Sustaining the Wild Coast - May 2012
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To all Awesome South Africans
This month's newsletter is full of awesome content as always. We are excited to introduce you to the new Awesome SA website. The feature article this month is in support of and raising awareness for Sustaining the Wild Coast. We also congratulate South Africa’s award winning social entrepreneurs, Di Smith shares why she will never leave this wonderful country and Derryn Campbell tells us about the annual travel Indaba in Durban
The new Awesome SA website
We launched our brand new website at the beginning of May. If you haven't seen it yet where have you been? The new website features a clean and responsive design. That means you can view it on your desktop, laptop, tablet or even your mobile phone - the website's content will respond to the size of your screen to give you a great experience no matter where you are.
Visit the new website at the same address - www.awesomesa.co.za.
Screw Business as Usual
Never have there been greater challenges and yet also the greatest
opportunities than right now - in our lifetime.
Richard Branson in his book – Screw Business As Usual – says "We've a
chance to take a shot at really working together to turn upside down the way
we approach the challenges we are facing in the world and to look at them in
a brand new, entrepreneurial way. Never has there been a more exciting time
for all of us to explore this great next frontier where the boundaries between
work and higher purpose are merging into one, where doing good really is
good for business."
Awesome SA supports an organisation called Sustaining the Wild Coast.
Sustaining the Wild Coast's (SWC) focuses on assisting traditional rural
communities living along Pondoland's Wild Coast, in the northern coastal
regions of the former Transkei of South Africa's Eastern Cape Province, to
create a positive future for themselves. You can view the SWC Awesome SA article here.
SWC works with Wild Coast communities to find sustainable solutions that improve
local livelihood prospects, while respecting local cultural traditions and maintaining
the wealth of natural biodiversity and unique ‘sense of place’ that the Wild Coast
is re-known for. One of SWC's focus area's involves promoting public awareness
about issues and concerns affecting the Wild Coast and its residents, through
articles and news reports and by assisting and encouraging journalists,
writers and film-makers to provide in-depth and well-informed coverage of
topics concerning the area.
Two recent developments causing much concern for local people are ongoing
proposals to open cast mining in the area, and the proposed routing of a
tolled highway, a new extension to the existing N2 national road, through
the region. SWC's dedicated Too Great a Toll fund is helping Wild Coast
communities with resources to legally challenge the government's approval
of the N2 ‘Wild Coast’ tolled highway. The Wild Coast communities are
legally challenging the lack of proper consultation and other serious legal
deficiencies in the N2 proposals Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
In Richard Branson's Screw Business as Usual, he is calling for people to
turn capitalism upside down – to shift our values, to switch from a profit focus
to caring for people, communities and the planet. He inspires both businesses
and individuals to embark on a whole new way of doing things, solving major
problems and turning our work into something we both love and are proud of.
You can read the rest of this article on Awesome SA here.
Making a difference with social entrepreneurship
Two awesome South African entrepreneurs have recently been included in the top five social entrepreneurs for 2012 at the World Economic Forum on Africa.
You can read the rest of this article on Awesome SA here.
I Will Never, Never, Never Leave this Wonderful Country
One day a youth string orchestra from Bloemfontein comes to give a concert at the white high school in town. First, the headmaster gives his students a serious talking - to before they go inside.
You can read the rest of this article on Di Smith's blog here.
This month was the annual travel Indaba in Durban. Attending the Indaba in Durban is an overwhelming experience and engulfs you with feelings of being “Proudly South African”.
You can read the rest of this article on Derryn Campbell's blog here.
You're Awesome, Living A Fulfilled Life
Looking for a meaningful and life changing gift? Written by Di Smith, photography by Terrence (Mzi) Mtola and foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.You're Awesome, living a fulfilled lifeis visually and textually, one of the highest-quality products that South Africa has produced in Youre Awsome Cover Mar 2011a-2 Final Coverrecent times.
Do we want to see change? Is it possible that the missing link isn't a change in government, or commerce, or sports coaches - in "them" and their behaviour - but a change in you and me and the way we live our lives?
Glen Lewington from SAFM had this to say about the book -
"The title You're Awesome - that is basically the feeling you get when you close the book. You do feel like you can change the world."
Awesome South Africa
Looking for a fun and inspiring gift which will bring laughter to the receiver then Awesome South Africa will be sure to leave a lasting memory.
The book is filled with fun, facts and trivia and captures the heart and souls of the nation. South Africans have a tremendous sense of humour and this is the reason the book is proving to be so popular and has sold over 28 000 copies to date.
Described by Mike Wills on Cape Talk Radio as a terrific publication that's quirky and offbeat with both positive fun and serious stuff which is not just cheer and a lot of upbeat stuff but also has a lot of realism".
Both books are available in bookstores countrywide or Order on-line on the Awesome SA website.
South Africans Positively Influencing the Future.