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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.

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.

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.

ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: Annual course in Advancement and Resource Mobilisation. Applications open for popular annual Inyathelo Advancement course at Inyathelo’s Cape Town offices in Woodstock from 16-21 July 2018.

Applications open for popular annual Inyathelo Advancement course at Inyathelo’s Cape Town offices in Woodstock from 16-21 July 2018

South African universities and non-profit organisations (NPOs) are under pressure to manage their fundraising opportunities and processes optimally. This requires well-trained fundraising practitioners with up-to-date, professional knowledge. To meet this need, Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement, is calling for applications for its popular annual course in Advancement and Resource Mobilisation.   Read More...

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.

HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Greening Your Conference With a huge push for businesses to go green, it’s important to walk the talk and what better opportunity to do this than when planning a conference? “Companies need to demonstrate to their key stakeholders exactly how they are reducing their own carbon footprint. An ideal platform to showcase one’s commitment to going green is at a conference where delegates are able to have a first-hand experience of working and living the ‘green way’,” says Jan Palm, President of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA)   Read More...

ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: Celebrating the freedom to learn, this Africa Day On 25 May 2018 we celebrated Africa Day; a day marking the independence of 28 African countries

While South Africa only became part of the original organisation in 1994, our country became the founding member of the African Union, officially launched in 2002.   Read More...

ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: Literacy NGO gives out 100,000th book READ to RISE celebrated handing out their 100,000th OAKY book at Cascade Primary School in Mitchells Plain.

The organisation visited the school to conduct their programmes to inspire the Grade 2 and 3 learners to read. As part of the programme, each of the 344 learners received a brand new OAKY book to take home. The organisation has been visiting the school for the last 5 years. “We believe that book ownership can ignite a love for reading and it is important to keep encouraging children to read.” says Executive Director Taryn Lock.   Read More...

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...

ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
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...

ALL THE NEWS , Sustainability
Image: People of Japan invest in upliftment of South African youth Cyril Ramaphosa addressed over 100 Japanese business executives at the Japan Africa Public Private Economic Forum to enable sustainable engagement.

President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed over 100 Japanese business executives at the Japan Africa Public Private Economic Forum at the Sandton Convention Centre earlier this month. The Forum was intended to enable sustainable engagement between Japanese and African business communities and to accelerate private-sector-led economic growth.   Read More...

COMPANY NEWS , Education
Image: Engen Libra helps transform children’s lives at Tjhabelani Primary School Eleven years ago the rural Tjhabelani Primary School was just a dream.

Today, Engen Libra Motors has helped it grow offering its learners the kind of educational opportunities they never thought possible. The school, which opened 11 years ago in Bainsvlei, 15km outside Bloemfontein, has blossomed, thanks in no small part to the partnership with Engen Libra Motors. Not only does the dealership sponsor daily transport to school for the 125 children to the tune of R60 000 annually, but also assists with donations such as clothing and food.   Read More...

ALL THE NEWS , Enterprise
Image: IkamvaYouth wins R25 000 in Trialogue Donor’s Den Some 140 learners in Grahamstown’s Joza township will be better prepared to access tertiary education and job opportunities, thanks to a project pitch

This was presented by a passionate young fundraiser at a responsible business conference in Johannesburg. IkamvaYouth fundraising coordinator Balisa Ntloko has returned to the Eastern Cape with R25 000 from the Eskom Development Foundation, following the 11th annual Trialogue Business in Society Conference in Johannesburg on 8 and 9 May.   Read More...

HEADLINES, Enterprise
Image: Re-writing the African narrative, one core value at a time Gaborone, Botswana: Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been voted Africa’s most reputable and ethical individual, while Gift of the Givers and Botswana were recognised as the most admired organisation and country on the continent. These are just some of the top level results from the research conducted by Reputation Matters for African Public Relations Association (APRA) on African ethics and reputation.   Read More...

ALL THE NEWS , Capacity Building & Resource Mobilization
Image:  "The Roots of the NGO Crisis in South Africa: A Look Beyond the Surface" Frank Julie, in his penetrating book, provides a careful analysis of historical aspects of South Africa’s NGO sector.

He then discusses the lessons learned from history on the political front and on the leadership learning front, alluding frequently to the ways in which the dialogue in South Africa was influenced by the dialogue in other parts of Africa.   Read More...

ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
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...

ALL THE NEWS , Employment
Image: Work4You focuses its attention on people with intellectual disabilities aged 18 to 30 Work4Uou acts as a bridge between the end of special needs education and supported employment

D’Alton says they boast high commercial employment rates, thanks to their skills and personal development programme, which is delivered by a team of professionals. Although Engen has spent five years supporting Work4You, a Cape Town based NGO that prepares people with intellectual disabilities for permanent jobs, the bursaries are new – and the results have been phenomenal.   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...

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