Making a Difference

Make a difference in South Africa.

The Robin Hood Foundation’s inaugural Entrepreneurs 4 Africa Conference ran from 25-27 June at the Greek Hellenic Hall and was a huge success. Over three hundred previously disadvantaged start-up entrepreneurs and unemployed youth were trained, inspired and mentored by top class speakers, trainers, and experienced business owners.

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Siphakeme “Quality Pre-school Education for All” 120-752 NPO 10/05/2013 Siphakeme, based in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, was established in January 2012. Our vision is to see all children in South Africa being optimally prepared to enter the formal school education system at Grade 1.

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Eden Kids Foundation was established by Pastor Joel to enhance the development of primary school children living in the Jika Joe/Masukwana Informal settlement in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal. Working in partnership with YFC, Eden Kids helped establish a doorgarden project with the kids, a choir, a gumboot group and guitar lessons.

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If you want a good future or are taking action to build a better South Africa, then Together SA - Building Our Future has been developed for you. Thousands of us are building South Africa through our choices in reaching out to others. The Together SA website is for Change Makers. You are a Change Maker if you are an active citizen working with people on the ground to bring about positive change in your home, your community and the environment.

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The Foundation has identified a systemic challenge to economic and social transformation in Southern Africa. A large portion of the Southern African population lives in poverty whilst there are well functioning businesses, universities and civil organisations in the same context. A major contributor to this systemic challenge is the historical lack of human capital investment.

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Batandwa Alperstein was born in Cape Town but grew up in a village called Cala in rural Transkei, where he was raised singlehandedly by his mother, a health worker for the local community. Batandwa recalls a happy childhood herding animals and playing games with friends on the unspoilt Wild Coast. At the age five, he moved back to Cape Town to attend primary school. Leaving his home affected Batandwa to such an extent that for many years he would not speak Xhosa – the vernacular language of the Transkei – as the act of speaking his childhood language resuscitated too many painful memories. Batandwa notes this as the beginning of his ongoing soul-searching journey, where he began to challenge the environment around him and the constraints of modern society.

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In this open letter to the people of South Africa that was first featured in the City Press, James Motlatsi and Bobby Godsell explain how, through a concerted effort of active citizenry, they plan to make this country a better place.

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"The Little Travellers HIV/AIDS project is totally inspired. I endorse it every stitch of the way. It raises consciousness in Canada and hope in Africa. In my mind’s eye, I can just see the women of Hillcrest (a project the Stephen Lewis Foundation strongly supports) beading, and spectacularly artful "Little Travellers" emerging. Then the sales are made in Canada, and money flows to the heroic women and children and families battling the pandemic on the ground. What could be a better act of human solidarity? Buy one, buy two, buy dozens. They speak to the best of the human spirit."

- Stephen Lewis, Board Chair, Stephen Lewis Foundation

About Woza Moya

Woza Moya is an income generation project of the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust. It helps those in need regain Hope and Dignity by getting them to use their creativity to earn an income.

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This article was written by Justin Foxton and first appeared in The Mercury on 18th March 2013.

I speak with some experience when I say that families are often the hardest environment in which to create peace. Jealousy, affairs, money issues and addictions are often catalysts to feuds that last a lifetime. This is not a class issue - it is a human issue; we often find ourselves in conflict with those we love most.

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Training and performance monitoring are key to encouraging productivity in the workforce. Labour consultant Walter Blore shifts the paradigm and puts farming businesses on track. Robyn Joubert reports.

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I really admire people who seem astutely aware of the needs of people around them and seem to have the knack of saying or doing just the right thing at just the right time to encourage, comfort, reassure or assist someone.

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Many South Africans share concern over the latest news headlines relating to the gap between the have and the have-nots and that thousands still remain uneducated, unskilled and unemployed.

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Two awesome South African entrepreneurs have recently been included in the top five social entrepreneurs for 2012 at the World Economic Forum on Africa. Find out more about how social entrepreneurship is making a difference in Africa.

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The aim of Siyaziphathela Village and Farm is to develop a community-driven, socially, ecologically and economically enlightened rural community living in good homes, on land to which they have full title, with access to sustainable supplies of energy, water, sanitation and waste management systems. The community, village and farm will offer opportunities for self-actualisation through education, economic and agricultural participation and other sustainable livelihood initiatives.

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This Trust was established by a passionate individual, Gcina Mhlophe, who is a well known personality in South Africa and abroad. The Trust aims to become the leader in the field of education and social upliftment. This will be primarily achieved through the use of the written word, in terms of distributing books to previously disadvantaged individuals and creating libraries in schools that have until now not been in a position to have a dedicated library.

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The idea behind the Future Farmers Foundation was initiated by Judy Stuart after the first agricultural student was sent abroad in 2007. The Future Farmers Foundation now provide a platform from which young people who are passionate about agriculture and farming in general can become successful commercial farm managers or farmers in their own right.

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PPR Education is Podcast based Education which aims to improve education from the top down in eight of the poorest performing underprivileged schools in the Hammarsdale/Inchanga area of KwaZulu-Natal.

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Sustaining the Wild Coast's (SWC) focus is on traditional rural communities living along Pondoland's Wild Coast, in the northern coastal regions of the former Transkei. We work with people resident in the area to enhance local leadership ability, skills, knowledge and entrepreneurial capacity

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Derryn Campbell and Di Smith, co- founders of Awesome SA recently attended a talk by Dr Samuel Chand who is rated as one of the top 30 Global Leadership Gurus and an author whose books have sold worldwide.

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