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Sanitary Towels and Education - The 80 Day Difference

Author: Justin Foxton | Tuesday, 18 November 2014

In my work in some 150 rural schools I ‘discovered’ an unanticipated ‘barrier’ regarding school attendance for young girls, often exacerbated by unhygienic, sometimes unprivate, toilet facilities – that of sanitary wear. Justin Foxton is a regular blogger on SA - the Good News, he describes the seriousness of the situation and urges us all to get involved.  It is our hope that NGO’s working in schools will make it their business to understand circumstances surrounding this issue as well as the issues of security and nutrition before they do anything else. _Steuart Pennington


We Need to Look Back in Order to Propel Our Education System Forward

Author: Nelli Stranden (freelancer) | Monday, 10 November 2014
Matakanye Matakanya, General Secretary of the National Association of School Governing Bodies (NASGB) shares her views on how to propel our Education system forward.


A giant South African flag, visible from space you say?

Author: Steuart Pennington | Thursday, 06 November 2014

I received this note from a friend - Sean Segar: “Such a cool story for SA Goodnews. Guy Lieberman of FCB is running the Giant Flag project, a 60HA SA flag of plants with solar and hotel embedded. Worth a mention/interview on your site."


Lumps in your breast at age 15?

Author: Jeanelle Smuts | Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Imagine the shock of finding a lump in your breast at the age of 15. Julia Shabalala’s world came crashing down. Was it cancer? After much testing, she was delighted to find out that it was just a benign breast lump. And for nine whole years, Julia believed she had dodged a bullet.

A Letter to 702

Author: Nelli Stranden (freelancer) | Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Dear Redi

I have written to you about this before (and not received a reply).

I find myself constantly demoralised by the continuous self-SA bashing, led and encouraged entirely by the media on radio call-in programs, on tv, in print media. 

Eco Angels Repair Cape Town

Author: Chelsea Amor Lotz | Monday, 06 October 2014
With an influx of tourists, and as one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, Cape Town’s beaches are gradually becoming more polluted. Whilst the blue flag beaches get cleaned daily to make the white sands stay attractive to tourists, the other beaches show the horrifying evidence of litter washed up along the shores.

African Technology

Author: Steuart Pennington | Friday, 26 September 2014

A great amount of innovation can be seen in Africa; there are so many opportunities for new ideas and developments. 


It is time to "Unmask the corrupt" in South Africa

Author: Steuart Pennington | Monday, 22 September 2014

South Africa must make it much harder for the corrupt to hide their ill-gotten gains behind secret companies if the country wants to combat criminal activity in its financial system, Corruption Watch said today as it launched the "Unmask the Corrupt" campaign in South Afric


A star is born

Author: Justin Foxton | Monday, 15 September 2014

As the winner rose to her feet and made her way through the crowd to the stage, a thousand plus people rose as one to their feet and roared their unfettered approval. The night belonged to her and her fans - each and every one of us in that room - were not going to let her victory pass quickly or quietly.


Tackling the illicit trade of tobacco

Author: Chelsea Amor Lotz | Friday, 05 September 2014

The trade of illicit tobacco still remains as one of the syndicate-crime related trades, which needs to be tackled in South Africa. Recent surveys have shown that the illicit trade of tobacco is handled by the same individuals, gangs and crime syndicates, which perpetrate drug and child trafficking. According to SARS, an estimated 9 Billion cigarettes are consumed in South Africa per a year, which amounts to more than R5 billion revenue loss of revenue. At present one in four packets of cigarettes in South Africa are counterfeit.


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 | Wednesday, 21 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 | Wednesday, 14 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 | Tuesday, 29 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?
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Sanitary Towels and Education - The 80 Day Difference

Author: Justin Foxton
Tuesday, 18 November 2014

article thumbnail In my work in some 150 rural schools I ‘discovered’ an unanticipated ‘barrier’ regarding school attendance for young girls, often exacerbated by unhygienic, sometimes unprivate, toilet facilities – that of sanitary wear. Justin Foxton is a regular blogger on SA - the Good News, he describes the seriousness of the situation and urges us all to get involved.  It is our hope that NGO’s working in schools will make it their business to...

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Tristan - They say that the English invented bureaucracy

Author: Steuart Pennington
Wednesday, 24 September 2014

article thumbnail In our travel blog we are, in addition to featuring the stories of South African Simon Ellis in China, Vietnam and India, featuring stories of Tristan and Emma Doumen travelling through Africa. For those South Africans imbued with a similar sense of adventure we hope you enjoy the read, their writing is a pleasure.

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Showing Love Can Help - Heartbeat

Thursday, 19 June 2014

When Heartbeat was founded, it was estimated that by 2015 almost 6 million children would have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. The overwhelming challenge of caring for orphaned and vulnerable children has placed a grave burden on communities. Heartbeat is dedicated to ease the burden on these children and provide them with material and emotional support.

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