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.” …

Hope for Those on the Margins


Known as one of the oldest professions in the world, prostitution has always presented the state with enormous challenges. In this regard, the tension between state officials and feminists has always been contradictory. The debate regarding sex work in South Africa has resurfaced yet again, and rightly so. There is an estimated 500 000 sex …

TB/HIV Care Association: Project Integrate


South Africa is one of the countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with one of the greatest burdens of HIV/AIDS infections (5.7 million) and the second highest estimated TB incidence per capita worldwide.  In 2009, the World Health Organisation estimated that there were 490,000 incident TB cases in SA, 60% of whom were co-infected with HIV. KwaZulu-Natal …

Marrying Artistic Craft with Entrepreneurship


According to the Department of Labour, commercial craft-making contributes an estimated R2 billion to the economy annually. As this sector provides a gateway into the mainstream economy, the commercial craft-making sector can be an important catalyst for increasing the rate of employment by getting creative people to think more entrepreneurially. The Cape Craft and Design …

Celebrating a Green World


The Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust invites all Cape Town-based projects from provincial government, municipalities, and civil society to apply for the 2010 Sustainability Awards. These awards are to coincide with the trust’s tenth anniversary celebrations. A total of 268 exceptional public service projects have been recognised by the trust since 1999 in the following categories: …