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 . . .
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. . . .