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. . . .
Add Hope, a powerful initiative that sees KFC customers and staff unite in the fight against hunger, has now reached the milestone of feeding 120 000 children around the country nutritious meals, every day. In a country where hunger and poor nutrition pose a major risk to the health, wellbeing and education of millions of children, initiatives like this are playing a vital role. Feeding 120 000 children requires a considerable amount of funding on an ongoing basis, money which KFC raises through customer donations added at the till or on the Add Hope website, as well as donating a percentage of profits as its own Corporate Social Responsibility contribution. In 2016, Add Hope raised R39 million, with every cent of customer R2 donations going towards feeding children. Over the past seven years, Add Hope has raised just over R387 million. “Add Hope works because it’s a small donation that is quick to add,” says Thabisa Mkhwanazi, KFC Africa Marketing Director. “The R2 donations from customers, combined with our own contributions, all add up! We really appreciate these donations which have grown each year, enabling Add Hope to keep increasing the amount of children we reach. We are passionate about the cause of hunger relief and the more we can raise together, the more children we can help to learn, grow and thrive. And that means a more positive future for all of us.” KFC has taken a partnership approach to ensure that every R2 donation reaches children in the most effective way, supporting sustainable feeding programmes at a growing list of 116 beneficiary organisations. The distribution of the funds is carefully administered by the KFC Social Responsibility Trust. “We currently work with 12 larger, national beneficiaries, including JAM, Afrika Tikkun and SOS Children’s Villages, as well as 104 smaller organisations that are chosen by the teams at our restaurants so that they can have an impact in their local communities,” says Mkhwanazi. “The funds can . . .
(Johannesburg, South Africa, March 2017) Evolve Executive Search South Africa, an executive talent and scarce-skills search firm servicing the private and public sectors in South Africa and across Africa, has since 2014 made sure that 4 000 children in Jabavu, Soweto do not go to bed hungry. The Evolve Group, which recently relaunched in the country as Evolve Executive Search South Africa, contributes 20% of its profits to its CSR programmes. “Evolve South Africa does not want to be a BBBEE legislation ‘box ticker’, instead we want to be a significant contributor to the social transformation of South Africa, thus as a company we provide considerably more than what is required from BBBEE legislation. We have launched Evolve South Africa so we can escalate our focus on BBBEEE by contributing more to the children of South Africa via our various developmental programmes,” says Evolve SA’s MD Adam Ginster. Through its aptly named corporate social investment programme, Kotula (which means to harvest in seTswana) responds to the urgent and specific needs of the Soweto community by delivering a feeding, relief and a dance academy project. All these programmes support and empower orphaned and vulnerable children as well as women and elderly residents in the community. On Friday, 24 March 2017, Evolve Executive Search South Africa alongside its partners, which includes the Department of Agriculture, Kotula’s patron Moyikwa Sisulu, NGOs and the community of Soweto hosted a thanksgiving ceremony for farm managers who plough and tend to the 11 farms that provide sustenance for their community. Kotula sources volunteers in the community and facilitates training through the Department of Agriculture. After the first ploughing and sewing of each farm, volunteers are employed as managers and their monthly salaries are funded by Evolve. This ensures the farms are professionally run, and that children are fed with nutritional and balanced meals per week. The project . . .
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 . . .