CER calls for a new Climate Change portfolio in the Presidency

The Centre for Environmental Rights has written to President Ramaphosa about his upcoming cabinet selection, asking him to give priority to the urgent need to improve environmental governance in South Africa by appointing Ministers and Deputy Ministers who are strong, forward thinking leaders, committed to reforming environmental and water governance, and addressing the global threat of climate change.

Witkoppen Centre profile

According to the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI), residents of informal settlements are more vulnerable to infectious diseases. Latent Tuberculosis, or TB, affects 88% of 30 to 39-year-old individuals living in these areas. Quality and efficient healthcare is a luxury that most South Africans living in townships cannot afford. Non-profit organisation Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre, situated in Fourways, Johannesburg, aims to do their part to change this.

GroundWork goes to court to defeat Minister’s plan to weaken air pollution standards

Environmental justice group groundWork, represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), has launched High Court proceedings [1] against Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane and the President of South Africa to set aside government’s plan to double the amount of the harmful pollutant sulphur dioxide (SO2) polluters are allowed to emit.

Non-profits leverage technology to support under-resourced communities

What do the three different topics of fish, citizen-based social monitoring, and youth empowerment have in common? All are associated with local non-profit organisations (NPOs) that are leveraging technology in exciting ways to make a difference in under-resourced communities.
At the recent Trialogue Business in Society Conference 2019 (Subs: 16-17 April, Johannesburg), representatives of three NPOs – ABALOBI, the Black Sash and Zlto ‒ shared information on how their IT innovations are changing lives.

Black Sash urges GOVT to assist poor as petrol price rises

On 1 May 2019 the petrol price goes up by 54c a litre, which means that South Africans will be paying R 4 per litre extra for petrol than in December 2018.
The Black Sash is concerned about the resulting knock-on effect on the cost of basic foods and services like transport, and the toll this will take on the poorest of the poor who are already struggling to make ends meet.  

UJ honours NASA pioneer Katherine Johnson, aged 100

Katherine Johnson, known for her pioneering work at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) received an honorary degree from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Monday evening at the age of 100. 

Her work contributed to efforts to put the first men into space and eventually the moon.

To read the article titled "UJ honours NASA pioneer Katherine Johnson, aged 100" Click here

Digital migration creeps forward

Twenty five thousand low-income households in the Northern Cape province have migrated from the analogue broadcasting system and connected to digital terrestrial television (DTT).

The Department of Communications (DOC) revealed this information in a parliamentary reply to the Democratic Alliance's question, detailing progress of the digital migration project in that province.

To read the article titled "Digital migration creeps forward" Click here

SA's major brands give “good news campaign” the thumbs up

Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) hosted the official launch of SA INC’s spreading the good news campaign at their Sandton office which was attended by 80 delegates representing some of South Africa’s leading brands.
SA INC, a partnership between BLSA, Brand South Africa and Regency Global is changing conversations in South Africa by highlighting and celebrating the country’s success and achievements.

Unique centre for adults with autism

When it comes to autism, most interventions focus on children. But what happens when autistic children become adults and have to make their own way in the world?

Some children on the autism spectrum grow up to function independently as adults, with careers and families of their own. Others do not.

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