An opinion piece by Nelisa Bhumazela from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University: Many believe that after graduation, it is go-time! You get employed, you buy your car, you buy a house, and it is just magically a jolly period! Well, not in this country, that is just a dream, a fantasy, especially for black kids, it is not that easy. South African unemployment rate is so high in a such a way that graduates are involved in some crime businesses to survive, and unfortunately those who are looking up to these graduates have lost hope in life. I somehow get it! Why would you stress yourself, experience headaches and sleepless night just to stand by the corner of that old spaza shop in the township or sit home and watch chicken hatch in the rural areas. But! What if there was a way beyond that? What if there was a way where you can avoid such stressful situations? There is a high number of unemployment graduates in the country, let alone the general number of everyone including those who are not graduates. I personally do not see why someone with a Degree or a Diploma would just sit home and wait for opportunities to come by. If opportunities do not come by, then that is a wake-up call for you to actually chase these opportunities. Nothing beats the sense of being a go-getter. As an unemployed graduate, you can always do something of your own like self-employment. Sure, it will not be your good and basic salary but it will serve your purpose, right? For each and every cent you get, learn to save it, save money like that young kid you were when growing up. You never know how much money you can possess in two or three months. After you have saved yourself some few cents start doing something, buy something, and sell something. You can even sell sweets or snacks to school kids, just be out there and look for opportunities and there is an even bigger opportunity for you if you are situated or in the rural areas. There are no McDonalds, Nandos, KFC and Zebros in the . . .
IOPEN LETTER: WHITES: TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE 'Whites' – a human phenomenon with a unique connotation in South Africa – is not a homogeneous entity; they are a very diverse group. Among them are the rich and the poor; from very rich to very poor. They fit into all the status strata in society, from very important to where they are deemed to no longer count. Some have benefitted through apartheid, others didn't. Some found a way to survive and even prosper in the New South Africa, others can’t. Some speak English and others Afrikaans and somehow this is still an issue. Some have two passports and others don't. Some want to leave South Africa, but can't; others can but choose to stay. Some are racist; others less so. I find myself somewhere among all of this. For some reason writing a piece of this nature is an uncomfortable exercise. There are two reasons for this. The one is that I've never been into fighting for a group based on its colour, and then there's this subtle expectation for me to remain silent, not to do the unpopular thing, not speaking my mind, but to take what's coming my way and to take my punishment for the sins of my forebears. Within my relative safety I am therefore tempted to remain quiet, hoping things will get better on its own, but quietly knowing it won't, unless I, and others like me, make a difference. Within the space South Africa finds itself, anti-white rhetoric is acceptable – even popular – the promotion of all-out black empowerment is applauded while the protection of anything white amounts to racism. This situation is so dire that the massacre of white farmers (under cover of the lack of condemnation and political will at the top) has almost become a non-event, even among Whites. We hear about it, we're getting used to it, there's nothing we can do about it and we move on. Whites have adhered to a subtle broad social expectation to remain quiet; as if we are not allowed to speak out, to honestly say how we feel, in case we might be . . .
OL Afrika Media & Arts Foundation is an organization for young artists and media practioners of South Africa. The organization aims to give empowerment, educate, inform, advocate and raise awareness for the support of up and coming Art and Media practioners. OL Afrika Media & Arts Foundation will be hosting an urgent media breakfast to discuss the way forward to assist Lebogang “Lee Elle” Monyatsi (a female model and aspiring actress living with a disability) to travel to UK regarding her participation at the Face of the Globe beauty pageant. Lebogang, has been wheelchair bound from age of three from falling ill with Polio. Lebogang will be representing South Africa at the “Face of the Globe” Pageant which is an annual international beauty pageant hosted over one week between UK and Disneyland Paris. Furthermore, she has tried tirelessly to raise funds on her own; however she could not on her own. We as an organization managed to get her a Morning live interview in December, however she did not receive any support from it whatsoever, we then took the responsibility to support, empower and assist her by raising the funds. To conclude, the aim for the media breakfast is to cater for relevant organization delegates to be hosted under one roof in order to afford us the opportunity to discuss this matter further. The other issue that we would like to discuss is how the public sector has failed us regarding to Lebogang Monyatsi a black, female, youth living with a disability. MEDIA BREAKFAST DETAILS: DATE: 21st FEBRUARY 2017 VENUE: Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Rivonia Rd & West Street, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2196 TIME: 10:45am for 11:00am AGENDA: Registration: GUEST AND MEDIA DELEGATES Acknowledgement and Opening:OLIS MAVUSO Who are we (OL Afrika Media & Arts Foundation) - MPHO NTLATLENG Who is Lebogang Monyatsi : LEBOGANG “LEE ELLE” MONYATSI About Face of the Globe:LEBOGANG “LEE ELLE” MONYATSI Q . . .
Unbelievably - it is almost THAT time of the year again! Every year we are building up the excitement to ... National Tekkie Tax Day! It has been the talk of the town on the SA calendar for the past four years. This year, Tekkie Tax day will be celebrated on Friday, 26 May 2017. The campaign gives you the opportunity to “bead-up your step” and show everyone else where your heart lies. It is as easy as 1 . . .2 . . .3! 1. Choose your sticker for a cause close to your heart, 2. Shoooosh up your Tekkies with their funky shoelaces, and 3. You are ready for National Tekkie Tax Day! Tekkie Tax is the funkiest, trendiest, most innovative, unique and successful national fundraising campaign for welfare organisations in SA. It started in 2013 when a few of South Africa’s biggest and most accountable welfare organisations joined forces. Since its inception, they have already raised a whopping R22 million for participating NGO’s. There are 12 National Beneficiaries and they represent more than a 1 000 local non-profit organisations. They are: Epilepsy SA, Child Welfare SA, SOS Children's Villages, CHOC, Special Olympics SA, CANSA, Imisebeyelanga Services, Meals on Wheels, VVA, NG Welfare, SAVF and Endurocad. The Project has been growing each year and Tekkie Tax thought it necessary to bring another family member on board! And this is how Happy became part of the Tekkie Tax family. . . Happy is the new Tekkie Tax Mascot with a BIG heart! He is a boisterous little character and always ready to have some fun. With such a joyous little character on board, everybody HAS TO participate in the 2017 campaign. The stickers (for a donation of R10 each) and the Tekkie Tax shoelaces (R35 per pair) are available at all ToysRUs/BabiesRUs and Clicks stores nationwide. There are also more than 280 participating non-profit organisations selling these items and together they aim to convince every South African to be part of the fun. Orders can also be placed online via the . . .
Thanks to 105 backers with over R110 00 pledged on Thundafund.com, Tracy Todd was able to publish her memoir on the journey of being a quadriplegic in South Africa. The milestones were set, the campaign went live, the funds were raised and the dream goal was reached to help get Tracy Todd’s inspiring memoir, Brave Lotus Flower Rides The Dragon, published. This month the book will be on the shelves in bookstores nationwide. Tracy will be launching her memoir on the 23rd of February 2017 at the Riverside Mall in Nelspruit. Says Tracy: “All through life we are encouraged to dream. When you’re suddenly paralysed from the neck down, you don’t expect to have any dreams left, other than maybe making a miraculous recovery. I dared to dream about writing a book, having it published and sold in bookstores. Thank you Thundafund for providing me with the platform to raise money for this project and turning my dream into a reality. An entire library wouldn’t have enough words to express my gratitude.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The 442 672 matriculants who passed their 2016 National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams are now faced with big decisions about their careers and job opportunities and for many, the future looks less than promising. Fees didn’t fall and without a tertiary degree, or a job in a country with one of the highest unemployment rates in the world, these youth all too often become trapped in a destructive downward spiral and become a burden instead of a positively contributing member of society. To address these challenges, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has funded a new social entrepreneurship programme, Buddibox, which launched in December. Focused squarely on development and job creation – it’s a programme that trains up 18 to 35 year olds to become entrepreneurs who ultimately become financially emancipated. The launch phase is being piloted in the City of Ekurhuleni with long-term plans to roll out nationally. A unique concept, Buddibox gives retailers and manufacturers the opportunity to deliver household products (and services) to greater township communities. The service is managed by youth - referred to as “Buddis” - from within the community. The programme launched with 100, but the goal is to have 2 024 Buddis operational by March and at least 10 000 in Gauteng by the end of 2017. As the face of the organisation, the Buddi’s responsibility is to engage directly with the consumer, using direct sales to secure orders, capture data and build profiles of the families they cater for. Buddibox CEO Isaack Lesole says that each Buddi is allocated 200 households in the Ward in which they reside and they will need to manage this relationship and develop the trust of the community. “Buddis will canvas communities by walking door to door introducing the service, building a rapport with the households they are responsible for and securing future repeat orders. We will give them access to branded tuk-tuk vehicles which will be used to deliver provisions . . .
For many years the in duplum rule was a trite principle of our law, until the Western High Court decision in Paulsen & Another vs Slip Knot Investments 777 (Pty) Ltd 2014 (4) SA 253 (SCA) (“The Paulsen decision”) created some confusion. This rule is a common law rule, which provides that interest on a debt will ceases to run where the total amount of arrear interest that has accrued equals the total outstanding principal debt. The rule originates from Roman law, which comprises the majority of our common law. It is important to note that the common law in duplum rule only applies to arrear interest and not any other charges, meaning that a longer period of interest cannot be levied. Section 105 of the National Credit Act No 34 of 2005 however, has taken it one step further. It has done so by applying the principle throughout the entire period of default, and therefore for as long as the client is in default, the creditor may not levy any further charges. The rule therefore applies to both interests and costs – including administrative costs, penalty fees and legal costs. In the matter of Nedbank v The National Credit Regulator the Supreme Court of Appeal held that S103(5) is not a codification of the in duplum rule and that the rule in S103(5) is only applicable to credit agreements that fall within the ambit of the NCA CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Give back by watching Ladysmith Black Mambazo in celebrating the holiday season At this time of year, when tables groan under the weight of delectable food, spare a thought for those less fortunate. Now you can make a difference in the life of a hungry person by simply clicking on https://goo.gl/kIYFLN and watching Ladysmith Black Mambazo perform online. The longer you watch, more people will be fed, as Pick n Pay in partnership with SASKO and FoodForwardSA will make sure that the gift of bread will reach hungry tummies. Ask your friends to watch the video and share it on Facebook or Twitter. The campaign will keep running until 170 000 slices of bread have been donated so keep watching and sharing and spreading a little festive cheer. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
It’s that time of the year again where family and friends shower each other with festive and Christmas gifts in celebration of the year that has been. But unfortunately not everybody has the pleasure and joy to enjoy Christmas because of the circumstances they find themselves in. Statistics show that 40% of South Africa’s population is under the age of 18 and a quarter of these children do not live with either of their parents. 21 000 are in institutions, 122 000 live in child-headed households, 500 000 are in foster care and over 1.5 million are double orphans. Total South Africa is playing its part this festive season by donating to Menzi Children’s Home in Tsakane, a home to neglected children with disabilities, children with chronic illnesses, and abused children. Total donated toys to the kids, kitchen appliances and grocery vouchers as well as a R30 000.00 cheque to the home. The donation was made possible by the generous contributions of the Total South Africa staff members with the aim of tackling poverty, hunger and social exclusion, and other related socio-economic anomalies. “At this time of goodwill and sharing, as Total South Africa, we understand that children are the most important group in our society, as a result, we have chosen 3 children’s homes that we are donating to and hosting Christmas parties for,” says Nyameka Makonya, Sustainable Development Manager at Total South Africa. Total also hosted Christmas parties at 2 day-care centres, based in Alexandra Township and Diepsloot and these are through a partnership with Afrika Tikkun, an NGO that develops young people from cradle to career. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The year is winding down and many of us are eagerly looking forward to taking a break this December. For those who are planning to travel during the festive season, here is a handy list of essential items to pack to ensure you are prepared for your holiday. “After a busy year, many of us will be heading off for our summer holidays and some well-deserved rest and recuperation,” says Mark Arnold, principal officer of Resolution Health Medical Scheme. “In order to ensure that this time is as stress-free as possible, Resolution Health recommends that our members make sure they have packed the following items in order to be well prepared for their travels and ensure maximum relaxation and enjoyment.” First aid kit “Ensuring you have a well-stocked first aid kit will go a long way to ensuring you have a happy, healthy holiday. If you have an existing first aid kit, go through it to check whether any of the medicines and ointments have expired and restock as necessary,” Arnold advises. Over-the-counter medicines including paracetamol, burns ointment, antihistamines, treatments for insect stings, antacid and rehydration remedies may prove very convenient if illness strikes while you are away from home. Sterile latex gloves, dressings, plasters, and disinfectant may save the day if an emergency situation should arise. “It is also a good idea to draw up a list of each family member’s medical information, including any allergies, medication and existing health conditions. Emergency contact numbers and medical scheme membership numbers should also be included as a precaution. Keep a copy of this information handy, either in the glove compartment of your car or in the first aid kit – or both.” Sufficient quantities of prescribed medication “When on holiday, our daily routines may be different to working life but this does not mean that we no longer need to take daily prescribed medication. Ensure that you fill prescriptions before you travel and under no . . .