The UCT Graduate School of Business’ Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship and LeadSA, an initiative of Primedia Broadcasting, have produced a five- part podcast series, called Social Enterprise 101, which delves into the challenges and processes of setting up a social enterprise.

In each 30 minute episode, podcast hosts Sibongile Mafu and Bame Modungwa talk to experienced social entrepreneurs on a variety of subjects relating to social entrepreneurship.

The free podcast series is intended to offer social entrepreneurs a tutorial to help build their own social enterprises or maintain their ventures.

The series kicks off with a podcast dedicated to Building a Social Enterprise, where the hosts talk to Director of the Bertha Centre, Dr Francois Bonnici; Director at Libromat, David Jeffery; and Director at Silulo Ulutho Technologies, Luvuyo Rani, about establishing a framework for sound social enterprise.

The second podcast, titled Identifying Income Generation Opportunities, features South Africa Hub Manager at Social Enterprise Academy South Africa, Rachael Millson, and Regional Director for Operation Smile, Tamlin Abrahams. During the podcast they explore the different business models and income-generating activities of a social enterprise.

The third podcast, Change Leadership & Intentionality, looks at successful strategies for organisational culture. In this podcast Rachael Millson makes her second appearance and is joined by Community Coordinator at IkamvaYouth SA, Zoe Mann.

The fourth podcast focuses on Pathways to Funding, and explores the principles of marketing and finance that are essential to the successful running of a social enterprise. The hosts are joined by Impact Investments Project Manager at the Bertha Centre, Tine Fisker Henriksen, and Project Leader at Red Bull Amaphiko, Ian Calvert.

The final podcast in the series focuses on Social Enterprise Planning, where Researcher and Case Writer at the Bertha Centre, Cynthia Rayner, talks about “systems change” – the recognition that organisations don’t exist in a vacuum, and as they grow, must do so in a meaningful way to ensure that the broader context is taken into consideration.

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