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Currently, more than 3.3 million people die from indoor air pollution every year. This translates to more deaths than HIV/Aids and Malaria combined. Furthermore, many underprivileged children in South Africa do not live in an environment that is conducive to a stable education. This is predominantly due to the lack of financial freedom and access to electricity that many households experience. As a result, kerosene lanterns are used as a substitute, which has the direct implication of household members contracting asthma due to the toxic-fumes kerosene lanterns emit. Additionally, kerosene lanterns have proven to be a highly dangerous fire hazard, especially in densely populated areas.

SOSA Investments (Pty) Ltd is the sole, Southern African distributor of the world’s first low-cost expandable solar lamp, namely the SolarPuff. Using the SolarPuff, SOSA creates a sustainable solution for people in need, thus affecting their everyday life. Consequently, as part of a CSR Initiative, we strive to grant 50 000 units to underprivileged Grade 3 learners in South Africa. This will effectively give them a clean, sustainable source of light in order to have an improved educational experience. Each SolarPuff will be distributed at the beginning of every school year, together with the students’ school packs, which includes their books and stationery.   Read More...

Image: SA Shoppers raise over R70 million in MYSCHOOL funds for Schools & Charities Retailers are holding thumbs for a bumper time of year and so are thousands of charities and environmental organisations. Shoppers too, are looking for ways to make their holiday and gift purchases count by helping those in need during this time. Thanks to all the cardholders around the country, R 70,319,673.21 has been raised this year for a range of schools, charities and conservation organisations.   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.

ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: Tsiba’s successful year in 2016 Thank you for your support and Ignitying Opportunity with us during 2016 .... and beyond !

Looking back at 2016 many unexpected issues arose globally including Brexit, Trump’s presidential campaign and the Syria refugee crisis. South Africa wasn’t immune to drama with crises including a vote of no confidence in our president, education protests and #feesmustfall.   Read More...

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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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Image: Wheat Trust :  We could not have done it without you… There is tremendous power when women work together; there is even a bigger power when a community works together.

For all the support, collaborations and donations to our organization and a profound sense of community.  Thank you for helping us realise this power. This power has allowed us as a Woman’s Fund, to work in different contexts, support different issues and be at different stages of organisational growth.   Read More...

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Image: Salesian Life Choices - End of Year Newsletter! Amazing achievements this year from a successful fundraiser hosted by a Leaders' Quest group, to our New Ventures Incubator businesses.

We can't believe it's the end of the year, 2016 has flown by. As the age old saying goes..."Time flies when you're having fun" and what fun we have had.   Read More...

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Image: Grassroot Soccer Coaches are making a real difference One thing that always shines through is just how effective our Coaches are in being role models

Every day, throughout Africa and the world, Grassroot Soccer Coaches are making a real difference in the lives of young people.
Let's Help Them Do Even More.  

ALL THE NEWS , Education, Sport
Image: Extreme Running to Ignite Opportunity TSiBA has charity entries available for both the 2017 Argus Cycle Tour and the 2017 Two Oceans Half Marathon

TSiBA has charity entries available for both the 2017 Argus Cycle Tour and the 2017 Two Oceans Half Marathon. The entry fee for both events is R 1450 per participant. Please contact     graham.moore@tsiba.ac.za   should you need more information or an entry to either of these events.
For those who are not as active or fit you are welcome to support TSiBA by supporting our participating runners and cyclists through the below links. 
https://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/groups/team-tsiba-cycling-to-ignite-2017  

COMPANY NEWS , Disability
Image: Edcon supports celebratory event : International Day for Persons with Disabilities On 3 December, Edcon hosted this event at the Mall of Africa for raising R3,09million for Casual Day

In commemoration of International Day for Persons with Disabilities, Edcon hosted a celebratory event to  at the Mall of Africa for raising R3,09million for Casual Day (South Africa’s leading fundraising initiative for persons with disabilities). The funds were raised through sticker donations by customers at the various Edcon stores during this year and to commemorate the International Day for Persons with Disabilities.    Read More...

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Image: Raising awareness about human trafficking along the N1 Brave runners brace scorching Karoo sun for 400 km through Karoo to help trafficking victims

One of South Africa’s top long distance runners is taking the lead to raise awareness about human trafficking during 16 Days of Activism when he attempts to run 400 km in four days through the Karoo with a team of activists for the Put Your Foot Down campaign from 6 to 10 December.   Read More...

Image: Planners Focus On Philippi

Planners from a range of departments from the City of Cape Town gathered at Philippi Village to hear from researchers about the key services that Philippi needs to be able to grow.   Read More...

HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: South African champion for black rhinos wins Tusk Award for Conservation At a glittering gala dinner presented in London last night by conservation legend Sir David Attenborough and the royal patron of TUSK, HRH Prince William, a local champion for black rhino, Cathy Dreyer, was awarded the prestigious Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa. She is not only the first woman, but also the first South African to receive this accolade.   Read More...

ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: Over 500 learners write their first lines of code at Schools in the North of Cape Town The power of partnerships spreads the love of coding to schools in the north of Cape Town

Collaboration is the buzz word of the future and a recent partnership ensured that nearly 500 Cape Town learners got to write their first lines of computer code. These learners had the opportunity to take their first steps in becoming digital creators and not just digital users.    Read More...

Image: Care and Share 2016 Three teams from Old Mutual were recently “admitted” to Valkenberg to help the Friends of Valkenberg get reading for Christmas at the hospital.

The teams wrapped gifts, prepared party food and contributed to the cost of the activities which form part of a recovery programme that ensures that people in hospital over this period do not feel forgotten and remain connected to what is happening in their communities.   Read More...

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Image: Zip Zap Circus School recognised for stellar community work “Zip Zap is daring children who do not have much to dream,” says Ian Robertson, president of the Rotary Club of Claremont

 “When we see how many young people have taken hold of those dreams and turned them into a reality with Zip Zap’s help over almost 25 years, awarding the founders with the Paul Harris award was an easy decision.”   Read More...

Image: SANRAL ups its fight against HIV/AIDS The national construction industry is adversely affected by the depletion of skills most notably caused by HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis.

Cape Town, 30 November 2016 – The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) has substantially stepped up its commitment with its landmark wellness programme now accessible to more than 2000 Workers on their Routine Road Maintenance (RRM) projects nationally.

HEADLINES, Civil Action/Philanthropy, Advocacy , Youth
Image: 16 Days of Activism: Marching against violence and crime The group of learners and NCVT staff walked through the streets of Diepsloot on Friday, 25 November 2016, singing and shouting boisterously. The learners held up placards that read, “Protect us from abuse!” and “We are the leaders of tomorrow”. They were marching to the Diepsloot Police Station to hand over a memorandum of concerns as part of 16 Days of Activism.   Read More...

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Image: ACTIVATE supports Activism: Beyond 16 Days A victorious day for women - A discussion was led by award-winning journalist, Zubeida Jaffer and writer on gender, political and cultural issues

I wrap myself around the curvaceous bodies of women all over Africa. I am the perfect nightdress on those hot African nights. The ideal attire for household chores. I secure babies happily on their mothers backs…Armed with proverbs, I am a vehicle for communication between women. I exist for the comfort and convenience of a woman. But make no mistake…I am not here to please a man…Please don’t use me as an excuse to rape. Don’t hide behind me when you choose to abuse…”   Read More...

COMPANY NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Joseph K Doss, President and General Counsel for IBWA states that SodaStream “makes false, misleading, and disparaging statements about bottled water.

November 30, 2016: SodaStream is facing a David and Goliath battle after the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), representing brands such as Nestlé, issued a “cease and desist” in retaliation to the latest SodaStream ‘Shame or Glory’ ad featuring HBO’s “Game of Thrones” characters.   Read More...

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