On the 28th of October, BookStorm and GIBBS invited us to The Disruptors book launch. The event was held at the GFI Art Gallery in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape and Itumeleng Dhlamini from GIBBS was the the MC for the evening .
Social Entrepreneur, Neil Campher
The exquisite GFI Art Gallery was the perfect venue to host the 75 people in and around P.E. Among the guest’s we had our very own Antoinette Mthetwa, the Eastern Cape Project coordinator and Neil Campher who is one of the social entrepreneurs featured in The Disruptors book. Neil was on of the key note speakers of the launch and he touched on some of the very important roles of being a social entrepreneur:” The idea is simple, find an angle and make it work with people. Development comes when you find a project, step back and give it to the people and watch them make it their own. And he closed his speech by saying”For us, playing that small role and being able to change lives,that means a lot”.
The venue was decorated with miniature posters of all the Social Entrepreneurs featured in the book.
Author and head of the Network for Social Entrepreneurs at the Gordon Institute of Business Science Kerryn Krige was the second and last speaker of the event. When Kerryn took centre stage she spoke about how people think being an entrepreneur is very fancy and they dont know the amount of work and hardships one has to go through. “All the Social Entrepreneurs featured in the book run different companies. But They all have the same drive and compassion for social change”. She made a comparison between Kovin Naido (who runs a multi million rand public health institution that changes people’s visions) Pat Pillai( Who runs an NPO called LifeCo UnLtd South Africa) and Sharanjeet Shan(Who runs an NPO, The Maths Centre that supports government school kids with Maths, Science, Accounting and Technology)
C0-Author of The Disruptors Kerryn Krige
The guest’s admiring the decor in the venue.
Jono Bruton and Siphokazi Vapi were the two lucky winners who each received a sign copy of the Disruptors.
The book launch was very insightful and the two key note speakers left no stone upturned. The next book launch will be held at KZN, if you find yourself around do pop in.