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13 December 2011 – Allan Gray Orbis Foundation

Sue Marx and Taf, Allan Gray Orbis Foundation

“The continuing struggle to align word and action, our heartfelt desires into a workable plan.” – Barack Obama, Dreams From My Father

Since its inception, Facing a Century, a collection of 100 portraits, sought to celebrate moments of life being truly lived, and to celebrate the Promethean members of our society who inspire others to search for and discover their own Prometheus within.

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation emerged from Allan W.B. Gray‘s desire to make a sustainable and long-term contribution to Southern Africa and it is supported by the companies founded by him, Allan Gray Limited and Orbis Investment Management. The enthusiasm and energy with which the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation have pursued their objectives over the last 5 years (and which they continue to do) is proof that we can win the struggle to align word and action, and to free our heartfelt desires out into this world.

The vision at the heart of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation is that ‘in the coming years, there will emerge from diverse communities, a new generation of high impact entrepreneurial leaders. Individuals of passion, integrity and innovation, who will be at the forefront of the continuing economic and social transformation of Southern Africa. These individuals will be ambassadors of the power of initiative, determination and excellence, acting as role models so that more will follow in their pioneering footsteps.’

At the foundation’s inaugural selection camp at the end of 2005, Batandwa Alperstein, Nishant Lalla, Phathiswa Mdladla, Caron Bramwell, Cheryl-Lynn Freeman, Siphesihle Buthelezi, Gerard Govender and Patrick Mann stood out as individuals who would become a part of this generation of entrepreneurs and they became the first Allan Gray Fellows and, later, the graduating class of 2008. This first cohort of graduating fellows are the individuals in the 18th portrait of Facing a Century, which was delivered earlier this week to Sue Marx at the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s offices.

Allan Gray Orbis Foundation has given scholarships to 167 learners in schools around South Africa, and dozens of Allan Gray Fellows have been selected. One fellow, Ludwick Marishane, a commerce student at the University of Cape Town, recently won the Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards in New York with DryBath (described as a “bath-substituting product”) which was invented and is held by a company he formed himself.

CEO, Anthony Farr, hopes that the individuals they have brought into the Foundation are ‘going to be remembered… for their legacies – for the new designs and opportunities they bring to life; the impact that they leave behind, as they infuse their efforts with the energy and transforming power of the entrepreneurial spirit.’

Those hopes are already being realised, thanks to the more than capable African Youth, and the dedication to them by the team at the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation.

[We need YOUR face to make it to 100 portraits. Email info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign) to become a part of Facing a Century.]


Featured Image: Sue Marx & Tafadzwa Mukwashi, Allan Gray Orbis Foundation

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