Earlier this year I applied to the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) to study their course in social entrepreneurship. It’s a phrase that smacked of jargon and one which I felt I probably knew enough about anyway. I set up a social enterprise that copied a United Kingdom model unsuccessfully in South Africa. It wasn’t an entirely new concept.
There are plenty contests that people with disabilities confront on a day-to-day basis which fashion one to becoming accustomed to prevailing circumstances which are themselves an anomaly. Chief among these is literature. Literature has the power to dislodge one’s sorry plight to a level of armour and courage to combat it all. The will to win again!
This is the lesson that I learnt from a total stranger!
By: Sarah Osman, MSc.
Contributors: Mantshi Teffo-Menziwa and Denise Hunt, Marie Stopes South Africa
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), Africa’s largest mental health support and advocacy organisation, made a presentation on the topic, ‘Rural Health Education Using an Audio Visual Technology’, earlier this week at the SANGONeT ICT4RD Conference in Johannesburg.
Earlier this year I applied to the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) to study their course in social entrepreneurship.
It’s a phrase that smacked of jargon, and one which I felt I probably knew enough about anyway – I set up a social enterprise (unsuccessfully) in South Africa, so it wasn’t an entirely new concept.
But with the possibility of an Anglo-funded bursary through Tshikilulu Social Investments, I wrote my application form, attended my interview - and was accepted.
May you live in interesting times[i] is an often-misquoted proverb (or curse) allegedly of Chinese origin. It is rather strange that Chinese proverbs, quotes and curses are so enduring, yet the biggest criticism of Chinese made goods is their poor quality, even if the Mac Book Pro I am putting this together on is in fact made in China, but maybe that is a blog for another day.
‘Five Lives’ are the stories of people that Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) works with every day, whose health and lives often hang on a simple medical intervention.
These personal experiences are a snapshot of the unnecessary suffering MSF medical staff see first-hand daily in places where people can’t get adequate medical care and that could be avoided with proper, sustainable funding and investment.
We are honoured to have been selected by the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum - Rockefeller Foundation Design with the other 90 percent cities to showcase the South African designed and patented plastic formwork construction technology as an innovative solution to address the unprecedented growth of informal settlements globally combined with skills transfer and job creation.
On 13 October 2011, an Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) team suffered an attack in Dadaab, Kenya. One of the MSF drivers, Mohamed Hassan Borle, 31, was injured during this attack. His medical condition is stable, he is out of danger and remains hospitalised. Two international staff, both Spanish, were taken. As yet, MSF has not been able to establish contact with the two staff taken. A crisis team has been set up to deal with this incident.
The media affect us in many ways: as a major socialising influence, a carrier of culture, a source of information, education and entertainment, an important factor in political communication and participation in a democracy and a communicator of ideological values and norms, attitudes and believes.
Greetings from Camp 6 ("Petanque") at the end of stage 5 ("Tethis Ocean March") of the 2011 Sahara Race.
What started at 07h00 on Thursday morning ended this morning at 07h00 - 24 hours later - when I crossed the finishing line after running 86.4km.
With only a 2km "celebratory run" left for Saturday morning, I have officially completed the Sahara Race. What an amazing experience. Words can't describe the toughness of the race, the extreme conditions but also the beauty of this unique landscape.
The rape and death of a Cape Town woman at a fake job interview recently put into focus the risks of meeting with perfect strangers when appying for a job. While this type of occurence is more exception than norm, “the few bad guys can spoil it for everyone,” Tania Bownes of nonprofit employment agency, DreamWorker, in Cape Town rightly points out.
One might assume that interventions end once a project has completed its funding cycle. But this is not the case for three beneficiaries of a programme run by the Maths Centre incorporating Sciences, funded through the South African Social Investment Exchange (SASIX). We were inspired by a recent report received from the Maths Centre which tells of how these learners initiated a seminar for Soweto schools to continue sharing their knowledge.
Expanding the project’s impact
While the private sector gives with one hand, too often it is busy taking back with another. This is especially true with unrealistic debt levels encouraged in poor communities that counteract any good achieved by corporate social investment (CSI) and companies in general. GreaterGood's CEO, Bridgit Evans takes a critical look at the poverty trap that debt can create.
At an evening hosted by Symphonia at Grove Primary on 26 September 2011, entitled ‘Captains of Industry: How Can Business Leaders Make a Meaningful Contribution to Education in South Africa?’ Professor Brian O’Connell, rector and vice-chancellor at University of the Western Cape, spoke on the need for all South Africans to work together to change the state of education in South Africa.
A human rights issue
Made it in one piece in 7h45. Just feels amazing to be here. Another tough hot day, with the wind straight from the front for most of the day.
Now for the big one. After running almost 4 marathons in the past 4 days, tomorrow we take on 86.4km - a Comrades on tired legs! Tonight I'm getting rid of everything in my bag not needed tomorrow or on Friday.
Before commenting on today's run I just want to say happy birthday to my fantastc wife Dalene. I am thinking of you and the boys every step of the way. Miss you lots!
Today's leg covered 42.k km and it took me 8h00 to finish it.
I completed today's distance of 41.6 km in 7h08, 26th position overall for the day.
There is just one way to describe today's course (official name - "Through the Sand Valley") - brutal - in terms of loose sand and the heat (at least 40 degrees, but to be officially confirmed later today).
I am very pleased to report that I finished today's leg in 5h15 in 28th position overall. But it was tough, very tough. The heat and soft sand were much tougher than I ever expected. And the landscape is just amazing, oftern there is nothing, really nothing other than kms of flat sandy areas, then a few beautiful sand dunes spiced up the landsacape, before returning to flat, soft sandy areas.