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The South African Breweries (SAB) Foundation has selected the finalists in its 4th annual Social Innovation Awards 2014 who will compete for the R1-million first place prize.


The Banking App, launched three years ago, was the first of its kind in South Africa, when smartphones became available to FNB customers in 2011. FNB was also the first to launch the Banking App specifically designed for Tablets in April 2013.


Prof. Njabulo Ndebele, Chairman of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, together with the Trustees and staff, are deeply saddened at the loss of Nadine Gordimer, South Africa’s grande dame of literature and friend of Nelson Mandela.


If you yearn to return home and are waiting for that dream opportunity, the Homecoming Revolution would love to invite you to their Jozi African Talent Speed-Dating event on the morning of 22nd August.


In a world of plastic money, debit orders and generous overdrafts, what would happen if we were forced to live entirely off coins? Would we feel more connected to our money? Would we spend less? Would we save more? For this year’s National Savings Month, a 32-year-old architectural consultant from Cape Town, has set out to answer these questions via a novel experiment. He will live only on R1 coins for the month of July.


Shear delight as SA tops world

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Two South African hand-shearers have achieved high honours in the international sheep shearing championship in Ireland, the National Wool Growers' Association said on Monday.

The term ‘keen’ is often used to describe enthusiasm for something – and, in this case, a more fitting word could not have been found.
Two South African fathers have adapted a 1930s Finnish design to come up with a box aimed at supporting South African mothers with newborns.
A group of adventurous Wits students will launch a daring quest in aid of charity next week, for their attempt to summit one of the big wonders of the world, Mount Kilimanjaro.

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.

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A Poem, a Tribute to SA Good News

Author: Anthony Fox
Wednesday, 27 August 2014

No coat of arms but a heavy burden on his shoulders. He carried the hopes and dreams of a great multitude.

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Lessons learnt in Vietnam

Author: Simon Ellis
Wednesday, 20 August 2014

article thumbnail I think we can all take a leaf out of the Vietnamese book of smiles. Never have I come across a race so inviting and so friendly despite the hardships they have had to overcome.

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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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South Africa ranks 48th out of 148 countries in country credit rating measured by the Global Competitiveness Report 2013/2014.

Over the next 36 weeks we at www.sagoodnews.co.za will be telling the stories of "Amazing South Africans" who are driven by commitment and powered by purpose, and who very often swim against the tide in their pursuit of making a difference. They are driven by significance not success, their contribution is often unacknowledged and unheralded but invariably impacts those in greatest need.

#9 African Social Entrepreneurs Network (ASEN) - 'The challenges of social entrepreneurship'

article thumbnail Today, there is a growing consciousness regarding ‘social entrepreneurship’, these are sustainable ‘profitable’ organizations driven by social and environmental change, rather than simply profit. Sharing opportunities between social entrepreneurs becomes the ‘capital’to develop this sector and to replicate effective models. Jaco Slabbert, marketing manager of the African Social Entrepreneurs Network (ASEN), gives us his vision of social entrepreneurship and...

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