Simphiwe Mtetwa is the Managing Director and Editor-In-Chief for Corporate Social Responsibility News South Africa. He grew up with his late grandmother, who ran an NGO. As a high schooler, he took typing, mostly to escape more demanding subjects, but soon found himself using the skill to type up his grandmother’s funding proposals. The 13 year old boy, while typing for his grandmother, naturally acquired a wealth of knowledge on the challenges of NGOs.
After school he applied to an agency for a job; as fortune would have it, he was placed in an agency managing Eskom's CSI portfolio - he was the lead coordinator for Eskom's CSI programmes, having moved from requesting funding to granting funding. His experiences enabled him to understand development from both the NGO’s and the funder’s perspective.
Noticing the many gaps between funders and NGOs, he eventually broke away to form Corporate Social Responsibility News South Africa (CSRNEWSSA). As a challenger and ideas person, he now heads a team dedicated to improving the practice of CSI in South Africa through events, publications and projects. He is a disruptor, writing challenging and sometimes radical pieces that get CSI managers and boardrooms talking.
His mission is to help corporates and NGOs to ‘do’ CSI in a way that makes better sense.