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A Poem, a Tribute to SA Good News

Author: Anthony Fox | Monday, 25 August 2014

No coat of arms but a heavy burden on his


He carried the hopes and dreams of a great



Racism and Blackfaces - Getting It Wrong

Author: Steuart Pennington | Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Accusations of racism aimed at the two Tukkies “black face” students are misplaced.  Tukkies is using the rod to punish the child instead of examining their own institutional deficiencies. 


Good news presents a dilemma for the ANC

Author: Leon Louw | Monday, 11 August 2014

Everything is getting better, I’ll bet on it, statistician Julian Simon wrote before he died in 1998. The celebrated prophet of doom, Paul Ehrlich, bet against him and lost. Yet Ehrlich and his ilk remain as popular, as pessimistic and as influential as ever. The bad-news tsunami is so relentless that observers do not recognise what they see daily: that almost everything, almost everywhere, almost always gets better for almost everyone.


The Flipside

Author: Justin Foxton | Tuesday, 05 August 2014

On one level – the macro level – poverty would appear to be government’s problem to solve. Of course non-governmental organizations have a significant role to play in the alleviation of poverty, but generally speaking we look to government to solve this issue.

This is of course correct. Government needs to devise and implement strategies that will address widespread poverty in South Africa.


Living spaciously in a spacious land

Author: Justin Foxton | Monday, 21 July 2014

The ‘Eureka’ moments of life - those moments when the clouds part and the sunshine streams through; those moments when we ‘get it’; perhaps even catch a glimpse of the eternal– are infrequent but always extraordinary. In these moments it feels like something falls into place deep within us; like we are found; like life suddenly has new clarity. Sound like I am smoking a little wacky as I write this? Would that it were that simple.


Mandela Day - July 18. The world honours the Father of the Nation

Author: Steuart Pennington | Wednesday, 16 July 2014

July 18 is Mandela Day, a day which is increasingly being celebrated world-wide. I thought it would be useful to feature a number of stories of what various individuals, corporates and NGO’s are doing to commemorate the legacy that Madiba has left for the world. 


SAfm feedback

Author: Steuart Pennington | Tuesday, 08 July 2014

This morning (June 7) SAfm requested the general public for feedback on the quality of their service – to be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it I have taken to opportunity to do so.


PSFA Blisters for Bread Charity Family Fun Walk 2014 - 24 Aug

Author: Steuart Pennington | Monday, 30 June 2014

Cape Town: The Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA) in association with SPAR proudly announces that the 47th annual Blisters for Bread Charity Family Fun Walk will take place at Green Point Cricket Club on Sunday 24th August 2014. This event, established in 1968 with the main purpose being to raise funds to feed hungry school children, has become one of the major highlights on the Cape Town calendar. 


On 15 June 2014, KZN ‘knit-wits’ from Zululand, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, the Midlands and the Drakensberg congregated at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Howick for a good cause, a good picnic and a good listen to music.


On a fairly regular basis we like to feature stories of the quite remarkable work being done by the NGO sector in South Africa. In many respects it is the untold story of our country, the contribution that an estimated 100 000 NGO’s are making to the upliftment of our society. It may be a ‘fact’ that we languish at the bottom of the Global Competitiveness Report in the areas of health, education, crime, labour relations and state capacity. Sadly, the considerable contribution of the NGO sector is largely unheralded, untold and unmeasured as these committed citizens go about their daily work for the betterment of South Africa.

The vibrancy of civil society in SA is something we can be really proud of.


Steuart Pennington


A Morning With The Drakensberg Choir

Author: Steuart Pennington | Tuesday, 03 June 2014

My wife forced me to go and listen to the Drakensberg Boys Choir concert last Sunday, put on at the local high school. 



Big Lessons from a small child

Author: Darryl Wood | Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Last week I had a fascinating exchange with a 5 year old. Now in my experience 5 year olds generally provide one with amusing dinner party material as they are unencumbered by social graces or political correctness. They say what they mean and they mean what they say. Like the little girl who looked at her Mum examining her dressed-and-ready-for-work self in the mirror and asked; “why does your bum look so big Mum?” Or when the Grade R class was asked what their Daddy’s did and one child shouted out proudly; “he watches TV all day”.

Justin Foxton



Rugby Recycled

Author: Gareth Simpson | Thursday, 22 May 2014

My name is Gareth Simpson. I am 16 years old and attend DHS in Durban. Whilst playing rugby in 2011, I noticed that boys from some of the schools we played against did not all have boots to play in. I realized how lucky I was and decided to start an initiative whereby I would collect second hand rugby boots and kit from boys at school and at Rugby Clubs. I would then clean them and donate them to these boys.

Rugby Recycled



Where to from here?

Author: Justin Foxton | Thursday, 15 May 2014
With elections 2014 done-and-dusted, the question is where to from here? Is it a case of another 5 years of outsourcing the leadership of our nation to often distant, often corrupt, often inept politicians? Is there a role for us citizens to play in determining the next 20 years and beyond? If so what does that role entail?

A Leader is a dealer in Hope - Napoleon Bonaparte

Author: Justin Foxton | Wednesday, 30 April 2014
It is nearly 20 years since the dawn of democracy in South Africa and the most pressing question that I believe needs asking is not whether or not we have a good story to tell – we do. The more urgent question is do we have hope for the next 20 years?

Be Glad You Don't Live in Singapore

Author: Liberty Advisory Service | Tuesday, 22 April 2014
While the cost of living in South Africa has risen significantly over the last few years with high electricity prices and fuel costs rising each month, be grateful you don’t live in Singapore which has the third most expensive energy and water costs in the world.

What's Gone Wrong?

Author: Steuart Pennington | Wednesday, 09 April 2014

One of the most insightful articles ever to have appeared in this newspaper was written by Steven Friedman ‘Debate liberalism to serve Slabbert’s memory’ (June 17 2010) as a tribute to van Zyl’s contribution to our body politic. Friedman essentially set about describing two different ‘strains’ of liberalism that are alive and well in SA. The first he referred to a ‘possessive individualism communicated in a sneer designed to show superiority, it does more to antagonise than to persuade, those who espouse it do so in the belief that they are surrounded by Philistines ’. The second ‘strain’ he referred to as ‘trying to show that liberalism works for all of us, it seeks to build alliances rather than erect walls, it hopes to persuade and therefore influence our future. This was Slabbert’s liberalism.’

What's Gone Wrong?



Better Living Challenge

Author: SA-The Good News | Thursday, 03 April 2014

Take the Better Living Challenge and improve people’s lives

Millions of South Africans live in dire conditions. This is your chance to make their lives better 

We all want to make a difference, but don’t always know where to start. One step is to find and use affordable and effective design ideas to improve the quality of life for people who live in South Africa’s informal settlements, backyard shacks and RDP housing. 

Step two involves devising ways to collect those ideas, giving producers and creators a chance to take their design from concept to production, onto the shop floor – and into people’s homes.  


The Difference Between Failings and Failed

Author: Simon Barber | Monday, 24 March 2014

At the start of the Oscar Pistorius trial, celebrity US lawyer Alan Dershowitz suggested in an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN that Pistorius would not get justice as South Africa was a "failed state", and the trial "racial".

Alan Dersh 



South Africa: Are we all equal?

Author: Jody Lee Bell | Thursday, 06 March 2014

Note: We recently published an article entitled “SA university pioneers new technology for deaf people ”. We received this response from a reader which I have blogged partly as an example of the feedback we get, but more because I was moved by Jody’s note to us.

Steuart Pennington


Employee Volunteer Week 2014 (10 - 14 March)

Author: CAF Southern Africa | Monday, 24 February 2014

CAF Southern Africa calls on all employed South Africans to volunteer in communities during Employee Volunteer Week (EVW).

The theme of Employee Volunteer Week 2014 is ‘Together we Can Build the Nation’.


Corruption Watch launches online communities of corruption fighters

Author: Corruption Watch | Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Corruption Watch has partnered with Mxit, Indigo New Media and Concursive Corporation to provide South Africans with digital collaborative platforms to engage on issues of corruption. 

The little Karoo school that transforms lives

Author: Claire Keeton | Thursday, 06 February 2014

Juanita Meyer, whose parents work on a Karoo farm, is the executive chef at a five-star B&B in Colesburg.  Her brothers work in a bank and a restaurant.  An exceptional rural school changed their lives, said Meyer.


' Only the people can liberate themselves from the AIDS epidemic'

Author: Humana People to People | Monday, 20 January 2014

This was the motto with which Humana People to People started its campaign against the HIV epidemic in year 2000 under the name Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE). Since then more than 14 million people in southern Africa has been reached by the program, 4.5 million people in South Africa alone.


World Day of Remembrance for road crash victims

Author: SADD | Monday, 13 January 2014
This was a Global event which calls attention to the fact that every year road crashes take the lives of more than 1.24 million people and injure as many as 50 million more – leaving many with permanent disability.
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