corporate social investment
Wealthy South Africans are among the world’s most generous philanthropists, motivated by a sense of ‘ubuntu’ and the fact that the country is one of the world’s most unequal societies, according to an ABSA report.
‘Global Giving: The Culture of Philanthropy’ notes that the country is the second-most charitable country, behind the United States.
This week I had the opportunity to attend a conference in South Africa along with other leaders from the government, social and private sector to think about the role of philanthropy in addressing social challenges. Reflecting on what we shared and discussed, I realise that for me, philanthropy is not simply a means of 'giving back', but more importantly a means of "giving forward."
18 September 2010
Johannesburg: Engen Gauteng and Convenience and Corporate Social Investments (CSI) department has donated more than 100 FIFA hampers and lunch to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) attending the kids club at Nkanyiso Nutrition and HIV/AIDS Organistation in Naledi, Soweto.
Speaking during the event, Engen’s Regional Promotions Executive, Sindy Gramoney, stated that, “We are delighted to be able to support and help the children belonging to Nkanyiso”.
Part of improving the levels of quality in education and health is providing infrastructure that responds to global needs in terms of skills, technology and sports.
South Africa’s government has committed itself to achieving eight Millennium Development Goals by 2015 and arguably the chief determinant among these is food security. That’s because human development is dependent on human health. And good health is dependent on good nutrition.
According to MTN South Africa Foundation, access to healthcare is of critical importance to the development of the community.
The head of MTN SA Foundation, Eunice Maluleke, points out that, “Good health, dependable infrastructure, quality education and opportunities for entrepreneurship is all necessary for individuals, families and ultimately, the stability of the entire community.”
The Freedom Charter signed and sealed in June 1955 stated that the people shall share in the country’s wealth and more importantly ‘The mineral wealth below the soil, the banks, and monopoly industries shall be transferred to the ownership of the people as a whole”.
Where were you
is the cheery question
asked of me by security
at Lansdowne library
As if security is not
a human being like
the rest of us
claim we all are
in the food chain
Where were you
took me quite aback
as I did not think
anyone would observe
(least of all security)
Where were you
no PC upgrades done
contrary to expectation
the city works for you
just up your street
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Background to the Making CSI Matter Conference
Building on the success of Trialogue’s last two annual Making CSI Matter conferences, Trialogue is delighted to announce that we will be convening a third event on Tuesday, 4th and Wednesday, 5th May 2010 with the Mail & Guardian as the official media partner.