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Wednesday, 15 July 2020 08:36

How South African social investors responded when the country needed them most

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The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented crisis in South Africa which has resulted in an unparalleled response from all sectors in society including the state, Non-Governmental Organisations, social investors, foundations, companies, funders, individuals and development agencies to help the most vulnerable in society and mitigate the effects of the pandemic.

Social investment fund manager Tshikululu, has initiated a project to map the interventions of social investors throughout South Africa. The aim of the project is to develop an integrated picture of interventions from a multitude of funders and reflect a multi-sector response to a humanitarian crisis. The map is now live on and already includes social investments totaling R 1,6 billion.

“Our aim is to map the interventions of as many role players in order to show the picture of how social investors are participating in mitigating the effects of COVID-19. Mapping these responses will introduce a level of transparency and let all South Africans know the exact extent of what organisations are doing to help those most in need during this difficult time. We believe it will demonstrate the story of how South Africans responded when the country needed them most.” Says Nikki Griffiths, Chief Operating Officer of Tshikululu.

By mapping the social investment taking place in South Africa, this data will also prove invaluable going forward in terms of decision making and fund disbursement as the response to the pandemic continues and disaster risk mitigation is planned in the future.

Tshikululu invites all social investors to participate. If you would like to include your interventions or would like more details about the project please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tshikululu Social Investments is South Africa’s leading social investment manager. For more than 21 years they have partnered with investors to achieve sustainable social impact for today and for generations to come. Tshikululu views social investment as any financial commitment, be it grant making or impact investing, that seeks to drive, enable and measure social impact, which it does by partnering with clients, developmental agencies and other collaborative partners.

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