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Director’s Note

Dear Fellow,   As we find ourselves nearing the end of the first half of the year, it’s a perfect time to pause and reflect on the journey we’ve embarked upon together. The past few months have been a whirlwind of learning, growth, and transformation,…

Know the Team!

We want to extend a warm welcome to the newest member of the Association team, Thembelihle Nyembe, who has taken the role from Sandrine Mpazayabo as Fellow-Intrapreneur-In Residence 2024/25. See Thembelihle’s bio below (at the end of this section). Wande Madikane (Association Director)    …

Community: 2024 Admissions & Induction Ceremony

On the 27th of April we had the privilege of celebrating with our new Fellows and welcoming them into the Association. It was a fun time filled with food, laughter, learning and conversations. Congratulations yet again class of 2024 and welcome to the Association. You…

Fellow Achievements

Congratulations to all our Fellows on these massive achievements: Esethu Cenga, Co-founder & CEO of Rewoven, appeared on the Forbes Africa 30 under 30, Class of 2024 list. Please click here to find the rest of the story. Elijah Djan, Co-founder of Fintr (Findamentals), represented…

Gray Matter Lounge App Information Pack

Know more about the Gray Matter Lounge App. If you haven’t downloaded it as yet, use the QR codes in the Gray Matter Lounge App Information Pack or search the app on your Apple App Store or Google Play Store. As many of you know,…

Food for Thought!

Are you voting? Elections are around the corner!  This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the first Democratic Elections in South Africa. The date for the elections has been set for the 29th of May 2024 but for those who are casting special votes, the…

Upcoming Association Events of the Year

Event: Business Masterclasses Date: Ongoing throughout the year. See themes, dates and topics below:   Theme: Design Thinking 15 May 2024 – Startup Strategy 29 May 2024 – Lean market/ Customer validation and experiments   Theme: Validation and GTM (Go to Market) 12 June 2024…

Ventures

Applications for IVC support are open. For more information on IVC, go to this link. To apply for IVC, go this ‘link‘ – you will be redirected to the application form. IVC sign-ups don’t close but are open throughout the year. We look forward to…

Embracing 2024: Uniting in Entrepreneurial Spirit and Collective Impact

Dear Fellows, As we stand on the threshold of 2024, I extend a heartfelt welcome to each and every one of you, to what promises to be a year filled with growth, discovery, and remarkable achievements. The beginning of a new year is always a…

A Warm Welcome to Nonceba Qabazi – Ventures Manager

We are delighted to announce the addition of Nonceba Qabazi to our Association Team. Nonceba will assume the position of Ventures Manager starting from February 1, 2024. Nonceba brings valuable experience in managing and leading Venture Programmes, along with a deep understanding of stakeholder engagement…

From AGOF to the World Stage: AGOF Fellow Makes Mark in Landmark ICJ Case

  We are thrilled to share the exciting news that one of our valued Allan Gray Orbis Fellows, Tshidiso Ramogale, has recently played a significant role in a landmark case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). As Junior Counsel representing South Africa, Tshidiso contributed to…

Fellow Celebrations: Hope Ditlhakanyane Receives Business Advisor of the Year Award

Congratulations to Hope Ditlhakanyane for receiving the Business Advisor of the Year Award from the Africa Startup Ecosystem Builders. This prestigious accolade acknowledges individuals who provide exceptional guidance and support to startups within their community, country, and beyond. Hope’s dedication to using entrepreneurship as a…

Upcoming Events: Association Information Session

Event: Association Information session Date: Wednesday, 13th March @ 17h30 Details: This session aims to set the scene for the year, introduce the 2024 calendar, and encourage Fellows to take up support from the different portfolios. More details will be shared soon.      

Retaining Top Talent: Insights from Harvard Business Review

Dive into this captivating Harvard Business Review piece that unveils the secrets to retaining top-notch employees. Discover the strategies organizations employ to safeguard their invaluable talent, as we delve into the reasons behind employee dissatisfaction and unveil practical solutions for cultivating a workplace that’s not…

Opportunity Round-Up

Calling all startups, SMEs, and social enterprises dedicated to developing digital innovations that mitigate the impact of humanitarian crises! If you’re working on solutions that address pressing challenges, consider applying for the GSMA Innovation Fund for Humanitarian Challenges. Don’t miss the opportunity – applications close…

Community

Applications for the 2024 Entrepreneurship Academy are now open, inviting high-potential businesses seeking full-time engagement in entrepreneurship. The program offers dedicated support structures, allowing entrepreneurs to allocate more time, energy, and resources to their ventures and learning journey. An informational session was hosted by the…

Combating Year End Fatigue

This time of the year can make you rush to wrap up your coursework and commitments, and go bask in holiday mode. After all, this is the perfect time to recharge your batteries after a full year on the grind.  Watch out for burnout (Symptoms…

Gearing up for a new year! 

The end of 2023 is fast approaching and while it’s exciting to look back on the year and celebrate the fact that you’ve made it another year, it’s just as important to look ahead and start preparing for the new year.    The value of…

Fellow Celebrations – A 2023 Retrospective

2023 has been a year full of amazing achievements and ventures from Fellows. We are delighted to share these feats achieved by Fellows throughout the year and look forward to the new heights that Fellows reach next year.   Congratulations to Fellows Ben Shaw and Lorne…

2023 Wrapped: Association Events

This year was jam-packed with Association events, all unique and engaging. Below is a compilation of the highlights of the year! Year Experience Connects (all year round): This year the Association held several Connects to engage Fellows with Year Experience Candidate Fellows. Some of these…

5 Ways to Free Up Your Time 

Fellows tend to lead busy lives, often juggling a combination of work, side-hustles, passion projects and hobbies. During the most recent Association Book Club meeting, we explored a book called “The Power of Fun” by Catherine Price, and a major theme that emerged was the…

AMI-ANDE Impact Meet Up

The aim for this meet is calling all women-led business ecosystem enablers to learn more about the impacts of Accessing Finance through an informative and interactive morning at the AMI Impact Meet-up focused on supporting Women SMEs to access finance. We will also look at…

Building Your Professional Toolbox

  Written by Thabang Mahlafunya    A little while back, one of the cupboard doors in my kitchen came loose. It was the door to the cupboard housing our precious snacks, and I jokingly told my wife that it would help us build summer bodies…

Take the Next Step in Your Personal Branding Journey

Written by Christopher Young CA (SA)    In the modern business landscape, personal branding has become more than a buzzword; it’s a vital aspect of professional development and career growth. While personal branding is often associated with self-promotion and individual success, its alignment with company…

Association Ecosystem Forum 2023

Every day, new headlines warn of yet more failings that point to the forthcoming collapse of South Africa. But just how imminent is this collapse? Is it possible to rebuild our country? And if so, what role do young people (and entrepreneurs in particular) play…

July Fellow Celebrations

We would love to congratulate the following fellows Ludwick Marishane – A co-founder of Excel at Uni which has been accepted into the 2023 Google for Startups Black Founders Fund: Read more.   Thato Schermer – A founder of Zoie Health which recently closed the…

Newly Appointed Association Community Manager

    It’s with great pleasure to announce the joining of Tshwarelo Sikwane to the Association Team in the role of Association Community Manager, effective 1 August 2023. Tshwarelo joined the Foundation in 2021 as the Mentorship and Coaching officer. She came into the programme…

Newly Appointed CEO Announcement

Dr. Nontobeko Mabizela named as the new Chief Executive Officer for the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation   It is with utmost pleasure and excitement that I share the announcement of our new Chief Executive Officer for the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation. After an extensive and…

Opportunity Roundup

Legal support for AGOF start-ups   Workshop 17 We have partnered with Workshop 17 again giving you an opportunity to get a 20% for use of their working space. To get the discount you must type AGOF2022 when checking out! This offer is available until…

Featured: Stan Shikwambana

In a world brimming with imagination and untold tales, writers and readers alike yearn for a platform that nurtures creativity, fosters connections, and offers opportunities to share and appreciate literary works. Enter Visionary Writings, a dynamic online platform that invites writers to showcase their talent,…

Association Dialogue Sessions

On the 24th of  May 2023, the Association held its first Dialogue Session for the year. The theme of the event was Fellow Conversations: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and it was facilitated by social justice advocate and scholar, Asanda Ngoasheng. This event took place in…

June Fellow Celebrations

We are delighted to about these amazing achievements: Xabiso Lombo has recently joined Akosha  for a one-year internship and on-the-job training on social entrepreneurship. Xabiso Lombo Matthew Piper together with his partner Karidas Tshintsholo for completing a minority equity deal with ABSA Group in their…

Founders Retreat Report

On the 19th of May to the 22nd of May, the Association programme recently hosted its annual Founder’s Retreat for the 2023 cohort of Fellows participating in the Entrepreneurship Academy. A highlight on the Association’s calendar, it was hosted at the 26 Degrees South Hotel,…

Director’s Message

Dear Fellows, I am thrilled to address you as the newly appointed Director of the Alumni Programme at the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation. It is an honor to step into this role and continue the legacy of empowering young African leaders like yourselves. I look…

New Association Director

The Foundation is pleased to announce that Wande Madikane has been appointed as the Programme Director for the Association programme. Wande joined the Foundation in April 2012 as a Programme Officer in the Scholarship Programme and then as a Programme Officer in the Fellowship Programme before progressing to the Association…

Take the Next Leap: Applications Now Open for Association Post-Graduation Studies!

Dear Fellows, The Postgraduate Application process is now open. If you are considering studying further, please read through the details below to see if this is for you. Please find application HERE. The Closing Date is 30th June 2023. Categories We Fund Below are the two…

March Activities

Announcements Family Day and the Wellness events have been put on hold. 11 March Induction CPT 11 Fellows showed up at The Lord Charles Hotel in Cape Town to host an association session for the year experience candidate Fellows. We shared on the impact of…

Fellow Celebrations

We are delighted to about these amazing achievements: Maurice S. Madiba for recently becoming the new Head of Primary Markets at the JSE!  https://bit.ly/3SDkcHS   Keitumetse Pule’s company, Legal Standpoint has been accepted into the LAW FOR ALL LegalTech Accelerator Fund! https://bit.ly/3IGny8t   Akosua Koranteng…

Are Part-Time Entrepreneurs Job Creators?

On the 8th of March 2023, International Women’s Day, the Association of Allan Gray Fellows hosted Women’s Pitch Night, an event featuring several women who pitched their business ideas. The keynote speaker, Kirsty Everett, talked about the topic “Are Part-Time Entrepreneurs Job Creators?” During her…

Getting to Know Other Fellows

In this instalment we e-interviewed some Fellows that took various opportunities outside of South Africa. Here are some of their amazing updates: Daniel Tate Which part of the world are you in? I’m currently based in Oxford, in the United Kingdom. 2. What are you…

Information Session

On the 16th of February 2023, the Association team hosted an information session to share with the community what the programme offers and what to look out for this year! In case you missed the session, here is the link to the recording and the…

Know the Association Fellow Executives

    Jacqui-Anne Watson I’m a passionate problem solver who uses service design thinking to find solutions to complex developing world problems. My primary focus is working with governments, NGOs and social impact organisations across Africa to design and build national-scale digital health services.  …

Ventures

Applications for IVC support for 2023 are open. Please find all application details and form in the link. IVC sign-ups don’t close but are open throughout 2023. Follow this link for more information!        

Food for Thought

Food for thought: the following link may be useful to check out 😊         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m10TGie4hds&t=2s&ab_channel=IEInsights%3AKnowledge-DrivenContent            

Opportunity Roundup

Legal support for AGOF start-ups   Workshop 17 We have partnered with Workshop 17 again giving you an opportunity to get a 20% for use of their working space. To get the discount you must type AGOF2022 when checking out! This offer is available until…

Acting Director’s Foreword – January 2023

By Simphiwe Mntambo Welcome to 2023! We hope everyone is coming back from the holiday rested and energized for 2023! We know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from us, but we’ve been busy behind the scenes working on some exciting initiatives that will…

Know the Team

  Jalal Ghiassi-Ravazi Jalal joined the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation in November 2018 as the Director of the Association Programme. He has been part of the Foundation’s initiatives since 2010 where he served as both a mentor and IVC business coach.   Jalal is passionate…

Make Your Story Matter

Make your story matter, sign up to be media profiled in 2023! Media profiling is one of the best ways to boost your business credentials as an entrepreneur, while improving awareness of your brand online. If you’re looking for an opportunity to promote your business,…

Full-Time Fellows-in-Residence Intern

The Association Team seeks the support of a Full-time Fellows-in-Residence Intern from March 2023 – March 2024 to help drive the agenda of the Allan Gray Fellow Community through its 5 portfolios.    Please read through the attached Job Description on this link for more…

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Sign Up for Mentorship

Click here for more information. Signing up will also include our matching preferences. Sign-ups need to be done by 15 February 2022 Contact mentoring@allangrayorbis.org for any specific queries    

Amplify – Young Leaders Fireside Chats

  We have launched a campaign called Amplify – Young Leaders Fireside Chats. On March 16, McK Johannesburg will host the first edition of the Amplify – Young Leaders Fireside Chats which will take place in Johannesburg. There will be 3 editions, each Fireside Chat…

Who owns the content created by ChatGPT?

Food for Thought Suppose you decided to use ChatGPT to create your next social media post.  Who owns the content?  You do! (Or your employer in certain situations) According to the OpenAI terms of use, OpenAI assigns to you all right, title and interest to the…

2022 Reflections from Ndabenhle Ntshangase

In 2022, AirStudent Travel had a successful year with several notable achievements. The company was part of the Rocking the Daisies festival and handled all the travel needs of the artists, staff, and festival-goers. This project allowed us to put our mission of breaking barriers…

Association events to look forward to

Business Masterclasses Date: Ongoing, Topics below Who should attend: All Fellows with a business idea or who just need a little help to refine their concepts Details: The masterclass series hosted by the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and other industry experts, seeks to unpack and address business challenges…

Acting Director’s Foreword – December 2022

By Simphiwe Mntambo Cultivating a winning mindset through our programmes A platform to help you get to the next level of your entrepreneurial journey The importance of encouraging entrepreneurial development in South Africa cannot be overstated. As it is, our country faces a record-high unemployment…

Community Update

Keitumetse Pule we have seen you grow from strength to strength with your recent achievements. You have done well! Keep it up! http://bit.ly/3VG3TdC   Surely you are ready to take on the next big challenge to reach wherever you want. This is just the beginning…

Opportunity Roundup

EA and IVC applications for 2023  Applications for the Entrepreneurship Academy and IVC support for 2023 are open. Please find all application details and form in the link. EA applications close on 31 December 2022 and IVC sign ups don’t close but are open throughout…

Call To Action

This is your newsletter – Take control! Please share your ideas and thoughts about what you would like to see in this newsletter going forward. To do this please email association@allangrayorbis.org. You can use the same email address to send us your updates because we…

Happy Holidays

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Acting Director’s Foreword – October 2022

By Simphiwe Mntambo Prioritising your Mental Health and Wellbeing With just over two months left of the year, it is a crucial time to push forward and take stock of where you have been, where you currently are and where you’d like to go.  As…

All About Imbizo

After two years of not being able to have an Association Imbizo, we are excited to share that this year we had a successful and fruitful one. Amid all we managed to “sneak” in some fun through a game’s night! Thank you to our Council…

Community Update

Lesedi Kgaka, you have left no stone unturned over the past 10 years of your journey in the real estate space and we want you to know that we are proud of you. All the best in working towards your PhD. We are behind you!…

Fellow Business

In this month’s issue, we are pleased to feature Glo’s Cookies by Marry Bogatsu! Glo’s Cookies is a business operating from Pretoria, proudly founded by a self-taught baker, Tshegofatso Bogatsu. The business name is personal to her and demonstrates her journey of learning how to…

Association events to look forward to

Business Masterclasses Date: Ongoing, Topics below Who should attend: All Fellows with a business idea or who just need a little help to refine their concepts Details: The masterclass series hosted by the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and other industry experts, seeks to unpack and address business challenges…

Opportunity Roundup

Global Advisors, is a boutique strategy consulting firm in Joburg, boutique strategy consulting firm in Joburg, and the firm is currently recruiting for new talent (mainly ex-consultants who worked at 1st- and 2nd-tier consultancies, and fresh graduates {Master’s & PhD}). For more details, please refer…

Acting Director’s Foreword: September 2022

Acting Director’s Foreword By Simphiwe Mntambo FELLOWS LEADING FROM THE FRONT “Great things in business are never done by one person. They are done by a team of people.” Steve Jobs. The power in networks lies in the value that individual members bring for the…

Community Update

Our Fellow community is doing great in so many ways and here are some of their achievements: Tlotliso Sejojo https://bit.ly/3RY817z congratulations are in order for leading a successful outreach during this year’s LSSA National Wills Week! We can’t wait to hear all about your experience…

Ventures Update

During Women’s month, we held a new frontiers event that focused on increasing women’s representation and action in entrepreneurship. This was a 2-day retreat aimed at getting closer to the women Fellows in the community and impacting their businesses through relevant networking, mentoring, and market…

Acting Director’s Foreword: August 2022

Acting Director’s Foreword By Simphiwe Mntambo CELEBRATING WOMEN AND BUILDING RESILIENCE THROUGH OUR COMMUNITY August presents an opportunity to celebrate women as we commemorate Women’s Month, a key period in the national calendar. At the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation (AGOF), more than 56% of our…

Fellow Congratulations

Congratulations to the Following Fellows for their extraordinary recent achievements:  Sanelisiwe Njobe – for being a part of the FURTHER community of entrepreneurs. Sanelisiwe Njobe is the CEO and Co-Founder at OURS. OURS Space aims to democratise access to information, space and eCommerce through its hardware…

Association events to look forward to

JAMBOREE 2022!   Business Masterclasses Date: Ongoing, Topics below Who should attend: All Fellows with a business idea or who just need a little help to refine their concepts Details: The masterclass series hosted by the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and other industry experts, seeks to unpack and…

Community Update

A few Fellows met for some fun bowling to unwind and catch since the world is slowly going back to being “normal”. Here are some of the captured moments:                           Be on the…

Careers Update

In the past three weeks, the Association has held a series of Career Conversations with our newer Fellows. The series was facilitated by Career Coach and Personal Brand Specialist Pam Cherry. We would like to make the recordings available to any Fellow that may have…

Opportunity Roundup

2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship Applications OPEN Applications for the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) have opened, and the application deadline is September 13, 2022. We are looking for demonstrated leaders between the ages of 25-35 years old, who are doing innovative work in the areas…

AGB Club (Allan Gray Book Club)

Sitting down with a good book provides an escape — and the opportunity to consider concepts that would not have occurred to you had you not picked the book up in the first place. While reading a new book alone might be a relaxing experience,…

Call To Action

This is your newsletter – Take control! Please share your ideas and thoughts about what you would like to see in this newsletter going forward. To do this, please email association@allangrayorbis.org.    

Sign Up to help us reach 1000 ideas for InnovaJam!

You are invited to join the movement to develop 1,000 ideas by 1 October 2022! There are three activities to participate in the lead up to InnovaJam: 72 hour Innovation Challenge (link) InnovaPitch (link) E2 Fellowship Founder’s Pitch (link) All Fellows are welcome to participate….

Jamboree Registration

JAMBOREE DATE ANNOUNCED FOR OCTOBER! AND IT’S IN PERSON!   We couldn’t be more excited to co-create an in-person Jamboree again this year! We are entering planning and would like your help with certain information, like your location, preferred method of attendance, vaccination status, interest…

Acting Director’s Foreword: July 2022

Acting Director’s Foreword By Simphiwe Mntambo Reflecting on the first half of this year, the dominant theme on all fronts seems to have been resilience and recovery. We have continued to collectively push through challenges that have impacted the business landscape, both domestically and globally,…

Fellow Congratulations

Congratulations to the Following Fellows for their extraordinary recent achievements:  Congratulations to Edward Nkululeko Lambani and team for being one of the five impact – driven Irish Tech Challenge South Africa winners – https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6946014233360752641/   Well done to Thato Schermer, Sanelisiwe Njobe, Khanya Papu and Kurhula Baloyi for winning…

Opportunity Roundup

And for more great news! Announcement!!! Co-working space is here! Fellows get an additional 3% discount, over and above the standard commitment discount on memberships. A discount code will be generated and shared with Programme Participants who have indicated interest in the survey shared. To…

Careers Update

Introducing ‘Office Hours’ The professional work environment can be extremely challenging – from fraught team dynamics to insecurities about your performance, even the most talented individuals are tested in the workplace. For this reason, the Careers Portfolio will be introducing weekly drop-in sessions where a…

Community Update

Half the year has passed already! It has been great meeting some of you in person. We kicked off these in-person session through the Admission Ceremony Regional Connect Sessions in May and June this year. We want to encourage the Fellows in those regions to…

Association events to look forward to

Business Masterclasses Date: Ongoing, Topics below Who should attend: All Fellows with a business idea or who just need a little help to refine their concepts Details: The masterclass series hosted by the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and other industry experts, seeks to unpack and address business challenges…

More events to look forward to

Fellow Investments and Financial Management You are all invited to a Fellow specific Finance session hosted by Allan Gray. The session will specifically look at Fellow Investment opportunity that exists that you all have been aware of since being part of the Foundation. The session…

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AGB Club (Allan Gray Book Club)

Sitting down with a good book provides an escape — and the opportunity to consider concepts that would not have occurred to you had you not picked the book up in the first place. While reading a new book alone might be a relaxing experience,…

Call To Action

This is your newsletter – Take control! Please share your ideas and thoughts about what you would like to see in this newsletter going forward. To do this, please email association@allangrayorbis.org.    

Acting Director’s Foreword: June 2022

Acting Director’s Foreword By Simphiwe Mntambo The seemingly insurmountable challenges that we face in the world, have the potential to become an inspiration for conceptualising and implementing world-changing ideas. The question is how might we, collectively, identify the main obstacles that stand in the way…

Association events to look forward to

JAMBOREE DATE ANNOUNCED FOR OCTOBER! Look out for more communications and the call for Fellows to be part of the planning. Business Masterclasses Date: Ongoing, Topics below Who should attend: All Fellows with a business idea or who just need a little help to refine…

Community Update

Thank you, Class of 2021! We would like to thank you for attending the regional sessions. We hope you had fun and added to your network. We look forward to engaging with you again soon!      

Ventures Update

Ideation Bootcamp We hosted an ideation bootcamp in May. Thank you to all the Fellows who came through to test and validate their ideas and businesses with us. Here’s to many more! 2022-23 Foundry Fellowship The Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship at MIT is…

Association Working Space Results

What is your age group?           19-25 years 59 26 – 35 years 64 35 – 45 years 2         What is your working arrangement currently?           Full-time working from home 36 I work…

Getting to Know McKinsey with Allan Gray Orbis Foundation

Dear Students, McKinsey & Company is pleased to invite you to register for the Get to know McKinsey with Allan Gray Orbis Foundation event. We invite individuals who are passionate about consulting or just curious to learn more about it, to apply to join the…

Opportunity Roundup

And for more great news! Announcement!!! Co-working space is here! Fellows get an additional 3% discount, over and above the standard commitment discount on memberships. A discount code will be generated and shared with Programme Participants who have indicated interest in the survey shared. To…

Careers Update

Introducing ‘Office Hours’ The professional work environment can be extremely challenging – from fraught team dynamics to insecurities about your performance, even the most talented individuals are tested in the workplace. For this reason, the Careers Portfolio will be introducing weekly drop-in sessions where a…

Fellow Congratulations

Congratulations to the Following Fellows for their extraordinary recent achievements:  Lindiwe Nhlapo for landing the UX/UI Designer position at Absa!     

AGB Club (Allan Gray Book Club)

Sitting down with a good book provides an escape— and the opportunity to reflect on topics that you may not have considered beforehand. While reading a new book might be a relaxing experience, there are times when you just want to talk about what you…

Aluta!

THE ART OF STORYTELLING AND WHY IT MATTERS Have you ever been around people who has the ability to capture the attention of everyone around them? They speak and everyone listens, laughs, asks for more. It’s enviable. Luckily, it’s also a teachable skill. As far…

Foundation Annoucement

Dear Programme Participant, The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation is sad to inform you of the passing of our Founder and Patron, Dr. Allan Gray, this morning. He was a visionary, successful businessman, leader and philanthropist and these characteristics informed much of his work in securing…

Fellow Cheers

Fellow Onkgopotse Khumalo co-founded The Pocket Couch: “affordable therapy, at your convenience.” They are bringing you an accessible way to find, connect with and consult with your therapist without having to leave the comfort of your home, office or wherever is convenient for you. They…

Fellow Business Update: Khula

Karidas Tshinsholo and Matthew Piper are co-founders of Khula, an app connecting small scale farmers with consumers, disrupting the supply chain with the aim of alleviating unemployment and poverty. They have made it to the final round of the Chivas Global Venture competition.

Spotlight On

With most organisations there comes a time where one has to reassess past progress in order to determine the journey ahead.  The Allan Gray Association of Fellows is no different and found itself in this exact position a few months ago whilst pondering on a…

A view from Abroad

Part of the new Associations strategy outlined in our Spotlight On of this month’s newsletter is the desire to increase engagement in the Fellow community.  Often, community engagement efforts are restricted and accessible to South African Fellows and not include the Fellow community abroad.  As…

Community Update

Dear Fellows, I’ve received a very warm welcome to the foundation and have had the pleasure of meeting up with a few you over the past weeks. It’s a privilege to be working with the foundation and to be part of a community of current…

Fellow Business Update: Loretta Magalula | The Patch

Loretta is originally born from eMalahleni in Mpumalanga and raised in Swaziland where she grew up and later moved to Johannesburg to start her university studies.  She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in BSc specialising in biochemistry, physiology and cellular…

IVC Wrap-up

The inaugural 16-week Validation Program has come to an end. It was a gruelling program but ultimately rewarding, with the graduates doing big things! Two Candidate fellow businesses, ISPANI and NISA got selected for the Alpha Code Accelerator and received R2,000,000 in grant funding and…

Forum Update

All around the country – once a month – different groups of Fellows meet over good food and drink to unravel life’s mysteries in ways only a fellow can. These informal meetings aren’t magical occurrences nor are they just a gathering to catch up but…

Rama Raphalalani (Free Minds Consulting)

Rama Raphalalani is currently studying his Economics Honours degree at the University of Cape Town. He is on the dual-track program of the AGOF, working his way into the Association. The name of the business Rama entered into IVC is Free Minds Consulting. The business…

Encounters with Vintage

The success of the Association lies in how it advances community This week we encounter a Vintage Fellow who studied a Bachelor of Accounting at Rhodes and eight years later completed her Masters in Publishing Studies at Wits. She spends most of her time studying…

IVC Update: Lonwabo Ngoduso (Lemon Style)

Lonwabo studied mechanical engineering at UCT. He is part of the 2017 graduating cohort. Lonwabo entered IVC for the first time this year. His reason for entering is a lack of structure in the process he was following in an attempt to start his business….

Splush Mobile

Daniel Ndima, MSc Biochemistry Nanoscience, AGOF fellow and serial entrepreneur. He was part of the graduating class of 2013. Since graduating into the fellowship, Daniel has worked relentlessly toward becoming a high impact entrepreneur. Daniel joined the IVC (ideation, validation and creation) program at the…

Melvyn, Go1 and the potential for solving youth employability

Melvyn is a 2011 Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellow who graduated from UCT with a Bsc in Actuarial Science and Statistics. Having studied abroad, co-founded Go1, featured in Destiny Magazine and won business awards since, we went out to find out more about Go1 and…

Encounters with Vintage: The success of the Association lies in how it advances community

Encounters with Vintage The success of the Association lies in how it advances community Get ready to encounter to farriage! Yes, it is what you think…a fellow marriage! It has a nice ring to it don’t you think? Aldrin and Murlin Boraine are Fellows from…

Encounters with Young Bloods

The success of the Association lies in how it advances community When he is not taking the scenic route home by running home from work and stopping at Signal hill or Lion’s head to capture the sunset, this week’s Young Blood can be found making…

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