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With 1.45-million people, representing 11% of South African households, living without electricity, and a further 3.6% of households accessing electricity informally*, light is a scarce commodity for many, often disrupting daily life and education due to limited study time.

Bridgestone's cheque for a million rand is the biggest once-off donation ever received by breast cancer charity PinkDrive, revealed founder Noelene Kotschan at the official handover this week.
A young Mtubatuba resident taking part in the penultimate race of the 40,000 mile long Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
Nkosi Johnson was 11 years old when he stood up in front of 10 000 people to tell them his story

Amazon’s Cape Town Customer Service Center today donated 75 Kindle e-readers to Harold Cressy High School in Cape Town, as well as US $2,500 (over R25, 000) in  gift cards to purchase content, such as books for the Kindle e-readers.

In a recent venture, the Woolworths Trust made it possible for Woolworths staff members to team up with an inspiring organisation called Newkidz, to renovate 10 facilities that care for children in Cape Town.

Just a little TLC

Wednesday, 02 April 2014
Believing strongly that a loving home and a nurturing environment produce healthy, happy children, Thea Jarvis founded The Love of Christ Children's Home (TLC) to help place abandoned and orphaned children with caring families.
Club Travel sponsored a passionate team of colleagues, family and friends, who collectively raised R5000 in support of the CANSA Relay For Life in Paarl on Saturday 22 February 2014. 


We're in the pink

Monday, 10 February 2014
The Mushroom Pink Punnet campaign, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month raised R 414,473.00 for breast cancer support group Reach for Recovery (R4R) during October 2013. Over the 4 years of this initiative between the South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association (SAMFA) and Pick n Pay just over R1, 5million has been collected to sustain the work of R4R.

Afrika Tikkun and Benmore Garden Shopping Centre have joined forces in the goal to collect 5 tons of non-perishable food items for the vulnerable and hungry families of Gauteng by inviting the local schools and businesses to help fill a 6 cubic metre bin in the lead up to Mandela Day (18 July). 


Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA) feeds 22,000 children in the Western Cape two cooked meals every school day in 111 schools but its not enough, 3 out of 4 children come to school hungry every day according to a study done by the University of Cape Town’s Children’s Institute. Food insecurity is on the increase and while PSFA has been feeding hungry children for 55 years, today it costs only R395 to feed a child for a year. 

On Sunday the 21st  April 2013 Reabetswe Mmekwa (8) from the rural Pankop area near Hammanskraal was listening to kiddies programme on one of the radio stations where she heard that one of the girls, Linda Matlalepoo from Limpopo, qualified for Little Miss Nations to take place in Brazil. 

The Baron Group of Restaurants, one of the oldest restaurants in South Africa, recently hosted a charity golf day event to raise funds for the Save the Children Fund - Gauteng. More than 30 sponsors visited the beautiful Kyalami Golf Club to participate in the action packed day, which ended with a tasteful awards ceremony dinner and a R150 000 cheque handover.

Many popular faces attended including; 5fm’s Sasha Martinengo, Mix fm’s  Tony Blewitt, SA comedian Kevin Perkins and professional golfer Michael Scholz.

“We are extremely grateful to all our sponsors that contributed to this initiative. The money raised exceeded expectations and all the children and families that will benefit from this will be highly grateful. We look forward to next year’s event with great anticipation”, says Mary Hanna, from Save the Children.


At the first sign of daylight on Tuesday February 12th, the DreamWorker team and ten unemployed members of the community set about handing out flyers at the main intersections around Fish Hoek to create public awareness around the plight of unemployed people and what Capetonians can do to help. Over 3000 flyers were distributed.

DreamWorker would like to thank the community for being so incredibly warm and supportive. DreamWorker is a community based NGO dedicated to helping the unemployed find work opportunities. For more details visit www.dreamworker.org.za or call 021 696 4048.


The Sunday Times is reinforcing its commitment to the education of South African children by donating R1.2M worth of school fee prizes this January 2013. At least 80 children stand to benefit from random giveaways of R15,000 each to cover the costs of the 2013 academic year.

"While The Sunday Times has been providing educational and reading materials to classrooms and homes in the form of our Storybooks and ReadRight initiatives as well as training to teachers on how to use newspapers as an additional resource in their classrooms, we also recognise the significant burden that schools fees can represent to parents – especially when coupled with the costs of supporting materials like books, uniforms and stationery," comments Ray Hartley, editor of The Sunday Times.

The Sunday Times are thus giving all South Africans a chance to win. To qualify for one of the 80 prizes, parents must simply purchase a copy of The Sunday Times at any Pick n Pay store from 6th - 27th January 2013 and SMS their name and till slip number to be entered into a random draw. Any winner whose school fees are less than R15,000 will receive the balance in Pick n Pay vouchers. In addition, consumers purchasing the newspaper during this period will also receive a free stationery gift from BiC, with each weekly edition.


The second annual M-Net Cares Drive for the Cause National Final, in association with Liberty Medical Scheme, was hosted in November at Randpark Golf Club. This event was a culmination of 16 golf days, eight clinics and the National Final, which saw a total of R636 038.00 raised for two beneficiaries namely M-Net Naledi Children’s Literacy Project and PinkDrive.

The 2012 M-Net Cares Drive for the Cause National Final was rounded off with a star-studded prize-giving dinner. Golfers, sponsors, celebrity guests and media celebrated the cheque handover to Pink Drive Breast Cancer and M-Net Naledi Children’s Literacy Project of R318 095.00 respectively.


The Northern Territories Branch of the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) has donated 380 trees to the residents of Rietfontein Village near Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg.

This follows the raising of funds for this purpose at the association’s annual congress that was held in Johannesburg in July, in close cooperation with Food & Trees for Africa’s (FTFA’s) Trees for Home programme.


The students at Mary Ann's Cooking classes were astounded by the arrival of Bongi Ngema Zuma during a cooking class at Mary Ann's Kitchen at Hirsch's Umlazi. The visit by the first lady was a complete suprise and was in support of the great work Mary Ann Vundla is doing in the community of Umlazi

Mary Ann Vundla offers free cooking classes to eager unemployed and employed individuals on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The classes cover cooking and baking skills, with new recipes and methods being demonstrated weekly. The aim of the free classes is for students to learn valuable cooking skills that will empower them to start their own businesses and earn an income. Mary Ann has seen many students pass through her school, with many of them starting their own businesses and inspiring new communities with hope for the future.

So if you are free on a Tuesday or Thursday, head on over to Hirsch's Umlazi, where everyone is welcome to join.

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Weekly Blog

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

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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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