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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...




Disability, 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...




ALL THE NEWS , Disability
Image: COMPETITION BENEFITS KIDS WITH DISABILITIES The sweet time of year has arrived again folks – June is Lollipop Month!
This is one of the major fundraising events for us, The Western Cape Association for Persons with Disabilities (WCAPD), aimed at children, for children.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Disability
Image: Car Competition 2016 Keen to cruise in style? We’ve got the perfect set of wheels waiting for you!

Donate R20.00 and stand a chance to win a brand new Suzuki SWIFT GA.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Government
Image: #IAmMuslim: An Initiative To Address Islamophobia Some disturbed individuals spend their time relentlessly attempting to cast Islam and the Muslim community worldwide in a negative light
Cape Town, South Africa. Following the recent terror attacks in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, intolerance directed at the Muslim community is higher than ever. Recently some South Africans have adopted this terrible behaviour, the uproar over the construction of a mosque just last week being a prime example.   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Health
Image: Engen spreads a smile Ironman Smile Foundation partner with Engen to spread some smiles
Four years ago a short 50 metre stroll left Engen service station owner Helder Silva short of breath. Three years later, the owner of Engen North End Convenience Centre completed his first gruelling IronMan Triathlon. On 10 April 2016 he did it again, swimming 3.8km, cycling 180km and running 42.2km in just 13 hours and 19 minutes.   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Wildlife & Conservation
Image: Engen donates R1 million to Agri SA Drought Relief Fund Engen has long maintained a keen agricultural focus, with one in every two South African farmers depending on the company’s quality products
Engen Petroleum, a leading producer and marketer of fuels, lubricants and oil-based products, handed over a cheque for R1 million to Agri SA for drought relief at this year’s Nampo agricultural show, which runs from 17-20 May.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: WHAT WILL BRING THE NEXT REAL CHANGE IN SOUTH AFRICA? THE DG MURRAY TRUST LAUNCHES A POWERFUL PSA. What can ordinary citizens and small groups of people do that can create real change and have large scale impact?
Although there are various ways to improve South Africa, evidence from around the world shows that one thing – more than anything else – can lead to greater equality, better education and health outcomes; a stronger economy and a better society with less crime and public violence. That is: investing in the early development and wellbeing of children.   Read More...



HEADLINES, Education, Wildlife Conservation
Image: Deep-sea trawl operators and WWF-SA team up to tackle fishy issues The South African Deep Sea Trawling Industry Association (SADSTIA) has teamed up with conservation organisation, WWF South Africa (WWF-SA), to dramatically improve the management of at least 12 non-target fish species that are caught alongside hake in the offshore demersal trawl fishery.   Read More...



HEADLINES, Agriculture/Food, Food security
Image: Aid to black emerging farmers to create 550 jobs & assist land reform beneficiaries The DA in the Western Cape welcomes the new fund to support emerging fruit farmers. Interventions through the fund are targeted at the deciduous fruit industry; which includes pome (apples and pears) and stone fruit (apricots, peaches, nectarines and plums).   Read More...



HEADLINES, Safety & Security
Image: NCVT celebrates National Child Protection Week Child activists and communities in South Africa are gearing up to commemorate National Child Protection Week, celebrated from 27 May to 02 June 2016.
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Sustainability
Image: Sustainable Thriving Communities  ‘Ubuntu Conference’ 2016 The Novalis Ubuntu Institute is hosting its second Sustainable Thriving Communities Ubuntu Conference on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016.
The event times are 09h00 – 18h00. The Sustainable Thriving Communities Ubuntu Conference is open to the public. Entrance fee varies per person. Corporations, Businesses and Government Departments: R250.00, NPO’s: R100.00, Students and Unemployed Youth: Pay what you can/Fare exchange, CTTE Members: T100.00. The Ubuntu Conference is an ‘open space’ forum to share experiences and increase awareness of the impact of and in Sustainable Thriving Communities.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Education, Employment
Image: Stoogle Hits the Road, Jack Local Cape Town Start-up Stoogle embarks on a 20-day roadshow to offer free workshops and career advice to South African students.

On the 23rd of May 2016, a small team will leave Stoogle’s head offices in Salt River, Cape Town to begin a road trip long the coast of South Africa. The team will visit over 30 schools and chat to more than 16 000 high school learners about career decisions, tertiary studies, and the online portals that Stoogle has built, free to use for the learners.   Read More...




Videos
Image: There are some words kids shouldn't know Scary words like Dialysis, Ventilator, Tumour and ICU become integral to the reality and vocabulary of a critically sick or injured child.

Scary words like Dialysis, Ventilator, Tumour and ICU become integral to the reality and vocabulary of a critically sick or injured child. The Red Cross Children’s Hospital has the largest ICU for children in Africa, but the demands on this unit are higher than their capacity to deliver.

Donate to help us build a bigger & better ICU at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.
Donate online www.childrenshospitaltrust.org.za
or       *SMS ICU to 40465 to donate R20             *Network and Admin fees apply   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Skills Development
Image: MAD Leadership Foundation supporters We are almost half-way through the year already and have lots of exciting news to share with you:

Our brand new website launched in April. Find out who we are, what we do, how you can be the difference, and catch up on our upcoming events and read up on our leadership news. Thank you to the team at OFyt for their hard work in bringing this site to life.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Sport
Image: “Take 5” with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka during the Giro d’Italia Qhubeka believes that bicycles change lives through helping to overcome the barrier of distance and time.

Qhubeka is a non-profit organisation that takes its name from an Nguni word that means “to carry on”, “to progress”, “to move forward”. Qhubeka believes that bicycles change lives through helping to overcome the barrier of distance and time.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka believes that #BicyclesChangeLives too. Qhubeka is the reason we clip in and ride, the incentive to go out and train, and our motivation to win races.
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ALL THE NEWS , Civil Action/Philanthropy, Advocacy , Youth
Image: #ActivateImbizo: Democracy in Action The past week has been robust and engaging, as ACTIVATE! Took to rural communities to engage with the youth and to journey the “Road Less Travelled”

The past week has been robust and engaging, as ACTIVATE! Took to rural communities to engage with the youth and to journey the “Road Less Travelled” , through the #ActivateImbizo Project-an initiative of the ACTIVATE! Network Connect Team.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Disability
Image: Warroir On Wheels - HELP US COLOUR SOUTH AFRICA BLUE Campaigns to create awareness within the tourism industry about the importance of accessible destinations for all abilities.

Wow! It's May already, but we're making every day count in working towards our vision and creating opportunities to give more children the #GiftOfAdventure.

We’ve launched our #AccessAbleSA and #GiftOfAdventure campaigns to create awareness within the tourism industry about the importance of accessible destinations.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Green is the New Black But let me ask you this: when you walk down the street flaunting new threads, do you ever stop and wonder who made them?

You know that warm fuzzy feeling you get when pulling on your favourite outfit? Yeah, ditto. We can't deny that fashion has the ability to make us feel better about ourselves. It isn’t just a collection of garments we throw on to cover up but rather an empowering and creative force that allows us to express ourselves in our own unique and individual way. But let me ask you this: when you walk down the street flaunting new threads, do you ever stop and wonder who made them?
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COMPANY NEWS , Health
Image: SEA HARVEST donation helps Red Cross Children’s Hospital move closer to a bigger & better ICU Everyone can do something small to make big difference. This has once again proven true with a R300 000 cheque handover.

Everyone can do something small to make big difference. This has once again proven true with a R300 000 cheque handover by Sea Harvest to the Children’s Hospital Trust, the official fundraiser of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. The funds are the result of Sea Harvest Kids for Kids initiative, which has been going for six years and donates a portion of the sales of selected Sea Harvest crumbed fish products to the Children’s Hospital Trust.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: #PassOnTheMagic with Skip A simple hashtag will make matric farewell dreams a reality

Skip loves fashion, and wants to extend the life of your favourite garments by taking care of them properly.  We understand that your wardrobe is an extension of who you are, but that your style changes over time. Garments that were once worn regularly are now hanging in the back of your wardrobe in pristine condition, but desperate for a twirl around a dancefloor.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: The LifeXchange Team  - Is Mentoring Obsolete? What role can one-one-one, long-term relationships play in today's fast-paced, immediate gratification, 21st century society?

The Case for Mentoring - When unlimited information is literally at our fingertips, is it really so necessary to spend the time getting to know an older, wiser, more experienced 'mentor' in our lives? Cobus shares insights from his research to give you his answer.   Read More...




Safety & Security, Social & Community
Image: Peace Officer Project Launched

A pilot project to deploy a team of specially trained law enforcement officers to the Philippi East area was launched at the Philippi Business Retention and Expansion summit hosted by PEDI on 17 April 2016.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Disability
Image: Dreams of being a Cowboy reached at SARDA Nine year old Gideon Dirks smiles as he proudly settles himself in the saddle at the therapeutic riding school, SA Riding for the Disabled Association

Gideon’s dream is to be a cowboy and that is what he would like to be when he grows up, he confides to volunteers helping him with putting on his riding gear   Read More...




Videos
Image: WOW : Horse Riding Adventure

Thank you to Bugz Family Playpark for hosting Warrior On Wheels Foundation for a morning with the horses at Horse Rides at Pete's Adventure Farm. Twelve amazing differently-abled children had the experience of interacting with, grooming and riding the horses.
Whatever the dis-ability... for this morning every child was a cowboy or cowgirl. As Winston Churchill said "There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man" and if you look at these smiles, we know this is true.

Thank you again to Friends Day Centre for joining us on our adventures!   Read More...




Videos
Image: WOW :  Ceres Zipslide Adventures

What a phenomenally awesome morning! We had two special children from Friends Day Centre join us at Ceres Zipslide Adventures for a morning of crazy adrenalin-filled adventure. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to Angelique and your team at Ceres Zipslide Adventures for making today possible and thank you for the way your crew looked after Damian, Zeah and Xaiden. You are leading the way forward in being a shining example of inclusion!   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Beat the cold as Western Cape gears up for cold and wet winter The Mustadafin Foundation urges residents living in informal settlements to be safe (and dry) this winter season.

The Western Cape, much like the other provinces, is in dire need of rain. However, those living in impoverished areas should be prepared for when the rainy season starts. The Mustadafin Foundation urges residents living in informal settlements to be safe (and dry) this winter season   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: It takes a village...   to plant a forest. Over the last five and a half years, Greenpop has planted over 66 000 trees across Southern Africa.

As we mention often, over the last five and a half years, Greenpop has planted over 66 000 trees across Southern Africa. This is true, but it would be much more accurate to say that through the support of hundreds of incredible companies and organisations Greenpop has facilitated the planting of 66 000 trees by thousands of volunteers across Southern Africa.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Government
Image: WC Tourism Comeback after Visa Concessions The DA in the Western Cape is pleased that the job-creating tourism sector has succeeded in fighting back against the onerous Visa Regulations. The newly released tourism numbers for the summer season indicates that nearly 15 000 more international visitors went through the Cape Town International airport, an increase of 4.5%.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Health, HIV/AIDS
Image: CALL TO ACTION - INVITATION TO ALL SECTORS : SOUTH AFRICA'S HIV AND TB JOURNEY THROUGH QUILTS AT AIDS CONFERENCE 2016

With the World HIV/AIDS Conference being held in SA this year during June there is this initiative by SANAC to collect Quilts from all sectors. Each sector is required to produce quilts that will form part of the 50,000 quilts that South Africa under the banner of SANAC will display in the street of Durban during the 2016 International AIDS Conference.

 
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ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Mourning the Passing of Bertram Bertie Lubner - Cofounder and former Chairman of Afrika Tikkun Afrika Tikkun joins with the Lubner family in mourning the passing of Bertie Lubner, a remarkable and beloved friend of South Africa, and humanity.

He was Chairman and Founder of Afrika Tikkun, Smile Organisation and the Field Band Foundation; and a recipient of numerous awards, including the President's Order of Meritorious Service.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Health, Palliative Care
Image: Paedspal -  Paediatric Palliative Care unit opens in the Western Cape First of it's kind in WC, the unit will provide care and support for children with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses in Cape Town.

The Paedspal Palliative Care out patient unit was officially opened at the Rondebosch Medical Centre last week.

WHO IS PAEDSPAL ?
Paedspal Cape Town is a public-private partnership programme that provides care and support for children living with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses in Cape Town. The name is a play on words with the ‘pal’ being a shortening of the word ‘palliative’ as well as a colloquial word for ‘friend’.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Casual Day 2015 shows off ! Thank you to Edcon who has signed for another three years of official sponsorship of the project.

As we end off a round of Casual Day Show & Tell sessions through which we celebrated participants who helped raise more than R27 000 000 to the coffers of more than 411 national beneficiaries, schools and NGOs, we look towards Casual Day 2016 when we urge you to “Up your game”. Thank you to Edcon who has signed for another three years of official sponsorship of the project.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Networking and collaboration for Eastern Cape's waste management industry. Delegates at the event focused on networking and integration of the waste management industry.

The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA’s) Eastern Cape branch hosted a successful information sharing business morning last week at the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber.  With 50 delegates in attendance, the event focused on networking and integration of the waste management industry.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: The next breath you take could be toxic, legally unsafe and even deadly. Air pollution in the UK is now responsible for cutting short 40,000 lives every year. That's 20 times more deaths than people who die directly from road accidents. But the Prime Minister could take some simple steps to start cleaning up our air.   Read More...


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