Early childhood development is critical for proper cognitive growth and later schooling years. An organisation in KwaZulu-Natal has 30 years' experience in bringing much-needed ECD to underprivileged communities.
As the country burns under the scorching sun, South Africans are called on to help Operation Hydrate, which is taking water to the most drought-stricken regions of the country. Everyone can play their part in this critical initiative.
Make 2016 your year for doing something for others – and start as you mean to carry on. Already there are several volunteering opportunities planned at which you can earn GEMs for playing your part.
Every Saturday, children from the townships around Lanseria, in Gauteng, can spend the day at the Refilwe Community Project, learning and having fun. Through Play Your Part partner GEM, a group of volunteers helped to make and serve the food, and with the workshops and play time.
For the past nine years, Inyathelo The South African Institute for Advancement has handed out its Philanthropy Awards to some of the country's most deserving people. This year, five individuals noted for their commitment to the wellbeing of others.
A group of celebrities had a good-natured Bead Off with the pensioners who make the Relate Bracelets – and were soundly beaten. The bracelets are made for charity, and the annual competition was a Mandela Day initiative.
For almost a decade the Tomorrow Trust has been helping children get a better quality of education. In turn, this means they are able to become productive members of society, and help others.
One of the top four mergers and acquisitions lawyers in the world operates out of an office in Africa's commercial heart. Peter Tshisevhe will not step away from a fight, and his fight now is for excellence: "We need our best and brightest to create the environment where we all grow" he says of South Africa.
Thoko Matjokane had planned to go on vacation with her siblings, but they died before they went away. Undeterred, the pensioner took the trip. She was so pleased that on her return, she set about founding Gogo on Tour, an initiative to take elderly people on holiday, many for the first time.
An inspiring project is giving hope to prisoners at five correctional facilities by teaching them horticultural skills. And the proof is in the pudding: fewer people who have gone through the programme return to prison. Instead they concentrate on getting their lives back on track. And that’s “how we measure our success”.