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ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: The Cape Town Science Centre celebrates teachers In the spirit of Freedom Day, on Friday the 28th of April, the Cape Town Science Centre (CTSC) will be paying tribute to teachers.

Teachers who have dedicated a considerable part of their life to impart moral and academic knowledge to their students. On this day, teachers will gain free entry to CTSC in order to enjoy its hands-on interactive exhibits and people centered activities which include popular science shows, science theatre, workshops and many other entertaining science based activities.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Enterprise
Image: PEDI AGRICULTURE ACADEMY TAKING SHAPE - Tunnel farm gets set for big things We are proud to announce that we have embarked on an exciting new project that will see the opening of the PEDI Urban Agriculture Academy.

The PEDI Academy is a departure from PEDI’s previous role in local development. Now investing directly into a project, PEDI has attracted a range of other partners whose involvement is turning the plan into one of the most exciting initiatives the area has seen.  Recent agreement by the City of Cape Town to co-contribute to the investment will greatly help to operationalise the academy.
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ALL THE NEWS , Government
Image: New minister planning to digitise home affairs, root out corruption Mkhize says dept is bogged down by antiquated systems

Cape Town - New Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize says her department is in need of a much-needed digital overhaul to help speed up applications and root out corrupt practices. Mkhize, who replaced Malusi Gigaba in President Jacob Zuma's mass Cabinet reshuffle on March 31, told News24 that her department was bogged down by its antiquated systems.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Government
Image: Cabinet reshuffle could clear the obstacles to border agency Customs and excise collection at the centre of a row between home affairs and the finance ministry

The Border Management Agency could soon assume all functions of border control and customs and excise collection, courtesy of President Jacob Zuma’s recent cabinet reshuffle. The issue of customs and excise collection was the subject of a dispute between the home affairs ministry and finance ministry, with the latter wanting the function to remain under the South African Revenue Service (SARS).   Read More...




HEADLINES, Civil Action/Philanthropy, Advocacy
Image: Gear up to get funding, Inyathelo advises civil society The loss of investment grade for South Africa ‒ and other developments that impact institutional and economic strength ‒ could be particularly bruising for the civil society and non-profit world, whose resources are already thinly-stretched. It is more important than ever for this sector to present an ethical, credible, professional and united front, says Jessica Rees-Jones, Executive Director of Inyathelo, the South African Institute for Advancement   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Green Jobs for Mahogany Ridge community Paarl Media pledged R100 000 to Wildlands, to support their “Greening your Future” programme.

This will  help grow the local green economy within the Mahogany Ridge community. The team of six helped ensure the Mahogany Ridge riverine ecosystem was kept in an optimal state to prevent flooding and curtail climate change. They were  employed in full-time positions dedicated to restoration and conservation, focused on clearing alien vegetation and landscaping the cleared areas by planting suitable indigenous trees.   Read More...




Education
Image: New Scholarship Offer for SA Students

Launch of a new scholarship program offering a $1000 scholarship to a deserving and needy student to pay for their tuition fees.
To get more information about the requirements of the scholarship, please click here .
    




ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image:  Mamelani - Celebrating Women !  Mamelani’s Community Health Programme is working in different ways to contribute to the wellbeing of the participants we work with.

As the weather starts to turn and we can feel the chill in the air, we thought we would warm your hearts with some updates from the Mamelani Team. Firstly, we welcome two new people on our team: Noncedo Mkhohli joins the Health programme as our new ARV Adherence Club Facilitator and Lily Chauvean-Caron joins the Youth Programme as a volunteer.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Civil Action/Philanthropy, Advocacy
Image: Be Human Rights : Remembering A True Hero - Dr Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada This marks one of the saddest days in South African history, as we begin to mourn the passing of one of our last remaining true heroes, Dr Ahmed Kathrada. Dozens of Activators, leaders, activists, ordinary men and women have joined millions of South Africans who have shared tribute messages to the late Dr Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada - known as 'Uncle Kathy'.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Sport
Image: Fun for youth at Mustadafin Foundation’s ECD Sports Day The air was filled with song and dance as the youngsters competed in a sack race, potato race, scooter race and relays.

In a last effort to enjoy the warm weather, children aged between two and six years old took to the field and demonstrated their love for different sporting events; displaying their healthy sportsmanship. The air was filled with song and dance as the youngsters competed in a sack race, potato race, scooter race and relays.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Plastic bottle recycled tonnage grown by 822% since 2005 PETCO, the organization responsible for fulfilling the South African PET plastic industry’s role of Extended Producer Responsibility, is proud to announce their 2016 recycling figures which indicate an increase in their annual PET recycling rate from 52% of post-consumer bottle PET in 2015 to 55% in 2016, exceeding their expected target for the second consecutive year.   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Funding
Image: Tshepo Foundation receives a helping hand from Paarl Coldset Bloemfontein Children at the Tshepo Foundation in Bloemfontein are in high spirits thanks to a donation by Novus Holdings’ Future Foundations initiative.

The initiative aims to give ‘a hand up, not a hand-out’ to its beneficiaries by empowering them to grow independently. Tshepo Foundation recently received R 35 000 from Paarl Coldset Bloemfontein, which forms part of the Coldset printing division of Novus Holdings, to continue providing orphaned and vulnerable children with day and healthcare assistance.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Drakenstein Municipality responds to protest organised by activist group Activist group, including Drakenstein Environmental Watch took to the streets of Wellington over concerns of municipality’s Waste-to-Energy project.

The group has been persistent in publicising points surrounding the environmental and health impacts associated with incineration, which is based on outdated and incorrect information. Given the advanced technology to be used for this project, the recent information published by various groups is not a correct representation of the facts surrounding the project’s technology.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Education, Funding
Image: Off the street and into a family Youngsters at the Khayalethu Youth Centre in Port Elizabeth are in high spirits thanks to a R 35 000 donation by Paarl Coldset Port Elizabeth.

This forms part of the Coldset printing division of Novus Holdings. This CSI initiative aims to give ‘a hand up, not a hand-out’ to its beneficiaries by empowering them to grow independently. The Kayelethu Youth Centre instils a sense of pride in boys formerly living on the streets by helping them to aim high and achieve their goals. Khayalethu means “our home” and that is precisely what the Centre provides for the 35 boys aged between six and 21 living there.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Disability, Funding
Image: Giving disabled learners in Durban the digital education experience they deserve The school is now able to further invest in much needed technology for the learners, to provide them with an improved digital education experience.

The Open Air School is one of the oldest special needs schools in South Africa, providing facilities and support for learners with varying physical disabilities, including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, neurological disabilities, head injuries, as well as visual and hearing impairment.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Disability
Image: DISABILITY IN THE HEADLINES Disability is currently very much in the headlines and all for the wrong reasons!   We were horrified to hear of the over 100 deaths of persons with psychiatric disabilities in Gauteng – never, never and never again must such a thing happen!   We have been begging the Government for the last three years and more to approve the necessary legislation to fund the building of suitable homes for people with disabilities.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Capacity Building & Resource Mobilization
Image: The new right to the city Recently, I’ve noticed a renewed interest in the discussion around what we believe to be a smart city.

Just last week, I was invited to speak on the Evolution to Smart Cities at the 3rd Annual City Development conference held in Cape Town from 13 to 15 March. Featuring city development experts from around the world, some of them smart city experts, I confess to feeling a bit daunted beforehand, but all in all, I was glad to contribute to this conversation.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Skills Development
Image: ZIPZAP Circus : 25 Years - An acrobatic walk down memory lane It all started 25 years ago, when co-founders of Zip Zap Circus School, Brent van Rensburg and Laurence Estève, hung a trapeze bar in a tree at Zimasa

Their goal at the time was simple and noble: to inspire and empower ordinary kids and to create a sense of team. Little did they know, they were just at the beginning of an incredible journey of helping kids ‘dare to dream’ and learn to make those dreams a reality.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: TSiBA : The Opportunity of a Lifetime To Study Business Starts Now! There is a gaping need for free; quality and sustainable education which is not a new phenomenon in South Africa, eg : the #FeesMustFall crisis.

It is a harsh reality that many South Africans are still not able to access tertiary education due to socio-economic constraints. But there is hope and there are options as experienced by 120 Western Cape students awarded scholarships to study accredited leadership and entrepreneurship qualifications at a local award-winning business school.  These students come from diverse backgrounds around the country, but their dreams are the same - to study at tertiary level and change not only their own lives, but those around them.   Read More...




Employment
Image: Job Opportunity - Business Development Consultant The iPDM(Institute for the Promotion of Disabled Manpower seeks to appoint a Business Development Consultant

The iPDM(Institute for the Promotion of Disabled Manpower seeks to appoint a Business Development Consultant to procure membership and CSI opportunities from new and existing Clients within the Private and Public Sector.

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ALL THE NEWS , Civil Action/Philanthropy, Advocacy
Image: Inyathelo appoints new executive director Jessica Rees-Jones Ms Rees-Jones takes over from acting executive director Nomfundo Walaza, renowned for her human rights-related work in South Africa & internationally.

Ms Rees-Jones’s experience includes working as a specialist consultant to both the Graca Machel Trust and power producer Cennergi; and CEO of the Royal Bafokeng Nation Foundation.   Read More...




Employment
Image: Job Opportunities Woolworths – 5 Food Service Assistants, Baristas and 4 Catering Supervisors.

Catering Supervisor    :           apply.311158CA3.0@applythis.net   - R40 P/H
Barista                      :           apply.51115B8E5.0@applythis.net   - R25 – R35 P/H
FSA                          :           apply.11108C5B1.0@applythis.net   - R25 P/H 

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CHANGE MAKER
Image: Wendy Vermeulen - Brownies And Downies ! I was born and raised in the Netherlands into a supportive family that worked in hospitality and service.

My internship was completed in South Africa and I decided to stay on and make Cape Town my home. I wanted to make a difference, and so began my long-time goal of opening a Brownies And Downies here after connecting with Wade.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Education
Image: Private – Public collaborations for the upliftment of underprivileged schools The Industrial Development Corporation celebrated five fruitful years of partnership with Adopt-a-School (AAS) Foundation and the Department of Education at an event in Bushbuckridge. The three schools in Mpumalanga adopted by the IDC have improved their annual pass rates by an average of 20 percentage points, giving thousands of underprivileged learners educational opportunities that will allow them to rise above their impoverished circumstances.   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Education, Health
Image: Clover story of dairy unfolds during National School Health Week: 'School Health Week' in South Africa, what better way to keep this important conversation going, with a visit to Clover's Visitor centre.

In celebration of the important week, which has brought focus to healthcare at schools, Clover is delighted to introduce school children, scholars and teachers to the world of milk - which provides a rich source of calcium, a mineral essential for healthy bones and teeth. Learners and their teachers are invited to come take a tour at their brand new facility that provides an educational and behind the scenes dairy and beverage experiences.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Go-Ahead for Reliance compost waste to Energy Project Reliance, is excited to have received the green light for the R250 million Waste to Energy project at Corona Farm in the Paarl region.

All appeals against the project have been dismissed by authorities, giving the final go-ahead to the first of its kind project. Not only will this project generate energy from organic waste, but it will directly and indirectly create over 1000 jobs, save landfill space and carbon emissions, as well as see depleted agricultural soils being rebuilt to high humus soils.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , HIV/AIDS, Sport
Image: Be Bold For Change - International Women's Day International Women’s Day greetings from Lilongwe, Malawi! I’m here as part of a trip to several African countries

This is to check in with our Grassroot Soccer teams and participants, and to meet some of our fantastic implementing partners. My favorite part of spending time at our programs is the inspiring people I get to meet.
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COMPANY NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Valentine’s Day for the Oldies in Hanover Park Collaboration between YISS, WeCanChangeOurWorld, Shoprite & DSD-Western Cape

We extend a massive Thank-You to Shoprite for their generous contribution. As part of their #ActForChange campaign, we could spread the love and make this an extra special Valentine’s Day.What a wonderful day was had by all the “ Oldies” in Hanover Park at the Hanover Park Community Centre. YISS (Youth Impact and Sustainable Solutions) a new innovative Youth Hub at the Crystal Secondary School and doing wonders for the Youth in Hanover Park, also acknowledge the value and importance of the older people in the community, look after their wellness and have made them the beneficiaries  of the programme.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Enterprise
Image: Applications are now open for the 2017 SAB Foundation Tholoana Enterprise Programme. Applications close at 12h00 on 15 March 2017. No late entries will be considered.

Successful candidates will be part of a high-energy solution that has helped hundreds of emerging entrepreneurs to accelerate their success. The two-year programme offers expert mentorship, skills training workshops, access to markets, and qualified investment-readiness support. Participants develop improved confidence and business skills that enable them to make their businesses sustainable in the long term.   Read More...




Employment
Image: Training & Development Co-ordinator:  Training Workshops Unlimited - (40 hours per week)

Cape Mental Health, a non-profit organisation that offers comprehensive mental health services in the Western Cape, seeks to employ a highly motivated and dynamic person as Training & Development Co-ordinator of Training Workshops Unlimited providing services to adults with intellectual disability.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Disability, Sport
Image: WARRIOR ON WHEELS : Spot the #WOWBuggy on the Cape Town Cycle Tour Well it's finally here... the countdown for the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2017 has begun and we are thrilled to have 4 buggy teams participating.

Race Day Supporters  -  If you plan to be along the route on the 12th March as a spectator, we'd love for you to get in touch and join our Warrior Tribe in blue! We are having supporter T-shirts made and we'd love to see as many of them on the day as possible so please get in touch - we will have the design finalised shortly and more info sent out soon.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Education
Image: Woolworths & MySchool exceed R100 million fundraising target for education Woolworths announce the "MySchool ‘Raise R100 million for Education" campaign has raised R104.9 million, exceeding target of R100 million set in 2015

This milestone could only be achieved thanks to the support of our customers and active MySchool cardholders who participated in the campaign between April 2015 and December 2016. The campaign is part of Woolworths’ and MySchool’s ongoing commitment to improving the quality of education in South African schools.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Civil Action/Philanthropy, Advocacy
Image: ACTIVATE : The State Of Whose Nation? This year’s SONA reads no different from previous ones except for the inclusion of “Woke Twitter” buzz-words such as #DataMustFall, land expropriation

It is important to note that Mr President has been paying attention (to some issues) as he made a point about the insufferable data price rates that needs to be lowered. We will be waiting for that with baited breath.Let’s break it down a little bit. Most opportunities (educational, employment and general) are mostly on the internet, and to connect to said internet, one needs data. So, if a majority who need to be linked with these opportunities are not reached because of the issue of access to these resources, a disconnect is born. The review of data pricing is welcomed, Mr President.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: ANNA FOUNDATION : Teens, TV Time and Epic Adrenalin 2017 Absa Cape Epic, we are excited to announce that South African legend Willie Engelbrecht will partner with Pierre-Henri for the Anna Foudation.

It was so exciting to watch some of our young children being interviewed for SABC TV this month. Not because they were on TV per se, but because they spoke so clearly using well formulated sentences … some even answering in English! This confidence would never have been possible 3 years ago! It just goes to show the impact our drama programme is having on these children’s self-esteem and confidence.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: PRINCE WILLIAM’S WILDLIFE CHARITY HOSTS2017 TUSK CONSERVATION AWARDS IN SA Tusk today revealed the 2017 Tusk Conservation Awards established in partnership with Investec Asset Management are to be held for the first time in South Africa in October, marking the first time that the awards has come home to the continent of Africa. The awards, first established in 2013 with the support of Prince William, aim to recognise the exceptional work undertaken by some of Africa’s ‘unsung heroes of conservation’.   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Eastern Cape Kids share experiences of first visit overseas High School learners explore London as part of Cheapflights-backed charity Exchange Programme

Twelve students from Ntafufu Senior Secondary School, located in the community of Lusikisiki, in the rural Eastern Cape, experienced their first time on a plane last week. The trip to London, also the first time any of them had been overseas, was organised by London-based educational exchange charity  BOTH (Broaden Out Their Horizons) and supported by global travel search platform Cheapflights, whose staff fundraised the costs required to fly the Ntafufu students over for the exchange.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Early Childhood Development (ECD)
Image: Early childhood development a priority for Itec SA This comes as a result of the company’s ongoing support of the organisation – having contributed both time and money over the past 9 years.

Itec SA, an Investec EP business today announced that they will continue demonstrating support to Ikamva Labantu, a Western Cape based NGO, as part of its ongoing efforts to support early childhood development initiatives in South Africa during the year ahead.
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ALL THE NEWS , Health
Image: News from the Children's Hospital Trust Committed to improving neonatal healthcare in the W. Cape and raising funds to upgrade the Neonatal Unit at Groote Schuur Hospital

The increased space will prevent neonatal infections, improve efficiencies and provide an environment that is conducive to the physical and emotional health of babies.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Youth
Image: SA Teen Entrepreneur/SOSA promotes Youth Entrepreneurs.-Profile We are excited to announce that we will be flying the entrepreneurship flag high at Sage’s Africa Summit Tour 2017

SOSA Investments, a team of young, innovative entrepreneurs, will be exhibiting their new invention, Project Light/Solar Puff, at this 3-day event.  The team from SOSA completed the 10-week entrepreneur course in 2010, and we are extremely proud of what they have gone on to achieve.  Well done, guys!   Read More...




HEADLINES, Enterprise
Image: Pursue a career in peace building through Rotary International Are you Rotary International’s next Peace Fellowship representative? Keen to pursue a career in peace building and the opportunity to study abroad? Through Rotary International’s Peace Fellowship you may just have the opportunity to do both. Apply before the end of May 2017 to stand a chance of being selected to participate in the program.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Funding
Many local, under-funded non-profit organisations (NPOs) are struggling to deliver much-needed goods and services under tough economic conditions

But a lifeline could be found in a welcoming office in Woodstock, Cape Town. Inyathelo, the South African Institute for Advancement, has a Funding Finder service which enables grant seekers to easily access details of nearly 1100 South African donors.  In addition, Inyathelo offers the opportunity to reach over 108 000 foreign donors. It is a member of the US-based Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network – one of only two organisations in Africa with this status   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: Educational excursions top of mind at Cape Town NGO Educational activities that allowed the youngsters to learn about different animals such as sheep, rabbits and ducks took place throughout the day.

“The beautiful summer day was perfect to spend outdoors with the children. Most importantly, they were taught how to look after the environment,” says Ghairunisa Johnstone-Cassiem, Director at Mustadafin Foundation.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Education
Image: Woolworths & MySchool SHINE light on young readers Every festive season, Woolworths and MySchool embark on a special drive to raise funds to make a meaningful life-long impact on children in need.

Over December 2016, up until Christmas Day, R420 000 was raised for Shine Literacy simply by customers swiping their MySchool and linked Woolies cards at till points.  These funds were over and above the usual support for customers’ own selected beneficiaries, which already amounted to R5,39milion in the month of December.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: What if the rains don't come? I used to think that Capetonians were preoccupied with water: lack of it, ways to save it, or even wilful belief of “Water problem, what water problem ?. A trip to Windhoek made me realise that if things don’t change, preoccupation with all things H20 will ratchet into overdrive-very soon.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image:  TSiBA student : “Failing is not the end of the world, get up and journey on” Sipho Sithole - For many privileged youth in South Africa their career challenge is simply figuring out what to be when they grow up.

For others the challenge is simply figuring out how to achieve the dreams they were certain about from a very young age. One of these determined youngsters is Sipho Collen Sithole, 23 years of age, from Langa in Cape Town. Sipho was born and bred in Soweto, Gauteng, but left his family and everything he knew to move to Cape Town in 2014 to pursue his lifelong dream of one day owning his own business.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Social & Community
Image: SASKO Siyasizana Daycare Project rolls out in the Eastern Cape The Siyasizana Daycare Project is being rolled out across the country and is rallying support in communities and making a visible difference.

SASKO’s programme launches in Mdantsan. Thembisa, Soweto, Mitchells Plain, and Khayelitsha & in January 2017 it landed in Mdantsane Eastern Cape.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Enterprise, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Woolworths store receives SA's first green building rating  Palmyra store in Claremont, Cape Town has become the first retail outlet in South Africa to achieve a 5-Star rating certified by the Green Building Co

Since opening its doors in 2010, the food market store has always been ground-breaking when it comes to advanced green building features. The Palmyra store set the benchmark within the Woolworths property portfolio, meeting the requirements for a platinum rating of the Woolworths SA Real Estate Division’s own green assessment programme. This is an internal rating system that is independently audited by Ernst & Young (EY) each year.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Education
Image: Capitec Bank continues to invest in Motshegofadiwa Primary School Stinkwater Hammanskraal, Motshegofadiwa Primary School will receive their second handover of maths and science equipment to the value of R 94 500.00

This is part of the continued support from Capitec Bank, who has committed to donating R10 from every ticket sold at the 2016 The Color Run Pretoria event, which has to date raised R 177 500.
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COMPANY NEWS , Education
Image:  Eastern Cape kids get once-in-a-lifetime opportunity High School learners given first experience on a plane and of London in a charity school exchange.

Twelve students from Ntafufu Senior Secondary School, located in the community of Lusikisiki, in rural Eastern Cape, will be flying to London this evening, as part of a London-based student exchange charity called BOTH (Broaden Out Their Horizons). For all of the learners it will be their first time getting onto a plane, not to mention travelling overseas.
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ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: The sweetest way to save a child’s life There’s no easy way to deal with a child being diagnosed with cancer, but a group of ‘Cupcake Angels’ are putting their love of baking to good use.

Their objective is to make a difference in the lives of child cancer patients in South Africa.
Cupcakes of Hope, a non-profit company dedicated to raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer in South Africa, will channel its love for baking into the fight against cancer ahead of International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day on 15 February 2017, by hosting and facilitating fund-raising events, hospital visits and their signature ‘Party of Hope’ around the country.   Read More...



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