The University of Johannesburg (UJ), one of the largest, multi-campus, residential universities in South Africa, seeks to achieve the highest distinction in scholarship and research within the higher education context.
A pioneering and ground-breaking initiative by the Faculty of Management was the establishment of a Centre for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE). The CSE research, educate and promote social entrepreneurship and the social economy.
This centre connects with the “new growth path” envisaged by government. Therefore the offering of strategies and programmes, blurring the boundaries between business, government and non-profit, adopting and adapting the tools and knowledge from all sectors and disciplines to improve performance, develop new approaches and attract more resources to the social economy; is of utmost importance.
SEWF 2011 provided a platform to introduce a new economic agenda for the social sector whilst providing an opportunity to highlight the importance of social enterprise development in South Africa. The event examined how social enterprises create value and deliver sustainable results around the world with delegates and speakers working together to discover the potential of social enterprise to generate sustainable solutions in challenging resource conditions in developed and developing countries.
SEWF 2011 also incorporated an Africa Day which focused on the most pressing issues facing the African continent. It addressed building capacity for greater coherence and exchange of knowledge among the African delegates while focussing on social enterprises addressing issues such as poverty, health, education and HIV/Aids – high on the agenda of African social enterprises.