New SAB TV Series Shows Human-Centric Approach To Doing Business

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Filmmaker Shani Kay is the brains behind the SA INC TV series, which aims to highlight and celebrate South Africa’s successes and achievements through the stories of socio-economic transformation in the real day-to-day lives of its citizens.

A new 20-part TV series airing on local TV channels throughout the year showcases SA Breweries (SAB) as an exceptional example of a company that is integral to the fabric of South African society and dedicated to changing the lives of people and their communities.

Entrepreneurs across South Africa are reaping the benefits of big businesses increasingly embracing profit-with-purpose as critical to their long-term sustainability. SAB Senior Corporate Affairs director Zoleka Lisa said that the company committed in 2016 to invest R1 billion over five years in its Public Interest Commitment (PIC) programme, 61% of which is focused on agriculture.

This local sourcing strategy saw them significantly boost the barley yield of North West farmer Mapula Vivian Seboko, among others, winning her the title of 2018 Emerging Farmer of the Year. Lisa said SAB also committed a further R200 million to build sustainable enterprises within the communities in which they operate.

Providing invaluable coaching and financial support to their small business partners, the programme has benefited people like Johannesburg hydroponic rooftop farmer Fezile Msomi and businesses such as Kevali Chemicals. Started by Funeka Khumalo, a female entrepreneur from Gugulethu, Kevali provides customised solutions in the chemical industry that focus on hygiene and sanitation, water treatment and adhesives.

Since her participation in the SAB Accelerator, Kevali has experienced 30% annual growth, with a credible list of customers that includes SAB and other multinationals, as well as a mission to inspire young girls across South Africa that it is possible to follow their dreams and succeed.

Lisa described enterprise development as a key channel to address not only South Africa’s unemployment challenge, but also to maximise exports and minimise imports. Local sourcing is an integral part of the programme, and the organisation currently sources 97% of all materials in the production of their products locally.

‘SAB is focusing on the inclusion of black-owned businesses in its supply chain, and ensuring it has a healthy pipeline of suppliers that represent the demographics of South Africa,’ she explained. This speaks to its commitment to contributing to the transformation of previously disadvantaged individuals, which is key to developing an inclusive economy.

South Africa, said Kay, is starting to see an increase in these innovative business models, which deliver profitable returns and societal value in synergy. ’It marks a critical move from a business focus on double-digit growth that can only result in an environment of ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’. Companies are now re-identifying their purpose, redefining their values, and reconnecting with a human-centric approach to doing business that will see them into a sustainable future,’ she said.

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