18 January, 2012

There are so many things that I want to say thank you for, and I have no idea where to start...!

When I think of where my life started, then I see some good memories and some bad memories over the small amount of years that I have been around.

24 November, 2011
Yesterday I found myself walking the leafy streets of Illovo. For those outside of Johannesburg, Illovo is where the real money sits: Fricker road is quietly powerful, with organisations like Brait, Coca-Cola and the World Bank sitting behind big oak doors and marble stairways.

It’s an unusual place for nonprofits to be but for us it was exciting. Not just because we were there to receive a donation (which always makes me happy), but because of the way the money was given.
23 November, 2011

South Africa has moved a step closer to passing the Protection of State Information Bill (Secrecy Bill) into law when 229 African National Congress (ANC) members of Parliament voted in favour of the Bill on 22 November 2011.

Civil society activists continue to argue that if passed, the Secrecy Bill will criminalise some of the freedoms that South Africans have been enjoying since 1994.

The following references highlight the views expressed by various South African civil society organisations in response to the Bill:

23 November, 2011

22 November 2011 marks ‘Black Tuesday’, as the Protection of State Information Bill was put to vote before the National Assembly. The intentions of the ruling party have been clear: all African National Congress (ANC) Members of Parliament (MPs) have been summoned to appear in Parliament and voted in favour of the Bill. Any possibility that the Bill will not be passed in its current form has essentially dissipated.

23 November, 2011

Let’s be frank, Black Tuesday came and went for the majority of IkamvaYouth without much fanfare as the Secrecy Bill passed through parliament. A few Ikamvanites wore black, tweeted or re-tweeted on a selection of the events of the day but – by in large – the day was much like any other with immediate concerns such as passing exams and more mundane everyday issues taking priority.

16 November, 2011
The ideologues of business have started a systematic and sustained campaign against the wages and the laws that protect workers. The job crisis is central to their campaign and deregulation is their leading mantra. Opinion pieces, columnists and letters in the business press appear as voices of the same choir conducted by single-mindedness to attack the alleged rigidities of the labour market and other regulations that undermine so-called economic freedom.
15 November, 2011

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation committed to two objectives: providing medical assistance to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion, natural and man-made disasters, and speaking out about the plight of the populations assisted. MSF offers assistance to people based only on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

10 November, 2011
Take Back The Tech!, an initiative of the APC Women's Programme, is a collaborative campaign that takes place during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence (25 November - 10 December). It is a call to everyone - especially women and girls - to take control of technology to end violence against women.
10 November, 2011

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.

9 November, 2011

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!

3 November, 2011

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.

3 November, 2011

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.

2 November, 2011

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.

28 October, 2011

‘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.

27 October, 2011

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.

14 October, 2011

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.

14 October, 2011

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.