Inhale to Exhale

Pause, Reflect and Reset in the midst of constant change

What might we gain from slowing down and pausing for a while even as we feel increasing urgency in our fast-paced world to address the social injustice and climate change crisis our world faces?

About the symposium

Date: 3-4 November 2020
Venue: Virtual (Online)

The IPASA Annual Philanthropy Symposium is a unique annual event exclusively for grant-makers, which
is focused specifically on issues and opportunities relevant to funders in South Africa. The symposium
provides an ideal platform for funders to connect, learn, share and collaborate.
The 2020 Annual Philanthropy Symposium was a two-day online event which was held on the 3 rd and 4 th
November. The Symposium theme: Build Back Better Together: The Future Collective Role Of

At the beginning of the 2020 when we started planning our Symposium, we decided on the event title
“Philanthropy in the New Normal” – little did anyone know! Covid-19 had significantly challenged and
changed philanthropy and its these fundamental shifts in both funding practise and funding focus that
will be shared and explored in this year’s IPASA Symposium.
The crisis sparked by the Coronavirus has galvanised the philanthropic sector towards connecting and
working with each other on a new level to address the scale of the issues faced. In this regard, IPASA has
played a key role in bringing funders together, harnessing the sector’s commitment and willingness to
collaborate during this time.

The 2020 IPASA Philanthropy Symposium will provide a platform for further sharing of new ideas and
knowledge as well as discussion around future collaboration and partnership opportunities. This year’s
symposium will also include the launch of the second edition of the Annual Review of South African
Philanthropy which will share stories, projects, and opinion pieces from an impressive array of
changemakers and leaders in philanthropy in South Africa.

For more information contact: Louise:

This year’s programme has been designed to ensure maximum opportunity for delegates to connect, share and learn from each other.

Click here to download the full programme.

Mmabatho Maboya
Mmabatho Maboya

Mmabatho Maboya is the current Chief Executive Officer of Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation.
Mmabatho joined the Foundation in 2015 as its Strategy and Partnerships Executive. She managed key processes that enabled the Foundation to meaningfully respond to its development partners and beneficiaries.

Mmabatho is an experienced communications and stakeholder relations professional with strong capabilities to link research, strategy and technical expertise to reputation management.
Mmabatho was with Shanduka Group as its Stakeholder Relations Manager prior to joining Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation. She has also spent time as Senior Advisor: Stakeholder Management and as an Intelligence Analyst at Eskom Holdings SOC between 2008 to 2014. She began her senior management career in 2005 in local government.

Mmabatho is deeply committed to improving the quality of education for disadvantaged children. She made good on her own aptitudes for academic and other achievement from an early age. She holds a BSc (Statistics and Geography) from the University of the Free State; BSc Honours (Geography) from the University of South Africa; and an MBA from the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science. She is currently reading for a PhD with UNISA, focusing on the economic, social and environmental role of ultra-distance marathons in growing secondary cities in South Africa.

Her interest in this stems from her passion for geography and her strong convictions on knowledge development to resolve Africa’s many challenges.

Steve Nicholls

Steve Nicholls leads the Environment and Society programmes at the National Business Initiative (NBI). In this role Steve runs the programmes that harness the collective effort of business across the areas of Energy, Climate Change, and Water. Steve also leads the NBI programme on the SDGs and NDP.

Steve’s key focus is on connecting environmental issues with economic impact and therefore building the strategic case for business to integrate environmental and sustainability issues into their core business areas of strategy, risk management and implementation. Currently the NBI focus is on understanding future competitive economies (especially in relation to climate change and water) and what kind of investments are required to enhance South Africa’s economic competitiveness while creating employment and reducing inequality and poverty. A big portion of the NBI work is to develop collective action projects and work with local and international finance institutions to fund them.

Prior to joining the NBI Steve has worked in the consulting industry in the United Kingdom and South Africa and has worked on projects in Europe and Southern and East Africa. Steve has worked across several sectors including Mining, Telecoms, Government, Electrical Energy, Oil and Gas, Financial Services and Retail. Prior to joining the NBI Steve worked within the strategy team at Accenture and headed the sustainability services function for Accenture across Africa. Steve has also worked within KPMGs advisory and assurance team and has completed a number of advisory, reporting and verification engagements on sustainability and voluntary carbon credit data. Steve also spent a few years working in the United Kingdom looking at the sustainability risk inherent in the supply chains of major UK and multi-national retail companies.