If you are wondering what you can do for your 67 minutes of community work for Mandela Day on Friday July 18 then join the Knitathon at the Three Cities Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa in St George’s Mall. The hotel has joined forces with Bush Radio and Fair Cape Dairies to support the Little Fighters Cancer Trust and in the spirit of ubuntu is inviting everyone to come along to the Atrium at the hotel and either knit or crochet a square, help sew the squares together, donate some fabric or drop off blankets to assist those in need. The squares will then be sewn into blankets or quilts and delivered to the Trust. The Little Fighters Cancer Trust was set up to relieve some of the heartache and difficulties faced by families affected by childhood cancer. Practical, individualised and fast assistance is given by means of providing what is needed in the home and in the hospital. To join our community knitathon all you need to do is bring your needles and spend your 67 minutes knitting or crocheting a 15 x 15cm square (just cast on 30 stitches) or bring fabric cut to the same size. Donations of blankets can also be dropped off at the Atrium if you are unable to join the knitters! In addition, donations of activity books and crayons would be welcomed and can be dropped off at the same time. These will be taken to the children in hospital. With Fair Cape Dairies providing some of their delicious yoghurts and chocolate mousse and the Hotel providing coffee, where else would you want to spend your community time? Join the team of knitters as they donate their time and effort and have a little fun as we make a difference in someone else’s life. And to add to that you could be in line to win a night’s stay on a bed and breakfast basis at this wonderful central city hotel. You could also win some fabulous Fair Cape Dairies hampers. All you need to do is to make sure that your contact details are attached to the donation. Listen to Bush Radio 89.5fm for Fair Cape . . .
This winter, children who visit Canal Walk Shopping Centre will be experiencing the finest theatre in the country, Alice in Wonderland and playing their part in providing 250 000 meals to Stop Hunger Now. Canal Walk will donate R5 from each ticket sold, as well as the proceeds of programme sales to Stop Hunger Now. The centre will also play host to “Meals in Memory” packing events over two weekends prior to Mandela Day on July 18. Since its inception in 2000, charitable causes have been close to the heart of the Canal Walk Children’s Theatre. “We know that every day, two and a half million children in South Africa go hungry. In the face of such need, we can’t sit back and do nothing,” says Canal Walk Shopping Centre Marketing Manager Vanessa Herbst. “That’s why we have been using the theatre production to raise money for charities for the past 14 years, and that’s why this year we are once again supporting Stop Hunger Now.” “The ‘Meals in Memory’ also fits perfectly into the theme of food security for this year’s Mandela Day, announced by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on April 9,” she says. The highly nutritious meals contain rice, soya, dehydrated vegetable mix and a fortification pack of 23 essential minerals and vitamins specifically formulated (complying with the UNICEF standard) to combat malnutrition. Last year, with the proceeds raised by Canal Walk’s production of Peter Pan, Stop Hunger Now, Canal Walk packed 67 000 meals on Mandela Day. This year they are smashing the records with an incredible 250 000 meals scheduled for packing over two weekends. They are calling on companies and organisations to get involved to sponsor a packing line and to provide up to 25 volunteers to help pack the meals. Author: Jessica Miller from HIPPO Communications. More Info link: http://www.stophungernowsa.org/ Images: For high res version/s of Two image/s please contact: HIPPO Communications. Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille with David Jacobs . . .
NATURAL SELECTION An unprecedented panel of 47 experts is on a hunt for South Africa’s most affordable green solutions for low cost living! JUNE 2014: An impressive number of experts have stepped up to the challenge of uncovering the country’s leading green ideas in the field of low-income housing. Drawn from across South Africa, and totaling 47 top-level thinkers in their respective fields, the panel boasts members with expertise in renewable energy, sustainability, green architecture, energy efficiency, education, business analysis, product and industrial design, interior design and the media. Tasked with evaluating 130 entries, they’re on the hunt for the finalists of the Better Living Challenge (BLC), a competition that aims to promote and take to market the very best affordable green ideas which are designed to improve low–cost living. The BLC Selection Panel includes prominent thought leaders in their respective fields, such as Dr Jonathan Marks, Director of the Full Time MBA Programme?at the Gordon Institute of Business Science; Liza Cirolia, co-ordinator of the Sustainable Human Settlements CityLab at the African Centre for Cities and architect Olwethu Jack, previously of the Community Organisation Research Centre (CORC) and the South African Slum Dwellers International Alliance (SDI) and now Managing Director of Ubuntu Growing Minds Consultants; and a host of others. The full list is available on the competition website www.betterlivingchallenge.co.za Invited to participate in the BLC Selection process by the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI), which has been charged with managing the rollout of the BLC, this Selection Panel is a formidable “think tank” around sustainability, green technology, affordability and marketability of innovative solutions. The BLC is part of the Western Cape Government’s 110% Green initiative, which encourages organisations to commit to the Green Economy. The BLC competition is intended to take powerful ideas to . . .
July 2014 For many years, Coaching has been growing and the debate has been whether or not it is a profession. At the ABCCCP we believe coaching is not only a profession that has come on its own, but is also growing fast. This is why we thought it necessary to establish a platform that will ensure the body of knowledge for coaching is recorded and shared. The Journal of Coaching, Consulting and Coaching Psychology in Africa marks a shift in the position of Africa in the global development of coaching. Since 2004 Master and PhD programmes have been running in academic institutions- and many of these programmes involved a submission of either a mini-theses or dissertation of sorts. “And as such there is enough research out there to keep the journal running with cutting edge research every year” Said Mongezi Makhalima, Chairperson of the ABCCCP. What is important now is to position the journal within Academia and Practice realms to create an interface of useful research across the continent relating to Coaching & Consulting. We know based on our initial research there’s a lot happening within the Areas of coaching and consulting, but a lot of it is scattered all over. We feel as the continent we also have something to contribute to the global world of coaching and what this journal does is serve to play an integrating role in the evolution of Coaching and Consulting on the African Continent- and we are looking forward to working jointly with both academia and practitioners to grow Africa’s voice in these domains. “It is important for businesses operating across the African continent to understand that a good grasp of the socio-cultural context of their businesses, and of their people, is a critical element for long-term success. We cannot be importing and swallowing whole models and frameworks developed elsewhere. Africa has a wealth of wisdom that directly informs how Africa does business”, said Dr Dumisani Magadlela, Board Member at the ABCCCP . . .
Johannesburg | 23-06-2014 | MGLI It is now time for women not to stand on the sidelines and plead to join the party, but to create their own party that rocks. According to The World Economic Forum (WEF) arm running the Women Leaders and Gender Parity Programme there is strong evidence to show that, at the macro level, countries that invest in girls and integrate women into the workforce tend to be more competitive. Many governments are, therefore, considering or are already implementing affirmative policies, including quotas. There is also mounting research and anecdotal evidence that closing the gender gap is good for companies. Companies that successfully engage women may reap a rich diversity dividend. With talent shortages projected to become more severe in much of the developed and developing world, it is imperative for business to have access to female talent. The loop holes in the leadership bucket have to closed by empowering girls through targeted leadership training from a very young age. The proverbial “glass ceiling” that has perennially impeded women from optimizing their leadership potential ought to be shattered from the grassroots level. It is now time to rethink the prevailing leadership training model that was crafted by males for males (BMFM) to thrive in a testosterone-fuelled environment. It is now time for women not to stand on the sidelines and plead to join the party, but to create their own party that rocks. The only way this fanfare for women can be implanted in our heavily skewed world is for women who have achieved to take it upon themselves to nurture young and upcoming girl leaders. The problem is that there are not enough upcoming girl leaders who can display and vouch for their abilities as they have continuously been portrayed as weak and subordinates of their male counterparts. This suppression of girls emanates from the very basic building block of the family unit and proliferated into every facet of girls’ lives . . .
More and more South African companies are offering retirees some form of financial relief, says Marilyn Hallett, founder and MD of You’ve Earned it (YE!). YE! is an online directory where companies can list – free of charge – discounts or benefits for retirees. The latest Sanlam Benchmark Retirement Survey found that 60% of SA pensioners do not have enough to live on and the trend is getting worse. The survey also confirmed that 97% of all South Africans cannot maintain a decent standard of living during retirement. Hallett says that most retirees have always struggled due to a low savings culture in South Africa, but over the last five to seven years, the situation has been aggravated by the recent recession and the high cost of healthcare, food and petrol. “We are also seeing more of the ‘sandwich effect’ these days. Instead of economically active pre-retirees in their forties and fifties using disposable income to invest for their retirement, they are having to contribute towards sustaining unemployed children on the one hand and parents who cannot survive on their savings or pensions on the other,” says Hallett. The impact of discounts or benefits offered by companies can range from a retiree being able to buy bare necessities or being able to fix a plumbing problem to enjoying a meal at a restaurant or even a weekend breakaway. Hallett says that it’s not about looking for freebies for struggling retirees. “Companies have goods and services to offer which retirees need or would like to buy, but cannot afford to purchase. The market opportunity is significant and it becomes a pricing decision as to whether one would like to reach this market or not. YE! offers a platform,” says Hallett. How big is the market? “There are over 3.5 million South Africans over the age of 60. Granted, they are not all retired so one can discount that number but consider that 97% of whatever number you land at would welcome and support some form of relief . . .
Musician and performer Mathys Roets showed his support for Casual Day by buying the first sticker from Casual Day staffer Tristan Steytler in Centurion on Saturday. Mathys’s donation went to the Casual Day campaign Curamus Association for the Security Force Disabled. Curamus kicked off its 2014 Casual Day campaign at the Disability Drive and Thrive Expo held at the Swartkops Airbase this weekend. “Curamus was established in 1990 to serve and support former as well as current members of the SADF, non-statutary forces, as well as the current SANDF. We also have members who serve in the SA police as well as the Department of Correctional Services,” says Kobus Swart, CEO of Curamus. “After 1994 Curamus was restructured to include all disabled veterans of the South African National Defence Force. Civilian employees and dependants were then also included. Our mission is to promote capacity building in terms of disability issues in departments; to give a different and objective perspective in strategic planning; to give specialized input in terms of the needs of people with disabilities; to be an ear on the ground for policymakers, and to identify the frustrations and problems that people with disabilities experience. “People with disabilities are still experiencing discrimination and are being pushed to the margins of society,” he says. Curamus raises funds through Casual Day and kicked off its 2014 campaign at the Disability Drive & Thrive Interactive Exhibition at Swartkops Airbase on Saturday. This annual event is where ideas are shared, products are showcased, vehicles are test driven and wheelchairs are left standing empty while the users are having fun. The event aims to change perceptions of disability by showcasing groundbreaking mobility devices and vehicles for the disability sector. Musician Mathys Roets was one of the exhibitors and was demonstrating the offroad wheelchair he is manufacturing in South Africa. He was just one of many exhibitors . . .
The Twitter Blanket Drive (TBD) is a uniquely South African, community-driven response to the needs of the poor during the winter months of the year. Initiated in 2010 by Founder, Melanie Minnaar, the Twitter Blanket Drive started with a single tweet: What if each person on Twitter donated a blanket? Since then, the Twitter Blanket Drive movement has grown exponentially, and thousands of blankets have been collected, and thereafter distributed to a range of social assistance organisations across the country. For 2014, events will be held across the country on 29 May. Through a well-coordinated and objectively managed process, collection points and events are created across the country. Various events are held and take the form of a “Tweetup”, whereby Twitter users tweet about donating their blankets and all enjoy a meal or drink at the collection point. Collection points have generally been restaurants or cafes. The Twitter Blanket Drive has injected a true sense of community into the South African Twittersphere, as Twitter users across the country join in to help disadvantaged communities keep warm during the winter months. Official #TBD2014 events will take place at: • Johannesburg – Protea Hotel, Fire and Ice - 22 Whitley Street, Melrose Precinct • Cape Town – Protea Hotel, Fire and Ice - New Church Street, Tamboerskloof • Durban – Protea Hotel, Umhlanga Ridge – 14 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga For people who are unable to attend the main event on 29 May, there are also a number of collection points across the cities – tweet @tbdafrica for a full list! For Durban, blanket collection boxes have been placed at: • Spiga D’Oro (Morningside) • Spiga D’Oro (Durban North) • St Clement’s (Musgrave) The Durban Twitter Blanket Drive will collect blankets for Grace Family Church. All blankets donated will be handed over to Grace Family Church, who will distribute them to a variety of social assistance organisations throughout KwaZulu-Natal. ENDS For more . . .
Just as winter starts, things are hotting up for the Better Living Challenge, with entries being submitted ahead of the 31 May 2014 closing date for the competition. With over 220 registered – and still to be completed - entry profiles on www.betterlivingchallenge.co.za there are indeed plenty of good ideas on how to improve low cost living. The competition is seeking out the very best home improvement solutions; ideas that are innovative, affordable and green are the ones that will be rewarded. Interest in the competition is in no small part due to the fact that the three main winners will each receive R500 000 worth of support to bring their concept to life, or to enhance an already existing product or service. What’s more, three student entries each stand a chance of claiming a R40 000 cash prize. Corporate projects can also shine, as part of the Better Living Challenge Showcase set for October this year, where all the winners and finalists will be exhibited. Interest in the competition can also be credited to the Better Living Challenge’s network of Ambassadors. A high level panel of 12 influential industry personalities has been charged with spreading the word about this worthy initiative. The Better Living Challenge Ambassadors include Professor Prof. Mugendi K. M’Rithaa, President-Elect of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID); Fehmida Jordaan, the Executive Manager of the South African Institute for Interior Design (IID); Kelly Berman of Design Indaba; Sune Stassen of Rock City Foundation; communications consultant Lianne Burton; award-winning product designer Heath Nash; Deborah Weber of the WWF; Ilze Wolff of Open Architecture; Dillion Phiri of Creative Nestlings; Nadine Botha and Sumien Brink of New Media; Laurence Brick of 100% Design South Africa; and Jodi Alenheim and Andrew Fleming of the Cape Town Partnership. All notable design advocates and practitioners, these Ambassadors share a willingness to promote the . . .
The South African National Cannabis Working Group (SANCWG), in collaboration with NORML ZA, wishes to inform you about the upcoming Global Cannabis March 2014, taking place on the 3rd of May. Cape Town will be one of 117 cities across Earth taking to the streets to promote awareness of many issues relating to cannabis. The event is sanctioned by the City of Cape Town and arrangements have been made for the police to be present. Since the beginning of January this year a number of jurisdictions, including Colorado, Washington, Uruguay and Turin, passed ordinances to make cannabis legal for those of adult age. As a result, new economies have been created with economic growth rates outperforming the cellular mobile sales market. This will further motivate public involvement in the cannabis reform process. In light of the current public discourse, both locally and internationally, and the introduction of the Medical Innovation Bill, the Global Cannabis March creates an opportunity to introduce the faces of the cannabis law reform community to the greater public. Cape Town marchers are calling for the review and reform of current cannabis policies and advocate for public participation backed by rational evidence based policy making. The event will allow for interaction with the media. March organisers will avail themselves for interviews before the march gets underway between 9:30 and 10 am, media covering the story should use this opportunity to get their soundbites. Provision has also been made for photo opportunities while the march is under way. Volunteers will be assembling from 8AM. Public gathering at 10.00AM on the corner of Keizersgracht and Chapel Street. Contact for the Cape Town, Global Cannabis March Imiël Visser Mobile: 079 655 4711 Alwyn Smit Mobile: 084 928 9968 Author: Imiel Visser from SANCWG. More Info link: https://www.facebook.com/events/566973746742849/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/sancwg Facebook: . . .