The amendment to the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Act has the effect to decriminalise consensual sex between 12 to 16 year old children whilst retaining the legal age of consent to sex at 16 years old. Children as young as 12 years old do not have the emotional ability to make a considered and informed decision regarding such a critical aspect as becoming sexually active. Although it is a fact that young people become sexually active at a young age, sometimes experimenting, it still remains the responsibility of government, parents, caregivers, and society to inform and guide children about the challenges and implications of having sex at a young age. Child Welfare South Africa is of the view that, in accordance with the amendment, parents, caregivers, and society must be empowered so as to talk to and educate children of all ages regarding sex and ensure that children are informed and provided with the correct information. Schools and the education system have and continue to play a vital role in this regard. CHILD WELFARE SA Author: PJ Cloete from Child Welfare South Africa. More Info link: http://www.childwelfaresa.org.za Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Child Welfare South Africa. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Canal Walk has transformed its Centre Court into a magical children’s theatre again this winter school holiday, but there is a more serious side to the latest production. All proceeds of programme sales, as well as a percentage of each ticket sold for Fred Abrahamse andMarcel Meyer’sbeautiful and magical adaptationof Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will go to Stop Hunger Now. And even if you do not get a chance to see the show, you can play your part in packing a million meals for hungry children for Mandela Day on Friday July 17 by joining one of the packing lines in the Canal Walk Food Court for 67 minutes.The millionth meal will be packaged in Cape Town by the Mayor, Patricia de Lille. According to the Children’s Institute more than 3 million children under the age of 17 experience hunger in South Africa. Stop Hunger Now SA aims to package 1 million nourishing meals for approximately 248 Early Child Development facilities nationwide for Mandela Day. Hyprop Foundation will be the anchor sponsor for the Cape Town event taking place at the Canal Walk Food Court. Each person packing will be feeding one child for an entire year and Stop Hunger Now is expecting 5000 corporate volunteers. A Stop Hunger Now SA packaged meal consists of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a mixture of 21 vitamins and minerals packaged into reasonable servings of six, which can be safely stored for up to a year. Besides the 126 companies and organisations which have sponsored one or more packaging lines, members of the public are also invited to package meals at times to be announced via the Canal Walk and Stop Hunger Now websites, and through media partners. For further information see www.stophungernowsa.org The meal packing willtake place from 09h00 until 21h30. Author: Kelly Lubbee from HIPPO Communications. More Info link: http://www.stophungernowsa.org Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: HIPPO Communications. CLICK HERE to submit your press . . .
Casual Day has appointed a new group of ambassadors for 2015 to join the team to Spring into Action for persons with disabilities. The group has come on board just in time for Mandela Day and they will be celebrating Madiba’s legacy by inspiring their communities to participate in Casual Day 2015, which takes place on Friday 4 September. Casual Day project leader Vanessa du Plessis says “We are privileged to be working with some very passionate young people who have not let their disability get in the way of them making a contribution to society. Casual Day plays a significant part in realising the dream of equality and justice for all and our ambassadors are excellent examples of how we can all emulate Madiba to be changemakers in our world. “Their role is one of self-advocacy and inspiration in spreading the Casual Day message to a wider audience. They will be leading by example and demonstrating how giving a little of to make a difference to the life of someone else, you can start changing the world around you.” Casual Day is South Africa’s most successful fundraising project for persons with disabilities – and the amount raised for last year has climbed to R28 million. Sponsored by The Edcon Group, Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA), which this year celebrates 75 years of service to the community of persons with disabilities. Casual Day changes lives one R10 sticker at a time. The ambassadors are there to give society a deeper understanding of the world of disability and how to make the world a more respectful and nurturing place for everybody. Some of the new ambassadors that will be celebrating Mandela Day on 18 July this year include: Junior Mavuso, who lost his left leg below the knee in a car accident when he was three years of age. He received a prosthesis from Jumping Kids in 2010 and has since gone one to set a new SA record of 4.74 m in the F44 long . . .
Although the new Children’s Act provides for estranged mothers and fathers to have equal parental responsibilities and rights in the bringing up of their minor children, mothers are at a distinct advantage when it comes to primary residence of the minor child/children and where they should reside permanently once there is a divorce or separation. Although there have been decided cases in which our judges have stated that the word “mothering” can apply equally to a father, in the majority of cases when parents split up, it is the mother with whom the minor child/children lives and not the father. I have seen many cases where the father is by far the better parent but because on separation the minor child/children has lived with the mother, and has continued to do so for a period of time, the child is left in the mother’s place of residence permanently. This sometimes contradicts conditions whereby the father provides the better environment in which the child can develop. It is difficult for a father to obtain primary residence of a minor child/children. How is it that when a father refuses to return a child to a mother for good reason, such as for example the mother being a serious manic depressive, that the father is considered in breach of the custody agreement? The father has to fight an action for primary residence from behind because initially, the child/children will be returned to the mother yet it seems fathers are at a distinct disadvantage on separation of retaining primary residence and obviously the longer the minor child /children live with the mother, the more difficult are his chances of ever having the minor child/children live with him. Author: Ivan Zartz from Ivan Zartz Attorneys. More Info link: http://ivanzartzattorneys.co.za/mothers-have-a-distinct-advantage-for-childrens-primary-residence/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IZAttorneys Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/izartzattorneys Images: For high res version/s of One image/s . . .
CHILD PROTECTION WEEK 31 MAY-7 JUNE 2015 NATIONAL THEME: WORKING TOGETHER TO PROTECT CHILDREN “CWSA MAKES A DIFFERENCE, WE NEED YOUR HELP, WILL YOU HELP?” Child Welfare South Africa (CWSA) and affiliates throughout the country are participating in the National Child Protection Week from 31 May-7 June 2015. The focus of Child Protection Week this week is to HIGHLIGHT PREVENTION AND PROTECTION OF CHILDREN FROM ALL ABUSE AND NEGLECT. Our focus is on the creation of nurturing and secure environment, throughout South Africa, where children can grow up free of the fear of abuse and neglect. We collectively serve, through our affiliates in all nine provinces, over 2,5million children. We are launching a public campaign during this week, in support of the national theme, under the slogan: “PROTECT, PRESERVE AND NURTURE OUR CHILDREN. The purpose is to facilitate and encourage effective partnerships with the Department of Social Development and other stakeholders as we work together to create a strong protective safety net for ALL our children The recent reports of brutal deaths of children through violence and sexual violence have underlined the vulnerability of our children in need. Steps must be taken to protect, preserve and nurture our children by raising public and community awareness. The number of vulnerable children at risk continues to grow, despite our best efforts, and we must focus on raising awareness and vigilance amongst all our people in order to, together, put a stop to any form of abuse against our children. We trust that this initiative will facilitate and encourage communities to work together with Child Welfare in creating a nurturing and secure environment, throughout South Africa, where children can grow up free of the fear of abuse and neglect. CWSA offers many programs on prevention and early intervention to equip children and adults in coping effectively with challenging situations CWSA would like the week to be a . . .
Friday 4 September Casual Day, SA’s foremost fundraiser for persons with disabilities, raised R28 million countrywide last year. Sponsored by the Edcon Group, Casual Day is owned and managed by The National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa. The 2015 Casual Day campaign this week kicked off its activities with the arrival of the stickers from the printers. Schools, organisations and corporates will be able to put in their bulk orders for stickers now – and put the date on their calenders. The theme for 2015 is ‘Spring into Action’ – so take your inspiration from the birds and the bees, the skies of blue, the colours of the rainbow, the blossoms on the trees and the minty hue of new leaves. Our colour for the year is refreshing, zingy mint. Collect five stickers at R10ea This year we will be producing five different collector’s stickers, each with a different image. So you can wear a bouquet of stickers to celebrate your commitment to improving the world for persons with disabilities. Casual Day is on Friday 4 September 2015. Casual Day provides the country with the opportunity to show their solidarity with persons with disabilities, at the same time enjoying teambuilding and camaraderie with their fellow participants. It gives South Africans the opportunity to be creative and have fun while contributing to the betterment of society. It is community spirit in action. Your R10 in action Help us to spread the message of the social impact of the funds. Your R10 in Action will highlight where the Casual Day money is spent. The national beneficiaries of Casual Day, through their affiliates and branches all over South Africa, provide services to persons with disabilities. Casual Day is a way for the disability sector to speak with one voice about ushering in a society that values human rights, inclusion, diversity and universal access to education for all its citizens. National beneficiary organisations Casual Day is run in . . .
Save a Life in your Sleep for World Malaria Day on Saturday Imagine an African continent where children under 5 and pregnant mothers were not severely threatened by death because of Malaria? Where a child didn’t die every 60 seconds from this disease and job creation at a grassroots level was continual, not seasonal. It is within our reach. Malaria is treatable, preventable and can be eliminated in our lifetime. And with World Malaria Day almost upon us, this Saturday 25th April, it’s time to save lives. Meet Goodbye Malaria, an initiative by African entrepreneurs and a genuine force for good, taking our greatest strength as Africans, creativity, to solve one of Africa’s biggest problems. The Numbers Malaria affects 50% of the world today. Since October 2013 Goodbye Malaria has protected more than 120 000 people in Mozambique’s Boane province by spraying more than 35,000 homes, reducing Malaria in this area by 67%. The People Goodbye Malaria has the partners, the people and the passion to make a (real) difference. Our many friends, heroes and partners provide the funding, resources and strategic direction so we can stand strong together to say: “Goodbye Malaria” in as many colourful languages and by as many engaging means to rid us of malaria, once and for all! TOGETHER we can say goodbye ? totsiens - tchau tchau ? hamba kahle ? au revoir ? adios to Malaria. Join the Fight against Malaria for World Malaria Day Goodbye Malaria started off the week with the launch of its new website and online shop www.goodbyemalaria.com. On Wednesday MiCasa – Goodbye Malaria Brand Ambassador represented by J’Something – raced against the clock (and the Gogos from Noluthando 1 Senior Citizens Club) at the Beading for Malaria Challenge. In 24 minutes (representing 24 hours in the daily fight against Malaria), 899 bracelets were beaded. The sale of these bracelets will fund the spraying of 1,797 homes and potentially protect 5,391 lives. Today, Thursday, Goodbye Malaria . . .
CHILD WELFARE SOUTH AFRICA and the KZN Provincial Board of Child Welfare South Africa call on all South African citizens to condemn the recent xenophobic attacks that have gripped our Province and the country and to support the victims of this brutality. Our country, South Africa, introduced Ubuntu to the world and was an example of peaceful transition from the brutal apartheid regime to a Peaceful Democratic South Africa. We showed the world that the impossible was possible with the late Nelson Mandela, our Father of the Nation and an icon of peace, reconciliation and tolerance. Where violence and brutality prevail, the most vulnerable sector of our communities, our women and children, suffer the most. All children have the right to live in peace, in love in comfort and in safety. Child Welfare South Africa and all its affiliates in the nine provinces are committed to protect our children irrespective of race, creed, religious belief or nationality. Our 44 affiliates around the Province have been requested to provide assistance where needed and to rally communities to support those who have been affected by the xenophobic attacks and violence. We, as a people, owe it to all the children in South Africa to ensure they can grow up in country where reconciliation, tolerance, peace and love prevail. We call on our leaders across the spectrum both political and community to stand up and declare that the acts of Xenophobia cannot and will not be tolerated and to take action to stop these senseless acts of brutality. “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela in the Long Walk to Freedom. CHILD WELFARE SA & KZN REGIONAL BOARD CWSA Author: PJ Cloete from Child Welfare South Africa. More Info link: . . .
The Beverly Hills Hotel & 5 Star Durban Need YOUR Help to make 67 blankets in honour of Madiba Join us on this incredible journey. Stitch by stitch, we will be keeping thousands of people around the world warm in the name of Nelson Mandela. Working with 67 Blankets For Nelson Mandela Day! 5 Star Durban, together with Beverly Hills hotel and Paula MacKenzie are drumming up support in KwaZulu-Natal for the 67 Blankets for Mandela Campaign. C.E.O. of 67 Blankets, Carolyn Steyn has the exciting challenge of making 21 000 blankets by 27 April, in honour of Nelson Mandela and in celebration of 21 years of democracy. These blankets will be laid out on the lawns of the Union Buildings’ gardens in a stunning display of charity and care, before being sent to charities to keep those in need warm! This is an awesome ask and the foundation is well on its way to achieving its goal. But we want to help. We are calling on the people of KZN to assist by helping us to make 67 blankets by 20 April ! Lets show South Africa that KZN cares! Our request is as follows : 1. Beverly Hills has set up a collection bin in the foyer of the hotel and we are asking for wool, crochet hooks (size 5.5) and knitting needles (size 5) in order to get an army of ‘knitwits’ working on the project. The bin will be at the hotel until 7th April. Every delivery of wool will be given an entry in our lucky draw for spot prizes of wine hampers! 2. We are asking for crocheted, knitted or quilted blankets and squares. The size of each square to be 20 x20 cm and the blanket size 140 x 180cm. For every 4 squares you drop off at the hotel ,you will receive one entry on our lucky draw. For every blanket delivered you will receive 10 entries in the lucky draw. Completed blankets and or squares to be dropped off at the Beverly Hills Hotel. If you enter the blanket lucky draw, you could be the lucky winner of : First Prize: An indulgent evening of luxury, with a sumptuous stay . . .
‘As we prepare to celebrate Human Rights Day on Saturday 21 March, we are proud to announce that a significant proportion of the funds raised by Casual Day go towards lobbying for the rights of persons with disabilities.’ This is the word from Casual Day project leader, Celeste Vinassa, who added that SA’s foremost fundraiser for persons with disabilities, raised R28 million countrywide last year. ‘This is over R3 million more than we raised last year, which means we can expand our reach and secure greater rights for our constituency. ‘Since the inception of the project in 1995, we have never seen such a massive year-on-year growth. The final audit has been done and the 2014 campaign has been closed off. Our aim this year is to spread the message of the social impact of the funds. Much of the work that we do is in lobbying for the rights of persons with disabilities at both the government and corporate level,’ she said. Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA). Since 1995 Casual Day has made it possible for the NCPPDSA fulfill its mandate of creating a fully accessible and inclusive society for all, raising R223 million. According to Vinassa this money will benefit thousands of persons with disabilities through the branches of the 12 beneficiary organisations in every region – R17 million was raised by the NGO sector, while the remaining R11 million was raised through in the corporate sector. The beneficiaries of the funds, collected via a donation for a R10 sticker, on the first Friday in September each year, include 500 schools and organisations that render services to persons with disabilities. Casual Day’s new chairman, Dr Lusani Netshitomboni, Chief Planner: Strategy, Planning and Quality Assurance of the University of South Africa, said ‘Casual Day is one way to speak with one voice about inclusion, diversity and universal access to education, communication, and human . . .