With many small to medium-sized businesses under severe threat of closure as a result of the lockdown restrictions, what measures can you adopt to make sure your business survives and thrives during COVID-19 and beyond?
As investment managers witnessing the financial impact of the pandemic on so many businesses, we are focused on providing you with access to informative business content to help guide you through the challenging landscape.
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The series will present a blueprint of strategies you can adopt to boost your business’s longevity and agility during this period of uncertainty. The Survive and thrive webinar series is brought to you by the Allan Gray Umbrella Retirement Fund.
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As operations resume, businesses will be focused on implementing the turnaround strategies required to adapt to an ever-changing environment. Reignite your business potential with video recordings from our series and other business-related webinars and insights.
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Fight or flight – deciding on the next steps for your business
In the first of 10 webinars in the Survive and thrive series, brought to you by the Allan Gray Umbrella Retirement Fund, you discover what steps to consider taking to help your business prosper in a post COVID-19 world.Read more
Resilience and reinvention: The business currency for COVID-19
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on small and big businesses will undoubtedly linger for months to come. And while the uncertainty is daunting, an opportunity emerges for businesses to rethink the way they operate.Read more
Webinar 2: Financing your business beyond relief funding
Join host, Andile Khumalo, in conversation with Hlengiwe Makhathini, Craig Polkinghorne and David Hurwitz.
David is currently the chief executive officer of Transaction Capital Limited and has previously served as group chief financial officer and group chief risk officer. He played an integral role in Transaction Capital’s acquisition of SA Taxi and was the company’s chief financial officer. David has been active in debt capital markets since 1997 and is a Chartered Account (SA).
Hlengiwe is the divisional executive of Venture Capital & Corporate Finance at the National Empowerment Fund. She has served on the boards of various SOEs and private companies. Her career has spanned venture capital, corporate finance, fund investment and financial management. Hlengiwe is a Chartered Accountant (SA).
Craig leads Standard Bank’s Commercial Banking business which provides South African entrepreneurs with products, services, and solutions to support the sustainable economic growth of their enterprises. He has held various local and global roles within the corporate and investment banking sector.
Webinar 3: Leveraging innovation and technology for a strong recovery
Join host, Andile Khumalo, in conversation with Carl Wazen and Musa Kalenga.
Musa is a strategist, marketer, brand communication specialist, writer and entrepreneur. He is a lauded speaker and author of Ladders and Trampolines. He is the former Head of Digital Marketing for Nedbank, former Client Partner for Facebook Africa and currently the founder and CEO of Bridge Labs.
Carl is the co-founder and Chief Business Officer at Yoco, a financial platform for small businesses and one of the leading fintech businesses in Africa. At Yoco, Carl leads growth, fundraising, business strategy and partnerships. To date the company has acquired over 90 000 small businesses and raised $23 million in venture capital.
Webinar 4: A business playbook for managing human capital post COVID-19
Join host, Andile Khumalo, in conversation with Palesa Sibeko and Vincent Hofmann.
Vincent is the co-founder of BetterWork, SiGNL and The GoodWork Society, and a fellow at The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (UK). He is also a part-time lecturer at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). Vincent is on a mission to make work, work and ensure advancements in technology put humanity first.
Palesa is the co-founder of BetterWork, SiGNL, Girls Invent Tomorrow (GIT) and The GoodWork Society. She is also a part-time lecturer at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). Palesa has a keen interest in bringing back humanity to the workplace, sparking curiosity in others and exploring an interdisciplinary approach to tackling complex social challenges.
Webinar 5: Keeping future fit through uncertain times
Join host, Andile Khumalo, in conversation with Ayanda Nogantshi and Bonang Mohale.
Bonang is the former chief executive officer of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), and is currently the Chancellor of the University of the Free State. He is also the chairman of the Bidvest Group, and serves as a board member of Rand Merchant Bank, SBV and the Automobile Association of South Africa.
Ayanda joined Allan Gray in 2014 as head of People Operations (traditionally called HR). Prior to this, she worked as a strategic development executive for the Clicks Group, and held various positions within the Massmart Group. Ayanda is a trustee of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and a director of the Philanthropy Initiative with Employees of Allan Gray.
Webinar 6: Safeguarding your business brand during uncertainty
Join Andile Khumalo in conversation with managing director of leading creative advertising agency, KingJames The Second, Lesego Kotane.
Webinar 7: COVID winners – Lessons from thriving businesses
Join Andile Khumalo in conversation with beauty industry disruptor, Mathebe Molise, co-founder of Beauty on Tapp.
Webinar 8: Finding the right equity partner for your business
Join Andile Khumalo in conversation with Donald Valoyi, founder of the personal shopper app Zulzi, and Manuel Koser, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of investment firm, Silvertree.
Webinar 9: COVID-19 – The macroeconomic risks impacting your business
Join Andile Khumalo in conversation with economic strategist, Thabi Leoka and Allan Gray economist, Sandy McGregor.
Webinar 10: Positioning your business for success
Join host, Andile Khumalo, as he wraps up the series with reflections on the key business takeaways from the series.
Andile is a seasoned entrepreneur and Chartered Accountant (SA) with 20 years of business experience. In 2013, he founded I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR, a programme that helps entrepreneurs grow their businesses. In 2018, after 11 years as a shareholder and chief operating officer of MSG Afrika, Andile went on to establish KhumaloCo, an investment holding firm.
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