A very real, critical – but overlooked – problem led one KwaZulu-Natal mother to design an award-winning out of the box solution. Project Dignity supplies Subz packs to rural and poor schoolgirls across the country, along with an innovative education solution. The project is so successful, it is being expanded to other African countries.
From Cida to the Maharishi Institute, Taddy Blecher is taking his inside-out approach to education and philanthropic philosophy to a whole new level. There are no hand-outs at this business school – each graduate pays for another student who takes his place in a cycle aimed at improving the community as a whole. We can end poverty, he says.
The first comprehensive list to measure the liveability of the world's cities from the perspectives, expectations and demands of the youth population – as voted for by the youth themselves – has rated Joburg among the top world cities, beating rivals across Africa.
The old Premier Mill silos in Newtown have been repurposed, and now wear a four-storey hat of recycled shipping containers. The freshly made-over structure offers unusual accommodation for the city's large student population, and carries the hope that the new residents will bring their youth, energy and vibrancy back into the inner city.
Entries are open for the African Leadership Academy's US$75 000 Anzisha Prize, the continent's top award for innovative social and business entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22.
State-owned companies and major business have a responsibility to step forward, invest and create jobs, says Transnet. The parastatal is doing its bit to invest in education, and offers bursaries and internships to hundreds of students.