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HEADLINES, Corporate Governance , Employment
Image: So Britain has spoken - we wish to leave the European Union Are we going to see our Lithuanian friends removed from their homes in the middle of the night? If you are an immigrant, are you not going to be sent back to your country at gunpoint? There is something far greater, and far more sinister going on behind the scenes. And it all comes down to a simple definition: What exactly is the European Union? The EU is not what you think it is...   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Youth
Image: Creating second chances for children at Zip Zap   For many children from disadvantaged areas in Cape Town, a trip to the circus is a pipe dream. Zip Zap is changing that, one child at a time.

Earlier this month, 67 Grade 3 learners from Elnor Primary School in Elsie’s River travelled in a sponsored Golden Arrow bus to the Zip Zap dome in Cape Town for a fun and educational outing where they learnt basic circus skills. At the end of the workshop they were given a short performance by the instructors where they could see what hard work and years of circus training can bring.   Read More...




HEADLINES
Image: NATIONAL DISABILITY RIGHTS SUMMIT - IRENE DECLARATION The delegates at the National Disability Rights Summit in Irene, City of Tshwane, constituting more than 300 representatives of disabled people organisations, parents organisations, disability service organisations, national and provincial government departments, municipalities, institutions promoting democracy, non-governmental organisations, institutions of higher and further education and training, the business sector, and international development agencies are taking individual and collective responsibility to ensure that the White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is implemented successfully.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Sport
Image: 350 new bicycles to help mobilise people in Alexandra 50 excited children at Kwabhekilanga Secondary School in Alexandra received bicycles through a partnership between the City of Joburg and Qhubeka

Businesses and local government, through a City of Joburg matching programme, have sponsored a total of 350 bicycles that will be allocated to students and adults in Alexandra. The City donated one bicycle for every bicycle sponsored, and thanks to the generosity of AutoTrader (100 bicycles), Fluor (40 bicycles) and Tarsus (40 bicycles), 350 bicycles have been funded. 280 bicycles will be allocated to children and 70 bicycles will be made available for adults between Alex and their places of work in Sandton. A further 290 bicycles will be distributed in Orlando, Soweto where a bicycle distribution programme was launched last year.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Affordable energy critical for SA industries if it is to reach its 2030 NDP goals   South Africa will have trouble increasing its GDP rate sufficiently to reach the National Development Plan (NDP) goals by 2030, if it does move towards making affordable energy available to SA’s energy-dependent industries, Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO of Siemens South Africa, told delegates at the Vision 2030 Summit which took place in June.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: Some call it Magic, we call it Science. Let’s Play Science! With the upcoming school vacation, the Cape Town Science Centre (CTSC) has once again put together an exciting holiday programme for all visitors

An assortment of workshops and activities will challenge young scientists to explore, discover and learn through play in a simple yet fun way.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Early Childhood Development (ECD)
Image: Cape Town teachers benefit from learning exchange trip to USA Two enthusiastic teachers from Educare Centres in Philippi, Cape Town recently returned from a three week learning exchange trip to the United States

Nombulelo Majezi, Principal of Khululeka Educare Centre and Grade R teacher at Albertina Sisulu Educare, Zizipho Matiwane (pictured here with her class) went on the trip, arranged by the Rotary District 9350.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Enterprise
Image: Vote now! Shanduka Black Umbrellas People's Choice Awards Shanduka Black Umbrellas announce the nominees for the 2016 the SBU People’s Choice Award category for our National Enterprise Development Awards

The SBU People’s Choice Award invites you to vote for your favourite business from our eight nominees. The winner will be announced on June 30th at our National Enterprise Development Awards ceremony to be held in Sandton, Johannesburg.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: 2016 WISE Awards PfP has been selected as a finalist in the global WISE Awards for 2016.

The WISE Awards is an international competition that seeks to identify and celebrate initiatives aimed at improving the education sector. Every year a panel of judges and selectors choose 15 organisations and select 6 for the prestigious WISE Award. This year the selectors have identified organisations from Canada, the USA, Mexico, France, China, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Brazil, Spain, India, Paraguay and South Africa.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Youth
Image: Life Choices: 30 Stories in 30 days: Story 16 Noxolo Magengenene. A Guiding Hand

Raised by visually impaired parents, Noxolo Magengenene has never viewed herself as less loved or cared for. While she admits that her life is different, her parents have taught her a great lesson in overcoming impediments. Raised in the Cape Town township of Nyanga, Noxolo is the only child to two loving parents. Hers is an average township family; the only thing that stands out is that both parents are blind.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Health
Image: Up your game with Friends this Casual Day We invite you to assist patients RECOVERING from mental illnesses at Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital to return successfully to their communities.

Please support Friends in this fundraising opportunity in our fourth year of collaboration with the National CASUAL DAY campaign. The campaign encourages you to join the thousands of South Africans who demonstrate that small actions can make a huge difference, by purchasing and wearing a Casual Day sticker on Friday, 2nd September, in support of people with disabilities.
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ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: Stoogle's next step! Introducing EduOne... The Stoogle Team is very excited to introduce their very own mother brand, EduOne

After many long hours, late nights, and bonding over countless cups of coffee, Tthe Stoogle Team have managed to deliver a complete rebrand. What was once known as Stoogle is now known as EduOne. They are, at this moment in time, bigger and better, with a whole new look and feel. They recently revealed their major facelift.

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ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: There's a new way to come to the IFC 2016. The Resource Alliance is excited to announce the IFC’s inaugural scholarship programme

We realise that for many, the investment in registration and travel can hold you back. Especially if you're working in organisations with smaller training budgets. Especially when you might be half a world away from our conference centre in the Netherlands.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS
Image: Youth Month & EDUCO successes   Happy Youth Day for the 16th of June!

This month we celebrate young people in South Africa. We also commit to listening to them and supporting them. To honour their voices, our newsletter this month includes three pieces written by our beneficiaries, telling us their inspiring stories and projects.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS
Image: Engen continues to take the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital to heart Engen continue to support their efforts where possible to ensure that the highest levels of medical care are available to the children of Africa

While the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town is a government facility, in 1994 the Children’s Hospital Trust was formed with its primary objective being to raise funds for building upgrades and expansions, new equipment and staff training. This was to ensure that the children of Africa continue to receive the highest levels of care; something the hospital has a proud history of providing.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Arts & Culture
Image: Think!Fest at #NAF16 - A fascinating festival for your brain Think!Fest, held as part of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, promises to grapple with some of the burning issues on the country’s agenda.

There’s no doubt that this is a complex, challenging and invigorating time to be South African – and this year’s Think!Fest, a series of panel discussions and debates held as part of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, promises to grapple with some of the burning issues on the country’s agenda.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Agriculture/Food, Food security
Image: Drought-denialism has pushed agricultural sector into recession The first quarter real GDP numbers from StatsSA reveals that South Africa’s agricultural sector is in a recession because of the worst drought in history. The sector experienced a negative growth of 6.5% last quarter, following a 6.7% drop in the last quarter in 2015.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Agriculture/Food, Food security
Image: PSFA Blisters for Bread Charity Family Fun Walk – 28th August 2016 PSFA calls everyone to join them in their battle against childhood hunger by entering this special family event at the cost of only R50 per person.

The Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA) is pleased to announce that entries are now open for their 48th popular annual fundraising event, the Blisters for Bread Charity Family Fun Walk which will be taking place at the Green Point Cricket Club on Sunday 28th August 2016. This year there will be two routes along the Sea Point Promenade, a 10km walk that starts at 7:30am and a 5km walk that starts at 8am.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: And the countdown begins… Two weeks to the holidays It is hopefully going to wet and cold outdoors and we have the perfect indoor venue to keep children of ages dry, curious, engaged and inspired!

You are invited to join us at the Cape Town Science Centre for one of our famous Holiday programmes, three weeks jam-packed with hands-on workshops, demonstrations, science shows and more.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Youth
Image: Life Choices: 30 Stories in 30 days: Story 11 Sisipho Mafrika - My Sister’s Keeper

16-year-old Sisipho Mafrika believes that forgiving the people who have hurt her has opened the door to a life of peace and happiness for her. She tells us how she has overcome childhood neglect by being a role model to her younger sister.   Read More...




HEADLINES
Image: Casual Day: Impact on disability policy and legislation Casual Day is a project that raises funds for services for persons with disabilities. The project is also involved in influencing the government’s policy and legislation framework around disability through its parent organization, the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA).   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Social & Community
Image: How to win at community upliftment with Clover Mama Afrika Mama Dorah Semenya provides four tips to help make upliftment programmes a success.

Community care centres often become the backbone of a community, contributing to the real needs of communities in South Africa. Community leaders and those running these centres perform vital roles. However, it is not easy running a successful upliftment project; it requires more than just hard work and dedication.    Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Early Childhood Development (ECD), Faith-based
Image: R12 million investment injection into Philippi’s Early Childhood Development Centres Three ECD Centres in Philippi have undergone a comprehensive upgrade from the Rotary Club of Claremont, in partnership with the Lewis Group

Three Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres in Philippi, Cape Town were officially handed over this morning, Wednesday, 08 June 2016, having undergone a comprehensive upgrade from the Rotary Club of Claremont, in partnership with the Lewis Group.    Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: Charity book sale at Gardens Centre starts Monday 20 June Wola Nani fund-raiser for two weeks till Sunday 3 July

A charity book sale supporting Wola Nani will be held in the Gardens Centre from Monday 20 June. The pop-up fundraiser will see ardent readers, film fundi’s and music aficionados convene for a good cause, with book, CD and DVD proceeds going to support the NGO’s work with women, orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) affected by the AIDS crisis.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Employment
Image: The Peermont Hotel School, a first of its kind in Ekurhuleni The school will upskill more than 1 080 learners over a 3-year period!

There are many challenges that face the youth of South Africa. However, education and unemployment are two of the most concerning. In an effort to make a positive contribution towards tourism development, the Peermont Community Benefit Trust (PCBT), in association with service provider Celo, identified an opportunity to establish the Peermont Hotel School.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Education, Health
Image: Motivation, the key to performance improvement in the workplace Rosebank College has initiated the Education Wellness Programme, which focuses on a healthy mind and attitude, fundamental to making happy employees

31 May 2016:  Happy employees make all the difference in ensuring that companies meet their targets and that staff retention and productivity remain high.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Civil Action/Philanthropy, Advocacy
Image: Children’s rights and responsibilities championed during National Child Protection Week In celebration of National Child Protection Week which took place from 30 May 2016 – 02 June 2016, the National Children and Violence Trust (NCVT), together with partner organisations, hosted awareness campaigns on children’s rights and responsibilities at different primary schools in Gauteng. The South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (SANCA), the South African Drug and Anxiety Group (SADAG) and non-profit organisation, Childline joined NCVT for activities throughout the week which ended last week Wednesday, 01 June 2016 in Lanseria.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: Early Childhood Development - from BRIDGE It Was the Best of Times ﹣ Exciting Developments in ECD

It is an exciting time for the Early Childhood Development (ECD) sector with the approval of the National Integrated Policy for ECD, the registration of the Level 4 Occupational Certificate: ECD Practitioner and the launch of the very first South African Early Childhood Review.   Read More...




HEADLINES
Image: Sustainable Brands Cape Town: See some of the highlights! Africa’s inaugural Sustainable Brands conference was held at The Century City Convention Centre in Cape Town and was a rousing success for the delegates, speakers and brand representatives who attended the packed four day conference. Eighty speakers from around Africa and the world wowed the audience with their insights and experiences of how to deliver business profitability based on the principles of sustainability.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Intergenerational Dialogues Mini Conference – 2016 - ‘I See You’ - Celebrating Youth Month The Novalis Ubuntu Institute will host the fourth Intergenerational Dialogues Mini Conference on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

The theme for the 2016 Intergenerational Dialogues is 'I See You'. This reflects our ability to recognise and witness each other's highest potential, acknowledging each other’s human right to be part of the 'family of Humankind'   Read More...




Image: Riding Therapy for the Disabled - How horses can heal

It’s a sunny Friday morning. A school bus arrives at the South African Riding for the Disabled Association (SARDA) centre  in Constantia. Eight children, all with different disabilities, get off the bus. It is clear they are excited to have the riding lesson they have been waiting for the whole week.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Rotary Claremont share the Rotary spirit from the Peninsula to Swakopmund The philosophy of the programme encapsulates the spirit of Rotary, as the Rotary Club of Claremont is able to assist smaller Clubs with approved fundi

[Cape Town] Over the last four years, the Rotary Club of Claremont has invested in excess of R 1.1 million in funding for their Outreach Programme in support of community projects in and around the Peninsula all the way to Namibia.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Agriculture/Food, Food security
Image: 7000 Food Gardens Supported in the Western Cape More than 7 000 food gardens in private households, and 610 community food gardens reaching almost 5 500 beneficiaries have been supported in the Western Cape since 2009.   Read More...



HEADLINES, Crime & Corruption
Image: R 800m grant fraud: Corrupt Easy Pay holds SASSA hostage The DA in the Western Cape is alarmed that Easy Pay and Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), both subsidiaries of Net1, will continue to disburse social grants to millions of beneficiaries despite reports of unlawful deductions taking place under their tenure, which has led to an R 800m loss to SASSA of which a mere R1,5m has been recovered.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Sport
Image: Revamping Bikes, Epic Plans and Running Around Anna Foundation have just got selected as an official partner of the ABSA CAPE EPIC 2017 – 2019

We just got selected as an official partner of the ABSA CAPE EPIC 2017 – 2019…. Yes we were a beneficiary in the past, but the stakes have been raised and there are now only 4 main charities involved, of which the Anna Foundation is one!    Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Sport
Image: GAP Year Program Aims to Change the Game for Adolescent Girls A partnership is empowering adolescent girls as they progress in education by increasing their educational, health, social, and economic assets

In South Africa, a partnership between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grassroot Soccer, Wits Reproductive Health Institute, Sonke Gender Justice, and the Population Council is empowering adolescent girls as they progress in education by increasing their educational, health, social, and economic assets, while at the same time shifting gender attitudes and encouraging positive behavior among adolescent boys.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Health
Image: Mental Health Goes Mobile in Khayelitsha Banetsi Andreas Mphunga officially launched his mobile counselling clinic in partnership with the South African College of Applied Psychology.

Like every other South African township, on the streets of Khayelitsha, the minibus is ubiquitous. But only one of them has counselling and support as its purpose, and it belongs to Banetsi Andreas Mphunga. A psychology graduate, and one of just a handful of Registered Counsellors available to the almost 400 000-strong population of Khayelitsha, Banetsi is so committed to providing mental health support to his community that he bought a combi and transformed it into a mobile counselling clinic.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Leaving nothing but footprints – Mitchells Plain learners clear Strandfontein beach Staff from Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev) hosted the Beach Clean Up

Staff from Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev – local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape) hosted the Beach Clean Up. They were joined by enthusiastic members of the community and about 150 eager learners from Eisleben and Hillside Primary Schools in Rocklands, Mitchells Plain.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Crime & Corruption
Image: SASSA grant fraud: R800 million lost to corruption   An estimated R800 million was lost to corrupt practices in the entity and of that amount, a mere R1.5 million has been recovered. The South African Social Services Agency (SASSA) today briefed the Standing Committee on Community Development in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament (WCPP).   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Transformation
Image: Mthatha Legal Eagles Set to Soar Through Transformation Programmes Eight historically disadvantaged Mthatha legal professionals have been recognised and rewarded with tools to grow their legal practices

 Representing two spheres of the legal industry that are heavily reliant on one another, the four Mthatha advocates and four attorneys were honoured at a consultative workshop at the Garden Court Mthatha on Friday, 27 May. The event was hosted by Attorney Development Fund in partnership with LexisNexis South Africa – a leading provider of content and technology solutions for the legal, professional and academic sectors – and Korbitec – developers of market-leading desktop software, online products and data solutions for all spheres of the South African property industry.

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COMPANY NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: GO-AHEAD FOR RELIANCE COMPOST WASTE TO ENERGY PROJECT All appeals against the project have been dismissed by authorities, giving the final go-ahead to the first of its kind project.

Reliance, the leading organic compost provider in the Western Cape, and shareholder in Okran 38 (Pty) Ltd are excited to have received the green light for the R250 million Waste to Energy project at Corona Farm in the Paarl region.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Youth
Image: Land: What's the plan for you? South Africa recently celebrated 22 years of democracy, but while there is a lot to celebrate?

Recent activities throughout the country have seen the emergence of questions regarding the inequalities and social injustices that have not changed or improved throughout the years – especially regarding the land question and the transformation of our economy.   Read More...




HEADLINES
Image: Good Business Journey goals set for 2020 WHL challenges itself to bold, Group-wide sustainability targets
Woolworths Holdings Limited (WHL) is on an ambitious journey of continuous change in the way it does business and has put sustainability at the core of its strategy. Central to this is the setting of sustainability targets for the Group, and WHL is proud to announce its Good Business Journey goals for 2020   Read More...



HEADLINES, Government
Image: Grant fraud: SASSA to brief committee on unlawful deductions The DA is committed to tackling corruption and to protecting our most vulnerable citizens.
The DA in the Western Cape is concerned about continuing reports of unlawful deductions made from social grants accounts belonging to SASSA beneficiaries.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Agriculture/Food, Food security
Image: Eat for the Earth this June A delicious way to help make a difference; bringing together family, friends and food to help grow abundant gardens in low-income areas.
Simply invite your friends to share a meal. Anytime in June – whenever, wherever & whatever suits you best. Breakfast, lunch, high tea or supper – the menu is up to you.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Wildlife & Conservation
Image: What a Waste Without even realizing it we are constantly surrounded by waste - waste that we usually only use once and never again!

The coffee to go in the morning, the takeaway for lunch and the grocery shopping at night. Nowadays it's hard to find anything that isn't made out of plastic (or at least wrapped in it). But do we really need all that packaging? Or has it just become part of today's lifestyle of convenience and, I suppose in some ways, carelessness?   Read More...




Sport
Image: SADDLE UP  - Give children a good leg up Equine-assisted therapy opens up a new world for handicapped children, writes Melanie Farrell

ANGELO, a little boy from the Astra School for the Physically Disabled, is mounting a horse for the first time. His excitement is visible. The riding instructor and her two assistants wheel him up the specially designed ramp, and help him to get out of his wheelchair and onto the pony .   Read More...




Education
Department of Basic Education should act urgently to address school dropout (Cape Town, 31 May, 2016)

 “The Department of Basic Education needs to act urgently to address the crisis in education for over 60% of youth who drop out of school without any school leaving qualification and little prospect of finding meaningful employment”, Robyn Beere, Director, Inclusive Education South Africa, said at a roundtable discussion hosted by the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) in Cape Town today.   Read More...




Education
Image: Teaching through, not with technology Lloyd Gedye 27 May 2016

The success or failure of introducing technology into the classroom often rests with the teacher who is tasked with integrating it into their teaching methodology. Placing technology in a classroom is only the first step, and won’t in itself necessarily produce effective results.
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ALL THE NEWS , Youth
Image: "We've Gone Platinum!" Grassroot Soccer is one of first organizations to receive the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar

Grassroot Soccer is one of the first organizations to receive the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. GuideStar recently launched the Platinum participation level to help nonprofits celebrate their results and impact. By sharing these metrics, they help the sector move beyond simplistic financial ratios to assess nonprofit progress.   Read More...



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