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Change Agent



Premier Helen Zille joins Sustainability Pioneers in Cape Town to Stimulate Change for Africa

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For the first time in Africa, over 100 influential thought leaders from the continent and beyond are gathering in Cape Town for the first Sustain our Africa Summit, Expo and Festival this week to debate and present solutions to the biggest question of all: Can Africa deliver enough for all, forever?

The Premier is pictured with Sustain our Africa founders Brendon Bell-Roberts and Deon Robbertze, Alex Mathole and Jose Machado from headline sponsor Siemens and founder & CEO of moyo Jason Lurie, at the restaurant's self-sustainable aquaponic farming system.

The Sustain our Africa Summit started today at the V&A Waterfront and runs until Friday 26 October. The Sustain our Africa Expo is open to the public until Sunday 28 October and the Film Festival is running at the Labia all week.

Picture credits (from left to right front) Jose Machado (Siemens), Premier Helen Zille (Western Cape) Alex Mathole (Siemens)
(from left to right back) Jason Lurie (moyo) Brendon Bell-Roberts (Sustain our Africa) Deon Robbertze (Sustain our Africa)

SoA Headline Partner

  • Siemens
    siemens windWe are proud to announce that Siemens is a key sponsor and partner for Sustain our Africa. As a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the fields of industry, energy and healthcare as well as providing infrastructure solutions, primarily for cities and metropolitan areas, they are keen to continuously explore sustainable solutions. For over 160 years, Siemens has stood for technological excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality. Siemens is one of the world's largest providers of green technologies. Products and solutions from their Environmental Portfolio already account for considerably more than one-third of their total revenue. The Siemens Profile Awards will be hosted on the change agents' platform at Sustain our Africa.

SoA Venue Partner

  • The Pavilion Conference Centre

    The Clock Tower focuses on a “custom made conference experience” that combines a beautiful and flexible facility and service excellence; boasting venues with stunning views of the harbour and the ability to accommodate up to 21 different room configurations. Maximum capacities include 850 guests for a cocktail event, 380 guests for a gala dinner and up to 460 guests cinema style seating.

SoA Partners

  • Ogilvy earth

    ogilvy bodyWe are a mash-up of thought leaders from around the Ogilvy network and across Ogilvy disciplines. We have assembled our brightest minds from six continents: planners, consultants and creatives from Ogilvy & Mather, OgilvyOne, Ogilvy Public Relations, OgilvyAction and OgilvyEntertainment.

  • Discovery
    discoveryWe are a leading financial services institution founded on the principles of consumer engagement and wellness. Our approach to financial products is highly differentiated and involves integrating our entire product range with our science-based wellness programme, Vitality.
  • Green Building Council
    green building bodyA green building is a building which is energy efficient, resource efficient and environmentally responsible- which incorporates design, construction and operational practices that significantly reduce or eliminate its negative impact on the environment and its occupants. Building green is an opportunity to use resources efficiently and address climate change while creating healthier and more productive environments for people to live and work in.
  • Blended Capital Group
    clements huntThe Blended Capital Group is a Geneva-based investment advisory firm bringing investment to create stronger communities, cleaner capitalism and a resurgent environment. TBCG Head Paul Clements-Hunt ran the largest partnership between the United Nations and the globalfinancial services and investment sector from 2000-2012. Clements-Hunt launched TBCG in 2012. The firm sees sustainability as a key to a vibrant African future in the 21st Century.
  • Fairtrade
    fairtrade bodyFairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and a global movement that represents sustainability and development through trade. Dating back to the 1960s, Fairtrade started with small initiatives by individuals or groups, usually faith-based organisations or social entrepreneurs, who wanted to make a difference in developing countries by buying their products in an ethical manner.
  • Woolworths
    woolworths bodysIn brief, our Good Business Journey is our comprehensive plan to make a difference in four key areas: transformation, social development, the environment and climate change - all challenges facing not only South Africa, but the world at large.
  • Western Cape Government
    wcgov bodySustain our Africa has been endorsed by the Western Cape Government (WCG) and selected as a flagship project by the provinces 110% Green Initiative. Premier Helen Zille will be opening the Sustain our Africa Summit, as well as hosting a high profile network dinner during the Summit.
  • AVIS
    avis bodyAvis, the leading car rental company in South Africa, today announced that it has renewed its position on carbon neutrality through The CarbonNeutral Company. Following three years of internal energy efficiency, carbon reduction and carbon offsetting to reduce its carbon footprint to net zero, Avis is the first car rental company in South Africa to achieve CarbonNeutral® certification.
  • Two Oceans Aquarium
    two-oceansThe Two Oceans Aquarium opened in November 1995 and is recognised as one of the top tourist attractions in Cape Town.

    It has established itself as a key player in raising environmental awareness through its high-quality exhibits, conservation and education programmes.
  • Green Talent
    green talent bodyElize Hattingh from Green Talent will be hosting Africa's first Sustainability Career Centre at the Sustain our Africa Expo. She is bringing together the 16+ top sustainability course providers, the top 100 HR heads and over 150 top sustainability job seekers. Green Talent will also be hosting a one-day skills development think tank with presentations, discussions and facilitating the interviewing process between sustainability graduates and the HR heads of leading JSE listed companies.
  • The Coca Cola Company

    coke coolerThe Coca-Cola system includes our Company and our bottling partners. The system operates in more than 200 countries, markets more than 500 brands and 3,500 beverage products, and sells 1.7 billion servings of beverages each day. Our Company is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and includes our six operating groups: Eurasia and Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, Pacific and Bottling Investments. 
  • Dimension Data

    Dimension-Data-CampusFounded 28 years ago in 1983 in South Africa, Dimension Data today operates in 51 countries in five regions – Middle East & Africa, Europe, Asia Pacific, Australia and the Americas. Climate change is a growing concern for many global organisations, and Dimension Data remains committed to minimising our role in its varied causes. 

  • The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB)
    gsb bodyThe GSB is no ordinary business school. Although small by international standards, it wields a reputation for innovation and excellence that has helped it to take its place amongst the very best in the world. The GSB will host their annual Business of Social and Environmental Innovation event on the Sustain our Africa platform on the 22 & 23 October.
  • Steadfast Greening
    stead fast bodyGrace Stead from Steadfast Greening has been working as a sustainability strategist for twelve years and has a passion for what she does. She has teamed up with Sustain our Africa to provide specialist event greening services to ensure sustainable event management. This includes aspects such as eco procurement, energy efficiency, waste reduction, promoting cleaner technologies and calculating the carbon footprint of the event. 
  • 110% Green
    110 green body110% Green is an initiative of the Western Cape Government to mobilise citizens of the province to commit and act in practical ways that have a positive impact on the province's environmental and economic growth.
  • BOS Iced Tea
    bos bodyBOS uses first grade organic rooibos blended with all-natural fruit flavours and ancient ingredients distilled in a pop art can to bring you a range of brand new damn good far better ice teas. It's big on taste, up on entertainment and wired for wellness. We believe good health does not need to be at the expense of good let-your-hair-down living. 
  • Moyo
    moyo bodymoyo is the realisation of one man's passion for all things African - from art and design to music, cuisine and crafts. In 1998, Jason Lurie started moyo as a small 120-seater restaurant in Norwood, Johannesburg, serving exceptional African cuisine amidst soulful vibes.
  • GlobeScan
    globescan bodyFor twenty-five years, GlobeScan has helped clients measure and build value-generating relationships with their stakeholders, and work collaboratively in delivering a sustainable and equitable future. They combine a rigorous understanding of the global context with a commitment to forging value-creating stakeholder relationships for their clients at the nexus of reputation, brand and sustainability.
  • Puma

    puma bodyWe are committed to working in ways that contribute to the world by supporting creativity, sustainability and peace and by staying true to the values of being Fair, Honest, Positive and Creative in decisions made and actions taken.

  • Bean There Coffee Company
    bean coffee companyWith a love for coffee and a passion for the African adventure, Bean There Coffee Company acquires, through direct fair trade, the world’s finest single origin coffee, which is roasted in small batches to produce an exclusive optimal roast. 
  • Pick n Pay
    pnp bodyAt Pick n Pay, our environmental attitude is simple: to actively promote sustainable practices in every aspect of our business. The emphasis, as we head into the next decade, is on fresh thinking and innovation – from biodiesel to eco-friendly shopping bags; from wind turbines to partnerships for predator-friendly beef, sustainable fish and rapidly expanding organic product lines.

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