A new public service campaign has been launched to help make police stations the centre of their communities. ‘Operation: MyPoliceStation’ aims to encourage South Africans to proactively approach their local SAPS with offers of assistance in the form of their time, expertise, goods or services. “Not everyone can be a police reservist on the beat,” says campaign coordinator Ivan Booth. “But almost everyone can help paint a wall, plant a flowerbed, wash a police car or deliver a welcome cappuccino to our police members,” says Booth. He explains the MyPoliceStation campaign aims to remind South Africans of the valuable policing assets that exist within their communities and how they require public support to function at their best. “There are no formalities to getting involved at your local police station. Think creatively, walk in the door and offer to help out in any way that plays to your own strengths,” he says. To keep support for the country’s police stations top of mind, the MyPoliceStation campaign aims to tag short text messages onto hundreds of thousands of cellular network notifications every month. This is to encourage South Africans to visit mypolicestation.co.za and thereafter pledge their time, expertise, goods or services to their local SAPS. A crowdfunding and SMS campaign is soon to be launched by Booth to help finance the transmission of the monthly text tag messages that will remind South Africans to offer their assistance to their local police station. Examples of network notifications incorporating the MyPoliceStation call to volunteer include missed call alerts, balance notifications and Please Call Me messages. The goal is for 500 000 people each month to receive mobile text tags like this: “Meet the local heroes at MyPoliceStation.co.za to make your SAPS better! #SendMe.” The words ‘send me’ feature in a song by the late Hugh Masekela and were referenced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address on 16 . . .
Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or satisfying a need in your organisation by raising money from a large number of people who each contribute a relatively small amount to your cause. It is a non-traditional fundraising model that doesn’t rely on big corporate sponsorships or big government bailouts. Crowdfunding is growing rapidly in South Africa, giving non-profit organisations an opportunity to diversify their income through harnessing the collective power of the crowd. A report conducted by the University of Cambridge estimated total crowdfunding activity in Africa to reach over R1.7 Billion in 2018, by 2025, this figure is expected to reach over R30 Billion by 2025. Although over R59.71 million has been raised on BackaBuddy for various causes, our most successful charities, The Smile Foundation and Rainbows and Smiles for example, will tell you that crowdfunding is not for the faint-hearted. If you understand that crowdfunding requires a lot of effort, mining of your networks and isn't a quick fix for your organisation, then you’re in the right mindset for a successful campaign! Before you set up a crowdfunding campaign your organization needs to consider the following: 1. Do you have the necessary resources to run a crowdfunding campaign? 2. Do you have realistic expectations? 3. Are you able to identify a tangible need in your organisation to crowdfund for? 4. Do you have access to a crowd? 5. Do you have a driver for the campaign? 1. Do you have the resources? For a successful crowdfunding campaign you need access to a couple practical tools such as a Computer or Smartphone with an Internet connection. If you are unable to connect and engage with potential donors, it will be difficult to secure funding online. Do you have social capital? Have you created social media accounts for your organisation? Do you have a mailing list or database of your supporters? Do you have shareable content to empower your . . .
Sandton, Johannesburg,8 March 2018. The Motsepe Foundation Women’s Unit is hosting today, 8 March 2018, the 2nd Annual Summit on International Women’s Day, focusing on Human Rights and issues of sexual harassment. The International Women’s Day comes in the wake of the exposure of sexual harassment which have resulted in a number of movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp. As the Foundation celebrates International Women’s Day, we wish to draw attention to and address issues that hamper efforts to achieve gender parity in workplaces. We believe that the economic cost of sexual harassment necessitate that all stakeholders should address this issue in terms of advocacy, education, policy and support systems. The Summit aims to determine where the gaps lie in the policy and legal framework, with both the community and individuals responsible to assist in finding lasting solutions. The South African government and private sector has shown its commitment to stem all forms of harassment through various policy and legislative measures. Despite this, sexual harassment at schools and the workplace continue unabated, with massive health, social and economic cost to the victims and society at large. It has thus become necessary to expand efforts to curb sexual harassment to a more concrete holistic approach that focuses on prevention and finding solutions. The Summit will have a panel that will tackle topics such as “Women’s rights are human rights”, “Women empowerment is a moral, ethical and economical issue which should be treated with importance” and “How to fast-track the implementation of sexual harassment policies and ultimately see such cases decrease”. Professor Thuli Madonsela will deliver the key note address and the panellists will include Mr Pali Lehohla (Small Business Dev), Prof Mazibuko (Unisa), Mr Bafana Khumalo (Sonke Gender Justice), Ms Nomasonto Mazibuko (Commission for Gender Equality), Adv Thipanyane (South African Human Rights . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 26 February 2018 – As leaders in the world of facilities management, Servest rely on the use of water as a key resource to deliver their core services, these include, Cleaning, Landscaping, Catering, Office Plants and Hygiene. “It was therefore an imperative for Servest to consider the conservation of water as a vital resource that is leaning towards almost becoming a scarcity – this is certainly the case in Cape Town at the moment” says, Abubakr Hattas, Group Business Improvement Specialist. One of Servest’s main policies and strategy is to approach environmental sustainability through innovation. One example of this is their Office Plants Division, who has modified their interior plants operation. “We have changed the types of plants in the working environment, by replacing all plants that require a high water intake with harder, sustainable, water wise plants. These plants require less than one litre of water every 6-8 weeks, and if the environmental conditions are applicable, some plants only require water once every 3 months”, says Kumuran Pillay, National Sales and Marketing Director, Office Services. It could be argued that office plants are not important, however the need for plants in offices is greater now than before. It positively affects the atmospheric conditions in the work environment of businesses. Plants remove harmful, volatile compounds (VOCs), such as formaldehyde and benzene from the air by as much as 70% in a 24 hour period and plants convert this into oxygen and water too, for the plants’ own nutritional needs. Plants eliminate carbon monoxide from indoor areas, the absence of which certainly impact human attention, concentration and the overall health of people. Indoor plants also stabilise humidity by 30-60%, creating a more comfortable and healthy work environment, benefitting office workers’ general well-being in many ways, such as minimising throat dryness, preventing headaches, dry skin and fatigue, . . .
South Africa is currently in the grips of one of the worst droughts in decades, with five of the country’s provinces already declared drought disaster areas. The Western Cape, and Northern and Eastern Cape and Limpopo are the areas facing the most serious lack of water, with the Mother City counting down the days to the predicted “Day Zero”, when the province’s taps will run dry. Could the problem have been avoided? Whilst environmental factors such as El Niño and climate change are to a large extent to blame for the country’s crippling water woes, the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufactures Association (SAPPMA) says that lacking and aging water infrastructure has exasperated the problem. “We have started to sound the first alarm bells as early as 2010 over the lacking water infrastructure and the failure by local municipalities around the country to invest in upgrading and replacing their pipelines. We saw signs of severe water losses in distribution caused by water leaks and wastage many years before the crisis reached its full impact,” says Jan Venter, Chairman of the SAPPMA – a non-profit association that represents more than 80 % of the plastic pipe produced in South Africa and focuses its efforts on ensuring pipe systems that are leak-free and durable for long-term use. It also focuses on the rehabilitation of old pipelines. Venter confirms that the impacts of the severe drought could have been negated had their calls for water infrastructure improvements been heeded earlier by the authorities. “Pipelines lie at the heart of South Africa’s infrastructure and must be replaced before they fail. Water distribution, waste disposal, irrigation and telecommunications all rely on pipelines to function. However, the majority of South Africa’s pipelines were installed in the early 1950’s and 1960’s, and were manufactured from cement, asbestos or steel. These old pipes have an economic lifespan of a maximum of 50 years and have long since corroded and . . .
Does Transnet once again want to make the NPA the laughing stock of the city? Port of Port Elizabeth's answer to threat from the city and it's citizens around the Manganese Ore pollution On Saturday 17 February at 12:58 the TNPA released a press statement on the “impending eviction of the Algoa Bay Yacht Club” - a Port of Port Elizabeth based sailing club that has been in existence for close on 60 years providing sail training, regattas and safe haven for local and international sailors along with access to what has been described as the best sailing waters along the African Coast. ABYC has been attempting to get the TNPA in front of the Port Regulator since 2009 when the club submitted a complaint over an unfair 61% rental increase. On Friday morning 23 February 2018 the TNPA have been summonsed to appear in court to answer the ABYC's Notice of Motion interdicting the TNPA from issuing a Warrant of Eviction. ABYC will be asking the honourable court to rule that ABYC be entitled to continue occupying the premises pending a determination by the Port Regulator on 20 March 2018. On 23 August 2017, before High Court proceedings, the TNPA - represented by TNPA Legal Officer, Justin Uren, Advocate Ntsepe, Attorney Nash Vandayar and Port Manager, Rajesh Dana - and ABYC - represented by Attorney Gerald Friedman, Advocate Albert Beyleveld, ABYC President Sean Wiseman and ABYC Commodore Alan Straton - agreed that until such time as a new tenant had been allocated the premises occupied by ABYC, pursuant to a lawful tender, ABYC could remain in occupation and would be afforded two months notice to vacate if ABYC were unsuccessful in tendering. It would appear that the TNPA's representatives at the time have suffered amnesia over this agreement and could have been devious in their handling of the matter. Despite being asked in numerous forms and by numerous persons the TNPA has remained silent on whether a tender has been awarded. On 16 February 2018 . . .
The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) released a media statement on Saturday 17 February 2018 stating that the Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) must move out of premises that the nearly 60 year-old club occupies within the Port of Port Elizabeth. The dispute centres around rental, non-payment of rental, assessment of rental far beyond the financial means of ABYC as a voluntary body and irregular rental increases. As in all disputes of this nature the cold hard facts are really around two issues: Who is the landlord? Who has the most money? The answers to both above are: TNPA Any realist will tell you that the person who 'owns' the land and has bottomless coffers will win any legal fight. Now this is where it gets interesting as the ABYC took the complaint over TNPA's unfair treatment to the Port Regulator for a decision rather than turning to the courts. The Port Regulator operates as the Ombudsman for TNPA and has ruled in the past on TNPA's irregular increase on Port Tarrifs, forcing the TNPA to back down and reduce tariffs on more than a few occasions. The path to getting a hearing in front of the Port Regulator has been beset with delaying tactics from the TNPA - the most severe of which being an eviction order accelerated after the ABYC won the first round in front of the Port Regulator. TNPA has been summonsed to appear in the Port Elizabeth, High Court on Friday 23 February at 9:30 am. ABYC first brought the complaint to the attention of the Port Regulator in November 2009. Delaying tactics, legal manouvering and actions like TNPA 'losing' the recorded minutes of the first pre-hearing all contributed to the wearing down of the then Executive Committees. A new Exco in 2014 made the decision to tackle this problem head on and find a solution as the continued friction between ABYC and TNPA was not a happy state of affairs. The continued friction between the parties contributed negatively to TNPA's stature as a caring . . .
This statement is issued on behalf of Agri Eastern Cape by the portfolio committee member for rural safety, Alfonso van Niekerk: Agri Eastern Cape condemns the attack on the Ngcobo police station, and subsequent murders of five SAPS officers and one soldier, in the strongest possible terms. As an organisation, Agri Eastern Cape has a close working relationship with rural police stations throughout the province and we are deeply saddened by the senseless killing of these officers. We extend our heartfelt condolences to their families and loved ones. This cold-blooded and cowardly crime is not merely an isolated incident. Its effect on rural policing in the Eastern Cape has far-reaching consequences and puts the safety of SAPS personnel, the entire rural community and farming families at risk. We would urge the Honorable Minister, Fikile Mbalula, to appoint task teams to investigate the murders. The culprits must be apprehended and charged, and the judiciary must impose maximum sentences to send a clear message that attacks on those who would protect their fellow South Africans will not be tolerated. Agri Eastern Cape and its members will assist the SAPS in any way possible with their investigations and we call on members of the public who may have any information pertaining to the case to contact the relevant authorities or phone SAPS Crime Stop on 086 00 10111. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Sandton SPCA, received a disturbing call on 26 January 2018, a concerned citizen witnessed a dog being stoned to death by a couple of neighborhood children in Lombardy East, Johannesburg. The dog had a apparently been a nuisance destroying bin bags. As a non-profit organization relying solely on donations, the SPCA has limited resources to meet the demands of their community. Unfortunately, the Sandton SPCA only have 3 vehicles at their dispsoal to cover a large area. At the time of the incident, all inspectors were out attending to other complaints. By the time the inspector arrived on the scene, it was too late, the culprits had fled the scene and the poor pup didn't make it.The SPCA team have vowed not to give up until they have found those responsible. “In emergency cases, the inspectors leave everything they are busy with to tend to compliants. The animals are always our first priority.” – says Jaco Pieterse, Sandton SPCA, General Manager. After the incident involving the stoned dog, the dedicated Sandton SPCA team got proactive and set up a campaign on Donations-based Crowdfunding platform BackaBuddy to appeal to the public to help raise R90 000 for a new one-ton Nissan NP300 vehicle to better respond to emergency calls in remote areas. The BackaBuddy campaign went live on the 30th of January 2018 and generated R 88 239.41 with the support of 195 donors. With the funds to purchase a new vehicle, the Sandton SPCA will be able to better protect the animals in their community from unnecessary cruelty and it will also impower their stellization drive. You can view the Sandton SPCA's BackaBuddy Crowdfunding projects here Click here to make a direct donation to the Sandton SPCA. “We were overwhelmed with the support we received from our supporters and followers. We managed to raise almost the full amount in less than 2 weeks. We would like to thank our donors for their dedication and kindness to the animals we serve and protect. The work . . .
On the 10th of February The International Nonprofit Foundation for a Drug-Free World held a very successful workshop for more than 40 educators and NGOs leaders in Randburg, Johannesburg. Nowadays the drugs are the society` main killer in South Africa. That`s why all the guests came from different places all over Gauteng to be trained how to stop this catastrophe. These brave people can't tolerant and close their eyes for this disaster. Many families are crying because their children are quitting schools and come on drugs. Even six years old ones these days are using drugs. The workshop provided the tools how to empower youth to choose not to take drugs in the first place and how to popularize drug-free world. All the attendees got drug-free world T-shirts, caps, educators kits and very informative booklets about drugs abuse. Now We're doing monthly workshops to satisfy high popular demand from the communities. Say NO to drugs, say YES to life! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .