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Mandela Day to highlight Education and Literacy

Mandela Day is a reminder for people to help those who are in need, either because they are in poverty, conflict or face injustice.
“It is a reminder of a time where we have to make a life worth living for every single human being,” Graca Machel, the wife of late President Nelson Mandela said during the launch of Mandela Day on 9 June 2016 in Tembisa.
This year’s Mandela Day will highlight education and literacy, food security, shelter and the environment.
Nelson Mandela International Day was established on 18 July 2009 in …

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[1 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]

I have been pondering about the celebrations of Mandela Day and the 67 minutes people will be using to do good to all underprivileged communities throughout South Africa.
Now it appeared to me that some companies getting involved are only doing their 67 minutes to receive free publicity in the media.
When asking some of these companies to contribute to their exposure in the media (community newspapers also need to survive as a business), they refused as they “did not budget” for that and it is “not their target market.”
Makes one wonder …

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Nuwe Besturende Direkteur

Die Direksie van die Voortrekkermonument en Erfenisstigting het aangekondig dat Cecilia Kruger as die nuwe Besturende Direkteur van die twee instansies vanaf 1 Julie 2016 aangestel is.
As die Senior Bestuurder: Erfenisbewaring, het Cecilia Kruger sedert November 2015 as Besturende Direkteur waargeneem.
Me Kruger het in 2000, na 15 jaar in erfenisbewaring en museumwese, saam met genl Gert Opperman by die Voortrekkermonument ingeval en was onder andere verantwoordelik vir die vestiging en uitbou van alle vakkundige dienste op die terrein.
Sedert die totstandkoming van die Erfenisstigting in 2002 is sy ook betrokke by …

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SA Tourism Minister honoured by Germany

Germany recently awarded the country’s highest honour to South Africa’s Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom.
The Order of Merit was conferred on Minister Hanekom by Ambassador Walter Lindner, on behalf of Federal President Joachim Gauck at a ceremony held in Pretoria.
The Order of Merit is the highest tribute that Germany pays to individuals for their political, economic, social and intellectual achievements.
Ambassador Lindner said the Order of Merit was made in recognition of Minister Hanekom’s contribution to cooperation between Germany and South Africa during his tenure as Minister of Science and Technology.
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The public has been invited to put forward their nominations of persons from all walks of life that they believe deserve to receive the country’s highest honours, the National Orders.
The Grand Patron of the National Orders, President Jacob Zuma, has invited the nominations before the 31 August 2016 deadline.
The next National Orders awards investiture ceremony will take place in April 2017, honouring South Africans and eminent foreign nationals who have contributed to the achievement of a free, united, non-racial, democratic, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa in various ways.
Also honoured are …

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Greenest city in South Africa

The eThekwini Metro in KwaZulu-Natal and Mossel Bay Municipality in the Western Cape have been named the greenest municipalities in South Africa and won the overall prizes in the metro and local categories respectively.
Announcing the winners of the 5th Greenest Municipality Competition (GMC) recently, Environmental Affairs Deputy Minister Barbara Thompson reiterated the need for municipalities to improve the lives of their citizens.
She said municipalities can do this by promoting environmental cleanliness.
The overall winners will receive R3.5 million, with the first runner-up receiving R3 million and the second runner-up R2.5 million.
The …