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Image: Vocational service: Give back with your skill in 2017 “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Whether you are in the habit of making New Year’s resolutions or not, every person can commit to do more of in 2017: giving back to the community.

The Rotary Club of Claremont believes that if every person commits to making community service a way of life, most of society’s pressing challenges will soon be solved.
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ALL THE NEWS , Animal Welfare, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Super-mum rhino Thandi gives birth to second calf since poaching Kariega Game Reserve’s miracle rhino Thandi, who courageously survived a brutal poaching in 2012, gave birth to a calf on Tuesday 24 January.

The mother and calf were located using a drone as they were safely hidden in thick bush. They were found on Thursday 26 January, a few anxious days after Thandi was reported missing. The birth of Thandi’s first calf, Thembi (meaning Hope), on 13 January 2015 made headlines around the world. She brought much needed hope to rhino conservationists embroiled in a seemingly losing battle against rhino poaching.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Employment
Image: Thank you for helping us brighten the lives of hundreds of unemployed people in 2016! Please continue to support DreamWorker and Link of Love in 2017, so that we can brighten even more lives!

We ended 2016 with a special treat for the residents of Hanover Park Cottages….an “Ageless Grace” Christmas party! They danced in their chairs, they were treated to hand massages, a lovely tea and a small gift to take home. And yes, the love truly flowed and all our lives were brightened, both those who gave and those who received.   Read More...




Videos
Image: We are the Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) Cape Town

AACL depends on the generosity of the public and it is solely through donations that it is able to survive. If you would like to support the AACL Cape Town and its work, please feel free to make donations either via Electronic Fund Transfers ( see Local/International Banking details www.aacl.co.za in the About section) or via GivenGain (www.Givengain.com) where you can register as an activist and give online donations directly.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Education, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Useful Tips for Teaching Kids to Care for the Environment To help you get going here’s our own four step guide to teaching kids to care for the environment.

Children these days need to understand the environment. As public debates about climate change and environmental conservation become increasingly prominent it’s important that informed young people are able to formulate opinions and contribute to these crucial conversations.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: Feed a mind campaign equips learners for a brighter future. For 2017, Mustadafin Foundation have set an ambitious goal of reaching 500 learners by the end of January 2017

Mustadafin Foundation’s #FeedAMindCampaign, in association with Deen TV aims to reach over 500 learners within the disadvantaged communities of Cape Town, by supplying them with stationary as they prepare for the new school year.   Read More...




Education
Image: IkamvaYouth’sClass of 2016 achieves an 85% matric pass rate

In South Africa, a major predictor of academic performance is the location of one’s school. When comparing results between leafy suburbs and tin-roofed townships, it appears that we have two different education systems operating in parallel. For most learners in township and rural schools, even reaching matric is a feat; only 58% of the grade 2s from 2006 made it to write matric last year, and so, as Nic Spaull explains, the actual pass mark for the matric cohort of 2016 is an abysmal 42%.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages kicks off 2017 with Beach Blitz Clean-Up Swat clean-up crew to ensure beach-goers on January 2 and 3 were not greeted by piles of rubbish on arrival

The clean-up crews were on-site on these days from 6am – 8am. CCPB regularly organises beach clean-ups in an effort to contribute towards environmental sustainability. In 2016, organised clean-ups took place at Strand and Milnerton beaches where more than 1350kg of rubbish were collected and sorted for recycling.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Education, HIV/AIDS, Social & Community, Youth
Image: Waves for Change - 2016 Impact report and international growth! Thank you for helping us take Surf Therapy to hundreds of at-risk youth in Cape Town in 2016. In 2017, we're stoked to announce that W4C Surf Therapy programmes will be expanding to two new Cities in South Africa, and to Liberia. More on that to follow..   Read More...



Videos
Image: SOSA Investments: Project Light Video

Currently, more than 3.3 million people die from indoor air pollution every year. This translates to more deaths than HIV/Aids and Malaria combined. Furthermore, many underprivileged children in South Africa do not live in an environment that is conducive to a stable education. This is predominantly due to the lack of financial freedom and access to electricity that many households experience. As a result, kerosene lanterns are used as a substitute, which has the direct implication of household members contracting asthma due to the toxic-fumes kerosene lanterns emit. Additionally, kerosene lanterns have proven to be a highly dangerous fire hazard, especially in densely populated areas.

SOSA Investments (Pty) Ltd is the sole, Southern African distributor of the world’s first low-cost expandable solar lamp, namely the SolarPuff. Using the SolarPuff, SOSA creates a sustainable solution for people in need, thus affecting their everyday life. Consequently, as part of a CSR Initiative, we strive to grant 50 000 units to underprivileged Grade 3 learners in South Africa. This will effectively give them a clean, sustainable source of light in order to have an improved educational experience. Each SolarPuff will be distributed at the beginning of every school year, together with the students’ school packs, which includes their books and stationery.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Funding
Image: SA Shoppers raise over R70 million in MYSCHOOL funds for Schools & Charities Retailers are holding thumbs for a bumper time of year and so are thousands of charities and environmental organisations. Shoppers too, are looking for ways to make their holiday and gift purchases count by helping those in need during this time. Thanks to all the cardholders around the country, R 70,319,673.21 has been raised this year for a range of schools, charities and conservation organisations.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: SARDA TAILS - 3rd and 4thTerm 2016 For all the SARDA volunteers it is time to sit back and raise a glass to themselves for a wonderful and amazing effort this second half of 2016.

I’m sure we all share the feeling that this year, once again, has run away from us and here we are busy with all the end of year activities, both personal and for SARDA. As this was being written Mandy van Dugteren was convening our famous Christmas Card Table at the Constantia Shopping Centre and Di Longmore started her gift wrapping project.
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ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: Tsiba’s successful year in 2016 Thank you for your support and Ignitying Opportunity with us during 2016 .... and beyond !

Looking back at 2016 many unexpected issues arose globally including Brexit, Trump’s presidential campaign and the Syria refugee crisis. South Africa wasn’t immune to drama with crises including a vote of no confidence in our president, education protests and #feesmustfall.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Marsh Memorial Children’s Home hosts Uncle Willy's 48th Christmas Party The parties teach children the gift of giving from a young age - All profits and donations received are spent on Rotaract’s service projects

It  was a busy time of year for 73-year-old Paul de Groot who is preparing tractors, amongst other things, in preparation for his 48th year as host of the Uncle Willy’s Christmas Parties. The parties, an institution for many Cape Town children, take place in the grounds of Marsh Memorial Children’s Home in Rondebosch, over about 20 evenings in December, and are organised by Claremont Rotary   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Wheat Trust :  We could not have done it without you… There is tremendous power when women work together; there is even a bigger power when a community works together.

For all the support, collaborations and donations to our organization and a profound sense of community.  Thank you for helping us realise this power. This power has allowed us as a Woman’s Fund, to work in different contexts, support different issues and be at different stages of organisational growth.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Salesian Life Choices - End of Year Newsletter! Amazing achievements this year from a successful fundraiser hosted by a Leaders' Quest group, to our New Ventures Incubator businesses.

We can't believe it's the end of the year, 2016 has flown by. As the age old saying goes..."Time flies when you're having fun" and what fun we have had.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Grassroot Soccer Coaches are making a real difference One thing that always shines through is just how effective our Coaches are in being role models

Every day, throughout Africa and the world, Grassroot Soccer Coaches are making a real difference in the lives of young people.
Let's Help Them Do Even More.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Education, Sport
Image: Extreme Running to Ignite Opportunity TSiBA has charity entries available for both the 2017 Argus Cycle Tour and the 2017 Two Oceans Half Marathon

TSiBA has charity entries available for both the 2017 Argus Cycle Tour and the 2017 Two Oceans Half Marathon. The entry fee for both events is R 1450 per participant. Please contact     graham.moore@tsiba.ac.za   should you need more information or an entry to either of these events.
For those who are not as active or fit you are welcome to support TSiBA by supporting our participating runners and cyclists through the below links. 
https://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/groups/team-tsiba-running-to-ignite-2017
https://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/groups/team-tsiba-cycling-to-ignite-2017   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS
Image: Edcon supports celebratory event : International Day for Persons with Disabilities On 3 December, Edcon hosted this event at the Mall of Africa for raising R3,09million for Casual Day

In commemoration of International Day for Persons with Disabilities, Edcon hosted a celebratory event to  at the Mall of Africa for raising R3,09million for Casual Day (South Africa’s leading fundraising initiative for persons with disabilities). The funds were raised through sticker donations by customers at the various Edcon stores during this year and to commemorate the International Day for Persons with Disabilities.    Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community, Women Empowerment
Image: Raising awareness about human trafficking along the N1 Brave runners brace scorching Karoo sun for 400 km through Karoo to help trafficking victims

One of South Africa’s top long distance runners is taking the lead to raise awareness about human trafficking during 16 Days of Activism when he attempts to run 400 km in four days through the Karoo with a team of activists for the Put Your Foot Down campaign from 6 to 10 December.   Read More...




Enterprise
Image: Planners Focus On Philippi

Planners from a range of departments from the City of Cape Town gathered at Philippi Village to hear from researchers about the key services that Philippi needs to be able to grow.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: South African champion for black rhinos wins Tusk Award for Conservation At a glittering gala dinner presented in London last night by conservation legend Sir David Attenborough and the royal patron of TUSK, HRH Prince William, a local champion for black rhino, Cathy Dreyer, was awarded the prestigious Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa. She is not only the first woman, but also the first South African to receive this accolade.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: Over 500 learners write their first lines of code at Schools in the North of Cape Town The power of partnerships spreads the love of coding to schools in the north of Cape Town

Collaboration is the buzz word of the future and a recent partnership ensured that nearly 500 Cape Town learners got to write their first lines of computer code. These learners had the opportunity to take their first steps in becoming digital creators and not just digital users.    Read More...




HEADLINES, Civil Action/Philanthropy, Advocacy , Youth
Image: 16 Days of Activism: Marching against violence and crime The group of learners and NCVT staff walked through the streets of Diepsloot on Friday, 25 November 2016, singing and shouting boisterously. The learners held up placards that read, “Protect us from abuse!” and “We are the leaders of tomorrow”. They were marching to the Diepsloot Police Station to hand over a memorandum of concerns as part of 16 Days of Activism.   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Health
Image: Care and Share 2016 Three teams from Old Mutual were recently “admitted” to Valkenberg to help the Friends of Valkenberg get reading for Christmas at the hospital.

The teams wrapped gifts, prepared party food and contributed to the cost of the activities which form part of a recovery programme that ensures that people in hospital over this period do not feel forgotten and remain connected to what is happening in their communities.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community, Youth
Image: Zip Zap Circus School recognised for stellar community work “Zip Zap is daring children who do not have much to dream,” says Ian Robertson, president of the Rotary Club of Claremont

 “When we see how many young people have taken hold of those dreams and turned them into a reality with Zip Zap’s help over almost 25 years, awarding the founders with the Paul Harris award was an easy decision.”   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Health, HIV/AIDS
Image: SANRAL ups its fight against HIV/AIDS The national construction industry is adversely affected by the depletion of skills most notably caused by HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis.

Cape Town, 30 November 2016 – The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) has substantially stepped up its commitment with its landmark wellness programme now accessible to more than 2000 Workers on their Routine Road Maintenance (RRM) projects nationally.
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CHANGE MAKER
Image: Karen Smit  :  Commercial Business Unit - Vodacom Meet the dazzling, dynamic, dynamite

Long before having my own family, from the age of 3 years, I have had to overcome many physical and attitudinal barriers. I was diagnosed with aggressive Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis that affects all my joints and I spend most of my first 15 years in hospital.

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ALL THE NEWS , Civil Action/Philanthropy, Advocacy , Women Empowerment
Image: ACTIVATE supports Activism: Beyond 16 Days A victorious day for women - A discussion was led by award-winning journalist, Zubeida Jaffer and writer on gender, political and cultural issues

I wrap myself around the curvaceous bodies of women all over Africa. I am the perfect nightdress on those hot African nights. The ideal attire for household chores. I secure babies happily on their mothers backs…Armed with proverbs, I am a vehicle for communication between women. I exist for the comfort and convenience of a woman. But make no mistake…I am not here to please a man…Please don’t use me as an excuse to rape. Don’t hide behind me when you choose to abuse…”   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Joseph K Doss, President and General Counsel for IBWA states that SodaStream “makes false, misleading, and disparaging statements about bottled water.

November 30, 2016: SodaStream is facing a David and Goliath battle after the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), representing brands such as Nestlé, issued a “cease and desist” in retaliation to the latest SodaStream ‘Shame or Glory’ ad featuring HBO’s “Game of Thrones” characters.   Read More...




Nov 2016

NID in partnership with Road Material Stabilisers and the South African Foundation for Empowerment Training and Innovation recently launched an exciting new business unit on campus as part of the Gainful Employment and Skills Training Programme at NID. Deaf students and students with hearing loss will be taught to manufacture durable eco-friendly cold asphalt that meets the South African TRH8 standards using the nationally renowned LBS Asphalt. With this new initiative NID prides itself for creatively generating sustainable jobs for the Deaf, while at the same time taking into consideration the environment.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Social & Community, Women Empowerment
Image: 16 Days of Activism : Initiative to tackle Human Trafficking At the annual 1000Women1Voice luncheon in Midrand the focus this year will not only be on domestic violence, but on a far more insidious form of violence against women and children. For most people human trafficking evokes dramatic images from thrillers or TV series and not something happening right under their noses. Yet in South Africa human trafficking is a terrible fate for thousands of victims.   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Social & Community, Sport
Image: Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka meets Kylemore learners A big day for 158 people in Kylemore in Western Cape province. Tthey will also take ownership of their brand new Qhubeka bicycles

This distribution will see 100 grade 6 and 7 learners at PC Peterson Primary School receiving bicycles, as well as 47 grade 11s from Kylemore Secondary, eight Wildlands staff and three Kylemore  Secondary staff. These learners and staff members are part of a Qhubeka project called SHIFT Education, run in partnership with Wildlands. Other parties involved include the Stellenbosch Municipality, the Western Cape Department of Transport and local bicycle shop, BMT, which has been providing safety and maintenance support.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Women Empowerment
Image: Some Men buy Women as easily as they would a loaf of bread. Join us to find out about the work we do and how we are advocating to address this form of exploitation.

At Embrace Dignity we are committed to changing this unspoken, yet widely accepted norm, because we believe that prostitution is inherently exploitative.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: Mandela Day 2016 – Canal Walk This was an amazing experience! Our much anticipated #MandelaMosaic building day at Canal Walk Shopping Centre was a roaring success

We built a massive mosaic of Nelson Mandela using food tins donated by Rhodes Quality Foods and members of the public, all of which will be donated to social development projects supported by LEAP Science and Maths Schools in Langa, Gugulethu, Crossroads, Philippi and Delft.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Enterprise, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: KZN organisations applauded for efficient and effective waste management Organisations in KZN had the chance to be acknowledged for effective and efficient waste management practices at the IWMSA KZN Waste Management Awards 2016. After a rigorous judging process, including site visits and audits, the winners were honoured for their positive contributions to waste reduction and cleaner production.   Read More...



HEADLINES, Government
Image: Western Cape Has the Lowest Unemployment Rate in the Country Stats SA released the Quarterly Labour Force Survey today, and the numbers have confirmed yet again that the Western Cape is the top performing Province. The national unemployment rate has increased from 26.6% in the second quarter, to 27.1% in the third quarter this year resulting in the job crisis going from bad to worse.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community, Sport
Image: Lavender Hill children receive their first surfing lesson The Rotary Club of Newlands gave local Lavender Hill NPO, Philisa Abafazi Bethu (PAB) the much-needed boost for its surfing programme.

Young ones from PAB can now look forward to exhilarating surfing lessons thanks to the generous donation of new surfboards from The Liberty Wharf Trust. PAB is a community based organisation in Lavender Hill which works with local children, women and elderly people who have been victims of abuse.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Health
Image: Minister Motsoaledi announces government initiatives to save lives through technology and innovation As we observed World Prematurity Day on 17 November 2016, 38 out of every 1 000 babies born in South Africa still die before the age of five. Although we have made great strides in antenatal and infant care over the past decade, many of these cases are entirely preventable if they are detected and treated early.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Youth
Image: Zip Zap to inspire youths at the World AIDS Day show in Khayelitsha World AIDS Day, Thursday 01 December 2016 - The event, now in its twelfth year, is a highlight on the local calendar.

Zip Zap Circus School will entertain locals at an action packed, free event on World AIDS Day, Thursday 01 December 2016 at the O.R. Tambo Hall, Govan Mbeki Road, Site B. in Khayelitsha from 14:30. The event, now in its twelfth year, is a highlight on the local calendar.   Read More...




Videos
Image: Grizelda’s interview with News24 Grizelda Grootboom on being trafficked and prostituted in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Published on Nov 13, 2014

Grizelda Grootboom was 18 years old when a trip to Johannesburg turned into a nightmare. Trafficked in Yeoville she was tied in a room for two weeks and forced to work as a sex slave. This is her story. WATCH.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: "It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves" - William Shakespeare The current political climate around the world is creating a line in the sand and an "us" versus "them" mentality.

These past few weeks have been a tumultuous time for many. This  is being adopted by many, dividing humanity in a time where it is so crucial for everyone to come together to fight for change. Regardless of your political beliefs, now is a time to find a common ground, a more crucial moment than ever before to start conversations, rather than shutting them down and turning to hate or indifference.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Employment
Image: Employment Opportunity for a person with a disability - work as an Electronic Component Assembler

We are looking for persons with disability that can work as an Electronic Component Assembler for our client in Montague Gardens, Cape Town.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Videos, Youth
Image: Mamelani's #ProSeed Programme participants for Swiss Conference Waydene and Carly selected to represent Mamelani at the #Alternativecare2016 conference in Geneva, Switzerland

Incase you missed this....Two of Mamelani's #ProSeed Programme participants, Waydene and Carly were selected to represent Mamelani at the #Alternativecare2016 conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Read more about the conference.... http://www.alternativecaregeneva2016.com/index.php/en/    ........   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Education, Sport
Image: Morgenson Primary School wins R30 000 in 2016 Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages Recycle Race Learners were thrilled to find out on Monday, 28 November 2016 that they had won.

Winning earned themselves R30 000 cash for the school. Vice-principal Ms. Smith (middle left) accepted the winner’s trophy from Priscilla Urquhart (third from the right), Public Affairs and Communications Manager for Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages during a school assembly.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS
Image: National Children’s Day celebrated at the Nappy Run™ On 5 November the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA) hosted their annual fun run/walk event.

The 5km run was held at the Johannesburg Zoo in Parktown, in celebration of National Children’s Day to raise nappies and awareness of rights for children with disabilities. The first runner up of Mr. South Africa 2016, Morné Marais, compered the event, which was attended by over 300 runners/walkers who eagerly took on the challenge to complete the 5km in support of the cause.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Government
Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation : Time to account for crippling the state

Message from Foundation Chairman: Njabulo Ndebele - South African citizens across the land are speaking out and taking action to express their dissatisfaction. The Nelson Mandela Foundation supports the demand to hold to account those responsible for compromising our democratic state and looting its resources.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Enterprise
Image: 1 Billion Rand in client Turnover since inception  ! Shanduka Black Umbrellas has reached this incredible milestone

In this issue we celebrate the success of our entrepreneurs through the "One Billion Campaign" and we are glad to announce that the 2016 annual report has been published and is available for download on www.shandukablackumbrellas.org
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COMPANY NEWS , Skills Development
Image: Unilever wins ‘best innovation in skills development’ award Unilever was recently certified as the number one Top Employer in Africa

Unilever has been recognized for their efforts in skills development at the CHIETA 2015/16 National Recognition Awards Ceremony. The FMCG giant received the ‘Best Innovation in Skills Development’ award for the Unilever and Wits University Engineering Program which was launched in January of 2016.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: #FeesMustFall is old news… TSiBA Education NPC has been doing it for over a decade!

Pearl Pugin is the Dean at the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) responsible for the strategic planning, implementation and delivery of all aspects of TSiBA’s academic programmes. She holds an Honours degree in Labour Law Studies and a Masters in Management and is currently pursuing a PhD in Strategic Human Resource Management.   Read More...



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