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Image: 67 young people take action against poverty by getting work-ready In celebration of what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, with the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet and Better SA partnership.

The MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet and Better SA partnership hosted an innovative, collaborative volunteer event to help combat youth unemployment.  Going beyond the traditional 67 minutes of volunteerism, the event, which took place on Saturday, 14 July, gathered 72 volunteers to help youths from local youth development organisations to change their stars.   Read More...




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Image: Mandela Day - A Can Do Attitude for LEAP Science & Maths Schools This Mandela Day, 200 learners from LEAP Science and Maths Schools will join volunteers in constructing a Nelson Mandela mosaic made of food cans.

This will be the largest can mosaic ever created in South Africa. Built in Canal Walk Shopping Centre’s Food Court, the completed mosaic will consist of over 29 000 food cans donated by Rhodes Quality and members of the public. “We invite everyone to join us for 67 minutes or more, in what is sure to be a historic event that will ultimately help us to continue provide quality education to all our learners,” says John Gilmour, Executive Director of LEAP Science & Maths Schools.   Read More...




Funding, Social & Community
Image: This July, have fun making a difference for Qhubeka July is traditionally a fundraising-focused month at Qhubeka Charity, but the organisation is making it easier to support its its bicycle programmes.

“We picked the name because you can really do anything you like for Qhubeka,” says Qhubeka Executive Director Tsatsi Phaweni. “Over the years, our supporters have come up with some really creative ways of fundraising for us. But for many other people, although they want to make a difference, fundraising can be intimidating. It might be difficult to know where to start. With ForQhubeka, we’re making it easier for people by giving them five potential types of fundraising activities to try, and all the tools they’ll need to get started.”   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Bracing for impact: Rotary Club of Claremont welcomes new president

“I am honoured to take over the helm of this extraordinary club,” said Dr Malcolm Dodd, newly elected president of the Rotary Club of Claremont at his inauguration on Saturday, 30 June 2018. Dodd takes over the reins for the 2018/2019 term and already has plans for what he wants to achieve during his term.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: “SANTA SHOEBOX PLEDGING OPENS ON 1 AUGUST 2018” The Santa Shoebox Project is officially a “tween”! At 12-years old, South Africa’s best loved children’s charity.

It is South Africa’s best loved children’s charity and has touched the lives of 762 594 underprivileged children throughout South Africa and Namibia.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Education, Social & Community
Image: Engen ensures disabled pupils get warm beds for winter The Engen handover of beds and mattresses on 8 June, totalling R250 000, will get the children off the floor.

Eighty intellectually disabled pupils studying at the Mount Fletcher Special School in the rural Eastern Cape can look forward to comfortable, warm nights this winter, thanks to Engen’s donation of new beds. The Engen handover of beds and mattresses on 8 June, totalling R250 000, will get the children off the floor where they have been forced to sleep after enrolment at the school in Xaxazana, Mount Fletcher, spiked this year.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Agriculture/Food, Food security , Social & Community
Image: WOOLWORTHS partners with FOODFORWARD for food security The new partnership, which includes a R3 million commitment over the next three years.

Woolworths has announced that it is joining forces with national non-profit organisation (NPO), FoodForward SA to increase access to food across the country.  The new partnership, which includes a R3 million commitment over the next three years, will focus on increasing the organisation’s capacity to re-distribute the edible, surplus food it collects from producers, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity, Social & Community
Image:  Clean-Up Day brings community and cross-sector partners together Schoolchildren, Government, Companies and NPOs working together to drive environmental awareness and education through a large-scale clean-up day.

More than 1 400 schoolchildren and volunteers were expected to take part. Representatives from Qhubeka, Miss Earth South Africa (MESA), Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA), Pikitup and City of Johannesburg’s Transport Department will be present - working together in Orlando East, Soweto, to drive environmental awareness and education in the region   Read More...




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Image: Working together to help 300 people move forward in Alex and surrounds, with bicycles. The Qhubeka community also includes municipal government, corporate sponsors, schools and community policing forums

Through a community public private partnership between City of Johannesburg (CoJ), Qhubeka, Volkswagen South Africa and local schools and community policing forums (CPF) in Alexandra informal settlement, an entire community is beginning to experience how bicycles change lives. Today’s distribution ceremony sees 260 bicycles being distributed to schoolchildren from Realogile High School and members of the Alexandra CPF, while a further 40 bicycles will be distributed to Sandton Patrollers at the Johannesburg SMT bridge launch on 19 June (a total of 300 bicycles).   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Funding, Social & Community
Image: Vote4Charity to drive R1 million in donations One of the country’s biggest fund-raising programmes, MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet has pledged up to R1 million in donations.

MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet is calling on South Africans to vote now for their favourite charity or environmental organisation.  In the Vote4Charity challenge every vote secures a R5 donation for the organisation of your choice, and if you also share your vote via social media they get another R5.  Over the month long campaign, organisations across the country, whether big or small, can secure substantial donations if their supporters cast their votes.
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COMPANY NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Shoprite supports female community champions A community in rural Limpopo is celebrating a fully resourced creche, better equipped carers and good nutrition for preschoolers.

The partnership between Shoprite and Sweet Home Daycare Centre in Xigalo village, Malumelele followed the call made by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his maiden State of the Nation Address to end poverty by educating poor children in early childhood. Shoprite has and will in the coming months take hands with women heading up early childhood development (ECD) centres in a multi-pronged initiative that includes training for teachers and managers, structural upgrades and access to nutritional meals.
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ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: A Community Public Private Partnership in action The Qhubeka community comes together to distribute another 350 bicycles for schoolchildren in Orlando, Soweto.

On 31 May 350 more schoolchildren in Orlando, Soweto, are receiving Qhubeka Bicycles as part of the ongoing bicycle distribution programme in the region. This community public private partnership between City of Johannesburg, Qhubeka and various corporate and individual donors and fundraisers shows how partnerships can maximise impact. The children are from Selelekela Secondary School, Orlando High School, Lofentse Girls High School and Bona Comprehensive School.
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COMPANY NEWS , Education, Social & Community
Image: kulula.com in partnership with help2read gives the gift of literacy Across South Africa there are over 16 000 under resourced primary schools that provide adequate library facilities to libraries.

The Partnership between Breadline Africa and kulula aims to eradicate shortcomings such as these and ensure that the necessary library infrastructures are created and implemented into schools who are most in need, with the aim to impact students positively.  kulula.com in partnership with Breadline Africa, The National Lottery Commission and Shine Literacy have joined forces to give the gift of literacy by donating a container library to Welwitschia Primary School in Delft.
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ALL THE NEWS , Civil Action/Philanthropy, Advocacy , Social & Community
Image: Working towards making sexual offences courts a reality The RSJC ‘big idea’ is that South Africa can reduce the number of rapes committed by increasing the conviction rates of these crimes.

The RSJC ‘big idea’ is that South Africa can reduce the number of rapes committed by increasing the conviction rates of these crimes and achieving stronger sentences for perpetrators. We believe that this goal can be achieved through the planned rollout of specialised sexual offences courts, which is why we advocate to hold our government accountable to the rollout of these courts. We believe that these specialised sexual offences courts are the key to restoring faith in the criminal justice system by decreasing the secondary victimisation of rape survivors, and in so doing increasing conviction rates for rape.   Read More...




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Image: 100 new bicycles to improve safety and create jobs in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) prepares to host 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships, the official Hosting City is distributing 50 Bicycles

This will be matched by a further 50 from Volkswagen South Africa. The bicycles are being distributed at a ceremony in front of the Port Elizabeth Town Hall, hosted by Mayor Athol Trollip. The bicycles funded by NMBM are for 50 new city ambassadors who will act as “peace officers”. The additional 50 bicycles from Volkswagen SA will be distributed to 30 beach officers and 20 tourism ambassadors. The aim of this public private partnership is to empower the community to support and protect tourists, visitors and cyclists through bicycle patrols, and in the process to create jobs and alleviate poverty.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Social & Community
Image: CHILD PROTECTION WEEK - 27 May to 03 June 2018 Birth to Twenty Plus Study: Analyzing Effects of Violence in the Lives of SA Children : Prof Shanaaz Mathews talks about findings of the recently published Birth to Twenty Plus (BT20+) study—which followed more than 2000 children in Soweto from birth to 22 years old (also known as Mandela’s Children)—shows that 99% of these children have been exposed to some form of direct or indirect violence during this period.   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Retailer brings fight against hunger to its doorstep Community food gardens to sell their vegetables at selected Checkers stores on Friday (18 May) to raise awareness ahead of World Hunger Day - 28 May

As part of its broader strategy to fight hunger, the Shoprite Group believes in partnering with local community organisations in the fight against hunger. The Group’s vision is to enable communities to feed themselves in an independent and sustainable manner. It is the second time that community food gardens will be selling their excess crops at Checkers stores across South Africa   Read More...




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Image: Child Protection Month - May 2018 To date 25 children have been murdered in the Western Cape since January 2018

May is Child Protection Month and there are loads of ideas for how you can run your child protection campaigns.  We encourage each organisation and church to participate in the child protection week in order to spread awareness and  initiate response in  every community across The Western Cape.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Social & Community
Image: Tech underpins new wave of Indian Corporate Social Responsibility “There is something magical about the convergence with people halfway around the world. The issues you are dealing with in South Africa are so similar to the ones we are going through in India.” So says Priya Naik, founder and CEO of Samhita Social Ventures in India, addressing delegates at the Trialogue Business in Society Conference in Johannesburg recently.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Gender Violence, Social & Community
Image: Launch of the Diepsloot GBV (Gender Based Violence) Forum Eradicating GBV in SA is no small feat. Helping each victim of women and child abuse and addressing existing systemic gaps is a massive undertaking.

Try as we might, LvA cannot do it alone.  Neither can our partners, which is why the Diepsloot GBV Forum was founded.   Read More...



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