Shift Impact Africa assists organisations with understanding, embracing and leveraging the Shared Value concept as a strategic business framework to drive sustainability and achieve alignment to the SDGs.
Shift is a connect-scale-impact consulting firm that assists organisations with unlocking the power of a Shared Value sustainability strategy – one that is not only centered on social and environmental impacts, but also works for our clients AND benefits the communities in which they operate. We advocate strongly for business focus on profit with purpose, founded on the belief that business can create both economic value and value for society. We are a women-owned and run firm, and a team of diverse and driven Shared Value Social Impact and Sustainability consultants.
Shift creates, builds, connects and orchestrates bilateral and multilateral engagements across borders where we, as a collective, can create and develop solutions for the people of Africa. We have extensive on-the-ground understanding of the African business landscape, backed by in-depth knowledge and experience of Africa’s societal needs.
Africa focused with a business network across the continent
Aggregate Impact value: economic, societal, environmental
Sustainability focused and Shared Value expertise
Alignment to the Shared Value Africa Initiative
Purpose Playbook Implementation Partner for Africa
MEET OUR TEAM
Our team of diverse motivated Shared Value advocates is driven by a passion for profit with purpose. Shift is a women-owned organization. Building a team of empowered, capable women is part of the Shift strategy.
The team is made-up of consultants that provide expert opinions, analysis, and recommendations to organizations or individuals, based on their own expertise. We work together with organisaitons to create and provide strategies to address challenges and improve performance.
Tiekie is the co-creator of the first ever Harvard aligned Shared Value executive training course and works closely with academic institutions across the continent such as Strathmore Business School, Africa Leadership University, Lagos Business School, University of Johannesburg, etc. She also heads up the team that annually verify the regional Shared Value Awards.
She is a member of the Vega School of Brand Leadership Advisory Board, Global Reporting Initiative, the Public Relations Institute of South Africa and the Enterprise Africa Network, ALM Advisory committee.
She is a qualified Shared Value practitioner, having successfully completed the Harvard Business School “Creating Shared Value” executive leadership training and she holds an Honours degree in Brand Leadership and Communications from the Vega School of Brand Leadership, among many other qualifications.
Vuyo graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BA in Cultural & Literary Studies and went on to get a certificate in Media Law & Ethics from Wits University.
Previously at Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, Vuyo was part of a small team that made a big impact – galvanising different sectors of the global community to participate in this one-of-a-kind fundraising campaign to build the hospital, which opened in 2017.
As part of the SVAI/Shift team, she participates in taking social impact beyond philanthropy and into the more strategic focus of Shared Value – with the long-term view to changing the narrative around Africa to that of innovation and success, led by Africans.
In August 2020, she was appointed as a director of both the SVAI and Shift.
Fatima is passionate about development on the African continent. She believes that conscious business strategies designed to address social issues profitably, will lead to sustainable communities that contribute to the growth and development of Africa. To this end, Fatima has a keen focus on impact measurement and impact investing. Fatima holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town and is a certified yoga practitioner.
She currently provides specialised marketing services to the Shared Value Africa Initiative and Shift Impact Africa.
She is also a skilled Trainer and Facilitator. Her education qualifications include a Masters in Management focused in Public and Development Management from Wits University. Thandile is also a founder of Bumbatha Africa Group a Johannesburg based Level 1 BBBEE socio-economic development consultancy that specializes in design, implementation and evaluation of community development initiatives.
Prior to her current role, Jane served as Managing Director of KCB Foundation since 2015. The Foundation is the social investments arm of KCB Group Plc. During that time, Jane was a member of the KCB Group Executive Committee and served on the board of KCB Foundation as a Trustee.
She has over 35 years of experience in international development, having previously worked with the USAID Mission in different capacities in the East and Southern African region.
Jane believes in creating Social Impact by solving societal problems through business solutions, a concept she has championed for the last five years of her career.
Organisations seeking funding frequently launch the process with limited understanding of what opportunities they offer prospective donors, or how to communicate their value. Michelle’s background, which combines capital markets and business media leadership, enables her to guide clients to define and communicate their investment case to prospective funders, using language funders understand.
Michelle’s association with the Shared Value Africa Initiative has also enabled her to help organisations to demonstrate the Shared Value achieved in their social programmes.
She is a sessional lecturer on impact investing for Wits University’s Centre on African Philanthropy and social investment, coaching organisations targeting impact investors. Previously head of investor relations and Group communications at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, she is also an accredited trainer in Investor Relations at the exchange.
Michelle trained as a journalist at the University of Stellenbosch and earned an MBA at Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town.
Talifhani is currently an Executive Chairman of POV Group of Companies which includes POV Accountants Inc. – for Accounting, Tax and Advisory and LEAD 360 Afrika Innovation and Research, a social enterprise that seeks to drive sustainable social and economic transformation through academic support programme and business consultancy. Prior, Talifhani held executive positions at various the Agencies of government with socioeconomic development mandate and social justice. He also has extensive experience gained in the private and NGO sector in South Africa.
With his background rooted in finance in South Africa, his expertise revolve around Integrated Reporting/GRI, ESG practice, sustainability, Shared Value, business model innovation, research and strategy development, transformation, new generation entrepreneurship and ethical governance. His passion is in development of new generation of entrepreneurs and investors, Shared Value business model, inclusive value chain innovation, ESG practice (sustainability), development of African research, innovation and academic leadership, and ethical governance as well as transformational leadership
Shared Value Africa Initiative
Shift Impact Africa launched the Shared Value Africa Initiative (SVAI) on May 25th, 2018 in Johannesburg South Africa. The Shared Value Business Management advocate for the adoption of the Shared Value Business Management concept as created by Prof. Michael Porter and Mark Kramer from Harvard Business School. Shift continue to support the SVAI with various projects and it the Shared Value consulting implementation arm.
For further information visit www.SVAI.africa
In 2020 Shift Impact Africa joined forces with the Shared Value Africa Initiative to start the GBVF #ITSNOTOK movement to fight gender-based violence in South Africa. Research done by the WEF and UNWomen found that the impact of GBV globally does not only affect our society but also contributes to huge losses within the global economies. The #ITSNOTOK movement is currently working with different organisations to take the awareness messaging and movement across Africa.
Africa Shared Value Leadership Summit
Shift impact Africa is the creator, content developer and host of annual Africa Shared Value Leadership summit. The inaugural Africa Shared Value Leadership Summit took please on 25-26 May 2017, modelled on the successful Shared Value Leadership Summit held annually in New York. The Summit is an annual fixture on the global Shared Value calendar, and raise awareness and advocate for the success of the strategic implementation of the Shared Value business management concept. The summit annual feature world renowned speakers and Shared Value advocates from across the globe.
Entrepreneurship – Hair Products
Shift Impact Africa develop entrepreneurship programmes to support Africa’s growing entrepreneurship sector.
L’Oreal found that young entrepreneurs often start their hairdressing business without any business and operational capacity. This resulted in losses for L’Oréal when providing products to entrepreneurs who were not able to fulfil their payment obligations. The solution? Develop simple and basic Salon Finance and Entrepreneurship courses, build financial and operational capacity and, in doing so, create healthier businesses – ones that fulfil their payment obligations. This epitomises Shared Value, as both L’Oréal and these young entrepreneurs benefitted from these training courses.
“The contribution to developing the Salon Finance and Entrepreneurship courses has been valuable to our industry, which everyone finds usable and valid.”
Charmaine Joubert, L’Oreal Professional African Salon Institute Business Unit Manager (2014).
Support Agenda 2030
Un Sustainable Development Goals
Shift Impact Africa is committed through it’s work to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals and create discussion and engagement platforms where our brightest business leaders can gathered and share thought-provoking insights on Shared Value and the SDGs. Example : JSE Event. Our panel of thought leaders unpacked business’s role in addressing social issues through the prism of the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals, facilitated by broadcaster, author and MC Redi Tlhabi. The panellists were: Ambassador Nozipho January-Bardill (Independent Non-Executive Director, Anglogold Ashanti); Sazini Mojapelo (Group Head of Africa Citizenship, Barclays Africa); Asyia Sheik-Ojwang (Head of Public Affairs & Communications, The Coca-Cola Company); Shameela Soobramoney (Senior Strategist, Group Strategy JSE); and James Mwangi (Global MD, Dalberg Group). Visit our Facebook page for photographs from the event or watch the CNBC Africa Facebook Live broadcast here.
Start-up : Mobile Service Delivery
For most new businesses, access to capital furnishes an important cornerstone of a start-up venture. Women sometimes find it more difficult to secure capital than their male counterparts. African Women Consolidated Investment (AWCI) wanted to create a business that would not only provide financial support to women but also enable them to sustain a profitable business and enrich the community.
African Divas combines salon-quality hairdressing and manicure services with the convenience of mobility – giving stylists and beauticians the tools and support they need to reach their clients, no matter where they are. These women retain control over their own schedules and benefit from collective marketing and business structure. African Divas adds value to the Hair and Beauty Industry by providing a convenient, private, flexible and safe service.
As part of their growth strategy, AWCI (African Women Consolidated Investment) pursue opportunities for women in the various sectors of the South African economy. The vision of this project was to empower black women. Unemployment and the lack of job opportunities for black women in South Africa are major social issues, and women make up a large percentage of the poor, particularly in rural areas. Thus the Mama’s Hub concept was born.
More than just a convenience store, a Mama’s Hub is created for the community and run by familiar faces from the community. They stand out from other spazas or convenience stores by augmenting a typical convenience offering with fresh goods, meat and fish, fruit and vegetables, and cooked meals. Additional future service offerings will further extend the element of care, such as a special delivery services for pensioners.
Entrepreneurship – Textile & Design
Love Local Design
Shift Imapct Africa created Love Local Design for Gauteng Tourism as part of the Johannesburg Shopping Festival. It was a pop-up concept used as a platform for young designers to gain market access and to encourage support for local fashion. Working closely with David Tlale and Stephen Manzini from Soweto Fashion Week, Love Local Design build a database of young up-and-coming fashion entrepreneurs. This year, seven of the designers will be part of the Soweto Fashion Week. These pop-ups take place during and in the lead-up to the Joburg Shopping Festival at the malls.
Through a partnership with Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, a rotating group of ten designers were provided with local with retail space to run a Love Local Design store in the mall for 3 months. This provided designers with valuable retail experience, and has also resulted in job creation through the designers’ employment of shop assistants and extra help to produce enough clothing to meet demand.