(Pretoria) – Rebosis Property Fund is calling on Centurion residents to rise against hunger by volunteering an hour of their time to assist with packing thousands of meals for impoverished local communities at Forest Hill City Shopping Centre on July 22. The property fund has committed R150 000 to the Stop Hunger Now SA project, with its flagship mall in Gauteng aiming to package more than 44,000 nutritious meals to mark Nelson Mandela Day. According to the results of the General Household Survey released by Statistics South Africa in May this year, 22.3% of South African households have inadequate or severely inadequate access to food. To address this, Stop Hunger Now SA provides food parcels that include rice, soya, dehydrated vegetables and an essential vitamin and mineral supplement, in compliance with the Unicef standard for combating malnutrition. Each parcel can feed up to six people. Forest Hill City marketing manager Annah Moremela said the meal packs would be distributed to beneficiaries in the Mooiplaas community and surrounding areas via local feeding programmes, with 10% being allocated to Stop Hunger Now’s chosen charity. The Centurion event forms part of the non-governmental organisation’s national “For Good” campaign, taking place in seven cities across South Africa, which has a total target of three million meals. Moremela encouraged the community to spend their symbolic 67 minutes doing good for Mandela Day by joining one of the twenty teams of 13 volunteers needed to assist with the packing event. “Volunteers can show their support by making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate in a very hands-on and tangible way. That one hour will provide a sustainable food source for many families in need throughout the year.” Last year, local community organisations and individual volunteers packed 10,000 meals for Human Rights Day. Moremela said five shifts would be held throughout the day to help meet the revised overall . . .
The effects of manmade pollution on our oceans is utterly devastating and the consequences for both aquatic and terrestrial life is grave if action is not taken now. In an attempt to kerb the tide on this destructive behaviour, The Ballito Pro organisers have brought back the effective Save the Waves campaign. “This year’s World Ocean’s Day focused on ‘Our Oceans, Our Future’ and this is just so true,” explained event organiser, Collette Bundy. “The oceans provide us with 70% of our oxygen, and without a real change in our mindset and associated action, we’re costing ourselves a planet. This is why we are so committed to the Save the Waves campaign which seeks to create awareness about the hazards of plastic refuse, particularly the damage created by microplastics, and the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling.” Bundy said environmental awareness was an extremely important component to the entire event and the Save the Waves campaign is about making an impact with all festival attendees. “There will be recycling bins allocated throughout the surf and festival areas and we are encouraging all festival-goers to participate in the programme by using the bins provided.” Alongside the recycling campaign was the incredibly creative #SaveTheWaves surfboard design competition which encouraged entrants to craft a Groundswell surfboard for the Ballito Pro, presented by Billabong event, while also raising awareness about environmental issues affecting the ocean. Winning entrant, Dustin Scott, created an emotive design depicting a skeletal turtle trapped within a plastic bottle descending into the dirty ocean darkness. This effective design won him a R3 000 Billabong voucher as well as VIP passes to the 2017 Ballito Pro. Reiterating the importance of recycling and healthy oceans is Ballito’s Tammy Lee Smith, former professional surfer turned environmental compliance manager. While still pursuing her big wave surf dream, Smith is a dedicated . . .
Almost a generation of young people have been helped since Add Hope, KFC’s national feeding initiative which combines customer donations and CSI funds to support 137 NGOs, started eight years ago. Many success stories of young people who have been able to break out of the cycle of poverty, and are now helping others, emerge from the critical work that these NGOs are doing around the country. Three inspiring young stars, Sinanziwe Ndlovu, Tebogo Mabye and Rony Dube, joined the Hope Squad for World Hunger Day, helping to raise R4.8M in customer donations during May. Their ethos of giving back goes much deeper than that, as are all already actively engaged with the NGOs that played such an important role in shaping their young lives. Rony Dube joined the after school activities at Boys & Girls Clubs SA in Pimville, Soweto as a high school student. The club provided the guidance, nourishment and inspiration he needed and he progressed from being a student, to a volunteer, to a junior staff member. He now facilitates programmes including Computer Lessons, Maths Club, Gardening,Passport to Manhood and Money Matters. “The club has made such a positive impact on my behaviour and on the community and I want to continue to be part of it and be an example for these kids. Life was never simple being raised by a single unemployed mom, but I never gave up. I discovered a passion for contributing to the community and bringing change.” Rony will be studying Community Development at Unisa next year and would like to manage a Boys & Girls Club in future. Thanks to Afrika Tikkun, Sinanziwe Ndlovu is now an ambitious university student and doing her bit to add hope. “Times were tough after we lost my mother, as my sister struggled to take care of her own two children and my siblings on her own. There were many times that I had gone to bed hungry and I nearly had to give up school,” says Sinanziwe. “That’s when I found myself at Afrika Tikkun. They were able to assist me . . .
(East London) – With just over 20% of Buffalo City residents living below the food poverty line, Hemingways Mall has partnered with Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa to open the organisation’s first shopfront office countrywide. Since early June, the shopping centre has been home to the Eastern Cape headquarters of the non-profit organisation, which coordinates corporate sponsors and individual volunteers to purchase and pack nutritious meals for the needy. Last year, more than a thousand East London residents came together to pack 305,250 meals as part of the mall’s inaugural Mandela Day event. The non-perishable meal packs include rice, soya, soup mix and a vitamin supplement and were distributed to beneficiaries via various local feeding programmes. In July, the mall will kick off the 2017 “Rise 4 Good” campaign with its first packing event on July 8, followed by the main Mandela Day event a week later, where Miss World contestants as well as the organisation’s Eastern Cape patron, Mandla Mandela, will be among the special guests. Hemingways Mall general manager Reinette van Tonder said, as one of the high-profile businesses in East London, it was critical that the mall play a visible and sustainable role in improving lives in the surrounding community. Van Tonder appealed to residents, businesses and charities to help them surpass last year’s benchmark. “The concept is very straightforward,” said Van Tonder. “Companies sponsor the costs of a ‘production line’ and their employees, or any other individuals, can volunteer to spend their 67 minutes for Mandela Day by helping to pack meals during one of four sessions throughout the day.” She said the partnership between mall owners Rebosis Property Fund and Stop Hunger Now SA would facilitate a more sustained approach to community development and enable more packing events to take place throughout the year. Stop Hunger Now SA’s chief executive officer Saira Khan described the relationship with . . .
STRIKE LOOMS AT PRODUCTIVITY SA A historic strike is looming at Productivity SA, the government agency mandated and dedicated to promote employment creation and growth, as well as the productive capacity and productivity of enterprises of the country. As a Public Entity Productivity SA’s ultimate purpose is to contribute to South Africa’s socio-economic development and global competitiveness. Productivity SA is established in terms of section 31 of the Employment Services Act, No. 4 of 2014 as a juristic person and an Entity of the Department of Labour (DoL) reporting to the Labour Minister, Mildred Oliphant. Productivity SA is governed by a tripartite Board consisting of business, labour and government. Productivity SA discharges its responsibilities through sterling programmes that focus on research, providing information, training, facilitation, advisory services, auditing and monitoring productivity issues. These programmes engage South African productivity issues at all levels, from sophisticated best practices models designed to boost the efficiency of private and public enterprises, through to the teaching of productivity awareness to school learners. Productivity SA has offices in Midrand, Durban and Cape Town. In an ironic move that is in stark contrast to its primary mandate, Productivity SA and its staff members have reached a deadlock in wage negotiations and strike action is pending. The South African Parastatal and Tertiary Institution Union (SAPTU) have been issued with a certificate enabling for a strike by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). A strike by Productivity SA will be a first for the organisation in its 45-year existence. The South African Parastatal and Tertiary Institutions Union (SAPTU) says Productivity SA initially offered members a 0% salary increase whereas SAPTU demanded an 8% increase. SAPTU unanimously rejected the offer made by management and argued that the 0% offer means in effect a real cut . . .
A special range of cuddly teddy bears available at Toys R Us stores is bringing new meaning to the “gift of giving”. Thousands of terminally ill children are set to benefit from the sale of these bears. South Africa’s leading toy chain Toys R Us has thrown its support behind national children’s organisation, Reach For A Dream Foundation, launching a charitable campaign driven by the sale of these teddy bears. Through the partnership, Toys R Us is committed to donate R5 from each sale to the non-profit organisation, which relies on donor support and public generosity to assist sick children in fulfilling their greatest dreams. South Africans are encouraged to spread joy to children facing life-threatening conditions by purchasing a bear. In addition to the donation made by purchasing a bear, participants can also donate the cuddly toy for a child supported by Reach For A Dream by delivering it to the organisation’s offices at the Gateway Shopping Centre. A tag attached to each bear including a special message for the child receiving it can be completed by the donor. “Toys R Us has developed an ongoing partnership with Reach For A Dream because the organisation’s work speaks to our values of bringing joy to children and encouraging them to dream,” says Nicole Annells, Marketing Manager, Toys R Us and Babies R Us South Africa. “We are extremely excited to launch the Reach For A Dream bear at Toys R Us stores because it is a symbol of hope and joy for kids who are facing challenging circumstances,” adds Annells. The proceeds from the sale of the bears will contribute towards the operations at Reach For A Dream, which since 1988 has worked to give children with life-threatening conditions magical moments to regain their childhood, which is often consumed by their illness. For more information contact 087 234 8697. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (Act No. 4 of 2013) has only been partially implemented, with the focus mainly on establishing a national Information Regulator. But many commentators believe that full implementation will probably not be delayed past 2018. Are organisations ready? Teryl Schroenn, CEO of Accsys believes that the majority of organisations are not adequately prepared for compliance. “At conferences, we see a small show of hands when asking how many have POPI-ready systems and processes in place.” Schroenn asserts that a successful POPI rollout starts with total buy-in from senior executives and management. “Organisations need a strong committee with the authority to drive change,” she says. “In addition, they’ll require thorough guidance from legal, subject matter, technical and change management experts.” It’s also important to have at least a broad understanding of the Act. 8 conditions Firstly, there are 8 conditions that a data collector must meet: making themselves accountable to the law; limiting personal information collection and use to a minimum; collecting data for a specified purpose only; allowing third party processing only in terms of the original purpose; preserving the quality of the data; documenting how the data is processed, and informing the subject of its use and effect; securing the integrity and confidentiality of the data; and ensuring the data subject has access to and control of their information. Special processing Certain information is considered sensitive and subject to greater restrictions. This includes religious and philosophical beliefs; race and ethnic origin; trade union membership; political persuasion; health or sex life; criminal behaviour or biometrics; and personal information of children. Supervision The Act establishes an Information Regulator, tasked with providing public services for and enforcing POPI. Data collectors must appoint an Information Officer as per . . .
Following the hugely impactful ‘It’s Time’ event earlier this year, Angus Buchan is set to address attendees at the Mighty Men Conference at Amanzimtoti’s Kuswag High School from 7 to 9 July, free of charge. ‘It’s Time’ attracted thousands of South Africans to Bloemfontein who joined the inspirational leader in a National Day of Prayer. Buchan’s appearance at the Amanzimtoti venue will serve to extend this encouraging momentum. “We are delighted to be returning to this welcoming community for a fourth year and are excited to continue the positive energy flowing from the ‘It’s Time’ congregation that will accompany Angus Buchan to this year’s Mighty Men Conference,” said event organiser, Freddie van Vuuren. “He will be joined by community leaders Dr Jacobs and Pastor Andrew Anderson who will continue the message of ‘restitution’ with a focus on nurturing the father-son relationship and improving relations within our households, community and country.” Dr Anthony Jacobs – who will be addressing the conference attendees on Friday at 7pm – has a wealth of ministry experience within the local church and para-church environment working with youth, managing a Bible school as well as his role as presiding pastor at Kingsway Ministries in Amanzimtoti. His passion for theological teaching and helping people is evident during his Mighty Men appearances which have been well received since his introduction in 2015. “It is an absolute privilege to be ministering at the Mighty Men Conference again and this year my theme will be ‘In pursuit of happiness’,” said Jacobs. “This will be an inspirational and creative message which challenges young and old to be as God created. At the end of the message, men will be able to grasp the true meaning of being happy in all aspects of life.” Speaking on Saturday at 9am and 7pm is Empangeni-based Pastor, Andrew Anderson, a dynamic livestock farmer who was schooled under Angus Buchan. “My calling and my passion is ‘men’s . . .
Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition (GODAN) Executive Director André Laperrière praises the formation of the first ever ministerial network, specifically focusing on open data for agriculture and nutrition and Africa’s leadership in hosting the discussions, coincidentally the continent with the largest untapped Agriculture potential. GODAN’s André Laperrière issues challenge to all to meet the success of the discourse on innovation and opening data at the Ministerial Conference on Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition which took place between 14th - 15th June at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre. 15th June 2017, LONDON: The Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition (GODAN) initiative together with the Government of Kenya and 15 African Ministers including from South Africa, Congo, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and Ghana, have agreed to a declaration for comprehensive open data collaboration in the nutrition and agriculture sectors, to combat the global food security crisis. The declaration is historic in that it presents the first time a ministerial level network, focusing on open data for agriculture and nutrition, has been formed. Coincidentally the Conference takes place in Africa, the continent with the largest untapped agriculture potential, proving a major milestone towards achieving global food security worldwide. The declaration was agreed at the Ministerial Conference on Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition on its closing day, part of the 4th Agritec Africa Exhibition which takes place between 14-16th June at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre. Hosted by the Government of Kenya, GODAN and Radeecal Communications, the conference is touted as the largest worldwide event to convene business leaders, governments from several G77 nations and at large the Global South, for the singular and unified cause of technologically and scientifically revolutionising agriculture through . . .
In simple terms, the purpose of the POPI Act is to ensure that all South African institutions conduct themselves in a responsible manner when collecting, processing, storing and disposing another entity’s personal information by holding them accountable should they abuse or compromise your personal information in any way. The POPI legislation demands that your personal information be treated as “precious goods”. Examples of “personal information” for an individual could include: Identity and/or passport number Date of birth and age Phone number/s (including mobile phone number) Email address/es Online/Instant messaging identifiers Physical address Gender, Race and Ethnic origin Photos, voice recordings, video footage (also CCTV), biometric data Marital/Relationship status and Family relations Criminal record Private correspondence Religious or philosophical beliefs including personal and political opinions Employment history and salary information Financial information Education information Physical and mental health information including medical history, blood type, details on your sex life Membership to organisations/unions Why should I, or my company, comply with POPI? POPI promotes transparency with regard to what information is collected and how it is to be disposed of. Openness increases customer trust in the organisation. Compliance demands identifying Personal Information and taking reasonable measures to protect the data. This will minimise the risk of data breaches and the associated public relations and legal ramifications for the organisation. Non-compliance with the Act could expose the Responsible Party to a penalty of a fine and / or imprisonment of up to 12 months. In certain cases, the penalty for non-compliance could be a fine and / or imprisonment of up 10 years. Does POPI really apply to my company? Here are cases where POPI does not apply. Exclusions include: Purely . . .