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Night of a 1000 Drawings is an empowerment project that culminates in a one-night-only, massive inner-city art sale to raise funds for a deserving cause.

 

Johannesburg, South Africa (21 February 2020) –  Whether you’re an artist, art enthusiast or collector, take part in the 1000 Drawings event, an inner-city art exhibition that is back again with a new format and exciting developments. This art exhibition will raise funds for child education from Friday, 27 to Sunday, 29 March at Victoria Yards, Lorentzville.

1000 Drawings is an art-for-charity initiative that changes lives. This campaign is about people (just like you and me) creating artworks in an A5 format. These can be doodles, sketches, paintings, photographs, etchings, embroidery – any kind of art if it’s A5.

What’s new this time around?  In addition to the public submissions, the participation has been extended to professional artists, advertising and marketing fraternity, school art departments, art schools, art galleries, tattoo artists and corporate South Africa. It is a weekend of fun, food and entertainment.

Friday will kick off with the launch of Art Battle SA.  This official Art Battle SA event will see 16 local artists step up to the easel to compete against the clock and for audience votes. Across three 20-minute rounds, the audience will decide which four competitors will join the Final Round, where only one ‘Art Battle Champion’ will emerge. This Champion will join the SA National Tournament series and have a chance to head to the Art Battle World Championships in October 2020.

Art Battle in a global live art tournament. Working with Night of 1000 Drawings Festival of Art, we celebrate creativity and community of Johannesburg art scene whilst coming together to do good with Art. Watch as incredible live artists transform blank canvases into masterpieces in just 20 minutes. All work created will be available for silent auction.

Saturday is jam-packed with entertainment of all varieties, a youth fashion show, quiz night and the mass art sale between 17h00 and 18h00.

Sunday will once again be action-packed with entertainment, an auction with a comedy twist and the final sale of the art on show. This event is open for everyone of all ages.

Other than the auction, the artworks will be sold at R150 per artwork which means you can get yourself an original by famous artists of tomorrow and support a good cause at the same time.

According to event organiser, Kelly McGillivray “Anyone can create art – in coffee shops, galleries and tattoo parlours, host their own doodle-sessions or make art in the privacy of their homes. Drop-off boxes for artwork are located around Joburg, encouraging people to doodle and drop-off as much as possible. We also encourage artwork to be sent to us from anywhere in the world / South Africa too – the more we have, the more we raise.”

Tickets to the event are available on Web tickets for R100 per person and R50 for students and pensioners with a weekend pass at R280 and doors will open at 4 pm on Friday and 10 am Saturday and Sunday. Sign up for their newsletter on the official website or follow their social media channels to stay in the loop with their progress!

Previous years have been an epic success with R150 000 raised for the beneficiaries.  The charities benefitting from the generosity are Dlala Nje, Everybody Love Everybody (ELE), Timbuktu in the Valley and not forgetting the original beneficiary, the one who inspired the beginning of 1000 Drawings, Paballo Ya Batho.

Why Education?

In South Africa, many underprivileged youth battles with access to a good quality education due to circumstances beyond their control and art can be the change for many…

All the public art is collected after months of drawing, sketching, painting, photographing and scribbling and are then hung in a massive inner-city art exhibition. Everyone is then encouraged to come to the exhibition and buy art for R150 knowing they will be making a difference. You can get your hands on a one-of-a-kind, original piece for you to enjoy!

In 2019, the doodles of many helped raise R150 000 for the chosen non-profit organisation partners who are supporting the youth of South Africa in a practical and tangible way.


Sources: Night of a 1000 Drawings
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Stronger Together – Protea Legends unite to hit Poverty for a Six! https://www.goodthingsguy.com/sport/stronger-together-protea-legends-unite-to-hit-poverty-for-a-six/ https://www.goodthingsguy.com/sport/stronger-together-protea-legends-unite-to-hit-poverty-for-a-six/#respond Sat, 22 Feb 2020 04:40:24 +0000 https://www.goodthingsguy.com/?p=55385 At the moment, South Africa is torn, and it requires healing which will be achieved by the next generation.   Cape Town, South Africa (22 February 2020) – Protea Legends...

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At the moment, South Africa is torn, and it requires healing which will be achieved by the next generation.

 

Cape Town, South Africa (22 February 2020) – Protea Legends descended upon the Sasfin Cape Town Sixes this weekend in a bid to raise awareness of young developing cricket talent.

On Saturday, JP Duminy returned to the crease once again, just a few weeks after announcing his retirement from professional cricket, and on Sunday a coaching session in the nets with Meyrick Pringle, Brett Schultz, Nantie Haywood and Aubrey Martin, and a separate fielding session with Jonty Rhodes, inspired young players from Masimphumelele in Noordhoek.

After the event, Duminy expressed the urgent need for more events of this kind and the backing from government and corporates.

“We are trying to uplift our communities and the game of cricket. But we need infrastructure, nets and facilities, in the rural areas as well, and we need people to buy into our vision. We also need a focus on coaches and give them enough support to develop those players. If we do that we will see kids coming out of their communities making something of themselves. Thank you Sasfin for this amazing opportunity you invested into here.”

For the initiative Hit Poverty for a Six, the Protea Legends coached 26 pupils from Ukhanyo Primary, a school in the Masiphumelele area of Cape Town, and benefactors of the event.

“It’s been amazing to contribute to the amazing work done in sports development.”

Originally, the 2000 Ukhanyo students only had one PT teacher and limited facilities and now, with the support of former cricketer, Vince van der Bijl and his MasiCorp750 initiative. He has created a growing sports program and is now showing the fruits of their labours,” said Ryan Christian from Hit Poverty for a Six.

Van der Bijl explained, “When we started there were no fields, no kit, nothing. Now we have 19 coaches, eight sports (of which seven are played by girls to help with gender non-discrimination) and Ukhanyo School in Masimphumelele now rocks. It’s a project to produce a rainbow nation – it’s not about impoverished people – it’s about mixing residents together to make a new South Africa. At the moment, South Africa is torn, and it requires healing which will be achieved by the next generation.”

On the main oval on Sunday, The #HitPovertyForASix team – including Rhodes, former West Indies fielding coach Ryan Maron, comedians Rob van Vuuren and Nik Rabinowitz – took on Protea Legends winning by three runs. Sasfin donated money for every six hit in the match to Duminy’s latest project, #takeasquarecampaign, dedicated to upgrading a school field at Hyacinth Primary, and requiring 2000 square meters of grass. There were 17 sixes in the 12 over game.

The three day’s of competitive amateur cricket included a VIP Corporate Cup, Castle Lager League, Coca Cola League, Tag Rubgy and six-a-side soccer. On the first day, Friday’s Junior Leagues were won by Western Province Cricket Club U11 side, and the U13 was won by Big Oaks.

Michael Sassoon, CEO of Sasfin, concludes, “Seeing South African Legends, teachers, and coaches come together to raise awareness of the rising talent in this country has made the time, effort and investment completely worthwhile. This is how we can make an impact by coming together. As Jonty Rhodes said in his coaching, just one run can make the difference in a World Cup.”

The final of the Corporate Cup was won by the Protea Legends with King Pie as the runners-up.

The highest score in the event was 138 from six overs, scored by Warriors Cricket Club from Qatar.


Sources: JP Duminy | Sasfin Cape Town Sixes 
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R1.25 million donated to SANParks Honorary Rangers to counter poaching https://www.goodthingsguy.com/environment/sanparks-honorary-rangers-donation/ https://www.goodthingsguy.com/environment/sanparks-honorary-rangers-donation/#respond Fri, 21 Feb 2020 15:37:03 +0000 https://www.goodthingsguy.com/?p=55361 Every year the SANParks Honorary Rangers receive a substantial donation to use towards their anti-poaching efforts; for 2020 they are buying survival equipment.   South Africa (21 February 2020) –...

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Every year the SANParks Honorary Rangers receive a substantial donation to use towards their anti-poaching efforts; for 2020 they are buying survival equipment.

 

South Africa (21 February 2020) – For the past five years the Conservation Services National Project of the SANParks Honorary Rangers has received an annual donation of R250 000 from the Amdec Group for anti-poaching efforts in the National Kruger Park area.

The SANParks Honorary Rangers is a group of unpaid volunteers who give freely of their time to support wildlife conservation in South Africa’s National Parks.

The total R1,25 million donation for the Save Our Rhinos Initiative has been used to procure the rangers’ essential anti-poaching equipment to improve their working conditions and poachers’ tracking performance. The funds have also been used to support the SANParks Air-Wing.

Amdec’s 2019 donation was used to install landing lights at the Skukuza runway to allow anti-poaching helicopters to take off and land at night, as well as enable the rangers to track poachers at any time. In 2020 the company’s donation will be allocated to equip the rangers with specialised survival equipment that allows the rangers to stay out in the bush, tracking down poachers, for longer periods of time.

Proudly South African, the company seeks to safeguard the environment with its commitment towards eco-sustainable development, so preserving our rich natural heritage for future generations.

It is with this goal in mind that John Wilson, Chairman of the Amdec Group and keen wildlife photographer and conservationist, founded the initiative back in 2015 to raise funds in support of anti-poaching projects.

“These passionate volunteers give freely of their time and skills to support what is dear to my heart and to our heritage as a nation,” shares Wilson. “Every rand donated to the Save our Rhinos initiative is used to fight poaching.”

SANParks Honorary Ranger Janssen Davies expressed his gratitude for this exceptional donation, adding that SANParks and the honorary rangers look forward to many more years of close collaboration with the Amdec Group to help stop poaching in our National Parks.

This year’s cheque was handed over by John Wilson to Janssen Davies at a ceremony in Cape Town on 20 January 2020.

For more about Save Our Rhinos check out their Facebook page here or the website here.


Sources: Supplied
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South African shares hilarious thoughts on Love Island contestants in SA https://www.goodthingsguy.com/fun/love-island-camps-bay/ https://www.goodthingsguy.com/fun/love-island-camps-bay/#respond Fri, 21 Feb 2020 15:26:27 +0000 https://www.goodthingsguy.com/?p=55354 Juliet Searle shared some of her thoughts about the latest season of Love Island, which was filmed in Camps Bay, South Africa, and you will laugh out loud!   Cape...

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Juliet Searle shared some of her thoughts about the latest season of Love Island, which was filmed in Camps Bay, South Africa, and you will laugh out loud!

 

Cape Town, South Africa (21 February 2020) – Juliet Searle has watched an episode or two of the latest season of Love Island. The show is a dating experiment which sees people looking for love and was recently filmed in Cape Town. The show is highly popular in the United Kingdom where all the contestants are from.

For this season the show wanted to take the cast to a warm destination so obviously, South Africa was a perfect choice!

Whether you watch the show or not, you can enjoy Juliet’s views on how it is run. Try not to laugh out loud and don’t forget to read the hashtags!

“I have watched a bit of #loveisland in South Africa. I have my own opinion on the show🙈🙉🙊 but I won’t go into that here. However, there have been some amusing moments, only South Africans would understand.

1) How do they forget the heat of astro grass under the raging SA sun? Some of them have learned the necessity of flipflops early on, some continue to dance across the fake grass like cats on a hot tin roof. #cheatthefootheat #weallknowtheimpactofahotplasticseat #avoidtheblisterkoeksister
#youonlytouchahotsteeringwheellockonce

2) How do they survive dating scenes in full sun, without sunnies? I mean I can feel the sweat dripping down my back and down my bottom from here. Never mind the awful squinting face one has to do to actually see in full South African sun. #greeneyessquintinvolsonskyn

3) There is no way that boerewors (“longest sausage I have ever seen”) survived being placed on full flames over the fire. #noonelikescharredboerie. I laughed like mad when they were pretending the smoke from the fire (on the windiest night ever) was romantic. I was half expecting them to try the fingers in a circle trick.👌#weallknowthechokingcoughfromfiresmoke

4) Why don’t they get rusks for breakfast? #jissieeksmaakrusks

5) Where are the bottles of peaceful sleep? I know what that bedroom actually smells like and the smell of a peaceful sleep sprayed body is a wonderful contraceptive. Clearly not in there! #tabbardisabodycondom

6) They should be rewarded with a few lime milkshakes, cream soda floats and packets of niknaks/flings. #canyoutellwhatimissmost #howmanyflingscanyoufitinyourmouth

7) A hadeda/vuvuzela wake up call every morning would be most entertaining. They then could do some P.T with one of those strict Army Ooms from the veldschools. Put those preened, gym bodies to the test. “Gee vir my 100 opstoots!” It would much more entertaining than those layabout “influencers” lolling on day beds, fighting the South Easter whilst asking for the 75th time, “So what is your type?”. #avuvuzelawakeupcallwouldbeappropriate
#bringonthesweetsongofthehadedas

8) Where are the pool noodles and kreepy crawly? Is there actually a SA pool that does not have a few bobbing about? #weonlyswimwhendadtakesthecreepyout

9) I can’t believe that they don’t swim more. They must be vrekking in that heat. A random sprinkler firing at them from the garden beds would be huge entertainment and actually quite real. #40degreesintheshadeandthereisnoshade

10) Can’t they give them a few skriks with some spinnekoppe, parktown prawn and snakes? This lot scream and jump at the sight of a cricket. #givethemafewparktownprawns #skriksforalaugh
#skriksforniks

11) If a saffa woman was asked “Can I pull you?” the man would probably get a vetklap. #dontchoonme #nawtmybru

12)Facepalm: “Is that a goat?” whilst admiring our National animal on a safari drive. #ermitsaspringbok
“Don’t be ridiculous a rhino is not actually called a rhinoceros, it isn’t a dinosaur!” More facepalm.”

Which point is your favourite point? And are you watching the show? What are your thoughts?


Sources: Facebook
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SPCA’s story of homeless man & cat, today they helped him go shopping! https://www.goodthingsguy.com/people/johannes-cat-spar-shopping/ https://www.goodthingsguy.com/people/johannes-cat-spar-shopping/#respond Fri, 21 Feb 2020 12:33:24 +0000 https://www.goodthingsguy.com/?p=55378 Johannes has no earthly possessions but the thing he loves most in this world is his loving and faithful companion cat that he named Lady.   Sandton, South Africa (21...

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Johannes has no earthly possessions but the thing he loves most in this world is his loving and faithful companion cat that he named Lady.

 

Sandton, South Africa (21 February 2020) – On this eve of Valentine’s Day last week, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) shared a heart-warming story of LOVE with South Africa.

“Meet Johannes … one of the most caring and responsible people we have had the pleasure of assisting. He has no earthly possessions and lives in a veld, but he is rich beyond measure because he has a loving and faithful companion cat that he named Lady.”

Lady had given birth to a litter of kittens, and Johannes realised that he could not care for both Lady and all her babies, so he took them to the Sandton SPCA. He surrendered the babies and asked if the team could sterilise Lady.

“WITH PLEASURE”, we said. After Johannes said a tearful goodbye to Lady, assuring her that he would be back to collect her soon. Our Kennel Manager and Vet Clinic staff took her off in the cat carrier to get comfortable in the clinic.

OH. MY. WORD. Lady turned out to be a real feral, feisty kitty. She hissed, spat and fought, making for a very challenging patient. No one could get close to her without full riot gear on, but we won the fight and, Lady was sterilised and treated.”

Johannes returned the next day to collect Lady and what the team witnessed was pure love and devotion. When Lady heard Johannes, she jumped up and literally flung herself onto the cage door to greet Johannes.

Johannes’ devotion to Lady inspired us to select him as our SPAR hero of the week. Each week we select one person as our hero for inspiring you, our readers. As a thank you, SPAR provides a gift voucher to the hero.

We sent Johannes’ voucher to the team at the Sandton SPCA and they took him on a shopping spree at the Fontana SPAR in Morningside this morning.

The team confirmed that he was overjoyed and loved the experience of shopping for some much-needed items! We love days like this when we see how the power of social media can change lives, even just a little bit!

Photo Credit: Sandton SPCA – Supplied

The kittens will be up for adoption in a few weeks so keep an eye on the SPCA’s page to find out when they will be ready for new homes.


Sources: SPCA Sandton – Supplied
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A heartbreaking tale of friendship and love went viral, captured the hearts of South Africans https://www.goodthingsguy.com/people/joburg-friendship-cindy-alfred/ https://www.goodthingsguy.com/people/joburg-friendship-cindy-alfred/#respond Fri, 21 Feb 2020 10:03:48 +0000 https://www.goodthingsguy.com/?p=55371 Cindy Poluta shared a heartbreaking tale of how her friend and morning companion had died without her knowledge and how she faces mornings without him now.   Johannesburg, South Africa...

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Cindy Poluta shared a heartbreaking tale of how her friend and morning companion had died without her knowledge and how she faces mornings without him now.

 

Johannesburg, South Africa (21 February 2020) – Before we even start, go and get a tissue and prepare to sob. This story is heartbreaking, you will have a proper cry but you will also feel a love like never before. This story is about a friendship between two people who met on a very cold morning three years ago.

Three years ago, Cindy Poluta picked up Alfred on her way to work. It was a very cold winter’s morning and she took a chance to do a good deed for someone else. Alfred was grateful for the lift and they struck up a conversation. The next morning, Cindy saw Alfred again and offered him a lift once more.

“We chatted about soccer – but always about the weather. Did we think winter was coming? When was winter coming? Was this winter as cold as the last one. I had a vague idea where he lived as I once bumped into him at the local Spar, and on days when it was pouring I’d adjust my route to try pick him up earlier.”

Over the course of the three years, the two developed a friendship, talking about life and their families. Alfred would always let Cindy know if he wouldn’t be going to work because he was so scared she would stop, thinking it was him and get attacked.

At the start of February, Cindy set off on her morning commute but Alfred wasn’t where he usually waited. She thought it was odd because he hadn’t told her he wasn’t going to work. After two weeks, Cindy couldn’t handle not knowing and drove to his place of work to ask about him.

This was the 14th of February 2020. She walked in, asked after him at reception and received the devastating news that he had been murdered. She broke down, shocked by the news and devastated by the loss of her dear friend.

The heartache was too much, Cindy needed to share her grief and so she wrote about their friendship on Twitter. The thread detailed the growth of their friendship and how the very first December, Alfred gave her a Christmas gift.

Cindy and Alfred’s story warmed the hearts of so many people. It is a friendship we can all hope to hold in our own hearts someday. This is their story:

Alfred touched her heart with his generosity and thoughtfulness.

After finding out about Alfred’s passing, Cindy hoped to meet his wife and thanks to social media, they were connected, and Cindy was able to share her condolences with Alfred’s family.

Cindy took her first drive to work without him yesterday and shared all the memories they made together. You can watch it below.

Rest in peace Mmangaliseni ‘Alfred’ Goge, you will be remembered by the friendship you gave and the love you have shared with the South African people.


Sources: Twitter / EWN
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Formula 1 is coming back to SA but this time Joburg gets the show! https://www.goodthingsguy.com/sport/formula-1-johannesburg-2020/ https://www.goodthingsguy.com/sport/formula-1-johannesburg-2020/#respond Fri, 21 Feb 2020 08:48:21 +0000 https://www.goodthingsguy.com/?p=55365 On the 29th of March, motorheads and F1 fans in Johannesburg will get the chance to watch a Formula 1 car race around the streets of the city.   Johannesburg,...

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On the 29th of March, motorheads and F1 fans in Johannesburg will get the chance to watch a Formula 1 car race around the streets of the city.

 

Johannesburg, South Africa (21 February 2020) – In 2019, the streets of Cape Town vibrated with the sounds of a Formula 1 car racing through the streets. The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Live Demo team roared into the city centre with David Coulthard at the wheel of the double-championship winning RB7.

We remember how upset and left out our Gauteng readers felt. Well, 2020 is the year of the Joburger!

The 2019 Formula 1 World Championship runner-up Valtteri Bottas and returning F1 legend David Coulthard will be tearing through the streets of Sandton to bring the Grand Prix atmosphere to Johannesburg-based F1 fans.

Everyone is excited about this excellent opportunity. Even Jody Scheckter will be in attendance. Jody is a proudly South African champion who won the Drivers’ Championship in 1979 with Ferrari.

“I’m delighted that Formula 1 and SAGP have come together to bring an F1 Festival to South Africa for the first time and I am very excited to be involved in what promises to be an amazing spectacle on the streets of Joburg, South Africa has a long history with F1 and the Festival will provide a chance for fans to get up, close and personal with the sport.” – Jody Scheckter, President of South African GP

The government are pleased to have the festival in Gauteng too and look forward to the economic benefits and growth the event will present.

“Gauteng is undoubtedly Africa’s entertainment, lifestyle and business capital. It is the home of champions and an aspiring motor city region. The hosting of this first-ever African F1 Festival on our shores bodes well with our provincial drive to use the hosting of quality business, sporting and lifestyle events as a catalyst for socio-economic growth, job creation and destination marketing efforts to grow Gauteng together.” – Morakane Mosupyoe, Gauteng MEC for Economic Development 

If you can’t make it this year, it will also be aired on SuperSport from 1:30 pm on the 29th of March. Are you excited about this or know of someone who is going to love this event? Last year we saw David Coulthard race through Cape Town against a taxi, we look forward to seeing what excitement 2020 brings!

You can find out more here.


Sources: F1
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Man dreamt of being sea captain, 15 years later that dream is his reality https://www.goodthingsguy.com/business/factory-worker-ship-captain-oceana/ https://www.goodthingsguy.com/business/factory-worker-ship-captain-oceana/#respond Fri, 21 Feb 2020 07:07:57 +0000 https://www.goodthingsguy.com/?p=55184 Eugene Bergens, the captain of South Africa’s largest fishing vessel, the Desert Diamond, started as a factory worker with a dream.   West Coast, South Africa (21 February 2020) – Fishing...

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Eugene Bergens, the captain of South Africa’s largest fishing vessel, the Desert Diamond, started as a factory worker with a dream.

 

West Coast, South Africa (21 February 2020) – Fishing plays a significant role in the lives of South Africans, especially within the communities along our beautiful coastlines where it is the only opportunity and source of livelihood. Whether that be working in factories, working on the boats or benefitting from programmes run by the businesses – fishing is an integral part of their lives.

Oceana Group, the home of Lucky Star, is a leading global fishing company and largest in Africa, and distributes their products to 46 countries globally. It is their philosophy to not only add value for their investors but also to make a positive impact in the communities in which they operate, which they do in several ways.

The group provides several opportunities within their company to benefit South Africa and the communities where they operate. For starters, when the Western Cape was in the grips of the drought, Oceana invested in two desalination plants at their factories in St Helena Bay and Laaiplek. 

The factories couldn’t risk water cuts and significantly reduced their water consumption from the municipal grid, enabling the West Coast municipality to increase water allocation for the respective communities while securing jobs. The factories generate about 80% of their water from the desalination plants. This means the strain of water usage has been eradicated.

Another way they work to benefit South Africa is through the South Africanisation programme. This programme has seen the transfer of skills from the Russian crew onboard the Desert Diamond to unemployed South African youth and giving them the opportunity to learn and thrive.

This was the case for Eugene Bergens. He was placed on the Desert Diamond, South Africa’s largest fishing vessel, where he worked hard and sacrificed a lot.

Eugene started working in the vessel’s onboard factory 15 years ago. He would spend time with the then Captain, on the deck, dreaming of being a captain one day. Today that dream is a reality; he is the captain of the Desert Diamond.

Through all these initiatives the Oceana Group is not only expanding their growth in the global fishing arena but is also playing a significant role in South African society.

As part of the #SAINC nation-building initiative, Oceana is joining a network of purpose-driven brands to share stories of positive progress in South Africa. These stories are being featured across social media in small snippets, just like the one below, but you will also be able to watch the full-length features live on television. You will find the airing times below:

22 February 2020 – SABC 2 – 14:30
10 March 2020 – Business Day TV – 16:00
12 March 2020 – Business Day TV – 12:00

Watch a snippet of the story below:


Sources: Regency Global
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Yoga to heal conflict and trauma in SA communities torn apart by violence https://www.goodthingsguy.com/people/yoga-to-heal-conflict-and-trauma-in-sa-communities-torn-apart-by-violence/ https://www.goodthingsguy.com/people/yoga-to-heal-conflict-and-trauma-in-sa-communities-torn-apart-by-violence/#respond Fri, 21 Feb 2020 04:55:39 +0000 https://www.goodthingsguy.com/?p=55334 Two South Africans have been awarded internships to further their yoga studies in India, and when they get back they plan to use it for good in their communities.   South...

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Two South Africans have been awarded internships to further their yoga studies in India, and when they get back they plan to use it for good in their communities.

 

South Africa (20 February 2020) – Yoga isn’t just an exercise craze, it brings with it a calm ease, a moment to catch your breath, your thoughts and your heart. It grounds you and connects you so something greater, something a little like peace!

If you have ever climbed on the mat feeling deflated, heartbroken or angry, after a session, you find yourself a little lighter.

Two South Africans have felt the power of yoga and hope to use it to empower their communities.

Lusindiso Dibela and Yolanda Ntanyana started studying yoga and have both been awarded internships in India. Yolanda is from Kraaifontein, and Lusindiso is from Khayelitsha.

Meritxell Martorell, the founder-director of Yoga Sinfronteras in Barcelona launched a project to train people to become yoga teachers in conflict areas. Meritxell partnered with the Indoni Dance, Arts and Leadership Academy.

Their partnership grew to include the Health Warriors, a non-profit organisation based in Khayelitsha that trains and provides employment opportunities to people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. They find opportunities in the well–being industry, focussing on professions like yoga.

Since the partnership, Yolanda and Lusindiso have received their internationally accredited Yoga Teacher Training Certificates and the opportunity of a lifetime! The pair have been offered a three-month internship at the Sampoorna Yoga, a teacher training school in Goa, India to extend their training.

It is a life-changing opportunity for both Yolanda and Lusindiso. They have been told that their accommodation and living expenses will be fully funded by the school. However, the pair are responsible for their flights.

The Indoni Dance Arts and Leadership Academy have decided to assist with this by creating a crowdfund on BackaBuddy to appeal to the public to assist the deserving graduates in realising their dreams.

In less than 12-hours, they have already raised R4,705.64 towards the goal of R30,000.00. If you are a fellow yogi, or just want to see a dream come true, you can contribute to their fund here.

Yolanda and Lusindiso both come from communities where violence is rife but they are committed to changing that upon their return.

A promise that they are making to every donor that helps their dreams come true.


Sources: BackaBuddy Supplied
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Teen makes care kits for rape survivors, helps 180 children through tough times https://www.goodthingsguy.com/people/rape-care-kit-teen-action/ https://www.goodthingsguy.com/people/rape-care-kit-teen-action/#respond Thu, 20 Feb 2020 16:10:34 +0000 https://www.goodthingsguy.com/?p=55319 Ethan Ramsaru, a grade seven learner, decided he wanted to support children, so he made up 180 care packs for rape survivors for the TEARS Foundation.   Brackendowns, South Africa...

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Ethan Ramsaru, a grade seven learner, decided he wanted to support children, so he made up 180 care packs for rape survivors for the TEARS Foundation.

 

Brackendowns, South Africa (20 February 2020) – The TEARS (Transform Education About Rape and Sexual abuse) Foundation is making a significant contribution towards the fight against gender-based violence by providing access to crisis intervention, advocacy, counselling, and prevention education services for those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and child sexual abuse. Confidential services are provided to all victims at no charge.

Mara Glennie, the founder of the TEARS Foundation, bonded her house… twice to keep the foundation active. It takes a massive amount of work and dedication to combat the heartbreakingly high rate of rape and violence in South Africa.

Every bit of assistance helps and that is what Ethan Ramsaru did! Ethan, at just 13-years-old, was deeply disturbed by the stats surrounding gender-based violence and the constant news reports of rape in South Africa. Refusing to sit by, he reached out to the non-profit and asked how he could help.

In July of 2019, Ethan started using his pocket money to buy care items which he then placed into rape care kits. He inspired those around him, including his teacher and started taking in donations from them too. By the end of 2019, Ethan was able to donate 75 care packs to TEARS.

To date, he had handed over 180 care packs and doesn’t plan to stop. Ethan’s mother spoke to the Alberton Record and shared that he wants to stand above men that abuse women and children.

His kits are designed to support children who have been victims of rape and abuse. It is heartbreaking to think about, but with people like Ethan and Mara willing to stand up, we can be proud!

Ethan has welcomed the public to assist him in making up more packs in 2020. Anyone wanting to contribute can drop off the following items at the reception of his school (Brackenhurst Primary School).

  • gloves,
  • brown paper bags,
  • wipes,
  • pack of tissues,
  • sanitary pads,
  • Vaseline,
  • soap,
  • underwear (brand-new only)
  • toys
  • deodorant
  • shampoo,
  • a notebook,
  • pen,
  • a bath sponge,
  • face cloth,
  • pull string bags,
  • plasters,
  • a toothbrush,
  • hair bands
  • and hair clips.

With youth like Ethan, we believe that South Africa’s future will be bigger and brighter! Thank you for your efforts, Ethan!

If you would like to know more about TEARS, you can find them on Facebook here.

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Photo Credit:Simphiwe Malunga / Alberton Record

Sources: Alberton Record
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