The Mandela Day clean-up of London Road and the Jukskei River in Alexandra will have far reaching consequences: a clean environment is more attractive to investors, and with their businesses, come jobs.
Born in a small village in Transkei, Nelson Mandela moved to Johannesburg as a young man. He called several places home over the years, from a backyard shack in Alexandra to an upmarket house in well-heeled Houghton. In his retirement, he divided his time between the city and his rural retreat in Qunu.
Football for Hope, a FIFA initiative to raise awareness of HIV/Aids prevention among township youth in South Africa, is proving successful. It is increasing awareness of the importance of gender equality, the ravages of sexual violence and the ramifications of teenage pregnancy.
Providing just one meal a day makes an enormous difference in the lives of children who rarely eat every day; the African Children's Feeding Scheme now goes further, helping communities grow affordable food and start small businesses.
Local playwright Mokgoro Ntshieng is adamant that female voices be heard in South African theatres. She has opened her own theatre, featuring performances by handpicked dramatists who bring their directing skills to bear on powerful pieces.
Tackling the gender divide in theatre and performing arts is close to Mokgoro Ntshieng’s heart. The celebrated theatre doyenne is bent on bringing female theatre professionals to the forefront of the industry.
Vulnerable children and at risk teens can expand their horizons – and their safety – at the Thusong Youth Centre in Alexandra. Here they are given food, mentoring and options to explore their futures, as well as educational help.
The Bokamoso Youth Development Centre in Alexandra, to the north of Johannesburg, has helped local youth to progress in life by offering skills workshops, career guidance and assisting them with learnerships and job placements.