Enter Investing in the Future and Drivers of Change Awards 2017

The Mail & Guardian in partnership with Southern Africa Trust is inviting applicants to enter Investing in the Future and Drivers of Change Awards 2017 with an emphasis on Social Impact.

Due to tough economic conditions, Corporate Social Investment (CSI) has seen growing responsibility not just for providing some form of capital in support of a worthy cause, but has been taking the lead in the development of, and — importantly — in the implementation of interventions, even lending the business’ skills and employees to good causes.

Investment has to create capacity to be sustainable, and understands that a well-planned and directed investment is an investment in future social capital.

This approach is evident in projects that follow South Africa’s needs for development: job creation programmes, involvement in enterprise, SMME and skills development, and of course support for education-related development.

The M&G Investing in the Future Awards publicises the often-unsung contributions made by business to the future of South Africa and its citizens. The awards are designed to heighten public, government and business awareness about meaningful social investment.


Every year, we receive hundreds of entries from projects across the country; these are judged by an independent, respected panel of judges. We invite you and your company/organisation to be part of our annual celebration.


Who can enter:

  • Corporations with corporate social investment (CSI) programmes, or corporate foundations attached to a company, or where the grant-making programme is run by a self-governing foundation separate from the founding corporation;
  • Independent foundations and trusts, community foundations, grant-making nongovernmental organisations and trusts, family foundations, grant-making trusts,  private foundations and civil societies;
  • Government or intergovernmental agencies, programmes or initiatives that create new possibilities and develop new models for policy engagement in the national and regional policy spheres. Ministries, government departments, parliaments,  parliamentary forums and individuals are included.

In December, the award winners and finalists will be fêted at a glittering gala awards evening and publicised in a tailored Mail & Guardian supplement that covers individual projects as well as reflecting the depth of social investment in South Africa.

To enter, complete the form below.

Entries closed on October 27, 2017.

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