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Image: Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN) fights poverty one bicycle at a time 500 bicycles from the United Kingdom arrives at the Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN)’s Muizenberg premises

In areas where poverty is rife, skills development, entrepreneurship and safer transport can make a big positive difference. The Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN) in and around Cape Town understands this and sets out to make a positive difference in the lives in the communities in which they operate. The Bicycle Empowerment Centres (BEC), which forms part of the BEN, are run by individuals from the communities who have been trained in bicycle repair and maintenance. They receive tools and a supply of bicycles, enabling them to start their own community bicycle workshops.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: Gardens Center to host Wola Nani charity book sale NGO fund-raiser from Monday 22 August to Sunday, 4th September

Gardens Centre will be hosting a charity book sale in support of Wola Nani from Monday 22 August. The pop-up fundraiser will see avid readers, film and music enthusiasts convene for a good cause, with book, DVD and CD proceeds going to support the NGO’s work with women, orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) affected by the AIDS crisis.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Health
Image: Sesame Workshop and Johnson & Johnson Team Up to Bring Critical Health Lessons to South Africa’s Eas Muppet Global Health Ambassador Raya Makes South African Debut In New Resources for Vulnerable Children

18 August, 2016 –East London, South Africa, and New York – Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind South Africa’s Takalani Sesame, and Johnson & Johnson today released new multimedia resources for children and caregivers in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, focusing on critical health issues such as nutrition and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene).   Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Green Building Convention 2016 concludes with a strong call to act NOW The Green Building Convention 2016, proudly sponsored by Nedbank Corporate and Investment Bank, was held in Johannesburg for the first time late last month. The convention saw more than 50 international and local sustainability leaders inspire built environment professionals to build a better world now.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: Africa Code Week - Google Micro Grants CALL NOW OPEN for applications for Africa Code Week Google Micro Grants!

Apply for a Google Micro Grant by September 2, 2016 midnight (SAST) to enable you to host Computer Science activities for Africa Code Week in October 15 - 23, 2016.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Youth
Image: Polo is changing the lives of RURAL YOUTH one chukka at a time! Poloafrica, a Laureus Sport for Good Foundation project, recently showcased their mission at their home base on Uitgedacht Farm

Poloafrica, a Laureus Sport for Good Foundation project, recently held a Winter Open Day to showcase their mission at their home base on Uitgedacht Farm, set in the foothills of the spectacular Maluti Mountains in the Eastern Free State. Poloafrica’s mission is to give economically disadvantaged adults and children the opportunity to participate in equestrian sporting activities, including polo, in a professional environment.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Disability
Image: Caffeine kick for Cape Town Society for the Blind's Cafe 45 The coffee machine will contribute towards the CTSB’s quest of equipping students in the hospitality industry to master their art

CAPE TOWN. The Cape Town Society for the Blind’s (CTSB) quest to enhance the hospitality industry of the Mother City through the niche skills of blind waitrons and baristas received a timely boost thanks to the intervention of the international service organisation, Rotary.   Read More...




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Image: Mustafin Foundation 30th Anniversary Dinner Mustadafin Foundation will be hosting a Gala dinner on the 8th October 2016. Yes we are 30 years old and we are selling tickets for our gala dinner.

A table will cost R2500.00 and corporates R5000,00 a table. A table consist of 10 people. If you are not able to attend you may sponsor a table for seniors, orphans or the destitute. The corporate table will have your name and it would be advertising for your company that evening in and around the hall.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Skills Development
Image: Unilever: tapping into South Africa’s top talent Investing in South Africa's youth and paying particular attention to their skills development is key to the country's future economic growth

South Africa is renowned for its natural beauty and rare earth minerals. However, the nation’s real wealth lies in its young people, especially millennials - people born between 1984 and 1996 – who are digital natives accustomed to employing technology to do more in less time by using fewer resources. By tapping into the potential of this national treasure and continually investing in the development and growth of the youth of the country, organisations and the country at large will be able to achieve the prosperity it is destined for.

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HEADLINES, Early Childhood Development (ECD)
Image: Breastmilk is best for early childhood development “It’s at this time of the year that we want to encourage and remind all mothers to give their babies the healthiest start to life by breastfeeding exclusively for the first 200 days of their newborn’s life,” says Tom Bergmann-Harris, past president of the Rotary Club of Claremont spearheading Early Childhood Development for Rotary in the Western Cape, Namibia and Angola.   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS
Image: Milpark Education staff rally to raise funds for the Red Cross Hospital Milpark Education, one of the top 10 accredited business schools in SA rallied staff to raise funds for the Red Cross war Memorial Children's Hospital

What started out as one staff member being handed a flyer at a robot appealing for donations, turned into an internal fund raising initiative and led to a donation of R20,000.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Pop-up Street store to assist homeless people with clothing Street Store initiative aims to make life less arduous for the homeless and less privileged

With the winter cold and rain making life more arduous for the less privileged, Pam Golding Properties is making a difference by co-ordinating a street store initiative that will offer everything from free clothing and food to yoga classes and the chance to mark the occasion at a photo booth.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Women Empowerment
Image: The Agent of Change in the Rotary Injongo Project Women’s Month celebrates the battle for equality in the workplace and society; the sacrifices and hardships they had to endure on the road to success

The Rotary Club of Claremont believes that telling the story of influential women is more important than the holiday itself. Pumeza Mahobe, an inspirational lady, highly involved with the ins and outs of the Club’s Injongo Educare Project, has a story truly worth telling.   Read More...




HEADLINES
Image: Metrorail: Another train in flames in Cape Town The DA in the Western Cape once again notes the senseless torching of Metrorail Trains in Cape Town and condemn it in the strongest terms.   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS
Image: Engen celebrates women truck drivers this Women’s Month Whilst you would expect this to be a man’s game, a surprising number of women truck drivers work for Engen

Whilst you would expect this to be a man’s game, a surprising number of women truck drivers work for Engen, whose driver programme has – since 2006 - seen females compete successfully with males in this exacting environment.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Women Empowerment
Image: Strike a Rock South Africa just celebrated National ‪Women's Day

We were reminded to pay homage to the woman of South Africa who fought against the Apartheid government and celebrate the women in our country. It was wonderful to take a day to honour courage and strength in the pursuit of a better society and remember that women and have changed (and continue to change) the world.

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HEADLINES, Health
Image: Civil society comes together in Durban The International AIDS Conference in Durban brought the world to South Africa and showcased South Africa's AIDS response to the world. NACOSA staff gained much insight at a pre-conference symposium on Children and HIV.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Youth
Image: Waves for Change: learning, improving, growing In 2015 we partnered with University of Cape Town and University of Western Cape to evaluate W4C Surf Therapy programmes in Cape Town.

We found W4C programmes are well designed to yield positive changes in the mental wellbeing of participants. We also found W4C decreases violent behaviour, improves behaviour at home and improves attachment to education. In 2016, we improved management of W4C programmes, training and support offered to coaches and tracking of programme data. We now connect 400 children, parents and teachers to weekly surf therapy sessions & home visits, and monthly parent and teacher programmes. This is up from 250 at the end of 2015!    Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Health
Image: Sea Harvest continues to invest in the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trust The Red Cross Children’s Hospital unveiled phase one of its new intensive care unit last week.

After an emotional unveiling of phase one of the new intensive care unit (ICU) at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Sea Harvest has announced that it will continue its Kids for Kids project aimed at raising funds towards the completion of the hospital’s new intensive care facility. Since 2010, Sea Harvest’s Kids for Kids project has donated a total of R1.6 million to the Children’s Hospital Trust, the hospital’s fundraising arm, thanks to the support of its consumers.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: WasteCon 2016 to unveil newly ‘changed face’ of waste management Waste-wise organisations cannot afford to miss out on Africa’s largest and most prestigious waste management conference. As the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa’s (IWMSA) flagship biennial conference, it will set the stage for insightful debate and idea sharing between like-minded individuals and work towards improving waste management.   Read More...



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Image: Thank you for giving back childhood You've helped us build a bigger and better ICU

Because of YOUR generous support we have reached our goal of R10million towards the building costs of the R100 million-plus upgrade and expansion of the paediatric ICU at the Red Cross Children's Hospital.   Read More...




HEADLINES
Image: News from the Nelson Mandela Foundation For the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the past two weeks have been a devastating time following the death of Gugu Zulu. Gugu, who passed away on the Trek4Mandela campaign on Mount Kilimanjaro, will always be remembered for his selfless giving and for being an inspiration to a new generation of black motorsport enthusiasts.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Sport
Image: Meet Ng'onga We’re celebrating the #RoadtoRio by aiming to raise funds to reach 1,000 more youth during the final build-up to the Games

Meet Ng’onga Mutale, one of many young people that you have impacted through your generous support of Grassroot Soccer (GRS). Ng’onga is 18 years old, lives in Lusaka, Zambia, graduated from a GRS health education program, and recently completed her secondary education. Here’s what she had to say about the impact of GRS on her life   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: The Active Citizen: Lessons from Livingstone Our team is back in Cape Town with stories on our minds, gratitude in our hearts, and red soil on our shoes

After a truly transformative month in Zambia, our team is back in Cape Town with stories on our minds, gratitude in our hearts, and red soil on our shoes. Over the last month we planted trees and gardens, ran a diverse array of workshops, and connected with change makers from around the world. We also learned some significant lessons that we'd like to share with you.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Education
Image: Woolworths Employees help schools celebrate Mandela Day Mandela Day, celebrated on the 18th of July, invites citizens to walk in Nelson’s Mandela’s shoes by performing a service for those in need.

Traditionally, many people donate 67 minutes of their time to a cause, symbolic of the 67 years Mandela was in service to his country and people.  This year, however, the employees at Woolworths Head Office in Cape Town participated in a different kind of commemoration of Mandela Day.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Vote for a living planet and join the #LPC2016 livestream Over the next few days, residents of Joburg may spot bold bright posters on busy roads calling them to join the election spirit and "vote for a living planet". This is because WWF South Africa has spearheaded a street poster campaign which uses local election fever to invite people to livestream its annual Living Planet Conference, titled "Why SA’s Future is Brighter Than You Think".   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: PET achievements celebrated at PETCO awards The CEO of PETCO was delighted to share the organisation’s greatest achievements in PET recycling for 2015 at their Annual General Meeting (AGM)

 The ceremony honoured individuals, businesses and organisations that made extraordinary contributions to the recycling of post-consumer PET in South Africa during the course of 2015. There were 13 deserving winners across nine categories, which included the Best Male and Female PET-trepreneur, the PETCO Recycling Champion, the Best Product using recycled PET (rPET), and many more.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Early Childhood Development (ECD), Faith-based
Image: INVITATION TO RUSTLERS VALLEY Celebrating the Launch of the Naledi Village Crèche and Multi-Purpose Centre, Rustlers Valley Farm - 27 July 2016

The Nelson Mandela Foundation, Earthrise Trust and the Naledi Village Committee invites you to the launch of a unique eco-friendly creche conceived, planned and built by the community of Naledi at the Rustlers Valley farm in the eastern Free State. Rather than waiting for services the Naledi community have organized themselves to build a positive pathway of education, training and hope for their children. Please join in the celebrations as we launch this innovative project as a Mandela Day initiative.    Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Early Childhood Development (ECD)
Image: The real price of not addressing your child’s learning problems As parents, we have a responsibility to not only provide our children with an education, but to ensure that they have a wide array of choices

Failing or delaying to address a child’s learning difficulties has far-reaching implications for both parents and children alike. Edublox reading, maths and learning clinic, warns that the real cost of withholding learning intervention programs from children with learning difficulties should not be underestimated. This could result in long-term financial burdens when learners have to repeat a grade, while they often pay the price academically, emotionally and socially.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Backstage with Zip Zap Circus School co-founder and CEO Laurence Estève This women’s month Zip Zap Circus School puts the spotlight on its co-founder and CEO Laurence Estève

“When you see a child succeed, overcome a fear or a disadvantage, or just smile, things become simple,” says Estève, reflecting on what has driven her passion to co-found and lead one of the first social circus schools in the world for the past 24 years. “I have persisted because I’ve seen how it has helped so many children and how much joy it has brought to so many people,” she adds.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Social & Community
Image: PepsiCo gives back to the community of Tembisa Ubuhle Bezwe Child Care Centre in Tembisa, established in 2000 by Barbra Mthimkhulu, a retired qualified nurse and counsellor who trained through POWA

Barbra saw a need in her community when she came across a day-old baby boy at the hospital where she worked and whose mom had passed away a few days after giving birth to him. The baby, together with his two siblings, were the first children Barbra took in.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Education
Image: Gugulesizwe Primary School starts a new chapter this Mandela Day All thanks to Emperors Palace and the Peermont Community Benefit Trust

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” stated our dearly departed icon and former President Nelson Mandela. Those words will echo throughout history as learners seek motivation. With this in mind, approximately 750 learners from Gugulesizwe Primary School in Daveyton will experience some ‘Madiba Magic’ when the Peermont Community Benefit Trust, in collaboration with the regional Department of Education officials and the school’s governing body, unveils a refurbished library. The majority of these learners, who come from underprivileged backgrounds will now be empowered to do their school work with limitless access to information.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Health
Image: CHOMA DREAMS CAFÉS Creating safe, connected spaces for young women to reduce HIV risk

HIVSA, a leading South African not-for-profit organisation offering HIV related services, unveiled the CHOMA Dreams Cafés today at the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban. Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, Jean Armstrong and Charlize Theron, supported the launch and spoke about how this groundbreaking initiative hopes to provide vulnerable young women between the ages of 15 and 25 with safe, connected and empowering spaces to access health information, social services, life skills training, and support from peers and mentors; herewith a release with more information.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Khusela Ikhaya Project kick off #MandelaDayEveryDay campaign. The project held their Mandela Day event on 16th July, in Lungelethu informal settlement, where they painted homes with fire retardant paint

“Every year on the 18th July we celebrate the life of tata Madiba. If we strive to uphold his ideals, our world will be a better place. We will continue our personal pledge to uphold his spirit every day, as we believe every day is ‘Mandela Day’.” begins Justin Zietsman, Executive Director of the Khusela Ikhaya Project.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Education
Image: WOOLWORTHS HOSTS ANNUAL ‘INSIDE RETAIL’ PROGRAMME THE programmes is aimed at contributing to improved tertiary education in South Africa

Woolworths recently hosted its annual ‘Inside Retail’ programme with 32 Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges in Cape Town.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Health
Image: HIV/AIDS continues to stalk children and adolescents – UNICEF UN children’s agency to showcase successes, innovations at AIDS Conference
On the eve of the 21st International AIDS Conference taking place in Durban this week, UNICEF warned that despite remarkable global progress in tackling the HIV/AIDS pandemic, much work remains to be done to protect children and adolescents from infection, sickness and death.   Read More...



HEADLINES
Image: Nelson Mandela Day 2016 Community Chest invites you to be part of an event to benefit thousands of South Africans on 18 July 2016
Join Community Chest as we celebrate Mandela Day, Monday July 18, by donating a blanket for the Bree Street Take Over. You and your colleagues can make a real difference to childrens’ lives on Mandela Day. The blankets will be donated directly to those in need. We’ll also be having entertainment by the Afrika Ablaze Dance Company.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Early Childhood Development (ECD)
Image: 76 000 Children Benefitted from Early Childhood Development Programmes The DA is committed to facilitating a nurturing, caring and safe environment for children of the Western Cape to grow up in

Assisting children in the early stages of life is one of the most effective interventions government can make to ensure they grow up healthy and prosperous citizens, and an important part of DA’s Social Development priorities.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity, Youth
Image: Join Grassroot Soccer at AIDS 2016 Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is proud to be an active participant at the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa July 18-22

The theme of AIDS 2016 is "Access Equity Rights Now", a call to action to work together and reach the people who still lack access to comprehensive treatment, prevention, care and support services.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Disability
Image: South African Sign Language - 12th Official Language National Executive Committee of DeafSA at the 197th meeting stated that DeafSA will continue to lobby for SASL to become the 12th official language of South Africa and therefore launched its new campaign “Solidarity in South African Sign Language”. South African Sign language is at the core of Deaf people’s lives. SASL makes accessibility for Deaf people possible...   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: An opportunity for teachers to empower African youth with coding skills Cape Town Science Centre is inviting teachers with little or no experience in coding, to participate in free Train-the-TraTrainer coding workshops

In preparation for Africa Code Week the largest digital literacy initiative in Africa, the Cape Town Science Centre is inviting teachers from schools and elsewhere, with little or no experience in coding, to participate in free Train-the-Trainer coding workshops taking place on the 22nd and 23rd of July at the Cape Town Science Centre based in Observatory, Cape Town.

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HEADLINES, Education
Image: Business Studies in our schools in trouble. Volunteers needed The subject of Business Studies in our schools is not faring well. Pupils are not being exposed to the real narrative of business resulting in very low marks and pupils leaving school with no appreciable business vocabulary. Implemented together with the Department of Education, we are matching suitably qualified Chamber members to teach at a local school.   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Corporate Governance
Image: Woolworths wins Wholesale and Retail SETA Good Practice Award The award recognises excellence by a large retailer in the area of learning and development, within the wholesale and retail sector in South Africa

Woolworths is pleased to announce it has won the Wholesale and Retail Sector Education Training Authority (W&RSETA) Good Practice Award in the ‘Enterprise: Super Large Retail Category’ for 2016. Woolworths ability to deliver business-relevant and individually-meaningful people development, that also enables their transformation strategy, were the main reasons they were recognised with this award.

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ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: The very real problem of rapid spreading shack fires It takes less than two minutes for a single shack to be completely engulfed by flames – and this from a simple fallen candle or paraffin lamp

 Within minutes neighboring shacks are in serious jeopardy (often with sleeping occupants inside). Imagine your only doorway facing raging flames or your home isolated and surrounded by burning homes. This is the fear shack dwellers face.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Khusela Ikhaya Project stand behind #EveryDayIsMandela Day campaign The Khusela Ikhaya Project will continue to host painting events (open to corporates, public) across the country in an attempt to stop shack fires

"The Khusela ikhaya Project is an initiative that invites you to stand together, be the change, live each day as Madiba would. We call on all South Africans to unite behind a cause that will make a difference to the lives of those living in our marginalized communities.” - Scarra Ntubeni, Springbok Rugby Player and Khusela Ikhaya Project’s brand ambassador.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Put your best dish forward this Mandela Day Literacy-focused non-profit organisation, Help a Child Grow (HCG), invites you to sharpen your knives and put on your aprons for Mandela Day.

In partnership with Maboneng-based JHB Culinary and Pastry School (JCPS), the non-profit organisation will be hosting a cook-off on 16 July, where members of the public are invited to show-off their culinary skills while engaging in healthy competition for a great cause.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Disability
Image: Launch of Mentorship Project ‘Pilot mentorship program of SA disabled will work if there is chemistry, relationships’

CAPE TOWN. – A ground-breaking pilot mentorship program aimed at increasing the employment rate of people with visual impairments in South Africa with the assistance of researched programs of success in the United States of America, Australia and the United Kingdom, was launched at the Cape Town Society for the Blind (CTSB) on Wednesday.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Disability
Image: IPDM; the Chairmans reflections Institute for the Promotion of Disabled Manpower take giant strides into identifying gaps in the employment market for people living with disabilities

The Chairperson of the Institute for the Promotion of Disabled Manpower (IPDM) takes this opportunity of thanking and saluting the dedicated team and the injection of new members on the IPDM Board for their amazing commitment for without this sincere dedication to changing people’s lives, IPDM would fail in its endeavours.  

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ALL THE NEWS , Disability
Image: IPDM Capacity Building Meetings The first Capacity Building Meeting (CBM) for the year under the theme Theories of Change was hosted at the offices of Edit Microsystems in Sea Point

On 17 March 2016 the first Capacity Building Meeting (CBM) for the year under the theme Theories of Change was hosted at the offices of Edit Microsystems in Sea Point.    Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Sport
Image: Qhubeka shopping bags available at Woolworths stores There is now another totes cool way of supporting Qhubeka. These nifty shopping totes are available at Woolworths stores from 4 July.

As part of their Good Business Journey, Woolworths is proud to support initiatives like Qhubeka. Through partnerships with their customers and organisations like Qhubeka, Woolworths is increasing awareness of the social issues in South Africa, while actively supporting social upliftment projects in South Africa. Through the sale of each bag, Woolworths donates R10 to Qhubeka.

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