It’s Africa’s Time

IT’S AFRICA’S TIME, produced by Regency Foundation Networx, is a multimedia initiative employing a co-creation process that uses Regency’s unique journalistic & cinematic style to craft fresh and authentic stories. The TV series is designed to promote and encourage the adoption of the ‘inclusive business’ model as a component of corporate growth strategy in Africa. The series demonstrates how this approach can make a contribution towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

 IT’S AFRICA’S TIME (IAT), currently in its fourth season, documents case studies that demonstrate the adoption of the ‘inclusive business’ model as a component of corporate growth strategy across Africa, where profitable business solutions grow local value chains and drive societal transformation.


Season 1

ADCOCK INGRAM


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Adcock Ingram’s Enterprise Development Owner-Driver Scheme »» We visit Midrand in South Africa’s Gauteng province to meet with Meshack Matswi, a beneficiary of Adcock Ingram’s notable enterprise development Owner-Driver Scheme. The Owner-Driver Scheme is designed to give people an opportunity to own their own enterprises as part of the…..

AECOM


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Developing People: the Legacy of AECOM in Africa »» The civil war in Liberia destroyed infrastructure, schools and hospitals, and arrested social development. The current development strategy of Liberia is now the agenda for transformation. The main challenge to education is accessibility, which requires additional schools, rehabilitation of schools…..

ALTIUS


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NuWater – Sustainable Management of Natural Resources »» The core businesses of Altius are engaged in the essentials of life: energy, water and food. “IT’S AFRICA’S TIME” reports on NuWater, a subsidiary of Altius Holdings, and reviews its innovative 16-inch reverse osmosis technology and the impact that this water…..

BAYPORT


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Bayport Financial Services – Changing Lives in Tanzania »» The company’s core business model focuses on serving the needs of society. “IT’S AFRICA’S TIME” looks at the story of Olipa Kadege, a Dar Es Salaam teacher who was able to swiftly access finance from Bayport and build up a…..

BMW


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The BMW Group – Commitment to Sustainability Across Operations »» BMW is committed to delivering mobility for future generations by taking up the challenge of performing in all three fields of sustainability: economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection. At BMW, sustainability is more about substance than sentiment and…..

CARLSON REZIDOR


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Commitment to Best Practice – Through Job Creation, Training and People Development »» In Cape Town and Addis Ababa, we visit a number of Carlson Rezidor Hotels to learn about the company’s Responsible Business initiatives which include providing jobs and training for vulnerable youth, as well as an extensive…..

CITI GROUP GHANA


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Funding the Implementation of Rural Electrification Programs in the Upper East Region of Ghana »» In Bolgatanga, in the upper east part of Ghana, lack of access to electricity is a major obstacle to the region’s socio-economic development. Citi Group has provided loan funding to the government of Ghana…..

CITI GROUP KAROO


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Climate Conscious Entrepreneurship (in Namaqualand with Conservation South Africa) »» Under the management of Conservation South Africa, SKEPPIES is a small grants fund for the Succulent Karoo Ecosystem Programme. Through an innovative conservation-development partnership that encourages the sustainable use of natural resources, the fund supports economic development that values…..

CLOVER MAMA


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Commitment to Best Practice – Promoting Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women »» Clover Mama Afrika is based on a simple concept: empowering caregivers with viable skills, which they, in turn, pass on to others, building sustainable communities.  The Clover Mamas are trained in essential skills like cooking,…..

COCA-COLA


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Commitment to Best Practice – Socio-Economic Growth and Empowerment of Women »» In Abuja, “IT’S AFRICA’S TIME” learns about the 5by20 initiative, Coca-Cola’s global commitment to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs across the company’s value chain by 2020. We also learn how the women participating…..

COCA-COLA FOUNDATION


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Providing Access to Safe Drinking Water for 2 Million West Africans »» The Coca-Cola Foundation is committed to sustainable and meaningful engagement with communities across a range of development objectives. Water stewardship plays a significant role in this investment. “IT’S AFRICA’S TIME” travels to Pakro in Ghana to visit…..

EXXARO


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The Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project »» “IT’S AFRICA’S TIME” visits the Exxaro Grootegeluk mine to discuss the company’s commitment to water conservation as part of its greater sustainability strategy, and to take a look at how the organization’s civil engineering, excavation and construction efforts focus on storing and re-using…..

IDC


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Committed to Agricultural Socio-Economic Development, Education and Social Welfare, and Poverty Relief »» The primary objectives of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) are to contribute to the creation of balanced, sustainable economic growth in South Africa and on the rest of the continent; promoting entrepreneurship through the building of…..

LOZANE FARMS


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Providing Quality Seed to Small-scale Farmers to Enable Increased Yields and Market Access »» In Northern Mozambique we meet with Lozane Farms, a local seed supplier working together with the government and USAID to drive sustainable livelihoods, food security and environmentally responsible farming practice in the region. “I would…..

MAERSK


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Maersk – Driving Economic Growth »» Whilst Nigeria is the leading economy of West Africa, its lack of transport infrastructure poses a major obstacle to optimum business development. “IT’S AFRICA’S TIME” visits the port of Apapa in Lagos to meet with Danish-based Maersk Group and to review how infrastructural…..

MEDICLINIC


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Training and Investment to Enable Sustainable Healthcare for All South Africans »» Mediclinic’s sustainability strategy integrates economic, social and environmental performance and its CSI policy is built around public-private partnerships, joint ventures and volunteerism. “ITS AFRICA’S TIME” travels to the Northern Cape to learn about the Mediclinic Kimberley cataract…..

MOTA-ENGIL


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Building Infrastructure to Enable Transportation Access for Goods, Services and People »» Socio-economic growth and development in Malawi is contingent on infrastructural investment. “IT’S AFRICA’S TIME” travels to Southern Malawi and Likoma Island to observe the impact of Mota-Engil’s extensive road rehabilitation programs. The Chikhwawa–Bangula road is a very…..

MOTA-ENGIL TETE


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The New Tete Bridges – Improving Road Transportation and Linking Africa »» Starting in the province of Tete, we visit the construction of the New Tete Bridge over the Zambezi River. The existing bridge is not adequate for the province’s traffic and Mota-Engil has worked with the Mozambican government…..

MUTUAL & FEDERAL


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Investing in Grassroots Socio-Economic Development »» Mutual & Federal is Southern Africa’s oldest short-term insurer and another key player in the region’s financial services industry. The Tswelopele project is the first agricultural socio-economic development project of this nature undertaken by Mutual & Federal and links closely to the company’s…..

NEXIM


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Facilitating the Growth of SMEs to Build Export Capacity and Increase Job Creation »» In Nigeria, “IT’S AFRICA’S TIME” meets with a number of small and medium enterprises in the manufacturing, solid mineral extractions and services industries across the country. These businesses are expanding through access to long-term, low-interest…..

OCEANA


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Contributing to Food Security through its Protein Footprint in Africa »» Oceana’s commitment to sustainability spans the scope of its operations. “IT’S AFRICA’S TIME” looks at the company’s participation in the WWF Responsible Fisheries Alliance and the impact this alliance has on the management of depleting marine resources. We…..

OLD MUTUAL


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Enabling Communities to Help Themselves »» The first feature showcases the LEAP schools where the Old MutualFoundation has invested R14.7 million since its inception in 2004.LEAP has achieved remarkable success in providing promising youthwith a supportive environment in which to learn, grow and developinto the future leaders of South…..

OMIGSA


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Supporting the National Power Grid with Renewable Energy »» “IT’S AFRICA’S TIME” talks to representatives from the Old Mutual Investment Group South Africa (OMIGSA) as well as stakeholders from the Department of Energy to find out more about the country’s plans and developments in the field of renewable energy……

PPC


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Investing in People to Change Lives »» PPC Ltd is the leading supplier of cement in Southern Africa and a company committed to sustainable Local Economic Development projects across four basic pillars; job creation/enterprise development, poverty alleviation, education and healthcare in the communities in which it operates. ”IT’S AFRICA’S…..

PROCTER & GAMBLE


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Always Keeping Girls In School – Aiming to Help Women Live Their Lives Uninhibited »» In Vaalwater, Limpopo, we visit a Primary and a Secondary School, both of which have benefited from P&G’s outreach campaign for girls. The objective of the Always Keeping Girls in School campaign is to…..

ROYAL BAFOKENG HOLDINGS


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Creating an Enabling Environment through Education and Training »» The Royal Bafokeng Nation, a community within the Rustenburg Valley of South Africa’s North West Province, emphasizes education as part of a broader plan to make society and the economy more self-sustainable. The Bafokeng vision for education reform includes interventions…..

SANLAM


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Building a Healthy Nation through HIV&AIDS Education »» The objective of the Sanlam Foundation is to contribute towards the upliftment of South African society, with an emphasis on building a healthy nation and facilitating a sustainable future for all. Education, therefore, is a key focus of the Sanlam Foundation…..

SIEMENS


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Building the Pool of Graduates by Accessing the Potential of Rural Communities »» On 18 July, Nelson Mandela International Day, “IT’S AFRICA’S TIME” visited Mvezo, Mandela’s birthplace in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, where Siemens is investing in education and the construction of the Mandela School of Science and…..

STANDARD CHARTERED BANK


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The Role of Agriculture in Zambia’s Economic Development »» More than 60 per cent of the labour force in countries across Africa works in agriculture, yet the sector accounts for just 20 per cent of the continent’s gross domestic product. Standard Chartered is a leading international banking group committed…..

VALE


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Job Creation and Local Economic Development »» In Mozambique, “IT’S AFRICA’S TIME” meets with Brazilian mining giant Vale to learn about the company’s inclusive business strategies around mining and infrastructure, as well as the impacts of its investments in rail logistics for the region’s socio-economic development. Vale’s mission is…..

WOOLWORTHS


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Skills, Empowerment and Sustainable Farming »» Woolworths, through its Good Business Journey, has a comprehensive plan to make a difference in six priority areas: sustainable farming, water, energy, waste, social development and transformation. As part of the company’s CSR investment, Woolworths was the first and main donor to the…..

YARA


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Yara Crop Nutrition and the Ghana Grains Partnership Tackling Food Security in North Ghana »» With agriculture as the backbone of Ghana’s economy, the Ghana Grains Partnership (GPP), initiated by Yara in 2008, plays an essential role in strengthening the market through improved infrastructure, closer collaboration and improved efficiency…..