International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on 8 March and in South Africa we also celebrate Women’s Day on 9 August every year. South Africa comes in at eighth place on a world classification table of women in national parliament. These are all developments that deserve to be applauded as the nation is taking strides towards the ultimate goal of achieving women’s rights. However, in the same instance it is never enough until we reach the peak of equality in all spheres, when women’s dignity and rights can be fairly observed in our nation.
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 (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.
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.
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.
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."
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:
The Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust is a social profit organisation that promotes an end to violence against women, specifically rape, and assists women to achieve their right to live free of violence by reducing the trauma experienced by rape survivors, encouraging reporting of rape incidents, facilitating the active engagement of communities in challenging high rape rates and advocating for a stronger criminal justice system. Rape Crisis has been supporting and empowering rape survivors in the Western Cape on their journey to recovery and on the road to justice since 1976.
Established in 1998, the Steve Biko Foundation is a community development organisation inspired by the legacy of the late anti-apartheid activist. The Steve Biko Foundation seeks an organisation or individual to provide Human Resources services on a consultancy basis to both the Foundation and the Steve Biko Centre Management Agency. The principal area of operation will be in the Ginsberg township of King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape Province.
The services to be provided will include but are not necessarily limited to:
German-based Kindernothilfe (KNH) and its South African partner organisation, SINANI, are looking for a qualified consultant or agency to conduct an evaluation of Sinani’s ‘Supporting Vulnerable Children and their Families’ project in KwaZulu-Natal.