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COMPANY NEWS , Enterprise
Image: PEDI AGRICULTURE ACADEMY TAKING SHAPE - Tunnel farm gets set for big things We are proud to announce that we have embarked on an exciting new project that will see the opening of the PEDI Urban Agriculture Academy.

The PEDI Academy is a departure from PEDI’s previous role in local development. Now investing directly into a project, PEDI has attracted a range of other partners whose involvement is turning the plan into one of the most exciting initiatives the area has seen.  Recent agreement by the City of Cape Town to co-contribute to the investment will greatly help to operationalise the academy.
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ALL THE NEWS , Government
Image: New minister planning to digitise home affairs, root out corruption Mkhize says dept is bogged down by antiquated systems

Cape Town - New Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize says her department is in need of a much-needed digital overhaul to help speed up applications and root out corrupt practices. Mkhize, who replaced Malusi Gigaba in President Jacob Zuma's mass Cabinet reshuffle on March 31, told News24 that her department was bogged down by its antiquated systems.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Civil Action/Philanthropy, Advocacy
Image: Gear up to get funding, Inyathelo advises civil society The loss of investment grade for South Africa ‒ and other developments that impact institutional and economic strength ‒ could be particularly bruising for the civil society and non-profit world, whose resources are already thinly-stretched. It is more important than ever for this sector to present an ethical, credible, professional and united front, says Jessica Rees-Jones, Executive Director of Inyathelo, the South African Institute for Advancement   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Government
Image: Cabinet reshuffle could clear the obstacles to border agency Customs and excise collection at the centre of a row between home affairs and the finance ministry

The Border Management Agency could soon assume all functions of border control and customs and excise collection, courtesy of President Jacob Zuma’s recent cabinet reshuffle. The issue of customs and excise collection was the subject of a dispute between the home affairs ministry and finance ministry, with the latter wanting the function to remain under the South African Revenue Service (SARS).   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...




Education
Image: New Scholarship Offer for SA Students

Launch of a new scholarship program offering a $1000 scholarship to a deserving and needy student to pay for their tuition fees.
To get more information about the requirements of the scholarship, please click here .
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ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
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...




HEADLINES, Civil Action/Philanthropy, Advocacy
Image: Be Human Rights : Remembering A True Hero - Dr Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada This marks one of the saddest days in South African history, as we begin to mourn the passing of one of our last remaining true heroes, Dr Ahmed Kathrada. Dozens of Activators, leaders, activists, ordinary men and women have joined millions of South Africans who have shared tribute messages to the late Dr Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada - known as 'Uncle Kathy'.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Sport
Image: Fun for youth at Mustadafin Foundation’s ECD Sports Day The air was filled with song and dance as the youngsters competed in a sack race, potato race, scooter race and relays.

In a last effort to enjoy the warm weather, children aged between two and six years old took to the field and demonstrated their love for different sporting events; displaying their healthy sportsmanship. The air was filled with song and dance as the youngsters competed in a sack race, potato race, scooter race and relays.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Plastic bottle recycled tonnage grown by 822% since 2005 PETCO, the organization responsible for fulfilling the South African PET plastic industry’s role of Extended Producer Responsibility, is proud to announce their 2016 recycling figures which indicate an increase in their annual PET recycling rate from 52% of post-consumer bottle PET in 2015 to 55% in 2016, exceeding their expected target for the second consecutive year.   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Funding
Image: Tshepo Foundation receives a helping hand from Paarl Coldset Bloemfontein Children at the Tshepo Foundation in Bloemfontein are in high spirits thanks to a donation by Novus Holdings’ Future Foundations initiative.

The initiative aims to give ‘a hand up, not a hand-out’ to its beneficiaries by empowering them to grow independently. Tshepo Foundation recently received R 35 000 from Paarl Coldset Bloemfontein, which forms part of the Coldset printing division of Novus Holdings, to continue providing orphaned and vulnerable children with day and healthcare assistance.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Drakenstein Municipality responds to protest organised by activist group Activist group, including Drakenstein Environmental Watch took to the streets of Wellington over concerns of municipality’s Waste-to-Energy project.

The group has been persistent in publicising points surrounding the environmental and health impacts associated with incineration, which is based on outdated and incorrect information. Given the advanced technology to be used for this project, the recent information published by various groups is not a correct representation of the facts surrounding the project’s technology.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Education, Funding
Image: Off the street and into a family Youngsters at the Khayalethu Youth Centre in Port Elizabeth are in high spirits thanks to a R 35 000 donation by Paarl Coldset Port Elizabeth.

This forms part of the Coldset printing division of Novus Holdings. This CSI initiative aims to give ‘a hand up, not a hand-out’ to its beneficiaries by empowering them to grow independently. The Kayelethu Youth Centre instils a sense of pride in boys formerly living on the streets by helping them to aim high and achieve their goals. Khayalethu means “our home” and that is precisely what the Centre provides for the 35 boys aged between six and 21 living there.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Disability, Funding
Image: Giving disabled learners in Durban the digital education experience they deserve The school is now able to further invest in much needed technology for the learners, to provide them with an improved digital education experience.

The Open Air School is one of the oldest special needs schools in South Africa, providing facilities and support for learners with varying physical disabilities, including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, neurological disabilities, head injuries, as well as visual and hearing impairment.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Disability
Image: DISABILITY IN THE HEADLINES Disability is currently very much in the headlines and all for the wrong reasons!   We were horrified to hear of the over 100 deaths of persons with psychiatric disabilities in Gauteng – never, never and never again must such a thing happen!   We have been begging the Government for the last three years and more to approve the necessary legislation to fund the building of suitable homes for people with disabilities.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Capacity Building & Resource Mobilization
Image: The new right to the city Recently, I’ve noticed a renewed interest in the discussion around what we believe to be a smart city.

Just last week, I was invited to speak on the Evolution to Smart Cities at the 3rd Annual City Development conference held in Cape Town from 13 to 15 March. Featuring city development experts from around the world, some of them smart city experts, I confess to feeling a bit daunted beforehand, but all in all, I was glad to contribute to this conversation.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Skills Development
Image: ZIPZAP Circus : 25 Years - An acrobatic walk down memory lane It all started 25 years ago, when co-founders of Zip Zap Circus School, Brent van Rensburg and Laurence Estève, hung a trapeze bar in a tree at Zimasa

Their goal at the time was simple and noble: to inspire and empower ordinary kids and to create a sense of team. Little did they know, they were just at the beginning of an incredible journey of helping kids ‘dare to dream’ and learn to make those dreams a reality.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: TSiBA : The Opportunity of a Lifetime To Study Business Starts Now! There is a gaping need for free; quality and sustainable education which is not a new phenomenon in South Africa, eg : the #FeesMustFall crisis.

It is a harsh reality that many South Africans are still not able to access tertiary education due to socio-economic constraints. But there is hope and there are options as experienced by 120 Western Cape students awarded scholarships to study accredited leadership and entrepreneurship qualifications at a local award-winning business school.  These students come from diverse backgrounds around the country, but their dreams are the same - to study at tertiary level and change not only their own lives, but those around them.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Civil Action/Philanthropy, Advocacy
Image: Inyathelo appoints new executive director Jessica Rees-Jones Ms Rees-Jones takes over from acting executive director Nomfundo Walaza, renowned for her human rights-related work in South Africa & internationally.

Ms Rees-Jones’s experience includes working as a specialist consultant to both the Graca Machel Trust and power producer Cennergi; and CEO of the Royal Bafokeng Nation Foundation.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Education
Image: Private – Public collaborations for the upliftment of underprivileged schools The Industrial Development Corporation celebrated five fruitful years of partnership with Adopt-a-School (AAS) Foundation and the Department of Education at an event in Bushbuckridge. The three schools in Mpumalanga adopted by the IDC have improved their annual pass rates by an average of 20 percentage points, giving thousands of underprivileged learners educational opportunities that will allow them to rise above their impoverished circumstances.   Read More...


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