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South Africa

The South Africa Chapter is made up of more than 50 members who work to support small and growing businesses (SGBs). 20 of these members have their headquarters in South Africa.

Members benefit from the opportunity to network with and learn from other like-minded organizations, as well as to gain links to ANDE’s extensive regional and global activities, all while working together to support South Africa’s SGBs.

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The South Africa Chapter is based in Johannesburg and services intermediaries in South Africa. Click here to see a map of ANDE Members working in South Africa. 

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 What we do

  • Knowledge Sharing & Research: ANDE South Africa is committed to advancing knowledge on supporting SGBs in the region.
  •  Events & Networking: From our regular chapter meetings in Johannesburg and Cape Town, to sector-specific roundtables and happy hours, ANDE South Africa provides unparalleled networking and learning opportunities for its members.
  • Training & Talent Development: ANDE South Africa hosts periodic training events and webinars, discussing topics from impact investing to metrics.

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Our Activities, Events, and Publications 

State of the SGB Sector Dinner & Quiz

Each year, the ANDE South Africa chapter holds a State of the SGB Sector Dinner and Quiz. This event is an opportunity for supporters of South African entrepreneurship to gain new insights on the sector—and connect with each other in an interactive way. Over a three-course meal, attendees hear from both entrepreneurs and ANDE leaders, receive the latest findings on the industry from cutting-edge local and global research, and are given space to share their own reports on a research wall. All of this takes place in a participatory setting, complete with a quiz, where attendees compete with their peers to see what they have learned.

Click here to see highlights from our most recent State of the SGB Sector Dinner and Quiz. 

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Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Snapshots

ANDE SA completed the first snapshot of the South African entrepreneurial ecosystem in 2015 and released an updated version in 2017. This report is an established snapshot of the players who provide capacity development and/or financial support to entrepreneurs in South Africa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The snapshot enables the ANDE South Africa chapter and its members to prioritize underserved areas that require additional focus and collaboration and promotes partnership opportunities.

In 2018, the ANDE SA team completed an in-depth snapshot of programs supporting entrepreneurs in Gauteng. The snapshot has been added to ANDE’s new interactive portal of ecosystem snapshots from around the world.

To view the Gauteng Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Snapshot (2018) click here >

 

 

 

 

To view the Updated (2017) South Africa Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Snapshot click here >

 

 

 

 

 

 
Metrics, Impact Assessment, and Learning Labs

We host a Metrics Learning Lab and hold in-person and virtual working groups to learn and collaborate on topics such as industry standards, measuring outcomes, and measurement along the 'impact value chain. These workshops are held both in Cape Town and Johannesburg. In 2017, we launched the Metrics Catalyst Fund, which was developed to encourage our members to work together to solve a specific ecosystem challenge in the South African metrics landscape.

Click here to read "The Importance of Impact Measurement and Management (IMM) in Small & Growing Business Support: Impact Stories from Members of ANDE SA's Metrics Learning Lab."

 

Incubator & Accelerator Roundtables and Knowledge Brief 

In 2017 and 2018 we held a series of four roundtables on the accelerator and incubator landscape in South Africa and published a knowledge brief based on these roundtables in 2018. We will hold another series of roundtables in 2019 to continue these discussions. 

 

 

 

 

Chapter Meetings and Roundtables

ANDE SA convenes regular roundtable dialogues and chapter meetings on various topics that are important to the local ecosystem. In 2018, these included:

Corporate Roundtables  

We recognize the important role that corporations play in small business development in South Africa, as well as the opportunities and complexities that the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) codes raise. In our corporate roundtables, we provide a space for small groups to discuss and share the best ways to ensure a more effective, mutually beneficial and systemic approach to working with SGBs.

Impact Investing Roundtables 

We hold a series of impact investing roundtables, each focusing on different themes. These roundtables provide a space for impact investors and interested commercial investors to build and share knowledge and expertise.

Webinars

ANDE South Africa periodically hosts webinars featuring presentations from member organisations on their work and research. Previous ANDE SA webinar topics include youth entrepreneurship, access to markets, agribusiness in Africa, and innovative methods to support SGBs.

Happy Hours

At our regular informal networking functions at trendy South African venues, ANDE SA members are given the opportunity to network and create partnerships in the sector—over a drink and good food.

Leadership

A Steering Committee consisting of senior representatives of local ANDE members, convenes once a quarter to discuss and advise on key aspects concerning the Chapter's strategy and performance. The operations of the Chapter are led by Michelle Yorke, Lisa Van Eck, and Kingsley Mphahlele. 

 

Senior Regional Chapter Manager, South Africa: Michelle Yorke

Michelle joined ANDE in July 2016 to assist with strategic development of the South African chapter. She has more than 15 years of experience in strategy, consulting and advising in the social investment space. She has spent the past 13 years specifically dedicated to Corporate Social Investment (CSI), during which she founded CSI Solutions, a specialist CSI consultancy. Michelle developed The CSR Library, a resource platform for CSR practitioners, predominantly in Southern Africa. She also initiated and led CSI Connect, a network for developing CSI knowledge and sharing best practices and case studies among practitioners in Africa. Her experience spans from setting up CSI processes, procedures, and strategies to evaluating project impact. She has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Pretoria and an MBA from Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).  

 
Regional Chapter Senior Program Associate, South Africa: Lisa van Eck

Lisa joined ANDE in 2014. Her passion for South Africa's socio-economic development led her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Economics and Politics at Rhodes University in South Africa. She went on to obtain an MSc in Economics from the University of Siena in Italy, after being awarded an Erasmus Mundus scholarship. Her academic research centered on development alternatives for South Africa, and comparative case studies included Brazil and the East Asian ‘tiger’ economies. During an internship at Genesis Analytics, a leading development economics consultancy in Johannesburg she assisted a team commissioned to design a foundation for a top South African insurer. Her focus on social enterprise has been complementary to ANDE's efforts to strengthen the Small and Growing Business ecosystem in South Africa.

 

Regional Chapter Program Coordinator, South Africa: Kingsley Mphahlele

 

Kingsley joined ANDE in August 2016 as the South Africa Intern. His fascination with entrepreneurship led him to pursue a Diploma in Entrepreneurship and later attained a BCom Honours Strategic Management degree from the University of Johannesburg. As a student, he ran a small transport business and conducted a minor research paper on the apathy among South African youth towards entrepreneurship. He has experience in Public Relations as a Media Analyst from QuickPic, a leading PR firm in the South African Motor industry. He also has Marketing experience as a Senior Promoter for Offlimit Communications, an award-winning BTL/Experiential agency in South Africa.

 

Steering Committee Members:
Heather Jackson, Ashburton Investments (Chair) 

Heather Jackson has over 25 years investment management experience, mostly heading up fixed income teams at African Harvest, Prudential and Investec asset managers. For the past 10 years she has carved out a new role as an Impact Investor and is currently head of Impact Investing at Ashburton Investments, the asset management division of the FirstRand Group.  The Impact Team has a track record of collaborating successfully with government and other DFI’s to blend high social impact with strong commercial returns thereby developing tremendously scalable solutions that tackle many social backlogs such as sustainable job creation.  In addition, she serves on a number of industry bodies, chairing theASISA committee on Responsible Investing, contributing to national and international sustainable finance and impact initiatives and is the current chair of the ANDE SA chapter. 

  • Jenny Everett, ANDE
  • Mishkah Jakoet, Genesis Analytics
  • Lana Lovasic, Impact Hub
  • Rethabile Melamu, The Innovation Hub
  • Shawn Theunissen, Property Point
  • Marnix van Holland, Hivos
  • Andrea Warriner, African Management Initiative 
  • Catherine Wijnberg, Fetola