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COMPANY NEWS , Funding
Image: R2.1 million to celebrate MySchool 21 Years of giving back. The MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet community loyalty programme is celebrating 21 years of giving back

To date more than R500 million has been raised for South African schools, charities, animal and environmental causes thanks to supporters swiping their cards at participating retailers. In celebration of its 21st anniversary, MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet has launched the ‘21 years of Giving Back’ campaign with R2.1 million to give away to 21 causes. Supporters are invited, until the end of February 2019, to nominate any South African charitable organisation that matters to them.   In May, 21 winning beneficiary organisations will be chosen from the list of nominations to each receive R100 000, and the supporters who nominated them will each receive a R1 000 Woolies Giftcard.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Faith-based
Image: UCKG’s third Love Walk encourages couples to invest in their relationship The third Love Walk, held at outside venues nationally, gave couples the opportunity to invest in their relationships.

The Love Walk encourages couples to spend time together without interruptions, to talk and learn to understand each other better and rekindle their first love. For singles, it was an ideal opportunity to find out more about one another and see if they share the same values and have any interest in dating.
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ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Unjudge Someone – The Human Library Facebook Live Series SACAP (The South African College of Applied Psychology) in partnership with the Human Library SA is hosting a Human Library Facebook Live book series.

Running weekly until 12th December, book titles include “A Domestic Violence Survivor”, “Living HIV+” and “Living with Depression”. 
The Human Library™ is where the books are people with incredible life stories and the readers get to ask the books questions. It’s a positive and safe space in which stereotypes are challenged and prejudices broken down through dialogue and understanding.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Education
Image: Engen gets storm-damaged schools ship-shape for 2019 Without any electricity, the school community struggled throughout the 2018 academic year in dark and extremely hot conditions – Engen donation

Engen has come to the rescue of five Durban schools severely damaged in storms by committing R1 million to effect repairs critical to the safety, comfort and security of pupils and teachers. “Engen turned our darkness into light,” says Colin Chand, principal of Collingwood Primary in Wentworth, which was severely affected by the October 2017 storms, forcing the children and teachers into mobile units on the school fields.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Skills Development
Image: New wheels for Zip Zap Circus School Working with a diverse community of children from all backgrounds, Zip Zap helps kids to ‘dare to dream’ and learn to make those dreams a reality.

Zip Zap is a social circus that was founded to inspire young people and help build a new culture of peaceful coexistence in South Africa. Working with a diverse community of children from all backgrounds, Zip Zap helps kids to ‘dare to dream’ and learn to make those dreams a reality. Zip Zap’s programmes help protect children against the social ills, such as drug abuse, that often plague their communities. Many of the children who enter Zip Zap’s doors go on to become professional circus performers gracing the international stage.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Education
Image: Empowering entrepreneurs and communities one computer course at a time The course formed part of Reputation Matters’ Awesome AfriCAN initiative and was made possible thanks to sponsorship from the Sea Harvest Foundation.

Over the last six weeks, eleven small business owners and 13 members from the Saldanha community on the West Coast attended a basic computer literacy part time course at the West Coast Business Development Centre (WCDC). The course formed part of Reputation Matters’ Awesome AfriCAN initiative and was made possible thanks to the generous sponsorship received from the Sea Harvest Foundation.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Employment
Image: Merchants is co-winner of Trialogue’s 2018 Strategic CSI Award The programme took the honours as it has not only generated numerous social benefits in the communities where it operates.

Call centre experts Merchants (a Dimension Data company) which partners with non-profit organisation Columba Leadership to activate the potential of young learners in under-resourced high schools, has been named co-winner of the prestigious 2018 Trialogue Strategic CSI Award.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Health, Social & Community
Image: Championing breastfeeding support in the workplace “Breastfeeding plays a significant role in contributing to the optimal health and development of a child” said Sue Jones, Chairman of SACSoWACH

This morning, the South African Civil Society for Women’s Adolescents’ and Children’s Health (SACSoWACH) hosted a roundtable discussion to encourage better implementation of the Code of Good Practice for breastfeeding in the workplace, in an effort  to create enabling environments for breastfeeding in the workplace. The event comes after a recent discovery that while women constitute close to half of the South African workforce (44%), the vast majority do not receive adequate maternity protection, support or facilities to promote breastfeeding.*   Read More...




HEADLINES, Funding
Image: SA companies invest R9.7 billion in CSI Companies spent an estimated R9.7 billion on corporate social investment (CSI) in South Africa in 2018 – a 7% year-on-year increase in rand terms (2017: R9.1 billion) and, taking inflation into account, the first real increase in five years, according to CSI and sustainability consultancy Trialogue. The company launched the 21st edition of the annual Trialogue Business in Society Handbook in Johannesburg on 28 November 2018.   Read More...



HEADLINES, Enterprise
Image: How To Banish BurnOut At NonProfit Organisations  Managers and staff in the South African non-profit (NPO) and civil society sectors are increasingly dealing with extreme workplace stress due to, amongst other factors, growing socio-economic challenges and uncertainty about funding. It’s essential that they take steps to avoid burnout if they are to continue their vital work.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Education, Funding, Videos
Image: Hope Africa Christmas School Shoes November 2018 Campaign

St Paul’s Primary School in the critically disadvantaged area of Faure near Cape Town, has been teaching and nurturing local children for 100 years. But sadly, many of them don't have school shoes. This is their story. #ShoesForSmiles   Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: KZN organisations recognised for efforts toward a greener and more sustainable future Organisations in KZN had the opportunity to be acknowledged for effective and efficient waste management practices at the IWMSA KZN Waste Management Awards 2018. After a rigorous judging process, including site visits and audits, the winners were honoured for their positive contributions to the waste industry.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Funding
Image:  #Uturn SOS The reality is, if we are going to save U-turn’s services to homeless people, we need your help

Over the years that we have known you, we have always considered you a friend and supporter of U-turn. Today I am writing with some somber news and an earnest request for assistance. We are asking our supporters if they can help U-turn Save Our Services (a U-turn SOS for sure!). The following gives rise to this urgent request.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Sport
Image: Anna Foundation wins GOLD! The Anna Foundation is delighted to have won 1st prize for the “GEES” charity competition at the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon! #SCTMcharitygees .

For many years the Anna Foundation children have been participating in the Sanlam 5km Peace run as a build up to the marathon and manning a water table at the marathon. This year the organisers launched this new incentive. The Anna Foundation children from winelands’ rural farming communities will benefit directly from the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, Africa’s only IAAF Gold label status marathon by winning this amazing prize.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS
Image: Work4You graduates enter the labour market Seven Engen sponsored bursars proudly received their graduation certificates at the Work4You Spring Stakeholders celebration in Salt River.

Cape-based NGO Work4You offers crucial work-training opportunities for persons with cognitive disabilities, significantly boosting employment of these young adults in the formal labour market.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Social & Community
Image: The SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards 2018 The winners of the SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards 2018 were announced on Thursday, 11 October 2018 at a ceremony i

During the evening, the SAB Foundation awarded a total of R12.5 million, with the overall Social Innovation Award winner walking away with R1.3 million and the overall Disability Empowerment Award winner walking away with R1.2 million. Several other grants, ranging from R200 000 to R900 000, were also awarded on the night.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Social & Community
Image:  Tribute, Reflections, the living legacy - Nelson Mandela Foundation The Nelson Mandela Foundation is delighted to announce two upcoming public deliberations as part of the continuing the Centenary and as we commemorate the fifth anniversary of his passing. At the first event, titled Is’thunzi Sabafazi, media personality Oprah Winfrey will deliver a keynote address.   Read More...



HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Delegates share solutions toward a zero-waste future at WasteCon 2018 Key role players in the waste and environmental management industries gathered at the Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg for the 24th biennial WasteCon conference and exhibition which took place from 15 to 19 October 2018. WasteCon is the flagship event of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA)   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Mofolo residents in Soweto now have a brand-new outdoor gym in their park. The gym, which is a collaboration between Joburg City Parks and Zoo and Hi-Tec

The Gym was officially opened to the public on 17 October 2018. In celebration of the launch, Joburg City Parks and Zoo hosted an event that was attended by residents, learners from Emisebeni Primary School and City of Johannesburg officials.
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ALL THE NEWS
Image: President celebrates Foundation’s impact on nearly 1 million learners The programme aims at improving the governance, academic, infrastructural, social and security environment in schools.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, chairperson and co-founder of the Adopt-a-School Foundation, addressed 1 040 guests at the Foundation’s 12th annual ‘Back to School’ party on Saturday 20 October 2018, at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre, in Johannesburg.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Education, Skills Development
Image: Empowering communities one computer course at a time The course forms part of Reputation Matters’ AfriCAN initiative. It is currently in a pilot phase to empower community members

Over the last eight weeks, 43 community members from Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg attended a basic computer skills part time course at the Sijongo-Phambili Community Learning Centre in Hout Bay.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Social & Community, Sport
Image: Celebrating BA's London-Durban flight with boards and Boeings Mentored by the charity Surfers Not Street Children, works with vulnerable young people through surfing, which has been supported by British Airways.

To the casual passers-by on a blustery day on Durban’s famed beachfront, it’s just a surfing lesson in the Indian Ocean’s warm seas. But a closer look reveals a story that’s far more interesting and inspiring. The two surfing instructors are S’nenhlanhla “Sne” Makhubu and Sihle Mbuto. They’re promising young semi-professional surfers who’ve been mentored by the charity Surfers Not Street Children, which works with vulnerable young people through surfing, and which has been supported by British Airways for more than a decade.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Early Childhood Development (ECD)
Image: Early Childhood Development - SmartStart & Penreach Regional Launch A group of public and community stakeholders have re-affirmed that Mpumalanga’s future lies in its young children.

Smartstart and Penreach hosted a regional launch on 18 October at the Ehlanzeni District Municipality, to introduce the future of Early Childhood Development (ECD) in Mpumalanga.   SmartStart is an early learning social franchise and was established with the intention of creating universal access to early learning opportunities for 3-and 4-year olds in South Africa. SmartStart’s goal is to bring quality and affordable early learning to one million children annually by 2025.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Calling All Emerging South African Writers Deadline for entries: 30 November 2018

The National Arts Festival and Distell have joined forces to seek out and showcase fresh storytellers and new voices with the launch of the Distell National Playwright Competition. The competition, for debut playwrights who haven’t staged their work before, is run in honour of Adam and Rosalie Small, the husband and wife duo who made a significant impact on South Africa’s literary, philosophical and educational landscape.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Skills Development
Image: Entrepreneurship Day - Friday 02 November 2018 The Living Link – Cape Town is hosting an Entrepreneurship Day to support their trainees

Bring some money and support our trainees as they learn business and money management skills!

Please feel free to pass on this information.

For more information about The Living Link you are welcome to visit our website www.thelivinglink.co.za   Read More...




HEADLINES, Funding, Social & Community
Image: One Small Spoon towards #ZEROHUNGER in South Africa Woolworths celebrates World Food Day with the launch of the One Small Spoon campaign to unite its employees, customers, suppliers, farmers, and other partners in a consolidated drive to contribute to ensuring that every South African accesses sufficient, nutritious food every day.   Read More...



Education
Over the past 10 years, the Engen KlevaKidz’s often life-saving safety messages have reached over a quarter of a million vulnerable children.

Engen KlevaKidz is an annual educational campaign that uses industrial theatre to engage and educate young learners across South Africa about the importance of paraffin safety.
Engen is South Africa’s leading marketer of illuminating paraffin. Branded Laurel Paraffin, the energy source is extensively used by many South Africans in wick feed and pressure lamps, stoves, refrigerators and heaters, amongst its various industrial applications.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Cape Town Buskers Festival Artists Announced Street performers fresh from the international festival circuit and some of SA’s hottest buskers will converge for the Cape Town Buskers Festival

This is the third Buskers Festival for the city and will be held between 1 and 11 November 2018, with the performers having rest days on 6 and 7 November. The Festival is partnered and sponsored by the V&A Waterfront as an extension of the platform it provides to performers to showcase their talent across the property.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Housing & Living Conditions, Poverty
Image: U-turn featured on National television for World Homeless day 2018 To honour the day we're asking for the public to please donate clothing and purchase vouchers for responsible giving.

We are very proud to be featured on eNCA today in prime time television as part of World Homeless Day!.
The shops, our skills & work based solution, as well as some of the incredible client stories featured beautifully in the interview. (see the interview video below)

Find more info here to donate clothing and purchase vouchers http://homeless.org.za/get-involved

Feel free to comment and share and thank you for your support to get U-turn to this proud moment!   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Funding, Poverty
Image: Grow Great Campaign - galvanizing South Africa to achieving zero stunting by 2030. This multi-funder initiated campaign aims to confront the hidden challenge of chronic under-nutrition in South Africa.

Johannesburg, 12 October 2018: The Grow Great campaign will be officially launched in Johannesburg on 17 October 2018. This multi-funder initiated campaign aims to confront the hidden challenge of chronic under-nutrition in South Africa and will mobilise the nation to achieve zero-stunting by 2030. Given her commitment to maternal and child health and her advocacy for early childhood development, the First Lady Dr. Tshepo Motsepe will deliver the keynote address at the media launch of the Grow Great Campaign.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Woolworths Trials Plastic Bag Free Store Woolworths kicks off National Marine Week with the announcement of a ‘plastic bag free’ store and reusable bag awareness campaign.
Following the announcement of its commitment to phase out single-use shopping bags by 2020, Woolworths is launching a new in-store reusable bag trial. The trial aims to test whether, given a choice of a more affordable reusable bag, consumers will make the shift away from buying single-use plastic shopping bags.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Skills Development, Youth
Image: Zip Zap presents: Cirque my Ride Their latest production will feature an international act, WiseFools, from Finland to inspire more youth in South Africa.

Destined to dazzle, delight, amuse and thrill, Zip Zap’s next production Cirque My Ride will captivate audiences of all ages.  Cirque My Ride will also feature an international act, from Finland taking a break from their European tour to inspire more youth around the world. Zip Zap’s collaboration with WiseFools will keep you on the edge of your seat.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Social & Community
Image: R10m food donation to hungry South Africans The goal is to get the more than 4,2 million packets to 14 different charity organisations across the country.

Cape Town: Food group donates about R10-million worth of instant noodles to stricken communities countrywide as part of its ongoing efforts to alleviate the effect of poverty and drought in South Africa.
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HEADLINES, Health
Image: World Mental Health Day: Eliminating the stigma around mental health issues Wednesday, 10 October 2018 - World Mental Health Day and a chance to reflect on what mental health means to society. “One of the greatest challenges we need to address is the stigma around mental health issues,” says Shona Sturgeon, Executive Committee Member of Cape Mental Health and Past President of the World Federation for Mental Health.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: Local community organisations to benefit from global outreach campaign The Cape Town team also joined hands with a number of NGOs including Learning in Reach, Dress for Success Cape Town and Philisa Abafazi Bethu.

This October, various charity organisations and NGOs across South Africa are set to benefit from the local roll-out of the annual RE Cares Month. This global community outreach programme is spearheaded by leading content and technology solutions provider, LexisNexis South Africa, through its international parent company, the RELX Group.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Health
Image: Driver Wellness sees Western Cape truck drivers roll up their sleeves and get tested As part of National Transport month, Engen officially launched the annual programme on 1 October.

Running for its seventh year, Engen Driver Wellness will reach 19 sites in four provinces during October. Truck drivers in the Western Cape were invited to receive free health screenings at the Engen Winelands 1 Stop on October 8th; Engen Swartlands on October 9th and Engen Kempston Truck Stop in Epping Industrial on October 11th   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Alexandra children learn to swim with help from local businesses Since 2011 Super Star Swim School have successfully been teaching toddlers and children to swim

Super Star Swim School in collaboration with Cool (kids’) Cabs and Magical Moments are pledging to teach 45 children and five adults from the Alexandra township to swim by December. The project aims to create greater awareness around water safety and to give the gift of this essential life skill that will have a lasting impression on these children’s lives.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Agriculture/Food, Food security , Funding
Image: How FoodForward SA’ Second Harvest Programme Uses Agri Surplus to Boost Nutritious Food Basket. This is yet another example of how partnership makes possible the achievement of reaching several of our Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs).

Despite being absolutely suitable for human consumption, agri surplus is often treated as waste. For this reason, at the beginning of 2018, FoodForward SA launched Second Harvest, a specific surplus food strategy to reach out to farmers and growers. Since around 50% of agricultural surplus is wasted, FoodForward SA used this untapped opportunity to recover agri surplus to augment FoodForward SA’s foodbanking model, to more effectively address the growing problem of food insecurity in our country.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Early Childhood Development (ECD), Education
Image: Massive New Billboard Campaign Set to Promote Key Opportunities for Early Childhood Development According to Dr. Harrison, political interest in early childhood is growing, but it is yet to translate into proper investment in ECD

The DG Murray Trust and Primedia will together launch one of the country’s largest ever national outdoor media campaigns, demonstrating the power of early childhood development to change the future of South Africa. The billboard campaign will showcase three large-scale initiatives to prevent nutritional stunting and promote early learning and reading – namely Grow Great, SmartStart and Nal’ibali.
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ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: Childhood education is the key to the betterment of society. Congratulations to yet another group of ladies who successfully completed their Jubilee Excellence Schools (JES) training.

Teachers are recruited from the community where the school is based, the majority of them being previously unemployed.
The recruited ladies receive 10 weeks of training before they are placed in one of our JES schools. The training focus on holistic development while taking background, context and challenges into consideration and prioritises each person’s spiritual and emotional welfare. After successfully completing their training, the Shiloh Education team offers continuous in-service training and monitoring.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Funding, Health
Image: Sunflower Day - rallying support for life-threatening blood diseases.

One of the many ways The Sunflower Fund raises funds and awareness is through campaigns like Sunflower Day. Sunflower Day is all about rallying support for individuals diagnosed with life-threatening blood diseases like leukaemia. Over the past 15 years, it has grown beyond the sale of TOPES to an open source campaign through which schools, corporates, supporters and the general public celebrate Sunflower Day and raise funds for The Sunflower Fund. Sunflower Day (21 September) is on the South African Health Awareness Calendar for 2018.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Faith-based
Image: Nothing to Lose. Against all odds. For the good of all - Faith is not a feeling, but a certainty! The internationally acclaimed film, Nothing to Lose, based on the life of the founder and spiritual leader of the UCKG

The internationally acclaimed film, Nothing to Lose, based on the life of the founder and spiritual leader of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), premiered in Johannesburg on 25 and 26 August at the Ticketpro Dome. The weekend events were attended by almost 50 000 people.   Read More...




Videos
Image: Partners for Possibility - 2018 WISE Awards

Partners for Possibility aims to improve the quality of education by capacitating the school principals of under-resourced schools to lead change within their schools and their communities, through connecting business and school leaders. In a country with many challenges more than 670,000 children are already benefiting from support given to adults in more than 850 schools.

This is happening because of you and others in the Partners for Possibility (PfP) community!
On Friday evening it was my privilege to receive the coveted WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education) Award in New York – on behalf of the PfP community.

It is the first time that the WISE Award is given to a South African organisation. We have reason to be very proud J.

I stood on the stage in the United Nations building (picture below) with much gratitude and appreciation for every person who has contributed to PfP over the last 8 years so the main purpose of this message is to say Thank You! None of this will have happened without the support of people in our community.

Please take a moment to acknowledge yourself as part of a WISE Award-winning community.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Education
2018 is the year of 'Jumping Ahead' at TSiBA, and we are doing so in many ways!

Following significant research and program development, we are submitting an exciting new Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) degree that will prepare our students to be agile leaders in the future world of work, a world where rapid change will be a constant dynamic. This degree will be offered following the qualification accreditation by the Council for Higher Education (CHE).   Read More...




HEADLINES, Enterprise, Social & Community
Image: The Community Chest of the Western Cape Announcement - The Board and Management of Community Chest, and the Board and Management of Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre, are pleased to announce a merger between Community Chest and Impumelelo.   Read More...



HEADLINES, Health
Image: A first in Africa: voice-controlled technology for quadriplegics Installation of the VoQol system has recently been completed at three residential facilities in Cape Town, with financial support from donors, including Rotary Club of Claremont. A total of 51 rooms were fitted with the devices at Turfhall Cheshire Home, Durbanville Quadriplegic Centre and Eric Miles Cheshire Home.   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Health
Image: Diabetes Camp helps newly diagnosed diabetic tweens and teens MYSCHOOL sponsors children's diabetes camp

Life is never the same again for children and teens diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Diabetes is  one of the most prevalent diseases in South Africa. Type 1 diabetes which occurs mainly in children and young people,  is an autoimmune disease, where the insulin producing cells in the pancreas are destroyed by the bodies own immune system.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: Raising SuperHeroes through reading in 2018 In a country of great contrasts and diversity, our focus should be on empowering our young people at all costs.

In a country of great contrasts and diversity, in which the future seems filled with uncertainty, our focus should be on empowering our young people at all costs. What better way to do so, than with helping them discover facts about their world, and most importantly, about themselves, through that one little gift we should be passing on from generation to generation; from child to child: the gift of reading.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Bulletproof Marriage offers wisdom, guidance and counselling at The Wedding Expo at Carnival City The first years of their marriage were difficult, but divorce was not an option, so they worked through the issues and agreed win-win solutions.

Couples planning a wedding pay attention to every detail believing this will be the start of a happily-ever-after union, but unless they invest in their relationship, it could be subjected to attacks from many different areas. Learning to love intelligently and rationally, rather than emotionally, is one of the skills contained in the international best seller Bulletproof Marriage: Your shield against divorce.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Offenders and Ex-offenders rehabilitation
Image: SA FILM Academy pilot training programme for theDepartment of Correctional Services in South Africa the SA FILM Academy aim to make a significant contribution with this skills development and training pilot programme for Correctional Services in SA.

The biggest challenge for offenders, once they complete their prison term and re-enter society is to participate meaningfully and productively in sustained, legitimate economic activity to earn a living and support their families. The academic entry level for film and TV production is historically low and success relies primarily on raw talent, creativity, passion, application, persistence and rigorous self-discipline. This provides a unique opportunity for offenders and parolees to be reintegrated into society and the economy through this sector.
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