A collaboration between SPAR Eastern Cape, Love Story and the Mayor's Office saw 200 homeless people celebrate the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth in fine style in Port Elizabeth today. Held on Mandela Day in a banqueting room in City Hall, the occasion allowed those in need to enjoy a sit-down meal of chicken stew and vegetables in comfortable surroundings, followed by cupcakes for dessert. In addition, the Mayor's Office had a boerewors braai on the patio surrounding City Hall to supplement the meal. This partnership formed part of the annual City Feed campaign, which has been a joint-effort by SPAR EC and Nelson Mandela Bay charity organisation Love Story over the past two years. Love Story founder Elaine Watson said they had been preparing for their annual City Feed on Mandela Day when they traditionally fed up to 300 homeless people in the city centre to commemorate the special occasion. "This year, the Mayor's Office were pursuing a similar project and a discussion with SPAR Eastern Cape resulted in a partnership between all three parties," she said. "The difference this time is that the Mayor's Office have provided facilities in City Hall for a sit-down meal for 200 people. "Initially the idea was to generate meals for 100 people to coincide with the centenary of Madiba's birth, but such is the demand that we eventually settled on 200 people." Love Story regularly feed up to 300 homeless people five times a week, just one of the initiatives the organisation have set up in the city since being formed in 2012 to help the needy. Speaking ahead of the event, Watson said Love Story would be preparing the meal at their headquarters, with ingredients provided by SPAR EC. "We usually have about 200 at our daily feeding schemes in the evening, but when we hold special occasions such as this you can expect to cater for up to 300 people," she added. "As there is only seating space for 200 people in City Hall, we will also be . . .
This July 18 which we all know is Mandela Day, marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela - a special time and a unique opportunity for people around the world to reflect on his life and times as well as to translate his legacy into action. Throughout the year, uShaka Marine World is involved in many CSI initiatives and is constantly on the look out to do their bit to end poverty, social injustice, as well as bring joy to those less fortunate than themselves. Not only did uShaka partake in activities at the park on Mandela day but also beyond. Kick starting the day, uShaka Marine World staff, tenants and volunteers set out to make 5 000 sandwiches in Arena 5 between 9am – 2pm. On the Day, 100 children from the the St Vincent Children’s Home, Marianhill, were also invited to spend the day at uShaka where they were treated to breakfast by Village Walk tenant Wimpy, as well as received school shoes donated by Ntenga Foundation. Once staff and volunteers completed the sandwich making process, these sandwiches were then delivered to a number of local charities and schools within the greater Durban area that cater to those living in underprivileged households. Also during the morning, the uShaka team headed off to three local crèches in the Point area, that of The Nest, Little Heroes and Carmenello day care centre, to feed the little ones with a hot meal. If that wasn’t enough, just after lunch, uShaka Marine World staff directed up by Dr Stella Khumalo, uShaka Marine World's CEO, then headed off to Jabulani South Help Centre in Mariannhill which forms part of a critical outreach programme and where many of the poorest of the poor reside as well as many child headed households. A collection was started weeks prior where all uShaka Marine World staff donated clothing and food for those living there which was driven by the CEO, Khumalo, who has provided personal support over the past number of years. All items collected as well as school shoes, . . .
On Mandela Day, teams from different companies will join forces to paint eight shipping containers, which will become a much-needed crèche in the informal settlement, Woodlane Village – commonly referred to as Plastic View – in Moreleta Park, Pretoria. Big Box Containers, a South African company that specialises in container sales, rentals and conversions, is partnering with SA Cares for Life, GROOTfm and other sponsors to help build this Early Development Centre for pre-schoolers. The settlement began in 2007, when a group of people living in a nearby field came together to build on the land. Despite on-going legal battles over occupation of the land, the settlement continued to grow. By 2016, it included 3000 registered residents and 865 shacks – and today, it’s estimated that more than 7000 residents are living on the eight hectares of land. The community includes hundreds of children below the ages of six. Due to poverty and lack of formal infrastructure, many of these children lack proper nutrition, healthcare, schooling and even access to basic sanitation. Sanet Fagan, managing director of SA Cares for Life, says the activities on Mandela Day will mark the beginning of a school that will provide the children of Plastic View with education, food, safety, water and sanitation. Crime is a major concern for people living in the village and the surrounding communities, she says. “Studies have shown that children who don’t receive an education between three and four are more likely to be involved in criminal activity. By giving these children an education, we empower them to make better moral decisions.” With ongoing discussion about possible relocation of the village, using containers to build the school makes sense. If a final decision to move the people of Woodlane Village is made, the school can be moved too, says GROOTfm project manager, Lindie Strydom. Willie Mouton, a director of Big Box Containers, says the company got involved after he . . .
The Drakenstein Local Tourism Association will be joining the global movement for good on Mandela Day, 18 July 2018. The tourism association is calling on local businesses, organisations and communities to assist in their campaign. This year, the DLTA will be joining forces with the non-profit organisation Moms for Wellington. This group of about forty female volunteers look after approximately 160 kids between the ages of four and five on a daily basis. Become involved in this worthwhile cause by dropping donations off at the tourism visitors’ centres in Paarl or Wellington by Wednesday, 18 July, or physically assist with food preparation on Thursday, 19 July. Food donations can include instant mieliepap, sugar and long-life milk or meat, rice, gravy or stock, vegetables such as potatoes, carrots or green beans that will be used to serve nutritious meals to these kinds. Special treats for the volunteers are also welcome. According to Anneliese Stroebel, General Manager of the DLTA, the Drakenstein community has always had a close connection to Mandela Day. “Former president Mandela spent the last part of his incarceration at the Victor Verster prison (now the Drakenstein Correctional Facility) and started his now famed “Long Walk to Freedom” from the facility on his release in February 1990. Today, it is a point of interest to visitors as there is a statue of Madiba in front of the gates and his house was proclaimed a South African National Heritage Site,” explains Stroebel. “We would like to carry on Madiba’s legacy and would like to encourage our local community to join us in helping Moms of Wellington, an organisation that is doing stellar work with these kids,” concludes Stroebel. For further information on how to become involved, contact the DLTA on 021-8724842. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
July 2018, Johannesburg - In its third year, the Luthuli Legacy Walk and Fun Run will take place on Saturday, 21 July 2018 in Groutville, KwaZulu Natal to celebrate and honour the life and legacy of Chief Albert Luthuli. The route will commemorate Luthuli’s final walk to the railway bridge where he was allegedly hit by a train and died, also touching on key attractions in South African history such as Shaka’s Rock. Additionally, the route aims to promote tourism in Groutville and greater KwaDukuza area, which in turn aids in SMME development speaking to Luthuli’s legacy of a prosperous society. Having suffered from high blood pressure and having had a slight stroke, Luthuli became an advocate for healthy living as he walked around his community to wean himself off his medication. As a result, the Luthuli Legacy Walk and Fun Run aims to advocate the same message. Chief Albert Luthuli, born in 1898, was the first African to receive a Nobel Peace Prize and served as president of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1952 until his untimely death 21 July 1967. Luthuli an icon, participated in the struggle to achieve freedom in South Africa and to build a non-racial, peaceful, prosperous and just society. Not only was Luthuli an Anti-Apartheid activist and politician, he was a teacher nurturing young minds and mentored struggle icons such as Nelson Mandela. Tickets for the Walk are R100 for adults and R50 for children and Fun Run tickets are R80. Further details and registration is on www.luthuliwalk.org.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Polyflor SA has once again partnered with M-Net’s award-winning investigative journalism series Carte Blanche, and its Making a Difference (MAD) Trust, by contributing vinyl flooring and wall protection valued at more R250 000 to a special hospital project that will help to improve the lives of thousands of children visiting the Tygerberg Hospital in the Western Cape each year. According to Polyflor SA Chief Executive Officer, Tandy Coleman, this was the 9th year that the company has been involved in this annual campaign which aims to equip and renovate Paediatric Operating Theatres, ICUs and High Care Wards in selected state academic hospitals throughout South Africa. To date, the Carte Blanche MAD Trust has completed 18 hospital projects in 10 hospitals within six provinces nationally. Background to the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital Tygerberg Hospital is the main referral tertiary hospital for over 50 % of Western Cape children including those of Metro East (including Khayelitsha and Helderberg), the West Coast, Winelands, as well as Paarl and Worcester Regional Hospitals. Tygerberg Hospital serves as the primary hospital for high risk pregnancies in the Western Cape, and the majority of newborn babies requiring surgery will be treated here. “Tygerberg Hospital has a very large Obstetric Department with over 7 000 children born at this hospital each year, of which approximately 10% of the newborns will require immediate surgical interventions,” said Karolina Andropoulos, Patron of the MAD Trust. Explaining the need for a dedicated Paediatric Operating Theatre, Andropoulos said: “Until April 2018, Tygerberg Hospital did not have a dedicated paediatric operating theatre. Because newly born babies and older children had to share theatre space with adults, they had limited access to theatre time. The existing theatres swung from dealing with adult trauma and septic emergency cases to babies requiring surgery.” The newly unveiled Paediatric Theatre . . .
With so many recent data breaches / leaks, we are left vulnerable to our personal information being leaked into hands of whomever sees value in them. As an organisation, not only is your private information leaked but also that of your clients. There is a need for Cyber vigilance! But how do we protect ourselves or our organisations from these cyber criminals? what measures can we take digitally and legally? Attend this workshop and educate yourself on these issues and resolutions thereof. Date: 13 and 14 September 2018 Venue: Durban Country Club Theme: "The advancements of Information & Communication Technology Law - Cyber Law: Techniques, Risks, Legal implications and emerging trends" We will be addressing issues like: Data Protection, Cyber Crimes, Cyber Security and Cyber Forensics. For more info please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0127702312 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism says that it is hoping to attract more bankable projects for its Local and Regional Economic Development Fund. The multi-million fund, which closes in just under two weeks on 30 June 2018, funds projects in key priority sectors, starting at a minimum amount of R500,000 for a feasibility study rising to a maximum of R3 million for project implementation. In the 2016/17 financial year, the Department funded nine projects in the Alfred Nzo, OR Tambo District, Sarah Baartman, Buffalo City and Amathole areas. The Member of Executive Council for the Department, the Honourable Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane says that the fund is vital to the province’s economic development which aims to support SMMEs and cooperatives that have innovative ideas and well-thought-out plans for creating new economic opportunities that enable job creation. “The fund is about helping SMMEs to promote innovation and enterprise development, particularly in the areas of agro-processing, the auto sector, manufacturing, the oceans economy, renewable energy and tourism,” he explains. Amongst the funded projects during the last financial year was a 100% youth owned brick manufacturing project, Khulani Youth Development Co-operative, in Idutywa in which seven jobs were created. This project will be officially launched by the MEC on the 28 June 2018. Another funded project, Ivili Loboya, is a 100% woman owned enterprise which manufactures fibre using cashmere wool, in the Butterworth area. But the support is not limited to funding, over a period of at least 18 months post funding, the department explores additional partnerships to provide further and more comprehensive support to the beneficiaries. Bongani Gxilishe, the Head of Department says that funding for projects has been hampered by poor quality of proposals, following due diligence reviews. I have instructed those in my office to do everything . . .
In a world that frequently sees past people whose bodies don't look or work like theirs, entrepreneurship offers persons with disabilities a liberating option. In particular because unemployment runs at a frightening 80%, running one’s own business provides vital life supporting employment, as well as the dignity and affirmation that comes with transcending the label of "disability". In the last three years, the SAB Foundation Tholoana Enterprise Programme has provided an unusual chance for a handful of South African entrepreneurs with disabilities to reimagine their entrepreneurial careers. Since the programme’s inception in 2015, a number of entrepreneurs with various forms of impairment have participated, alongside their non-disabled colleagues. "We specifically invite entrepreneurs with disabilities to participate," says Bridgit Evans, Director of the SAB Foundation. "We want them to have an experience that is not defined by their disability yet still recognises the particular challenges they face." All participants gain business skills from the workshops which are consolidated with follow up support from mentors, e-learning, group learning and telephone support. Additionally, as business owners put systems into place that enhance their sustainability and success, they are helped to gain access to markets and funding opportunities. “Participants are selected for their business ability, rather than their physical disability,” says Evans. “They are supported in overcoming the substantial challenges they face while carving out a space for themselves in the world of work.” The first intake in 2015 saw the inclusion of Nthabiseng Molongoana, who runs Lentha's Lodge, a guesthouse in Bloemfontein catering for guests in wheelchairs. Six months into the programme, she shared her reflections: "I have never felt more confident. I have the tools to succeed. Never before had I complied with all the basic legal requirements (SARS, annual returns, UIF, COIDA . . .
CRYPTO-CONSERVATION INITIATIVE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR RHINO CONSERVATION New cryptocurrency, Rhino Coin, will generate funding for rhino conservation and allow the public to contribute to safeguarding the future of South Africa’s rhino population. South Africa holds approximately 80% of the world’s rhino population; unfortunately, the rhino is currently being killed at a rate of almost three per day. Instead of roaming carefree in their natural environment, rhinos live with the constant threat of being massacred without mercy for their horn. Although the moratorium on domestic rhino horn trade was introduced in 2009, the number of rhino poached averages at around 867 rhinos per year, with more than a thousand killed per year since 2013 (excludes 2018 figures). According to Rhino Coin, a new cryptocurrency with a conscience has been launched with the purpose of generating a new untapped source of revenue to aid rhino conservation efforts. Rhino Coin’s key motivation is to save the rhino and create a steady and sustainable source of revenue for rhino conservation. Through Rhino Coin’s cryptocurrency all participants become active custodians of rhino conservation. Co-founding Rhino Coin members appeal to the public to stand together and prioritise the welfare of the rhino by participating in the initiative and to play their part in ensuring the survival of the rhino. “By tackling the problem on a local and global scale, through cutting-edge digital technology, and cryptocurrency as its vehicle for change, we hope to impact positively on the issue of dwindling numbers of rhino and empower the public to do the same,” said Alexander Wilcocks, Co-founding member of Rhino Coin. Based on a private blockchain built on Ethereum, Rhino Coin will unlock the value of ethically obtained stockpiles of rhino horn, by allowing the public to exchange one gram of rhino horn for one Rhino Coin. Horn exchanged for Rhino Coin will be subject to participants having the . . .