Fast Fact:


 Almost nine in 10 South Africans did something charitable last year, says latest research

Key findings of the research include:

 80% of those surveyed have given money in the past 12 months; either to a non-profit or charity, to a church or religious organisation, or by sponsoring someone

  • The most popular cause to give money to is helping the poor (55% of donors); the most popular cause to volunteer for is with religious organisations (44% of volunteers)
  • In total, 66% of people have volunteered in the past 12 months; that’s up from 61% the year before
  • In addition to volunteering, two thirds of people have taken part in a civic activity in the past 12 months; in particular signing a petition and taking part in a local consultation
  • Giving using cash is by far the most common method of donation for South Africans; 73% donate using this method

 The report also shines a light on the youngest generation of South Africans and how they interact with civil society, with 18-24 year olds significantly more likely than average to say that they donate to make a difference (64% vs. 56% overall)



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Sad, but I guess a barometer for what is happening around us. Seems positive sentiment about SA is in short supply.

Oh no! What a loss. Appreciate your positive news always!!

I’m sorry to see you go!

Sorry to see you go. Thank you.

I'm so sorry. 😢

Hey Steuart. So soory to hear this. I loved you Good News stories and reports. I will miss the feel-good feeling. All the best for the future.

So sorry to see you go; ‘Good News’ will be missed. Hopefully one day you will be back.

Run out of good news?

Thank you for alll you have done to rebuild our nation. GOD BLESS AFRICA

Thank you for all the Good News. I wish you well with future plans.

If that isn’t an omen then I don’t know what is. Thank you and success on the next journey. 😕

Such sad news. In fact Not the Good News 😢. Going to miss you and hope to hear from a new source soon. Well done and a Big thank you

Thank you for doing what still needs to be done, wish things were different.

The world needs news like this.. what is the story.. lack of funding?

Goint to miss your positive posts. But. Finding positivity an be challenging. All the best

Oh no. Will miss the positivity and heart warming actions and moments. Don’t go!

That's bad news. 🤨 one of the few groups and news left that is feel good

What a pity

We will miss you.


What a pity! Thank you though and all the best!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done for re-buildimg our nation.

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