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CSICorporate Social Investment (CSI) has come a long way. No longer is CSI seen only as a charitable donation, an enhanced corporate image or a tax write off. Instead, the role of CSI has become imperative to the sustainability and continuing development and economic growth of our country and its communities.
As with any business or social initiative though, the right partnership always brings with it the potential for the greatest success. CSI initiatives are no different, highlighting the importance for companies to align with initiatives that speak to their core values, in turn being those with which they strongly identify. For example, CSI initiatives focused on investing in education – whilst potentially long term – encourages development that is sustainable and meaningful for both parties. This goes a long way to ensuring the building of strong and authentic relationships between business and CSI beneficiaries.

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Nkosazana-Dlamini-ZumaNkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was a force to be reckoned with during her tenure as South Africa’s home affairs minister, and her game-changing appointment as the first woman leader of the African Union speaks volumes about the sea change the continent is experiencing in terms of gender equality.
Characterised by a lack of funds and personnel, the AU is in need of a dramatic administrative overhaul and Dlamini-Zuma has her work cut out for her. But her vision of strengthening the organisation’s systems, financial management, capacity and culture will underpin her efforts to turn around Africa’s underdevelopment, poverty and unequal wealth distribution.
Since taking over as chairwoman in October 2012, she has repeatedly stressed the need to ensure that peace and security issues – which she believes take "a lot of time, a lot of energy and a lot of resources" – are balanced with development. As the Natal-born former anti-apartheid activist says: “If you don't develop your country, if people don't feel there is an equitable distribution of wealth, you are actually threatening peace."

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