The Western Cape has launched a programme that challenges the idea of matriculants spending a gap year abroad - and invites the ‘brightest and the best’ of them to make a difference right here.
The Year Beyond programme will use ideas that have been implemented in schools by a number of non-governmental organisations, but take them further by training volunteers to apply them.
In 2015 the programme will be rolled out in 24 primary schools and high schools with mass opportunity and development centres for after-school activities.
To read the article titled, “Zille invites matrics to give back,” click here.Source:IOL News
In an effort to combat cross-border human and drug trafficking, a group of Gauteng-based activists will soon be operating in Mbombela, Mpumalanga.
National non-governmental organisation (NGO), Asilweni Cleaning Streets, seeks to help victims of human trafficking through a series of awareness campaigns around the Lowveld.
The organisation’s the NGO’s founding chairperson, Cherlyn Tshabangu, points out that, “Mbombela is close to the border and prone to more trafficking of children from South Africa to Mozambique and vice versa.”
To read the article titled, “GP anti-trafficking NGO to station in Mpumalanga,” click here.Source:News 24
A South African non-governmental organisation, Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy, has received the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) Confucius Prize for Literacy.
The Confucius Prize for Literacy award was presented on International Literacy Day - 8 September 2014 - and its candidacy was supported by the Ministry of Basic Education and the South African National Commission for UNESCO.
Molteno chief executive, Masennya Dikotla, points out that the recommendation by the Department of Basic Education shows the trust they have in the work that Molteno does, adding that, “We dedicate this prize to the children of our beloved country and will use the prize money to ensure a better future for them.”
To read the article titled, “SA NGO receives top UNESCO award,” click here.Source:IOL News
The Oppostion to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) believes the questionable execution of e-tolling in Gauteng had paved its road to failure.
Speaking at an advisory panel on e-tolls which looks at the systems socioeconomic impact, OUTA chairperson Wayne Duvenage was demonstrating reasons for the failure of the system.
Duvenage, states that, “We are wasting everyday peoples’ money… we need to switch the system off.”
To read the article titled, “E-tolls failed: OUTA,” click here.Source:Times Live
The Gender Link’s Western Cape GBV Indicators Study provides the first comprehensive baseline data on violence against women in the province.
The study shows that 39 percent of women have experienced some form of violence in their lifetime, and that the same proportion of men admit to perpetrating violence.
It found that most of this violence takes place where all citizens should feel safest - in the home and in communities – and that the highest proportion of violence is the kind for which there is no category in police records - emotional, verbal and economic abuse.
To read the article titled, “GBV Indicators Study - Western Cape Province, SA,” click here.Source:All Africa
Medical equipment and supplies taken by the humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers, have not yet reached Gaza almost a week after arriving in Egypt.
The South African Department of International Relations is still negotiating its safe passage and seeking clearance from the Egyptian government.
The team was allowed to enter the war-torn region after being stuck at the Egyptian Raffah border crossing.
To read the article titled, “Gift of the Givers supplies not yet reached Gaza,” click here.Source:SABC News
Approximately 4 000 cardboard baby-cots are being distributed in KwaZulu-Natal in an effort to curb neonatal mortality.
World Vision South Africa and the Help Our Little Ones Foundation, spearheading the project, have designed 10 000 cardboard cots to distribute in six provinces across the country.
The NGO’s spokesperson, Sasha Endemann, advises that mothers must have attended at least four antenatal classes to qualify, emphasising that, “This is to promote healthcare and improve the mortality (rate) of both the mothers and their newborn.”
To read the article titled, “KZN hands out 4 000 cardboard cots,” click here.Source:IOL News
The Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) supports the call for a fuel-levy to help pay for Gauteng’s controversial e-tolling system.
The JPSA along with the majority of interested parties who have already made their submissions to the Gauteng e-toll review panel sitting, set up by Gauteng premier David Makhura, argue that the multi-billion rand project must be scrapped.
JPSA’s Howard Dembovsky says there are other ways to pay for the roads, and declares that, “We have made a number of recommendations and of course we cannot ignore the elephant in the room which is the fuel levy. We have provided sustentative proof that there is no such thing as not being able to ring-fence the fuel levy.”
To read the article titled, “JPSA weighs in on e-tolling debate,” click here.Source:Eye Witness News
A director of a nonprofit chefs’ school in Cape Town has been declared ‘undesirable’ by the Department of Home Affairs after overstaying his visa by 25 days.
Barry Berman, a United States citizen who runs the Infinity Culinary Training school in Pinelands, may not re-enter the country before June 2015.
He co-founded the school in 2009 with Zimbabwean-born, Spencer Moyana, to teach basic cooking skills to people from poor communities to improve their chances of gaining employment.
To read the article titled, “NGO director unable to enter SA,” click here.Source:IOL News
The National Lottery Board (NLB) has handed over cheques worth millions of rands to charity organisations across South Africa.
The donations were made at the NLB's women empowerment function as part of commemorating Women's Month in Pretoria on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the NLB has also condemned last week's incident where one of their officials was suspended on allegations of fraud to the tune of R600 000 meant for good causes.
To read the article titled, “Lotteries Board splashes out to honour women,” click here.Source:SABC News