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:

Symphonia for South Africa: CoLP and Community Building

Symphonia for South Africa (SSA) is an NPO working in the Education and Leadership Development sector, with a bold vision: Quality Education for all children in South Africa. The Partners for Possibility Programme is a bold initiative that works with business leaders and school principals in a year-long programme to improve leadership and education in South Africa.  The programme is supported by hundreds of South African corporations and business leaders as leading edge in its ability to transform leadership in South African schools.

Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust: Professional Nurse

The Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust (HACT) is a non-profit organisation that exists to serve all those impacted by HIV/AIDS by providing unconditional love and hope in a practical, sustainable way. Projects include: HIV awareness and education; HIV counselling and testing; outpatients clinic; 24-bed respite unit; home-based care programme; children’s programme; onsite plant nursery; clothing scheme; and the Woza Moya income generation project and onsite craft shop.

PYXERA Global: Short Term Consultant - International Corporate Volunteer Programme Facilitator

PYXERA Global, an NGO based in Washington, DC will be managing an international corporate volunteer program in Johannesburg, South Africa, scheduled to take place in October of 2015. PYXERA Global would like to hire a South African National short term consultant currently residing in Johannesburg to help with program design and provide project and logistical support to the selected team of corporate volunteers from October through November 2015.

The selected consultant’s main responsibilities will include, but may not be limited to, the following:

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