Turning lives around Van Selm adds the SASE Pinnacle Award to a long list of accolades that she has received for her work at Khulisa – including being elected as an Ashoka Fellow, winning the Elizabeth Arden/Elle Magazine Visible Difference Award, winning the MIB Group Majuba Forest Entrepreneur of the Year Award and receiving nominations for Woman of the Year for four consecutive years. Van Selm’s early career was characterised by a series of jobs at which she turned her entrepreneurial spirit to creating new opportunities and developing her own skills. A self-proclaimed “graduate of the school of hard knocks”, she worked in sales, marketing and travel, often at companies that she started up herself. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material SASE defines social entrepreneurs as visionary individuals who are motivated to evoke social change in a sustainable way. Khulisa crime prevention initiative “Khulisa is faced with many obstacles, including government buy-in, money to cover the costs of expanding according to demand, communities that are angry, hopeless and sceptical of our processes, and a lack of capacity to satisfy the need for programme demand,” says Van Selm. SAinfo reporter 24 March 2009 Van Selm is a social entrepreneur in the truest sense of the term, showing how her drive, compassion and insight have come together to create Khulisa, an organisation that is making radical changes to the South African criminal justice landscape. It was launched as an interactive course at Leeuwkop Prison to help offenders to use a common storytelling language to restore a sense of morality and ultimately lead to rehabilitation. Twelve years on, Khulisa is a reflection of the woman at the helm, who has devoted her time and energy into the Section 21 (not for profit) company, as well as of the huge successes than can be realised when a vision is applied to those who need it most. The course was developed after she spent time travelling around the world with Credo Mutwa, the South African spiritual leader, who was researching the common thread in different cultures’ storytelling traditions. Social entrepreneurs “recognise the gaps in service delivery and are constantly innovating solutions to developmental changes, they are also seeking ways in which to make these projects viable and independent of donor funding,” the organisers said in a statement this week. “I am surrounded by incredible staff, and invigorated by the success stories that emerge from our programmes,” she says. “I also have the support of a secretary who has been with my for over twenty years and my husband who is a business consultant by profession and brought financial acumen into my life.” Khulisa states as its mission, “to unlock the potential of both individuals and the larger society”. This is done through a series of programmes and interventions at prisons and with at-risk youth in communities to make restitution, restore personal pride, prevent recidivism and provide alternatives to gangs, drugs and crime. At the time, Van Selm’s intention was merely to create a practical outlet for the lessons she had learnt on her travels, but in the face of the instant positive feedback she received, and the overwhelming need for such interventions among South Africa’s marginalised prison population, the demand was created and Khulisa was born. Social entrepreneurs Khulisa is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to the prevention of crime and the rehabilitation of offenders in South Africa, and the provenance of the organisation is inextricably bound to Van Selm’s personal journey of discovery working with marginalised people in the country. “We have a recidivism rate of 80%. Unless we do something about providing second chances and alternative ways of living to people who have been in conflict with the law, crime will continue to perpetuate,” says Van Selm. “I am honoured to have received this award because I feel that it recognises and draws attention to the vital work that we at Khulisa are doing.” In 1997, armed only with her marketing expertise, experience in building companies for a new South Africa and a genuine belief in the importance of inter-cultural dialogue, Van Selm established the Khulisa crime prevention initiative. Aside from the obvious personal rewards that van Selm realises through helping people turn their lives around every day, she has been supported in her achievements by a number of factors. Unlocking potential Khulisa founder and MD Lesley-Ann van Selm was recognised for her crime prevention and offender rehabilitation initiatives with the Pinnacle Award at the Southern Africa Social Entrepreneurship (SASE) Awards in Johannesburg last week. But she feels that with young people at risk throughout the country, the work being done by Khulisa is so important that the challenges are worth facing and the battles worth fighting. The award is given to individuals who have developed and implemented innovative social ventures that have a transformative social impact, are driven by an operationally and financially sustainable model, and are replicable.
You can get involved with the guests on episode 17 of the Play Your Part TV series. They include entrepreneurs Lynette Ntuli and Sabelo Mahlalela.Businessman Sabelo Mahlalela is the author of Mpumalanga: Our Beautiful Province and A Child of The Promise. Mahlalela is one of the guests featured on Play Your Part on 6 January. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterIn episode 17 of Play Your Part, we hear how the SGM Foundation inspires young people through seminars and motivational programmes. Chairman of the non-profit company Sabelo Mahlalela is a featured guest on the show.This episode airs on Saturday, 6 January 2018 on SABC at 18:00.Here’s how you can get involved with Mahlalela and the other guests:Sabelo MahlalelaMahlalela is the chairman of black-owned investment company Ziya Group, as well as the chairman of the SGM Foundation. The team at the non-profit organisation support education and community-based poverty alleviation programmes. They also work with environmental and biodiversity projects.Contact detailsTwitter: @SabeloMahlalelaWebsite: www.ziyagroup.co.zaEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgTshepo SeetaTshepo SeetaSeeta is the founder of Spaza Sum, a black-owned management company that helps township spaza shops and rural businesses. Last year, Absa Bank extended a R3.5-million facility to eSpaza Sum Holdings to help the company uplift and modernise 22 spaza shops in Mamelodi and Pretoria West.Contact detailsTwitter: @seeta_tshepoWebsite: espazasum.co.zaLynette NtuliLynette NtuliThe founder and CEO of asset management and infrastructure solutions firm Innate Investment Solutions, Ntuli also heads the youth-oriented digital media and programme platform IgniteSA.com. It curates content in education, skills and entrepreneurial development in South Africa. She was also Glamour magazine’s Woman of The Year 2014 in the business category.Contact detailsTwitter: @MsNtuli, @InnateZA and @IgniteRSAWebsite: innatesolutions.co.zaEmail: email@example.comPlay Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; orLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES With Sarr rendered helpless on the bench in street clothes, Ateneo took full advantage, giving more touches to its big man Chi Ikeh.Ikeh pounced on the Falcons’ depleted frontline, coming away with 18 points and 17 rebounds. He already had a double-double as early as halftime with 14 points and 13 rebounds, including 10 offensive boards, three more than the entire Adamson team.“Ikeh just dominated us. We had a hard time containing him,” said Pumaren, whose squad was outrebounded, 60-35.Pumaren admitted not having Sarr around was tough, but it’s still not an excuse as to how the Falcons poorly performed and got badly beaten.“I’m one coach who won’t dwell on that. I’ve been coaching for the longest time and you won’t hear from me saying, ‘If this player was here.’ That’s part of my job to make the most out of my remaining 15 players.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Meralco nips Star to clinch playoff berth Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sarr missed the much-anticipated duel between preseason favorites due to a groin injury and it’s still uncertain when he would return.“I want to play next game but everything will depend on the doctor if he will give me the clearance to play,” Sarr told INQUIRER.net.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAdamson head coach Franz Pumaren said his Cameroonian import is still day-to-day.“We always prepare for the worst scenario. If he’s there, that’s a bonus, if not then, the other players must step up,” he said. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s no surprise that Papi Sarr’s absence was a big blow to Adamson in its opening day loss to Ateneo on Saturday.Sarr averaged 14.4 points and 14.9 rebounds per game last season for the Falcons.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments
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Kentucky Wildcats forward Nerlens Noel, who is the No. 1 NBA draft prospect in most preliminary drafts, announced Monday that he plans to enter the 2013 NBA draft.Noel, who is currently recovering from surgery to a torn ACL, led the nation with 4.4 blocks per game and averaged 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. He also had 50 steals, which earned him Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year honors.“I’ve learned so much here at UK and am thankful for coach (John) Calipari, the staff and my teammates for all of their support,” Noel said in a statement. “I especially appreciate the Big Blue Nation and all of the support, prayers and well-wishes I’ve received from them during my rehab and decision-making process. I’ll always be a Wildcat!”The 6-foot-10 freshman will now join Wildcats guard Archie Goodwin in the NBA draft. Noel was the nation’s top recruit last year, which headlined a recruiting class that included Goodwin, forward Alex Poythress and center Willie Cauley-Stein. Noel was the only freshman that was consistent all year long.Noel is currently the No. 1 draft prospect ahead of Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Kansas’ Ben McLemore and Georgetown’s Otto Porter.“I support Nerlens’ decision to enter his name in the draft and am excited for him and his future,” Calipari said in a statement. “The hard work and will to win he showed on the floor this year and the dedication and attitude he has shown in his rehab will only be a reward for him and whatever team drafts him in June.”The Wildcats entered last season as the consensus No. 1, but quickly plummeted out of the Top 25 even with a healthy Noel. But after Noel’s Feb. 12 knee injury at Florida, the Wildcats missed the opportunity to earn an at-large NCAA tournament bid.Kentucky went 4-5 without Noel, ultimately missing the NCAA tournament after winning it all in 2012. The Wildcats were the first team since the 2009 national champion North Carolina Tar Heels, to miss the tournament the following year after winning it all. They eventually lost a first-round NIT game at Robert Morris.