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ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Community Chest celebrated a remarkable milestone in 2018 as we commemorated 90 years of service Our service focus remains to improve the lives of all South Africans to fulfil their potential and continue on innovative projects and programmes.s

In keeping with the objectives of South Africa’s National Development Plan’s Vision 2030 and the United Nations global Sustainable Development Goals, our key strategic focus areas - education, health, income generation, and community development - remain the foundation upon which we build our activities.
Together with our donor and beneficiary partners, we strive towards more effective and efficient outcomes that positively change the trajectory of the lives of our most vulnerable citizens with the ultimate aim of creating a nation of fully active citizens. None of the above is possible without the unwavering support of our committed partners and donors. We thank each and every one of you for your generosity and dedicated commitment to the Community Chest and the work we do.
We deeply appreciate your endorsement and we eagerly look forward to continuing the spirit of UBUNTU with you into 2019.   Read More...

Image: Final Social Innovation challenge for YeBo Volunteers! Sophakama Primary School’s volunteers on the Year Beyond Programme took part in their final Social Innovation Challenge.

The theme this year was: “How to create a culture of reading?”

Volunteers had designed games and activities throughout the year and they had to present how they would implement these and at what cost. I’m thrilled to say that Thando’s team ‘Book Attack’ won this round! They created an interactive board game for learners to play, stories to read and comprehension to be tested.   Read More...

HEADLINES, Corporate Governance
Image: The reputation management conundrum - what is your organisation's reputation score? The average corporate reputation score of last year’s reputation research studies conducted by Reputation Matters, a proudly African reputation research company, was 78.4%, a 2.2% decline from 2017 (80.6%). This score is based on ten reputation studies conducted amongst internal and external stakeholder groups across different industries in South Africa during the course of 2018, compared to nine studies in 2017.   Read More...

ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Getting the most from your gap year Taking A Gap Year? Explore And Make A Difference To The World

98% of all study-abroad students confirm that their gap year helped them grow as a person and 97% say that it increased their maturity and college readiness, according to a recent survey by Gap Year Association. Taking a year off before college is a great opportunity to learn practical life skills and decide which direction you want your life to take. It is a prudent chance for you to experience independence and build on your resume.   Read More...

ALL THE NEWS , Employment
Image: Boosting skills in a challenging job market According to Statistics South Africa, 39% of young people aged 15 to 34 are unemployed

“The lives of 255 families have been positively impacted by these trainings and subsequent initiatives during 2018,” says Jane Gelderman, Centre Director at FCD. Their job readiness training provides skills for entering the job market and which can serve as a foundation for future skills training.   Read More...

ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: 1 Feb 2019 – World Read Aloud Day ‘The fire of literacy is created by the emotional sparks between a child, a book and the person reading.’

There is huge potential in South Africa to turn our literacy crisis around so that reading becomes a powerful tool, to tackle inequality and poverty.  As Nelson Mandela said, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.’  While education may be the most powerful weapon, reading aloud and storytelling are integral building blocks in learning.   Read More...

COMPANY NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Uber Eats gives back throughout the festive holidays The team visited the Johannesburg Children's Home, ER24 paramedics branch in Bryanston, DARG (animal rescue centre) and a Fire Station

Uber Eats recently visited various locations in Cape Town and Johannesburg as part of their give back campaign to treat modern day superheroes who were on duty during the festive holidays while we were all away resting . As part of this give-back campaign, the Uber Eats team visited the Johannesburg Children's Home, ER24 paramedics branch in Bryanston, DARG (an animal rescue centre) and the Fire Station situated in the Cape Town CBD.   Read More...

COMPANY NEWS , Health, Social & Community
Image: IMPLEMENTATION OF ZERHO WATERLESS TOILETS The Zerho Toilet is a fast, cost-effective and permanent intervention, which can be implemented wherever safe & sealed waterless sanitation is needed.

“There is currently a large backlog of more than 2 million (homes needing sanitation), especially in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and rural areas. Thus the DWS prioritised using less water.”  (Household Sanitation Technology Assessment and Evaluation Protocol Presentation and Minutes - Sanitation Suppliers Workshop, 29th June 2015 – presented by DWS and Dept of Science and Technology).    Read More...

ALL THE NEWS , Education
Image: We did it again: 100% matric pass rate for the 10th year in a row A big congratulations to our class of 2018 for achieving a 100% matric pass rate!

This achievement means that we have a perfect pass rate since our first matrics graduated in 2009 - none of which would have been possible without the focus of our students, the support of their parents and communities, and the unwavering support of our donors and partners.   Read More...

ALL THE NEWS , Education, Health
Image: Talks / Workshops / Programmes at Foundations for Life for children - adolescents - parents Our Social & Emotional Well-Being Drive for 2019 in schools in the Western Cape

The missing piece in the educational puzzle. Foundations for Life is challenging IQ to meet EQ within the school system. Social and emotional well-being is a process through which children and adults learn a specific set of social and emotional skills needed for success in school and life.   Read More...

COMPANY NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: KZN water-wise project wins Trialogue Strategic CSI Award AECI - An innovative partnership between a JSE-listed chemicals group and rural communities in KwaZulu-Natal,

An innovative partnership between a JSE-listed chemicals group and rural communities in KwaZulu-Natal, focusing on keeping a river clean and free of alien vegetation, has been acknowledged with a major award.   Read More...

COMPANY NEWS , Education
Image:  ROGZ ACADEMY BOOKS AND BEYOND Sophakama Primary School in Dunoon has been awarded Certificates of Excellence from the Western Cape Education Department

Great news this quarter!

Sophakama Primary School in Dunoon has been awarded Certificates of Excellence from the Western Cape Education Department for their 2017 Foundation Phase Grade 3 systemic results: for Most Improved Language and Mathematics Pass Rates! A significant effort from the teachers involved and a real boost to our project at the school.   Read More...

ALL THE NEWS , Funding
Image: URGENT REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT - 32 CHILDREN AGES 6 TO 12 YEARS If there were words that could describe the hardship within the communities where we are committed to support our families and our children, we would.

If we were Harry Potter, we would use our wand to bring peace, joy and happiness to children – to remove hardship, fear and tears. Fact is, we lack words and we are not Harry Potter. However, what we at Child Welfare Stellenbosch have – is a sincerity to bring change in the lives of so many children. Children caught in severe poverty.   Read More...

ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: National campaign to create awareness of reckless and negligent driving Young people launch shock campaign to highlight the consequences of irresponsible driving during the holiday season.

Every year the carnage on South Africa’s roads during the holiday season leaves thousands of families without loved ones and breadwinners, and maims and cripples many whose lives and futures are damaged for ever.   Read More...

ALL THE NEWS , Faith-based
Image: UCKG’s third Love Walk encourages couples to invest in their relationship The third Love Walk, held at outside venues nationally, gave couples the opportunity to invest in their relationships.

The Love Walk encourages couples to spend time together without interruptions, to talk and learn to understand each other better and rekindle their first love. For singles, it was an ideal opportunity to find out more about one another and see if they share the same values and have any interest in dating.

Image: R2.1 million to celebrate MySchool 21 Years of giving back. The MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet community loyalty programme is celebrating 21 years of giving back

To date more than R500 million has been raised for South African schools, charities, animal and environmental causes thanks to supporters swiping their cards at participating retailers. In celebration of its 21st anniversary, MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet has launched the ‘21 years of Giving Back’ campaign with R2.1 million to give away to 21 causes. Supporters are invited, until the end of February 2019, to nominate any South African charitable organisation that matters to them.   In May, 21 winning beneficiary organisations will be chosen from the list of nominations to each receive R100 000, and the supporters who nominated them will each receive a R1 000 Woolies Giftcard.   Read More...

ALL THE NEWS , Skills Development
Image: New wheels for Zip Zap Circus School Working with a diverse community of children from all backgrounds, Zip Zap helps kids to ‘dare to dream’ and learn to make those dreams a reality.

Zip Zap is a social circus that was founded to inspire young people and help build a new culture of peaceful coexistence in South Africa. Working with a diverse community of children from all backgrounds, Zip Zap helps kids to ‘dare to dream’ and learn to make those dreams a reality. Zip Zap’s programmes help protect children against the social ills, such as drug abuse, that often plague their communities. Many of the children who enter Zip Zap’s doors go on to become professional circus performers gracing the international stage.   Read More...

ALL THE NEWS , Social & Community
Image: Unjudge Someone – The Human Library Facebook Live Series SACAP (The South African College of Applied Psychology) in partnership with the Human Library SA is hosting a Human Library Facebook Live book series.

Running weekly until 12th December, book titles include “A Domestic Violence Survivor”, “Living HIV+” and “Living with Depression”. 
The Human Library™ is where the books are people with incredible life stories and the readers get to ask the books questions. It’s a positive and safe space in which stereotypes are challenged and prejudices broken down through dialogue and understanding.   Read More...

COMPANY NEWS , Education
Image: Engen gets storm-damaged schools ship-shape for 2019 Without any electricity, the school community struggled throughout the 2018 academic year in dark and extremely hot conditions – Engen donation

Engen has come to the rescue of five Durban schools severely damaged in storms by committing R1 million to effect repairs critical to the safety, comfort and security of pupils and teachers. “Engen turned our darkness into light,” says Colin Chand, principal of Collingwood Primary in Wentworth, which was severely affected by the October 2017 storms, forcing the children and teachers into mobile units on the school fields.   Read More...

COMPANY NEWS , Education
Image: Empowering entrepreneurs and communities one computer course at a time The course formed part of Reputation Matters’ Awesome AfriCAN initiative and was made possible thanks to sponsorship from the Sea Harvest Foundation.

Over the last six weeks, eleven small business owners and 13 members from the Saldanha community on the West Coast attended a basic computer literacy part time course at the West Coast Business Development Centre (WCDC). The course formed part of Reputation Matters’ Awesome AfriCAN initiative and was made possible thanks to the generous sponsorship received from the Sea Harvest Foundation.   Read More...

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