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ALL THE NEWS , Faith-based
Image: A successful Vision Night 2019 Vision night 2019 was a huge success, with over 400 people through the Message Trust over the past 5 ye

 From our early beginnings in Drakenstein prison all the way to reaching over 30 000 young people throughout the Western Cape in 2018, the photos and video below will give you a glimpse of Vision night 2019. Over 400 people hearing and seeing all that God has been doing through the Message Trust over the past 5 years.   Read More...

ALL THE NEWS , Funding
Image: Help our 25 year old organisation enthuse young South Africans for another 25 years It's our birthday! This year we are 25 years old and we are launching a drive to secure our next 25 years.

Educo Africa has been successfully providing important and effective interventions to young and at risk South Africans for the last twenty five years. We rely on the generosity and support of individuals and organisations to enable us to deliver our critical work programmes. We are asking for financial support from organisations, networks that could assist on funding Educo Africa.   Read More...

COMPANY NEWS , Arts & Culture
Image: Distell National Playwright Finalists Announced The National Arts Festival has revealed the five finalists of the Distell National Playwright Competition

These finalists will now embark on the next phase of the competition; a mentoring programme, during which they will receive advice and support towards preparing the final version of their scripts.   Read More...

ALL THE NEWS , Enterprise
Image: Immediate rental space available We are offering immediate rental space to a professional

We are offering immediate rental space to a professional in one of the following fields: psychology, counselling, psychiatry, medical general practitioner, speech therapy or dietician’s. You would be joining a multi-disciplinary family centre with counselling/clinical and educational psychologists, child, adolescent and family counsellors as well as an occupational and speech therapist.   Read More...

Image: One Small Spoon Christmas campaign raised R2 million to combat hunger Christmas is a distant memory already, but thanks to Woolies and their customers, meals will be given to those who need it most throughout 2019.

The Woolworths One Small Spoon Christmas campaign united customers to help raise R2 million to help FoodForward SA unlock 2.5 million additional meals this year.  The non-profit organisation connects a world of excess to a world of need by recovering edible surplus food and redistributing it to a national network of charities that together feed hundreds of thousands of hungry South Africans every day.   Read More...

ALL THE NEWS , Early Childhood Development (ECD)
Image: MYSCHOOL MYVILLAGE MYPLANET and GROW partner for quality Early Childhood Education GROW with Educare’s unique model takes a multi-faceted approach to solving the ECD crisis in South Africa in a sustainable and scalable way.

The MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet community loyalty programme has launched a new partnership with the GROW with Educare Centres project to establish 21 high quality early childhood development centres (ECD) in under-resourced communities of Cape Town and Gauteng over the next two years.  With funding of almost R5 million, this is one of MySchool’s biggest commitments to a single project to date.   Read More...

HEADLINES, Funding, Sustainability
Image: CSI that leaves a lasting legacy Corporate donors are beginning to shift their focus, from funding a wide range of projects for extended periods, to carefully selecting fewer projects that are closely aligned with their core business and are contributing to systemic social change. According to CSI and sustainability consultancy Trialogue’s 2018 corporate social investment (CSI) research, most companies (39%) had one or two flagship projects.   Read More...

Image: Grassroot Soccer Training Fellow Selected as a Laureus YES Change Agent Thabile Nene, Grassroot Soccer Training Fellow – Partnerships, was selected as a Laureus Youth Empowerment through Sport (YES) Change Agent.

She had the opportunity to be a facilitator at their YES training camp held February 8–13 in Cape Town, South Africa. The YES training camp is the official internal mentorship program for the South African foundation. Thabile shares her reflections below.   Read More...

HEADLINES, Education

Ultimately, there are only two ways to improve the world – through technology and through
behaviour change. The DG Murray Trust’s new publication, the Human Factor, focuses on the
latter. “Far too often people are viewed as the ‘problem’ in development; through the lens of
the Human Factor, we see them as development’s greatest asset,” explains DGMT CEO, David
Harrison.  

HEADLINES, Enterprise, Skills Development
Image: New Publication Explores SA’s Greatest Asset: Human Potential  Ultimately, there are only two ways to improve the world – through technology and through behaviour change. The DG Murray Trust’s new publication, the Human Factor, focuses on the latter. “Far too often people are viewed as the ‘problem’ in development; through the lens of the Human Factor, we see them as development’s greatest asset,” explains DGMT CEO, David Harrison.   Read More...

COMPANY NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: WOOLWORTHS Rolls Out Paper-Stemmed Earbuds Woolworths has kick started the year with its latest announcement in its journey to ZERO packaging waste to landfill.

Switching to paper-stemmed earbuds might seem like a small difference to make, but it has a significant impact.  On an annual basis this switch equates to over 11 million plastic stems not entering our waste streams or waterways.   This is aligned to one of the retailer’s key commitments, which is to phase out single-use plastic, including plastic carrier bags.    Read More...

ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: Additional support needed for science learners in high schools The momentum we create by investing in these 21 schools in a consistent, multi-activity & practical manner, helps build a pipeline of future minds

As we enter the 2019 academic year, the stark reality is that the extra tuition often required to achieve good grades in subjects such as science and mathematics is out of reach of most pupils in Cape Town. However, responsible corporate organisations such as Astron Energy (formerly Chevron South Africa) are ensuring much-needed support for these pupils and their schools.   Read More...

HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Climate Investment Funds Unveils New Facility, Evidence of Transformational Change at Ten-Year Anniv The announcements were made this week at the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) “The Power of 10: Shaping the Future of Climate Action” event at the Noor Ouarzazate Concentrated Solar Power Plant - the largest facility of its kind in the world - in Morocco. The summit convened over 300 climate leaders from the public and private sectors for action-oriented dialogue on fighting climate change.   Read More...

Image: Exciting News! UCT’s support process begins for Sophakama! Major focus area for Rogz Academy Books & Beyond team over next three plus years will be the School Management, Curriculum & Teacher Support Programme

We are thrilled to announce that we have partnered with the Schools Development Unit (SDU) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), who are able to offer expertise and well-founded research to our thinking about the implementation of this programme.   Read More...

Image: READING WITH ROZA! The English Literacy Programme attracts volunteers of all ages and backgrounds.

Roza is an international student visiting from the Netherlands. A Business Administration student, doing her internship at Rogz, she heard about Rogz Academy Books and Beyond’s project at Sophakama Primary School in Dunoon.   Read More...

HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Join an Earth Hour Adventure dash on 30 March 2019 Get into the spirit of Earth Hour with family or friends by participating in an orienteering-style adventure dash in one of South Africa’s most beautiful national botanical gardens. Following on two successive years of successful Earth Hour ‘dashes’, WWF with the support of Virgin Active will again be hosting Earth Hour Adventure events at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town and, for the first time this year, in the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden in Roodepoort, Johannesburg.   Read More...

ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Community Chest celebrated a remarkable milestone in 2018 as we commemorated 90 years of service Our service focus remains to improve the lives of all South Africans to fulfil their potential and continue on innovative projects and programmes.s

In keeping with the objectives of South Africa’s National Development Plan’s Vision 2030 and the United Nations global Sustainable Development Goals, our key strategic focus areas - education, health, income generation, and community development - remain the foundation upon which we build our activities.
Together with our donor and beneficiary partners, we strive towards more effective and efficient outcomes that positively change the trajectory of the lives of our most vulnerable citizens with the ultimate aim of creating a nation of fully active citizens. None of the above is possible without the unwavering support of our committed partners and donors. We thank each and every one of you for your generosity and dedicated commitment to the Community Chest and the work we do.
We deeply appreciate your endorsement and we eagerly look forward to continuing the spirit of UBUNTU with you into 2019.   Read More...

Image: Final Social Innovation challenge for YeBo Volunteers! Sophakama Primary School’s volunteers on the Year Beyond Programme took part in their final Social Innovation Challenge.

The theme this year was: “How to create a culture of reading?”

Volunteers had designed games and activities throughout the year and they had to present how they would implement these and at what cost. I’m thrilled to say that Thando’s team ‘Book Attack’ won this round! They created an interactive board game for learners to play, stories to read and comprehension to be tested.   Read More...

HEADLINES, Corporate Governance
Image: The reputation management conundrum - what is your organisation's reputation score? The average corporate reputation score of last year’s reputation research studies conducted by Reputation Matters, a proudly African reputation research company, was 78.4%, a 2.2% decline from 2017 (80.6%). This score is based on ten reputation studies conducted amongst internal and external stakeholder groups across different industries in South Africa during the course of 2018, compared to nine studies in 2017.   Read More...

ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Getting the most from your gap year Taking A Gap Year? Explore And Make A Difference To The World

98% of all study-abroad students confirm that their gap year helped them grow as a person and 97% say that it increased their maturity and college readiness, according to a recent survey by Gap Year Association. Taking a year off before college is a great opportunity to learn practical life skills and decide which direction you want your life to take. It is a prudent chance for you to experience independence and build on your resume.   Read More...

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