Durban bookselling innovation in the running for R1.3m award

25 September 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201916477

Food & Beverage
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THE SAB Foundation has selected 17 finalists in its 9th annual Social Innovation Awards 2019 and three finalists in its 4th annual Disability Empowerment Awards. The final winners will be announced at an official awards ceremony on 9 October 2019.

The finalists were selected from over 300 entries this year and the sole KwaZulu-Natal entry to make the finalists’ list for the Social Innovation Awards was Stuart Talbot, who as part of the Denis Hurley Centre, established Street Booksellers.

The programme specialises in empowering unemployed and homeless men and women to sell second-hand books around Durban.

SAB Foundation Innovation Specialist Ntandokazi Nodada said that since the programme was started nine years ago the quality of innovations has been on the rise.

“We are seeing some incredibly talented South Africans, from all walks of life, produce socially informed and transformative products and services that are truly going to help make a change in the lives of those who need it the most, ” said Nodada, adding that finalists tackle issues like environmental sustainability, technology accessibility and disability inclusion.

Other than their potential to create positive societal change, the finalists’ innovations were selected according to whether the independent panel of judges believed they were scalable and could be commercialised, as well their potential to create jobs.

The SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards and Disability Empowerment Awards were established as a means of supporting the growth and development of entrepreneurship in South Africa with a specific focus on servicing the needs of low-income women, the youth, people with disabilities and people living in rural areas.

“The SAB Foundation hopes to encourage individuals to empower themselves as entrepreneurs and in the process assist others with incredible but often simple resources which change the way our lives work,” said Nodada.

Since its launch, the SAB Foundation has invested in over 160 social innovations through a financial commitment of more than R67 million.

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