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The latest newsletters from Awesome SA.

As we head to the voting stations this week, may we look past all the labels and differences and see the love and hope that abounds in the country we call home.

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2015 is drawing to a close!
Awesome SA has achieved success because of your support. Thank you!
Have a wonderful, relaxing and joyful festive season. We look forward to working together in 2016.
With heartfelt appreciation,
The Awesome SA team

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The cancer of corruption doesn't just cost billions, it costs lives -- eating away at the health and future of our beautiful nation. But the time has come for us to stop complaining and start acting! Over 250 organisations have joined forces and thousands took to the streets last month, with public figures, faith leaders, and students standing side-by-side. And this is just the beginning -- an even bigger march is planned for THIS WEDNESDAY 14th!

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This next week the new Absolutely Awesome South Africa will be available in book stores countrywide. The book promises to be as popular and as much fun as the original Awesome South Africa. To appreciate our long road to freedom this Heritage Day we have included a poem which appears in the book.

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Writing from prison in 1985 to congratulate the Black Sash on its 30th anniversary, Nelson Mandela said – "In spite of the immense difficulties against which you have to operate, your voice is heard right across the country. Even though frowned upon by some, it pricks the conscience of others and is warmly welcomed by all good men and women" – taken from the book The Black Sash by Mary Ingouville Burton.

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Today many South Africans are feeling despair and have little hope about the future of South Africa. Guy, sent me an email called How Long Will South Africa Survive? - I felt the need to share the body of his letter with you. With warmth and hope – Di Smith

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Awesome SA is very excited to announce that we have been granted SED status. Why is this a big deal? It means that we are able to assist both businesses and social initiatives, the easy and socially responsible way! With the new B-BBEE laws coming into effect from May this year, many businesses are looking for social initiatives to which they can donate their Socio-Economic Development spend. Social initiatives are looking for support to continue addressing the social needs of our country. Awesome SA connects the two.

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On the 12th of February, President Jacob Zuma will present the State of the Nation Address (SoNA) to the country. During his speech, he will talk about government’s achievements of the past year and present the programme for the coming year.

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South Africans are a resilient people. Our history shows that out of tragic events and trials we find a way to unite and move forward together. Together SA is a free open platform which aims to unite South Africans behind that which is good and inspire hope to all the people of this amazing country. To this end we ran our first campaign on Together SA to support Thuli Madonsela and her team in the Public Protectors Office.

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Thuli Madonsela, is a South African advocate and the nation's public protector who helped draft the country's constitution in 1994. This courageous woman has stood firm as she fulfils her mandate to strengthen constitutional democracy and promote good governance. Her work ethic and dedication to truth has created increasing public awareness, not only awareness of who she is but also of the crucial role she plays in our democracy.

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It's July and that means we are all looking forward to Mandela Day on the 18th of July! Al we are asking of you is to Click For Mandela. Pretty easy, right? We look at Ashwin Du Plooy's story of how Forgiveness will set you free. The upcoming Inspire SA Summit will be hosting some amazing guest speakers. Family structures define our personalities and our values, celebrate Family day the African way.

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This month we have some great content for you! We invite you to join us in celebrating the launch of Living in South Africa. Spread the good news with Inspiration Works, it is a project run by Awesome SA to highlight and publicise South Africa's good news stories. Finally, South Africans have "gees" and are not afraid to do things the South African way. Have a look at one of the awesome SA Neknominations that are sweeping our country.

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A pointless dare turned into a thoughtful act of kindness. It makes your heart brim with love for braais, bunnychows, vuvuzelas, Mrs Ball's Chutney and all things South African, to know that it all changed because of a fellow countryman, Brent Lindeque.

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As the year clicked over from 2013 to 2014, South Africans might well ask the question Where to from here?

The envisioned future is what we aspire to become, to achieve, to create something that will require significant change and progress to attain.

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In this months newsletter we look at the recent tragedy that is pulling people from all over South Africa in support of all those involved in the horrific accident on Fields Hill in Pinetown - the victims, their loved ones and the truck driver, Sanele May.

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In this months newsletter we look at Dr Mo Ibrahim's keynote address at this year's Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture.

'The gap between the rich and the poor in South Africa is remarkable. We are the least equitable country in the whole world. This is a recipe for major strife and upheaval.'

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In this months newsletter we take a closer look at Together SA and a few of the initiatives that are in their Portfolio of Change Makers. These people are crazy enough to think they can change the world!

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The journey to launch Together SA has been a lot like making onion soup: the thought of the end result makes the mouth water, but in the background it has taken extraordinary amounts of time and effort, and has made us cry - lots! Only hours after going live with our Together SA website on Freedom Day - and after many hours in the kitchen - painstakingly preparing a meal that we believe will nourish and restore hope in our great nation - we realised that a few of our key ingredients were... well, not of the best quality. So we’ve whisked Together SA back into the kitchen for some urgent reworking.

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Exciting news from Awesome SA, we will be launching an initiative called Together SA Building Our Future during the month of April. We highlight JP Landman's commentary on the Budget Speech. Finally, Awesome SA has always believed in the people of South Africa and we take a look at what Walter Blore is doing for the farming industry in South Africa.

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In our first newsletter of the year we look at the controversial FNB advertising campaign and then discuss the real issue. We also have a challenge for all of the Awesome South Africans out there to become a "ZeroHero™" for the month of February. And finally we share encouraging articles for 2013 from our founders Derryn Campbell & Di Smith.

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In December's newsletter we share an insightful TED Talk Ernesto Sirolli that was posted this November and already has over 290 000 views. We also have a lovely piece that was featured in the latest Cordwallace Newsletter entitled, "Celebrate... Give Thanks". Finally to end of the newsletter we share a revolutionary initiative by Regenesys Business School.

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In October's newsletter we have a lovely piece from Peter Currothers that was featured on PetesWeekly.com. "As I write this, sitting at 'my' table at Cafe Latte-Tude in the Gateway centre in Umhlanga Rocks, I am filled with a deep sadness that I cannot live here right now."

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This month we celebrate the life of a father figure and spiritual leader - the well-known human-rights activist Rev K.E.M. Mgojo. A much talked about subject is Fracking and an issue which each and every South African needs to be aware of. Vumani Msimang’s elaborates further on this controversial subject below.

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In this month's newsletter we talk about our hero Nelson Mandela, it's his birthday today so there is no better time! We also share articles from Prof Jonathan Jansen talking about why "Politicians must stay out of it", Moray Comrie on courageous women, Derryn Campbell sharing about Mandela Day and finally Di Smith talking about how freedom has affected South Africa.

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This month's newsletter is full of awesome content as always. We introduce you to the new Awesome SA website. The main article this month is in support of and all about raising awareness for Sustaining the Wild Coast. We also look at some other great stories like how social entrepreneurs are helping Africa, Di Smith shares why she will never leave this wonderful country and finally Derryn Campbell tells us about the annual travel Indaba in Durban.

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These are the words used by Nelson Mandela upon receiving the Order Of The Lion Of Malawi from President BakiliMuluzi in 2002. The article below highlights individual leaders in our country who have founded, shaped and drive the organisations which Awesome SA support.

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The beginning of a New Year brings with it New Year's resolutions. In our newsletter this month we bring you three stories - each one in its own way enticing you to make a commitment and act on creating a better world.

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What an eventful and wonderful year it has been for Awesome SA. Looking back at the people we have met over the past year makes one realise that we do have strong leaders in our country.

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It is the biggest conference ever to be held on African soil. The number of heads of state and influential world leaders attending the conference make this event bigger than the 2010 World Cup. South Africa will be featured prominently in the media worldwide. The outcomes, which will be referred to in the media and written into history books as “The Durban Agreements”, will be debated and talked about around the world for years to come.

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