Stories of Help

Mentorship can help – SpreadLuv Movement

In 2009 a group of incredible women started the SpreadLuv Movement. The organisation hosts career guidance days at schools in and around Gauteng and aims to help the youth of South Africa make informed decisions about their futures. “We started it after meeting a group of teenagers at a care centre and realising that our…

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Incentives can help

Waseem Sirkhot has been involved in community service since the age of 12 and is as passionate about it today. Only now he is better equipped to make a difference with the help of three friends from the Lenasia community; Ismail Moola, Mohamed Jassat and Ridwan Mia. Their mission: Empower the youth. Affording them an…

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Saving puppies can help

The Ark Animal Centre in Fourways, Johannesburg, has made it its mission to rescue abandoned and abused dogs and then help find them suitable homes. The centre offers specialised rescue, rehabilitation, care and re-homing of puppies and pregnant dogs. On average Ark Animal Centre re-homes 50 to 60 dogs a month and takes in thousands…

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Teaching photography can help

It’s no secret that photography is a powerful medium of expression. So powerful that it’s helping Bernard Viljoen, founder and creator of I Was Shot in Joburg, transform the way vulnerable kids in Johannesburg see the world. “It started in June of 2009,” Viljoen says, “Using my photographic skills and talent to give of my…

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Tutoring can help

Emmanuel Khumalo an educator at the Krazifizix Educational Club, a free extra-lesson tuition programme in KwaMashu in KwaZulu-Natal, is proving that with a little extra help he can give learners the opportunity to thrive academically and build brilliant futures for themselves. “I started at Krazifizix in February this year, however have always been giving lessons,”…

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A new toy can help

Imagine giving a toy to every underprivileged child on the continent. Not just any old thing, but a brand new toy of their choice. This is the dream of Danie van Loggerenberg, founder of Toys for Africa. “Four years ago I had a marketing company and was making a lot of cash, but I wasn’t…

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Conservation innovation can help

Rhino poaching has been a hot topic in South Africa and across the globe for a few years now. Yet despite our very best efforts these gentle giants are still being poached at an alarming rate. Last year saw 668 rhinos poached on South African soil. Disappointingly, this year seems to be no different with…

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SPCA paint can help

When Jody Yong went to select a dog from her local SPCA in March this year, she was shocked at the state of the facilities – both that of the staff and the animals who call the Springs SPCA their home. Even if it is only till adoption or premature death do them part. Although…

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Recycling can help

Not everyone knows this, but the people pushing their trolleys full of junk all over our cities, or trolley people as Rowen Anderson calls them, actually have method to their madness. Although they may not know it, these pioneers are pushing our country towards a first world culture of recycling when they collect the recyclables…

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Exposure to music can help

In 2007 Philip de Villiers started his own music school, Born to be Famous. The school aimed to foster the talent of young South African musicians and help them achieve greatness. As part of their goodwill the school also awarded scholarships to talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds. “I felt a strong sense of duty and…

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