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SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Social Entrepreneur Award Finalists 2011 Announced


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A social entrepreneur in SA is one who can look past and work with the myriad of social challenges faced in South Africa. Ernst and Young and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship are pleased to recognise the achievements of this year’s finalists for the sixth annual South African Social Entrepreneur awards.

They are: (ranked in alphabetical order)

•    Andrew Muir - The Wilderness Foundation
•    Catherine Wijnberg - The Fetola Foundation
•    Kim Feinberg - The Tomorrow Trust
•    Nicola Leitch - African Queen
•    Dr Peter Munns - The Christian Coalition

“Persevere, inspire, educate, struggle, embody, believe, deliver, overcome, these are but a few words which describes these individuals who are helping to capitalise on the contribution to social advancement of the country. We are proud to recognise these individuals and call on all South Africans to applaud these entrepreneurs who strive to make a difference”, says Zanele Xaba, Lead Director for Ernst and Young World Entrepreneur Awards Programme.

Honouring the Social Entrepreneur

Abigail Noble, Head of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship comments, "We are honoured to consider these five inspiring individuals as finalists for the social entrepreneur award in South Africa. These individuals, who have created an innovative approach to addressing an important societal challenge, have invested not only tremendous positive energy into creating their enterprises but also a strong business acumen to create a scalable social enterprise that can improve the state of the world."

The winner will gain access to the Schwab Foundation’s global network providing unprecedented opportunities to engage global decision takers from the public, corporate, media and academic sectors to strengthen and expand their models.

About the finalists

African Queen - founded in 2008 by Nicola Leitch

With her Nigerian roots, South African heritage and her passion for fashion, has turned her dream into the African Queen range of wearable art. The organisation is built on the core needs and values of training and identifying township skills which enable house-bound women
to produce world class quality merchandise for a variety of retailers.


The Fetola Foundation - A non-profit organisation established in 2008 by Catherine Wijnberg

Fetola (meaning ‘Change’ in Sotho) is a specialist enterprise development, corporate Social investment and accredited skills Training organisation. The vision is to support positive change in disadvantaged communities, especially those supporting women, youth and the rural poor

Fetola has achieved significant results with their beneficiaries who have participated in their training programme.


The Tomorrow Trust - founded in 2005 by Kim Feinberg
Tomorrow Trust’s mission is to have a meaningful and sustainable impact on the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children. This is done through holistic support and education. The Tomorrow Trust gives these children the opportunity to become self sustainable, self empowered as well as compassionate, proactive independent members of their economy and society. They are committed to assisting children in passing their schools exams through a Holiday School support programme and Saturday School Programme. Tomorrow Trust partners with Private schools where the teachers make themselves available to give the best education South Africa has to offer in order to bridge the gap in education that the children are exposed to.
Post secondary – Tomorrow Trust is committed to supporting any career that will make the child self sustainable and self supporting releasing them from dependency on charity. This support is holistic –covering both formal and informal education. Paths of study cover; IT, beauty courses, hotel management and culinary, education, medicine, accountancy, law and many others. Informal education is accessed through constant workshops covering issues around: critical thinking; self awareness; self mastery; CV writing; budgeting; hygiene and HIV training and others.

The Wilderness Foundation - founded in 1972 by conservation leader Dr Ian Player and is now run by Andrew Muir

The Wilderness Foundation is a South African non-profit organisation headquartered in Port Elizabeth and is one of few South African Conservation NGOs currently involved with active, sustainable social intervention programmes, through Umzi Wethu Programme

The Umzi Wethu programme transforms vulnerable youth, affected by poverty and HIV/Aids with a skills development and job placement into highly employable young adults with sustainable futures.

Since 2006 a total of 107 students have graduated- 64 being Hospitality students and 43 Game Ranging students. The job retention rate of Umzi graduates is about 85% and placement rate is 94%, with 85% currently employed despite the challenge of an ecotourism industry set back by the recent global financial crisis. This is particularly significant as 50% of all our students are HIV/AIDS orphans who are especially affected by the effects of HIV/AIDS and violence that accompanies the deep poverty of communities from which they come. In addition 10% of graduates have advanced to junior and middle management positions in eco-tourism industries and five have been enabled to pursue tertiary education.


The Christian Coalition – founded in 2008 by Dr Peter Munns

The Christian Coalition was established in Kwa-Zulu Natal in 2008. The organisation focuses on the health, enterprise development, education and moral regeneration, crime reduction, rural development – food security/poverty relief and homelessness and transitional housing encountered within communities. The most significant impact that this organisation has had on the individual and community has been the service that the Ark Christian Ministries Church – now the “Ark of Compassion” – has played in changing the lives of more than 300 000 homeless and socially excluded people. These individuals relied on the church for all physical, mental, emotional and spiritual support. It also provided more than 2500 meals every day.
We are then able to see the sacrifice that these finalists have made to overcome and progress and most of all to be able to see what it is the makes a social entrepreneur.

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