South Africa

The True Value of Homegrown Entrepreneurs

This past month has been an insightful journey here at The RealStart Trust, starting with the first phase of our Entrepreneurship Programme. It’s great to get the theory down, but as all well know, the real learning starts when you get practical.

Walking with the students as they critically engage with perceptions around their own skills and dreams, business and the opportunities in their communities, has not only brought some valuable insight to the table, but also raised interesting questions.

Church Alliance for Social Transformation: Community Development Manager

Church Alliance for Social Transformation (CAST) (finding solutions together), is a KwaZulu-Natal based nonprofit organisation mobilising Churches to combat poverty. CAST’s mission is to mobilise and align local churches to reach out in practical compassion to empower, transform and redeem communities. CATS is passionated about ‘moving beyond charity’ in all of our ministry programmes. The organisation operates in partnerships in seven communities in KwaZulu-Natal, and have five main ministries.

Pebbles Project Trust: ECD Programme Manager

The Pebbles Project Trust is a registered nonprofit organisation that supports children, families and communities on the wine farms in and around Stellenbosch and Wellington. The work of Pebbles consists of five main pillars: education, health, nutrition, protection and environment.

The Pebbles Project Trust seeks to employ an Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programme Manager, based in Stellenbosch.

The ECD Manager will be responsible for the overall management, monitoring and evaluating of the ECD Programme, in addition to overseeing a team of ECD Support Teachers.

Half of SA Over-Indebted: SAHRC

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says that over half of South Africa's credit-active consumers are over-indebted.

SAHRC Western Cape provincial manager, Karam Singh, points out that, “Of 19 million credit-active consumers in South Africa, 50 percent had impaired credit records, three months plus in arrears.”

Singh says that the macro-economic system that South Africa has continues to favour historical wealth creation and that the country’s economic system perpetuates inequality and is characterised by weak regulatory oversight.

Activists Condemn Land Given to Chinese

A group of youth activists condemned the Namibian government's intention to approve the lease of 10 000 hectares of fertile land to a Chinese company wanting to grow tobacco for export.

Group leader, Job Amupanda, argues that, "It is our submission that to allocate more land for tobacco than is allocated for food production is a deviation from the policy direction taken by the Namibian government through its Agriculture Ministry, which leans towards eradicating limitations to Namibia's capacity to provide food security and adequate levels of nutrition."

ANC: Celebrating 100 Years of Existence

The African National Congress (ANC) held its 100th birthday celebrations from 6-8 January 2011 in Mangaung, Free State, where it was formed in 1912. The celebrations featured events which were attended by among others, sitting and former heads of state, ANC members and supporters from all over South Arica and the alliance partners.

Below are the messages of support to mark the ANC’s centenary:

Multiple Sclerosis Society Inland Branch: Senior Social Worker

The Multiple Sclerosis Society Inland Branch (MSSA) is a nonprofit organisation that seeks to meet the needs of the multiple sclerosis community, which includes those with multiple sclerosis, as well as their loved ones, that are affected by the condition.

MSSA seeks to appoint a Senior Social Worker, based in Johannesburg.

Responsibilities:

Human Rights Institute of South Africa: Campaigning Advocacy Officer

The Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA), Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) and People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) have initiated a social media campaign, titled Her-Voice-Her-Peace-She-Matters to promote peace and security of women in Africa as provided in Article 10 & 11 of the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol).

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