In 1923 wealthy socialite Frida Hartley left London for Johannesburg to open a shelter for destitute women, a solid one-storey brick building in Bellevue. Today that building is still a refuge for the penniless and abandoned, while its sister Bethany Home helps victims of abuse.
Nelson Mandela united the world in freedom and forgiveness. Once again, today he unites the world in grief. From politicians to entertainers, from sportsmen to religious leaders, and from ordinary people the world over, tributes are pouring in for a man loved by all.
Teaching children in a language they don't speak at home hampers their progress: by grade 6, less than 1% of kids learning in a second language cope with school, with many struggling with the basics of reading. At the Shine Centre, a small yet determined group of volunteers is finding a way out of the gloom.
The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign runs from 25 November to 10 December 2013.
Sandile Zungu is a passionate South African. He speaks about forging a path in the corporate world, and carving a niche for himself as a business leader. He also urges others to boldly strike out for their own success, but never forget the values of compassion, empathy and ubuntu.
Recent research reveals more and more black South Africans are entering the ranks of the middle class, and outspending their historically wealthier white counterparts. This is great news for the economy, spurring demand for consumer goods and construction, and increasing entrepreneurship.
Health issues in the Eastern Cape were in the spotlight during a stimulating debate between community members, government leaders and health activists and professionals at Brand South Africa’s inaugural Play your Part/Sowetan Dialogue in East London on Wednesday 20 November 2013.