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Educating the Innovators for Community Mental Health Promotion

While there’s far more focus than there has ever been on the importance of mental health; worldwide, the majority of people with mental health concerns do not access the care they need to transform their lives. This is particularly the case in South Africa, where the need is staggeringly high and exacerbated by widespread chronic poverty, crime, unemployment, violence, disease, discrimination and domestic abuse.
 

Google to enhance SA's digital skills pipeline

Google SA has committed to upskill over 30 000 primary and high school leaners across SA’s nine provinces through its computer science programme, CS First.

Yesterday, the search engine giant officially launched the initiative at an event in Kempton Park that brought together government officials, members of the education community and community leaders. CS First, according to Google, is an educator-created programme to equip learners with the fundamentals of computer science in a collaborative environment, and make coding easy to teach and fun to learn.

Gauteng principals receive smart tools of trade

The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) is making headway towards realising its vision to provide each school principal with a smartphone to close the communicationsgap at its schools. This is how MEC of education and youth development Panyaza Lesufi described the department’s latest efforts to promote digitalisation of learning in Gauteng. 

Yesterday, the GDE, in partnership with Vodacom, handed over 2 200 of the latest Samsung Galaxy A30 smartphones to principals across the province as part of this process.

Vodacom uses tech to empower SA women farmers

The Vodacom Foundation has today announced plans to roll out its digital literacy programme countrywide for women farmers, following a “successful” pilot in four provinces.
Introduced last year, the programme, a partnership initiative between the Vodacom Foundation, UN Women and South African Women In Farming (SAWIF), seeks to bridge the digital and information gap by equipping women farmers with the digital skills and knowledge to run their businesses better.

Municipalities owing Eskom disrupt Vodacom network

Defaulting municipalities that owe Eskom billions, coupled with poor electricity distribution infrastructure, are beginning to affect mobile network operations across the country, a senior Vodacom executive says.
Eskom is owed more than R20 billion by defaulting municipalities. The problem has now reached dangerous proportions and is affecting mobile network communications in some areas.
 

Only a national concerted effort can rescue Eskom and the economy

The South African and Internationally affected business sector is concerned that Eskom has reported R20.7bn net loss after tax and is struggling to service debt of more than R400bn.  This situation cannot be solved by the government and Eskom alone.  Other stakeholders such as the private sector should make a contribution as well. 

SA banks and climate risk: latest developments

At Standard Bank’s AGM on 30 May, shareholders compelled the bank to adopt and disclose a policy on lending to coal-fired power projects and coal mining operations. This was the first time that a South African bank – or listed SA company – faced a shareholder resolution on a climate-related issue. On 31 July, Standard Bank announced the release of its Coal-Fired Power Finance Policy.

Environmental groups take government to High Court over violation of Constitutional right to clean air

Groups claim pollution from coal-fired power plants in the Highveld Priority Area violates right to a healthy environment under the Constitution

Mpumalanga, South Africa—On Friday, 7 June 2019, environmental justice group groundWork [1] and Mpumalanga community organisation Vukani Environmental Justice Movement in Action (Vukani) [2] launched landmark litigation demanding that government clean up the air in the Mpumalanga Highveld.

Molteno’s mobile libraries promote a love of reading among children

As we mark Youth Month in June, there is greater reflection on the numerous challenges affecting our young people and children. One major issue they confront is a high illiteracy rate.  South Africa was placed last out of 50 countries in the most recent Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) in 2016. The study found that 8 out of 10 Grade 4 learners cannot read for meaning in any language. Reading is the basis for all other learning, so if children can’t read, they will struggle throughout their schooling and be much less likely to achieve academic and career success.

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