6 facets of Barloworld’s youth development initiative

Barloworld’s commitment to youth development is reflected in all aspects of the business. The company is involved in several youth development initiatives in South Africa, which are listed below. Supporting Enactus’ innovative model for youth entrepreneurship Through Enactus South Africa, Barloworld is committed to fuelling the spirit of entrepreneurship in young people. Enactus is a […]

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Africa’s first social impact bonds

The Western Cape government together with UCT’s Graduate School of Business’ Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship has been working with national, provincial and local government in South Africa to design and pioneer the use of social impact bonds – an innovative financial instrument that has proven to deliver better health and social outcomes […]

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Breaking the cycle of violence in Cape Flats

// The police and the army have run joint anti-crime operations in the notorious Cape Town Flats as part of Operation Fiela, before, but the violence in the area still persists. And so, after realising that a mindset shift is needed and not only a zero-tolerance crime prevention approach, Community Action for a Safer Environment […]

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Painting shack fires out of townships

Fire is a menace to shack dwellers (or mostly known as human settlements in post-1994 parlance). Every month there is news about a devastating inferno torching their few belongings leaving them destitute in some other town in the country. It is touched by this problem that two social entrepreneurs, Justin Zietsman and Ashley Stemmett of […]

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Building family legacies one brick at a time

From a one-roomed shack to a three-bedroom brick and mortar home, this is how one South African family has been given the opportunity to create a new life and a more positive future. Calgro M3 is a Gauteng-based property developing company with an inspiring motto “Building legacies. Changing lives.” And this is precisely why a […]

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Communicating CSI goals effectively

Tshikululu Social Investments, with support from the FirstRand Foundation (FRF), and in partnership with GrantCraft has developed a Corporate Social Investment (CSI) guide that focuses on communicating for impact in the South African context. Entitled ‘Communication That Counts: Lessons from South African Social Investors’, it provides key lessons in impactful communication from grant makers, foundations […]

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Cape Town Science Centre’s instructional signage in braille for the sight-impaired

Some institutions countrywide could take a leaf from an innovation which the Cape Town Science Centre (CTSC) in Observatory has introduced: instructional signage in braille on some its key interactive exhibits for its sight-impaired visitors. Wanda Diaz-Merced, a sight-impaired PhD Computer Scientist and Astronomer, is credited for the initiative. He meticulously translated the instructions of […]

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Farm girl breaks the cycle of fate

Indeed, one can rise above their deprived circumstances to accomplish their goals.  Alvercia Juries, 26, who will soon graduate with a Bachelors of Nursing degree from the University of Western Cape, is the first person in her family and her community to attain a tertiary qualification, breaking a cycle of children born and raised on […]

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Casinos’ devote millions towards social causes

Casinos have demonstrated that they put the billions they get from their businesses to good use, according to a recent survey conducted by the Casino Association of South Africa (CASA). During the 2014/15 financial year, CASA members contributed R134m towards social upliftment programmes. This translated into a 24% increase more than in 2013/14. The trends […]

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Driven to effect change

Change Pioneers, a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) based in Orange Farm, Johannesburg, demonstrates that, to effect fundamental social and economic change in Post-Apartheid South Africa, one does not need millions, but determination, focus and vision.  Transform SA Online’s field reporter, Zinhle Motsepa, interviews the organisation’s representative to learn how it is achieving this on an essentially […]

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