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History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children

- Nelson Mandela

Our children are growing up in a vastly different world to the one we inhabited as children.  It is a great deal more murky with some facing extremely challenging situations at a very tender age.  Alma Torlage from SOS Children’s Villages takes a closer look at the lives of South African children and the challenges that lower-income households face.


City Year, South Africa’s leading youth development organisation, recently held their opening day where over 100 youth volunteers received their prized red-jackets and pledged a year of their time towards mentoring the children of South Africa.  The ceremony included a tribute to the organisation’s founder and former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.

The 2014 City Year South Africa corps together with sponsors and patrons. Sitting in the centre if the front row are (from L-R): Paul Marchand, Senior Vice President of Bain Capital, City Year co-chair Murphy Morobe, Daylene van Buuren City Year Executive Director,  City Year co-chair Rick Menell, Nomfundiso Giqwa from DOE and Amogelang Shai from DOE.



Annual event to give children a voice

Representing a first for South Africa's children's advocacy and social development efforts, World Vision South Africa has launched the World Vision Children's Day of Broadcasting which will be held each year during the month of March across the country.

World Vision Children's Day of Broadcasting


Nelson Mandela's oldest daughter Makaziwe and a granddaughter on Wednesday launched their wine collection in the Netherlands, hoping the world-famous branding will help them conquer the European market.

Khayelitsha kids splash out

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

A group of children from Harare, Khayelitsha, took the plunge at their very first swimming lesson and with a little coaxing and a lot of support, it wasn’t long before they were happily splashing about.

Khayelitsha Kids Splash Out 

Johannesburg is the top tweeting city in Africa, with two other South African cities among the continent's top five Twitter centres, according to the second How Africa Tweets study from communications company Portland.


The World Economic Forum (WEF) announced South African Dave Duarte as a Young Global Leader (YGL). Globally recognised as a top expert on social media in business, Duarte joins 215 leaders from around the world that will make up the class of 2014, including South African actress Charlize Theron.

Dave Duarte




Tribute to Madiba

Friday, 06 December 2013
Photo: Brendan Grealy

Government leaders, business people, veterans of the struggle against apartheid and celebrities gathered at a high-profile event in Houghton, Johannesburg on Monday 18 November to launch the new Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory ..


The Goldman Sachs Report on Two Decades of Freedom in SA has had wide coverage in the press. It is a balanced, informative, encouraging report and well worth a detailed read ...



Luthando Mbobo, centre, overall winner of this year'sVukani! Fashion Awards. Photo: Gert Grobler 

A 29-year-old self-taught fashion designer from Katlehong, on Johannesburg’s East Rand, has been honoured as one of South Africa’s top emerging fashion designers at the Annual Vukani! Fashion Awards.


Tributes for Madiba

Thursday, 18 July 2013

President Zuma, Lindiwe Mazibuko and former president FW De Klerk pay tribute to Madiba on his 95th birthday.


Birthday tribute to Madiba

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Photo: Brendan Grealy  

Our tribute to Madiba on his 95th birthday...


National orders to be awarded

Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Olympic swimming champion Chad le Clos, football legend Kaizer Motaung and Lead SA activist Yusuf Abramjee are to be awarded national orders, the presidency said on Monday.

Photo: Jaco Wolmarans

On 6th of April 2013, Matt Silver-Vallance watched the sun rise from Robben Island as he and his support crew inflated 160 helium balloons. Seated in a paragliding harness, Silver-Vallance was then attached to the balloons, and gently floated up from the island to drift over the ocean towards the Cape mainland.


Desmond Tutu wins Templeton Prize

Friday, 05 April 2013

Photo: Pep Bonet 

South Africa's Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been awarded the 2013 Templeton Prize by the US-based Templeton Foundation for his work in advancing spiritual principles such as love and forgiveness.


Robben Island Balloon Run

Tuesday, 02 April 2013

 Matt Silver-Vallance  

The Robben Island Balloon Run is a bold attempt by Matt Silver-Vallance to fly from Robben Island to the mainland of Cape Town using only a cluster of 200 helium-filled party balloons. In doing so, he hopes to raise R10 million for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.


Robben Island revisited digitally

Thursday, 28 March 2013

A multimedia project, Mandela 27, will bring the tales of Robben Island to life digitally as part of a new international campaign.


Delegates at the Restoring Integrity conference hosted by the Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA) heard some hard-hitting real-life stories aimed at demonstrating that it is possible to make a positive change.


Flying help to flood victims

Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Flying for Life

At the end of January, eight days of rain left the people of Limpopo reeling. The district of Vhembe was one of the worst hit areas. Homes were damaged, water pipes broken and uprooted, and at least eight lives were lost.


Mdu Ntuli Popular and outspoken comedic animator Mdu Ntuli is joining forces with Corruption Watch to encourage South Africans to speak out against corruption.


Tributes to Arthur Chaskalson

Tuesday, 04 December 2012

Tributes to former chief justice Arthur Chaskalson have poured in from political parties, the legal fraternity and civil society.


Leadership in focus in South Africa

Tuesday, 02 October 2012

Yesterday a 16-day long campaign, entitled "16days.16 causes", was rolled out focussing on what leaders should be, and do, to better serve their organisations and their people.


Alvaro Morcillo, working at the University of Manchester as a Visiting Research Fellow is carrying out research on South African expats and returnees.

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Weekly Blog

What's Gone Wrong?

Author: Steuart Pennington
Tuesday, 08 April 2014

article thumbnail 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...

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32 weeks of great blogs

Author: Steuart Pennington
Sunday, 24 November 2013

article thumbnail 32 Weeks of Great Blogs, 32 weeks of back packing through Africa from Cape Town to Cairo, 32 weeks of free spirited adventure.  Some six months ago Valerie Bowden arrived in Cape Town, skyped me and enquired, “Hi, I’m here in Cape Town, my intention is to back pack from Cape Town to Cairo on my own, do you have any advice?”

Stories of Help

A new toy can help

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Imagine giving a toy to every under privileged child on the continent. Not just any old thing, but a brand new toy of their choice. This is the dream of Danie van Loggerenberg, founder of Toys for Africa.

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