Women shopping at Clicks stores are now able to purchase reusable, eco-friendly Subz sanitary pads while simultaneously supplying young women in disadvantaged communities with these lifechanging products, all for only R29.95. Developed, designed and manufactured by Sue Barnes, founder of Project Dignity, the Subz pads are made of five layers of specialised fabrics which earned the product a SABS absorbency approval. Barnes developed the product after learning about the dire situation in African schools whereby young women are forced to miss vital classroom time because of a lack of adequate sanitary wear. “Because of the cost of sanitary products, many families simply can’t afford to buy pads and it is believed that young women are missing up to a week of school a month during menstruation,” explained Sue Barnes, founder of Project Dignity. “This has a profoundly negative impact on education for young women. The Subz Pants and Pads were developed as a reusable option with a three to five-year lifespan. The launch of the CSI branch of Subz, Project Dignity, has through sponsorship, seen the donation of these products to numerous schools in underprivileged communities across the country.” One such sponsor has been The Helping Hands Trust, the Clicks’ non-profit organisation, which – through its Girls on the Go campaign - partnered with Project Dignity in 2015 and is working towards distributing 36 000 packs of washable, reusable sanitary wear to needy recipients. The duo is now working together again, bringing these sanitary products to the retail market for the first time. Barnes said they were excited to be providing the public with an environmentally-friendly, affordable sanitary option at Clicks stores. “While we will continue with our activations which aim to provide all young South African women with reusable sanitary pads, we are thrilled that the public is also able to purchase these user-friendly products, all while supporting the Girls on the Go . . .
Cape Town: On Thursday, 12 October, the Sixty + Counts panel discussion and silent auction at Alliance Française du Cap in Cape Town highlighted the important role that older persons play in South Africa together with the challenging living conditions that many elderly face daily. “It is assumed that the elderly in communities are the most respected but they are often the forgotten, neglected and even abused,” says Lulama Sigasana, Head of the Seniors Programme at Cape Town based NGO, Ikamva Labantu. The Sixty + Counts initiative is a partnership between the Embassy of France in South Africa and Cape Town based NGO, Ikamva Labantu and recognises the International Day of Older Persons (1 October) and South Africa’s Older Persons Week (30 September – 6 October) and Social Development Month (October). The panel discussion focussed on the challenging realities for the elderly in South Africa, whilst also highlighting the work that is being done and what can still be done through collaboration between Government and non-governmental organisations. Panellists included Owen Kleinhans from the Department of Justice; Dr Leon Geffen, Executive Director, Samson Institute for Ageing Research; Gavin Weir, Director of Sector Task Team for Older Persons and Lulama Sigasana, the Head of the Seniors Programme at Ikamva Labantu. Says Weir,: “We have one of the best constitutions in the world, we have the Older Person’s Act, but without the resources to implement the basic rights of the elderly, these are not worth the paper they are written on.” Weir continued to say that through engagement with Provincial and Local Government on housing, it became clear that the social grant receiving pensioner was not a priority. He says: “we have to start understanding that there is not necessarily help available from Government, we need to mobilise society to protect and celebrate the ‘living libraries’ in our communities and our nation.” Owen Kleinhans – who is responsible . . .
Well known South African artist Petra Stiglingh, will be hosting a brief art exhibition in Port Elizabeth in support of the recently established Joy of Hearing, a local non-profit company benefiting cochlear implant recipients and other hearing disabled in the Eastern Cape. The exhibition, which is being hosted at the Paxton Hotel includes works of Isabella Le Roux, Anton Pienaar, Natasha Barnes, Paul Munro, Rene Snyman, Frans Claerhout, Otto Klar and Este Mostert. A gala evening will take place on Thursday evening, from 6pm, with the artwork open to viewing for the general public on Friday, October 13. Stiglingh, who is now based in Jeffreys Bay, was born in Bloemfontein and studied art at Bloemfontein Teacher’s College, while at the same time also doing extra courses with Michael Edwards. She received further tutelage from the experienced Titia Ballot and George Boys. In her later years she attended various workshops with well-known artist-Dale Elliot and most recently she went to America to study under Master-artist, Daniel Gerhardz. Last year she again returned to America to do the advanced course with Gerhardz. Stiglingh’s work is a mixture of different art forms, but could mostly be described as “contemporary-impressionistic”. Over the past 31 years, Stiglingh has exhibited her work throughout South Africa, Namibia and Canada in numerous combined exhibitions as well as at various solo exhibitions including one in Johannesburg, at Alice Art Gallery, (1995) and twice in Birmingham – at the world trade show. Stiglingh also has a permanent exhibition at her Art Gallery in the Fountains Mall in Jeffreys Bay. For the past twelve years she has also offered art workshops all over the country, helping novice and professional artists alike in expanding their vision and techniques in oil- and acrylic painting. Proceeds from the sale of paintings will be donated to Joy of Hearing. One of Stighligh’s artworks will also be up for auction at the . . .
Automatic disinheritance of ex-spouse by Section 2B of The Wills Act Recent case law has clarified a grey area of ‘The Wills Act of 1953’, namely the position of surviving ex-spouses if a testator passes away less than three months after a divorce. In such a case, an ex-spouse will no longer have any claim on inheritance from the testator if the couple were divorced less than three months before the testator’s death. Let’s back up a moment: Let’s assume you have slaved away your entire life to accumulate wealth, and have spent further time, energy and possibly money on drawing up a will for the purpose of distributing your riches unto those you deem most worthy. In such a case, you will want to ensure that you have a valid will, and that your good intentions are not undone through carelessness or lack of knowledge. The basic requirements for ensuring that you have a valid will are set out in the Wills Act 7 of 1953. This legislation was amended by the Law of Succession Amendment Act 43 of 1992 with the intention of regulating the effect of divorce or annulment on a testator’s will. This 1992 amendment introduced section 2B, which reads as follows: “If any person dies within three months after his marriage was dissolved by a divorce or annulment by a competent court and that person executed a will before the date of such dissolution, that will shall be implemented in the same manner as it would have been implemented if his previous spouse had died before the date of the dissolution concerned, unless it appears from the will that the testator intended to benefit his previous spouse notwithstanding the dissolution of his marriage.” Fortunately, recent case law has finally clarified this grey area of the Wills Act, the matter of surviving ex-spouses. Katherine Timoney, from the Commercial Litigation Department at Gillan and Veldhuizen, explains, “not only does the judgment set the precedent, but more importantly, it serves as a reminder of the . . .
VISUAL GUIDE: The South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has released a custom developed training video to go alongside its South African Festival Economic Impact Calculator (SAFEIC), which will help event and festival organisers use the free, online tool for measurement of event economic impact. SA Cultural Observatory releases Event Impact Calculator training video October, 02 2017 – The South African Cultural Observatory (SACO), a project of the Department of Arts & Culture hosted by Nelson Mandela University, today announced the official release of its new training video on the South African Festival Economic Impact Calculator (SAFEIC). The SAFEIC is a free, online calculator developed by the SACO specifically for cultural festival and event organisers to help them can track and quantify the economic impact of their events. It was designed to produce a calculated estimate the economic impact of a festival or event on a host economy. “We are very excited to announce the South African Festival Economic Impact Calculator training video. We realised after giving a couple of workshops on the calculator, that while we have a robust guide for the calculator, people really benefit from some ‘facetime’. “Obviously we cannot reach everyone everywhere, so we decided to develop a training video which can,” said Prof Jen Snowball, SACO Chief Research Strategist. Snowball, a professor of economics at Rhodes University developed the SAFEIC with Prof Bruce Seaman from Georgia State University, Atlanta in the United States, for the SACO and the Department of Arts and Culture. “The video is a step-by-step guide to the calculator and explains everything from what economic impact is, to what data is needed and why for the calculator to provide the best outputs; and gives a visual tutorial on how to input the data and read the results,” Snowball added. The SAFEIC itself has been carefully, and conservatively, designed so as to produce results that are . . .
Crowdfunding for social causes is quickly gaining in popularity with the web redefining how we donate to the less fortunate. Sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Addabit are helping to do away with the familiar collection tin in favour of much more efficient and technology-driven ways of raising money. Addabit, for one, caught the eye of South African Cassidee Teixeira with its promise of ‘simple, social saving’. The site enables worthy organisations and individuals to create a fund and invite friends, family and others to contribute to the achievement of a specified savings goal. Many of us want to do good where we live, but time is often so fleeting in our busy lives. Now, technology means better off South Africans can easily contribute to transparent good causes that seek to offer others a better quality of life. For Cassidee, she’d just like to experience a normal life and she’s looking to you and addabit.com to help her achieve this humblest of goals. This 21-year old fellow South African and Joburg resident was born with a rare deformity called Resorption of the Jaw. Most of us can look back at the last decade or so of our lives and reminisce over happy times. While Cassidee’s life with her loving family and friends has been a blessing, from the age of nine years old until now, she has endured jaw operations, chin implants and disintegrating facial bones. She’s had to experience painfully slow and daily excruciating palate-widening. All of this has been to enable her to do the most basic things that depend on a properly-functioning jaw like chewing and speaking correctly. Now, some light has emerged at the end of the tunnel. Cassidee can have both her jaw joints replaced with titanium ones that will prevent her jaw disintegrating further. She’ll be able to have normal functionality after the operation that will enable her to breathe, chew and speak properly. Unfortunately, the titanium joints need to be custom-made to fit her bone . . .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E8vqCFUmKg Zapper Empowers Homeless Artists by Establishing Chuma Somdaka Art Foundation From: Garth Elliott CLICK HERE to submit a Video Press Release to MyPR. . . .
As part of its ongoing philanthropic endeavours, mobile payment and loyalty rewards company Zapper is establishing a foundation dedicated to uplifting underprivileged artists– the Chuma Somdaka Art Foundation. The foundation is inspired by Chuma Somdaka, a promising street artist who due to unforeseen circumstances found herself sleeping on a park bench for three years in the Company’s Garden in Cape Town. Upon hearing her story on Carte Blanche in 2016, Zapper reached out to Chuma and is empowering her to use her art to earn a living, and in so doing, journey away from life on the streets. In partnership with 100ForChange, Zapper is currently covering Chuma’s expenses for accommodation and meals in a clean and safe residence while she studies towards an art degree at the prestigious Ruth Prowse School of Art in Woodstock, Cape Town. In addition, Zapper has developed a digital platform for Chuma to sell her art and is assisting her in developing skills that will empower her as a young entrepreneur. “Zapper has helped Chuma set up a business online where she can sell her art and begin making a name for herself across the world. The online store will eventually become a hub for South African art, acting as a platform for local artists who don’t have the means to market their artwork – to display and sell it internationally,” said Jessica Fowlds, Marketing and Communications Manager for Zapper. With Chuma’s vision and Zapper’s commitment to creating a platform for positive change, the Chuma Somdaka Art Foundation endeavours to mentor, uplift and inspire promising South African artists from disadvantaged backgrounds, so that they too may turn a dream into a reality. All donations made on the Chuma Somdaka Art Foundation website will assist the organisation with achieving its goal to make a difference in a meaningful and sustainable way. To learn more about the Chuma Somdaka Art Foundation, purchase artwork or make a donation go to . . .
‘Made for More’ is a Non Profit Company (NPC Registration no. 2016/038814/08) and a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO no. 930055257) that aims to serve and empower people with disabilities. Our vision is to see restoration, revival and hope in disabled communities. Their mission is guiding and empowering disabled communities to discover their abilities, worth and divine purpose through disability sport, whole life coaching, leadership, sports camps and community projects. On the 4th of November 2017, the Made for More Golf Day Fundraiser will be held at the Scottburgh Golf Club. “We are looking for individuals, companies and the community to get behind us and get involved by entering a four ball, sponsoring a hole or donating prizes. You can also request to have your own golf hole prize such as nearest the pin or the longest drive. We want to create a really festive atmosphere on the course that is colourful and full of life,” commented Director: Made for More, Julia Morris (Scottburgh). The following opportunities exist - sponsor a hole for R500; the clubhouse area as well as Holes 1 and 10 will cost R1000 to sponsor as they are the most visible on the course. Please contact Julia@madeformore.org.za should you wish to be a part of this day. Tee off times will be from 11am to 1pm. The format is a four ball alliance, with two scores to count. Please book with Linda at 039 9760041 or e-mail email@example.com There will be a Bring and braai after the golf and prize giving with salads and pap provided. Golf: R200 per person (R800 a four ball) *Golf carts are available by request at the Pro shop on 039 976 0041. Please book in advance to secure your cart for the day. ‘Made for More’ is a Non Profit Company (NPC Registration no. 2016/038814/08) and a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO no. 930055257) that aims to serve and empower people with disabilities. Our vision is to see restoration, revival and hope in disabled communities. Our . . .
The Nelson Mandela Foundation, in partnership with the City of Cape Town ended ‘women’s month’ by announcing that United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J Mohammed would deliver the 15th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, under the theme of “Centering Gender: reducing inequality through inclusion and sustainability” The Foundation’s Chief Executive Sello Hatang said the institution’s selection of Mohamed was part of its commitment to addressing the various types of inequality. “Following the 2015 annual lecture the Foundation thought it important to highlight the links between poverty and inequality and gender. Since then we have had numerous initiatives to respond to this challenge.” Mohammed said via a video message from the United Nations headquarters that she was looking forward to joining South Africans on 25 November this year to help continue Madiba’s vision. Madiba was a true champion for gender equality and women’s empowerment in word and in deed,” she said. The issue of reducing inequality through inclusion and sustainability “Is truly my passion, it drives me to do more now and every day, until we reach that goal,” Mohamed said. “Empowerment and the meaningful participation of women and adolescent girls are essential to realising peace, rights, prosperity and a life of dignity”. The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture is one of the Foundation’s flagship programmes to honour its founder, Nelson Mandela, and to raise topical issues affecting South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world. It encourages both local and international dialogue – often about difficult subjects – as a means to address complex challenges that face the world today. ‘We are honoured that Ms Mohammed accepted our invitation to deliver this year’s Annual Lecture,” Hatang said. “She will no doubt leave us with insights that will help shape the discourse and our ability to find sustainable solutions.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .