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Caring for children affected by HIV/Aids in South Africa

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As South Africa’s biggest killer, HIV/Aids has left many children orphaned and vulnerable. SAB Ltd is working with The StarFish Foundation in nine organisations that care for adults and orphans affected by HIV/Aids.

The work seeks to give local people the knowledge and expertise to run these organisations effectively. Ultimately, the aim is to develop a large number of stable and well-run community-based organisations that are capable of working with the government to deliver care, resources and services to children orphaned by the pandemic. By training 117 caregivers and funding nine such organisations to take part in the programme for 18 months, SAB Ltd will benefit an estimated 2,700 children.

Recognising women in South African business

Tourism’s contribution to South Africa’s GDP has risen from 4.6% in 1993 to 8.2% in 2008. Women in Business, a pilot project launched in 2008 by SAB Ltd, provides education, training, mentoring and capital grants to help women entrepreneurs in this key growth sector to develop their own small businesses.

The first nine candidates have now undergone an intensive 10-week course at the University of Johannesburg’s School of Tourism and Hospitality. Subjects included legal and regulatory compliance; financial management, particularly costing and pricing; inventory management and marketing. Participants were then mentored by restaurateurs and successful entrepreneurs within their industry before being asked to draw up a business plan. Each plan was presented to the judges who awarded grants to the top three candidates.

Thanks to the training and mentorship they’ve received, these female entrepreneurs are now better equipped to take their businesses to the next level.