With the arrival of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Shared Interest is tackling the challenges facing the black emerging entrepreneurs and farmers with whom we work— as South Africa confronts its most difficult days since the abolition of apartheid. The country has reported nearly one of every five recorded COVID-19 cases on the continent. While the virus sickens fewer younger people, and one of every three South Africans is under the age of 30, other challenges loom large: 7.7 million people...

From August 23 to September 4, Shared Interest’s25th anniversary delegation traveled to South Africa and Malawi to take stock of the countries’ progress and challenges, and a quarter-century of Shared Interest’s work.  In additional to historic sites such as Robben Island, they visited Shared Interest program partners and gathered input for the organization’s new strategic plan for the next five years. 

The trip began in Cape Town, where the group met with former Constitutional Court Justice...

May 16, 2019

 Spring 2019 InFocus Newsletter

 Celebrating 25 Years of Investing in South Africa 

Driving Change Together

 In Focus readers will remem­ber the innovative Sihlangene Bus Company in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, organized when two taxi cooperatives (Nhlabane and Mbonambi) entered into an agreement with the black-owned Trans-Tugela Bus Company. (“Sihlangene” means “We are Together.”) When I visited the company in August, Sihlangene had already progressed to the next stage of its business evolution. Having received a loan for ZAR 25,093,168, with the help of a Shared Interest guara...

September 26, 2017

The Pulse is a special background brief by Shared Interest’s Executive Director for key investors and other stakeholders on recent developments in South and Southern Africa that impact the organization’s work. 

This issue of The Pulse is based information gleaned during a trip to South Africa from August 9 to 16, 2017.


Business Unusual

The week highlighted South Africa’ deep-rooted and continuing tradition of struggle.  Poetically positioned, it began with South...

April 19, 2017

 Danny Glover, Actor and Activist

When asked about Shared Interest's person-to-person development approach, Mr. Glover says "We must reimagine our relationship with each other.  Where do we find the new leadership; where do we find the new energy?  Where do we base the new relationships for the world, that world that works for everyone, not just a few, but everyone?"  

 “You can’t start a business with a contract,” observed B.T. Gumede, the driving force behind the Sihlangene Bus Company. “You need money for tires, diesel, buses. The bank said, ‘Hey guys, we don’t trust you, but we have someone we can trust overnight’” Mr. Gumede turned to the Shared Interest and Thembani visitors, saying, “Thank you. Without you we couldn’t start our business…And we look forward to going ahead.”

With a R10,000,000 Shared Interest guarantee, and some collateral of their ow...

Our friend Ahmed Kathrada was a timeless and tireless warrior for justice and human rights.  We and the world must carry on his legacy.

With South Africa and the world, Shared Interest deeply mourns the loss of Ahmed ("Kathy") Kathrada - a gentle but fearless warrior in the struggle to end apartheid and establish a just society rooted in human rights.  After spending 26 years in prison - 18 of them on Robben Island with other Rivonia trialists, including his friends and mentors Nelson Mandela and...

March 1, 2017

We are honored to wish our dear friend, Mr. Harry Belafonte, a happy and healthy 90th birthday!  He has been a long time Honorary Chair and supporter of Shared Interest and our economic justice work.  

We honored him at the Shared Interest 19th Anniversary Awards.  Here's the introduction from that event.  

Harry Belafonte has inspired generations around the world with his magnificent, charismatic voice - and his ability to help others raise their own.   Throughout his lif...

February 14, 2017

The Pulse is a special background brief by Shared Interest’s Executive Director, Donna Katzin, for key investors and other stakeholders on recent developments in South and Southern Africa that impact the organization’s work. 


Sustainable Development Goals Center/ Africa: Launch

“Africa’s establishment of its own center to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals shows that African countries are looking to Africa for solutions to our own issues, and making...

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