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Young Women's Scholarship Dinner PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 02:00

"Education is a companion which no future can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate it and no nepotism can enslave." - Ropo Oguntimehin

Through the work of the youth programme in the Central Karoo, the organisation has realised that there are many young women who have matriculated and have ambitions to further their studies, however due to lack of funds, are unable to do so. Although the programme does make bursary information available to youth in the area, the organisation has decided to address this need by initiating a scholarship for young women specifically from this area to study at a tertiary institution

The first event focused on raising funds for the Young Women's Scholarship will be a dinner to be held on the 4th of August at 18h20 at the Crusaders Memorial Sports Club in Greenpoint.

All proceeds from this dinner will go towards the scholarship for the 2011 period. The ticket price of R300 includes a full dinner as well as entertainment for the evening.

We hope that you can assist us to give the gift of education to a young woman from the rural Western Cape

If you require further information please contact us on 021 638 5521 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Child Protection: An issue of Ubuntu? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 June 2010 02:00

Child Protection Week is an annual calender event that seems to pass without the usual fuss of those commemorative events such as the “16 days of activism” and “Women’s Day.” However, it does not mean that this period is of any less significance or meaning.

Child Protection Week has those members of our society that are the most vulnerable as its focus and although this is an initiative from the Department of Social Development, the issue of child protection should be of concern to all South Africans.

We as South African’s are very proud of our notions of Ubuntu but the practice of “your child is my child” is not as common as we’d like to think. Headlines are regularly littered with cases of abducted children and child abuse cases make up the bulk of the workload for social workers and the police.

It raises the question, whose concern is child protection? If we are a responsible nation of caring and concerned citizens, then as communities we are collectively accountable for the safe keeping of South Africa’s children.

It comes down to simple acts of teaching children to keep telling until they are heard and speaking out when we come across violations against children. At the end of the day responsible citizenship will be the greatest weapon in the fight for child protection.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 April 2011 11:32 )

Human Rights Day press release PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matipa Mwamuka   
Tuesday, 23 March 2010 02:00

Taking human rights beyond the paper that they are written on

Fifty years ago South Africans citizens protested against pass laws on 21st March . Their collective action has brought forth to Human rights day; a day to commemorate their actions ,celebrate the new South Africa and reflect on how we are experiencing the protection of our rights. The battle against an inhuman apartheid government and the creation of a humane society are two different things. Today’s challenges are not to tear down a system that denies human rights, but to build up a system that upholds human rights.

Today the unfortunate reality is a that human rights are still being abused in a democratic and free South Africa, . South Africans have fought, marched,protested and died for their human rights: One is reminded by a struggle saying” I will rather die on my feet than live on my knees”. These sacrifices brought about a changed country, manifested in the globally revered constitution. We have a constitution that champions the defence of human rights: such as: Freedom of movement, dignity, freedom of association, equality.... The question is: How does these rights extend beyond the paper they are written on? The international convention South Africa ratifies and the subsequent formulation of domestic legislation is just the beginning of that very process.

In 2010, South Africa takes the world stage on two fronts. One for hosting the Soccer World Cup and the second for passing a comprehensive legislation to combat human trafficking. The Minister of Justice has stated that the bill might be passed as early as April. It is important to acknowledge that the World Cup event is certainly the catalyst that brought about the rapid response to pass this law, which will outlaw the moderday practice of slavery.

Human trafficking is not just a crime against an individual but indeed a crime against humanity, The enslavement of a person ultimately denies that individual of freedom of movement, dignity, equality. It is a horrible and monstrous crime. South Africa now joins four of the 15 SADC countries: Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Tanzania that have proposed legislation to combat human trafficking.

Anex (Activists Networking Against the exploitation of children), has been working to draw attention to the issue of human trafficking in South Africa. Through our capacity building efforts with various service providers and victim assistance services we have begun to identify trends and nature of human trafficking. This legislation is an opportunity to protect the victims human rights by rejecting modern slavery and creating clarity of roles for government departments, Chapter nine institutions, and Civil Society Organisation to work collectively to combat human trafficking as a collective.

Human trafficking will not be defeated without tangible support, dedicated informed service providers, and a clear mandate from the government. We need to build up our support structures, infuse our social services with the information they need, and develop counter measures that go far beyond the written word. Fifty years later the struggle to protect the human rights of the vulnerable continues.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 April 2011 11:27 )