Tekkie Tax recently announced the amount of money that was raised this year in the first campaign. A whopping amount of R2.4 million was received from its fundraising efforts for various welfare organisations in South Africa. Tekkie Tax took place on Friday, 31 May and saw the nation dress up in their tekkies in support of a good cause. A small donation of R10 was made for the official Tekkie Tax sticker, providing a means for the project to raise funds. The proof of the success and support that this campaign had was mirrored in the people that supported it. They were from across the South African spectrum. Celebrities that have given Tekkie Tax their support include Johan C Venter, Jack Parow, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Die Flooze, Sade Giliberti, Thys die Bosveldklong, Laurika Rauch, 7 de laan, Denver Vraagom and many more. Why all this support for Tekkie Tax? For the first time ever, South Africa had an annual fundraising event where the donor could choose which welfare sector he or she wanted to benefit from their donation. There were 5 different stickers available, representing the following sectors: • Animals • Basic Family Care • Children • Disability • Education And where did the heart of the people lie? 34% of the participating audience chose a C sticker, representing Children, making this the most supported sector! The campaign was endorsed by some of the biggest and most accountable NGOs in the country, all of which has received money from the Tekkie Tax campaign. • Child Welfare SA • SOS Children's Villages • CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation) • Special Olympics SA • Endangered Wildlife Trust • HPCA - Hospice Palliative Care SA • Pet Welfare SA • Imisebeyelanga Services • South African Woman's Federation (SAVF) and the list goes on . . . Ashley Wagner Principal from Little Leaps School for Autism in Centurion said that “they were glad to have received the money from Tekkie Tax and will be using the . . .
Marine photographer Rainer Schimpf and renowned painter and video Artist Alison Williams from Port Elizabeth, recently joined forces to create an extraordinary graphic tribute to Nelson Mandela titled 'Face of the Nation'. Nelson Mandela passed away at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg at 8:50 pm on Thursday 5 December 2013. Using marine images taken in and around the Eastern Cape and Algoa Bay, Schimpf and Williams assembled the "Face of the Nation" using more that 10000 individual pictures to create the image of Nelson Rolihlala Mandela's smiling face you see below. Rainer says; "These individual images represent the character and nature of the Eastern Cape. Also included are some images from other places within SA and cities that Madiba visited during his lifetime." The aim of this extraordinary image is to leave a legecy of the connections between nature and Madiba who grew up in the rural areas that he so loved. Schimpf is convinced that Mandela had the opportunity and time to spend time out at sea as well. Events like the Sardine Run along the Transkei Coast have had a cultural influence on the Xhosa which is also reflected in some of the images. The selection of images created by Alison and Rainer will be printed on Acrylic in sizes ranging from 60 x 80 to 200 x 150cm. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Rhino Fund and Ocean Messengers NGO. Contact Alison Williams to learn more. Author: Alan Straton from MyPE. No of Images Uploaded: One More Info link: Contact the Artist, Alison Williams Twitter: https://twitter.com/MyPE Facebook: https://facebook.com/MyPEco Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: MyPE. You can also use the embed code provided. Submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Nairobi, Kenya, 5 November, 2013 - African children are at higher risk from armed conflicts and criminal enterprise than ever before and need psychosocial support to cope with these challenges. This came out at the Regional Psychosocial Forum 2013, the first major forum dedicated to the care and protection of children hosted in Kenya by REPSSI. It emerged that children across the continent are at risk from challenges as diverse as trafficking, labour and abuse of all kinds including physical, sexual, and psychological as a result of conflicts within countries and across borders. Psychosocial support is emotional and social support given to a child. This support can be especially lacking where there is a conflict situation as children are usually the ones most at risk. It also applies where there is criminal activity aimed at or affecting the child. Also at risk were those who suffer neglect from those who are given the task of taking care of the next generation. According to Rachel Mayer who works with Refugee Point in Northern Africa, a growing number of unaccompanied Eritrean children and youth are victims of trafficking rings that operate to Sudan and Egypt. Other Eritrean children have become victims while making their way to Cairo to avoid conscription into the Eritrean Army at the mandatory age of eighteen. Finding themselves unable to meet their basic needs, they are lured into prostitution and sexual slavery. To combat this, Refugee Point set up a 12 week group intervention in 2012 with 13 Eritrean refugees between the ages of 15 and 18 offering psychosocial support. This involved group sessions on topics like problem solving skills, life skills and building self-awareness. These sessions have also given the youths coping skills that would be useful in their daily lives in Cairo. In the East African region, organisations like TPO Uganda have been spearheading activities to offer psychosocial support to children. Rose Mogga from TPO-Uganda . . .
This week the Property Poser panel considers a property transaction, which has come to a halt due to the seller's sudden reluctance to sell. The prospective buyer writes that he concluded an agreement of sale with the seller for R1.6 million. It has since transpired that the outstanding mortgage bond on the property is R1.58 million and that there are outstanding rates of R80 000. The seller's monetary obligation thus exceeds the amount that would be realised from the sale of the property. However, she refuses to pay a cent more than the selling price, which is hampering the transaction. The reader is keen to proceed and besides his contractual obligations such as attaining an approved mortgage bond and paying a deposit, he has also obtained the electrical certificate of compliance, which is usually the obligation of the seller. Because of the seller's refusal to pay the required amount, the rates clearance, which would allow the transfer to go through, has not been issued. The reader has furthermore demonstrated his eagerness to proceed with the transaction by offering to cover the outstanding amount required for the rates clearance. This would be subject to the seller signing an acknowledgement of debt and making arrangements to repay the loaned monies to him in time. However, the seller is unwilling to enter into such an arrangement. The reader would like to know what his rights are in this situation. He has taken a look at the agreement of sale and suspects that his remedy is to claim specific performance. Specific performance is a remedy that a party can use to enforce the terms of a contract, says Schalk van der Merwe from Rawson Properties in Somerset West, Cape Town. "It is intended to make a defaulting party comply with his or her obligations. The remedy follows the maxim pacta sunt servanda, which means agreements must be kept." While one could understand why the seller would be reluctant to sell from a commercial point of . . .
Nairobi, Kenya - October, 25, 2013. African children are young citizens today and the future of our continent. To protect that future, it is imperative to protect the child and develop their full potential in a safe, loving, positive environment, giving them opportunity to grow into balanced, productive adults. Yet, many children in East and Southern Africa experience the worst kinds of rights violations; violence, child labour, trafficking and sexual exploitation. Child protection services and policies are critical to effectively meeting these challenges, and within these, offering a positive and holistic system of psychosocial care and support. In response, Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) in partnership with the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN), the Government of Kenya and the East African Community are proudly hosting the second bi-annual Regional Psychosocial Support Forum 2013. This will be preceded by a child working group in the same city. REPSSI is a regional secretariat based in Johannessburg, South Africa whose aim is to strengthen the ability of families and communities to provide love, care and protection for their children. Child Working Group Meeting – Laico Regency Hotel 27-28 October 2013 Children from around the East and Southern Africa region, some of whom have received psychosocial support between the ages of 12-16 will communicate their realities, perspectives and ideas for support to the conference attendees. They will come up with a consolidated message for the forum and a document outlining suggestions, solutions and recommendations on protection issues affecting them. The children include the Kenya’s Children’s President as well as children assisted by organizations from around the country like KICOSHEP and the ChildFund Kenya. They will be joined by children from Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia. REPSSI Regional Forum – . . .
SUMMARY: Young Business for South Africa (YBSA) is aiming to help young entrepreneurs work on their key decisions to get a good start for 2014. YBSA is presenting, with Jacques Velleman, two events to suit budgets and time constraints, as well as needs to work on the actual business. The FOUR decisions you need to get right to grow your business By Verne Harnis and Jacques Velleman Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed… every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle; when the sun comes up, you’d better be running. This short illustration communicates the importance of beginning every day with an attitude and plan for growth – or before you know it, the competition (the Lion) will be on your tail ready to inflict damage. So it is with small and mid-market companies: consistent, efficient and profitable growth is important to stay alive, healthy and to outrun the competition and peril in today’s markets. Decisions Equal Success Decisions equal success – and there are four decisions, in growing your business, that you must get right or risk leaving significant revenues, profits, and time on the table. These four decisions are in the areas of People, Strategy, Execution, and Cash. People Decisions In general, you know you have People challenges when you’re not enjoying running your company. You either have a partner issue, a customer with too large a piece of your business, a supplier delaying your success, a key employee or two that’s disrupting the rest of the organization’s effectiveness, or challenges at home. Or you might simply lack enough employees to serve your customers. Strategy Decisions Strategy challenges are indicated by a slowing in top line revenue growth. If revenue is not growing as quickly as you like, then it’s time to re-examine your . . .
The Middelburg community is uniting to support the families affected by the devastating Rolfe Laboratories explosion, which claimed the lives of six people earlier this month. Leading the efforts is the Middelburg SPAR, which on Friday delivered groceries worth R10 000 to 33 families impacted by the blast that rocked the small Karoo town on October 14. "It is terrible tragedy that has affected the entire town and we all felt that we needed to do our part," said Middelburg SPAR manager Anton Swart. For Swart and his employees, the disaster was felt on a personal level as the wife of one of their colleagues died in the blast. "One of our merchandisers Donavan Fitsgerald's wife Melinda was killed." Melinda, 33, and five other Rolfe Laboratories employees Violet Fuzani, 65, Chanelle Berg, 20, Eloise Steenkamp, 40, Jonathan Barendse, 25, and Luleka Matholengwe, 22, were killed and more than 40 injured in the explosion that occurred in the aerosol section of the cosmetics and deodorant factory. "Many of the victims of the blast were breadwinners so we decided to go to the families and find out what they needed most. We then made up parcels for each of the families according to their needs." The parcels included anything from food items to non-perishables and cleaning supplies. "We just wanted to give them something to help them until they get back on their feet. Some of them really needed the assistance; for example, one of the employees killed in the blast supported seven others." On Friday a SPAR driver and a few employees went door-to-door to deliver not only the parcels, but a message of support. "We wanted them to know that we were here for them." Swart said this gesture had also inspired the rest of the community to do their part. "Everyone is lending a hand to help the families. Middelburg is a small community and a tragedy like this affects us all." With over 100 stores throughout the province, SPAR Eastern Cape marketing manager . . .
Following the success of the 2011 Regional Psychosocial Support Forum REPSSI announce the 2013 edition of the Regional Psychosocial Support Forum. The forum will take place in Nairobi, Kenya and is co-hosted by REPSSI and African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN). In addition to our invitation and find information about the 2013 forum and we encourage you to participate in social media trending, while our key speakers and partners will be available for the interviews and comments. The Media Team MEDIA INVITE & RELEASE Regional Psychosocial Support Forum 2013 29 - 31 October 2013 Kenyatta international Conference Centre, Nairobi, Kenya Members of the media are invited to a Cocktail Press Conference for the opening of this event on Monday the 28th at 7 pm @ Laico Regency Hotel, Uhuru Highway, Nairobi, Kenya RSVP: email@example.com NB: Foreign media are welcome to send representatives to attend on their behalf. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SECURING EVERY CHILD’S RIGHT TO HOPE AND DIGNITY SOUTH AFRICA, Johannesburg, October 21, 2013. Every child has the right to emotional support, care and protection from within the home, the system and the country. The implementation of psychosocial support to meet this right and ensure that children have love, care and protection on all levels has been proven effective around the world. From the 29 -31 October, the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) in partnership with the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) the Government of Kenya and the East African Community join forces to corroborate, engage and address some key issues in the implementation of psychosocial support in child protection frameworks. The second Regional Psychosocial Support Forum 2013 is taking place at the Kenyatta international Conference Centre in Nairobi. Following the success of the initial forum which . . .
• Botswana leads African prosperity rankings, while Rwanda & Senegal rise into the top ten. • Index reveals a significant drop for Mali and Malawi, now ranking outside of the top ten. • Insight on Africa special report launched ahead of the global Legatum Prosperity Index™. Reform and build are the watchwords in Africa as this year’s regional Legatum Institute Prosperity Index™ rankings reveal a continent on the right path to prosperity. A new report, Insight on Africa, from the Legatum Institute shows that economic growth, improving health standards and greater foreign and domestic investment – amongst other factors – are having a positive impact on prosperity in the region. However, to continue their progress African states need to undertake further reforms, build better institutions, and improve education and infrastructure. The report ranks 38 countries in the continent based on their overall level of prosperity according to national wealth and wellbeing in eight sub-categories¹. It investigates changing demographics, safety, and corruption in the continent, as well as assessing Africa’s performance against the Millennium Development Goals. Insight on Africa will be launched at the African Leadership Network’s annual conference “The Gathering” in Mauritius, ahead of the full global Prosperity Index™ being published on the 29th October. Botswana leads the African rankings, scoring well in both the Governance and the Entrepreneurship & Opportunity sub-indices. South Africa ranks second in prosperity. Rwanda has experienced a jump from 13th to 9th in the rankings this year, with strong scores in Entrepreneurship & Opportunity, Governance, and Health. The Index reveals cause for concern for Mali, however, falling from 8th to 13th in ranking. The path to prosperity also remains long for Malawi, which has seen a huge fall from 9th to 21st this year. The full rankings for the continent are included below. Nathan Gamester, . . .
For the second consecutive year, audiences at the National Arts Festival dipped their hands in their wallets to show appreciation to South African artists who can no longer perform due to illness or infirmity. The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown and the Theatre Benevolent Fund (TBF) partner on the first Monday of the Festival to raise the profile of the TBF and support the work of the Fund. This year, audiences at the National Arts Festival contributed R54 000.00 towards the Theatre Benevolent Fund and the Standard Bank provided a matching contribution to raise the total amount to R108 000.00. “We extend our appreciation to our generous audiences who have demonstrated their compassion for the artists who have entertained and inspired them over the years,” said the Festival’s Artistic Director Ismail Mahomed, when he jointly presented a cheque with Standard Bank arts sponsorship manager, Mandie van der Spuy to the Theatre Benevolent Fund. “We are also grateful to our sponsor Standard Bank for matching the contribution raised by audiences at the Festival. This is a wonderful indicator that the Festival, our audiences, our sponsor and the Theatre Benevolent Fund have a shared vision and passion to allow artists to enjoy their dignity even when they are in their twilight years” he added. The TBF is a welfare and humanitarian fund that helps maintain the dignity of professional performers after they have taken their last bow and the curtain has fallen on their working lives. The Fund supports individuals who have been connected to the performing arts on a professional basis, and who now find themselves in financial difficulties due to old age or ill health, by providing care to them in the form of monthly financial grants; donations for funeral expenses; assistance with medical expenses; placement in care centres or old age homes. “The Theatre Benevolent Fund was overwhelmed by the generosity of Standard Bank, in agreeing to match all donations made by . . .