Impumelelo Award Winners can help solve our Water Crisis


Written by: Colleen Bröcker                         Date: 9 July 2017 Dam levels remain critically low in the Western Cape, in spite of recent rains and attempts by the City to rein in residents’ use of water. Dam levels have dropped as low as 17% in recent months, with the last 10% being inconsumable. Even when the heavens …

Impumelelo Restructuring Strategy 2016 – 2018


Impumelelo, like most Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), is undergoing its most significant transformation since its inception. Dependence on donors often hinders sustainability, distracts from its mission, and encourages a short-term strategy of chasing funds. With SA defined as a middle income country, donor funding has declined and is being diverted elsewhere in Africa. The issues …

Marianhill Landfill Conservancy


When people think about landfills and waste management, what springs to mind are bad odours and poisons detrimental to the eco-system. Not much is done to change this other than citizens holding their breath as they drive past sites or many environmentalists comfortably parking off on their soapboxes. What makes Marianhill Landfill Conservancy in Kwazulu-Natal …

Mamma Zamma, Pretoria, Gauteng


In South Africa, poor and vulnerable children lack access to Early Learning Development (ECD) facilities. Cognitive stimulation at home is generally poor, resulting in low school-readiness and delayed learning. Primary caregivers need support to develop parenting skills and to build sound relationships with their children and. To address this community need, the Mamma Zamma Moms …

Quality early childhood development, a prerequisite for addressing the national burden of unemployment


  I recently attended a seminar on the South African labour market at the Investec headquarters in Cape Town, to listen to the conflicting viewpoints of two prominent figures in this area. Loan Sharpe of Adcorp argued that unemployment rates in South Africa are wildly over exaggerated due to a burgeoning informal sector, whereas Professor …

SAEP Early Childhood Development


Nokhaya Manxiwa-Nqeza established Qhamani Educare because something had to be done. “There were only a few crèches in my area. I saw parents not knowing where to leave their children safely,” Nokhaya says. “Sometimes children were left with neighbours where they were abused or neglected, or they played in the streets where it was unsafe.” …