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ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Qhubeka and Team Dimension Data shortlisted for Beyond Sport Global Awards 2017 The prestigious annual Beyond Sport Global Awards, in the Best Partnership or Collaboration category.

The awards, currently in their ninth year, are aimed at giving recognition to organisations that are successfully using sport to promote and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Qhubeka and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s entry is one of four shortlisted in the Best Partnership or Collaboration category.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: Giving disabled learners in Durban the digital education experience they deserve. Computer literacy is an incredibly important life skill and forms part of the curriculum at the Open Air School.

Through a recent generous financial injection by Correll Tissue, the school is now able to further invest in much needed technology for the learners, to provide them with an improved digital education experience.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Youth
Image: Life Choices Launches the Y Campaign for Youth Month For the past three years Salesian Life Choices, a Cape Town-based social enterprise, celebrated SA's National Youth Month with ‘30 Stories in 30 Days'

This year promises to be bigger and better. In addition to sharing a different story every day in June about an extraordinary young person, Salesian Life Choices is challenging South Africans to stand in solidarity with youth.   Read More...




Videos
Image: Rhino Tears

The Rhino Tears range of wines, from the Mt Vernon estate in Cape Town, donates R15 from every bottle sold to be used in the war against rhino poaching within South Africa’s national parks (SANParks). Since launch in 2014 they have already contributed R 1 000 000 to the cause.

Rhino Tears wine is available for purchase online at www.rhinotears.co.za.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Education
Image: Reading is the key to learning... unlock the door this Mandela Day. Reading is the key to learning... unlock the door this Mandela Day. International studies have revealed that regardless of nationality, level of education, or their parents’ economic status, children who grow up with books in their homes reach a higher level of education than those who do not.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: EELC 2016 Annual Report - Advancing education justice The EELC aims to advance access to education through movement lawyering, community lawyering and legal research.

The Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) is proud to announce the launch of its 2016 Annual Report. Our annual report shows the range and complexity of the EELC’s work, and its engagement with the practice of democratic accountability and the Constitution’s vision of equality.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Education, Social & Community
Image: Call to action for Child Protection Week “A child’s ability to learn is not only affected by the quality of teaching, the state of their classroom and the quality of their books.
As we observe Child Protection Week from 27 May to 02 June, the Adopt-a-School (AAS) Foundation calls upon government, NGOs and civil society to combine their efforts to protect vulnerable children against neglect, abuse and exploitation. Unless children are properly nurtured and protected from harm, no amount of improvement to schooling will yield better educational outcomes.   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Health
Image: Top care provided by Paediatric Intensive Care Unit thanks to Sea Harvest - A R300 000 donation from their ‘Kids for Kids’ initiative.

When Inako was born on 21 September 2016 at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in East London, Eastern Cape, doctors realised that she had a hole in her heart. She was immediately transferred to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town for surgery. Following her operation Inako spent time recovering in the hospital’s Paediatric ICU where she received excellent care from doctors and nurses who used state of the art medical equipment.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Sport, Youth
Image: Zip Zap captivates the international stage Performers have had the incredible honour to perform in Reunion Island, Switzerland & Paris

From the start, 2017 has been an action packed year for Zip Zap. Performers have had the incredible honour to perform in Reunion Island for the festival "Leu Tempo”, in Zurich, Switzerland at a charity tennis game between Roger Federer and Andy Murray, and in Paris co-founder Laurence Estève was invited to join the judging panel of the prestigious Festival International du Cirque de Demain.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Sport, Youth
Image: Old Mutual iWYZE partners with SA Hockey Association for youth empowerment According to the University of Rochester, participating in sports teaches life lessons like discipline, responsibility, self-confidence, accountabilit

With this in mind, iWYZE have partnered with the South African Hockey Association (SAHA), as the official sponsor of the Schools Hockey Nationals 2017( under 18’s, 16’s and 13’s) . “Hockey has not received the support it deserved being one of the fastest growing sports in South Africa.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , HIV/AIDS
Image: Deputy Minister Manana to visit Ekurhuleni East TVET College. This visit is to promote the First Things First Higher Education and Training (HIV/AIDS) Programme

The Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr Mduduzi Manana, MP, will visit Ekurhuleni East Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College’s Daveyton Campus in Gauteng next week Friday, 26 May 2017 to promote the 2017 launch of the Higher Education and Training HIV/ AIDS (HEAIDS) ‘First Things First’ Programme.    Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Health, Sport
Image: Friends of Valkenberg Trust Annual Charity Golf Day The Friends of Valkenberg Trust (Friends) works in conjunction with medical staff at Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospita

An enthusiastic group of golfers took a mental health day in support of the patients at Valkenberg Hospital, on 12 May 2017 at Rondebosch Golf Course. 

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HEADLINES, Sustainability, Transformation
Image: Women’s economic inclusion could turbocharge global GDP and development The advancement of women in business improves bottom-line performance and strengthens corporate culture, which ultimately drives GDP and socio-economic development. That’s the view of Graça Machel, founder of the Graça Machel Trust. Mrs Machel was delivering the keynote address at the Trialogue Business in Society Conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 16 May 2017.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Safety & Security, Women Empowerment
Image: Embrace Dignity and our allies had a successful Freedom March to Parliament on 27 April in SA A petition and memorandum was presented to President Jacob Zuma to demand freedom of those enslaved through prostitution and sex trafficking.

The theme for our march, #NoFreeChoiceMeansNoFreedom is echoed in the words of former President Nelson Mandela when he said: “As long as many of our people still live in utter poverty, as long as children still live under plastic covers, as long as many of our people are still without jobs, no South African should rest and wallow in the joy of freedom”. Mandela knew that to be free did not merely translate to casting off one’s own chains, “but [entails living] in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others”.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS
Image: TRIALOGUE CONFERENCE AIMS TO BE A SPRINGBOARD FOR SMALL ENTERPRISE Urgent job creation needed through small enterprises-this vital topic is a key focus at the 10th Annual Conference.

South Africa urgently needs to create millions of jobs through small enterprises – and this vital topic will be a key focus at the 10th annual Trialogue Business in Society Conference, to be held at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg on 16 and 17 May. Over 50 expert speakers and panellists, and several hundred delegates, will meet to discuss how to grow new enterprises, harness technology for development, and build better community partnerships.    Read More...




HEADLINES, Health
Image: Smoking causes permanent harm to babies, both before and after they are born Mothers who smoke during or after pregnancy not only affect their own health, but they can also cause permanent harm to their babies. As we observe Anti-Tobacco Campaign Month, it is our collective responsibility to educate and support mothers to both limit the harm that their smoking may cause to their children and to stop smoking altogether.   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Education
Image: Nolufefe Educare Centre in Philippi reopened thanks to Rotary Club of Claremont’s Injongo Project “It is a great pleasure to partner with the Injongo Project,” says Johan Enslin, CEO of Lewis Group

Last year Nolufefe was on the brink of being shut down (left image) because the building was structurally unsafe. The Rotary Club of Claremont’s Injongo Project stepped in to help, with generous support from the Lewis Group. The children were moved to a temporary venue while building work began and today, smiling children sang and danced in celebration of their new building (right image) which not only looks beautiful, but no longer leaks when it rains.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS
Image: Applications for SAB Foundation Social Innovation & Disability Empowerment Awards 2017 NOW OPEN 03 – 25 May 2017 : Prizes range from R150 000 to R1.2 million.

The SAB Foundation was launched in 2011 as part of the SAB Foundation’s primary focus to ignite a culture of entrepreneurship in South Africa. To date, the programme has invested in 88 entrepreneurs and their innovations at a total investment of over R30-million. Previous award winning innovations have improved efficiency and/or affordability in housing, health care, small holder farming techniques, education, medical diagnostics, waste disposal, township security, fire prevention, support for people with disabilities, to name but a few.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Youth
Image: Salesian Life Choices  -  2017 Gets of to a Great Start! What an amazing four months it has been here at Life Choices HQ. We successfully recruited another 120 learners into our Leaders' Quest Programme

We also launched another of our entrepreneur's businesses, Salvador, and of course our other programs continue to make strides in giving youth better choices. This year has also seen Life Choices take part in the Cape Town Cycle Tour for the first time, and although the wind stopped the race, it certainly didn't break our team's spirits who raised an incredible R16 700. We have also been busy beavering away creating our new home, read on to see our progress!   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , HIV/AIDS
Image:  Programme to test hundreds of thousands of students for HIV in 2017 Deputy Minister Manana engaging service providers at the NMMU Provincial First Things First activation in Port Elizabeth.

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, 4 May 2017 – Hundreds of students were tested for HIV and screened for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and Tuberculosis (TB) at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University today during the launch of the 2017 First Things First campaign.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Health
Image: The Mpower Menstrual Cup A menstrual management solution for all women

The menstrual cup (MCup) is a non-absorbent reusable barrier cup that collects menstrual blood. It comes in 2 sizes and is made from medically approved 100% pure silicone (which means no impurities like colour) in an FDA certified factory AND is also now officially a certified “Proudly South African” product. See FDA link for Shaft Technical Mouldings: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/ims/mkex/ims/ims-fr.cfm    Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image:  Cape School Launches Global Fundraising Campaign Imhoff Waldorf School to raise R7-million in 700 hours to initiate build visionary eco-school

Cape Town – Imhoff Waldorf School, located on the Southern Peninsula in the Western Cape, South Africa has launched an urgent campaign to raise R7-million to secure its dream of building a visionary permanent home after 21-years of commitment to alternative education for its diverse community.   Read More...




CHANGE MAKER
Image: Avril Hoepner  - a mother of four and grandmother of five The exciting and informative years of my personal development and also an awakening of the strength and power of women in society.

At the age of 50 I found my voice and each day am challenged by the extraordinary ways in which I can influence what I say and do in order to bring about wholeness in the lives of people that I meet.. I am an Executive Director of the Western Cape Blind Association which gave birth to the Light and Healing Centre which provides employment to blind and partially sighted men and women in Aromatherapy Massage. I have learnt so much about myself working amongst the visually impaired and carry these building blocks as I proceed through life.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Enterprise, Sustainability
Image: Woolworths Celebrates 10 Years Of The Good Business Journey-A decade of making the difference Woolworths Holdings Limited (WHL) is pleased to announce the 10th anniversary of its Good Business Journey (GBJ), a flagship South African sustainability programme that was launched in 2007 by Simon Susman, now Chairman of WHL, as a commitment by Woolworths to make a difference to people, communities and the environment.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Skills Development, Social & Community
Image: Young performers shine for the first time on the Zip Zap stage Zip Zap Circus School celebrated 25 years with a fantastical show last Saturday.

“The children from our Simunye programme who featured in the show were overjoyed and amazed at the response from the audience,” says Brent van Rensburg, Co-founder and Artistic Director at Zip Zap Circus School. “Our mission is to inspire and empower these young performers, and Saturday’s show did just that, it was spectacular,” he adds.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: TSiBA Education : TERTIARY SCHOOL IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION ANNUAL REPORT 2016

TSiBA strives for transformation, diversity, access and inclusivity in education and also in daily life. For this reason we have included more than just the English language in our 2016 Annual Report to reflect and celebrate South Africa’s rainbow nation.

Download the Annual Report 2016   




ALL THE NEWS , Government
Image: Refugee Amendment Bill “restricts and excludes” says attorney William Kerfoot Children’s education could be affected

The proposed changes to the Refugees Amendment Bill “restrict and exclude” those seeking to work and study, according to William Kerfoot, an attorney at the Legal Resource Centre. Kerfoot was speaking at a panel discussion in Cape Town on Thursday on section B12-2016 of the Bill and what its implementation would mean for asylum seekers and foreign nationals in South Africa. The event was chaired by the Enhanced Civic Understanding and Engagement Project and sponsored by the European Union.
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HEADLINES, Enterprise
Image: Impact Amplifier Helps Secure ZAR16m Investment for Mobenzi Impact Amplifier, an accelerator and capital advisory firm for impact ventures in Africa, helped secure a ZAR16m Series A equity investment from the Vumela Fund, managed by FNB and Edge Growth, for Mobenzi. Mobenzi has developed a suite of flexible mobile applications and software-as-a-service (SaaS) platforms, which can be rapidly configured and applied to a broad range of sectors.   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Education
Image: Umlazi's Harvard pride making good on promise to give back in SA “The Dlulisa Initiative will truly make a big difference for South Africa,” says Radebe, speaking from his digs at the prestigious university.

Mfundo Radebe, who made waves last year after being accepted into Harvard on a full scholarship, will return to South Africa next month to launch an ambitious initiative to assist underprivileged learners throughout the country.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: Addressing the literacy rights of rural children this World Book Day This April, Nal’ibali’s Story Powered Schools team is hosting a series of community dialogues at over 200 rural schools in the E Cape and KZN

The dialogues will provide an opportunity to show parents, educators and community members what they can do to support the literacy learning of all our children, including those in South Africa’s most remote areas. “When we talk about rights, most people are surprised to learn that children have rights too as many of these cannot be enforced by law – such as the right to be loved and cherished ...   Read More...




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...




ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Support new moms this Mother’s Day Mother’s Day traditionally evokes images of a day filled with spoils from your loved ones; a day to celebrate hard work, dedication and love.

But this is not the case for all mothers. For some, it is a grand celebration. For others, the day goes by completely unnoticed. Is there a middle ground? An opportunity for us to honour the vital role that mothers play in society without giving in to the temptations of commercialism? Can the mothers of South Africa play a meaningful role in uplifting and encouraging our fellow mothers?   Read More...




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...




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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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...



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...




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 , 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
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...



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