fellowship are now open to current grade 12 and first year university students. Anthony Farr, CEO of…

Largest cohort of Allan Gray Fellows graduates in Cape Town

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation is offering bright young learners the opportunity to become South Africa’s future high-impact entrepreneurial leaders. Applications to its Fellowship are now open to current grade 12 and first year university students. Anthony Farr, CEO of…

Association Welcomes the Fellowship Class of 2012

On 23 February 2013, the Association of Allan Gray Fellows welcomed 53 new Allan Gray Fellows into its fold after their successful graduation from the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s Fellowship. The new Allan Gray Fellows were inducted by the Association’s…

Investing in Greatness – Jacqui-Noluthando Watson

Jacqui-Noluthando Watson was born in the suburb of Durbanville in Cape Town, to a privileged and loving family. Growing up, Jacqui was unaware of the inequalities in South Africa – like most children from a middle-class upbringing. However, a family…

Investing in Greatness – Suzie Nkambule

Suzie Nkambule was born in a small township in Matsulu, Mpumalanga – the sixth child in a family of seven. It was in Matsulu that Suzie competed her schooling. Suzie’s mother was a kitchen matron at a local prison and…

The Entrepreneurial Method

Entrepreneurship is mostly seen as the domain of the gifted, outside the reach of the ordinary man. If we reverse to the 16th century, this so called ‘great man’ explanation was exactly the situation in which science found itself. Bacon…

Association Leadership & Startership Seminars

“Be the change you want to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi South Africans need to leave behind their sense of entitlement and take ownership for the development of our country. The Association of Allan Gray Fellows is an…

Circle of Excellence Conference 2012

The Foundation hosted its third Circle of Excellence conference at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy from 17th – 19th August 2012. The Circle of Excellence is an informal grouping of schools from which the Foundation mostly finds its candidate Fellows…

National Fellowship Jamboree

There is probably only one thing better than bringing 227 of the region’s future entrepreneurial leaders together under one roof, and that is to be privy to their inspirational ideas and experience their collective energy and dynamism. In the coming…

The Scholarship

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation exists to promote social and economic progress in an integrated South Africa, through fostering high impact entrepreneurial leaders. One of the avenues for developing these high impact leaders is the Scholarship pipeline which funnels promising…

Fellows head to KPMG International Case Challenge

UCT Allan Gray Fellows Craig Lai King & Sakhile Mabena head to Hong Kong for the KPMG International Case Challenge.

The Unfolding Future – Launch of the Association of Allan Gray Fellows

“In the coming years” has become a catch phrase that is often used humorously in the organisation and more importantly, is the opening phrase of our Foundation’s vision. The time has come, the future is here; the Association of Allan Gray Fellows is emerging.

Fellowship Graduation – Class of 2011

On 18th February 2012, the Foundation Fellowship was proud to graduate 45 of its Fellows at an intimate event held at The Holiday Inn in Sandton. This event was attended by all of the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Gauteng…

The Dawn of a New Era

September 2007 saw the dawn of a new era. For the first time in the history of the Foundation, the search for potential high school scholarship recipients was ignited. A total of 360 applications were received and assessed- a number…

The Spirit of Significance – by Anthony Farr

The more we immerse ourselves in the process of equipping the youth of our country, the more we realise that there are different types of success and that they are not all equal partners in the project of nation building.…

No Water Added – Allan Gray Fellow’s Winning Idea

When Ludwick Marishane was 18, he and a friend were sunbathing in rural Limpopo in Marishane’s native South Africa. By the time the pair were ready to leave, Marishane hit the showers but his companion didn’t feel like cleaning up.…