AFRICA: Changing the Narrative

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Liquidity: Managing Cash Flow When Revenue & Funding Dry Up

A timely and valuable series produced by Africa.com in partnership with faculty from Harvard Business School to address this unprecedented humanitarian and economic crisis as a result of COVID-19.

Led by Kunle Elebute, Chair of KPMG Africa

Panelists include Welela Dawit, CFO, GE Africa, Admassu Tadesse, President & Chief Executive, Eastern & Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB), and Sim Tshabalala, Group Chief Executive, SBG and Executive Director, SBSA

Leadership in Times of Crisis

Leadership in Times of Crisis is led by Harvard Business School Professor, Linda Hill, Ph.D., Harvard Business School Professor of Business Administration, Faculty Chair, Leadership Initiative. PANELISTS: _Jay Ireland, Former CEO of GE-Africa _Fred Swaniker, Founder & CEO, African Leadership Group _Kuseni Dlamini, Chair, Massmart Ltd. _Foluso Phillips, Executive Chairman and Founder of Phillips Consulting Limited SPECIAL GUEST: Dr Michel Yao, World Health Organization (WHO) AFRO, Emergency Operations Manager 

Creating A Pan-African Communications Consultancy Starts With The People

With unprecedented access to technology, the way in which we connect has rapidly evolved and revolutionized the work we are able to deliver to clients.

Harnessing the spirit of Pan-Africanism – which is rooted in the idea that we can operate collectively to achieve a shared goal, despite our differences – we are now, more than ever, able to work across borders to create impact at a local level.

However, in order to do this successfully, there a few things that need to be done correctly.

Jordan Rittenberry serves as the CEO of Edelman Africa. Based in Johannesburg, Rittenberry oversees the firm’s work across the continent. Supporting a number of blue chip brands and multinational corporations, Edelman Africa has executed programs in more than 30 countries across Africa over the last two years on behalf of clients including Deloitte, GE, HP, Mars, Nissan and Unilever.

This is the African Century

Group CEO of Standard Bank, Sim Tshabalala believes this is the African century and that Africans will be the ones driving the development of the continent. He spoke to Teresa Clarke of Africa.com at the World Economic Forum in Davos about making sure the African continent plays its rightful role in the world by driving economic, social, human, and environmental developments.

Simphiwe Tshabalala is joint Chief Executive of the Standard Bank Group and Chief Executive of Standard Bank South Africa. 

Principles for Responsible Banking

On 22 September 2019, Standard Bank Group became a founding signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Banking. Alongside the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Standard Bank signed the first-ever global sustainability framework for the banking industry and committed to aligning its business strategy and practice with the Sustainable Development Goals and the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Sola David-Borha, Standard Bank Group’s Chief Executive for Africa Regions, signed the Principles for Responsible Banking document on behalf of the group, which played a role in developing the framework.

In this podcast, Sola David-Borha is speaking with Africa.com CEO, Teresa Clarke. 

“The Principles align with Standard Bank’s purpose: to drive Africa’s growth and uplift her people by doing business the right way. They also support the group’s drive to maximise our social, economic and environmental impacts,” David-Borha says. “Standard Bank sees an opportunity to have a significant impact across the continent, given that we have the largest African footprint of all participating banks.”

The new framework, which has been designed for banks at any stage on their journey to sustainability came not a minute too soon. The COVID-19 pandemic, which took hold just as Standard Bank and other signatories were starting to implement the Principles, has served to highlight how reliant society is on healthy ecosystems and resilient economies.  

 

Enabling Financial Inclusion and Innovation in a Converging World

Partnerships Are Key To Driving The Future Of Inclusive Payments In South Africa says Mark Elliott, President of Southern Africa MasterCard. 

In this podcast, Africa.com CEO Teresa Clarke discusses the future of payments in South Africa with Mark Elliott.

The financial services sector in South Africa is undergoing an unprecedented transformation. Rapid developments in digital technologies are both disrupting and enabling change in previously disconnected sectors, such as banking, telecommunications and retail. These advancements make digital payments and services more readily accessible and affordable to consumers and small businesses, but the usage of such products will be subject to how well payments providers collaborate to meet their needs. This is according to a new Mastercard and Deloitte Africa report “The future of payments in South Africa: Enabling financial inclusion and innovation in a converging world” released today on the side-lines of the World Economic Forum on Africa. The report states that if we are to achieve meaningful financial inclusion in South Africa, private and public sectors must collaborate to reduce the reliance on cash and encourage the use of digital payment methods and financial services to achieve more inclusive and sustainable economic growth. It is not yet a reality, but several developments are providing encouraging indications of progress.

– Mastercard Deloitte Report

Women Leaders In Africa: Building Careers

In this podcast, Africa.com talks with Patricia Obozuwa and Brenda Mbathi of GE Africa.

  • Patricia Obozuwa, Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer for GE Africa
  • Brenda Mbathi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for East Africa

The transcript is available here.

Women Leaders In Africa: Walk-the-Talk

In this podcast, Africa.com talks with two of GE Africa’s high-profile women leaders.

  • Welela Dawit Chief Financial Officer, GE Power Services – Sub-Saharan Africa, GE West Africa
  • Adesua Dozie General Counsel for GE Gas Power Systems and Services, Sub-Saharan Africa

The transcript is available here.

Women Leaders In Africa: Balancing The Gender Equation

Africa.com CEO Teresa Clarke speaks with Nitika Rosa, GE Africa’s Head of HR and Lerato Molebatsi, GE South Africa’s Managing Director. 

The transcript is available here.

Training the Elderly to Fill the Mental Health Worker Gap

The Friendship Bench project is an evidence-based intervention developed in Zimbabwe to bridge the mental health treatment gap.

Health experts say globally there has been an increase in anxiety and depression as people struggle to cope with COVID-19 and job losses. Some grandmothers in Zimbabwe are offering free therapy sessions to tackle these mental health difficulties during the coronavirus lockdown. This is part of an initiative called the Friendship Bench.

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