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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…

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…

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…