There are just a few days left to nominate an outstanding young person from South Africa. Junior Chamber International (JCI) South Africa, a non-profit organisation for socially active citizens age 18 to 40 recently announced the launch of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) Awards. The awards recognise young people who have excelled in their chosen fields and created positive change in South Africa. “By recognising these young people, JCI South Africa hopes to raise the important contribution of socially responsible citizens in our country. The personal stories of discovery, determination and ingenuity will hopefully inspire other young people to be better leaders and create better societies,” says Bridgett Majola, Chairman of JCI South Africa. Young South Africans between the ages of 18 and 40, who have excelled in various categories, may be nominated for a TOYP Award. JCI South Africa will appoint a panel of judges to select the 10 most outstanding young persons from the nominations received. The awards will be presented at an awards ceremony later in the year. Nominations will be also submitted to the global TOYP awards, where they stand a chance of being selected as one of the 10 most outstanding young persons in the world. The international awards will take place at the 2017 JCI World Congress to be held in Netherlands in November. “Since 1985, 11 young South Africans have been honoured as one of the Ten Outstanding Young People at the international awards, including Ms. Bongiwe Mlangeni of KwaZulu Natal (2011) and Mr Luvuyo Rani of Cape Town (2014). They were honoured for their efforts in the Business, Economic and/or Entrepreneurial Accomplishments category. Honourees selected in the past have represented the height of progress in numerous human endeavours. Many have gone on to even greater achievements, and continued to serve humanity in a variety of ways,” notes Majola. The public can nominate a young South African who is excelling in . . .
Despite various investigative reports on Carte Blanche and general media exposure, private property buyers are still getting caught by non-disclosed defects. Although the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) provides relief to most consumers by ensuring that a seller or estate agent discloses all defects, the CPA does not apply to one-off, private sales. These sellers are still protected by the old voetstoots clause. While a quick walkthrough and a second visit to the property for a spot check of the condition of the home can help buyers sift through their options and narrow down the property they would most like to purchase, it is best to have a professional inspector undertake a thorough check and advise accordingly. Eric Bell of Inspect-a-Home, (a professional home inspection company) warned consumers against signing a disclosure before getting the property checked by an accredited inspector. He said countless buyers nationally were left with extensive repair costs after signing the documents as they gave some consumers a false sense of security. “These documents ask buyers to sign off on a number of key areas, including roofing, geyser condition, and damp problems. Unless you are a structural engineer or qualified building inspector, it is highly unlikely that you or the seller will be able to identify any latent defects. Every day throughout the country we see houses that are painted to make them look good and unsuspecting buyers are then taken to the cleaners with extensive and unexpected repair bills once they have moved in – their dream house becomes a nightmare.” He said sellers were liable for latent defects that existed at the time of the sale but, by signing a disclosure document, buyers were signing away their rights to that claim, effectively making the defects the buyer’s problem. He gave an example of a consumer who bought his home through an estate agent who tried to get him to sign a disclosure document which stated that the house, . . .
Project Dignity’s aim to distribute reusable sanitary pads to young women across the country received a major boost when renowned pharmacy, health and beauty store, Clicks, decided to partner with the organisation for its Girls on the Go campaign. Run by the Clicks Helping Hand Trust, the Girls on the Go campaign will assist with sponsorship of thousands of reusable sanitary packs being donated to disadvantaged communities across the country every two months. “We’ve partnered with Project Dignity from 2015, and for the 2017 financial year, we aim to distribute 10 000 packs of sanitary wear to needy recipients,” explained Germinah Nyikana, Helping Hand Trust Manager. “The decision to partner with Project Dignity was prompted by the organisation’s success in reducing school absenteeism rates. With access to proper sanitary wear, young women don’t have to miss school during their menstrual cycle, as has been happening previously.” Project Dignity forms the non-profit extension of Subz Pants and Pads, an organisation founded by Sue Barnes which seeks to vastly improve the lives of school-going girls by donating sponsored packs of reusable, eco-friendly sanitary pads and accompanying panties. The organisation was established after Barnes learned about the negative educational impact a lack of sanitary products is having on thousands of school children. Developed, designed and manufactured by Barnes, the Subz pads are made of five layers of hydrophilic fabric which makes them extremely absorbent to prevent leakage. Together with the 100% cotton panties, they are patented and have an SABS absorbency approval. “It is so rewarding, having the privilege of meeting with young women and donating something that makes life that much easier, but we cannot meet the need without the help of organisations like Clicks,” said Barnes. “They are truly committed to improving the lives of young South Africans and restoring dignity along the way through initiatives such as . . .
South Africa recently celebrated Human Rights Day. This day certainly deserves celebration; also referred to as Heroes’ Day, the event ignited global awareness of the inhumanities of the apartheid regime and simultaneously signaled the start of a new era of democracy – moving forward with hope. It is only fitting that reference to this day of commemoration instantly brings to mind Chris Bertish’s recent (seemingly impossible) achievement, aimed at raising 20 million ZAR for three life-changing South African charities: The Lunchbox Fund, Operation Smile SA and Signature of Hope Trust. A true modern day hero, Chris completed the first ever solo, unsupported, transatlantic stand-up paddleboard (SUP) Crossing on 9 March, after spending 93 days surmounting the dangers of the open ocean. On 14 March, a motion was put before the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa to congratulate Chris and call on all South Africans to “Dream It, See It, Believe It, Achieve It” (Chris’s motto). As proud title sponsor of The SUP Crossing, Chris and Carrick share a strong drive to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children in Southern Africa. Chris’ mental fortitude and determination resonate with the Carrick ethos – as leaders in wealth and capital management, Carrick Wealth is also driven by the values of integrity, transparency and courage even in the face of adversity. It is not surprising that upon meeting Chris just over a year ago at the company’s annual conference themed “Finding courage” that an official partnership was created and cemented. “Knowing Chris, I’m convinced that he’ll be first to emphasise that while his accomplishments have been vast, he is an ordinary man whose extraordinary dreams have launched him into the public eye, all the result of his burning compassion for the plight of the helpless; his unbreakable spirit and belief in achieving against the odds; and most of all his unwavering courage and grit.”, explains Craig Featherby - CEO, . . .
It’s one thing to pay for a meal or an operation for one child, but quite another to provide for it on an ongoing, self-funded basis for the thousands of children who are without access to proper medical care, education or sufficient nutrition. We recognize that NPOs are under constant pressure to raise funds and that this requires considerable time and effort. Not only do they need to run their operations but they also have to be sure that their funds are being used in a sustainable and responsible way. The ultimate goal for Signature of Hope Trust and for many other NGOs is to move away from the annual fundraising treadmill and towards sustainable income. By fundraising with a larger and more long-term goal in mind, NGOs can put themselves in a position to be self-supporting as well as sustainable in terms of funding. The Signature of Hope Trust aims to establish recurring income for our beneficiaries via an annuity fund specifically set up and managed by the Carrick Investment Committee: this will fund our chosen beneficiaries for many years to come. Working in conjunction with the beneficiaries, the investment team at Carrick Wealth will release funds on a regular basis – balancing operational requirements with capital protection. It is our intention to promote our business model for philanthropy, as well as the business expertise of Carrick Wealth, to garner sufficient funds to provide sustainable sponsorship to the three NPOs in question. Our three beneficiaries are Operation Smile South Africa, The Lunchbox Fund and Signature of Hope. For each of these NPOs we have a clear and achievable goal for long-lasting support and funding. If we can reach our monetary goal by end 2020, Operation Smile, which provides cleft-lip and -palate operations, will be able to perform these surgeries for at least one child a day, for the next 100+ years. Likewise, The Lunchbox Fund will be able to offer school lunches to vulnerable children for a generation or . . .
Do you think of your dog as your hero? We here at atFrits sure do, we’ve even built an entire world class hotel to show just how much we love them. They are always there for you, love you unconditionally and stand by you every step of the way. But what if your life literally depended on your four-legged friend? Service dogs are exceptional creatures that devote their lives selflessly to their humans. Whether it’s being their eyes and navigating them safely, keeping guard in our neighbourhoods, letting you know when your sugar levels drop or helping our lawmen catch crooks and save the day, these dogs deserve the world. Think about it, how much harder would life be for so many if these dogs didn’t go to work every day? Who would help their owner cross the street and how would the police be one paw ahead in their crime prevention efforts? Guide dogs and service dogs are truly shining examples of their amazing species, and we’ve decided that it’s high time we give them a proper salute. We recently celebrated International Guide Dogs Day (26 April). Since 1953, the South African Guide-Dogs association’s mission has been to make service dogs available to all visually and physically impaired persons in South Africa. However noble their objectives are, this has often been a daunting task The training of Guide and Service dogs takes two years. After being looked after by volunteers during their puppy phase, the dogs are then put into training with a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor. The intense training involves first making sure that they can obey to basic instructions and for instructors to assess whether they are suited to become Service of Guide dogs. The cost of training one of these specialist dogs is currently R100 000. Up to date over 1500 dogs have been trained. In celebrating International Guide Dog Day, and the selfless service of so many Service dogs, atFrits (South Africa’s first 5-star dog hotel) is offering all service dogs forever-free boarding, . . .
In the beginning of April, a local crowdfunding campaign, Eyethu Skatepark, was officially launched on Indiegogo and by the middle of the month the campaign was trending in New York City. The aim of the campaign is to build a skatepark that will empower, connect and integrate the children of Hout Bay. Vicki Scheffel, Project Co-Ordinator, says: “The Eyethu Skatepark initiative was borne from the need to give the at-risk youth of the Hout Bay community a safe space to come together. The community as it is, is severely lacking in safe community recreational spaces; we believe that it is important that that our youth have such spaces – they can be a creative outlet, or a way for kids to find their place.” The Eyethu Skatepark will be built at an interchange that will visually signify the coming together of a widely diverse racial, cultural and socio-economic community. The Eyethu Skatepark Organisation believes that by providing a shared recreational space, the youth and community of Hout Bay can overcome these differences by sharing a common passion. The skatepark will become a place where the community can be exposed to positive role models; it will be a space where the differences in racial, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds simply don't matter. With the support of the city of Cape Town, the Hout Bay Rotary Club and Indigo Skate, all the plans are in place for the skatepark to come to life, with the help of the community and campaign backers. The Eyethu Skatepark will create a much needed safe recreational space for the over 9 000 children in Hout Bay. With positive youth leadership opportunities, this skatepark will provide after school training programmes that take children off the streets and onto skateboards for an unconventional learning experience. “We have found that Skating has enormous benefits such as constant learning, building friendships, staying physically active, bridging the gap between diverse backgrounds, developing leadership . . .
What does Corporate Social Investment mean to you? No longer is CSI seen as a charitable donation, an enhanced corporate image, a tax write-off or a solution for the corporate conscience, but rather as contributing to the real needs of the community in which you operate. More sustainable growth could be delivered if management could see CSI as part of their strategic environment, contributing to real social development and economic progress. A popular approach to CSI is mentoring – affording previously disadvantaged individuals the opportunity to develop skills and an understanding of how best to manage their careers, how their actions impact on their success and how to improve on the things they are good at, to grow and to make their mark in the world. Anyone can be a mentor – regardless of current position – as there is always someone who is less experienced or just starting out who is looking for guidance. Konrad Laker, CEO of Gold Travel, believes that it is imperative for any business operating in South Africa to be a part of the solution and not the problem in contributing to Corporate Social Investment (CSI) and to look at other ways of giving back, and not necessarily just with the focus of improving your bottom line. Under Laker’s guidance and support, young entrepreneur Tendai Chawasarira, a qualified Barista, was able to open his own coffee shop, Bean@Beuna, in their office block and he is enormously grateful for the opportunity. “I am able improve my skills and work experience, which has ignited my passion for coffee again; the ideas for a bigger menu are flowing, and with our client base growing I am about to hire extra staff.” The potential of uplifting the community has improved, and employee morale is also enhanced with the buy-in and support of everyone in the office and the corporate park. Laker believes CSI is a give-and-take scenario – you give to plough back into the community and take to identify potential contributors for your . . .
On 22 March 2017, the Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) sent out a donation request through local media after the organisation's only mobile clinic was involved in a car accident and considered a write off. Uitenhage-based poultry producer, Sovereign Foods responded to this urgent plea with a contribution of R20 000 towards the purchasing the much needed vehicle. “The incident occurred when our van was hit head on by a vehicle that was travelling in the wrong direction on a one-way off ramp from Standford Road to Bethelsdorp, the impact resulted in the mobile clinic becoming a total write off” said Chairman of the AACL, Glen Truscott. Truscott was relieved to announce that nobody sustained any serious injuries and the animals were safe in the back of the van. “Our employees transported the animal’s home with their personal vehicles” he said. Without a vehicle the AACL's daily outreach operations are halted, as two field teams are normally sent out to Northern Area districts to provide health and veterinary care to animals from less advantaged communities. These districts include Timothy Valley, Kwanoxolo, New Brighton, Kwazakhele, Sewende Laan, Barcelona, Sanctor and Helenvale. On average, three animals are transported to the AACL's Clearly Park Clinic and 9th Avenue Walmer Veterinary Clinic daily. These cases are generally for sterilisation and require an overnight stay. The Clearly Park Clinic focuses on sterilisations, vaccines, de-worms and treatments provided to animals. The new vehicle cost will be subsidised by the insurance paid out, as well as the donations received from Sovereign Foods and other private parties. It is estimated that a further R40 000 is needed to be raised in order to purchase a new vehicle. “We are thankful to Sovereign Foods for providing us with such a large financial contribution in a time when the country's economy is experiencing an economic crisis. With the donation, we are one step closer in restoring our outreach . . .
The National Employers’ Association of South Africa (NEASA) has issued the following guidelines regarding the anticipated protest action on 7 April 2017. There has been a lot of speculation doing the rounds as to the rights of employees to attend the planned protest action or alternatively where employees do not wish to report for duty due to safety reasons. Since this protest action is not regulated by the Labour Relations Act the situation appears to be somewhat unclear. The granting of leave always remain the sole prerogative of the employer. However, in considering whether or not leave should be granted for the purposes of this protest action, employers must be mindful not to establish a precedent by the granting of leave, especially since employees might expect to be granted a similar privilege should they wish to participate in similar future mass action. In the absence of any arrangement to this effect with the employer, the unauthorized absence from work will trigger the ‘no work no pay’ principle and normal disciplinary procedures should apply. In order to remove all risk from the above equation, employers might consider closing their businesses for the day. In this instance employees must be remunerated for the day. Author: Gerhard Papenfus, Chief Executive of the National Employers’ Association of South Africa (NEASA). CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .