Calling on the children of South Africa to help fight hunger

Calling on the children of South Africa living overseas.

Dear Friends of South Africa

As you know, South Africa has been in strict lockdown for 32 days. While this measure appears to have helped to curb the Corona Virus infection rate, it has come at significant cost to our economy and millions of South Africans are now going hungry every day.

Operation Hunger is a registered South African Non-Profit Organisation that has been delivering food parcels to the very poorest people in rural areas and informal settlements for 40 years. In the face of growing hunger and desperation, Operation Hunger has launched the COVID-19 Feed A Family appeal that has already raised significant funds from local supporters. As a volunteer, I am working to assist Operation Hunger to reach expatriate South Africans and those with a love for our country to appeal for further donations at this time of crisis.

Operation Hunger has an established distribution network that is already delivering food aid to thousands of families each week and with additional financial assistance, we have the capacity to ramp this up right now to meet increased demand. We feel certain that South Africa’s supporters and South African expats living abroad would be willing to make a donation to assist us in this humanitarian effort. Please help us to reach out to these people by posting the attached link to the Operation Hunger Feed A Family appeal in a prominent place on your website.
Lisa Zauber
Operation Hunger Volunteer – Expat Fundraising

Feed a Family

More About Feed a Family Campaign

What is in the food parcel?
The food parcel contains the following; dry foods, tinned foods and some sanitizers amounting to R180,00 each. Each of the food hampers will have the following items; sugar, tea, milk, maize meal, samp, beans, lentils, oil, salt, beef stock, tins of fish, Dettol, protex hand soap, disposable wipes.

Who gets the food parcel?
Beneficiaries are families within the target communities who have no source of income. These are identified by community leadership in conjunction with local relief committees and operation hunger.
Each of the affected family will receive a food hamper worth R180.00.

We have made sure to include Dettol, protex hand soap & disposable wipes in the parcels.

Beneficiaries will have their hands sanitised as they receive and sign for the donation.

Operation hunger will work hand in hand with relief committees that are identified by the respective communities. These committees will receive basic hygiene, safety and prevention training from Operation Hunger before they work with the food. Each of the participants will be equipped with a mask and latex gloves as they work with the food and do the distribution.

Let’s make 2020 as incredible as 2019, all you have to do is play your part for SA (BRAND SA)

Let’s make 2020 as incredible as 2019, all you have to do is play your part for SA (BRAND SA)

2019 felt like it was South Africa’s golden year, we won in so many ways and as a nation, felt more united than ever, so how do we keep it going? We keep on celebrating of course!

Johannesburg, South Africa ( January 2020) – If 2019 was anything to go by, South Africans have the ability to unite through successes and celebrations. A united country is everything when facing hard times, that is why every South African needs to play their part to make 2020 just as great.

During 2019, we wrote about 163 Proudly South African accomplishments and that was just the ones we knew about. By our count, that is an accomplishment every 2.5 days. Imagine if we celebrated our countries successes every two days. Imagine how good we would all feel.

To think of it, we’re only 3 weeks into the New Year and the Springboks have been nominated for another prestigious award, two incredible South Africans have become for the first ladies from Africa to finish the Dakar on bikes and the UCT Graduate School of Business in Cape Town has garnered another international accolade in becoming the first African business school to win the
39th annual John Molson MBA International Case Competition, often referred to as “MBA Olympics.”

That is why in 2020 we need to carry the torch and continue to celebrate every good thing that comes our way. This year we have the Olympics and Paralympics to look forward to and knowing our sportsmen and women, we have the ability to make 2020 another golden year.

This brings us to how you can play your part for South Africa.

Let’s support our teams, whether they be sports teams, choirs, educational teams, environmental warriors or individuals. Let’s also support our chefs, our musicians, our filmmakers and every South African that is flying the flag high! Together we are stronger, we are better and we are braver. Let’s make 2020 great together!

How do you plan to celebrate South Africa this year? Will you donate to causes, share the good news or advocate for human rights? Tell us your big plan and how you will play your part in the comment section.

“At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about what you’ve done with those accomplishments. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” – Denzel Washington

Media Statement: Government of South Africa to attend UK-AFRICA Investment Summit and the World Economic Forum

Media Statement: Government of South Africa to attend UK-AFRICA Investment Summit and the World Economic Forum

At the request of President Cyril Ramaphosa, a few Ministers will represent South Africa at two important upcoming global events this week. The Ministers of Finance, Tito Mboweni; and International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor; will form part of the delegation attending the UK-Africa Investment Summit which takes place on 20 January in London. The Summit will focus on four interactive sessions on Sustainable Finance, Trade and Investment, Future African Growth Sectors, and Clean Energy and Climate.

The second international engagement is the 2020 World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting which will take place in Davos, Switzerland from 21 to 24 January. The government of South Africa will be represented by the Ministers of Finance, Tito Mboweni; International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor; and Trade and Industry, Ebrahim Patel.

Team South Africa will communicate at both the UK-Africa Investment Summit and WEF platforms, the message that while South Africa faces challenges of weak economic growth and fiscal pressures, the country remains open for business as one of the best investment destinations in the world. Team SA will also highlight the strides being made to implement structural reforms to ignite economic growth; ease the cost of doing business; curb government debt; and stabilise SOEs.

The 50th WEF Annual Meeting is convened under the theme: “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World”. According to WEF, the meeting will bring together 3,000 participants from around the world, who will be expected to give concrete meaning to
“stakeholder capitalism”; assist governments and international institutions in tracking progress towards the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals; and facilitate discussions on technology and trade governance.

This year’s WEF theme is timely, and speaks to complex transnational challenges faced globally, such as climate change, migration, increased geo-political tension and cybercrime.

Issued by: National Treasury
Date: 19 January 2020
Enquiries: Ntsakisi Ramunasi 0836466935

Congratulations to the Class of 2019

Congratulations to the Class of 2019

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

Brand South Africa applauds the Class of 2019 for successfully excelling in their matric examinations. Well wishes to all the matriculants as they pursue  various opportunities in efforts to building a brighter future. We urge them to play their part in contributing to a productive and competitive Nation Brand.

The class of 2019 registered an overall pass percentage of 81.3%,  an improvement of 3.1% to the performance of the November 2018 cohort and is the highest pass percentage recorded in the last 25 years.

“The Free State had the highest number of matric pupils who passed their 2019 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations, while  Gauteng  obtained the highest percentage of pupils who qualified for entry to study for a degree”, said Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

As the leading province with the highest pass rate in the country with a 88,4%, the Free State Education MEC, Dr Tate Makgoe, thanked everyone who worked tirelessly to ensure that this achievement is attainable.

The provincial results and celebrations are taking place across the country as a means to acknowledge these young people and encourage the class of 2020 to do to take up the challenge and  improve their  matric results.

The overall results;

  1. Free State had the highest pass rate at 88.4%
  2. Gauteng with 87.2%,
  3. North West with 86.8%
  4. Western Cape with 82.3%
  5. KwaZulu-Natal obtained 81.3%
  6. Mpumalanga with 80.3%
  7. Northern Cape with 76.5%
  8. Eastern Cape with 76.5%,
  9. Limpopo with 73.2%.

The  National Senior Certificate Examination saw 788 717 candidates register with the top achiever from Paarl Gymnasium High, Madelein Dippenaar.

Notes to the Editor

About Brand South Africa

Brand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.

About Play Your Part

Play Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.

Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all

8 Incredible South African Innovations of 2019

8 Incredible South African Innovations of 2019

South Africa is filled with innovative thinkers, all of whom are coming up with ways to change the world and create jobs for fellow South Africans, these are the innovations of 2019.

South Africa – Innovation thrives in countries where there are fewer options for employment. In South Africa, there is plenty of innovation. During 2019, we witnessed many success stories as South Africans innovated new ways to better their own lives and those around them. Here are 8 incredible innovations from South Africans.

‘Smart Glove’ to translate sign language into sound
Lucky Netshidzati was born to two deaf parents, as a way to communicate more effectively with them, he innovated a smart glove that has sensors which turn sign language into. Lucky is at the end of his research and development phase and is now working to build the finances needed to get the glove invention to the commercial phase.

Charity makes Owl Boxes by turning recycled plastic into useable planks

The Owl Rescue Centre started collecting plastic in January 2018 and aimed for just 200 tonnes at the time to start recycling and converting it into owl shelters, bat houses and bee hotels. The organisation has a number of useful machines which work to convert plastic into planks which are then used to create a number of structures.

BabyTurtle, a mobile solar kiosk that can be used in rural, off-grid areas

Lungelwa Tyali, an entrepreneur from rural Eastern Cape and co-founder of SolarTurtle, hopes to develop the BabyTurtle, a mobile solar kiosk that can be used in rural, off-grid areas to provide immediate relief for people that struggle to keep their phones and lights on.

Umgibe, risen vegetable gardens, protecting vegetables from rouge farm animals

It was a cancer diagnosis and hungry chickens that led Nonhlanhla Joye to devise an ingenious vegetable growing solution, which now feeds over 10,000 people. Nonhlanhla developed a system using plastic packets. In 2014 Ma’Joye, as she’s fondly known, needed to find a way to support her family after being diagnosed with cancer. The KwaZulu-Natal woman decided to plant vegetables in her backyard, but those were promptly eaten by chickens. Not to be defeated, Ma’Joye created growing bags by suspending plastic bags destined for the landfill, on wooden frames. This provided protection from the chickens saved water and fed her family. To date, she employs 28 people, teaching as many people as possible to grow vegetables using this method.

Kusini Water uses the by-product of Macadamia farming to create safe drinking water
Entrepreneur Murendeni Mafumo uses macadamia nut shells to purify water and hopes that his innovation will mean safe drinking water for thousands of South Africans. South Africa is the largest macadamia producer in the world, and Mafumo uses locally-sourced shells to make an activated carbon filter with a nanofiber membrane. The filters can be made in different sizes to be used on most water sources. They work on a low-pressure system which can be gravity-fed or solar-powered, eliminating the need for electricity and making them ideal for providing safe drinking water in rural and informal settlements.

Technotherm innovated to reduce landfills and address an energy crisis
Technotherm’s pyrolysis machine could be used to reduce the need for landfill sites, and at the same time contribute energy to South Africa’s strained power grid. The pyrolysis units use high temperatures to decompose organic waste (such as sugar cane or bamboo), plastic or sewage, in an oxygen-free environment, without producing harmful emissions. The gases created by the process can be used to power turbines to create electricity, bio-oils can be used as diesel and fertiliser. Student creates a medical diagnostic algorithm to detect illness sooner. Camps Bay High School Grade 11 student, Storm Rhoda from Hout Bay, has won multiple awards for his Science Project – “Leveraging Machine Learning to Improve Medical Diagnosis”. The algorithm is said to help yield faster results when testing for illnesses like pneumonia.

Green plasters, PATCH innovates way to remove plastic from wound care
PATCH Strips SA recently won an environmental award for innovating wound care in South Africa. Their model focussed on removing plastic from plasters. The Bamboo Plasters are the world’s first organic, hypoallergenic and biodegradable wound care solution. These people are Playing their Part for South Africa! Play Your Part is a nationwide movement created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. Its objective is to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing – because a nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone. The campaign is driven by the Brand South Africa. Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates to individuals, NGOs to government, churches to schools, young to not so young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all. There are numerous opportunities, big and small, for each and every South African to make a positive difference in the communities in which they live and operate. Play Your Part encourages them to act on these opportunities.

For more information on how you can play your part, click here or find the GoodThingsGuy here.