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Southern Africa Trust SADC Industrialization Week Recap

SADC Industrialization Week Recap

Southern Africa Trust SADC Industrialization Week Recap
SADC Industrialization Week Recap

In April 2015, the SADC Heads of State or Government approved the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap 2015-2063. From the beginning, The Southern Africa Trust has been involved in putting this strategy into operation; in particular, facilitating public-private dialogues between the SADC Secretariat, private sector and civil society organisations.

The focus of the work of the Trust was to get business associations and individual companies in Southern Africa, both at a regional and national level, to be involved in the industrialisation process.

An entry point for the exchange of positions has been the annual SADC Industrialisation Week, which is implemented prior to the SADC Summit. (more…)

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Southern Africa Trust - Michaela Mhlanga with Mrs Graça Machel at the Kenya election outcome dialogue in Johannesburg, South Africa

Q & A with Michaela Mhlanga: Project Management Intern at The Trust

Southern Africa Trust - Michaela Mhlanga with Mrs Graça Machel at the Kenya election outcome dialogue in Johannesburg, South Africa
Southern Africa Trust - Michaela Mhlanga with Mrs Graça Machel at the Kenya election outcome dialogue in Johannesburg, South Africa

In September 2017, The Southern Africa Trust (The Trust), opened its doors to a group of seven vibrant interns. The internship program at The Trust is an integral part of our organisation. It’s aimed at capacitating young professionals with skills and experience in the workplace.

Interns at The Trust are given the opportunity to learn through hands on experience and add value by sharing ideas and suggestions across different departments at The Trust. These include:

  • Finance, accounting and procurement;
  • Communications, marketing, branding and digital technologies;
  • Business development;
  • Property management;
  • Policy research;
  • Programmes and project management, including grant management as well as monitoring and evaluation.

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Southern Africa Trust - We Are Moving...

We Are Moving…

Southern Africa Trust - We Are Moving...

The Southern Africa Trust is relocating from International Business Gateway in Midrand. As of 1 January 2018, the new Southern Africa Trust offices will be at:

45 Kyalami Business Park
Kyalami, 1684
South Africa

Our contact numbers remain +27 11 318 1012.

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Southern Africa Trust - From right to left: MC and media personality Mapaseka Mokwele with one of the 2017 Ukhamba beneficiaries, Nondumiso Nsibande from TLAC

Almost Half a Million Raised for Women and Children at The 2017 Ukhamba Giving Circle

Southern Africa Trust - From right to left: MC and media personality Mapaseka Mokwele with one of the 2017 Ukhamba beneficiaries, Nondumiso Nsibande from TLAC
Southern Africa Trust - From right to left: MC and media personality Mapaseka Mokwele with one of the 2017 Ukhamba beneficiaries, Nondumiso Nsibande from TLAC
Generous South Africans raised almost half a million rand for women’s groups at the Ukhamba Giving Event hosted by the Southern Africa Trust, on October 26, in Johannesburg.

Ukhamba falls under the umbrella of the change4ever campaign, which is one of the Trust’s key initiatives aimed at promoting social giving as a tool to eradicate poverty. The campaign’s main objectives are raising awareness, public participation and direct-from-public fundraising.

The event was attended by members of the public, media, funding partners of the Trust; Ford Foundation; Mott Foundation; and a representative from the Board of the Trust, Shireen Motara. (more…)

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Southern Africa Trust - Mandela Washington Fellowship

SayXchange and YALI Drive Regional Integration for Youth in Southern Africa

Southern Africa Trust - Mandela Washington Fellowship
Regional integration in Africa is a topic which has been widely discussed over the years, however, the youth in Africa seem to be excluded from participating in key regional policy processes.

So, in 2010, the Southern Africa Trust (The Trust) implemented the Southern Africa Youth Exchange (SayXchange) programme to serve as a driver of the people-to-people dimensions of regional integration, in so doing incorporating the youth. (more…)

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Tumiso Chepape, Project Manager at the Trust, giving feedback at the 2017 debates

SADC regional youth debates involve students in public policy issues

Tumiso Chepape, Project Manager at the Trust, giving feedback at the 2017 debates
Tumiso Chepape, Project Manager at the Trust, giving feedback at the 2017 debates
Adolescents and young people, aged between 10 and 24 years, make up about a third of the total population in eastern and southern Africa. The growing proportion of youths has great potential to positively impact countries in the region. Yet, youths are often economically and socially excluded, and their voices are seldom heard on policy matters.

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From left to right: Kitso Phiri is from Ditshwanelo – The Botswana Centre for Human Rights and Simon Dikudu, BoLAMA chairperson.

Unclaimed Benefits for former mineworkers

From left to right: Kitso Phiri is from Ditshwanelo – The Botswana Centre for Human Rights and Simon Dikudu, BoLAMA chairperson.
From left to right: Kitso Phiri is from Ditshwanelo – The Botswana Centre for Human Rights and Simon Dikudu, BoLAMA chairperson.

“There was not much money, it was less than R20,000 (a once-off figure). My siblings made contributions towards the burial. If it wasn’t for that I would have buried my husband on a hide.”

These are the searing words of Ofentse Moloi. Her husband succumbed to TB, which he contracted in an underground South African mine after 17 years of service.

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The Voice of a Female Cross Border Traders

Southern Africa Trust - Malter Vilakati speaking at the second Women Cross Borders Traders Forum in Lusaka, Zambia
Caption: Malter Vilakati speaking at the second Women Cross Borders Traders Forum in Lusaka, Zambia
Malter Vilakati knows the challenges of undertaking trade as an economic activity across borders in the SADC region. And she knows how much progress has been made to ensure that these economic opportunities are available to women. Vilakati is a 63-year-old cross border trader from Manzini in Swaziland. In July 2013, she was part of the women traders group that formed the Women Cross Border Traders Forum with the support of the Southern Africa Trust. This forum ensures women are participating in economic empowerment initiatives in the SADC region. (more…)

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