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Image: For UCKG volunteers, service is a way of life, making every day a Mandela Day

On 18 July 2017, which would have been Mandela’s 99th birthday, the internationally acclaimed statesman was remembered for many of his fine qualities, but perhaps most mentioned in media reports was his humanity. It was this concern for others, his desire to make the world a better place and his life of service that inspires volunteers to help change lives on Mandela Day.   Read More...




Health, Social & Community
Image: Hope House celebrates a milestone

Hope House Counselling Centre, a nonprofit organisation that provides donation-based individual, child, family and trauma counselling to the community has turned thirteen. Starting in the Lakeside lounge of its founder, Judy Strickland, the organisation now operates out of three fully-fledged centres in Bergvliet, Kuilsriver and Table View.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Social & Community
Image: The Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust celebrates 21 years of upliftment Current students and alumni of the Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) gathered at Mr Ramphosa’s wildlife farm in Bela Bela in Limpopo over the weekend to celebrate the 21st anniversary of one of his first educational initiatives. The event recognised past and present achievers. “We are all challenged to give back to the society that has made us and shaped us into what we are today,” said Ramaphosa in his address to the guests.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community, Youth
Image: CAPE TOWN YOUTH BOOK Stunning book about Cape Town Youth will move and inspire

We’re often told the voices of the youth should be heard and during National Youth Month in June, many organisations make an effort to highlight the plight of the youth. One organisation, Salesian Life Choices, has gone beyond the hype to actually give young people from Cape Town a chance to tell their stories and share the reality of their lives.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Social & Community
Image:  From success to success: Handing over the baton “Relationships have been the cornerstone of everything we do,” says Robertson. Through partnerships with the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust (CTCTT) and donations from the Club directly, almost R 2.5 million has been channelled to other Rotary clubs in Rotary District 9350 (Western Cape, Namibia and Angola) during the 2016/2017 financial year.   Read More...



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...




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...



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 , 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...




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...




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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...




COMPANY NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Valentine’s Day for the Oldies in Hanover Park Collaboration between YISS, WeCanChangeOurWorld, Shoprite & DSD-Western Cape

We extend a massive Thank-You to Shoprite for their generous contribution. As part of their #ActForChange campaign, we could spread the love and make this an extra special Valentine’s Day.What a wonderful day was had by all the “ Oldies” in Hanover Park at the Hanover Park Community Centre. YISS (Youth Impact and Sustainable Solutions) a new innovative Youth Hub at the Crystal Secondary School and doing wonders for the Youth in Hanover Park, also acknowledge the value and importance of the older people in the community, look after their wellness and have made them the beneficiaries  of the programme.   Read More...




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Image: ANNA FOUNDATION : Teens, TV Time and Epic Adrenalin 2017 Absa Cape Epic, we are excited to announce that South African legend Willie Engelbrecht will partner with Pierre-Henri for the Anna Foudation.

It was so exciting to watch some of our young children being interviewed for SABC TV this month. Not because they were on TV per se, but because they spoke so clearly using well formulated sentences … some even answering in English! This confidence would never have been possible 3 years ago! It just goes to show the impact our drama programme is having on these children’s self-esteem and confidence.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Eastern Cape Kids share experiences of first visit overseas High School learners explore London as part of Cheapflights-backed charity Exchange Programme

Twelve students from Ntafufu Senior Secondary School, located in the community of Lusikisiki, in the rural Eastern Cape, experienced their first time on a plane last week. The trip to London, also the first time any of them had been overseas, was organised by London-based educational exchange charity  BOTH (Broaden Out Their Horizons) and supported by global travel search platform Cheapflights, whose staff fundraised the costs required to fly the Ntafufu students over for the exchange.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Social & Community
Image: SASKO Siyasizana Daycare Project rolls out in the Eastern Cape The Siyasizana Daycare Project is being rolled out across the country and is rallying support in communities and making a visible difference.

SASKO’s programme launches in Mdantsan. Thembisa, Soweto, Mitchells Plain, and Khayelitsha & in January 2017 it landed in Mdantsane Eastern Cape.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: The sweetest way to save a child’s life There’s no easy way to deal with a child being diagnosed with cancer, but a group of ‘Cupcake Angels’ are putting their love of baking to good use.

Their objective is to make a difference in the lives of child cancer patients in South Africa.
Cupcakes of Hope, a non-profit company dedicated to raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer in South Africa, will channel its love for baking into the fight against cancer ahead of International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day on 15 February 2017, by hosting and facilitating fund-raising events, hospital visits and their signature ‘Party of Hope’ around the country.   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...



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 , 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...



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