CONFERENCE POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
The Business 4 Purpose Conference has been postponed until further notice, due to the restrictions concerning the spread of the Corona virus. We will reschedule once the crisis has passed.
BUSINESS 4 PURPOSE CONFERENCE
17 APRIL 2020, 08:30 - 16:30, GEORGE
Profit is necessary for generosity to be cultivated.
Business is a tool to impact and penetrate communities and nations.
Developing people under your care drives both profit and impact.
Business provides opportunities to address inequality through innovation and creativity.
OUR PURPOSE IS TO INSPIRE AND ACTIVATE CHANGE
We believe that business can change a city. If you take an audit of all activities happening in a city like George, you will conclude that the heart of George (and probably most cities) lies in its economic endeavours. In other words, like the human heart, healthy businesses are vital to the life of society, but also carry the responsibility to provide solutions to problems that undermine the health of communities. In short, business carries both the purpose and power to change a city. As cities change, generations will be impacted and nations transformed.
We are privileged to have Francois van Niekerk, founder of the Mergon Group and co-founder of Atterbury Properties, as our keynote speaker.
In 2011, Francois was given the accolade of being voted one of Africa’s most notable philanthropists by Forbes Magazine, “after he gave away 70% equity in his company, the Mertech Group, to the Mergon Foundation, a private charity he founded with his wife”. The stake was valued at $170m at the time. Francois will share the journey, as well as the vision and practical principles, that took him from start-up failure to such unprecedented levels of business success.
So join us as we, through Francois and other business leaders’ testimonies, explore the God-given purpose of business to make a profit, to penetrate communities, develop people and solve societal problems through creativity and innovation.
Read more about Francois and our other speakers below.
Including Lunch and Refreshments
Registrations close 6 April
GROUP OF 8
- KEYNOTE SPEAKER -
FRANCOIS VAN NIEKERK
In 1980 Francois van Niekerk established an IT company, Infotech, with less than R1000 in capital.
Within nine months, the company ran out of capital, facing bankruptcy. In desperation, Francois made a vow that he would give 30% of the business for the expansion of the Kingdom if the Lord helped him. 30 minutes later, God intervened and the company was saved.
From these humble beginnings, Francois and the Mergon team went on to establish several successful businesses in partnership with like-minded entrepreneurs. This approach, together with unmerited favour, has resulted in Mergon achieving sustained, above-market returns for nearly 40 years.
Francois followed through on the 30% commitment by placing the shares in an independent trust: the Mergon Foundation Trust. In response to Christ’s continued grace, the Van Niekerk family has since sought to increase the Mergon Foundation’s ownership in the group to 70%. This goal was finally achieved in 2008.
Rob is the co-founder and CEO of REZCO Asset Management.
He has had a long-term fascination with investment markets. As a student at UCT, Rob won the national Financial Mail reader stock picking competition.
Rob then worked as a portfolio manager for Momentum Asset Management. In his last year, the unit trust he managed was rated number one in its sector. Rob left Momentum in 1991 to lead a private equity deal. In 2006, after growing the turnover and profits by 25% per annum for 15 years, and listing the company as Sovereign Foods, Rob decided to return to asset management and sold the business to institutional investors. At that stage, Sovereign Foods was the most profitable company in its industry.
Rob then joined Rezco with the objective of establishing a consistently high performing unit trust company. The first fund, the Rezco Value Trend Fund, was registered in 2004 and has won numerous best fund awards over time.
As a brilliant and successful Christian businessman, Rob did not stop there. Through his foundation and personally, he has had a huge impact on organisations such as WORK 4 A LIVING (see below) and other Christian NPO’s.
Brett Johnson is the founder of The Institute for Innovation, Integration & Impact, Inc, which is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Passionate about the abolition of dichotomy – eradicating the false barriers between facets of life, Brett is particularly interested in removing the barrier between the so-called secular and sacred.
A chartered accountant, writer, father and social entrepreneur, Brett is dedicated to societal transformation through business and leadership development. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed book, Lemon Leadership.
Brett has over forty years of experience with leading public accounting and management consulting firms. He and the team at The Institute have repurposed hundreds of corporations, working extensively with executive groups within businesses, NGOs and international charities, helping them dream new futures, and align around a common purpose.
Brett will be joining the conference through a live link from the USA, where he lives.
Ena Richards is the founder and director of WORK 4 A LIVING International, which establishes WORK 4 A LIVING (W4AL) centres around the world.
The success of the concept, for employers and work-seekers alike, has led to more than 45 W4AL centres being established all around South Africa over the past 13 years. It has also resulted in a proudly South African export product, with centres being established in the rest of Africa, United Kingdom, USA, the Phillippines and most recently in Mexico, after translation of the training material into Spanish.
These W4AL centres provide employment and entrepreneurial training through a biblical worldview.
Ena is passionate about breaking the cycle of poverty in the poorest communities and helping the unemployed become economically active, either through employment opportunities or business. Her key focus is changing the mindsets of the poor, breaking the poverty mindset, teaching excellence and seeing people thrive.