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STATEMENT OF THE SADC EXECUTIVE SECRETARY H.E. DR STERGOMENA TAX
SADC has recorded tremendous achievements in a number of areas, including peace, security, political stability as well as in socio-economic development, and continues to do a lot, but this has not been adequately communicated and made visible to the people who are the real drivers of change.

STATEMENT OF THE SADC EXECUTIVE SECRETARY H.E. DR STERGOMENA TAX

2014 Drivers of Change Award Winners Announced
The 2013 Drivers of Change awards were presented on Thursday evening during a celebration at Summer Place in Johannesburg, South Africa hosted by the Southern Africa Trust and the Mail & Guardian.

2014 Drivers of Change Award Winners Announced

Driver of change wins big
Exciting developments have come the way of a community initiative thanks to a win in the Individual Category at our 2013 Drivers of Change Awards. Winner, Angela Larkin recently wrote to the Trust to share the good news.

2012 Drivers of Change Award Winners Announced

2013 Drivers of Change Award Winners Announced
The 2013 Drivers of Change awards were presented on Thursday evening during a celebration at Summer Place in Johannesburg, South Africa hosted by the Southern Africa Trust and the Mail & Guardian.

2013 Drivers of Change Award Winners Announced

2012 Drivers of Change Award Winners Announced
The 2012 Drivers of Change awards were presented on Thursday evening during a celebration at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, South Africa, hosted by the Southern Africa Trust and the Mail & Guardian.


2012 Drivers of Change Award Winners Announced

Taking charge of the future
Working to achieve development and overcome poverty often seems like just a maze of jargon and frenetic management activity. How dull. The real stuff of development is more about relationships: relationships between the rich and poor, states and citizens, men and women, older and younger, powerful and marginalised, secure and vulnerable, between the past, the present, and the future.

Taking charge of the future

Speech by the President of Botswana, His Excellency Seretse Khama Ian Khama, at the 2011 Drivers of Change Awards Ceremony
Keynote speech by the President of Botswana, His Excellency Seretse Khama Ian Khama, at the 2011 Drivers of Change Awards in Johannesburg, South Africa on 3 November 2011.

Speech by the President of Botswana, His Excellency Seretse Khama Ian Khama, at the 2011 Drivers of Change Awards Ceremony

2011 Drivers of Change Award Winners Announced
During a celebration at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg this evening, the winners of the 2011 Southern Africa Drivers of Change awards were announced.

2011 Drivers of Change Award Winners Announced

President Ian Khama to give keynote address at 2011 Drivers of Change and Investing in the Future awards
On 3 November 2011, the Southern Africa Trust and the Mail & Guardian newspaper will host the annual Investing in the Future and Drivers of Change awards gala dinner at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

President Ian Khama to give keynote address at 2011 Drivers of Change and Investing in the Future awards

Best for the poor
Five years on, the people of Southern Africa are showing an increasing interest in the Drivers of Change awards. More organisations and individuals are keen to showcase the novel approaches they are taking to alleviate poverty. The recognition afforded by the Drivers of Change awards opens opportunities and draws attention to organisations' and individuals’ work on reducing poverty.

Best for the poor

Speech by Brendan Cox at the 2010 Drivers of Change Awards ceremony
Keynote speech by Brendan Cox on the occasion of the 2010 Drivers of Change and Investing in the Future Awards, Summer Place, Johannesburg, 28 October 2010.

Speech by Brendan Cox at the 2010 Drivers of Change Awards ceremony

Announcing the 2010 Drivers of Change in Southern Africa
The Drivers of Change to overcome poverty in southern Africa were announced on Thursday, 28 October 2010 at a gala dinner held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Announcing the 2010 Drivers of Change in Southern Africa

The change we need: Reflections on the 2010 Drivers of Change awards
We cannot hope for a better tomorrow and ignore the scandalous levels of poverty today. More than 100-million people live in absolute poverty in Southern Africa. Our efforts to eradicate poverty are too often piecemeal, conventional, sporadic and disjointed. Yet the scale of the problem requires collective, bold, innovative and determined action that goes beyond refining the inner technicalities of specific poverty reduction projects, of which there are a multitude.

The change we need: Reflections on the 2010 Drivers of Change awards

African vision rewarded
Sindiso Ngwenya, the secretary general of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern African States (COMESA), is a driving force behind a new and exciting move - creating what will be Africa's largest free-trade area. He has been instrumental in bringing together the region's three economic blocs - COMESA, the East African Community and the Southern African Development Community - into a tripartite association.

African vision rewarded

Change is Gain for Naidoo
Best known in South Africa for his trade union activities, Jay Naidoo has spent the past decade working to overcome poverty and malnutrition on the African continent and around the world.

Change is Gain for Naidoo

Changing lives, one woman at a time
Rural women whose role in society is dictated by tradition have largely been left out in the cold while broader South Africa focuses on democracy. But the Rural Women's Movement, based in KwaZulu-Natal, has worked since 1999 to empower rural women to change this. This non-profit organisation has secured land rights for rural women and ensured that they are involved in legislative processes.

Changing lives, one woman at a time

People get a meaningful voice
The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) is an independent, nonprofit organisation in the development sector. Its primary goal is to support other NGOs by strengthening capacity and making grants. Building capacity includes creating platforms where marginalised citizens can meet decision-makers. The FCS joins the dots - parliamentarians, legislators and donor bodies meet civil society at training courses, seminars and conferences to discuss social change. The platforms have included public dialogues and programmes on local radio and TV shows, in which stakeholders "share their success stories and challenges encountered".

People get a meaningful voice

Beacon of regional tolerance in Yeoville
At the Yeoville Community School, 70% of the children are documented and undocumented immigrants and the remaining 30% come from poor South African families. Like other public schools in poorer suburbs, it responded to hunger at school by launching a feeding scheme that offers pupils a meal at school each day. Food is sourced from the school's vegetable garden. Pupils also receive food parcels during the school holidays, says Mente.

Beacon of regional tolerance in Yeoville

Speech by Neville Gabriel, Executive Director of the Southern Africa Trust, at the launch of the Call for Nominations for the 2010 Drivers of Change Awards
Introductory remarks by Neville Gabriel, Executive Director of the Southern Africa Trust, at the launch of the Call for Nominations for the 2010 Drivers of Change Awards in Gaborone, Botswana, 30 March 2010

Speech by Neville Gabriel, Executive Director of the Southern Africa Trust, at the launch of the Call for Nominations for the 2010 Drivers of Change Awards

Speech by the Vice President of Botswana, His Honour Lieutenant General Mompati Merafhe, at the launch of the Call for Nominations for the 2010 Drivers of Change Awards
Keynote speech by the the Vice President of Botswana, His Honour Lieutenant General Mompati Merafhe, at the launch of the Call for Nominations for the 2010 Drivers of Change Awards in Gaborone, Botswana, 30 March 2010

Speech by the Vice President of Botswana, His Honour Lieutenant General Mompati Merafhe, at the launch of the Call for Nominations for the 2010 Drivers of Change Awards

Vice President of Botswana to launch the Call for Nominations for the 2010 Drivers of Change Awards
The Vice President of Botswana, Lieutenant General Mompati Merafhe, will launch the Call for Nominations for this year's Drivers of Change awards at 18h00 on 30 March 2010 at the Gaborone International Convention Centre in Botswana

Vice President of Botswana to launch the Call for Nominations for the 2010 Drivers of Change Awards

Speech by former president Benjamin Mkapa on the occasion of the Drivers of Change and Investing in the Future Awards
Speech by former president Benjamin Mkapa on the occasion of the Drivers of Change and Investing in the Future Awards: Summer Place, Hyde Park, Johannesburg, South Africa, 29 October 2009

Speech by former president Benjamin Mkapa on the occasion of the Drivers of Change and Investing in the Future Awards

A man of the people
Archbishop Njongo Ndungane’s faith has urged him to spread more than the gospel. For many years he has lobbied for affordable Aids medication in South Africa and highlighted the shortcomings in debt-relief strategies that inherently disadvantage Africa. “He is an undisputed champion for social justice and equality. His service to Southern Africa is an inspiration to many,” noted the Drivers of Change judges.

A man of the people

Tourism's fair game
The tourism industry accounts for about 10% of global GDP and, with air travel becoming more affordable, it is growing every year. Yet it remains a sector in which exploitation is rife. "There are very poor working conditions in the sector globally, very poor wages, long hours, overtime," says Jennifer Seif, executive director of Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA). Although child labour is not a big problem in South Africa, it is a major concern in other destinations, she says. Through its work, FTTSA is bringing the benefits of the global growth in demand for fair trade products to the tourism industry in Southern Africa. This is charting a new growth path in the fair trade market.

Tourism's fair game

Beefing up the meat markets
Two-thirds of the three million cattle in the Eastern Cape are owned by black communal farmers, yet the commercial farmers who own the remaining portion earn far more from their livestock. Apartheid-era policies left black farmers unable to access markets or develop skills and infrastructure for starting small businesses. Dr Xolile Ngethu, a veterinarian by training, decided to change the situation.

Beefing up the meat markets

President Mutharika Among the 2009 Southern Africa Drivers of Change Award Winners
The 2009 Southern Africa Drivers of Change award winners were announced on 29 October 2009 at Summer Place, Hyde Park in South Africa. Among the 2009 southern Africa Drivers of Change that were honoured was Dr Bingu wa Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi.

President Mutharika Among the 2009 Southern Africa Drivers of Change Award Winners

Namibian Minister to launch the 2009 Drivers of Change Awards
The Minister of Information and Communications Technology of Namibia, Joel Kaapanda is expected to launch the 2009 Drivers of Change Awards on 1 April 2009 at Kalahari Sands Hotel in Windhoek, Namibia. The prestigious non-monetary awards recognise outstanding new ways of working to overcome poverty in southern Africa.

Namibian Minister to launch the 2009 Drivers of Change Awards

Innovative ways to beat poverty
This year's Drivers of Change Awards reward those who transform communities for the better. By identifying fresh approaches that work to decrease poverty, the awards promote changes in attitudes, policies and practices among the different social sectors so that efforts to overcome poverty are more effective. The awards recognise individuals and organisations from business, governments and civil society across Southern Africa.

Innovative ways to beat poverty

Returns on the CSI Rand
Corporate social investment (CSI) has, in a relatively short period of time, become a formal contributor to social change in South Africa. Its execution now legislated, CSI is beginning to grow in stature as a strategic imperative for corporates. In the past year alone, CSI funding showed a healthy 29% growth. This is a time of unprecedented opportunity for CSI, provided emerging leaders embrace the development agenda.

Returns on the CSI Rand

Eradicating poverty in Mauritius

The role played by the Mauritius Council of Social Service in getting civil society ready for participation in the SADC International Conference on Poverty and Development won them a joint special award with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development in Mauritius.

Eradicating poverty in Mauritius

Driver of Change in the Business category: Apparel Lesotho Alliance to fight AIDS

Read the feature on the campaign by the Apparel Lesotho Alliance to fight AIDS to provide HIV and AIDS support for workers in Lesotho’s apparel industry, enabling them to remain gainfully employed while at the same time managing their health.

Driver of Change in the Business category: Apparel Lesotho Alliance to fight AIDS

Keynote address by former President of Mauritius

His Excellency Cassam Uteem, at the Investing in the Future and Drivers of Change Awards held in Johannesburg on 23 October 2008.


2008 Drivers of Change in Southern Africa Announced

The prestigious non-monetary awards recognise outstanding new ways of working to overcome poverty. They recognise individuals and organisations from the business, government, and civil society sectors. This year, 60 nominations were received from 11 southern African countries.


Making a real difference

In Southern Africa more than 100-million people live in abso-lute poverty and eradicating it remains the greatest challenge. With only seven years remaining to meet the millennium develop-ment goal of halving extreme poverty and hunger, the region continues to face many developmental challenges. It is the epicentre of HIV/Aids, coupled with food insecurity and extreme inequality.


Remarks by Dr Prakash Ratilal

Southern Africa Trust at the investing in the future and Drivers of Change awards held in Johannesburg on 25 October 2007

 



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