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Did you know that 16.6 million South Africans do not use the internet at all? * And did you know that the majority of those who do manage to get online often have only limited access at work, shopping malls, and internet cafés, but not at home? This is so even though over 90% of phones in South Africa are smartphones: status symbols without substance because of high data costs, poor or non-existent reception, and intermittent or no electricity supply in impoverished townships and rural areas. Having access to information gives people a distinct advantage when it comes to exploring opportunities, developing their potential and finding solutions to problems. With the knowledge of the world increasingly moving online, millions of South Africans are being left behind, perpetuating inequality and impeding our country's growth and development. That’s why South African Conversations printed this unique and comprehensive Directory of tools, resources, services and solutions, offered by non-profit, faith-based, civil society and government organisations – to give all South Africans access to information that affluent people take for granted. And to empower those who serve society. Sources | * https://datareportal.com/reports/digital-2023-south-africa | www.geopoll.com | www.statista.com | www.newframe.com

Did you know that 16.6 million South Africans do not use the internet at all? * And did you know that the majority of those who do manage to get online often have only limited access at work, shopping malls, and internet cafés, but not at home? This is so even though over 90% of phones in South Africa are smartphones: status symbols without substance because of high data costs, poor or non-existent reception, and intermittent or no electricity supply in impoverished townships and rural areas.

Having access to information gives people a distinct advantage when it comes to exploring opportunities, developing their potential and finding solutions to problems. With the knowledge of the world increasingly moving online, millions of South Africans are being left behind, perpetuating inequality and impeding our country's growth and development.

That’s why South African Conversations printed this unique and comprehensive Directory of tools, resources, services and solutions, offered by non-profit, faith-based, civil society and government organisations – to give all South Africans access to information that affluent people take for granted. And to empower those who serve society.

Sources | * https://datareportal.com/reports/digital-2023-south-africa |
www.geopoll.com | www.statista.com | www.newframe.com

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southafricanCONVERSATiONS<br />

RESOURCE DiRECTORY<br />

ANIMAL WELFARE<br />

Child Welfare<br />

CIVIL SOCIETY<br />

Crime & Justice<br />

Sample<br />

Pages<br />

CRISIS SUPPORT<br />

Disability<br />

EDUCATION<br />

Employment Solutions<br />

& Sustainable Livelihoods<br />

ENTREPRENEURSHIP<br />

Food Growing<br />

FOOD, HUNGER & NUTRITION<br />

Gender & Violence Issues<br />

HEALTH<br />

Human Rights<br />

LABOUR MATTERS<br />

Land, Housing & Essential Services<br />

LGBTQI+<br />

Photo | Chris Kirchhoff | mediaclubsouthafrica.co.za<br />

MEN & BOYS<br />

MENTAL & EMOTIONAL HEALTH<br />

Migrants & Refugees<br />

SENIOR CITIZENS<br />

Social Welfare<br />

& Humanitarian Support<br />

SUBSTANCE ABUSE & ADDICTION<br />

Women & Family<br />

YOUTH<br />

A toolbox for individuals, families, communities, businesses and policy-makers<br />

to help us create the kind of world we all want to live in.


Can’t afford to advertise your non-profit<br />

anywhere but online?<br />

The majority of people who would benefit most from what you have to offer<br />

do not have sustained access to the Internet.<br />

So why advertise there?<br />

Photo | Tshikululu Social Investments | www.tshikululu.org.za<br />

Courtesy of Anglo American Chairman’s Fund<br />

Scan the QR code to <strong>book</strong> or update your listing in the next<br />

edition of the directory. Non-commercial listings are free.<br />

Or go to www.southafricanconversations.co.za/resource-directory<br />

and scroll to the bottom of the page for a Listing Request form.<br />

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CONVERSATiONS<br />

www.southafricanconversations.co.za/directory | 0860 333 034


| 1<br />

– Christophe Deloire<br />

Why print in the age of the Internet?<br />

Want to know something – anything? Google it. From relief for ulcers<br />

to how to handle a job interview, everything you could possibly want<br />

to know is at your fingertips, online.<br />

Knowledge is power. Those who can afford it and know how to access<br />

this 21st-century privilege have a distinct advantage when it comes<br />

to exploring opportunities, developing their potential and finding<br />

solutions to problems.<br />

Unfortunately, a significant portion of our population still lacks access<br />

to the internet – despite the widespread use of smartphones in<br />

South Africa. During the Covid-19 pandemic, approximately 40% of<br />

South Africans did not use the internet at all. This number has now<br />

decreased to around 30%, as more people are able to connect at<br />

work and shopping centres.<br />

The sad reality is that the majority of our citizens do not have<br />

meaningful access to the internet in their homes because of high<br />

data costs, poor reception and limited electricity – especially in rural<br />

and underprivileged areas.<br />

With the knowledge of the world increasingly moving online, access<br />

to information is going to become the biggest source of inequality in<br />

South Africa.<br />

The South African Conversations <strong>Resource</strong> <strong>Directory</strong> offers a solution<br />

to this problem by making life-changing information available to all<br />

South Africans, bridging the gap between online and offline worlds.<br />

The <strong>book</strong> is particularly useful for those who serve society: social<br />

workers, teachers, preachers, health care workers, police, and more.<br />

With this resource, everyone can have access to the knowledge they<br />

need to succeed, no matter where they live or what their economic<br />

situation may be.<br />

ISBN | 978 0 620 93765 8<br />

Publisher |<br />

South African Conversations (Pty) Ltd<br />

A majority black-owned micro-enterprise<br />

Registration no: 2018 / 605841 / 07<br />

www.southafricanconversations.co.za<br />

t. 021 300 0547 | 0860 333 034<br />

e. talk.to.us@<br />

southafricanconversations.co.za<br />

Postnet Suite 72, Private Bag X7,<br />

Muizenberg 7945, Western Cape, SA<br />

First edition | March 2023<br />

Editor | Therésa Müller<br />

Intern researchers | Eva Chipa |<br />

Kungu Mabasa | Lethubuhle Dube |<br />

Mokgadi Mamaleka | Sithembiso Ngobese<br />

Research & proofreading | Keneilwe<br />

Tseko | Mauritz Müller | Therésa<br />

Müller | Wendy Wethmar<br />

Proofreading | Bronwyn Paxton | George<br />

Dor | Mirna Lawrence | Marthe Muller<br />

Layout & design | Therésa Müller<br />

Pre-press | Wendy Wethmar<br />

Printing | Novus Print<br />

Copyright © Theresa Müller<br />

Important disclaimer | Information<br />

was gathered with great care from multiple<br />

sources on the internet and is provided<br />

‘as is’ with no guarantee of accuracy or<br />

usefulness, nor does inclusion in this <strong>book</strong><br />

signify endorsement. Neither South African<br />

Conversations nor its employees can be<br />

held responsible for readers’ use of any of it.<br />

Unless otherwise indicated, all photographs<br />

are used as works of art and do not<br />

represent individuals or real situations in<br />

the accompanying articles.<br />

Order your copy of the <strong>book</strong> by scanning<br />

the QR code with your smartphone<br />

camera/Google Lens or QR Code Reader<br />

P.S. This is the first edition of our <strong>Resource</strong> <strong>Directory</strong>. There may be oversights,<br />

inaccuracies, and incorrectly categorised information. Kindly notify us if you find<br />

any errors or omissions so that we can correct them for the next edition which,<br />

by the way, will also include sections on Ancient & Traditional Knowledge, Cyber<br />

Safety and the Environment.<br />

P.P.S. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Rusty Sivils, an American friend<br />

without whose support South African Conversations would not have weathered the<br />

pandemic and this <strong>book</strong> would not exist. Deep gratitude, too, for the support of Jyothish<br />

Namboori, Marthe Muller, Lidia Pretorius, Laura Bergh, Elsbeth Dixon, numerous<br />

friends and various long-suffering family members, as well as the many customers and<br />

suppliers who believed and trusted that we will deliver.<br />

Or go to www.southafricanconversations.<br />

co.za/resource-directory and scroll to the<br />

bottom of the page for an order form.<br />

Suggested retail price | R375 / copy.


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ENDORSEMENTS<br />

This is a welcome and muchneeded<br />

resource for South<br />

Africa. It contains information<br />

that makes it possible for<br />

anyone to find what they need<br />

to improve their lives.<br />

It is useful for those with no<br />

access to the internet or with<br />

no data, and for those who<br />

work to assist people.<br />

It is very informative, easy to<br />

use and a powerful guide to<br />

critical solutions to problems<br />

we experience as South<br />

Africans.<br />

An astonishing publication<br />

that radiates the thought,<br />

love and passion which have<br />

gone into it.<br />

– Dave Wilson, CEO and<br />

Co-founder of the National<br />

Mentorship Movement<br />

It is my wish that every<br />

home could have access to<br />

this amazing labour of love.<br />

– Rev Theo Mayekiso<br />

Author of Being Black A South<br />

African Story that Matters<br />

The <strong>book</strong> is spectacular.<br />

It reminds me of the story of<br />

Prometheus – the one who stole<br />

the light from Zeus to give to<br />

humankind!<br />

– Buntu Billie<br />

This masterpiece of a resource<br />

should be available in every<br />

home, every village, school,<br />

company and institution in<br />

South Africa. It is an amazing<br />

resource to aid our individual and<br />

collective development.<br />

– Dr Meshack Khosa, CEO, Fresh<br />

Thinking Capital<br />

Here's what people say about the <strong>book</strong>.<br />

This <strong>book</strong> should be in every<br />

school, every police station,<br />

every clinic, community library,<br />

community centre, community<br />

radio station, and in every<br />

Government Department that<br />

interacts with the people of<br />

South Africa.<br />

In fact, it should be in every<br />

home that doesn’t have access<br />

to the internet ... It’s like having<br />

access to Google, but in print<br />

and tailor-made for South<br />

Africa.<br />

It complements Government<br />

efforts [and] helps protect every<br />

citizen’s right to information and<br />

gives meaning to the principle<br />

that ‘working together we can do<br />

more’.<br />

– Lumko Mtimde, Former Special<br />

Advisor to the Minister in the<br />

Presidency, Republic of South Africa<br />

It is unique, highly<br />

educational and relevant<br />

to the African majority<br />

who do not have access to<br />

information and resources.<br />

This directory must reach the<br />

length and breadth of our<br />

country.<br />

– Moshe Lecheko<br />

This directory provides<br />

access, ideas and direction<br />

to South Africans across<br />

careers, professions, income<br />

and education levels. It is<br />

an absolute must have for<br />

every South African – not<br />

only those without access to<br />

the internet.<br />

– Ali Engelbrecht, Former CEO,<br />

Women in Business<br />

Despite its packed <strong>pages</strong>, this<br />

is not a <strong>book</strong> of cold facts; it<br />

is permeated with a sense of<br />

nurturance and genuine care ...<br />

to purposefully and practically<br />

bring an end to hunger, poor<br />

health, malnutrition, poverty<br />

and discrimination.<br />

– Mirna Lawrence, Writer & Educator<br />

Insanely detailed and meticulous.<br />

– Karen Brokensha, The Domino<br />

Foundation<br />

This publication is so needed for<br />

South Africa, especially for those<br />

in rural and township areas<br />

where connectivity is an issue …<br />

– Linda Morrison, MD, We are Durban<br />

Social Upliftment<br />

Read more feedback from readers on our website | www.southafricanconversations.co.za/directory


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ENDORSEMENTS<br />

This labour of love, affirmation<br />

and empowerment will go down<br />

in Mzansi’s history as one of<br />

those small miracles that made<br />

a huge difference in shaping the<br />

country we all want.<br />

– Lidia Pretorius Disability<br />

Consultant<br />

The directory succeeds in<br />

presenting a vast amount<br />

of information in an easily<br />

accessible way.<br />

– George Dor, Advanced<br />

Mathematics Educator<br />

This is so much more<br />

than a directory – it’s an<br />

education in <strong>book</strong> form –<br />

a school, a university in<br />

itself – as much as a bridge<br />

to community here in South<br />

Africa. It is a resource for<br />

life, literally.<br />

– Jagat Joti Kaur<br />

[We must] do everything in [our]<br />

power to get this extraordinary<br />

resource into the hands of the<br />

people of South Africa. For<br />

in its <strong>pages</strong> are gathered the<br />

wisdom, solutions and tools<br />

that will allow all South Africans<br />

to take individual responsibility<br />

for building a better world –<br />

for ourselves, our families, our<br />

communities and our country.<br />

– Professor Dan Sandi<br />

We'd love to hear what you think, too. talk.to.us@southafricanconversations.co.za<br />

We all think that everyone<br />

nowadays has access to Google,<br />

but this is simply not the case.<br />

Millions of our people do not<br />

have money for data to find the<br />

information that can change<br />

their lives. This <strong>book</strong> should<br />

circulate our townships and<br />

rural areas where communities<br />

are deprived of information.<br />

The <strong>Directory</strong> makes it possible<br />

for all South Africans to easily<br />

and cheaply find information<br />

that wealthy people take for<br />

granted. Every household in<br />

impoverished communities<br />

should have a copy of this <strong>book</strong>.<br />

It will empower people to tap<br />

into opportunities and better<br />

their own lives.<br />

– Renee Andrews, Treasurer<br />

General, Black Business Chamber<br />

This directory is one of the<br />

most incredible resources I<br />

have ever come across ...<br />

It is an extraordinarily<br />

beautiful and accessible<br />

tool providing access to<br />

information and knowledge<br />

that communities can draw<br />

on to give substance to the<br />

rights provided for us by our<br />

Constitution.<br />

– Dr Marjorie Jobson, National<br />

Director, Khulumani Support<br />

Group<br />

I cannot thank you enough<br />

that you have placed such a<br />

wealth of information in one<br />

<strong>book</strong>. It is a true Godsend<br />

that will empower and<br />

strengthen communities.<br />

– Washiela Sait Disability Advisor<br />

An encyclopedic guide ...<br />

accessible even to non-techsavvy<br />

individuals. It is like<br />

holding Google in your hands.<br />

A huge time-saver, as you get<br />

curated what you are looking<br />

for, in compact form – rather<br />

than getting lost, misled or<br />

distracted by surfing around.<br />

– Truida Prekel SynNovation<br />

Solutions<br />

Encyclopedic, life-enhancing<br />

information – accessible even<br />

when there is no data, no<br />

computer or smartphone, and<br />

even when there is no electricity.<br />

It’s like a printed Google for<br />

South Africa.<br />

– Mpho Khauoe, CEO, Lintle<br />

Community Awakening<br />

We’d love to hear what YOU think about the directory | talk.to.us@southafricanconversations.co.za


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It is our sincere hope at South African Conversations that the information in this <strong>book</strong> will<br />

empower, bring hope and positive change to individuals, families and communities all over South<br />

Africa. One small entry could do that. Dip in, and see what pertains to your life.<br />

This showcase provides a preview of the first two <strong>pages</strong> from<br />

each editorial category in the <strong>Resource</strong> <strong>Directory</strong>, plus a few<br />

editorial bits and pieces.<br />

These 82 <strong>pages</strong> offer a glimpse of what to expect from the<br />

complete <strong>book</strong> of 372 <strong>pages</strong>.


southafrican CONVERSATiONS resourcedirectory | 7<br />

CONTENTS<br />

Are you, your family or community faced with a challenging situation?<br />

Help is available: mostly free or low-cost. Take a look at the resources and solutions in this directory.<br />

Always call to make sure the information is accurate, before going to a place.<br />

Don’t give up hope. People do care. And don’t stop doing everything you can do to help yourself.<br />

This <strong>book</strong> will give you access to both.<br />

– Peter Drucker<br />

Animal Welfare .................................................. 7<br />

Gender & Violence Issues .............................. 220<br />

Child Welfare ..................................................... 18<br />

Health .................................................................. 232<br />

Civil Society ......................................................... 42<br />

Human Rights ..................................................... 254<br />

Crime & Justice ................................................. 58<br />

Labour Matters .................................................. 260<br />

Crisis Support .................................................... 66<br />

Land, Housing & Essential Services .......... 266<br />

Disability ............................................................... 74<br />

LGBTQI+ ................................................................ 278<br />

EDUCATION ........................................................... 102<br />

Primary & Secondary School Subject <strong>Resource</strong>s<br />

<strong>Resource</strong>s for Schools & Educators<br />

Access to Books<br />

<strong>Resource</strong>s for Lifelong Learning<br />

Employment Solutions &<br />

Sustainable Livelihoods ............................ 142<br />

Entrepreneurship .............................................. 166<br />

Food Growing ..................................................... 184<br />

Food, Hunger & Nutrition ............................... 202<br />

Men & Boys .......................................................... 288<br />

Mental & Emotional Health .......................... 298<br />

....................................... 306<br />

Migrants & Refugees<br />

.................................................... 312<br />

Senior Citizens<br />

Social Welfare & Humanitarian Support .325<br />

................... 338<br />

Substance Abuse & Addiction<br />

.............................................. 348<br />

Women & Family<br />

...................................................................... 360<br />

Youth<br />

– Paul Hawken


Help spread<br />

awareness of the<br />

lives of those who<br />

cannot speak for<br />

themselves<br />

Order a copy of the<br />

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Scan the QR code or go to<br />

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ANIMAL WELFARE<br />

– Moby<br />

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FOOD FOR PETS DURING<br />

TOUGH TIMES<br />

If you are struggling and need food for<br />

your pets, ask for help at an animal<br />

welfare organisation close to you – see<br />

ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANISATIONS on<br />

the following <strong>pages</strong>.<br />

If you are in a position to donate pet<br />

food to an animal welfare organisation<br />

close to you, please do so … regularly.<br />

All the organisations listed on these<br />

<strong>pages</strong> need help – not only with<br />

pet food, but also with tick and flea<br />

treatments, dog kennels and blankets,<br />

as well as veterinary treatments.<br />

And please adopt homeless animals – in<br />

pairs, so they have a companion when<br />

you’re not around. Adopted animals<br />

make grateful pets.<br />

AFFORDABLE<br />

Home-made pet food<br />

Doggy meals |<br />

• 1 cup of soaked soy chunks/mince/<br />

granules AND/OR a cup of lentils<br />

Most commercial dog foods are made with<br />

soy proteins – made from soybeans, not<br />

animal proteins. Unflavoured dry soy mince<br />

or chunks cost very little. Once you add hot<br />

water and let it soak for 5 to 10 minutes, it<br />

doubles in size and can be used as a meat<br />

substitute because it contains all the essential<br />

amino acids needed to form complete<br />

proteins. Plain soy absorbs flavours well, so<br />

use the soaking water from a pan or pot in<br />

which you’ve cooked your own food. You may<br />

add a bit of oil, but DO NOT add salt. Then add:<br />

• 4 cups of cooked mealie meal, rice, oats<br />

or about half a loaf of bread.<br />

• 2 to 3 cups of cabbage leaves, vegetable<br />

peels/table scraps. Ensures balanced<br />

nutrition.<br />

• Any edible wild greens from around<br />

your yard. (See FORAGING FOR FOOD in<br />

the FOOD, HUNGER & NUTRITION <strong>pages</strong><br />

elsewhere in the directory.)<br />

Mix all the ingredients and freeze in small<br />

portions. If you don’t have a freezer, make the<br />

food in roughly the above ratios, as needed,<br />

Doggy broth |<br />

• Use any bones left over from a meal or<br />

buy a bag of cheap bones.<br />

Boil the bones in water WITH:<br />

• Water from pots in which you cooked<br />

your food.<br />

• The oil from a can of sardines<br />

• Vegetable peels, table scraps or leftover<br />

food.<br />

• The water from canned food.<br />

• Wild greens. (See FORAGING FOR FOOD<br />

in the FOOD, HUNGER & NUTRITION<br />

<strong>pages</strong>.)<br />

• Pour the broth over cooked mealie meal,<br />

rice, old bread or dry dog food.<br />

Boiling makes beef bones harder and safer to<br />

chew on than raw bones, so give the bones to<br />

your dogs after making the broth. Small bones<br />

can cause choking. Don’t ever give chicken<br />

and sharp-edged bones to pets because they<br />

splinter and can cause internal bleeding.<br />

Make sure your pets ALWAYS have<br />

plenty of fresh water. Especially if they<br />

are not getting a lot of food.<br />

The most expensive pet food is not<br />

necessarily the best pet food. And the<br />

cheapest is not necessarily healthy.<br />

If the first two ingredients are meat<br />

or fish plus a grain or chicken meal,<br />

you’re good to go. If it contains artificial<br />

colours and flavours, look for something<br />

else. Club together with neighbours to<br />

buy pet food in bulk. It is a lot cheaper.<br />

Keep pet food bags closed to prevent<br />

spoilage.<br />

Cat food | Unfortunately, cats need<br />

much more protein than dogs. An<br />

unbalanced diet can cause severe health<br />

problems that will eventually cost a lot more<br />

in vet bills. There are some recipes online<br />

for making dry cat food, but the ingredients<br />

are expensive and you need to have an<br />

oven to make them. It is best to invest in a<br />

high-quality commercial cat food or to look<br />

for help if you’re struggling to feed your cats.<br />

Laws to Protect Animals<br />

From the Animals Protection Act 71<br />

of 1962 | www.gov.za<br />

YOU MAY NOT:<br />

n Keep an animal in dirty and parasitic<br />

conditions.<br />

n Abandon an animal, causing the<br />

animal to suffer.<br />

n Unnecessarily confine, cage, chain or<br />

tie up an animal.<br />

n Leave an animal without water, food<br />

or shelter from the elements.<br />

n Leave a sick or wounded animal<br />

without medical treatment.<br />

n Torture and wilfully hurt an animal.<br />

n Terrify an animal.<br />

n Provoke or incite any animal to<br />

attack or fight with another animal,<br />

such as dog and cock-fights.<br />

n Overload work animals, such as<br />

horses and donkeys.<br />

n Force an injured or sick animal to<br />

perform work.<br />

n Keep animals in overcrowded<br />

conditions.<br />

n Confine an animal in any place that<br />

doesn’t have adequate ventilation,<br />

light, protection or shelter from<br />

heat, cold or weather. (Animals – and<br />

children – have died in cars left in the<br />

sun with the windows closed.)<br />

n Trap animals (including mice) without<br />

reason; not checking the trap when<br />

there is a valid reason to trap.<br />

n Keep exotic animals in captivity.<br />

n Poison an animal.<br />

IN SHORT: you may not do anything<br />

that will cause injury, disease or<br />

unnecessary suffering to any animal.<br />

Doing so is illegal and could result in<br />

a fine or imprisonment.<br />

Kindly report missing or incorrect information to talk.to.us@southafricanconversations.co.za >>>


“People here in Mpophomeni<br />

are now taking care of their dogs,<br />

they are getting the dogs sterilised<br />

and they are treating them like<br />

family. Funda Nenja has taught me<br />

… to treat all people and animals<br />

with respect and<br />

kindness.”<br />

–<br />

Goodluck<br />

Mvelase<br />

Teach the children<br />

of your community to bond<br />

with their dogs.<br />

They will become agents<br />

of change and role<br />

models of empathetic,<br />

responsible dog<br />

ownership.<br />

All manner of<br />

unanticipated<br />

benefits will<br />

follow.<br />

“Every township needs a Funda Nenja for the children and the dogs.” – Sandile Ndlovu<br />

Download a free, insightful evaluation of Funda Nenja’s work, edited<br />

by research fellow, Dr. Jim Taylor, at www.fundanenja.co.za<br />

Contact Adrienne Olivier, Funda Nenja co-founder, to find out how<br />

your community could start its own Funda Nenja. Consultations by<br />

tax-deductible donation. Adrienne has talked about the impact of this<br />

unique people-centered model at the International Companion Animal<br />

Welfare Conference in Krakow, Poland, and at the 3rd International<br />

Conference on Dog Population Management in Mombasa, Kenya.<br />

083 636 0891<br />

adrienne@fundanenja.co.za<br />

www.fundanenja.co.za


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ANIMAL WELFARE<br />

Movies & Documentaries That Raise Awareness of Animals as Sentient Beings<br />

Animal Movies for Children<br />

Animal Activist Movies & Talks<br />

Animal/Nature Documentaries<br />

Many available on YouTube. *For older kids.<br />

A Boy, A Dog and A Frog (1981) | A<br />

delightful short movie about a young boy<br />

and his dog setting out to catch a frog.<br />

Babe (1995) | A story about a pig and a<br />

farmer. First read the <strong>book</strong> with your<br />

child, then watch the movie.<br />

Charlotte’s Web (2006) | A wonderful<br />

story about the friendship between a<br />

young girl, a spider and a piglet.<br />

Dolphin Tale (2011) | Based on a true<br />

story about a friendship between a boy<br />

and a dolphin.<br />

Duma (2005) | An adventure film<br />

about a young South African boy’s<br />

friendship with an orphaned cheetah.<br />

Finding Nemo (2003) | Animated. A<br />

father fish is on a mission to find his son,<br />

Nemo, who has been “fishnapped” by<br />

divers who want to display him in a tank.<br />

* Fly Away Home (1996) | A girl and<br />

her father, an aviation expert, help a flock<br />

of orphaned geese fly.<br />

Free Willy (1993) | A touching story<br />

about a friendship between a 12-year-old<br />

street kid and a 3-ton killer whale.<br />

* Okja (2017) | A remarkable movie<br />

about a young girl’s fight to save her best<br />

friend – a beast named Okja.<br />

The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986)<br />

| The friendship between a cat and a<br />

dog who stray from their farm in Japan.<br />

The Bear (1988) | A bear cub bonds<br />

with a male grizzly after its mother is<br />

killed in a rock slide.<br />

* The Call of the Wild (2020) | An<br />

adventure film with a dog named Buck.<br />

8 movies have been made based on the<br />

novel of the same name by Jack London.<br />

The Incredible Journey (1963 or the<br />

remade version 1993) | Two dogs and<br />

a cat travel 200 miles across wilderness<br />

to find their owners.<br />

The Mouse and the Motorcycle (1986)<br />

| The charming adventures of a mouse<br />

who speaks and rides a toy motorcycle.<br />

View before sharing. Use with discretion.<br />

Blackfish | Explores the intelligence<br />

and sentience of killer whales, exposing<br />

their cruel treatment in captivity.<br />

Blood Lions | Exposes the suffering<br />

of lions associated with wildlife tourism:<br />

canned hunts, cub petting and walking<br />

with lions in SA. www.bloodlions.org<br />

Dominion | A multiple award-winning<br />

documentary about animal farming. Free:<br />

www.dominionmovement.com/watch<br />

Earthlings | About society’s use of<br />

animals. “If I could make everyone in the<br />

world see one film, I’d make them see<br />

EARTHLINGS.” – Peter Singer. Watch it free<br />

here: www.nationearth.com<br />

GUNDA | A black-and-white silent film<br />

that follows the daily life of a pig, two<br />

cows and a one-legged chicken.<br />

Philip Wollen: Animals Should Be Off The<br />

Menu debate | A landmark speech of<br />

our time. Watch it on YouTube.<br />

Speciesism: The movie | A young man<br />

discovers a movement that considers<br />

animals as important as humans.<br />

TEDtalks | Search for ‘animals’.<br />

The Animals Film | A study of cruelty<br />

to animals in labs, farming, fur trade, the<br />

military, hunting & the pet food industry.<br />

The Ivory Game | Filmed under cover<br />

for 16 months. Exposes the corruption<br />

of global ivory trafficking and the impact<br />

it is having on the African elephant<br />

population.<br />

The Last Pig | An award-winning<br />

documentary about a pig farmer who<br />

can no longer bear the ultimate act of<br />

betrayal. Educator support material:<br />

www.thelastpig.com/humane-educatorsupport/<br />

Tribe of Heart | Award-winning<br />

documentaries and teaching materials.<br />

Movies include: Peaceable Kingdom – The<br />

Journey Home and The Witness | mail@<br />

tribeofheart.org | www.tribeofheart.org<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

Best<br />

Speech You Will Ever Hear – Gary<br />

Yourofsky<br />

Africa: The Serengeti | Captures<br />

the natural beauty and timeless cycles<br />

of nature and of wildlife migration in<br />

Tanzania.<br />

Earth | A global journey reveals<br />

how animal mothers struggle to raise<br />

their young in increasingly dangerous<br />

environments.<br />

Elephant | Follows a family of<br />

elephants as it treks through the Kalahari<br />

Desert in search of water.<br />

March of the Penguins I & II | At<br />

the end of each Antarctic summer, the<br />

emperor penguins of the South Pole<br />

journey to their traditional breeding<br />

grounds in a fascinating mating ritual that<br />

is captured in these documentaries.<br />

My Octopus Teacher | A diver swims<br />

with an octopus that lives in a kelp forest<br />

off the coast of South Africa.<br />

Reflections on Elephants | About<br />

African elephants, the touching way they<br />

react to and bury their dead, and more.<br />

Seasons | A beautifully filmed<br />

documentary about European wildlife.<br />

Sir David Attenborough | Find a<br />

complete list of his astounding output<br />

spanning seven decades, on Wikipedia,<br />

under David Attenborough filmography.<br />

The Elephant Queen | Multiple awardwinning<br />

documentary follows a herd of<br />

elephants across the Kenyan savanna.<br />

The Eye of the Leopard | A film about a<br />

3-year-old leopard in the Okavango Delta.<br />

The Last Lions | Follows a lioness as<br />

she protects her cubs from the dangers<br />

of an unforgiving and uncaring world.<br />

The Serengeti Shall Not Die | A true<br />

classic that made the Serengeti famous.<br />

The Year of the Wildebeest | A film of<br />

the Serengeti migration.<br />

Zebras – Patterns in the Grass | A<br />

film about the annual 300 km migration<br />

of zebras in Botswana.<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

Search<br />

for ‘animal documentaries’.<br />

n<br />

>>>


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CHILD WELFARE<br />

Do you<br />

need<br />

someone<br />

to talk<br />

to?<br />

t<br />

HELPLINES<br />

Child Emergency Line | 0800 123 321<br />

ChildLine South Africa | 24-Hour<br />

national toll-free helpline: 116<br />

Child Welfare South Africa | 087 822<br />

1516<br />

Centurion Child Protection Hotline |<br />

071 192 0569<br />

Missing Children | 072 647 7464 | f<br />

MissingChildrenSouthAfrica<br />

Police | For any life-threatening<br />

emergency | 10111<br />

Difficulty with emergency services | 1022<br />

SAPS Family Violence, Child Protection &<br />

Sexual Offences helplines (office hours) |<br />

• Head Office: Tshwane/Pretoria | 012<br />

393 2107<br />

• Eastern Cape | 040 608 8498<br />

• Free State | 051 507 6628<br />

• Gauteng | 011 309 6016 / 011 403 3413<br />

• KwaZulu-Natal | 031 325 4941<br />

• Limpopo | 015 290 6180<br />

• Mpumalanga | 013 762 4770<br />

• North West | 018 299 7159<br />

• Northern Cape | 053 839 282<br />

• Western Cape | 021 467 8390<br />

– Nelson Mandela<br />

ACCREDITED ADOPTION<br />

SERVICE PROVIDERS<br />

Many organisations listed under CHILD<br />

WELFARE ORGANISATIONS elsewhere in<br />

this section, also facilitate adoptions.<br />

In South Africa there are only two ways<br />

in which you can legally adopt a child:<br />

• By working through an accredited<br />

adoption organisation.<br />

• By adopting a child with the assistance<br />

of an adoption social worker within<br />

South Africa’s legally accredited<br />

adoption system.<br />

It is illegal to buy a child.<br />

Adoption Role-Players<br />

National Adoption Coalition of South<br />

Africa (NACSA) | A network of SA<br />

adoption roleplayers. Will refer people<br />

to accredited adoption services close to<br />

them. Provides process information for<br />

prospective adoptive and birth parents<br />

| info@adoption.org.za | The<br />

following sites carry lists of accredited<br />

adoption service providers in SA |<br />

www.adoptioncoalitionsa.org |<br />

www.adoption.org.za |<br />

www.crisispregnancy.org.za |<br />

NATIONAL / MULTIPLE PROVINCES<br />

Abba Specialist Adoption & Social<br />

Services | A designated child protection<br />

NPO with accreditation for national and<br />

intercountry adoptions. Provides a range of<br />

services directly to abandoned, neglected,<br />

orphaned and vulnerable children in need<br />

of permanent alternative family care | Call<br />

for information about a branch office in your<br />

province: 012 342 6145 or 082 783 3374 |<br />

info@abbaadoptions.co.za or fill in a form<br />

online | www.abbadoptions.co.za<br />

CMR | Focusses on stepparent and foster<br />

care placement adoptions.<br />

• CMR Burgersdorp | 079 112 9457<br />

| cmrburg@vodamail.co.za | f CMR<br />

Burgersdorp<br />

• CMR East London | 9 Gordon Rd,<br />

Southernwood | 043 722 6104 |<br />

manager@cmrel.co.za | www.cmrel.<br />

co.za | f cmreastlondon<br />

• CMR Humansdorp | 10 Piet Uys St |<br />

042 295 1103 | cmrhdorp@telkomsa.<br />

net | f CMR, Humansdorp<br />

• CMR PE | 116 Mount Rd, North End,<br />

Gqeberha/PE | 041 484 3554 |<br />

cmr-pe@webafrica.org.za | www.<br />

cmrportelizabeth.co.za | f CMR, PE<br />

• CMR Mpumalanga | Head office: 23<br />

Dr Beyers Naude St, Middelburg. Call for<br />

contact details of a CMR office near you<br />

| 013 243 4776 | adopt@cmroos.<br />

co.za | www.cmr-mpumalanga.co.za |<br />

f cmrmpumalanga<br />

• CMR Noord/North | Head office: 153<br />

Middel St, Nieu Muckleneuk, Tshwane/<br />

Pretoria. Call for contact details of a<br />

Centre of Hope near you | 012 460<br />

9272/ 3/ 4 | cmr@cmrn.co.za | www.<br />

cmrn.co.za | f cmrnoord<br />

• CMR Gauteng Oos/East | Head office<br />

| 430 Quebec St, Faerie Glen, Tshwane/<br />

Pretoria. Call for contact details of a CMR<br />

office near you | 012 361 4613/19/25<br />

| info@cmroos.co.za | www.cmroos.<br />

co.za | f CMR Gauteng-Oos<br />

SAVF | Complete adoption services<br />

as part of family and child welfare work<br />

throughout South Africa | National office:<br />

41 Hospital St, Arcadia, Tshwane/Pretoria<br />

| Call for information about an SAVF office<br />

near you: 012 325 3920 | bverster@savf.<br />

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CHILD WELFARE<br />

Call 116 any time of the day or night, any day of the week,<br />

no matter how old you are.<br />

It is free from all networks.<br />

It is for all the children who live in South Africa ...<br />

and for adults who care about them.<br />

D/deaf? Text with a counsellor online at<br />

https://chat.childlinesa.org.za/chat<br />

Photo | Bennett Tobias | Unsplash<br />

co.za or find regional email addresses on<br />

the website | www.savf.co.za<br />

Rata Social Services | Accredited<br />

adoption services in Gauteng, North West,<br />

Mpumalanga and Limpopo | Head office:<br />

NHKA Montana, Die Kruishuis, 350 Jan<br />

Bantjies St, Montana, Tshwane/Pretoria. Call<br />

for information for a Rata office near you |<br />

012 543 0234 / 012 543 0446 / WhatsApp<br />

064 437 5997 | info@rata.org.za |<br />

www.rata.org.za | f ratasocialservices<br />

EASTERN CAPE<br />

See organisations listed under NATIONAL /<br />

MULTIPLE PROVINCES<br />

FREE STATE<br />

ENGO Adoption Services | Adoption<br />

services in the Free State | 22 Van<br />

Heerden Rd, Wilgehof, Bloemfontein |<br />

051 522 6914 / 082 202 4306 | info@<br />

engo.co.za | www.engo.co.za<br />

GAUTENG<br />

Catholic Women’s League Adoption<br />

Society | Margaret House, 33 Roberts<br />

Ave, Kensington, Johannesburg | 011<br />

618 1533 / Crisis service: 011 614 3149<br />

| admin@cwladoptions.co.za | www.<br />

cwladoptions.org.za | f cwladoptions1<br />

Child Welfare Tshwane | Accredited<br />

adoption services | Head office: 72 Oates<br />

St, Groenkloof | 012 460 9236 / 072 332<br />

4660 | info@childwelfare.co.za | www.<br />

childwelfare.co.za<br />

Impilo Child Protection & Adoption<br />

Services | Assists with adoptions of<br />

abandoned children, consented child<br />

adoptions, step-parent and family<br />

adoptions, foster parent adoptions<br />

and adoption by biological fathers |<br />

Johannesburg: 20 Leigh Ave, Fairvale Ext 1 |<br />

011 640 1343/65 / 062 641 8455 |<br />

Sedibeng: 3rd Ave, Walkerville | 084 541<br />

2058 | administrator@impilo.org.za |<br />

www.impilo.org.za<br />

Are You Pregnant?<br />

Do You Need Information<br />

and Advice?<br />

Call 0800 864 658 now and talk with<br />

someone about adoption as an<br />

option. Or visit www.adoption.org.<br />

za or to www.crisispregnancy.org.za<br />

for advice and information.<br />

Or speak with someone at one<br />

of the organisations listed under<br />

ACCREDITED ADOPTION SERVICE<br />

PROVIDERS on this page OR any<br />

of the organisations listed under<br />

CRISIS / UNWANTED PREGNANCY<br />

COUNSELLING in the WOMEN &<br />

FAMILY <strong>pages</strong>.<br />

KWAZULU-NATAL<br />

Child Welfare Durban & District |<br />

Adoption services | 20 Clarence Rd,<br />

Greyville, Durban | 031 312 9313 |<br />

info@cwdd.org.za / manager.adoption@<br />

cwdd.org.za | www.cwdd.org.za | f<br />

ChildWelfareDurban<br />

Richards Bay Family Care | Accredited<br />

adoption service provider | 035 789<br />

2640 / Crisis Number 084 460 8367<br />

| terrynne@richardsbayfamilycare.<br />

co.za / rbfc@zwn.co.za | www.<br />

richardsbayfamilycare.co.za<br />

LIMPOPO<br />

See organisations listed under NATIONAL /<br />

MULTIPLE PROVINCES<br />

MPUMALANGA<br />

See organisations listed under NATIONAL /<br />

MULTIPLE PROVINCES<br />

NORTH WEST<br />

See organisations listed under NATIONAL /<br />

MULTIPLE PROVINCES<br />

NORTHERN CAPE<br />

Badisa | Professional adoption services<br />

throughout the NC. Call for info about<br />

facilities near you | Head office: 021 957<br />

7130 | info@badisa.org.za | www.<br />

badisa.org.za | f BadisaCharity<br />

– Words from a birth mother who gave<br />

consent for her child to be adopted.<br />

Penuel Children’s Foundation<br />

WESTERN CAPE<br />

Badisa | Professional adoption services<br />

throughout the WC. Call for information and<br />

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– Editor<br />

t<br />

CAPACITY-BUILDING<br />

ORGANISATIONS<br />

Also see, elsewhere in the directory:<br />

• The HUMAN RIGHTS <strong>pages</strong>.<br />

• The LABOUR MATTERS <strong>pages</strong>.<br />

• INFORMATION, TOOLS & RESOURCES<br />

(in particular UNDERSTANDING &<br />

INFLUENCING BUDGETS) in the LAND,<br />

HOUSING & ESSENTIAL SERVICES <strong>pages</strong>.<br />

DEMOCRACY<br />

CAPACITY-BUILDING<br />

Afesis-Corplan | Engages in initiatives<br />

that strive to achieve good local governance,<br />

participatory democracy and an empowered<br />

civil society, with the goal of strengthening<br />

participatory democratic local governance<br />

anywhere in South Africa | 9 Wynne St,<br />

Southernwood, East London, Eastern Cape<br />

| 043 743 3830 | info@afesis.org.za |<br />

www.afesis.org.za | f Afesis-corplan<br />

Ahmed Kathrada Foundation |<br />

Promotes the values, rights and principles<br />

enshrined in the Freedom Charter and the<br />

Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.<br />

Free ‘Activist School’ offers downloadable<br />

content for would-be activists and societal<br />

change-makers: lessons about democracy,<br />

systems of government, human rights &<br />

social justice, separation of powers, the<br />

electoral system and why you should vote,<br />

the equality courts, and more | Signet<br />

Terrace Office Park, Block B, Suite 2, 19<br />

Guinea-Fowl St, Lenasia, Gauteng | 076<br />

243 1185 / 011 854 0082 | info@<br />

kathradafoundation.org | www.<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

kathradafoundation.org | & f Ahmed<br />

Kathrada Foundation<br />

Alliance for Rural Democracy (ARD) |<br />

A Collective of civil society organisations<br />

working in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, KZN,<br />

Mpumalanga & the North West to capacitate<br />

activists and communities, amplify rural<br />

voices, champion democracy, restorative<br />

land justice and security of land tenure for<br />

residents of the former Bantustans. Info-rich<br />

website | Braamfischer Towers, 20 Albert<br />

St, Marshaltown, JHB | 066 132 5909 |<br />

info@ruraldemocracy.org.za | www.ardt.<br />

org.za | f RuralDemocracy<br />

– Conference for Democratic Renewal<br />

and Change Declaration<br />

Alternative Information & Development<br />

Centre | An alliance of labour,<br />

community & faith organisations in<br />

the interest of developing democratic,<br />

socially just, economically viable and<br />

ecologically sustainable responses to<br />

underdevelopment, neoliberal globalisation<br />

and extractivist modes of development.<br />

Well-stocked library of <strong>book</strong>s to understand<br />

our rapidly changing world | 129 Rochester<br />

Rd, Observatory, Cape Town | 021 447 5770<br />

| info@aidc.org.za | www.aidc.org.za<br />

C19 People’s Coalition | An alliance of<br />

social movements, trade unions, community<br />

organisations and NGOs working to ensure<br />

that the South African response to viral<br />

& other health threats is effective, just,<br />

equitable, and meets the needs of those<br />

who are most marginalised. Works in the<br />

following areas: safety awareness & vaccine<br />

literacy, basic income support, psychosocial<br />

support, food-security, gender-based<br />

violence, state repression & exploitative<br />

business practices | Join via the website<br />

| www.c19peoplescoalition.org.za | f<br />

Covid-19 People’s Coalition<br />

Civics Academy | An independent,<br />

NPO online education initiative to inform<br />

and strengthen democratic values and<br />

responsible citizenship. Free video<br />

and audio content covers democracy,<br />

governance, elections, political parties,<br />

the justice system, the Constitution,<br />

economics, civil society, human rights and<br />

the environment | info@civicsacademy.<br />

co.za | www.civicsacademy.co.za | f<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

CivicsacademyZA | Civics Academy SA<br />

Films For Action<br />

A library of 10,000+<br />

(mostly free)<br />

social change documentaries, short<br />

films and videos<br />

(many award-winning)<br />

www.filmsforaction.org<br />

Here are some of the intriguing titles:<br />

n Not Business as Usual<br />

n The Compassionate Activist Toolkit:<br />

the Ultimate Guide to Love-Centred<br />

Activism<br />

n 8 Principles for a Regenerative<br />

Civilization<br />

n 20 Principles for Successful<br />

Community Organising<br />

n Towards a Perspective on<br />

Eliminating Racism<br />

n A New Story for Humanity<br />

n The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering<br />

Our Place in Nature<br />

n The Power of Community<br />

Made available by Films For Action<br />

to provide citizens of the world with<br />

the information and perspectives<br />

essential to creating a more just,<br />

sustainable, and democratic society.<br />

CIVICUS | A global alliance of civil society<br />

organisations and activists dedicated to<br />

strengthening citizen participation. Free<br />

associate membership | 25 Owl St,<br />

Braamfontein Werf, Johannesburg | 011<br />

833 5959 | info@civicus.org | www.<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

civicus.org | f CIVICUS | CIVICUS<br />

WorldAlliance<br />

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CIVIL SOCIETY<br />

Co-operative and Policy Alternative<br />

Center (COPAC) | Promotes a<br />

‘Solidarity Economy’ alternative. Grassroots<br />

movements capacity building. Promotes<br />

popular education and activist training for<br />

democratic transformative politics. Supports<br />

the development of systemic alternatives<br />

to ensure ecological justice that meets the<br />

needs of workers, the poor, women & youth<br />

| copac@icon.co.za / copac2@icon.co.za<br />

| www.copac.org.za | f COPACSA<br />

Council for the Advancement of the<br />

South African Constitution (CASAC)<br />

| Works to advance the South African<br />

Constitution as the platform for democratic<br />

politics and the transformation of society<br />

| 021 685 8809 | info@casac.org.za |<br />

www.casac.org.za | f CasacZA<br />

Democracy Development Programme |<br />

Works to deepen the practice of democracy<br />

in South Africa through helping to build<br />

strong and active communities that can hold<br />

those in power to account | DDP House,<br />

32 Dullah Omar Lane, Durban | 031 304<br />

9305 | info@ddp.org.za | www.ddp.<br />

org.za | f DDPdemocracy<br />

– From a United Nations poster<br />

Democracy Works Foundation | Tools,<br />

platforms and content to strengthen<br />

democratic culture and democracy<br />

institutions in the southern African region |<br />

010 023 0835 | info@democracyworks.<br />

org.za | www.democracyworks.org.za |<br />

f DemocracyWF<br />

Direct Democracy | Tools to empower<br />

voters | 082 571 2856 | info@<br />

directdemocracy.org.za | www.<br />

directdemocracy.org.za<br />

Dullah Omar Institute | Research,<br />

teaching and advocacy on human rights and<br />

inclusive, accountable governance in South<br />

Africa and the region. <strong>Resource</strong>-rich website<br />

| University of the Western Cape, Cape<br />

Town | 021 959 2950 | doi@uwc.ac.za<br />

| www.dullahomarinstitute.org.za<br />

Education & Training Unit (ETU) |<br />

Experts in local government, elections,<br />

public participation, government policy,<br />

community development, public issue<br />

campaigning. Specialises in capacity<br />

building – training, facilitation, materials<br />

development and strategic planning – for<br />

community-based organisations, public<br />

servants and public representatives<br />

| 38 Observatory Ave, Observatory,<br />

Johannesburg, Gauteng | 011 648<br />

9430/1 / 082 448 9784 / 082 561 1040 |<br />

edutrain@iafrica.com | www.etu.org.za<br />

Foundation for Human Rights |<br />

Capacity building and support to strengthen<br />

civil society organisations and public<br />

institutions to promote and facilitate<br />

increased awareness, respect, protection<br />

and fulfilment of the rights enshrined in<br />

the South African Constitution. Supports<br />

investigations and prosecutions of<br />

apartheid-era crimes & gross human rights<br />

violations. Assists victims and victims’<br />

groups. Creates a platform for government,<br />

civil society and other relevant stakeholders<br />

to engage in dialogue about human rights<br />

issues. Undertakes constitutional education,<br />

grant-making for CSOs, and civil society<br />

mobilisation (with particular emphasis on<br />

poorly resourced, rural organisations) in order<br />

to protect and promote human rights |<br />

Old Trafford 3 Bldg, Isle of Houghton, 36<br />

Boundary Rd, Parktown, Johannesburg |<br />

011 593 4000 / 011 484 0390 | info@fhr.<br />

org.za | www.fhr.org.za | f FHRights<br />

Good Governance Learning Network<br />

(GGLN) | A membership organisation<br />

that works towards strengthening<br />

participatory local democracy through<br />

networking, collective learning, research<br />

and information sharing – open to NPOs,<br />

PBOs and academic institutions that have at<br />

least one pro-poor programme that focuses<br />

on issues of good governance | Ubunye<br />

House, 70 Rosmead Ave, Kenilworth, Cape<br />

Town | 021 683 7903 | admin@isandla.<br />

org.za | www.ggln.org.za | f ggln2018<br />

Hivos | Amplifies and connects voices<br />

that promote social and environmental<br />

justice and challenge power imbalances.<br />

Promotes access to power for all citizens<br />

so they can actively participate in a truly<br />

democratic society. Supports marginalised<br />

people and their organisations and helps<br />

build social movements that strive for just,<br />

inclusive and sustainable societies | 011<br />

726 1090 | info@hivos.co.za | https://<br />

southern-africa.hivos.org | www.hivos.org<br />

Human Sciences Research Council |<br />

Informs the effective formulation and<br />

monitoring of government policy; evaluates<br />

policy implementation; stimulates public<br />

debate through the effective dissemination<br />

of research-based data and fact-based<br />

research results; fosters research<br />

collaboration; conducts large-scale,<br />

policy-relevant, social-scientific projects<br />

for public-sector users, non-governmental<br />

organisations and international<br />

development agencies. Closely aligned<br />

with South Africa’s national development<br />

priorities | 134 Pretorius St, Tshwane/<br />

Pretoria | 012 302 2000 | Contact<br />

via website | www.hsrc.ac.za | f<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

HumanSciencesResearchCouncil |<br />

HumanSciencesRCSA<br />

Institute for Accountability in Southern<br />

Africa (IFAISA) / known as Accountability<br />

Now | Works to ensure that the rule of<br />

law is upheld by ensuring that governments,<br />

parastatals & the private sector are held to<br />

account. Freely download Know Your Rights,<br />

Claim Your Rights from their site | Contact<br />

via website | www.accountabilitynow.org.<br />

za | f AccountabilityNowSA<br />

Institute for Justice and Reconciliation<br />

| Helps to build fair, inclusive and<br />

democratic societies in Africa through<br />

carefully selected engagements and<br />

interventions | 105 Hatfield St,<br />

Gardens, Cape Town | 021 202 4071<br />

| info@ijr.org.za | www.ijr.org.za | f<br />

InstituteforJusticeandReconciliation<br />

Keep It Constitutional / Amarightza<br />

| A resource-rich educational site and<br />

Face<strong>book</strong> page to teach people about<br />

their Constitutional rights and how to put<br />

these rights into action | 076 176 0831<br />

| www.keepitconstitutional.co.za | f<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

KeepItConstitutional | Amarightza<br />

Lessons for CHANGE<br />

Principles, tactics, strategies and<br />

structures developed by amazing<br />

people from around the world to<br />

change their unequal societies |<br />

www.lessonsforchange.org<br />

My Vote Counts | Works to enhance<br />

access to, control of and participation in<br />

our democracy for all South Africans. Site<br />

contains educational resources | www.<br />

myvotecounts.org.za | f myxcounts<br />

Open Government Partnership (OGP) |<br />

Helps ensure citizen participation in shaping<br />

and overseeing government to deliver the<br />

promise of democracy beyond the ballot<br />

box. South Africa is a member. <strong>Resource</strong>rich<br />

website | info@opengovpartnership.<br />

org | www.opengovpartnership.org | f<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

OpenGovernmentPartnership | Open<br />

Government Partnership<br />

Planact | Promotes and supports<br />

integrated human settlements to make<br />

towns and cities work for people.<br />

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CIVIL SOCIETY<br />

Here's How to Become an Active Citizen and Make Your Voice Heard<br />

– Dr Helen Caldicott<br />

There are many channels and opportunities available to ordinary citizens for representation<br />

and participation in the governance of our country. We have the right, for instance, to nominate candidates<br />

for public posts to represent and fight for the interests of our communities.<br />

But WE must act. WE must participate in elections. WE must attend open council and ward meetings or write<br />

letters if we cannot attend meetings. WE must report problems or join a group that’s doing something about it.<br />

And WE must hold elected officials accountable.<br />

– Barack Obama<br />

(See the many citizen platforms, resources and tools to support citizen action in the CIVIL SOCIETY <strong>pages</strong>. In particular, find the yellow boxed<br />

information titled: Learn how to participate in Government budget processes.)<br />

Don’t like what you see? Do something about it!<br />

Burning, stoning and causing destruction are not<br />

solutions but only leave the situation worse off than<br />

before. Instead, learn how to become an active citizen,<br />

able to powerfully impact local, provincial and national<br />

government decisions and actions.<br />

n To report problems, always start at a local level.<br />

Lodge a formal complaint, preferably in writing, to<br />

the relevant responsible individual, department<br />

manager or Community Liaison official / Customer<br />

Care Centre at your local municipality.<br />

n Document what’s going on. Keep a record of<br />

the dates on which you take action, as well as a<br />

description of your actions and the names and<br />

titles of the people you contact and with whom<br />

you interact. Keep copies of correspondence.<br />

n If the formal complaint doesn’t produce the<br />

desired result, submit a copy of the complaint to<br />

the Municipal Manager.<br />

n If that doesn’t work, contact your Ward Committee<br />

or elected Ward Councillor. This person officially<br />

represents the public in the municipality. To<br />

find your local Council, your local elected Ward<br />

Councillor and which ward you are in (this is also<br />

the place where you would vote) go to the IEC<br />

website: www.elections.org.za | General contact<br />

information should be on the same site or you can<br />

find it on the Council’s website.<br />

n If the Ward Councillor doesn’t respond, make an<br />

appointment to meet with the mayor.<br />

n If that fails to produce the desired result, contact<br />

a Member of the Executive Council (MEC) or the<br />

Parliamentary Constituency Offices (PCO) in your<br />

area to bring the issue to the attention of your<br />

party’s elected Member of Parliament. Most<br />

constituency offices employ an administrator to<br />

interact with the public.<br />

n A useful website for finding out about our<br />

Provincial and National representatives is the<br />

People’s Assembly website at www.pa.org.za.<br />

Their RepLocator allows you to find out who your<br />

representative is, how to contact them, and the<br />

location of your nearest constituency office.<br />

n Contact the relevant Minister’s office.<br />

n Contact the Ombudsman for the Government<br />

department where you are seeking assistance.<br />

n When all your attempts to get assistance from a<br />

government department, province, municipality<br />

or state agency have failed, call the Presidential<br />

Helpline on 17737 between 7:30 and 22:00. Or<br />

write to the President at president@presidency.<br />

gov.za | You can also suggest solutions to the<br />

challenges in your community.<br />

n If your complaint continues to fall on deaf ears,<br />

take it to the next level: use social media to<br />

network and organise a petition; use the platforms<br />

and channels listed in this section of the directory;<br />

inform the media; or, as a last resort, take the<br />

matter to court.<br />

If you do nothing, you have no right to complain. n


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CIVIL SOCIETY<br />

PROTECTION FOR<br />

WHISTLEBLOWERS<br />

Also see RESOURCES & TOOLS and<br />

WHISTLEBLOWING PLATFORMS<br />

elsewhere in this section, as well as the<br />

HUMAN RIGHTS <strong>pages</strong>.<br />

Platform to Protect Whistleblowers<br />

in Africa / Plateforme de Protection des<br />

Lanceurs d’Alerte en Afrique (PPLAAF)<br />

| Seeks to protect, support & defend<br />

whistleblowers where disclosures speak<br />

to the public interest. Highly informative<br />

website | info@pplaaf.org | www.<br />

pplaaf.org | f PPLAAF<br />

The Whistleblower House | A South<br />

African NPO & PBO that facilitates access<br />

to support services for whistle-blowers.<br />

<strong>Resource</strong>-rich website | 064 524 0241<br />

| info@whistleblowerhouse.org | www.<br />

whistleblowerhouse.org<br />

RESOURCES & TOOLS<br />

Black Sash | www.blacksash.org.za |<br />

Under ‘Media & Publications’, download the<br />

following (and more):<br />

• Social Grants: Challenging Reckless Lending<br />

in South Africa<br />

• Domestic Workers and Coida<br />

(Compensation for Occupational Injuries<br />

and Diseases Act)<br />

• Summary Of Recommendations For South<br />

Africa From The United Nations Committee<br />

On Economic, Social And Cultural Rights<br />

• The Black Sash Model Of Community Based<br />

Monitoring<br />

Commonwealth Foundation | Freely<br />

download the following tools from the<br />

resource-rich Knowledge Hub | www.<br />

commonwealthfoundation.com<br />

• Monitoring and evaluation tools<br />

compendium<br />

• Africa Platform for Social Protection<br />

advocacy toolkit<br />

• Network Effectiveness Framework<br />

• The Participation and Transparency Tool<br />

• The Participation and Transparency Tool<br />

• Civil Society Accountability Principles and<br />

Practice South Africa Toolkit<br />

Other resources available under Audio,<br />

Publications and Blog.<br />

Community Organiser’s Toolbox |<br />

Offered by Education & Training Unit (ETU)<br />

| Contains guides on a wide range of skills<br />

to help community organisers & activists in<br />

building efficient/democratic organisations.<br />

Covers: Work in the community, building<br />

an organisation, Managing your finances,<br />

Administration, IT, Paralegal advice, Local<br />

government, HIV/Aids, Government<br />

programmes & policies and Understanding<br />

development | www.etu.org.za<br />

Corruption Watch | Freely download the<br />

above and any of the following (and many<br />

more) publications from their resource-rich<br />

website:<br />

• Corruption and The Law in SA – A Quick<br />

Reference Guide<br />

• Corruption in Uniform – When Cops<br />

Become Criminals<br />

• Prevention and Combating of Corrupt<br />

Activities Act (A Powerpoint presentation)<br />

• The Law for Sale<br />

• The Whistleblower’s Hand<strong>book</strong><br />

• Toolkit for Community Media<br />

• Tools to Fight Corruption At Your School<br />

• Transparency in Corporate Reporting<br />

• Understanding Tender Corruption<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

www.corruptionwatch.org.za |<br />

CorruptionWatchSA<br />

Democracy Development Programme<br />

| Request the following publications from<br />

RESOURCES on the website:<br />

• Democracy And You (Available in English,<br />

Zulu, Xhosa and Afrikaans)<br />

• Vision 2030: Visualising The National<br />

Development Plan<br />

info@ddp.org.za | www.ddp.org.za<br />

Department of Justice and Constitutional<br />

Development | Useful citizen info:<br />

<strong>Resource</strong>s>Publications | www.justice.gov.za<br />

Institute for Economic Justice |<br />

Provides rigorous economics analysis to<br />

help policy-makers and the public solve the<br />

problems of poverty & inequality in South<br />

Africa | info@iej.org.za | www.iej.org.za<br />

| f instituteforeconomicjustice<br />

Household Affordability Index | Brings<br />

to life the real picture of the current political<br />

economy to assist movements engaged in<br />

economic justice struggles. Produced by the<br />

Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice & Dignity<br />

Group | 079 398 9384 | mervyn@pmbejd.<br />

org.za | www.pmbejd.org.za | f pmbejd<br />

Legal Aid | Comprehensive information<br />

on a wide variety of topics in their Selfhelp<br />

Portal | legal-aid.co.za/selfhelp<br />

Legal <strong>Resource</strong>s Centre | A public<br />

interest litigation organisation that uses<br />

the law to remove structural obstacles to<br />

human rights, justice and dignity across the<br />

full range of rights in the Constitution of<br />

South Africa. Free access to case studies,<br />

judgements, court papers, publications<br />

and other resources | info@lrc.org.za |<br />

www.lrc.org.za | f LRCSouthAfrica<br />

Freely download this important <strong>book</strong> at<br />

www.disruptionlab.org/<strong>book</strong><br />

Making Local Government Work – An<br />

Activist’s Guide | Sets out the legal<br />

responsibilities of local government, and the<br />

public’s rights under the Constitution and<br />

in law. Shows how to engage government<br />

from inside by participating in formal<br />

processes, and from outside by going public<br />

through complaints, petitions, protest<br />

action, the media and the courts. A joint<br />

project by SECTION27, the Treatment<br />

Action Campaign (TAC), the Socio-Economic<br />

Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI)<br />

and Read Hope Phillips | Download<br />

it here: www.seri-sa.org/images/stories/<br />

activistguidetolocalgovernment_aug11.pdf<br />

Office of the High Commissioner for<br />

Human Rights (OHCHR) | A United<br />

Nations agency that represents the<br />

world’s commitment to the promotion<br />

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CRIME & JUSTICE<br />

– Participant at a South African Conversations Community Conversation<br />

t<br />

CRIME PREVENTION,<br />

LAW & ORDER<br />

Also see, elsewhere in the directory:<br />

• The CRISIS SUPPORT <strong>pages</strong> for information<br />

about where to report crisis situations<br />

• WHISTLEBLOWING PLATFORMS & AVENUES<br />

TO REPORT CRIME & WRONGDOING in the<br />

CIVIL SOCIETY <strong>pages</strong>.<br />

Centre for the Study of Violence<br />

and Reconciliation | Partners with<br />

communities to address the root causes of<br />

violence and respond to its consequences.<br />

<strong>Resource</strong>-rich site | info@csvr.org.za|<br />

www.csvr.org.za | f TheCSVR<br />

• Johannesburg | 33 Hoof St, Braampark<br />

Forum 5, Jhb | 011 403 5650<br />

• Cape Town | 501 Premier Centre, 451<br />

Main Rd, Observatory | 021 447 2470<br />

Making South Africa Safe – A Manual for<br />

Community-based Crime Prevention. Search<br />

for the title to download | www.csir.co.za<br />

DNA for AFRICA | Working to harness<br />

forensic DNA to aid criminal justice systems,<br />

protect the innocent and to combat GBV,<br />

human trafficking and violent crime in Africa.<br />

Offers solutions to DNA backlogs, DNA<br />

database-building, limited DNA capacity<br />

and outdated DNA policies. <strong>Resource</strong>-rich<br />

website | info@dnaforafrica.com |<br />

www.dnaforafrica.com | f DNAforAfrica<br />

Global Campaign for Violence Prevention<br />

| Promotes the adoption of a public<br />

health approach to violence prevention,<br />

and provides a platform for collaboration<br />

and the exchange of information between<br />

actors at global and country level – including<br />

civil society. It focuses on different areas<br />

of violence prevention, including child<br />

maltreatment, youth violence, intimate<br />

partner violence, elder maltreatment, and<br />

armed violence prevention. Serves as<br />

the main platform for implementing the<br />

recommendations of the World Report on<br />

Violence and Health. Numerous links to<br />

useful, open-access resources, including<br />

webinars, research reports and manuals |<br />

f whoviolenceprevention<br />

– Joshua Farley<br />

Khulisa Social Solutions Silence the<br />

Violence | A programme that shows how<br />

violence is ingrained in our culture and<br />

belief systems and is reflected in many of<br />

our daily interactions. Participants learn<br />

practical ways to minimise violent behaviour<br />

| 011 788 8237 | info@khulisa.org.za |<br />

www.khulisa.org.za | f Khulisa Social<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

Solutions | Khulisa Solutions<br />

National Government | Dealing with the<br />

law: useful information on how to report<br />

a crime; report a missing person; report<br />

scam letters and lottery scams; recover<br />

debt; apply for a firearm license; report<br />

discrimination or lodge a complaint about<br />

police misconduct, etc. | www.gov.za ><br />

Services > Select the category of info<br />

VPUU- Violence Prevention Through<br />

Urban Upgrading | Works to create<br />

Here’s what YOU can do<br />

to make a difference<br />

As a Concerned Onlooker |<br />

n<br />

Attend Community Police Forum<br />

meetings. Participate in joint<br />

community-police initiatives to help<br />

safeguard your neighbourhood.<br />

n<br />

Get to know your neighbours. Read:<br />

Yes, We CAN, South Africa! in the SOCIAL<br />

WELFARE & HUMANITARIAN SUPPORT<br />

<strong>pages</strong>. Start a Neighbourhood Watch.<br />

Lobby local and provincial government<br />

for funding and support.<br />

n<br />

Read The Tipping Point: How Little<br />

Things Can Make a Big Difference – a<br />

<strong>book</strong> by Malcolm Gladwell. He talks<br />

about the relationship between<br />

high crime rates and dilapidated<br />

environments. Take action!<br />

n<br />

See something going wrong, broken<br />

or not working in your community?<br />

Report it! Don’t assume that the<br />

authorities know about it.<br />

n<br />

Compensate people for the true value<br />

of their work. Poverty feeds crime.<br />

n<br />

Hold the police accountable for<br />

corrupt behaviour or inaction. See:<br />

Here’s How to Become An Active Citizen<br />

& Make Your Voice Heard in the CIVIL<br />

SOCIETY <strong>pages</strong>.<br />

As a policy maker |<br />

n<br />

South Africa has some of the best laws<br />

in the world. Enforce them!<br />

n<br />

Educate our police force.<br />

n<br />

Hold corrupt law-enforcement officers<br />

to account.<br />

n<br />

Add convicted offenders’ DNA profiles<br />

to a national offender database.<br />

n<br />

Add social workers, psychologists and<br />

addiction specialists to police stations<br />

and courts throughout South Africa,<br />

to help address the underlying causes<br />

of crime.<br />

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CRIME & JUSTICE<br />

safe, sustainable, integrated, socially<br />

cohesive communities. Aims to overcome<br />

different levels of economic, cultural,<br />

social, institutional and spatial exclusion,<br />

in order to reduce and prevent crime,<br />

through a structured, participatory<br />

approach. Works in collaboration with<br />

communities, government departments and<br />

other organisations to implement multidisciplinary<br />

transformation programmes<br />

| 215 Lower Main Rd, Observatory, Cape<br />

Town | 021 447 0086 | hello@vpuu.<br />

org.za | www.vpuu.org.za | f VPUUSA<br />

– Frederick Douglass<br />

Western Cape Government | A<br />

directory of information about crime<br />

prevention and support, staying safe, your<br />

rights, reporting crime, police stations,<br />

courts and legal services | www.<br />

westerncape.gov.za > Directories > Facilities<br />

> Scroll through available categories<br />

– Kgosientso Ramokgopa<br />

JUSTICE FOR THE<br />

WRONGFULLY ACCUSED<br />

Also see LEGAL SUPPORT & RESOURCES<br />

in the HUMAN RIGHTS <strong>pages</strong> elsewhere<br />

in the directory.<br />

DNA for AFRICA | Working to expand the<br />

use of forensic DNA profiling in conjunction<br />

with a DNA database to aid criminal justice<br />

systems and to protect the innocent<br />

| info@dnaforafrica.com | www.<br />

dnaforafrica.com | f DNAforAfrica<br />

DNA Innocence Project | Uses forensic<br />

DNA technology to exonerate wrongly<br />

convicted inmates. The service is free.<br />

Prisoners can apply to have their case<br />

considered ONLY if there is a real claim of<br />

factual innocence and where all other legal<br />

remedies have been exhausted. Contact the<br />

project first, by phone or email, for guidance<br />

on how to prepare a request for assistance<br />

| DNA Innocence Project, Forensic DNA<br />

Laboratory, Department of Biotechnology,<br />

University of the Western Cape, Robert<br />

Sobukwe Rd, Bellville 7535, Cape Town |<br />

079 489 2104 | InnocenceProject@uwc.<br />

ac.za | www.uwc.ac.za/study/all-areasof-study/departments/department-ofbiotechnology/projects-research<br />

... Once on<br />

the website, look for and click on the name:<br />

Prof Sean Davison for more info on the Project<br />

WITS Justice Project | Investigates cases<br />

of wrongfully convicted and awaiting trial<br />

prisoners – through journalism. Raises<br />

awareness of miscarriages of justice. Criteria<br />

for investigation on the website’s contact<br />

page | University Corner, 1 Jorissen St, JHB<br />

| justiceproject.journalism@wits.ac.za or fill<br />

in a form online | www.witsjusticeproject.<br />

co.za | f Wits Justice Project<br />

REPORT POOR CONDITIONS &<br />

ILL-TREATMENT OF INMATES<br />

See the HUMAN RIGHTS <strong>pages</strong>, as well as<br />

WHISTLEBLOWING in the CIVIL SOCIETY <strong>pages</strong><br />

Department of Correctional Services |<br />

Contributes towards a just, peaceful & safe<br />

society by detaining prisoners in safe custody<br />

whilst ensuring that their human dignity<br />

is respected | 012 307 2000 | enquiry.<br />

complaints@dcs.gov.za / communications@<br />

dcs.gov.za | www.dcs.gov.za<br />

Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional<br />

Services (JICS) | Responsible for the<br />

independent oversight of the Department of<br />

Correctional Services, and for upholding and<br />

protecting the rights of incarcerated people.<br />

Report ill-treatment of inmates and poor<br />

conditions in correctional centres | jics.<br />

dcs.gov.za<br />

• Head office | Salu Bldg, 316 Thabo Sehume<br />

St, Tshwane/Pretoria | 012 321 0303<br />

• Northern Region | Tuinhoff Bldg, 265<br />

Ave West, Centurion | 012 663 7521<br />

• Central Region | Fedsure House, 62 St<br />

Andrew St, Bloemfontein | 051 430 1954<br />

• KZN Region | Aqua Sky Bldg, 275 Anton<br />

Lembede St, Durban | 031 366 1900<br />

• Eastern Cape Region | Magistrate Court,<br />

4 Buffalo St, East London | 043 722 2729<br />

• Western Cape Region | Standard Bank<br />

Bldg, 1 Thibault Square, Cape Town |<br />

021 412 1012/3/4<br />

Offenders Rights<br />

n<br />

Human dignity<br />

n<br />

Equal treatment<br />

n<br />

Freedom and security<br />

n<br />

Access to health care<br />

n<br />

Access to education<br />

n<br />

Freedom of religion<br />

n<br />

Humane treatment<br />

n<br />

Communication with and<br />

visits from family and friends.<br />

– Ella Jakubowska<br />

RAPE IN DETENTION<br />

While anyone is vulnerable to being<br />

raped in prison, people who are<br />

LGBTQI+, or simply perceived to be<br />

LGBTQI+, are among those most at risk.<br />

Misogyny, homophobia and transphobia<br />

are rampant behind bars. In men’s<br />

facilities, for example, anyone seen<br />

as not sufficiently “manly” is routinely<br />

targeted. Hate crimes against LGBTQI+<br />

people in the outside community is<br />

mirrored by the sexual abuse of LGBTQI+<br />

people behind bars. This violence,<br />

wherever it occurs, is fuelled by the belief<br />

that queer people are not real “men” or<br />

“women”, and are therefore fair game<br />

for violence and abuse.<br />

As long as this violence is allowed to<br />

continue, it plays a role in preserving<br />

and intensifying rape culture in broader<br />

society. Once a male prisoner has been<br />

raped, for example, he is considered<br />

to have lost his “manhood”, while the<br />

perpetrator is viewed as retaining his<br />

masculinity. Hundreds of thousands<br />

of inmates who are released back into<br />

our communities every year – whether<br />

victims, perpetrators or those who have<br />

witnessed this violence – have been<br />

schooled in the notion that sexual violence<br />

is a hallmark of manhood ...<br />

– southafrica.justdetention.org<br />

Just Detention | Seeks to end sexual<br />

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WHY DO YOU<br />

DO THIS TO US?<br />

WE ARE FELLOW<br />

HUMAN BEINGS.<br />

We like sex. It is natural.<br />

We like to look nice. To be attractive.<br />

We like being liked. Loved. Treasured.<br />

But we don’t like being hurt. Or humiliated.<br />

When you force yourself upon us, we are both left empty.<br />

Harmed. Our humanity denied. Ours and yours.<br />

Please love us and we will willingly engage with you.<br />

It is natural. But respect us if we say no. It is our right.<br />

Photo | iStock<br />

If you’ve raped a woman: find a way to ask for forgiveness and to forgive yourself<br />

so that you can restore your humanity and live the way we’re meant to live.<br />

In love. In harmony.<br />

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CRISIS SUPPORT<br />

– Madiba<br />

t<br />

A crisis is an emergency that endangers<br />

someone’s life or property and that<br />

requires immediate attention.<br />

24-HOUR NATIONWIDE<br />

EMERGENCY HELPLINES<br />

Ambulance & Fire Brigade | 10177<br />

SA Police: for any life-threatening<br />

emergency | 10111<br />

SAPS Crime Stop | Anonymously report<br />

who did what, to whom, when, where, why<br />

and how, to any of the following |<br />

• The MySAPS App (free download)<br />

• USSD string *134*10111 #<br />

• SMS to Crime Line at 32211<br />

• Call 08600 10111 (share call)<br />

Difficulty with emergency services | 1022<br />

CALL CHARGES<br />

• Numbers that begin with 10 are free from<br />

a landline, but not from a cell phone<br />

• 0800 numbers are free from any phone<br />

• 0860 and 0861 numbers: you pay the<br />

cost of a local call OR a reduced flat rate<br />

FREE CELL PHONE CALLS<br />

Free calls from any cell phone for any<br />

emergency anywhere in SA | 112 |<br />

Call even if you are out of airtime or the<br />

phone is locked. Your call will be assigned to<br />

an emergency service closest to you.<br />

COMMERCIALLY-OWNED MEDICAL<br />

EMERGENCY SERVICES<br />

Note that although the calls are free from<br />

any phone, medical and other services<br />

provided by private companies are not.<br />

ER24 / Mediclinic | 084 124<br />

Medical Rescue | 0800 111 990<br />

Netcare 911 | 082 911<br />

EMERGENCY CALL CENTRES<br />

• Bisho | 040 608 2625<br />

• Bloemfontein | 051 405 8911<br />

• Cape Town | 021 480 7700 / 107<br />

• Durban | 031 311 1111<br />

• East London | 043 705 2000<br />

• Johannesburg 24-Hour helpline<br />

for all-life threatening situations |<br />

011 37 55 911<br />

• Kimberley | 053 832 4214 / 053 832<br />

4215<br />

• Klerksdorp | 018 464 1813<br />

• Mahikeng/Mafikeng | 018 397 5014<br />

• Mbombela/Nelspruit | 013 751 6000<br />

• Pietermaritzburg | 033 845 2420<br />

• Polokwane | 015 001 2010<br />

• Gqeberha/PE | 041 506 5555<br />

• Tshwane/Pretoria | 012 368 2111<br />

What to do<br />

in case of an emergency<br />

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Take a deep breath and calm down.<br />

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Look for and call a relevant<br />

emergency number.<br />

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Tell the person who answers that<br />

there is an emergency and explain:<br />

1 What happened, the nature<br />

of the emergency and a broad<br />

description of injuries that<br />

people might have.<br />

2 How many people were involved<br />

– including information about<br />

possible suspects.<br />

3 Where this happened. Give the<br />

exact location of the emergency.<br />

If possible, give the names of<br />

the two nearest streets that<br />

cross each other, or describe a<br />

landmark that you can see.<br />

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Now tell them your name and<br />

phone number, if you need help or<br />

if you’re just reporting the incident.<br />

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WAIT for questions. Don’t hang up!<br />

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Follow all instructions carefully.<br />

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Stay on the line until the call taker<br />

ends the call.<br />

If a listed number doesn’t work, look<br />

for and call an alternative number.<br />

CRIMES AGAINST PEOPLE<br />

SAPS Police / Crime Stop | Anonymously<br />

report who did what, to whom, when, where,<br />

why and how | Call 10111<br />

• Use the MySAPS App (free download)<br />

• USSD string *134*10111 #<br />

• SMS to Crime Line at 32211<br />

• Call 08600 10111 (share call)<br />

CHILDREN<br />

Child Emergency Line | 0800 123 321<br />

ChildLine South Africa | 116<br />

Child Welfare SA | 074 080 8315<br />

Gender-based Violence Command Centre<br />

| Anonymous & confidential telephone<br />

information, counselling and referrals in<br />

all 11 official languages | 24-Hour, free<br />

helpline: 0800 GBV GBV (0800 428 428) or<br />

text *120*7867# (FREE from any cellphone)<br />

| Or SMS ‘help’ to 31531 and someone will<br />

call you back | Skype: ‘HelpMe GBV’ for<br />

members of the deaf community<br />

SA Police Child Protection Unit | 10111<br />

Safe schools | 0800 45 46 47 – learners<br />

report abuse, vandalism, etc. Available only<br />

in the Western Cape.<br />

TEARS Foundation | Confidential, free<br />

services and support for victims of rape,<br />

child abuse and sexual assault<br />

• 24/7 Free national USSD helpline: Dial<br />

*134*7355# for emergency assistance,<br />

choose option 2 and follow the prompts<br />

• 010 590 5920: The call is not free. They’ll<br />

ask for your number and call you back<br />

info@tears.co.za | www.tears.co.za | f<br />

TearsFoundationSA<br />

DOMESTIC ABUSE, INCEST &<br />

GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE<br />

Also see RAPE elsewhere in this section, as well<br />

as the GENDER & VIOLENCE ISSUES <strong>pages</strong>.<br />

Kindly report missing or incorrect information to talk.to.us@southafricanconversations.co.za >>>


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DISABILITY<br />

– Father Michael Lapsley<br />

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ACCESSIBILITY<br />

Also see INDEPENDENT LIVING & SOCIETAL<br />

RESTRICTIONS elsewhere in this section<br />

Despite constitutional protections<br />

and anti-discrimination measures for<br />

individuals with disabilities, accessibility<br />

in every area of life – early childhood<br />

development, education, transportation,<br />

socialization, sport, worship, and work<br />

– remains limited and often inaccessible<br />

to people with disabilities.<br />

Accessibility.com | Informative, USbased<br />

site about equal access to physical<br />

and digital worlds | www.accessibility.com<br />

| f accessibilitycom<br />

Disability Info South Africa | Search<br />

for ‘Building Regulations’ and ‘Facilities for the<br />

Disabled Guidelines’ | www.disabilityinfosa.co.za<br />

RampUp | A wonderful, resource-rich<br />

website to enhance inclusion, participation<br />

and a sense of belonging for people with<br />

disabilities. Useful for any organisation that<br />

wants to enable meaningful access and<br />

participation. Free downloads include:<br />

• General guidelines & accessibility<br />

checklist to facilitate inclusion<br />

• A framework for accessibility of church<br />

buildings, worship services, external<br />

environment, transport and activities<br />

• A Biblical view of disability<br />

erna@tlm.co.za | www.rampup.co.za |<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

f RampUpSA | rampupsouthafrica<br />

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) |<br />

Develops open standards for the Web,<br />

including making it more accessible to<br />

people with disabilities | www.w3.org ><br />

Web Accessibility Initiative for guidelines<br />

YouTube | Understanding Accessibility:<br />

WCAG’s 13 Guidelines with Kasey Bonifacio<br />

| Norman Kunc - The Right to be Disabled<br />

ADVOCACY & INFORMATION<br />

CREATE | Local, provincial, national and<br />

international advocacy for disability rights<br />

and community based rehabilitation (CBR).<br />

Works with disabled people’s organisations,<br />

groups of parents with children with<br />

disabilities, groups of youth with disabilities,<br />

and includes engagement with communities,<br />

municipalities and government departments<br />

as well as other NPOs and businesses |<br />

14 Hyslop Rd, Pietermaritzburg, KZN |<br />

033 345 5088 | admin@create-cbr.co.za<br />

| www.create-cbr.co.za<br />

Institute for the Promotion of Disabled<br />

Manpower (IPDM) | Advocacy and<br />

capacity-building for the economic<br />

empowerment of people with disabilities<br />

with regard to sustainable employment |<br />

Contact through website or Face<strong>book</strong> |<br />

www.ipdm.co.za | f IPDMZA<br />

Office on the Status of Disabled Persons<br />

(OSDP) | Monitors & raises awareness of<br />

the rights of people with disabilities in the<br />

public sector. Capacity building for disabled<br />

people | Office of the Presidency, East<br />

Wing, Union Bldg, Tshwane/Pretoria | 012<br />

300 5480 / 81 | eva@po.gov.za / ria@<br />

po.gov.za | www.presidency.gov.za<br />

People for Awareness of Disability Issues<br />

(PADI) | Educating / raising awareness on<br />

disability issues in academia & business |<br />

59 - 1st Ave, The Hill, Johannesburg | 011<br />

436 0409 | f PADI101<br />

South African Disability Alliance | A<br />

platform for issues relating to public<br />

perceptions of disability, as well as norms<br />

and standards of services and service<br />

delivery to persons with disabilities. Contact<br />

via the website | www.sada.org.za<br />

South African Human Rights Commission<br />

| Training on the United Nations Convention<br />

on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;<br />

public awareness campaigns; advocacy;<br />

research into strategic areas of disability,<br />

economic and social inclusion; monitoring<br />

and assessment of compliance with human<br />

rights obligations. Useful publications,<br />

including: Promoting The Right to Work of<br />

Persons with Disabilities: Toolkit for the Private<br />

Sector | Disability Toolkit for Employers<br />

| Braampark 33 Hoofd St, Braamfontein,<br />

Johannesburg | 011 877 3600 | www.<br />

sahrc.org.za | f SA Human Rights<br />

Commission<br />

• Eastern Cape | 3 – 33 Phillip Frame Rd,<br />

Waverley Park, Chiselhurst, East London |<br />

043 722 7828/21/25<br />

• Free State | 18 Kellner St, Bloemfontein<br />

| 051 447 1130<br />

• KwaZulu-Natal | 136 Margaret Mncadi,<br />

Durban | 031 304 7323/4/5<br />

• Limpopo | 29A Biccard St, Polokwane<br />

| 015 291 3500<br />

• Mpumalanga | 34 Brown St, Mbombela<br />

| 013 752 5890/5870<br />

• North West | 25 Heystek St, Rustenburg<br />

| 014 592 0694<br />

• Northern Cape | 45 Mark Rd, Ancorley<br />

Western Cape | ABSA Bldg, 132<br />

Adderley St, Cape Town | 021 426 2277<br />

Toolkit on Disability for Africa | Best<br />

practice examples from the African<br />

continent, and practical tools to implement<br />

the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons<br />

with Disabilities. Free download (with other<br />

resources) | www.un.org/development/<br />

desa/disabilities/resources.html<br />

AUDIO & OTHER-ACCESSIBLE<br />

BOOKS & LEARNING-AIDS<br />

Also see EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES: BOOKS<br />

elsewhere in the directory.<br />

Blind SA | Production of Braille materials<br />

| 011 839 1793 / 4 | www.blindsa.org.za<br />

Bookshare | A unique digital library for<br />

people with dyslexia, learning disabilities,<br />

blindness, low vision, retinitis pigmentosa,<br />

cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers.<br />

Readers can customise their experience<br />

with e<strong>book</strong>s in audio, audio and highlighted<br />

text, braille, large font, and other formats –<br />

including <strong>book</strong>s in 34 languages – on almost<br />

any device, including smartphones, tablets,<br />

Chrome<strong>book</strong>s, computers, and assistive<br />

technology devices. Find virtually any <strong>book</strong><br />

for school, work or the joy of reading. Free<br />

and paid options | www.<strong>book</strong>share.org<br />

Digital Book | A large collection of free<br />

public domain audio <strong>book</strong>s and e<strong>book</strong>s |<br />

www.digital<strong>book</strong>.io<br />

LibriVox | Free audio<strong>book</strong>s read by<br />

volunteers from all over the world |<br />

librivox.org<br />

National Support Pack | Braille learning<br />

Add your non-commercial listing to the next edition of the <strong>Directory</strong>. It is free | www.southafricanconversations.co.za/resource-directory


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DISABILITY<br />

materials developed by the Department<br />

of Basic Education for Grades R–12 |<br />

www.education.gov.za search for ‘Learner<br />

Support Package’<br />

– Jim Fiebig<br />

Sign Language Education & Development<br />

(SLED) | Produces South African Sign<br />

Language literature and educational<br />

resources for Deaf children (ECD to Grade<br />

12) and teachers | 8A Waverley Business<br />

Park, Wycroft Rd, Mowbray, Cape Town |<br />

021 448 2520 / 082 375 3075 | info@<br />

sled.org.za | www.sled.org.za<br />

South African Library for the Blind |<br />

Audio and tactile reading material for<br />

visually impaired readers. Find out from<br />

your local library how to gain free access.<br />

Volunteer narrators invited | 046 622<br />

7226 | admin@sancb.org.za | www.<br />

salb.org.za<br />

Tape Aids for the Blind | An<br />

Independent National Audio Library &<br />

Digital Production Service for blind, vision<br />

impaired & print-disabled persons. Over 500<br />

volunteer narrators & proof-readers assist<br />

in producing ‘Talking Books’ – including<br />

school text <strong>book</strong>s and course materials,<br />

on request – in all official languages. The<br />

‘<strong>book</strong>s’ are enabled with unique navigational<br />

features for easy place-finding by blind<br />

people. The service is entirely free. Financial<br />

contributions appreciated | Head Office:<br />

14 Mitchell Crescent, Greyville, Durban<br />

/ Toll-free: 0800 33 55 22 / 031 309<br />

4800 | Cape Town / 021 689 5983 |<br />

Johannesburg / 011 7866130 | Pretoria /<br />

012 362 5414 & Mamelodi / 012 842 3578<br />

| Margate / 039 312 5000 | operations@<br />

tapeaids.org.za / director@tapeaids.org.za |<br />

www.tapeaids.com<br />

– Steve Maraboli<br />

EDUCATION AIDS<br />

Accessible Maths | Find out what is<br />

available or being worked on to provide<br />

multiple ways for all students to interact<br />

with maths content – including those who<br />

have learning disabilities, motor difficulties,<br />

and those who are blind or have low vision<br />

| www.diagramcenter.org/accessible-mathtools-tips-and-training.html<br />

How to homeschool for free | Includes<br />

resources for special needs learners |<br />

www.howtohomeschoolforfree.com<br />

DISABILITY MEDIA<br />

BBC Ouch | A website that reflects the<br />

lives and experiences of people from all<br />

over the world who live with disabilities.<br />

Articles, blogs, interviews, life hacks, a<br />

message board and more | www.bbc.<br />

co.uk/ouch | f Ouch.BBC<br />

Disability Info South Africa | An online<br />

directory with links to sites that deal with<br />

different aspects of disability, e.g.: assistive<br />

devices; sports & hobbies; organisations;<br />

government grants; accessible features;<br />

self help centres; transport services;<br />

service dogs; finding jobs, tax deductions,<br />

etc. | 021 761 4831 | info@disa.org.<br />

za | www.disabilityinfosa.co.za | f<br />

infodisabilitysouthafrica<br />

Rolling Inspiration |<br />

www.rollinginspiration.co.za |<br />

f RollingInspirationMag<br />

Thisability | 031 702 6871 / 061 407<br />

5200 | simon@thisability.co.za |<br />

www.thisability.co.za<br />

DISABILITY-SPECIFIC<br />

SUPPORT RESOURCES<br />

Also see, elsewhere in this section:<br />

• NEUROCOGNITIVE DISORDERS<br />

• RESIDENCES & DAY CARE CENTRES<br />

• SCHOOLS, DAY CARE CENTRES &<br />

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR<br />

CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES<br />

And the following, elsewhere in the directory:<br />

• HEALTH<br />

• MENTAL & EMOTIONAL HEALTH<br />

ALBINISM<br />

Albinism is a rare genetic condition that<br />

affects the production of melanin, the<br />

pigment that gives color to the skin,<br />

hair, and eyes. People with albinism<br />

may face challenges with their vision<br />

and may be more susceptible to skin<br />

cancer and it is important that they<br />

have access to support and resources to<br />

help them manage their condition and<br />

live healthy, fulfilling lives.<br />

Albinism Society of South Africa (ASSA) |<br />

A self-help group offering information,<br />

support, counselling and educational<br />

programmes | 187 Lara’s Place, Lilian<br />

Ngoyi St, JHB | 011 838 6529 | info@<br />

albinism.org.za | f AlbinismZA<br />

Khulisa Social Solutions | Storytelling,<br />

peace-making and dialogue circles –<br />

addressing the violent and discriminatory<br />

behaviour that persons with albinism face<br />

because of ignorance and myth | 011<br />

788 8237 | info@khulisa.org.za | www.<br />

khulisa.org.za | f Khulisa Social Solutions<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

| Khulisa Solutions<br />

YouTube | Albinism | Albinism<br />

Awareness Campaign | Always make your<br />

voice louder | People With Albinism |<br />

Defending the Human Rights of People with<br />

Albinism | Health – Albinism | People<br />

with Albinism - Breaking the Deadly Silence<br />

| Shining the light on issues faced by people<br />

living with albinism | The Besties With<br />

Albinism | Why I’m Proud of My Albinism<br />

Compassion for Albinism<br />

The Human Rights Media Centre<br />

offers workshops, documentaries,<br />

<strong>book</strong>s and short stories about<br />

the experiences of South Africans<br />

living with albinism. Understanding<br />

creates empathy – an antidote to<br />

discrimination | 021 761 3303<br />

| media@hrmc.org.za | www.<br />

hrmc.org.za then select <strong>Resource</strong>s &<br />

Services in the menu.<br />

AMPUTEE<br />

Amputee Club of South Africa |<br />

Prosthetic fitting, education, funding,<br />

prosthetic fabrication, rehab & training |<br />

2 Moller St, Witpoortjie, Roodepoort |<br />

084 442 8894 | charlb09@yahoo.com |<br />

Riding For A Limb | An NPO that uses<br />

their passion for motorcycles to raise funds<br />

for prosthetic limbs for amputees | 084<br />

442 8894 | ridingforalimb1@yahoo.com<br />

| f Riding For A Limb / BIKERSforBIKERS1<br />

f | There are a number of amputee<br />

support groups on Face<strong>book</strong>. Search for<br />

Amputee / Amputee Support Group /<br />

Amputee Help.<br />

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The effect of<br />

Poverty<br />

On Disability<br />

It is clear that the same disability in different<br />

circumstances will have a very different effect<br />

on an individual’s life.<br />

The life-chances of a poor person with a disability<br />

are severely affected by lack of information,<br />

resources, assistive devices, access to healthcare,<br />

education and other opportunities.<br />

But that’s not all: people living in poverty are<br />

also more likely to become disabled because of<br />

inadequate nutrition, poor sanitation, sub-standard<br />

safety, lack of information, and inadequate<br />

treatment of diseases – all of which in turn<br />

perpetuates poverty.<br />

v Roughly 3 million South Africans live with a disability.<br />

v Vision impairment in South Africa is the highest of all disabilities<br />

(32%) and it is estimated that 97% of all blind and partially sighted<br />

people in the country are unemployed.<br />

v More than 80% of black children with disabilities live in extreme<br />

poverty and have poor access to appropriate health care,<br />

nutrition and early childhood development support.<br />

v Children who live with a parent with a disability are also<br />

disadvantaged by the disadvantages and lack of assistance<br />

suffered by their parents.<br />

v Poverty results in many disability grants being shared by<br />

the whole family at the expense of care for the child with<br />

the disability.<br />

v Research indicates that violence against children with disabilities<br />

in the developing world occurs at rates at least 1.7 times greater<br />

than against their able-bodied peers.<br />

v Children and young people with disabilities face multiple barriers,<br />

discrimination and exclusion in education and training. Human<br />

Rights Watch estimated in 2015 that over 600,000 children with<br />

disabilities are not in the school system in South Africa. Black<br />

children form the biggest part of this group, reinforcing cycles of<br />

poverty, disability and marginalisation.<br />

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A challenge to affluent families<br />

who have a child with a disability<br />

Only you know the stress, sorrow, emotional<br />

ups and downs, the financial impact, the silent<br />

despair, the heartache and the all-consuming<br />

exhaustion that comes from taking care of a<br />

special needs child.<br />

Here is a challenge that will demand even more<br />

of you, that will require you to step outside<br />

your comfort-zone and outside your normal<br />

boundaries. Yet it is a challenge that could bring<br />

immense healing, joy and love to your world.<br />

Find a family in the ever-present township on the<br />

outskirts of your town that has a child with the<br />

same or similar disability as your child. It takes<br />

compassionate insight to begin to understand<br />

the plight of a family taking care of a child with<br />

a disability, living on the fringes of society in a<br />

disadvantaged community.<br />

You are uniquely qualified to do that.<br />

Befriend that family. Share your knowledge,<br />

expertise, information and resources with this<br />

family. Walk a mile in their shoes. See if you<br />

can help them access the support, care and<br />

education that you demand and probably take<br />

for granted for your own child.<br />

Start a support group for all families struggling<br />

with disability in your municipal area. Start a<br />

community volunteer group to help give the<br />

parents a break from the constant demand on<br />

their time and attention.<br />

Photo | Sally Dimartini<br />

Acknowledge the life lessons that will inevitably<br />

be learnt on both sides. Write and let us know<br />

what transpires.<br />

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Input into the Disability articles: Portia Lefera. People at the Chaeli Campaign. Information supplied by the Department of Women,<br />

Children and People with Disabilities. Sources: Enabling reform, Why supporting children with disabilities must be at the heart<br />

of successful child care reform. Published by Every Child and Better Care Network | Free Wheeling published by the Regional<br />

Rehabilitation Research Institute on Attitudinal, Legal and Leisure Barriers, Washington, D.C. | Disability etiquette. Tips On<br />

Interacting With People With Disabilities published by United Spinal Association, www.unitedspinal.org/publications |<br />

www.ncppdsa.org.za | www.nappyrun.org.za | www.rampup.co.za | www.padi.za.org | Compiled by Therésa Müller


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EDUCATION:<br />

South African-specific resources are marked in red<br />

– Michael J. Gelb<br />

An exciting adventure awaits those who enter these <strong>pages</strong>.<br />

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We’ve scoured the internet to bring<br />

you the best, most high-quality lesson<br />

plans and content for every subject<br />

under the sun.<br />

Most of what is listed in the Education<br />

<strong>pages</strong> are Open Educational<br />

<strong>Resource</strong>s, which means they are<br />

freely available for use, reuse,<br />

adaptation and sharing by educators<br />

and students. Many similar resources<br />

– sometimes of inferior quality – are<br />

being sold in South Africa.<br />

So, dip in. Figure out which of these<br />

amazing tools and resources are<br />

relevant for you. One small entry<br />

could revolutionise your teaching –<br />

enriching your and your students’<br />

learning experience.<br />

GENERAL CONTENT FOR ALL<br />

SUBJECTS, FOR ALL CLASSES<br />

Also see EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT<br />

(ECD) CAPACITY-BUILDING in the CHILD<br />

WELFARE <strong>pages</strong><br />

Tip: If an organisation has a<br />

newsletter, sign up! You will gain<br />

invaluable updated information on a<br />

regular basis – free of charge.<br />

2Enable | By the same non-profit that<br />

created the 2Enable electronic platform.<br />

Register for free easy-to-access, good<br />

quality, South African curriculum-aligned<br />

basic education content developed by<br />

qualified teachers. Includes thousands of<br />

videos that focus on explaining concepts.<br />

Can operate wholly online, partially online<br />

and entirely offline. Access it via the website<br />

or download the 2Enable app for use on<br />

a mobile phone | 013 751 3135 |<br />

info@2Enable.org | www.2enable.org |<br />

f 2Enable<br />

Adobe Education Exchange | Designed<br />

by educators for educators, learners and<br />

parents. <strong>Resource</strong>s are presented by grade<br />

level and subject areas | edex.adobe.<br />

com/<br />

Amazing Educational <strong>Resource</strong>s |<br />

Over 1,000 of the best educational<br />

resources from around the world for<br />

pre-school to high school and adult<br />

learning, plus an online calendar of events<br />

with webinars, lessons, and classes for<br />

teachers, parents and students | www.<br />

amazingeducationalresources.com<br />

Annenberg Learner | Free online<br />

classroom resources, educational video<br />

programmes and coordinated online and<br />

print materials for art, English, mathematics,<br />

science, social studies & history and STEM/<br />

STEAM. Free to pre-school to Grade 12<br />

teachers and learners | www.learner.org/<br />

classroom-resources<br />

A to Z Teacher Stuff | Online<br />

lesson plans, thematic units, teacher<br />

tips, downloadable teaching materials,<br />

discussion forums for teachers | www.<br />

atozteacherstuff.com<br />

BBC Teach | Thousands of free videos<br />

and audio files, arranged by age-group and<br />

subject | www.bbc.co.uk/teach<br />

CK-12 | Free, highly customisable preschool<br />

to Grade 12 lessons in science,<br />

physics, chemistry, biology, math, social<br />

studies, history, geography, philosophy,<br />

photography +, plus time-saving teaching<br />

tools | www.ck12.org<br />

Classroom Solutions | FREE teaching<br />

resources. Pre-school to High school |<br />

classroomsolutions.co.za<br />

CliffsNotes | Free study guides for<br />

English, Biology, Algebra, Economics,<br />

Accounting Principles +, written by teachers<br />

and professors to aid students with<br />

homework and preparation for exams |<br />

www.cliffsnotes.com<br />

Course Hero | Free study guides for 15<br />

different subjects ranging from STEM to<br />

Social Sciences to Literature. Core topics<br />

are broken down into smaller sections and<br />

contain videos, infographics, vocabulary,<br />

reading recommendations and practice<br />

problems | www.coursehero.com/sg/<br />

CrashCourse | A high-quality educational<br />

YouTube channel. Subjects include: algebra,<br />

composition, organic chemistry, literature,<br />

world history, biology, philosophy, theatre,<br />

ecology and more.<br />

– William Butler Yeats<br />

(A pail is a bucket)<br />

Curriculum Pathways | Free interactive<br />

resources to supplement instruction<br />

in English Language Arts & Reading,<br />

Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, World<br />

Languages, Computer Science | www.<br />

curriculumpathways.com<br />

Curriki | Educator-vetted, openly<br />

licensed, online educational materials for<br />

free use, reuse, adaptation and sharing.<br />

Pre-school to Grade 12: all subject areas<br />

| www.curriki.org / library.curriki.org /<br />

library.curriki.org/resources-curricula<br />

Discovery Education | An extensive<br />

array of free and paid high-quality<br />

resources, ready-to-use digital lessons,<br />

creative collaboration tools, and practical<br />

professional learning resources | www.<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

discoveryeducation.com | Discovery<br />

Education<br />

E-Learning for kids | Free, fun, quality,<br />

curriculum-based, digital primary education<br />

for children worldwide | www.elearningforkids.org<br />

Engage New York | Free resources for<br />

language arts and mathematics. Pre-school<br />

to Grade 12 | www.engageny.org<br />

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PRIMARY & SECONDARY SCHOOL SUBJECT RESOURCES<br />

Free Training Tutorial | Maths games,<br />

typing, spelling & vocabulary, grammar &<br />

writing, mindfulness & life skills for kids |<br />

www.free-training-tutorial.com<br />

Funbrain | Hundreds of free educational<br />

games, <strong>book</strong>s, comics and videos that<br />

develop skills in maths, reading, problemsolving<br />

and literacy. Grade R – 8 | www.<br />

funbrain.com<br />

Global Oneness Project | Brings the<br />

world to your classroom with free awardwinning<br />

films, photo-essays, articles,<br />

companion lesson plans, exercises and<br />

assignments, collaborative discussion<br />

questions, reflective writing prompts<br />

and more. Lesson plans are set for high<br />

school students, but can be adapted for<br />

elementary and middle school use. Subjects:<br />

African Studies, Animals, Anthropology,<br />

Architecture, Art, Art history, Asian studies,<br />

Biology, Botany, Communications, Creative<br />

writing, Cultural anthropology, Drama,<br />

Ecology, Economics, English, Environmental<br />

studies, Film, Geography, Government,<br />

Healthcare, History, Humanities, Japanese,<br />

Journalism, Literature, Modern world<br />

studies, Music studies, Native American<br />

studies, Philosophy, Photography, Physics,<br />

Poetry, Political science, Psychology,<br />

Religion, Skills for Health, Social Studies,<br />

Sociology, Spanish, Theatre Studies,<br />

Women’s Studies, World Languages.<br />

Completely free of charge! | www.<br />

globalonenessproject.org<br />

Google Teaching <strong>Resource</strong>s | Free<br />

lesson plans, activities, apps, online<br />

platforms, courses, guides & instructional<br />

tools on the following topics: reading,<br />

coding & computer science; creativity; digital<br />

literacy; family engagement; language, arts<br />

& culture; STEM and more | edu.google.<br />

com/teaching-resources<br />

Great Minds | US curriculum lesson<br />

plans, core & supplemental materials, video<br />

series. Maths, English, science & history, as<br />

well as professional development. Free and<br />

paid options | www.greatminds.org<br />

Highlights Kids | Free, fun learning<br />

activities, games, jokes, quizzes, puzzles,<br />

answers to science questions, crafts,<br />

recipes, etc. | www.highlightskids.com<br />

also download the free app<br />

Khan Academy | Free, world-class<br />

teacher resources and education for preschool<br />

to high-school students anywhere.<br />

Subjects include: maths, science, arts<br />

& humanities, economics, reading and<br />

language arts, and life skills | www.<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

khanacademy.org | Khan Academy and<br />

download the free app<br />

Khan Academy Kids | A website and<br />

mobile app with reading, language, maths,<br />

etc. for toddlers to first graders. Free |<br />

khankids.zendesk.com/hc/en-us<br />

Lalilo | A web-based online learning tool<br />

for pre-school, 1st and 2nd grade teachers<br />

and students. Free and paid content |<br />

www.lalilo.com<br />

Mindset | Online videos to introduce<br />

content, concepts and skills. Includes<br />

curriculum for Primary School (Grade 1–7).<br />

Limited content for Grade 8–9. Substantial<br />

focus on subjects for Grade 10–12 learners:<br />

English, Mathematics, Physical Sciences,<br />

Life Sciences, Accounting, Maths Literacy,<br />

Geography | learn.mindset.africa |<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

f Mindset Learn and Mindset TV |<br />

Mindset and Mindset Teach | Download<br />

two apps by the same company: Mindset &<br />

Ten Fold Education<br />

Merlot | Curated online learning and<br />

support materials and content creation<br />

tools, led by an international community<br />

of educators, learners and researchers |<br />

www.merlot.org<br />

Mr. Nussbaum | Over 10,000 free, fun<br />

online games, tutorials, simulations, videos<br />

and interactive activities. (Grades R–8) |<br />

www.mrnussbaum.com | f MrNussbaum<br />

National Geographic | Free, beautiful<br />

and globally comprehensive classroom<br />

resources including lesson plans, maps,<br />

reference resources, videos, activities<br />

and Explorer Magazine for pre-school<br />

to Grade 12 & be. Subjects include<br />

Geography, Earth Science, Biology, Social<br />

Studies, Conservation, Arts & Music,<br />

Anthropology, Engineering, Experiential<br />

Learning, English Language Arts, Storytelling,<br />

Physics, Mathematics, Religion, Chemistry,<br />

Professional Learning, English as a Second<br />

Language | www.nationalgeographic.org/<br />

education / kids.nationalgeographic.com<br />

/ www.natgeokids.com and, for information<br />

particular to South Africa: www.natgeokids.<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

com/za | National Geographic and<br />

360° National Geographic<br />

National Geographic Kids | A free,<br />

pupil-focused and interdisciplinary<br />

resource for young children. Subjects<br />

include: English, Maths, Science,<br />

Geography, History, Art and Culture.<br />

Includes teacher support | www.<br />

natgeokids.com<br />

National Support Pack | A multi-media<br />

teaching and learning resource – including<br />

Braille materials – developed by the<br />

Department of Basic Education to support<br />

learning at home. Grades R–12 | www.<br />

education.gov.za | Search for ‘Learner<br />

Support Package’<br />

NeoK12 | Free educational videos,<br />

games, puzzles and lessons for children<br />

of all ages, reviewed by teachers | www.<br />

neok12.com<br />

Open Culture | An impressive collection<br />

of free cultural and educational content<br />

available on the web: art, academic courses,<br />

audio <strong>book</strong>s, business courses, children’s<br />

<strong>book</strong>s, comic <strong>book</strong>s, e-<strong>book</strong>s, great lectures,<br />

language lessons, movies, music, philosophy<br />

<strong>book</strong>s, podcasts, text<strong>book</strong>s, pre-school<br />

to Grade 12 educational resources: video<br />

lessons, apps, <strong>book</strong>s and more. Sign up for<br />

their free email for a daily dose of wellwritten<br />

articles and links to free resources<br />

| www.openculture.com<br />

Open Educational <strong>Resource</strong>s (OER)<br />

Commons | Free digital teaching<br />

and learning materials. Search, browse,<br />

evaluate and use the growing collection of<br />

over 50,000 high-quality OER Commons<br />

resources, including full university courses,<br />

interactive mini-lessons and simulations,<br />

adaptations of existing open work, open<br />

text<strong>book</strong>s and Grade R–12 lesson plans,<br />

worksheets and activities | www.<br />

oercommons.org<br />

PBS Kids | The video section of the<br />

website is restricted to the US, but the<br />

games section is open to all. Designed to<br />

improve early literacy, maths, engineering<br />

and social-emotional skills. Ages 2 to 11 |<br />

www.pbskids.org | Download numerous<br />

free PBS Kids apps on your phone<br />

PBS Learning Media | FREE, standardsaligned<br />

videos, interactives, lesson plans +.<br />

Science, social studies, mathematics,<br />

English, language arts, engineering &<br />

technology, health & physical education, the<br />

arts, world languages. Grade R–12 | www.<br />

pbslearningmedia.org<br />

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EDUCATION:<br />

CHILDREN’S BOOKS ... AND A GAME<br />

– Dr. Seuss<br />

DIGITAL<br />

African Story<strong>book</strong> | Free access to<br />

picture story<strong>book</strong>s for young readers,<br />

in the languages of Africa. Read online,<br />

download and print, translate & adapt, or<br />

create your own story<strong>book</strong> | Saide, 19<br />

Ameshoff St, Braamfontein, JHB | 011<br />

403 2813 | africanstory<strong>book</strong>@saide.<br />

org.za | www.africanstory<strong>book</strong>.org<br />

CareUp | An Android app with a<br />

library of free, fun stories for parents and<br />

teachers of 3-5 year-olds. Available in<br />

Afrikaans, English, Xhosa and Zulu to read<br />

to children from your phone! | www.<br />

careup.mobi<br />

Classicly | Free, digitized versions<br />

of the most popular works of famous<br />

authors that are now in the public domain<br />

| www.classicly.com<br />

Epic! | A digital reading platform with<br />

40,000+ popular <strong>book</strong>s from 250+ of the<br />

world’s best publishers, plus videos &<br />

quizzes. For kids up to 12. Free access for<br />

educators | www.getepic.com<br />

Harry Potter Reading Club | Free<br />

access to the fun and fantasy of Harry’s<br />

world through excerpts from the <strong>book</strong>s,<br />

literary discussion guides, quizzes and<br />

activities. The <strong>book</strong>s themselves are not<br />

free | hpread.scholastic.com<br />

International Children’s Digital<br />

Library Foundation | A collection of<br />

the best historical and contemporary<br />

children’s literature from around the<br />

world, available online, free of charge |<br />

en.childrenslibrary.org<br />

Novel Effect | A free, award-winning<br />

app that brings a large selection of <strong>book</strong>s<br />

to life with music, sound effects and<br />

character voices. As you read aloud, Novel<br />

Effect follows the sound of your voice and<br />

responds at just the right moment |<br />

www.noveleffect.com<br />

Storyberries | A large collection of free<br />

quality stories, poems, fairy tales & comics<br />

for children | www.storyberries.com<br />

Storyline Online | Actors and famous<br />

people read story<strong>book</strong>s for pre-schoolers<br />

to Grade 3, on Vimeo. Free. Includes<br />

activity guides for parents and teachers<br />

| www.storylineonline.net<br />

PRINTED<br />

Biblionef | Schools, pre-schools,<br />

children’s homes, refugee camps or any<br />

organisation with a socio-educational<br />

focus can request story<strong>book</strong>s in one or<br />

more of South Africa’s official languages<br />

to be sent to them. Priority is given to<br />

organisations in remote rural areas,<br />

townships and informal settlements.<br />

Application guidelines on website | 4<br />

Central Square, Pinelands, Cape Town |<br />

021 531 0447 | info@biblionefsa.org.za<br />

| www.biblionefsa.org.za<br />

Help2Read | Organises volunteer<br />

reading tutors plus free Book Boxes filled<br />

with quality age-appropriate <strong>book</strong>s for<br />

disadvantaged learners in public primary<br />

schools across South Africa | 079<br />

615 1633 | info@help2read.org |<br />

help2read.org/<br />

Project for the Study of Alternative<br />

Education in South Africa (PRAESA)<br />

| Multilingual early childhood language<br />

and literacy development to ensure that<br />

young children (birth to 9 years) from<br />

all language and cultural backgrounds<br />

have access to <strong>book</strong>s and opportunities<br />

to read. Supports other initiatives that<br />

promote reading | 3 Marlow Rd,<br />

Kenilworth, Cape Town | info@praesa.<br />

org.za | www.praesa.org.za<br />

The Bookery | Sets up school libraries<br />

with diverse content for young readers<br />

of all ages and languages, across South<br />

Africa. Recruits, trains and supports<br />

librarians and library assistants to run the<br />

libraries. Accepts and distributes <strong>book</strong><br />

donations | The Woodstock Exchange,<br />

66 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town |<br />

021 461 4189 | infothe<strong>book</strong>ery.org.<br />

za | Apply online for a library for your<br />

school | www.the<strong>book</strong>ery.org.za<br />

Also see EDUCATION: ACCESS TO BOOKS elsewhere in the directory<br />

DIGITAL & PRINTED<br />

Book Dash | A publishing model<br />

that harnesses the skills of professional<br />

creative volunteers to vastly reduce<br />

the time and costs involved in creating<br />

beautiful new <strong>book</strong>s for children under<br />

the age of five. The <strong>book</strong>s are available<br />

to read on the website, free of charge,<br />

in all official South African languages.<br />

Book Dash sources funding to print the<br />

<strong>book</strong>s, and gives them away through early<br />

childhood development organisations<br />

- for free - to children to own. Apply via<br />

website | www.<strong>book</strong>dash.org<br />

Nal’ibali (Xhosa for “Here’s the story”) |<br />

Promotes multilingualism and reading<br />

and writing in one’s mother tongue.<br />

Reading clubs and events. A rich online<br />

database of stories, searchable by<br />

language: Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu, Pedi,<br />

Sotho, Tswana, Tsonga and English.<br />

Material can be read online, downloaded<br />

or sent to a Post Office pick-up point |<br />

021 448 6000 | Read Nal’ibali stories<br />

free on WhatsApp: type ‘stories’ to 0600<br />

44 22 54 and choose from a range of<br />

stories in five languages | Nal’ibali web<br />

and mobi sites are zero-rated and can<br />

be accessed free of charge on all major<br />

networks | www.nalibali.mobi | www.<br />

nalibali.org | f Nal’ibali SA<br />

Also see EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT<br />

in the CHILD WELFARE <strong>pages</strong>, as well as<br />

EDUCATION: ACCESS TO BOOKS elsewhere in<br />

the EDUCATION <strong>pages</strong>.<br />

BRAIN STIMULATION GAME!<br />

Finding Thabo | A free, interactive<br />

play-based game that stimulates key parts<br />

of the brain and builds a foundation for<br />

lifelong learning in early childhood | f<br />

FindingThabo | Click on ‘Send Message’<br />

to get started.


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PRIMARY & SECONDARY SCHOOL SUBJECT RESOURCES<br />

Primary <strong>Resource</strong>s | Free English,<br />

Math, Science, ICT, History, Geography, Art,<br />

Music, etc. lesson plans, activity ideas and<br />

resources for primary school teachers |<br />

www.primaryresources.co.uk<br />

– Malcolm X<br />

School Kit | A New Zealand-based<br />

site with hundreds of beautiful, free,<br />

downloadable resources, stories, videos and<br />

ideas for teachers and parents | www.<br />

schoolkit.co.nz<br />

TED Ed | Shares teacher and student<br />

ideas and knowledge from around the<br />

world. Lesson plans and video-based<br />

lessons are organised by age, subject or<br />

themes | ed.ted.com and blog.ed.ted.com<br />

The Learning Network | Publishes<br />

about 1,000 teaching resources each school<br />

year, using content from the New York<br />

Times – articles, essays, images, videos,<br />

graphics and podcasts – as teaching tools<br />

for middle and high school teachers and<br />

students. Topics range from science to<br />

sports, music, the environment, current<br />

events, world issues +. <strong>Resource</strong>s include<br />

daily lessons, weekly quizzes, geography<br />

quizzes, lesson plans, student opinion<br />

questions for discussion and writing<br />

exercises – all designed to promote critical<br />

and creative thinking. Most of the resources<br />

are free, though lesson plans are limited<br />

to five per month for nonsubscribers |<br />

www.nytimes.com/section/learning | f<br />

nytimeslearning<br />

The Teacher’s Corner | A collection<br />

of educational worksheets, lesson plans,<br />

activities and resources for teachers and<br />

parents | www.theteacherscorner.net<br />

The Teacher’s Guide | Free maths,<br />

reading, writing, science, social studies,<br />

art and music lesson plans, worksheets<br />

and activities for primary school | www.<br />

theteachersguide.com<br />

TweenTribune | A free online<br />

educational service offered by the<br />

Smithsonian for use by Grade R–12 teachers<br />

and students | www.tweentribune.com<br />

Twinkl | Educational resources for<br />

those who teach in schools and at home.<br />

Afrikaans, English, Xhosa and Zulu. Free and<br />

paid options | www.twinkl.co.za<br />

Vodacom E-school | Free content for<br />

everyone. Vodacom c ustomers don’t pay<br />

for data to access the school. All material<br />

is developed by expert teachers, available<br />

in multiple languages, CAPS aligned, covers<br />

all major subjects from Grade R-12, and is<br />

endorsed by the Department of Education.<br />

Register via the website | vodacom.<br />

mytopdog.co.za<br />

WCED Online | An extraordinary<br />

education e-portal built by the Western<br />

Cape Department of Education. <strong>Resource</strong>s<br />

for learners, parents, teachers, school<br />

administrators and partners in education<br />

| www.wcedeportal.co.za | f WCED<br />

eLearning<br />

Wide Open School | A learning resource<br />

for families and teachers, containing free,<br />

high-quality videos, webinars and other<br />

materials to help make distance learning<br />

more effective and engaging for pre-school<br />

to Grade 12 students. Subjects: Art, music &<br />

DIY, Digital citizenship, emotional well-being,<br />

English language learners, field trips, get<br />

moving, life skills, maths, offline activities,<br />

reading & writing, science, social studies |<br />

www.wideopenschool.org<br />

Wonderopolis | Award-winning, free site<br />

with fun, multi-disciplinary content suitable<br />

for Grade R–12. Explore a new Wonder<br />

of the Day every day or dip into the large<br />

collection of Wonders for your subject or<br />

class | www.wonderopolis.org |<br />

• Camp Wonderopolis | Interactive<br />

STEM and literacy-building topics |<br />

camp.wonderopolis.org<br />

• Wonder Ground | Classroom<br />

resources and lesson plans |<br />

wg.wonderopolis.org<br />

Wikipedia | Search for information on<br />

any subject | www.wikipedia.org<br />

Xpert | Learners and educators can<br />

search a growing database of open learning<br />

resources suitable for students at all levels<br />

of study in a wide range of different subjects<br />

| www.nottingham.ac.uk/xpert/<br />

SUBJECT-SPECIFIC CONTENT<br />

Also see the DISABILITY <strong>pages</strong> in the directory<br />

for resources for learners with disabilities.<br />

ART & CULTURE<br />

Artsonia Kids Art Museum | A free<br />

online art museum of student art, published<br />

by teachers and students from around the<br />

world | www.artsonia.com<br />

Here’s what YOU can do<br />

to make a difference<br />

As a parent |<br />

Read to your child from a very young<br />

age. Can’t read? Ask a teenager in your<br />

community to read to your child for 10<br />

minutes every day. Both will benefit.<br />

Regularly take your child to a library.<br />

As a concerned onlooker |<br />

Pay decent salaries, so that the people<br />

who work for you can afford to buy<br />

<strong>book</strong>s for their children.<br />

Donate quality <strong>book</strong>s to a poor school, a<br />

children’s hospital, a women’s shelter or<br />

an NPO that distributes <strong>book</strong>s to schools<br />

& orphanages.<br />

Sponsor the publication of African<br />

language <strong>book</strong>s.<br />

Sponsor a library or a librarian.<br />

Start an aftercare programme with<br />

a library for at-risk youth in your<br />

community. Pay unemployed graduates<br />

to teach English, read to the kids, listen<br />

to them read, and help with homework.<br />

Are you a retired librarian, educator or<br />

lover of <strong>book</strong>s? Tutor struggling students<br />

or volunteer at a school library.<br />

Develop programmes to stimulate<br />

creativity in your community – in<br />

conjunction with library staff, local artists,<br />

painters, sculptors, musicians, dancers,<br />

authors and poets. Pay the ‘creatives’.<br />

As a school |<br />

Subscribe to the free newsletter from<br />

the South African Book Development<br />

Council | www.sa<strong>book</strong>council.co.za<br />

Promote reading events, such as<br />

National Library Week, National Book<br />

Week, and reading competitions.<br />

Start a <strong>book</strong> club in your school, with a<br />

<strong>book</strong> of the week for every age group.<br />

As a business |<br />

Build a library – complete with shelves,<br />

furniture, computers, printers & Wi-Fi –<br />

at a school that doesn’t have one.<br />

Start a fund to buy <strong>book</strong>s for the library.<br />

Regularly service the library’s equipment.<br />

Create a Reading Room (not a lending<br />

library) at your place of work where<br />

people from the community can come<br />

and read for pleasure.<br />

Create day-care and after-care facilities<br />

with lots of <strong>book</strong>s for employees’<br />

children, at your place of work.<br />

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EDUCATION: RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS & EDUCATORS<br />

South African-specific resources are marked in red<br />

t<br />

AFTER SCHOOL SUPPORT<br />

The Learning Trust | Funding, coaching,<br />

skills-sharing, networking opportunities and<br />

guided organisational support to develop<br />

quality practitioners and sustainable<br />

After School programmes that improve<br />

educational outcomes of young people living<br />

in poverty and exclusion | 173 Oxford<br />

Rd, Rosebank, Johannesburg | Complete<br />

an online form or contact via email |<br />

info@thelearningtrust.org | www.<br />

thelearningtrust.org | f thelearningtrust<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

| The Learning Trust - Official<br />

CAPACITY-BUILDING<br />

Also see EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT<br />

(ECD) CAPACITY-BUILDING in the<br />

CHILD WELFARE <strong>pages</strong><br />

Bridge-Linking Innovators in Education<br />

| Facilitates collaboration, cooperation and<br />

the sharing of knowledge, best practices,<br />

resources and tools among educators to<br />

improve the quality of teaching in SA | 6<br />

Blackwood Ave, Parktown, Jhb | 011 403<br />

6401 | info@bridge.org.za | www.<br />

bridge.org.za | f BridgeProjectSA<br />

Department of Basic Education (DBE) |<br />

Oversees the SA school education system in<br />

schools from Grade R to Grade 12.<br />

Downloadable resources for learners,<br />

parents, teachers, researchers, school<br />

admin, etc. Use the search function to find<br />

what you’re looking for | 222 Struben<br />

St, Pretoria, Gauteng | Call Centre: 0800<br />

202 933 / Switchboard: 012 357 3000 |<br />

callcentre@dbe.gov.za / webmaster@dbe.<br />

gov.za | www.education.gov.za<br />

Thutong National Education Portal |<br />

An online point of entry to a comprehensive<br />

array of free educational resources, policy<br />

information and interactive services<br />

concerning all aspects of South African<br />

schools. Information for curriculum and<br />

teacher development as well as school<br />

administration and management |<br />

www.thutong.doe.gov.za<br />

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)<br />

- Chinese Proverb<br />

| A UN agency responsible for providing<br />

humanitarian and developmental aid to<br />

vulnerable children worldwide. <strong>Resource</strong>rich<br />

website. Search for anything you want<br />

to know regarding children and youth,<br />

e.g. ‘cyber-bullying’ or ‘early childhood<br />

development’ or ‘parenting’ or ‘teacher<br />

development’ | www.unicef.org<br />

- Unknown<br />

Youth Potential South Africa (YOUPSA)<br />

| Rural youth and teacher development<br />

programme. Empowerment, leadership and<br />

team building for students, teachers and<br />

school governing bodies. Promotes health<br />

with community gardens | Gamtoos Valley<br />

area northwest of Gqeberha/PE, Eastern<br />

Cape Province | 076 123 3832 | info@<br />

youpsa.org | www.youpsa.org<br />

Zero Dropout Campaign | A national<br />

campaign working towards halving the rate<br />

of school dropouts by 2030! <strong>Resource</strong>-rich<br />

website for learners, parents, educators,<br />

schools & policy-makers | WhatsApp 0600<br />

54 0000 | info@zerodropout.co.za |<br />

www.zerodropout.co.za | f zerodropoutcampaign<br />

| Zero Dropout<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

Campaign<br />

Children Have Rights!<br />

In 1989, world leaders signed a<br />

historic, legally binding international<br />

agreement to affirm the rights of the<br />

world’s children. South Africa signed<br />

the Convention in 1993 and ratified<br />

it on 16 June, 1995. The website<br />

contains resources for teachers<br />

and parents, as well as child-friendly<br />

posters that spell out the Rights of<br />

the Child | www.unicef.org/childrights-convention<br />

| www.unicef.<br />

org/child-rights-convention<br />

Corporal Punishment<br />

“In 1996, the South African Schools<br />

Act, under Section 10, banned the use<br />

of corporal punishment in schools.<br />

In 2000 this was confirmed in the<br />

Christian Education case.<br />

Despite the ban on corporal<br />

punishment 20 years ago, teachers<br />

are still hitting children at school.<br />

It is illegal.”<br />

– Section27<br />

Download Chapter 19 of the<br />

BASIC EDUCATION RIGHTS<br />

HANDBOOK: Corporal Punishment<br />

by Faranaaz Veriava and Tina Power<br />

https://section27.org.za > Search for<br />

Basic Education Rights Hand<strong>book</strong><br />

then find the relevant chapter.<br />

– Shakira<br />

EDUCATION RIGHTS<br />

Basic Education Rights Hand<strong>book</strong> |<br />

Developed by Section27 in collaboration<br />

with partner organisations. This important<br />

Hand<strong>book</strong> is a free legal literacy tool to<br />

empower communities, school governing<br />

bodies, principals, teachers and learners to<br />

understand education law and policy and to<br />

protect learners’ rights. Chapters include:<br />

1. The Constitution and the Right to a Basic<br />

Education.<br />

2. Funding Basic Education.<br />

3. School governance.<br />

4. Equality and unfair discrimination.<br />

5. The right to basic education for children<br />

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with disabilities.<br />

6. The rights of refugees & migrant workers.<br />

7. School fees.<br />

8. Pregnancy.<br />

9. Sexual orientation and gender identity.<br />

10. Religion and culture in public education.<br />

11. Language in schools.<br />

12. Basic education provisioning.<br />

13. Infrastructure and equipment.<br />

14. Post provisioning.<br />

15. Text<strong>book</strong>s.<br />

16. Scholar transport.<br />

17. School violence.<br />

18. Sexual violence in schools.<br />

19. Corporal punishment.<br />

20. Education rights in independent schools.<br />

21. Taking rights forward<br />

Read or download relevant chapters or<br />

the whole <strong>book</strong> at https://section27.org.<br />

za > Search for Basic Education Rights<br />

Hand<strong>book</strong><br />

EQUIPMENT &<br />

INFRASTRUCTURE<br />

Also see THE BASIC EDUCATION RIGHTS<br />

HANDBOOK elsewhere in this section<br />

Adopt-a-School Foundation | Are<br />

you a state-funded school in need of<br />

academic, management, infrastructure<br />

or security improvements? Call to apply<br />

for support. There is no cost to qualifying<br />

schools | Are you a concerned individual,<br />

business owner or corporation wanting<br />

to contribute to environments conducive<br />

to learning and teaching in our country?<br />

Adopt a school and help the Foundation<br />

provide: adequate classrooms, access to<br />

electricity, administration facilities, Science<br />

Labs, Computer Labs, libraries, playgrounds,<br />

sports facilities, clean running water and<br />

sanitation, well-maintained buildings, food<br />

gardens, security, teaching equipment &<br />

resources, plus eye-testing, spectacles,<br />

hearing aids, wheelchairs, etc | 18 Acacia<br />

Rd, Chislehurston, Sandton | 011 592<br />

6430 | info@adoptaschool.co.za |<br />

www.adoptaschool.org.za<br />

Breadline Africa | Builds ECD<br />

classrooms, toilets, kitchens and preschool<br />

libraries across South Africa,<br />

using converted shipping containers and<br />

prefabricated units. Apply online | 1<br />

Platinum Park, Capricorn Business Park,<br />

Muizenberg, Cape Town | 021 418 0322<br />

| info@breadlineafrica.org | www.<br />

breadlineafrica.org | f breadlineafrica<br />

Computer Aid International – South<br />

Africa | 1. Provides tested, fully<br />

refurbished PCs at much-reduced prices to<br />

schools & NPOs. Includes a licensed copy of<br />

Microsoft Office. 2. In partnership with Dell<br />

installs solar-powered computer/internet/<br />

technology learning labs in resource poor<br />

communities where there may not be<br />

electricity. Training included | Apply for<br />

computers or for a SolarLab for your school<br />

or community by email to southafrica@<br />

computeraid.org or apply online | www.<br />

computeraid.org<br />

SA Medical & Education Foundation<br />

(SAME Foundation) | Assists schools<br />

in poverty-stricken communities in<br />

Gauteng, KZN, Limpopo and the Western<br />

Cape, with infrastructure, equipment and<br />

furniture | Head office: 4 Loop St, Cape<br />

Town, South Africa | 086 122 2379 |<br />

info@samefoundation.org.za | www.<br />

samefoundation.org.za | f S.A. MEDICAL<br />

& EDUCATION FOUNDATION<br />

The African Show Coalition Institute<br />

(TASCI) | A volunteer-based NPO that<br />

works with townships, peri-urban and<br />

rural communities to help foster socially<br />

cohesive bonds, restore the dignity and<br />

humanity of learners and teachers, and<br />

provide support to schools that need<br />

electricity, equipment and infrastructure<br />

| 348 Schafli Rd, Glen Stewart, East<br />

London | Contact via website | info@<br />

tasci.org.za | www.tasci.org.za | f<br />

theafricanshowcoalitioninstitute<br />

Vodacom | Every month, Vodacom<br />

donates four Mobile Computer Centres<br />

to deserving schools somewhere in South<br />

Africa. The donation is comprised of a<br />

mobile trolley with 21 laptops, a printer, an<br />

overhead projector, an interactive white<br />

board, software and training. Complete an<br />

online form to enter your school for the<br />

draw | www.vodacom.co.za/vodacom/<br />

services/computer-centres<br />

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT<br />

Citizen Leader Lab | Innovative<br />

leadership development models, including<br />

a nationwide, 12-month leadership<br />

development programme that partners<br />

business leaders and school principals<br />

from under-resourced schools, equipping<br />

the principal with knowledge and skills to<br />

lead change and improve the quality of<br />

education provided to learners | Cape<br />

Town: 021 913 2054 | Johannesburg: 011<br />

259 4031 | info@citizenleaderlab.org<br />

| www.citizenleaderlab.org | f Citizen<br />

Leader Lab<br />

– Victor Hugo<br />

LEGAL SUPPORT<br />

Equal Education (EE) | Draws attention<br />

to problems faced by schools and their<br />

communities, to address systemic<br />

inequalities in the South African education<br />

system and to coordinate strategies,<br />

advocacy and action to bring about<br />

sustained change. Includes a resource<br />

section |<br />

• Gauteng | EE, Office 1001, East<br />

Rand Junction, 23 Frank Rd, Boksburg<br />

| 081 510 2384 | info.gauteng@<br />

equaleducation.org.za<br />

• Western Cape | Isivivana Centre, 8<br />

Mzala St, Khayelitsha | 021 361 0127<br />

info@equaleducation.org.za | www.<br />

equaleducation.org.za | f equal.<br />

education<br />

Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) |<br />

EELC lawyers are on hand to provide legal<br />

materials and strategic litigation to advance<br />

equality and quality education. <strong>Resource</strong>s<br />

include comprehensive information under<br />

Know Your Rights, covering corporal<br />

punishment, disciplinary hearings, the<br />

right to protest, pregnancy and the right to<br />

education, water and sanitation in schools,<br />

unlawfully withholding a learner’s report, fee<br />

exemptions and much more | Isivivana<br />

Centre, 8 Mzala St, Khayelitsha, Cape Town<br />

| 021 461 1421 / 0800 110 752 | info@<br />

eelawcentre.org.za | www.eelawcentre.<br />

org.za | f EqualEducationLawCentre<br />

SECTION 27 | A public interest law<br />

centre that seeks to achieve equality and<br />

social justice in South Africa. Guided by the<br />

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South African-specific educational resources are marked in red<br />

t<br />

– Louis L’Amour<br />

There are hundreds of education resources on the internet – available free of charge to anyone who signs<br />

up, regardless of whether they have matric or whether they’re 18 or 80. It is a worldwide revolution that is<br />

making knowledge freely available to all who want to educate themselves.<br />

You can go through the entire degree programme at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (yes, MIT!)<br />

completely free of charge.<br />

Universities and colleges around the world have for some time already been making knowledge available<br />

online at greatly reduced fees and sometimes completely free of charge. Free offerings are referred to as<br />

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) or Open Educational <strong>Resource</strong>s (OER). The pandemic has further<br />

forced huge portions of academic and business education online.<br />

Carefully research and compare what is available. Some institutions offer entirely free study options,<br />

complete with a certificate. Some offer a mixture of free and paid options. Some make their money from<br />

charging a fee for the actual qualification assessment – that’s if you want the certificate or degree you<br />

studied for. So, the knowledge is free, but without certification. Some charge a nominal registration fee.<br />

Some do not offer certification unless one attends in person. Knowledge – even without a certificate – is<br />

not necessarily a bad option because it can open doors to entrepreneurship, increased self-confidence, a<br />

raise if you are one of the lucky ones with a job, and even employment if you can demonstrate that you<br />

know what you’re talking about.<br />

Be aware that exchange rates for nominal fees may render some seemingly attractive international<br />

options just as expensive as attending a local university full-time. Also, be aware that some institutions<br />

are more credible than others. Some are businesses and some are educational institutions. Some are<br />

internationally accredited and some are not. Carefully consider what you aim to achieve before investing<br />

your money or your time.<br />

However one views this, the trend toward free access to knowledge is an incredible opportunity for people<br />

all over the world to become educated, regardless of location, age or qualifications – as long as they have<br />

a computer to work on and access to the internet. What’s going to matter in the end is the ability to apply<br />

that knowledge – not the piece of paper that certifies that one has jumped through the hoops to get it.<br />

This is a new world. Go on and explore. And become educated!<br />

– Jim Rohn<br />

Many of the amazing resources listed under SUBJECT-SPECIFIC CONTENT in the EDUCATION: PRIMARY & SECONDARY SCHOOL<br />

SUBJECT RESOURCES <strong>pages</strong> are relevant for study at any age. Take a look.


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South Africa’s four mobile operators all offer<br />

free access to education websites (and more) |<br />

• MTN | OpenTime<br />

• Vodacom | ConnectU<br />

• Cell C | CONNECT4FREE<br />

• Telkom / 8ta | Zero Rated Websites<br />

STUDY OPTIONS, CAREER GUIDANCE,<br />

BURSARIES & FUNDING SOURCES<br />

The organisations listed below provide<br />

resources for matriculants including<br />

career guidance, study options,<br />

application requirements, fees,<br />

qualifications on offer, free courses,<br />

funding options, mentoring and<br />

work-readiness support. You can also<br />

apply for financial aid directly from<br />

the university’s Financial Aid Office or<br />

Student Support Center once accepted.<br />

All Bursaries South Africa |<br />

Comprehensive information about available<br />

bursaries | www.allbursaries.co.za<br />

Bursaries South Africa (BSA) | A searchengine<br />

for all available bursaries in South<br />

Africa | www.bursaries-southafrica.co.za<br />

| f bursariessouthafrica<br />

Bursary24.com | Information, bursaries,<br />

application forms + | www.bursary24.com<br />

Career Planet | Career advice & access<br />

to training and work opportunities | www.<br />

careerplanet.co.za<br />

College Guide | Info about SA colleges<br />

and universities | www.collegeguide.co.za<br />

Domino Foundation | Offers a<br />

mentorship / bursary programme | KZN<br />

| 031 563 9605 | admin@domino.org.<br />

za | www.dominofoundation.org.za/skillsdevelopment<br />

| f thedominofoundation<br />

EduConnect | Info about institutions,<br />

careers, study options, subject choices,<br />

funding options, work readiness and more<br />

| www.educonnect.co.za<br />

Epilepsy South Africa Educational Trust<br />

| Bursaries for persons with epilepsy |<br />

www.epilepsy.org.za > educational-trust<br />

Fundi | Loans and funding solutions<br />

| 0860 55 55 44 | 011 670 6100 |<br />

support@fundi.co.za | www.fundi.co.za<br />

Funza Lushaka Bursary | To become<br />

a teacher. The recipient must work for the<br />

Department of Education for the same<br />

amount of time as the bursary sponsorship<br />

| www.funzalushaka.doe.gov.za<br />

Here’s what YOU can do<br />

to make a difference<br />

Help a bright student in grade 11<br />

or matric apply for a bursary or<br />

scholarship to an institution of higher<br />

learning. The process is intimidating<br />

and needs someone to help keep<br />

track of the different requirements,<br />

correspondence and responses. It also<br />

needs unlimited access to the internet.<br />

Make sure a struggling student has the<br />

following tools to ensure their success:<br />

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A desk, chair, study lamp & <strong>book</strong>case<br />

n<br />

A computer/laptop with a charger,<br />

external hard-Dr and good quality<br />

headphones<br />

n<br />

A good internet connection<br />

n<br />

Data and airtime – always<br />

n<br />

A smartphone<br />

n<br />

A fridge – to keep food fresh<br />

n<br />

A monthly supply of multi-vitamins<br />

n<br />

Someone to talk to<br />

n<br />

A copy of this directory, so that they<br />

can easily access useful resources.<br />

Go Study | Career guidance & info about<br />

scholarships and bursaries. Incredibly useful<br />

and comprehensive | www.gostudy.mobi<br />

| www.gostudy.net<br />

Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)<br />

| Full cost bursaries for science, engineering,<br />

commerce, agriculture, environmental studies<br />

& IT | 0860 693 888 | callcentre@idc.<br />

co.za | www.idc.co.za/bursaries<br />

IRR | South African Institute of<br />

Race Relations | Medical, business,<br />

management, scientific, education and<br />

engineering bursaries. Apply online |<br />

info@irr.org.za | www.irr.org.za/bursaries<br />

My Courses | Info about further study for<br />

matriculants | www.mycourses.co.za<br />

National Institute for the Humanities<br />

and Social Sciences | Advances and<br />

coordinates relevant scholarships | 24<br />

St Andrews Rd, Parktown, Johannesburg<br />

| 011 480 2300 | info@nihss.ac.za |<br />

www.nihss.ac.za<br />

National Research Foundation (NRF)<br />

| Bursaries, scholarships, grants and<br />

fellowships in all fields of science and<br />

technology | www.nrf.ac.za<br />

National Science and Technology<br />

Forum (NSTF) | Bursaries, scholarships,<br />

fellowships, studentships | www.nstf.org.<br />

za | f National Science and Technology<br />

Forum - NSTF<br />

National Skills Fund (NSF) | Funding<br />

for bursaries, scholarships, learnerships,<br />

skills development programmes, workplacebased<br />

learning | Ndinaye Building, 178<br />

Francis Baard St, Tshwane/Pretoria | 012<br />

943 3101 | www.dhet.gov.za<br />

National Student Financial Aid Scheme<br />

(NSFAS) | Study loans or bursaries for<br />

underprivileged undergraduate studies<br />

at public universities or universities of<br />

technology | 0800 067 327 / 021 763<br />

3200 / SMS: 32261 | info@nsfas.org.za |<br />

www.nsfas.org.za<br />

National Youth Development Agency<br />

(NYDA) | Solomon Mahlangu<br />

Scholarship Fund | Serves SA youth<br />

aged 18 - 35 with info, career guidance,<br />

mentorship, bursaries & scholarships |<br />

087 158 6345 / 158 5738 / 158 4742 |<br />

info@nyda.gov.za | www.nyda.gov.za<br />

Pace | Info, guidance & support | PACE<br />

Career Centre, 18 Greyton Rd, Milnerton,<br />

Cape Town | 021 555 3928 | info@<br />

pace.za.com | www.pacecareers.com<br />

Rural Education Access Programme<br />

(REAP) | Assists qualifying students from<br />

rural areas to access free tertiary education<br />

at 15 different Higher Education Institutions<br />

| Cape Town: 021 696 5500 | Durban:<br />

031 201 3724 | Jhb: 087 805 7992 |<br />

reception@reap.org.za or fill in a form<br />

online | www.reap.org.za<br />

SA Bursaries | A comprehensive list<br />

of bursaries, criteria, etc. in all fields of<br />

study | www.zabursaries.co.za | f<br />

SouthAfricaBursaries<br />

Sasol Bursaries | For engineering and<br />

science | www.sasolbursaries.com<br />

StudentRoom | A career portal for<br />

bursaries, internships & learnerships |<br />

www.studentroom.co.za<br />

StudyTrust | Administers bursaries<br />

& scholarships and provides student<br />

mentorship and career development<br />

services on behalf of corporations,<br />

foundations and private donors | 10<br />

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– Editor<br />

Local livelihoods.<br />

Important resources.<br />

– Helena Norberg-Hodge<br />

Local Futures | An extraordinary<br />

site with a wealth of free resources,<br />

including:<br />

• The Economics of Happiness | If<br />

you watch only one video listed in<br />

this <strong>book</strong>, let it be this one. It is an<br />

award-winning film that makes it clear<br />

that the multiple crises we face as<br />

humans share a common root cause:<br />

the global economic system. It raises<br />

awareness of the power of economic<br />

localisation to restore ecological,<br />

social, physical and spiritual wellbeing.<br />

• The Economics of Happiness<br />

Workshop and Toolkit | Guide,<br />

templates and tools for effective<br />

systemic change where you live.<br />

• Localisation Action Guide | Tools<br />

to build resilient local economies.<br />

• PLANET LOCAL: A Quiet Revolution<br />

| A 7-part film series about<br />

regenerative LOCAL food as a<br />

powerful solution-multiplier.<br />

| www.localfutures.org / www.<br />

helenanorberghodge.com | f Local<br />

Futures / Economics of Happiness |<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

Local Futures (Also look for Historic<br />

interview with Helena Norberg-Hodge)<br />

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LEARNING & EARNING<br />

PLACEMENTS & INTERNSHIPS<br />

Afrika Tikkun | Internships for youth<br />

aged 19-29 with matric or equivalent<br />

| 57 6th Rd, Eastwood Bldg, Hydepark,<br />

Johannesburg | 011 325 5914 | info@<br />

afrikatikkun.org | www.afrikatikkun.org<br />

Harambee Youth Employment<br />

Accelerator | An NPO focused on youth<br />

employment. Manages SA Youth, a national<br />

network of business, social and government<br />

partners that help young, unemployed<br />

South Africans aged 18 – 34 to access a<br />

wide selection of learning and earning<br />

opportunities – for free! Open to South<br />

African citizens, permanent residents and<br />

refugees. You’ll need your ID number or<br />

refugee number, as well as the postal code<br />

of the area where you live | Register data<br />

free at sayouth.mobi | For help on how to<br />

register or any other advice call 0800 72 72<br />

72 toll-free | f sayouth.mobi<br />

Lulaway | Matches young job seekers<br />

with available work opportunities and<br />

internships. Also provides work-readiness<br />

training. Candidates can register 1.<br />

Via Lulaway’s website 2. By emailing or<br />

WhatsApping their CV, ID and copies of<br />

qualifications / certificates OR 3. By visiting<br />

one of 200 job centres nationwide. Find a<br />

job centre near you on their website | Or<br />

call: 010 140 9510 / WhatsApp: 065 327<br />

8274 | info@lulaway.co.za | www.<br />

lulaway.co.za | f Lulaway<br />

Parliamentary Monitoring Group |<br />

Internships for young people to monitor<br />

Parliament and observe and write detailed<br />

reports of the proceedings of 50 oversight<br />

committees, during parliamentary sessions.<br />

Ideal for those with a background in or<br />

who are studying politics and law, and can<br />

write well. Enquire about educational and<br />

other requirements and if there are current<br />

vacancies for monitors. Cape Town only |<br />

9 Church Square, Parliament St, Cape Town<br />

| 021 465 8885 | monitors@pmg.org.za<br />

| www.pmg.org.za | f pmgsouthafrica<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

| PMG - Youth Monitoring Parliament<br />

SA Youth | This is South Africa’s<br />

national network for all young people to<br />

access entry-level learning and earning<br />

opportunities. The network consists of<br />

government, business & social partners –<br />

brought together by the Presidential Youth<br />

Employment Intervention to tackle youth<br />

unemployment. SA Youth is free for young<br />

South Africans to apply and for employers<br />

to post opportunities. Register online at<br />

sayouth.datafree.co or at SAYouth.mobi<br />

(No data needed!) Once you have completed<br />

your personal profile you’ll be able to search<br />

for jobs near you. SA Youth is open to<br />

South African citizens, permanent residents,<br />

refugees and people with valid work permits<br />

aged 18 – 34 | 0800 72 72 72 | info@<br />

sayouth.org.za | Zero-rated / data-free<br />

access: sayouth.datafree.co / SAYouth.<br />

mobi | Partners / employers join here:<br />

partners.sayouth.org.za | f SAyouth<br />

Unity in Africa Foundation | An NPO/<br />

PBO. Offers a four-phase education<br />

to employment programme for youth<br />

interested in engineering, IT or computer<br />

science careers | Felsted Bldg, 14 Bird<br />

St,Gqeberha/PE | 041 582 1274 | info@<br />

uina.co.za | www.uina.co.za | f<br />

UinAFoundation<br />

Yes4Youth | An NPO employment<br />

service that connects young people aged<br />

18-34 to economic opportunities through<br />

work at participating companies throughout<br />

South Africa | collaborate@yes4youth.<br />

co.za | Visit www.yes4youth.co.za/foryouth<br />

for resources on how to prepare<br />

yourself for the workplace | Register for<br />

work at yes4youth.mobi or call 087 654<br />

0878 if you don’t have access to the internet<br />

| 087 330 0084 | www.yes4youth.co.za<br />

| f Yes4YouthZA<br />

Youth Health Africa | A healthcarefocused<br />

youth empowerment organisation<br />

combatting youth unemployment and the<br />

spread of HIV through a one-year Skills<br />

Development/Internship Programme<br />

in health facilities across South Africa<br />

| 010 590 1300 | info@yhafrica.<br />

org | www.youthhealthafrica.org | f<br />

YouthHealthAfrica<br />

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Research the major players in a sector<br />

that interests you, such as engineering,<br />

finance, hospitality, manufacturing,<br />

retail, the environment, etc. and apply<br />

directly for an internship with an<br />

organisation that you would like to<br />

work with – locally or internationally.<br />

Relevant qualifications may just land<br />

you the opportunity. Try it.<br />

SEARCH OR REGISTER<br />

ONLINE FOR WORK<br />

Find help with creating your best CV.<br />

Search for ‘CV template’ online or in<br />

Microsoft Word templates. When your CV<br />

is ready, explore ALL the options listed<br />

below. Some of them are job search<br />

engines – with the most comprehensive<br />

job listings gathered from multiple<br />

sources all over the web – and some are<br />

job boards where registered recruitment<br />

agencies and employers list jobs.<br />

You can search for jobs, refine your<br />

search, post your CV or create a CV using<br />

an online CV builder. List your email<br />

address to be informed of similar, but<br />

new job postings – all free of charge on<br />

most sites.<br />

Some words of advice:<br />

1. Do not write your entire CV in CAPITAL<br />

LETTERS. It is extremely difficult to<br />

read.<br />

2. Google ‘How to create a CV’ and ‘How<br />

to write a job application cover letter’<br />

– even if you think you know how to do<br />

it.<br />

3. Spellcheck your CV and any cover<br />

letter before sending them out.<br />

4. DO NOT apply for positions for which<br />

you don’t qualify – you’ll be wasting<br />

your time and annoying the person<br />

who has to read your application.<br />

Take note that is against the law in South<br />

Africa for recruiters to charge applicants<br />

for job offers.<br />

South Africa’s four mobile operators all offer<br />

free access to education and some job-related<br />

websites (and more). Find out from your service<br />

provider what’s available.<br />

• MTN | OpenTime<br />

• Vodacom | ConnectU<br />

• Cell C | CONNECT4FREE<br />

• Telkom / 8ta | Zero Rated Websites<br />

Here’s what YOU can do<br />

to make a difference<br />

As a business |<br />

n<br />

Pay people for coming to interviews<br />

for their time and transport costs<br />

– regardless of whether they’re<br />

offered the job. You have no idea<br />

what a difference that will make.<br />

n<br />

Do business with small businesses<br />

in your community – especially in<br />

townships – so that they can afford<br />

to employ more people.<br />

As a community |<br />

n<br />

Support small businesses rather<br />

than chain-stores and multinational<br />

brands.<br />

n<br />

Start a community market where<br />

people can sell and swap the things<br />

they make and the food they grow.<br />

JOB BOARDS<br />

A job board is a website used by<br />

employers to advertise their job<br />

vacancies to job seekers.<br />

• www.bestjobs.co.za |<br />

App: BestJobs Job Search<br />

• www.bizcommunity.com | Select your<br />

industry from the menu on the left and<br />

then select JOBS from the menu bar at<br />

the top<br />

• www.careerjunction.co.za |<br />

App: CareerJunction<br />

• www.careerplanet.co.za<br />

• www.careers24.com |<br />

App: Careers24 SA Job Search<br />

• www.dreamxchange.co.za<br />

• www.giraffe.co.za<br />

• www.gumtree.co.za<br />

• www.hoteljobs.co.za | A South African<br />

job board for the hospitality industry<br />

• www.jobmail.co.za | App: Job Mail<br />

• www.jobs.co.za<br />

• www.jobspace.co.za<br />

• www.jobvine.co.za<br />

• www.pnet.co.za | App: Pnet<br />

• www.quest.co.za<br />

• www.sagovjobs.co.za<br />

• www. talent360.co.za<br />

• www.thejobsportal.co.za<br />

Also search for ‘employment agencies’ online<br />

and register on all their websites – provided<br />

you have relevant experience/qualifications.<br />

JOB SEARCH ENGINES<br />

Job search engines scour the web for job<br />

listings from multiple sources, saving<br />

you time.<br />

CareerJet | Both a job board and a job<br />

search engine | www.careerjet.co.za |<br />

App: Careerjet<br />

Google for Jobs | A job search engine.<br />

Simply type ‘Google for Jobs’ or ‘Teaching<br />

jobs (or nursing or whatever job you’re looking<br />

for) near me’ in the search bar. A short list<br />

of jobs will appear, with a link to more jobs<br />

at the bottom of the list. Click on the word<br />

‘Jobs’ in the blue bar at the top of the list, or<br />

on ‘more jobs’ at the bottom of the list, to<br />

open a page with 2 menu bars where you<br />

can set the location, job category, company<br />

type, etc., as well as refine your search. You<br />

can also sign up for job alerts on this page.<br />

Indeed / za.indeed.com | A job board &<br />

job search engine | App: Indeed Job Search<br />

Here’s what YOU can do<br />

to make a difference<br />

Teach someone how to:<br />

• Speak, read and write English.<br />

• Make sense of numbers.<br />

• Open and balance a bank account.<br />

• Dr a car.<br />

• Use a computer, set up an email<br />

account & a FB page, download<br />

WhatsApp, and surf the Internet.<br />

• Type and use Word.<br />

SOUTH AFRICAN JOBS<br />

DATABASES<br />

Register & upload your information to<br />

be notified of opportunities.<br />

Department of Public Works &<br />

Infrastructure: Unemployed Built<br />

Environment Youth and Professional<br />

Information Gathering | A database<br />

of unemployed built environment youth,<br />

professionals and artisans | Upload your<br />

details here: www.publicworks.gov.za/DPWI_<br />

Unemployed_Database.html<br />

Employment Services of South Africa<br />

(ESSA) | This is the Department of<br />

Employment & Labour’s work seeker<br />

database. Go to www.labour.gov.za |<br />

Select ‘Online Services’ from the menu bar<br />

to access the ESSA system, then:<br />

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP<br />

– Alan Kay<br />

There are unbelievable world-class resources for entrepreneurs available on the internet –<br />

most with incredibly generous free options. If you don’t find it in this section, Google it.<br />

t<br />

Also see, elsewhere in the directory:<br />

• EDUCATION – the entire section<br />

• EMPLOYMENT SOLUTIONS & SUSTAINABLE<br />

LIVELIHOODS<br />

• ENTREPRENEURSHIP<br />

• YOUTH<br />

APPS, TEMPLATES, TOOLS<br />

& SOFTWARE (Mostly free)<br />

Also see ELECTRONIC PLATFORMS & TOOLS in<br />

the EDUCATION: RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS &<br />

EDUCATORS <strong>pages</strong>.<br />

Find The Right Software or App<br />

For Your Business<br />

Capterra | A comprehensive,<br />

free, online directory that allows<br />

you to find, research, filter, compare<br />

and read user reviews on software<br />

solutions in over 700 categories, such<br />

as Project Management, CRM, HRM,<br />

Accounting, IT Asset Management,<br />

Email Marketing, Retail Management,<br />

LMS, Inventory Management, and<br />

Help Desk | www.capterra.co.za /<br />

www.capterra.com | f Capterra<br />

GetApp | A free platform for<br />

recommended apps and software for<br />

small businesses. Select the category,<br />

such as billing & invoicing, marketing,<br />

project management, etc, then filter<br />

by price range (including free) and the<br />

equipment you will use the software<br />

on to gain a comprehensive overview<br />

and user reviews | www.getapp.<br />

com | f GetApp<br />

ACCOUNTING<br />

ZipBooks | Free accounting software:<br />

invoices, time-tracking, financial reports,<br />

and bank integration. Low-priced upgrade<br />

include payroll + | www.zip<strong>book</strong>s.com<br />

BALANCE, PRODUCTIVITY & FOCUS<br />

Free apps reminding you to take a break |<br />

• Time Out for Apple Mac, exclusively |<br />

www.dejal.com/timeout<br />

• Eye Care 20 20 20 for iOS and Android<br />

phones. Reminds you to take 20-second<br />

breaks and focus your eyes on something<br />

at least 20 feet (7m) away<br />

Google Digital Well-being | Tips & tools<br />

to help you understand and manage your<br />

tech use | Search for ‘google wellbeing’<br />

Momentum Dash | A free browser<br />

add-on that provides a starting page with<br />

daily nature photos, quotes, a to-do list, and<br />

personal challenge to keep you focused and<br />

inspired. It works even when you’re offline!<br />

| www.momentumdash.com<br />

BUSINESS FORMS,<br />

LEGAL AGREEMENTS & LETTER<br />

TEMPLATES<br />

Google Docs | Create, edit and save<br />

documents as text or PDF files in your<br />

web browser for free, without any special<br />

software. Includes templates, such as<br />

resumes, letters, proposals, brochures,<br />

reports, forms, meeting notes, newsletters,<br />

etc. Accessible only with a gmail account |<br />

www.docs.google.com<br />

Microsoft | MS Word offers a wide range<br />

of free, customizable templates, including<br />

calendars, CVs, cover letters, newsletters,<br />

brochures, flyers, menus, catalogs, invoices,<br />

receipts, etc. PowerPoint also has a range of<br />

templates and themes. Search for a specific<br />

template or check templates.office.com or<br />

forms.office.com for a larger selection.<br />

BUSINESS PLAN TEMPLATES<br />

Write your business plan yourself and<br />

then have someone review it, rather than<br />

paying someone to write it for you. You<br />

will learn more about the business this<br />

way – increasing your chances of success.<br />

Also see the yellow box:<br />

AN ASTONISHING FREE TOOLKIT<br />

elsewhere in this section<br />

Bplans | An online collection of free<br />

sample business plans with guides,<br />

calculators and practical advice on planning,<br />

pitching, funding and managing a business<br />

| www.bplans.com | f Bplans<br />

Business Model Canvas | A<br />

management template using nine building<br />

blocks for planning a successful business.<br />

Free and paid options are available from<br />

different sources. Try searching “free<br />

business model canvas” or check out www.<br />

canvanizer.com and www.xtensio.com<br />

– Civil Engineer in a comment section<br />

somewhere online<br />

CLOUD STORAGE & FILE SHARING<br />

Dropbox | Sign up for a free account<br />

with 2 GB of storage. Paid options available.<br />

Share files from here with co-workers,<br />

clients, etc. | www.dropbox.com<br />

Google storage | Every Google Account<br />

starts with 15 GB of free storage that’s<br />

shared across Google Drive, Gmail, and<br />

Google Photos. Upgrade to Google One for<br />

more storage space | one.google.com<br />

WeTransfer | Share or send up to 2GB<br />

of files for free around the world. No sign-up<br />

required | www.wetransfer.com<br />

CONFERENCE CALLING<br />

FreeConferenceCall.com | Zoom<br />

alternative. Can host up to 1,000 users per<br />

session, with features like whiteboarding,<br />

breakout sessions, chat, recording, and<br />

mobile app options. Pay-what-you-can<br />

pricing model allows access to quality video<br />

conferencing software for entrepreneurs,<br />

charities, students, start-ups, etc. | www.<br />

freeconferencecall.com<br />

~<br />

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP<br />

Here's What Businesses Can Do To Make A Difference<br />

Here are some out-of-the-box ideas for businesses to help stimulate<br />

entrepreneurship and promote sustainable self-reliance & independence<br />

Photo | Rodger Bosch | MedicaClubSouthAfrica.com<br />

CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP<br />

MANAGEMENT (CRM) TOOLS<br />

Hubspot | A fantastic, free CRM software<br />

to centralise customer management.<br />

Includes contact & task management,<br />

email tracking, templates, document<br />

sharing, meeting scheduling, live chat<br />

and sales quotes. Sign up includes free<br />

email tips on improving marketing & sales<br />

communications | www.hubspot.com |<br />

Tube<br />

How To Use HubSpot CRM | All-In-<br />

You<br />

One FREE CRM Software for Small Business<br />

(HubSpot Tutorial)<br />

ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES<br />

v Support one or more employees<br />

in developing a business to supply<br />

your business. Brainstorm mutually<br />

beneficial ideas together. Help<br />

them purchase the tools of the<br />

trade – the boat, computer, lawn<br />

mower, truck – that will enable<br />

them to become a supplier to you<br />

and many others. Help them gain<br />

access to finance, knowledge, raw<br />

materials, space in which to work<br />

or store the products of their<br />

labour or ways to transport it to<br />

market. Help them advertise their<br />

products to generate increased<br />

demand for their offering. Help<br />

them become successful – and<br />

watch productivity soar in both<br />

your businesses. The more<br />

economic prosperity we create, the<br />

more all of us will prosper.<br />

v Partner with individuals and<br />

existing businesses in communities<br />

in which you operate to make sure<br />

that money flows back to them (as<br />

opposed to extracting profits without<br />

re-investment into the community).<br />

Finding ways to involve your<br />

customers as partners will create<br />

goodwill beyond what any public<br />

relations activity or media coverage<br />

could ever buy. Involve them in<br />

planting, growing, producing,<br />

testing, processing, distributing,<br />

marketing and selling your product<br />

– giving them access to useful<br />

goods along with the potential to<br />

earn an income.<br />

v Package your product in smaller<br />

quantities (example: a pair of<br />

pants and two shirts, two pairs<br />

of underpants and socks for<br />

a 10-year-old boy) and start a<br />

programme that makes it possible<br />

for customers to re-sell your<br />

merchandise in their rural home<br />

areas, eliminating the need for you<br />

to open a store in every remote<br />

corner of South Africa. Pass the<br />

resultant cost-saving on to your<br />

customers in these rural areas.<br />

v Pay them for advertising your<br />

brand on their walls and for<br />

promoting your product on their<br />

streets and in their spaza-shops.<br />

v Create win-win partnerships that<br />

strengthen township economies.<br />

Arrange with township taxis<br />

and spaza shops to make your<br />

products available to inhabitants<br />

who can barely afford the taxi<br />

money to go to town.<br />

v Provide training, skills development<br />

and access to information to make<br />

sure that the employee-becomesupplier<br />

or the customer-becomepartner<br />

can continue to supply<br />

what your business needs.<br />

Supporting the development of Black entrepreneurs will help<br />

transform the legacy of apartheid, which barred Black people from<br />

owning more than 49% of the shares in their own businesses –<br />

undermining any will and incentive to start a business, leaving at least<br />

two generations of South Africans without entrepreneurial precedent.<br />

DigiSigner | Electronic signature. No<br />

need to print, sign and scan. Add your<br />

signature electronically and send. No signup<br />

required | www.digisigner.com<br />

FAXING<br />

Online faxing providers offer a free<br />

trial, with costs similar to traditional<br />

fax machines. Look for providers with<br />

availability in South Africa, send and<br />

receive capability, electronic signatures, file<br />

sharing and storage, and reasonable costs.<br />

You can link a free Google fax number to<br />

your Gmail address but you will still need<br />

an online service provider to send and<br />

receive faxes. Free emergency options:<br />

Cocofax | Send and receive faxes online<br />

from any device. 14-day free trial. Credit<br />

card needed to start. Works with Google fax<br />

| www.cocofax.com<br />

GotFreeFax | 30-day free trial. Cannot<br />

receive faxes | www.gotfreefax.com<br />

Online Fax | Install the app to fax directly<br />

from your PC or from Google Drive, always<br />

free, but limited to 5 <strong>pages</strong> per month |<br />

https://onlinefax.io<br />

Wisefax | Pay as you go to send faxes<br />

or set up a monthly account to send and<br />

receive | www.wisefax.com<br />

MARKETING TOOLS<br />

Buffer | A social media scheduler for<br />

managing posts on Twitter, Face<strong>book</strong>,<br />

Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. Free<br />

option offers 3 channels, 10 scheduled posts<br />

for 1 user per month | www.buffer.com<br />

Canva | A free, easy-to-use online<br />

graphic design platform for non-designers.<br />

Drag-and-drop functionality. Hundreds of<br />

free templates for advertisements, posters,<br />

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FOOD GROWING<br />

– Ron Finley<br />

t<br />

COMMERCIAL FARMING<br />

See: SUPPORT FOR FARMERS in the<br />

ENTREPRENEURSHIP <strong>pages</strong><br />

EDIBLE LANDSCAPES<br />

As hunger is becoming a global problem,<br />

increasing numbers of towns and cities<br />

around the world are planting food<br />

instead of doing traditional landscaping.<br />

In these edible cities people are<br />

encouraged to pick what they need, free<br />

of charge and without questions asked.<br />

Andernach in Germany is one such<br />

city. In 2010, they planted 101 varieties<br />

of tomatoes in the town centre – free<br />

for anyone to pick. The following year<br />

the city did the same with beans, then<br />

onions. Now you’ll find all kinds of<br />

vegetables, herbs, berries and fruit and<br />

nut trees growing among the flowers<br />

and shrubs all over the city. And because<br />

there’s enough to go around, people<br />

don’t take more than they need.<br />

EDIBLE PUBLIC SPACES<br />

Edible Cities Network | Shares<br />

information, inspiration and expertise,<br />

and promotes sustainable methods of<br />

urban food production, distribution and<br />

consumption to tackle urgent urban<br />

challenges – from climate change to hunger<br />

and social exclusion – through edible,<br />

nature-based cities throughout the world.<br />

<strong>Resource</strong>-rich website. Free newsletter |<br />

www.edicitnet.com | f Edicitnet - The<br />

Edible Cities Network<br />

Food Matters | A British NPO that works<br />

to create sustainable and fair food systems,<br />

educating people about the physical and<br />

mental health benefits of healthy eating.<br />

Freely download the following:<br />

• Building Local Food Systems<br />

• Mapping Local Food Webs Toolkit<br />

• Food Growing and Development<br />

www.foodmatters.org | f Foodmatters.org<br />

Incredible Edible Network | Creating<br />

healthy, kind, connected, prosperous and<br />

resilient communities – through food. Inforich<br />

website | www.incredibleedible.org.<br />

uk | f IncredibleEdibleUK<br />

Urban Farming | A global NPO on a<br />

mission to create an abundance of food<br />

and economic opportunity through the<br />

establishment of food gardens on unused<br />

land, rooftops and other spaces. Info-rich<br />

website | www.urbanfarming.org | f<br />

UrbanFarmingGlobalFoodChain<br />

Imagine how beautiful our towns and cities<br />

would look if all empty yards had food rather<br />

than weeds growing in them! Imagine what<br />

heartache and suffering could be averted with<br />

this simple strategy.<br />

TEDtalks | Edible Cities, Lynn Shore<br />

| From garden city to edible city, Bjorn<br />

Low & Calvin Soh | How we can eat our<br />

landscapes, Pam Warhurst<br />

YouTube | City of Atlanta opens free food<br />

forest to the public | Creating a Front<br />

Yard Garden to Engage the Community |<br />

Edible Landscaping - How to Create a<br />

Foodscape | How to Design a Public<br />

Permaculture Food Forest | How to Grow<br />

Organic, Edible Landscapes | Incredible<br />

Edible Public Park Helps to Feed 200,000<br />

People Every Month | The Incredible<br />

Edible Landscape<br />

A Lesson from America's<br />

First ‘Agrihood’<br />

Photo | Miona Janeke<br />

An experimental food garden at Menlyn Park<br />

Shopping Centre in Pretoria, a decade ago.<br />

Landscaping public parks, corporate<br />

gardens, empty plots of land and<br />

overgrown pavements with edible plants<br />

could be a very effective solution to<br />

hunger and malnutrition in our country.<br />

An example of flowers, herbs & vegetables<br />

growing together in a public space.<br />

It was an empty lot in a poor<br />

suburb. It now feeds roughly<br />

2,000 households per month.<br />

www.miufi.org<br />

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FOOD GROWING<br />

EDIBLE SCHOOL GARDENS<br />

The Edible Schoolyard Project |<br />

Edible education that provides hands-on<br />

experiences that connect students to food,<br />

nature and each other. Addresses the crises<br />

of climate change, public health, hunger and<br />

social inequality. <strong>Resource</strong>-rich website with<br />

free lesson plans & instruction materials |<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

www.edibleschoolyard.org | The Edible<br />

Schoolyard Project<br />

Food gardens at schools:<br />

• Provide free school lunches, which frees<br />

up money for other necessities.<br />

• Some programmes in different parts of<br />

the world have resulted in reductions in<br />

malnutrition of between 80-95% among<br />

students.<br />

• Once they know how to garden, children<br />

can be provided with seeds to plant at<br />

home, adding to individual family food<br />

security.<br />

• Teach students about proper nutrition,<br />

stewardship of the earth and the value<br />

of community.<br />

TEDtalks | Growing minds by growing<br />

school gardens, Laurie Brekke<br />

YouTube | Food For Thought ~ Schools<br />

Permaculture (South African) | Growing<br />

Space - Edible Gardens For Schools And<br />

Communities | Guide to starting a school<br />

garden | The Benefits of School Gardens<br />

| The Best School Garden - Galileo<br />

VIDEOS & TALKS ABOUT<br />

URBAN FARMING<br />

Watch this short, but very<br />

important video<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

Local Food can Save the World |<br />

A 2 -minute movie that explains the<br />

benefits of local food production: it<br />

encourages crop diversity, dignified<br />

& sustainable work and income for<br />

local people, more nutritious food<br />

for the community, and healthier<br />

ecosystems. At the same time, local<br />

food economies massively reduce<br />

pollution, plastic packaging and CO2<br />

emissions. The movie was produced<br />

by Local Futures | An NPO<br />

dedicated to revitalizing local cultural<br />

and biological diversity. Their website<br />

contains a wealth of resources,<br />

including other documentaries and<br />

a Localisation Action Guide – all free<br />

| www.localfutures.org | f Local<br />

Futures / Economics of Happiness<br />

My Family's Garden<br />

I was raised almost exclusively on<br />

homegrown fruits and vegetables<br />

in the small village where I come<br />

from in France.<br />

I’ve always been amazed at how<br />

many things my parents grew<br />

in such abundance in our tiny<br />

garden: tomatoes, lettuce, spinach,<br />

onions, carrots, beans, potatoes,<br />

rhubarb, squash and pumpkins.<br />

My mother grew thyme, mint,<br />

rosemary, parsley and chives, and<br />

our four fruit trees provided us<br />

with peaches, apples, apricots and<br />

pears.<br />

Anything we had too much of we<br />

traded for things we didn’t have<br />

with neighbours who also grew<br />

their own food.<br />

Photo | Steffi Pereira | Unsplash<br />

TEDtalks | A guerrilla gardener in<br />

South Central LA, Ron Finley | How<br />

urban agriculture is transforming Detroit,<br />

Devita Davison | The urban agriculture<br />

revolution, David Gingera | Urban farming:<br />

Creating tomorrow’s food, Sriram Gopal<br />

YouTube | Farming While Black, Leah<br />

Penniman | Growing Food in Urban Small<br />

Spaces - Urban Gardening | How Green<br />

Roofs Can Help Cities | Inspiring Woman<br />

Growing a Huge Amount of Food in Her City<br />

Permaculture Garden | Rob Greenfield:<br />

Growing Food in Urban Small Spaces -<br />

Urban Gardening / The Off-Grid Community<br />

Garden in the Middle of the City! | Soul<br />

Fire Farm | This Woman Built 17 Gardens<br />

for Her Community and Isn’t Stopping! /<br />

Transforming Yards Into Gardens | Urban<br />

Edible Forest | Urban Farming and<br />

Growing Your Own Food with Greg Peterson<br />

– Kimbal Musk, Million Gardens Movement<br />

And don’t get me wrong: my<br />

parents are not farmers. They are<br />

working people. Growing their own<br />

food allowed them to feed our<br />

family with very little money. They<br />

bought some seeds but mostly<br />

used seeds saved from the foods<br />

that we ate.<br />

With minimal effort, anyone can<br />

be a gardener — even without a<br />

garden, because you can grow<br />

almost anything in containers.<br />

Even trees. Growing food requires<br />

patience, but it is well worth the<br />

trouble: you will soon have a<br />

thriving little business out of a<br />

project that feeds your family for<br />

free.<br />

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FOOD GROWING<br />

4 Traditional Crops<br />

These crops are now referred to as the<br />

“forgotten foods for the future”<br />

because they are nutrient-rich,<br />

drought-tolerant, pest and disease<br />

resistant and easy to grow.<br />

Find out how to grow them at<br />

www.biowatch.org.za<br />

Indigenous Seeds<br />

Traditional, subsistence<br />

farmers are the custodians of<br />

Africa’s seeds, plants and<br />

knowledge systems.<br />

Photo: Jacques Naude<br />

AMASWELA ( calabash) UDHALI (pigeon pea)<br />

Lagenaria siceraria<br />

Cajanus cajan<br />

UMMBILA (maize)<br />

Zea mays<br />

UNYAWOTHI (pearl millet)<br />

Pennisetum glaucum<br />

AMABELE (sorghum)<br />

Sorghum bicolor<br />

UBHONTSHISI (kidney bean)<br />

Phaseolus vulgaris<br />

The cowpea is a tough annual legume that has become popular in the dry tropics and subtropics worldwide. However, wild<br />

cowpeas are found only in Africa and Madagascar, and it appears that cowpeas were first domesticated in west and east<br />

Africa. From here they spread to southeast Asia together with sorghum and millet 3 500 years ago, to the Mediterranean and<br />

eventually to the Americas.<br />

Delicious, nutritious, ancient legume<br />

Cowpea<br />

cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) isiZulu: imbumba<br />

Cowpeas are an African staple.<br />

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AMATHANGA<br />

( pumpkin)<br />

Cucurbita maxima<br />

Cowpeas are a versatile food that can be prepared in many ways. The green pods, dry and fresh leaves, cooked dry beans, and<br />

cooked or raw fresh beans can all be eaten. The beans are also ground into a paste or flour, and can be processed into a milk<br />

in the same way as soya beans.<br />

Their importance as an African staple ensured their inclusion in the cuisines of the African diaspora. The African tradition of<br />

eating “black-eyed” peas (cream or tan cow peas with a dark eye) with rice is widespread in southern USA, and this dish, called<br />

“Hoppin John” is eaten with collard greens on New Years’ Day to bring good luck. In west Africa and the Caribbean, fried<br />

cowpea fritters are served for breakfast and snacks.<br />

Cowpeas are an important source of carbohydrates (63%) and proteins (25%), with low fat content (1.5%); as well as being<br />

rich in vitamins B1, B2 and B9 and the minerals calcium, phosphorus and iron.<br />

A versatile food, cowpeas are an African staple.<br />

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Jugo bean<br />

jugo bean (Vigna subterranea) isiZulu: izindlubu<br />

Jugo bean, a legume, is a traditional crop in sub-Saharan Africa. Analysis of the diversity of the many landraces on the<br />

continent suggest that it originated in northeastern Nigeria and northern Cameroon in West Africa. It is the third most<br />

important legume grown on the continent after peanuts and cowpeas, with west Africa producing 50% of the harvest. Its<br />

West African roots have resulted in the most known common name: the Bambara nut. In Zimbabwe it is known as the Nyimo<br />

bean and in South Africa it is called the jugo bean and sometimes the round groundnut. In South Africa, jugo beans are mainly<br />

grown in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.<br />

The third most important legume in Africa.<br />

Jugo beans can be sown after the first rains in early summer. They grow to height of 35cm with a compact, well-developed tap<br />

root and creeping branched or spreading stems with three-leaflet clusters. Although jugo beans are related to cowpeas, the<br />

“bean” that is harvested comes from a pod produced in the ground, similar to peanuts. They start producing yellow flowers a<br />

month after planting. Once the flowers are fertilised the stems grow downwards to produce wrinkly pods, containing one or<br />

two seeds, buried in the soil. The beans are almost round, with a hard and shiny coat in a diversity of colours including white,<br />

cream, red, brown, black and speckled.<br />

Jugo beans thrive in well drained, sandy-loam soils and high temperatures. Although they enjoy consistent rain while growing<br />

they do better in dry areas, and can produce a harvest with less than 500mm of rain per year.<br />

Jugo beans are the 3rd most important legume in Africa.<br />

Photo: Gcina Ndwalane<br />

Photo: Max Bastard<br />

IZINDLUBU (jugo bean)<br />

Vigna subterranea<br />

TRADITIONAL FARMERS ARE THE CUSTODIANS OF OUR FOOD<br />

Sophiwe Dlamini’s<br />

household seedbank<br />

Seed selection, saving and exchange are at the heart of traditional<br />

Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa<br />

agricultural systems for millions of African small-holder farmers,<br />

contributing significantly to livelihoods and the conservation of<br />

agricultural biodiversity. Traditional crops are culturally valued,<br />

locally adapted and genetically diverse. Farmers conserve this agro-diversity by growing many species and varieties, and using household<br />

seedbanks to manage plant genetic resources. In doing so, African small-holder farmers are reviving, enhancing and deepening understanding<br />

of traditional seed and knowledge systems.<br />

Household seedbanks represent a rich repository of culture and tradition, and the display of seeds, and the pleasure that is taken in their<br />

exchange and use, also plays an essential role in strengthening social networks. Locally adapted and diverse crops build the resilience and<br />

adaptive capacity of farmers, which is vital in the face of global environmental change and uniformity in agricultural systems.<br />

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SOUTH AFRICA<br />

IBHECE (watermelon)<br />

Citrullus lanatus<br />

biodiversity food sovereignty biosafety social justice<br />

www.biowatch.org.za<br />

UDONCA (sesame)<br />

Sesamum indicum<br />

AMAKINATI (groundnut)<br />

Arachis hypogea<br />

IMBUMBA (cowpea)<br />

Vigna unguiculata<br />

INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE IS THE KEY<br />

TO SEED AND FOOD SOVEREIGNTY<br />

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with 44 different types of seeds<br />

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Millets<br />

finger millet (Eleusine coracana) isiZulu: uphoko<br />

pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum) isiZulu: unyawothi<br />

Millets are a group of diverse small-grain grasses that have provided staple foods and fodder in the semi-arid tropics of Africa<br />

and Asia since the founding of ancient civilisations, thousands of years ago. Of the many types, farmers in KwaZulu-Natal<br />

grow finger millet and pearl millet. Both are quick growing, summer annuals that have fairly few insect pests or diseases.<br />

These grasses grow in clumps and tiller (produce many stems from each plant) especially in good conditions.<br />

Millets are gluten-free, high in protein and<br />

FINGER MILLET<br />

antioxidants,<br />

Finger millet is one of the most important<br />

and<br />

small grains in Africa.<br />

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Of all major<br />

help<br />

cereals, this crop<br />

prevent<br />

is one of the most nutritious<br />

and<br />

and tasty. The plant is hardy, and has adapted to a variety of conditions: rainfall as low as 275mm and up to 1 000mm and<br />

more, and cool to hot temperatures of up to 35°C. It also grows at elevations ranging between 500m and 2 400m – higher<br />

than most tropical cereals. The grain can be stored for up to 10 years without insect damage, carrying communities through<br />

seasons of drought when other crops don’t produce.<br />

manage diabetes. Finger millet has three<br />

times more calcium than milk.<br />

However, this food that has been a staple for thousands of years, is becoming scarce. The crop has received little attention<br />

from the scientific community, and with a global trend to fast food, the production of finger millet has declined to only<br />

5-million tons worldwide. In South Africa, finger millet deserves urgent conservation and promotion as a crop that can provide<br />

quality food in an ever more variable and dry climate.<br />

Finger millet, an ancient staple grain, is becoming scarce.<br />

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Sorghum<br />

sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) isiZulu: amabele<br />

The earliest evidence of the use of sorghum is an 8 000-year-old site on the current border between Egypt and<br />

Sudan, where sorghum seeds were found together with pottery fragments and cattle bones. North-eastern Africa<br />

is believed to be the centre of origin for cultivated sorghum due to the genetic diversity of the varieties, and<br />

similarities with wild sorghums, in this region.<br />

Highly nutritious and naturally gluten-free,<br />

Sorghum is the fifth most important grain<br />

Sorghum is now the 5th most important cereal crop worldwide, providing the staple food for 750 million people.<br />

Sorghum is an important animal feed; the whole plant is used as fodder, hay and silage (moist fodder that is<br />

fermented in an airtight store). Commercial production for livestock feed is greater than food, with the USA<br />

producing most sorghum worldwide.<br />

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Ancient<br />

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grain<br />

world. Known in South Africa<br />

as Maltabella.<br />

Thousands of years of growing sorghum in different parts of the world, has resulted in varieties that are so<br />

different that they used to be classified as separate species! Now scientists have realised that they are all the<br />

same amazing crop. For example, in some parts of India one can find sorghum that can be popped like popcorn,<br />

or cooked and eaten as a vegetable like sweetcorn. In Nigeria there is yellow sorghum, rich in Vitamin A.<br />

Photo: Gcina Ndwalane<br />

– Paraphrased from a Zoom conversation.<br />

Download this free fact sheet about<br />

why farmers need to save seeds and<br />

build community seed networks.<br />

www.biowatch.org.za<br />

Select ‘Publications & Documents’<br />

to find and download the above<br />

material, plus information about<br />

traditional crops and how to grow<br />

them ... and much, much more.<br />

Sorghum is the 5th most important cereal crop worldwide.<br />

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FOOD, HUNGER & NUTRITION<br />

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FORAGING FOR FOOD<br />

Shops and supermarkets are not the<br />

only places where one can find food.<br />

There are over 80,000 edible plants<br />

in the world, yet roughly 150 are<br />

harvested for food. The natural world<br />

is filled with free and highly nutritious<br />

food – if only we knew what to look<br />

for and how to use it the way our<br />

ancestors did.<br />

Sadly, the vast bounty of nature has<br />

been reduced to what we can find in<br />

the shops. We no longer know that<br />

there are multiple varieties of the<br />

same kinds of edible plants in similar<br />

environments all over the world.<br />

Photo | Dana Devolk | Unsplash<br />

The tide is turning, though, and<br />

people everywhere are beginning to<br />

rediscover the vast gifts of nature.<br />

Academics are researching and<br />

publishing information about the<br />

nutritional and medicinal properties<br />

of wild food plants. Farmers are<br />

beginning to grow indigenous crops<br />

commercially because they are<br />

drought and pest resistant, easy<br />

to grow in local conditions, and<br />

nutrient-dense.<br />

And ordinary people are beginning to<br />

forage for food in their surroundings<br />

– not because they cannot afford<br />

store-bought fruits and vegetables,<br />

but because they want to have<br />

access to the most densely nutritious<br />

food that nature has to offer: free<br />

of chemicals and not genetically<br />

modified. Besides, increasing the<br />

diversity of food plants that you eat,<br />

even in very small quantities, is the<br />

simplest way to eat a diet that’s rich<br />

in micro-nutrients.<br />

In this section, you’ll find information<br />

about how to identify and use<br />

indigenous, edible plants that grow<br />

wild in South Africa. Educate yourself!<br />

There is no need for any of our<br />

children to be malnourished!<br />

You need to learn about only two<br />

or three wild plants to increase the<br />

micronutrients in your food and<br />

start saving money – on food and<br />

medical bills! But you also need to be<br />

responsible and make 100% sure that<br />

you have identified a plant that is not<br />

poisonous.<br />

And don’t for a moment think that<br />

foraging for food is something only<br />

poor people do. A small restaurant<br />

called Wolfgat in the Western Cape<br />

serves almost exclusively foraged<br />

food and they won an international<br />

‘Restaurant of the Year’ award in<br />

2019! (www.wolfgat.co.za)<br />

South Africa even has a foraging<br />

celebrity: Roushanna Gray – one<br />

of eight people from around the<br />

world who were featured in an<br />

original documentary series from<br />

Corona Studios called “Free Range<br />

Humans.” Roushanna teaches<br />

foraging workshops and leads wild<br />

food expeditions along the Cape<br />

Floral Region, which is recognised<br />

by UNESCO as one of the most<br />

biodiverse environments in the world.<br />

(www.veldandsea.com)<br />

Read the article: Edible Weeds & Wild<br />

Plants: A solution to malnutrition?<br />

elsewhere in the directory.<br />

Foraging Guidelines<br />

i Start by learning about one or two<br />

plants, what they look like, where to<br />

find them, and how to use them.<br />

i Properly identify and research any<br />

wild plant in its unripe and ripe states<br />

before you eat it. Some plants have<br />

poisonous look-alikes. See: WHAT‘S<br />

THAT PLANT CALLED? and research<br />

the plant in more than one resource.<br />

i Not everything you find in a <strong>book</strong> will<br />

be in your area. And not everything<br />

you find in your area will be in a <strong>book</strong>.<br />

Ask the elders what they know.<br />

i Do not pick mushrooms unless you<br />

know what you’re doing. Some are<br />

poisonous enough to cause death.<br />

i Only take what you need. Leave<br />

enough for re-growth. Don’t pull<br />

out the roots – unless they’re edible.<br />

Never take the last of what’s left.<br />

i Don’t damage anything. Don’t disturb<br />

the ecosystem that produces the<br />

foods that you’re after. It should look<br />

as if you were never there.<br />

i Give nature time to replenish: don’t<br />

forage in the same area all the time.<br />

i Don’t litter. We are not the only<br />

beings who live on this planet and<br />

animals don’t know the difference<br />

between a piece of chewing gum<br />

and a worm.<br />

i Avoid polluted areas: dog-walking<br />

paths or roads with heavy traffic.<br />

i Wash pickings before you eat them.<br />

i Share your knowledge – especially<br />

with children.<br />

i You may need a permit to forage<br />

in your area. Find out from your<br />

municipal offices.<br />

Sources: www.britishlocalfood.com |<br />

www.EdibleCities.net | www.fao.org –<br />

search for: Voluntary Guidelines for the<br />

Conservation and Sustainable Use of Crop<br />

Wild Relatives and Wild Food Plants<br />

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FOOD, HUNGER & NUTRITION<br />

What's That Plant Called?<br />

Most apps that help identify plants,<br />

trees, flowers, vegetables, mushrooms,<br />

weeds, etc., have a database of photos<br />

to scroll through. Many allow you to<br />

submit a photo of any part of a plant<br />

you’d like to identify.<br />

Candide | Identify plants or search<br />

for plants in a specific environment. Can<br />

also ask the community. Free & ad-free.<br />

iNaturalist | Identify plants and<br />

animals. Created by the National<br />

Geographic Society & the California<br />

Academy of Sciences. Free & ad-free.<br />

PlantNet | Database of 20,000+<br />

plant species. Free & ad-free. Web version<br />

at identify.plantnet.org<br />

PlantSnap | Database of 625,000+<br />

plants, trees & mushrooms – and<br />

growing. Free & paid options.<br />

A recent and very relevant <strong>book</strong><br />

about the myriad plants that have<br />

sustained human populations throughout<br />

the course of history.<br />

You won’t find them on grocery shelves,<br />

but you will find them in nature.<br />

Download this Beginner’s Guide to<br />

Identifying, Foraging, and Using<br />

Medicinal Plants free: www.pdfDr.com<br />

Apps to Help Find<br />

EDIBLE Wild Plants<br />

Apps with info on where & when to<br />

find and identify, how to use for food &<br />

medicine, poisonous look-alikes, etc.<br />

Edible and Medicinal Plants |<br />

Comprehensive & free.<br />

Edible Plant Guide | Covers 950+<br />

wild plants and what health conditions<br />

they have historically been used for.<br />

Works offline. Costs less than R50.<br />

Mushrooms Lite - Field Guide<br />

(Free) / Mushrooms PRO / iKnow<br />

Mushrooms 2 PRO / | 3 Apps by<br />

Nature Mobile. Educational. Helps with<br />

accurate identification. Works offline.<br />

Vild Mad | See FORAGING FOR WILD<br />

FOOD elsewhere in this section.<br />

Wild Edibles | Plants in temperate/<br />

tropical climates. Paid & lite/free versions.<br />

– Iso, Founder of foragesf.com<br />

Wild mushrooms are an incredible source<br />

of healing nutrition. But if you eat the<br />

wrong thing, you could die.<br />

Make sure you are well informed.<br />

Now research that plant!<br />

Knowing what the plant is called is the<br />

first step. Next, you MUST research the<br />

edibility of the plant. Google it, look it<br />

up on Wikipedia or research it here:<br />

• www.healthbenefitstimes.com<br />

• http://pza.sanbi.org<br />

• https://southafrica.co.za<br />

See if you can find this <strong>book</strong> by<br />

F.W. Fox & M. E. Norwood Young<br />

in your local library or online. It is one of<br />

very few <strong>book</strong>s about edible wild plants<br />

particular to southern Africa.<br />

Download this informative, free<br />

<strong>book</strong>let. Google: guidetokelp_<br />

harvestinginsouthafrica<br />

Learn from YouTube videos how to use<br />

seaweed to add nutrition to your food.<br />

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GENDER & VIOLENCE ISSUES<br />

– Riane Eisler<br />

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Also see:<br />

• SAFE PLACES, ASSISTANCE & MORE under<br />

SEXUAL & OTHER ABUSE OF CHILDREN in the<br />

CHILD WELFARE <strong>pages</strong><br />

• GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE, as well as RAPE<br />

in the CRISIS SUPPORT <strong>pages</strong><br />

• GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE & RAPE in the<br />

MEN & BOYS <strong>pages</strong><br />

• FAMILY WELL-BEING, RELATIONSHIP &<br />

MARRIAGE COUNSELLING in the WOMEN &<br />

FAMILY <strong>pages</strong><br />

• EMERGENCY & TRANSITIONAL SHELTERS<br />

elsewhere in this section.<br />

TERMS & DEFINITIONS<br />

Domestic violence | It is committed<br />

by one partner in an intimate relationship<br />

against the other partner. It happens in<br />

heterosexual or same-sex relationships<br />

& between former spouses or partners.<br />

It sometimes also involves violence<br />

against children, parents or the elderly.<br />

It can include physical, verbal, emotional,<br />

economic, religious, reproductive or sexual<br />

abuse. It can range from subtle, coercion<br />

to violent physical abuse, marital rape,<br />

disfigurement or death. It may include<br />

the use of technology to harass, control,<br />

monitor, stalk or hack. Victims of domestic<br />

violence are mostly women, who are also<br />

likelier than men to use intimate partner<br />

violence in self-defence.<br />

Gender-Based Violence (GBV) | Physical,<br />

sexual or psychological harm or suffering<br />

perpetrated mainly against women, girls &<br />

transgender people, though GBV could<br />

affect anyone in an unequal power dynamic:<br />

men, elders, people with disabilities, and<br />

children – including boys. Such violence<br />

may arise from a cultural acceptance<br />

of sexual violence, from a sense of<br />

entitlement and superiority, from personal<br />

misogynistic attitudes or from a deep sense<br />

of worthlessness and a need for personal<br />

elevation through demeaning behaviour<br />

towards others – or from all of the above.<br />

Homophobia | Negative attitudes toward<br />

homosexuality or people who are identified<br />

or perceived as being lesbian, gay, bisexual<br />

or transgender. Homophobia has been<br />

defined as prejudice, aversion or hatred and<br />

may be based on irrational fear, ignorance<br />

or religious beliefs.<br />

Misogyny | Hatred of, contempt for, or<br />

prejudice against women. A form of sexism<br />

that keeps women at a lower social status<br />

than men, thus maintaining patriarchy.<br />

Misogyny includes domestic violence and, in<br />

its most extreme forms, femicide.<br />

Objectification | This is an act of treating<br />

a person as an object or thing that can<br />

be owned because it lacks autonomy,<br />

has no feelings or boundaries and is<br />

interchangeable with other similar objects.<br />

Women are objectified in pornography,<br />

prostitution and sometimes in media<br />

portrayals, advertising and sex jokes.<br />

Toxic masculinity | Masculinity in<br />

itself is not toxic. What makes it toxic are<br />

cultural stereotypes, norms, attitudes and<br />

behaviours related to masculinity that are<br />

harmful to the individual and society. This<br />

includes emotional repression, social and<br />

sexual dominance and control, homophobic<br />

and violent behaviour – traits that are<br />

often also correlated with psychological<br />

problems such as depression, substance<br />

use disorders, inability to maintain close<br />

relationships, as well as criminal behaviour.<br />

Sexism | Sexism is prejudice or<br />

discrimination based on someone’s sex<br />

or gender. It primarily affects women, girls<br />

and transgender people. It has been linked<br />

to cultural stereotypes, social customs<br />

and gender roles, and may include the<br />

belief that one sex or gender is intrinsically<br />

superior to another.<br />

[Source: Wikipedia, mostly]<br />

Having sex with someone<br />

without their consent is rape.<br />

Having sex with a child under the<br />

age of 16 – even with their consent and<br />

even if the perpetrator is also underage<br />

– is rape.<br />

Rape is a criminal offence that could<br />

result in life imprisonment.<br />

Abuse Manifests<br />

in Many Ways<br />

Abuse is any act of aggression<br />

that causes emotional or physical<br />

injury or hardship. Abuse is used to<br />

control and oppress others.<br />

• Abandoning<br />

• Belittling<br />

• Blackmailing<br />

• Bondage<br />

• Bullying<br />

• Controlling<br />

• Cruelty<br />

• Damage to property<br />

• Denying access to resources: food,<br />

money, information, equipment...<br />

• Elder abuse<br />

• Emotional or verbal abuse<br />

• Exposing a child to pornography<br />

• Financial exploitation<br />

• Forcing<br />

• Harassing<br />

• Hate speech<br />

• Hitting & hurting<br />

• Humiliating<br />

• Insulting<br />

• Intimidating<br />

• Isolating<br />

• Kicking<br />

• Manipulating<br />

• Maiming<br />

• Mind games<br />

• Murder<br />

• Name-calling<br />

• Neglecting<br />

• Non-consensual pornography<br />

• Oppression<br />

• Rape<br />

• Restraining<br />

• Restricting movement<br />

• Sexual harassment & violence<br />

• Shaming<br />

• Stalking<br />

• Strangling<br />

• Threatening<br />

• Violence & exposure to violence<br />

• Withholding care<br />

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GENDER & VIOLENCE ISSUES<br />

DOMESTIC ABUSE, INCEST &<br />

GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE<br />

I AM A MAN<br />

AND I PLEDGE<br />

– FAMSA<br />

HELPLINES<br />

Gender-based Violence Command Centre<br />

| Anonymous and confidential telephonic<br />

information, counselling and referrals in<br />

all 11 official languages | 24-Hour, free<br />

helpline: 0800 GBV GBV (0800 428 428) or<br />

text *120*7867# (FREE from any cellphone)<br />

| Or SMS ‘help’ to 31531 and someone will<br />

call you back | Skype: ‘HelpMe GBV’ for<br />

members of the deaf community<br />

Lifeline Gender Violence Helpline |<br />

Anonymous, professional, free telephonic or<br />

text counselling | Toll-free: 0800 150 150<br />

/ WhatsApp: 084 922 8808<br />

For an emergency that needs police<br />

response | 10111<br />

For an emergency that requires an<br />

ambulance | 10177<br />

Photo | Jassir Jonis | Unsplash<br />

To never harm any girl or woman.<br />

To never harm another living being.<br />

To never ignore or keep silent about violence<br />

in my community.<br />

To reject hate, discrimination and prejudice<br />

against any people, regardless of their gender,<br />

age, skin colour or sexual preferences.<br />

To live in harmony with my fellow human<br />

beings – in the spirit of UBUNTU.<br />

I AM A MAN<br />

You can count on me.<br />

Buy the poster at<br />

Order the poster at www.southafricanconversations.co.za/shop<br />

SAPS helplines (office hours)<br />

• Head Office: Tshwane/Pretoria | 012<br />

393 2107 / 021 592 1601<br />

• Eastern Cape | 040 608 8498<br />

• Free State | 051 507 6628<br />

• Gauteng | 011 309 6016 / 011 403 3413<br />

• KwaZulu-Nata | 031 325 4941<br />

• Limpopo | 015 290 6180<br />

• Mpumalanga | 013 762 4770<br />

• North West | 018 299 7159<br />

• Northern Cape | 053 839 2824<br />

• Western Cape | 021 467 8390<br />

Report complaints about SAPS service<br />

relating to GBV, to the following:<br />

• The station commissioner at the<br />

relevant police station<br />

• The SAPS complaint line | 0800 333<br />

177 | complaintsnodalpoint@saps.<br />

gov.za<br />

• The Independent Police Investigative<br />

Directorate | 012 399 0000 |<br />

complaints@ipid.gov.za | Find<br />

provincial details at www.ipid.gov.za<br />

• The Gender-based Violence Command<br />

Centre | 0800 GBV GBV<br />

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HEALTH<br />

– Dr. Mimi Guarneri<br />

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Information on these <strong>pages</strong> is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment,<br />

but as a record of available information on the internet and of knowledge about traditional remedies and the body’s<br />

ability to heal itself when we live a healthy lifestyle. ALWAYS seek the advice of a medical doctor or qualified health<br />

professional before trying things out – especially if you’re taking prescription medicines that may adversely<br />

interact with a home remedy. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it.<br />

Do share your research findings with your doctor!<br />

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ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE<br />

Private, insurance-based and public<br />

health care systems exist alongside each<br />

other in South Africa. The public system<br />

includes public hospitals, government<br />

clinics and community health centres<br />

that offer primary health care,<br />

maternity care, family planning and<br />

oral health care through a nurse-based,<br />

doctor-supported structure throughout<br />

the country. Services & medication are<br />

either free, charged at a minimal flat<br />

rate or are determined by income level.<br />

To access the public system, you need<br />

an SA ID or permanent residence docs,<br />

pay slip/unemployment/pension card<br />

and proof of address (if available).<br />

Find out from your local municipality or<br />

local hospital what public health care<br />

facilities are available in your area.<br />

National Health Hotline | 0800 029<br />

999 | Answers to questions about<br />

TB, pregnancy, child health, mental<br />

wellbeing, vaccines and more! In English,<br />

Zulu, Afrikaans, Xhosa & Sotho, 24/7 |<br />

WhatsApp | 0600 123 456<br />

CHILDREN’S HOSPITALS<br />

Also see LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESSES<br />

in the CHILD WELFARE <strong>pages</strong><br />

Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital | 6<br />

Jubilee Rd, Parktown, JHB | 010 133 0600<br />

| www.nelsonmandelachildrenshospital.<br />

org | f NMCHT<br />

Red Cross War Memorial Children’s<br />

Hospital | Klipfontein Rd, Rondebosch,<br />

Cape Town | 021 658 5111<br />

Community Health Care Workers<br />

mothers2mothers (m2m) |<br />

Primary Health Care services<br />

(HIV prevention, care & treatment;<br />

screening for Non-Communicable<br />

Diseases, Tuberculosis and Malaria;<br />

family planning, nutrition support,<br />

and referrals to other vital services)<br />

through local women living with<br />

HIV across SA | 021 466 9160 |<br />

info@m2m.org | https://m2m.<br />

org | f mothers2mothers<br />

DISASTER HEALTHCARE<br />

Doctors Without Borders / Medecins<br />

Sans Frontieres | A global network of<br />

medical & other professional specialists.<br />

Teams partner w/ organisations & local<br />

experts to meet medical needs of people<br />

affected by conflict, disasters & epidemics<br />

plus those excluded from healthcare |<br />

Zurich House, 70 Fox St, Marshalltown,<br />

Johannesburg | office-joburg@joburg.msf.<br />

org | www.msf.org.za | Contact via f<br />

Doctors Without Borders (MSF)<br />

FIND A HOSPITAL<br />

An interactive map of rural and urban<br />

hospitals | rhap.org.za | Click on<br />

‘Our Projects’ in the menu bar, then select<br />

‘Defining Rural – What do we mean by<br />

rurality? How rural is your facility?’ (Note:<br />

the map works no matter why you’re visiting.)<br />

Or, if you’re new to an area, simply<br />

ask the local people where to find the<br />

nearest government or non-profit clinic<br />

or healthcare facility. They will know.<br />

GAUTENG HEALTH FACILITIES APP<br />

Mpilo: Healthcare in Your Hands | A<br />

free zero-rated app from Gauteng Health<br />

and Vodacom Business. Allows users to:<br />

find nearby healthcare facilities; call an<br />

ambulance; report unethical/unacceptable<br />

staff behaviour and service delivery issues;<br />

receive health alerts. Hoax-proof.<br />

HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE<br />

Palliative care is for people with a<br />

terminal illness, plus care for their<br />

families. Check the HPCA website for a<br />

hospice near you. Or Google “hospice”<br />

plus your town or suburb. It is your<br />

birthright to leave this world in dignity,<br />

surrounded by loving care and kindness<br />

– in your own home or in a facility.<br />

Hospice Palliative Care Association of<br />

South Africa (HPCA) | An umbrella<br />

organisation representing SA hospices<br />

offering palliative care. This involves care<br />

of the patient’s body, mind and spirit, and<br />

support for family. Any person, of any age,<br />

with a life-limiting condition, e.g. cancer or<br />

AIDS, qualifies for palliative care. Anyone<br />

may refer a patient to hospice. Info-rich<br />

website, includes a directory of hospices<br />

in all SA provinces | 021 531 0277 |<br />

info@hpca.co.za | www.hpca.co.za | f<br />

HPCA10<br />

Palliative Care for Children | Info,<br />

resources, tools, support, networking &<br />

training in palliative care for families, lay<br />

caregivers, healthcare professionals and<br />

organisations taking care of children with<br />

life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses |<br />

082 374 4632 / 083 467 6585 | info@<br />

patchsa.org | www.patchsa.org | f<br />

PatchPalliative<br />

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HEALTH<br />

MIGRANT & REFUGEE HEALTHCARE<br />

Discover what the law says, what your<br />

rights are and where to get help if you,<br />

as a migrant, are refused healthcare<br />

| www.scalabrini.org.za > ‘Migrant &<br />

Refugee Access to Public Healthcare in SA’<br />

PRO-BONO SURGERIES<br />

Operation Healing Hands (OHH) | A<br />

group of doctors, medical professionals,<br />

sponsors & service providers in the private<br />

sector, offering life-changing surgeries to<br />

those unable to afford it. Apply online |<br />

info@operationhealinghands.co.za | www.<br />

ohhsa.net | f OperationHealingHands<br />

RURAL HEALTHCARE<br />

Phelophepa Health Care Train | Two<br />

trains bring free or low-cost dental, eye, and<br />

primary health care, medication, mental<br />

health counselling and health education<br />

to poor rural areas with only one doctor<br />

for every 5,000 patients. The trains are<br />

operated by the Transnet Foundation,<br />

sponsored by Roche and Novartis | www.<br />

roche.co.za > corporate-citizenship ><br />

phelophepa-healthcare-train<br />

Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP) |<br />

<strong>Resource</strong>-rich website | 010 601 7427<br />

| info@rhap.org.za | rhap.org.za | f<br />

Rural Health Advocacy Project<br />

YOUR RIGHT TO HEALTHCARE<br />

Also see WHERE TO REPORT MEDICAL<br />

MISCONDUCT OR MALPRACTICE under<br />

WHISTLEBLOWING PLATFORMS & AVENUES<br />

TO REPORT WRONGDOING in the CIVIL<br />

SOCIETY <strong>pages</strong>. Covers reporting avenues for<br />

• Alternative/complementary healthcare<br />

practitioners/therapists<br />

• Doctors and medical practitioners<br />

• Public or private health establishments,<br />

clinics & hospitals<br />

• Nurses or midwives<br />

As well as where to report unresolved or<br />

unsatisfactory management of a complaint by<br />

a healthcare establishment.<br />

People’s Health Movement South<br />

Africa | Works to improve the capacity<br />

of individuals and communities to access<br />

health care | 129 Rochester Rd,<br />

Observatory, Cape Town | 021 447 5770<br />

| Contact via website | www.phm-sa.org<br />

| f PHMSA1<br />

Problems with a Government<br />

hospital or clinic?<br />

Try to resolve the issue at its source<br />

with someone who is able to take<br />

action. If unsuccessful, report it to<br />

the free helpline for your province:<br />

• Eastern Cape | 0800 032 364<br />

• Free State | 0800 535 554<br />

• Gauteng | 0800 203 886<br />

• KwaZulu-Natal | 033 395 2009<br />

• Limpopo | 0800 919 191<br />

• Mpumalanga | 0800 204 098<br />

• North West | 018 391 4000/1/2<br />

• Northern Cape | 018 387 5778<br />

• Western Cape | 021 483 5624<br />

Still no joy? Contact the relevant<br />

organisations listed under WHERE<br />

TO REPORT MEDICAL MISCONDUCT<br />

OR MALPRACTICE under<br />

WHISTLEBLOWING PLATFORMS &<br />

AVENUES TO REPORT WRONGDOING<br />

in the CIVIL SOCIETY <strong>pages</strong>.<br />

Or contact The national office of<br />

the Department of Health | 012<br />

395 8000 / 012 395 8495 | www.<br />

health.gov.za | f HealthZA<br />

Not getting anywhere? Read the<br />

article: Here’s How to Become an<br />

Active Citizen and Make Your Voice<br />

Heard in the CIVIL SOCIETY <strong>pages</strong><br />

SECTION 27 | Guided by the<br />

Constitution, works to improve the quality<br />

and affordability of public and private health<br />

systems, and to achieve equality and social<br />

justice for all South Africans. Focus areas:<br />

• Access to medicines<br />

• HIV discrimination<br />

• National Health Insurance<br />

• Strengthening health systems<br />

• Sexual and reproductive rights<br />

• Emergency Medical Services<br />

• Mental health services<br />

• Community health workers<br />

• Migrant Health<br />

• National Strategic Plan on HIV, AIDS & TB<br />

| South Point Corner Bldg, 87 De Korte St,<br />

Braamfontein, Johannesburg | 011 356<br />

4100 | info@section27.org.za or contact<br />

via the website | section27.org.za<br />

Stop Stockouts | Assists people whose<br />

lives are endangered by chronic shortages of<br />

essential medicines & children’s vaccines in<br />

SA. Contact them if you are affected | Send<br />

a ‘Please Call Me’ or an SMS or WhatsApp<br />

call 084 855 7867 or call 011 728 7365 |<br />

report@stockouts.org | www.stockouts.org<br />

| f stockouts<br />

Free Download<br />

Discover your patient rights, and<br />

your right to quality healthcare<br />

from the Patients’ Rights Charter<br />

Search: www.justice.gov.za<br />

ALTERNATIVE, NATURAL,<br />

TRADITIONAL & INTEGRATED<br />

HEALTHCARE<br />

Search ‘Allied Health Professions’ to read<br />

the Act, Safety Guidelines and more |<br />

www.gov.za<br />

Allied Health Professions Council of<br />

South Africa (AHPCSA) | A statutory<br />

body overseeing all allied health<br />

professions: Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine,<br />

Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Homeopathy,<br />

Naturopathy, Osteopathy, Phytotherapy,<br />

Therapeutic Aromatherapy, Therapeutic<br />

Massage Therapy, Therapeutic Reflexology<br />

and Unani-Tibb. Access contact info of<br />

registered practitioners in each modality<br />

and lodge complaints online | 012 349<br />

2331 | info@ahpcsa.co.za | www.<br />

ahpcsa.co.za | f ahpcs<br />

South African Natural Health<br />

Practitioners’ Board (SANHPB) | An<br />

NPO overseeing traditional healing<br />

modalities and ethno-medicine practices.<br />

Download Excel spreadsheets with contact<br />

info of healthcare professionals in: natural<br />

medicine, holistic & integrative health<br />

practitioners, naturopaths, and medical<br />

doctors and surgeons who incorporate<br />

natural and traditional medicine; traditional<br />

birth attendants, traditional healers,<br />

traditional nurses | Contact via the<br />

website | www.sanhpb.co.za<br />

South African Society of Integrative<br />

Medicine (SASIM) | An NPO association<br />

of registered health practitioners, incl.<br />

doctors & practitioners of Integrative and<br />

Functional Medicine. Info-rich website<br />

with search function to find an Integrative<br />

Medicine practitioner near you | www.<br />

integrativemedicine.co.za | 021 855 0518<br />

| elma@integrativemedicine.co.za | f<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

sasimofficial | Integrative Medicine<br />

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HUMAN RIGHTS<br />

– Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka<br />

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Human rights belong to all human<br />

beings simply because we exist. Our<br />

right to be alive, to be safe and free, to<br />

be respected, to have access to food,<br />

water, a place to live, and more – cannot<br />

be taken away, regardless of how much<br />

money we have, what language we speak<br />

or where we live in the world.<br />

Human rights can be restricted in specific<br />

situations and according to due process<br />

and by a court of law if a person is found<br />

guilty of dishonouring the human rights<br />

of another person. So, not only do all<br />

human beings have rights, but we also<br />

have an obligation to respect the rights<br />

of other human beings.<br />

Also see, elsewhere in the directory:<br />

• The article: South Africa’s Bill of Rights<br />

Guarantees our Human Rights<br />

• The CIVIL SOCIETY <strong>pages</strong><br />

• HUMAN RIGHTS under SUBJECT-SPECIFIC<br />

CONTENT in the EDUCATION: PRIMARY &<br />

SECONDARY SCHOOL SUBJECT RESOURCES<br />

GOVERNMENT BODY<br />

Department of Justice and Constitutional<br />

Development | Wide variety of human<br />

rights & safety information for citizens:<br />

<strong>Resource</strong>s > Publications or <strong>Resource</strong>s ><br />

Articles and Info sheets or <strong>Resource</strong>s ><br />

Highlighted Services | www.justice.gov.za<br />

INTERNATIONAL / CONTINENTAL<br />

HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANISATIONS<br />

African Centre for Democracy & Human<br />

Rights Studies | A pan-African human<br />

rights NGO. Promotes awareness and<br />

adherence of human rights and democratic<br />

principles throughout the African continent<br />

| www.acdhrs.org | f ACDHRS<br />

African Commission on Human and<br />

Peoples’ Rights | Responsible for the<br />

protection and promotion of human and<br />

peoples’ rights on the African continent, and<br />

for the interpretation of the African Charter<br />

On Human And Peoples’ Rights, which can<br />

be downloaded from ‘<strong>Resource</strong>s’ on their<br />

website | www.achpr.org | f African<br />

Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights<br />

Amnesty International South Africa |<br />

Investigates and exposes human rights<br />

abuses. Holds governments and powerful<br />

companies to account, making sure they<br />

respect international law. Mobilises and<br />

trains people to claim their rights | 011<br />

283 6000 | info@amnesty.org.za |<br />

www.amnesty.org.za | f AmnestySAfrica<br />

Human Rights Watch | Investigates<br />

human rights crises around the world |<br />

www.hrw.org | f HumanRightsWatch |<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

Human Rights Watch<br />

Office of the High Commissioner for<br />

Human Rights (OHCHR) | Represents the<br />

world’s commitment to the freedoms set<br />

out in the Universal Declaration of Human<br />

Rights. Info-rich website | www.ohchr.org<br />

| f unitednationshumanrights<br />

Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC)<br />

| Supports human rights lawyers with<br />

expert legal advice, technical support &<br />

funding to advance human rights & the rule<br />

of law. <strong>Resource</strong>-rich website | President<br />

Place, 1 Hood Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg<br />

| 010 596 8538 | enquiries@salc.org.za<br />

| www.southernafricalitigationcentre.org<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

| f southernafricalitigationcentre |<br />

SALC: Southern Africa Litigation Centre<br />

War on Want | Challenges policies &<br />

structures that cause poverty and violate<br />

human rights | support@waronwant.org<br />

| www.waronwant.org | f waronwant<br />

World Justice Project | A multidisciplinary<br />

organisation working to advance the<br />

rule of law worldwide and to promote<br />

justice, opportunity and peace | www.<br />

worldjusticeproject.org | f thewjp<br />

LEGAL SUPPORT & RESOURCES<br />

Centre for Applied Legal Studies at the<br />

University of the Witwatersrand |<br />

Legal advice on accessing basic needs like<br />

housing, water & electricity (countrywide);<br />

legal assistance with evictions (JHB inner<br />

city) | 011 717 8600 / National legal<br />

support helpline: 066 076 8845 | DJ<br />

du Plessis Bldg, West Campus, University<br />

of the Witwatersrand, 1 Jan Smuts Ave,<br />

Braamfontein, Jhb | www.wits.ac.za/cals<br />

<strong>Directory</strong> of Justice Services | Focuses<br />

on issues that affect vulnerable people,<br />

such as women and children. Topics include<br />

Maintenance, Domestic Violence, Getting<br />

married under customary law, and many<br />

more | www.justice.gov.za then search for<br />

‘<strong>Directory</strong> of Justice Services’. The <strong>Resource</strong>s<br />

section also contains a wide variety of<br />

useful, topic-specific publications.<br />

Gazettes.Africa | A free digital collection<br />

of gazettes | www.gazettes.africa<br />

Laws.Africa | Open access to African<br />

legal information | www.laws.africa<br />

Lawyers for Human Rights | Free legal<br />

services to vulnerable, marginalised and<br />

indigent individuals and communities, both<br />

non-national and South African, who are<br />

victims of unlawful infringements of their<br />

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HUMAN RIGHTS<br />

constitutional rights – including unlawful<br />

arrest and detention of migrants | info@<br />

lhr.org.za | www.lhr.org.za<br />

Gauteng<br />

• Johannesburg | Southpoint Corner<br />

Bldg, 87 De Korte St, Braamfontein |<br />

011 339 1960 / 066 076 8845 |<br />

• Tshwane/Pretoria, Kutlwanong Democracy<br />

Centre, 357 Visagie St | 012 320 2943<br />

| 064 647 4719<br />

KZN | Diakonia Centre, 20 Diakonia Ave,<br />

Durban | 031 301 0531 / 078 315 1269<br />

Limpopo | 18 Watson Ave, Musina |<br />

015 534 2203 / 076 766 7782<br />

Legal Aid South Africa | Free legal<br />

representation for indigent and vulnerable<br />

persons in SA (not only South African citizens).<br />

Qualifying criteria on the website. This<br />

extraordinary site offers an enormous<br />

amount of useful information. Select ‘Get<br />

Help’, then select either the topic you’re<br />

looking for or select Self-help Portal<br />

for information on: Drafting of Wills |<br />

Children’s Rights | Citizenship | Consumer<br />

Protection | Divorce | Domestic Violence<br />

| Domestic Workers | Equality Court |<br />

Insolvency | Maintenance | Marriage<br />

| Mediation | Property | Removal<br />

of a Criminal Record | School Fees |<br />

Small Claims Court | Social Grants |<br />

Unemployment | and many more | Also<br />

offers an African Network on Legal Aid<br />

with info on legal aid providers elsewhere<br />

in Africa | There are Legal Aid SA offices<br />

in almost every town in every province<br />

of South Africa. On the website, select<br />

‘Contact Us’, then select the relevant<br />

province, then the town or city where you<br />

require assistance. Or call for details of<br />

an office near you | Legal Aid House,<br />

29 De Beer St, Johannesburg | Advice<br />

line 0800 110 110 or send a Please Call<br />

Me to 079 835 7179 | Fraud and Ethics<br />

Helpline 0800 153 728 – should someone<br />

want to charge you for this free service |<br />

communications2@legal-aid.co.za | www.<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

legal-aid.co.za | f LegalAidSA1 |<br />

Legal Aid South Africa<br />

Legal Practice Council | A national,<br />

statutory body that regulates the affairs of<br />

legal practitioners. Services to the public<br />

include referral to pro bono attorneys |<br />

Thornhill Office Park, 94 Bekker Rd Vorna<br />

Valley, Midrand, Gauteng | 010 001<br />

8500 | info@lpc.org.za | www.lpc.<br />

org.za then find ‘Members of the Public’ to<br />

apply for pro bono legal assistance | f<br />

LegalPracticeCouncil<br />

Legal <strong>Resource</strong>s Centre | Uses the law<br />

to remove structural obstacles to human<br />

rights, justice and dignity across the full<br />

range of rights in the Constitution of<br />

South Africa. Assists with class action legal<br />

cases that impact large groups of poor,<br />

marginalised and vulnerable people. Free<br />

access to case studies, judgements, court<br />

papers, publications and other resources |<br />

• Johannesburg | West Wing, Women’s<br />

Jail, Constitution Hill, 1 Kotze St,<br />

Braamfontein | 011 339 6080 / 011 836<br />

9831 / 011 038 9709 |<br />

• Cape Town | Greenmarket Place, 54<br />

Shortmarket St | 021 481 3000 |<br />

• Durban | 031 301 7572 |<br />

• Makhanda/Grahamstown | 046 622 9230<br />

Or leave your number on their website and<br />

they’ll call you back | info@lrc.org.za |<br />

www.lrc.org.za | f LRCSouthAfrica<br />

National Association of Democratic<br />

Lawyers (NADEL) | An organisation of<br />

lawyers that volunteer to provide access<br />

to justice for disadvantaged people |<br />

Commerce House, 55 Shortmarket St, Cape<br />

Town | 086 602 6167 | Contact via the<br />

website | www.nadel.co.za<br />

– Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein<br />

Ndifuna Ukwazi | Activists and lawyers<br />

providing legal services, research capacity<br />

and training to communities in campaigns<br />

for justice & equality in poor and working<br />

class communities. Offers support, training<br />

& mentorship to new organisations, leaders<br />

and activists | 18 Roeland St, Cape Town<br />

| 021 012 5094 | contact@nu.org.za |<br />

www.nu.org.za | f NdifunaUkwazi<br />

ProBono.Org | Free legal services<br />

by volunteer private lawyers for people<br />

who cannot afford legal representation.<br />

Means test and qualifying criteria, as well<br />

as a comprehensive list of legal clinics<br />

throughout South Africa, on their website<br />

| Johannesburg: 011 339 6080 / info@<br />

probono.org.za | Cape Town: 087 470<br />

0721 / infocpt@probono.org.za | Durban:<br />

031 301 6178 / dbninfo@probono.org.za |<br />

www.probono.org.za | f ProBono.Org<br />

Public Interest Legal Services in South<br />

Africa (PILS) | This is not an organisation,<br />

but a website with information about how to<br />

access free legal assistance from law clinics,<br />

legal aid centres, advice offices, pro bono<br />

work by attorneys and advocates, university<br />

centres, civil society organisations, and legal<br />

research and advocacy organisations that<br />

work to advance and protect the rights of<br />

vulnerable and marginalised people, and<br />

to hold powerful actors to account. The<br />

website provides an interactive map that<br />

lists public interest legal service providers<br />

by province and by type of organisation. The<br />

“Issues” tab provides a list of the areas of<br />

intervention addressed. Selecting a specific<br />

issue such as “Workers’ Rights” will send you<br />

to an explanation of the area of work and<br />

list of organisations you can contact directly<br />

| All listed organisations are limited to<br />

taking cases that fall under their areas<br />

of intervention and for which they have<br />

capacity | www.pils.org.za<br />

SASLAW Pro Bono NPC | Offers pro<br />

bono (free) advisory and legal services<br />

in South Africa’s four Labour Courts<br />

in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town<br />

and Gqeberha/PE, to people who do<br />

not have access to justice and to nonprofit<br />

organisations that do not have the<br />

means to pay for legal services | www.<br />

saslawprobono.co.za OR www.saslaw.org.za<br />

> Pro Bono |<br />

Eastern Cape | 041 364 3119 / 084 421<br />

9804 | ecprobono@saslaw.org.za<br />

Gauteng | 011 359 5777 |<br />

joburgprobono@saslaw.org.za<br />

KwaZulu Natal | 060 733 2593 |<br />

saslawkzn@saslaw.org.za<br />

Western Cape | 021 762 4498 |<br />

westerncape@saslaw.org.za<br />

SECTION 27 | A public interest law<br />

centre guided by the principles and values<br />

in the Constitution. Uses law, advocacy,<br />

legal literacy, research and community<br />

mobilisation to achieve equality and social<br />

justice in South Africa, with specific focus<br />

on Education, Health and Governance |<br />

South Point Corner Bldg, 87 De Korte St,<br />

Braamfontein, Johannesburg | 011 356<br />

4100 | info@section27.org.za or contact<br />

via the website | section27.org.za<br />

South African Human Rights Commission<br />

/ Legal Services Unit | Provides legal<br />

services for the protection of human<br />

rights in South Africa. Lodge a complaint<br />

about individual or institutional human<br />

rights violations via their website | www.<br />

sahrc.org.za > Lodge A Complaint | Or<br />

download the complaint form in any official<br />

language, complete it in your own time, and<br />

email it to complaints@sahrc.org.za | Or<br />

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LABOUR MATTERS<br />

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CAPACITY-BUILDING & SUPPORT<br />

FOR WORKERS AND THEIR<br />

ORGANISATIONS<br />

Also see CAPACITY-BUILDING ORGANISATIONS<br />

in the CIVIL SOCIETY <strong>pages</strong>, as well as DISPUTE<br />

RESOLUTION, below.<br />

Cry of the Xcluded | The SA Federation<br />

of Trade Unions, the Association of<br />

Mineworkers and Construction Union, and<br />

the Assembly of the Unemployed have<br />

launched this initiative to unite millions<br />

of unemployed & precariously employed<br />

people in their fight for jobs, services &<br />

dignity | www.unemployedassembly.org.<br />

za/xcluded | f Cry of the Xcluded<br />

Department of Employment & Labour<br />

| Responsible for employment matters,<br />

including industrial relations, job creation,<br />

unemployment insurance & occupational<br />

health & safety | Laboria Hse, 215 Francis<br />

Baard St, Tshwane/Pretoria | 012 309<br />

4000 / 4054 / 5000: Ask for details of a<br />

Labour Centre near you | GautengPO@<br />

labour.gov.za | gp.customercare@labour.<br />

gov.za | www.labour.gov.za<br />

Labour and Employment Relations<br />

Association of South Africa (LERASA)<br />

| Promotes rights at work, encourages<br />

decent employment opportunities,<br />

enhances social protection and strengthens<br />

dialogue on work-related issues between<br />

individuals & institutions involved in Labour<br />

& Employment Relations | 260 Basden<br />

Ave, Lyttelton, Tshwane/Pretoria | 012<br />

644 8100 | info@lerasa.org.za | www.<br />

lerasa.org.za | f Lerasa0126448100<br />

People’s Media Consortium (PMC) |<br />

Aims to contribute to the promotion<br />

and protection of human, democratic<br />

and labour rights by strengthening the<br />

media and organising the capacity of poor<br />

communities and unemployed/vulnerable<br />

workers in South Africa to take up their own<br />

interests through democratic mass media<br />

interventions | wwmp.org.za/projects/<br />

peoples-media-consortium<br />

Section27 | <strong>Resource</strong>s to help people<br />

– Martin Luther King, Jr.<br />

understand the law & their rights. In<br />

particular, look for and download YOUR<br />

RIGHTS AT WORK | South Point Corner<br />

Bldg, 87 De Korte St, Braamfontein | 011<br />

356 4100 | info@section27.org.za |<br />

https://section27.org.za<br />

The South African Labour Guide | A<br />

private company in Tshwane/Pretoria with<br />

comprehensive and useful information<br />

concerning labour issues on their website<br />

| 012 661 3208 / 012 666 8284 |<br />

advice@labourguide.co.za | www.<br />

labourguide.co.za<br />

Worker’s World Media Productions<br />

(WWMP) | Specialises in developing<br />

democratic mass media and organisational<br />

platforms that focus on socio-economic<br />

and political issues that affect communities.<br />

Offers education, training and organising<br />

support to trade unions and working-class<br />

communities | wwmp.org.za<br />

DISPUTE RESOLUTION<br />

Also see the HUMAN RIGHTS <strong>pages</strong><br />

elsewhere in the directory<br />

– Thomas Jefferson<br />

If you have a problem at work that cannot<br />

be directly resolved between the employer<br />

and yourself, and if you are a member of a<br />

Trade Union, call them first for advice and<br />

assistance at the CCMA.<br />

See TRADE UNIONS elsewhere in this section.<br />

Also see LEGAL SUPPORT & RESOURCES in the<br />

HUMAN RIGHTS <strong>pages</strong>.<br />

Commission for Conciliation, Mediation<br />

and Arbitration (CCMA) | Established<br />

to provide the country with an accessible,<br />

user-friendly and inexpensive labour<br />

dispute resolution system to promote<br />

labour market stability, social justice and job<br />

security. Contact them for complaints about<br />

unlawful dismissal, unfair labour practices,<br />

sexual harassment and discrimination in the<br />

workplace | National Office: 28 Harrison<br />

St, Johannesburg | info@ccma.org.za |<br />

www.ccma.org.za<br />

National | 011 377 6600 / 50 or toll-free:<br />

086 116 1616<br />

Bloemfontein | 051 411 1780<br />

Cape Town | 021 469 0180<br />

Durban | 031 362 2380<br />

East London | 043 711 5480<br />

Ekurhuleni | 011 845 9080<br />

Emalahleni | 013 655 2680<br />

George | 044 805 7780<br />

Johannesburg | 011 220 5080<br />

Kimberley | 053 836 7380<br />

Klerksdorp | 018 487 4680<br />

Mbombela | 013 755 7580<br />

National | 011 377 6680<br />

Newcastle | 034 328 2480<br />

Pietermaritzburg | 033 328 5080<br />

Polokwane | 015 287 7480<br />

Gqeberha/PE | 041 509 1080<br />

Port Shepstone | 039 688 3780<br />

Richards Bay | 035 799 3380<br />

Rustenburg | 014 591 6480<br />

Tshwane/Pretoria | 012 317 7880<br />

Vaal | 016 440 2780<br />

Welkom | 057 910 8380<br />

To report fraud or corruption at the CCMA<br />

call the Fraud Helpline on 0860 666 348 or<br />

contact the call-back number on 072 595<br />

9135, send a fax to 086 726 1681 or email<br />

ccma@thehelpline.co.za.<br />

SASLAW Pro Bono NPC | A non-profit<br />

company formed by the South African<br />

Society for Labour Law (SASLAW). Offers<br />

pro bono (free) advisory and legal services<br />

in South Africa’s four Labour Courts<br />

in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town<br />

and Gqeberha/PE, to people who do<br />

not have access to justice and to nonprofit<br />

organisations that do not have the<br />

means to pay for legal services | www.<br />

saslawprobono.co.za OR www.saslaw.org.za<br />

> Pro Bono |<br />

Eastern Cape | 041 364 3119 / 084 421<br />

9804 | ecprobono@saslaw.org.za<br />

Gauteng | 011 359 5777 |<br />

joburgprobono@saslaw.org.za<br />

KwaZulu Natal | 060 733 2593 |<br />

saslawkzn@saslaw.org.za<br />

Western Cape | 021 762 4498 |<br />

westerncape@saslaw.org.za<br />

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LABOUR MATTERS<br />

OCCUPATIONAL INJURY OR DISEASE<br />

If you are injured, become disabled,<br />

contract a disease or die in the course<br />

of your work, you or your dependants<br />

can claim compensation through the<br />

Compensation Fund, if you were:<br />

• permanently employed<br />

• a domestic worker in a business set-up<br />

• an apprentice or trainee farm worker<br />

• a worker paid by a labour agency.<br />

You cannot claim if you are:<br />

• a domestic worker at a private home<br />

• a member of the Defence or Police Force<br />

• a sub-contractor . Employees of the subcontractor<br />

are, however, covered.<br />

• found guilty of willful misconduct<br />

To obtain compensation benefits your<br />

employer must submit a Claim Registration<br />

Form WCL 2 to the Compensation Fund<br />

(see below) within 12 months after the<br />

accident or death, or after the disease was<br />

diagnosed.<br />

Are you an employer with one or more<br />

employees? You are required, by law, to<br />

register with the Compensation Fund for<br />

insurance cover in the event of injuries,<br />

disease or deaths at your workplace.<br />

Compensation Fund (CF) | Provides<br />

compensation for disability, illness and<br />

death resulting from occupational injuries<br />

and diseases | Compensation House, 167<br />

Thabo Sehume St, Delta Heights Building,<br />

Tshwane/Pretoria | 012 319 9163 / 012<br />

306 5843 / 086 010 5350 | www.labour.<br />

gov.za > Compensation Fund<br />

GOVERNMENT BODIES<br />

Department of Employment and Labour<br />

| Info-rich website – for workers and<br />

employers | Laboria House, 215 Francis<br />

Baard St, Tshwane/Pretoria | 012 309<br />

4000/5000 | Find provincial contact<br />

information on the website | Use online<br />

contact form | www.labour.gov.za | f<br />

Department of Employment and Labour<br />

National Economic Development and<br />

Labour Council (Nedlac) | A public<br />

entity that enables Government, labour<br />

(trade unions), business and civil society<br />

(NPOs and community organisations) to<br />

negotiate, cooperate and solve economic,<br />

labour and development problems and<br />

related challenges facing the country |<br />

NEDLAC House, 14A Jellicoe Ave, Rosebank,<br />

Johannesburg | 011 328 4200 | info@<br />

nedlac.org.za | www.nedlac.org.za | f<br />

NedlacSA<br />

UIF helps to alleviate poverty<br />

through short-term unemployment<br />

insurance and other related<br />

benefits to qualifying workers.<br />

Employers are legally required to<br />

register ALL employees that work<br />

for them for more than 24 hours<br />

in a month – including domestic<br />

workers – with the UIF.<br />

Exceptions:<br />

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foreigners on short-term contracts<br />

n<br />

workers who are on a government<br />

old-age pension<br />

n<br />

workers on commission only.<br />

Employers must deduct 1% from<br />

the worker’s pay and add a 1%<br />

employer’s contribution, and pay<br />

this to the UIF or SARS before the<br />

7th business day of every month.<br />

Employees who are registered with<br />

the UIF and whose contributions are<br />

paid up to date can claim shortterm<br />

financial assistance for the<br />

following benefits covered by UIF.<br />

Conditions apply in all instances.<br />

1. Unemployment benefits |<br />

Available for 12 months maximum.<br />

2. Illness benefits | Two weeks.<br />

3. Maternity benefits | 17 weeks<br />

maternity leave. If you miscarry<br />

in the third trimester or the baby<br />

is stillborn, you can claim for 6<br />

weeks.<br />

4. Adoption benefits | If you<br />

legally adopt a child younger than<br />

two years old and you leave work<br />

to look after that child.<br />

5. Death benefits | The wife or<br />

husband and any minor children<br />

of the worker who has died<br />

can claim death benefits if the<br />

deceased had paid contributions<br />

to the UIF fund.<br />

You can claim UIF benefits at<br />

a labour centre near you (find<br />

addresses at www.labour.gov.za ><br />

Contacts > Labour-centres OR claim<br />

online at https://ufiling.labour.gov.za<br />

> uif > unemployment-benefits)<br />

There are different procedures<br />

Here's what you need to know about the<br />

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE FUND (UIF)<br />

for claiming the various available<br />

benefits. In all instances, you will<br />

need the following (if you’re claiming<br />

death benefits, you’ll need these for the<br />

deceased worker):<br />

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Your South African bar-coded<br />

identity document<br />

n<br />

A copy of your last six payslips<br />

n<br />

A form UI-19, supplied by your<br />

employer<br />

n<br />

A service certificate from the<br />

employer<br />

n<br />

A completed registration form<br />

Each claim has its own rules and<br />

additional requirements, e.g.:<br />

n<br />

Unemployment benefits | You<br />

need to register as a work seeker<br />

and be prepared to:<br />

• Go for training or career<br />

counselling if required<br />

• Be available to work, if you are<br />

offered work<br />

• Actively look for work. You will<br />

get a form that needs to be<br />

signed showing that you have<br />

looked for work and that there<br />

are no jobs available.<br />

n<br />

Illness benefits | A doctor’s<br />

medical certificate.<br />

n<br />

Maternity benefits | Medical<br />

doctor’s certificate or birth<br />

certificate of the baby, as well as<br />

additional UIF application forms.<br />

n<br />

Adoption benefits | The<br />

adoption order.<br />

n<br />

Death benefits | You must<br />

claim within six months of the<br />

death of the worker and will need<br />

the following documents:<br />

• Certified death certificate copy.<br />

• A certified copy of your<br />

marriage certificate.<br />

• A certified copy of the child/<br />

children’s birth certificate.<br />

• Proof of your banking details.<br />

Useful contacts |<br />

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www.labour.gov.za > Contacts ><br />

Labour-centres<br />

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https://ufiling.labour.gov.za/uif<br />

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Free UIF hotline | 0800 030 007<br />

n<br />

ufiling.labour.gov.za/uif<br />

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“It is unacceptable that the<br />

million or so of women who<br />

clean our homes, help raise<br />

our children, care for our<br />

elderly and provide security<br />

to our households are not<br />

themselves effectively cared<br />

for by our society.”<br />

– Phelisa Nkomo<br />

domestic workers<br />

You have the right to work<br />

without sexual harassment,<br />

physical harm, verbal abuse<br />

or exploitation and unfair<br />

treatment.<br />

You are entitled to be paid<br />

at least the minimum wage<br />

as set by the Department of<br />

Employment & Labour every<br />

year. However, the minimum<br />

wage should be used for staff<br />

with no experience or training.<br />

If you’re experienced, go ahead<br />

and ask for a market-related<br />

price for your level of work.<br />

When you start a new job,<br />

you have the right to ask for a<br />

clear job description, as well as<br />

written confirmation of your<br />

pay, days and hours of work,<br />

leave and deductions.<br />

Medical insurance, loans,<br />

pension fund contributions,<br />

savings and rent may be<br />

deducted from your wages<br />

but ONLY with your written<br />

permission. Make sure you<br />

understand anything that you<br />

are asked to sign.<br />

The employer may not<br />

deduct more than 10% of<br />

your total monthly pay for<br />

accommodation that they<br />

provide. The accommodation<br />

must be in good condition<br />

and weatherproof, must have<br />

at least one door and one<br />

window, and a bath or shower<br />

and toilet – or you must have<br />

access to a bathroom. You<br />

have the right to stay in any<br />

accommodation provided by<br />

your employer for one month<br />

after receiving their notice.<br />

Money may not be deducted<br />

from your wages for meals<br />

during working hours, tools or<br />

work equipment, breakages,<br />

damages, training or uniforms.<br />

45 hours is a standard working<br />

week – any hours over that<br />

must be paid at the overtime<br />

rate of one-and-a-half times<br />

your usual wage.<br />

You shouldn’t work overtime<br />

for more than three hours a<br />

day or 15 hours a week.<br />

You must be given a rest<br />

period of 12 hours in a row<br />

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every 24 hours as well as 36<br />

hours together at least once a<br />

week. You are entitled to a meal<br />

break of one hour if you work for<br />

more than five hours in a row.<br />

If you usually work on Sundays,<br />

you should be paid one-and-ahalf<br />

times your usual hourly rate.<br />

But if you don’t normally work on<br />

a Sunday, you must be paid two<br />

times your usual hourly wage.<br />

If you work more than 24 hours<br />

per month for an employer, you<br />

are entitled to:<br />

Full pay for public holidays that<br />

fall on a day that you ordinarily<br />

would have worked, even if you<br />

don’t work that day. You may not<br />

be forced to work on a public<br />

holiday, but if you agree to work,<br />

you must be paid double wages<br />

for the day.<br />

You must be paid for any day that<br />

you’re scheduled to work, even if<br />

your employer is away and does<br />

not require you to work on that<br />

Over a period of 3 years, you<br />

have the right to paid sick leave<br />

equal to the number of days you<br />

usually work every six weeks. In<br />

the first 6 months of a job, you<br />

are allowed 1 paid sick day for<br />

every 26 days worked.<br />

You are entitled to 4 months of<br />

unpaid maternity leave, starting<br />

one month before the expected<br />

birth of the baby. You may not<br />

return to work for six weeks<br />

after the birth of the child. Your<br />

employer is not legally obliged to<br />

pay any salary during this time<br />

but may choose to pay a portion<br />

of it. You can claim UIF maternity<br />

benefits of between 38% – 58% of<br />

your monthly salary for 17 weeks<br />

(roughly 4 weeks). You should<br />

apply at least eight weeks before<br />

giving birth.<br />

If you have been employed for<br />

longer than 4 months for at least<br />

4 days a week, you may take 3<br />

days of paid family responsibility<br />

severance pay for every year<br />

that you have worked for the<br />

employer.<br />

Suitable transport must be<br />

available between your home<br />

and the workplace at the start<br />

and end of your work shift. If<br />

transport is not available after<br />

sunset or before sunrise, your<br />

employer must ensure that you<br />

get safely transported between<br />

home and work.<br />

Your employer must provide a<br />

‘Certificate of Service’ at the end<br />

of your employment, specifying<br />

the period of employment and<br />

the duties fulfilled.<br />

If you are unfairly dismissed, you<br />

have the right to take your matter<br />

to the CCMA within 30 days of<br />

being dismissed. n<br />

Sources | www.blacksash.org. za<br />

| www.labour.gov.za |<br />

www.labourguide.co.za<br />

TheSE ARE YOUR rights<br />

day, unless a mutually suitable<br />

‘make-up’ day is agreed to.<br />

You are entitled to fully paid<br />

annual leave equivalent to 21<br />

days a year paid at the normal<br />

rate. If you work part-time, this is<br />

calculated at 1 hour of fully paid<br />

leave for every 17 hours worked.<br />

Your employer MUST deduct<br />

1% of your pay and contribute<br />

another 1%, which must be paid<br />

to the Unemployment Insurance<br />

Fund (UIF) each month. The<br />

employer must provide proof<br />

of this payment to you. Paying<br />

UIF allows you to claim benefits<br />

should you become unemployed<br />

in the future. It is illegal for your<br />

employer NOT to deduct and pay<br />

the UIF every month – even if<br />

you’re ‘part-time’.<br />

leave during each leave cycle<br />

for when your child is sick or<br />

if one of the following people<br />

dies: your husband, wife, life<br />

partner, parent, adoptive parent,<br />

grandparent, child, adopted child,<br />

grandchild, brother or sister.<br />

You may not be fired for taking<br />

part in a legal strike or for being<br />

pregnant.<br />

You are entitled to at least 4<br />

weeks’ termination notice if<br />

you have been working for your<br />

employer for over 6 months. You<br />

are entitled to one week’s notice<br />

if you have been working for your<br />

employer for less than 6 months.<br />

If you are dismissed because of<br />

the employer’s changing needs<br />

or because he/she doesn’t have<br />

enough money anymore, then<br />

you are entitled to one week’s<br />

•<br />

Always ask for a<br />

reference letter<br />

It could be your ticket to the<br />

next job!<br />

A reference letter is a<br />

substitute for a personal<br />

introduction. It is 100 times<br />

more convincing than anything<br />

you can say about yourself. So,<br />

ALWAYS ask for one when your<br />

employment is terminated or<br />

if you work ‘piece jobs’.<br />

Keep all references clean in<br />

an envelope, with a piece<br />

of cardboard backing to<br />

keep them from becoming<br />

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LAND, HOUSING & ESSENTIAL SERVICES<br />

t<br />

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT BODIES<br />

Cities Support Programme (CSP) | A<br />

Government agency that enhances<br />

the capacity of South African city-led<br />

transformation. Its resource-rich website<br />

has a Knowledge Hub with info on the<br />

Department of Human Settlements<br />

programmes, City Governance, Planning<br />

Reforms, Urban Mobility, Public Transport,<br />

Economic Development, Climate Resilience<br />

and more | 40 Church Square, Pretoria<br />

Central | 012 315 5580 | https://csp.<br />

treasury.gov.za<br />

Department of Human Settlements (DHS)<br />

| Works through many interventions,<br />

assistance and subsidy programmes, in<br />

conjunction with banks, businesses, NPOs<br />

& municipalities to make it possible for all<br />

South Africans to access adequate housing<br />

– a right enshrined in our Constitution |<br />

Govan Mbeki House, 240 Justice Mahomed<br />

St, Sunnyside, Tshwane/Pretoria | 012<br />

444 9000 / 0800 146 873 | info@dhs.gov.<br />

za | www.dhs.gov.za<br />

National Housing Finance Corporation<br />

SOC Ltd (NHFC) | Innovative and<br />

affordable housing finance solutions for<br />

the low-to-middle income housing market:<br />

to rent, own or incrementally build to meet<br />

their housing needs. Info-rich website |<br />

011 644 9800 | www.nhfc.co.za | f<br />

National Housing Finance Corporation<br />

The Housing Development Agency (HDA)<br />

| A national public sector development<br />

agency that acquires, prepares & develops<br />

land, and manages the development of<br />

housing & human settlements | Megawatt<br />

Park, 1 Maxwell Dr, Sunninghill, Gauteng |<br />

011 544 1000 | www.thehda.co.za | f<br />

Housing Development Agency<br />

ESSENTIAL SERVICES<br />

The Government is legally obligated to<br />

provide access to basic services such as<br />

water, sanitation & refuse removal to all<br />

South Africans.<br />

– Joe Slovo<br />

Hold elected officials accountable. Read:<br />

Here’s How to Become an Active Citizen<br />

and Make Your Voice Heard in the CIVIL<br />

SOCIETY <strong>pages</strong> to learn how.<br />

Or go to International Budget<br />

Tube<br />

Partnership South Africa on and find<br />

You<br />

a video Service Delivery Contacts in...<br />

[look for YOUR region – otherwise watch<br />

any of them] to see what action you can<br />

take and who to contact to have your<br />

community’s constitutional right to<br />

essential services fulfilled.<br />

– Asivikelane.org<br />

Also see:<br />

• UNDERSTANDING & INFLUENCING BUDGETS<br />

in the CIVIL SOCIETY <strong>pages</strong><br />

• INFORMATION, TOOLS, RESOURCES &<br />

SUPPORT, elsewhere in this section.<br />

ENERGY<br />

Department of Energy | Problems<br />

with electricity or energy supply? | www.<br />

energy.gov.za<br />

• Eastern Cape | Waverley Office Park,<br />

3 – 33 Philip Frame Rd, Chiselhout, East<br />

London | 043 703 6000<br />

• Free State | The Strip Bldg, 314<br />

Stateway St, Cnr Stateway & Bok Sts,<br />

Welkom | 057 391 1326 / 1300<br />

• Gauteng | Matimba HOUSE BUILDING,<br />

192 Visagie St, Cnr Paul Kruger St,<br />

Tshwane/Pretoria | 0 12 406 8000<br />

• KwaZulu Natal | 333 Durban<br />

Bayhouse, Durban<br />

• Limpopo | 18A Landros Mare St,<br />

Polokwane | 015 230 3600<br />

• Mpumalanga | ABSA Bldg, 131 Cnr<br />

Rhodes & Haigh Ave, Witbank | 013<br />

658 1400<br />

• North West | Katlego House, 21<br />

Connaught St, Golf View, Mafikeng |<br />

018 397 8600 / 8601 / 8602 / 8603 / 8604<br />

• Northern Cape | Telkom Bldg, 41<br />

Schmidtsdrift Rd, Cnr Drakensburg Ave,<br />

Kimberley | 053 807 1700/92<br />

• Western Cape | 9 Atterbury House,<br />

Cnr Van Riebeeck & Lower Burg Sts, Cape<br />

Town | 021 427 1001<br />

Or contact the ministerial offices directly:<br />

• Cape Town | 120 Plein St | 021 469 6425<br />

• Tshwane/Pretoria | 192 Visagie St, Cnr<br />

Paul Kruger St | 012 406 7612<br />

• Community Outreach Officer | 012<br />

444 3830<br />

Eskom | South Africa’s state-owned<br />

electricity utility. Generates approximately<br />

95% of electricity used in SA | Ways to<br />

contact Eskom |<br />

• Online, using Eskom’s chatbot, at this URL:<br />

https://alfred.eskom.co.za/chatroom/<br />

• Download the MyEskom Customer app<br />

• Call the sharecall number: 08600 (Eskom)<br />

/ 0860 037 566<br />

• Email: customerservices@eskom.co.za<br />

• Use the Eskom customer service website:<br />

https://csonline.eskom.co.za/<br />

No service after taking the above steps?<br />

Escalate the complaint to the relevant<br />

Customer Relations Manager in your town/<br />

province. Find the contact details here:<br />

www.eskom.co.za > Customer Service ><br />

Complaint handling process | Report<br />

crimes on the toll-free crime line: 0800 11<br />

27 22 | www.eskom.co.za<br />

WATER & SANITATION<br />

Department of Water and Sanitation<br />

| 0800 200 200 | info@dws.<br />

gov.za | www.dws.gov.za | f<br />

WaterAndSanitationRSA<br />

• Eastern Cape | Bisho | 043 705 9223<br />

• Eastern Cape | East London | 043<br />

705 9200<br />

• Eastern Cape | Gqeberha/PE | 041<br />

506 2258 / 041 360 7811<br />

• Free State | Bloemfontein | 051 405 8191<br />

• Gauteng |<br />

• Johannesburg 24-Hour helpline | 011<br />

688 1500 / 011 688 1400<br />

• Tshwane/Pretoria | 012 358 2111<br />

• KwaZulu Natal | Durban | 080 131<br />

3013 | 24-Hour SMS only: 083 707 3013<br />

• KwaZulu Natal | Pietermaritzburg |<br />

080 000 1868<br />

• Limpopo | Polokwane | 015 290 2000<br />

• Mpumalanga | Mbombela/Nelspruit |<br />

013 752 6839<br />

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LAND, HOUSING & ESSENTIAL SERVICES<br />

• North West |<br />

• Klerksdorp | 018 406 8374<br />

• Mahikeng/Mafikeng | 018 389 0381/ 0<br />

• Northern Cape | Kimberley | 053<br />

830 6836<br />

• Western Cape | Cape Town | 0860 103 089<br />

Drinkable Water<br />

If you ever find yourself with only<br />

dirty water, pour it through a clean<br />

cloth. To do this without help,<br />

wear an apron, hold up the ends<br />

and pour the water through the<br />

apron into a clean container below.<br />

Repeat with a fresh cloth or use<br />

double cloth. Then, if possible, boil<br />

the water before drinking it.<br />

Keep water covered and, preferably,<br />

not in plastic which contains<br />

hazardous chemical compounds<br />

that can leach into water and<br />

adversely affect human health.<br />

Glass jars, clay pots or dried<br />

calabashes are best for storing<br />

drinking water.<br />

Here’s what YOU can do<br />

to make a difference<br />

Club together in your affluent<br />

community to install wells and rain<br />

or well water harvesting tanks at<br />

community centres and community<br />

gardens in an informal settlement or<br />

under-resourced township near where<br />

you live. Work with specialists to<br />

ensure the installations are functional<br />

and that water treatment and usage<br />

education are part of the deal.<br />

Harvesting rainwater supplements<br />

existing water supplies with free water<br />

and also mitigates flooding.<br />

WASTE REMOVAL<br />

Your local municipality is responsible<br />

for waste management in your area,<br />

including refuse removal, refuse dumps,<br />

solid waste disposal and keeping<br />

the environment clean. Hold them<br />

accountable!<br />

MUNICIPAL SUPPORT FOR<br />

INDIGENT (POOR) HOUSEHOLDS<br />

Also see the SOCIAL WELFARE &<br />

HUMANITARIAN SUPPORT <strong>pages</strong>, elsewhere in<br />

the directory.<br />

The following free or very low-cost basic<br />

municipal services are available to<br />

qualifying households.<br />

Free basic water | At least a basic<br />

amount of 6 000 litres of water per month<br />

per household. You have to pay for water<br />

that is used over and above the free supply.<br />

The free amount may differ from one<br />

municipality to the next.<br />

Free basic electricity | 50kWh is<br />

provided, free, per household per month for<br />

a grid-energy system (connected through the<br />

national electrification programme).<br />

Consumers who do not have access to<br />

the electricity grid could be provided with<br />

alternative sources of energy. Contact your<br />

municipality to find out what’s available.<br />

Sewerage and sanitation | Subsidised<br />

up to R50 per month or 100% subsidy to<br />

indigent households.<br />

HOUSING<br />

– www.gov.za/humansettlements<br />

According to Statistics South Africa’s<br />

General Household Survey of 2019,<br />

81,9% of all households reside in formal<br />

dwellings, 12,7% live in informal dwellings<br />

and 5,1% in traditional dwellings. There<br />

are over 2,600 informal settlements in<br />

South Africa, accommodating about 1.4<br />

million households. Informal dwellings<br />

are most common in the City of Cape<br />

Town (19,6%), Johannesburg (19,1%) and<br />

Ekurhuleni (18,4%). Traditional dwellings<br />

are most common in the Eastern Cape<br />

(23,0%) and KwaZulu-Natal (13,1%).<br />

Following are some of the Government’s<br />

programmes to enable as many as<br />

possible South Africans to live in formal<br />

dwellings, with access to, at least, water,<br />

sanitation and waste removal.<br />

EMERGENCY HOUSING<br />

Also see:<br />

• DISASTER RELIEF in the CRISIS SUPPORT <strong>pages</strong><br />

• EVICTIONS & FORCED REMOVALS elsewhere<br />

in this section<br />

• SOCIAL RELIEF OF DISTRESS (SRD) GRANT,<br />

as well as SHELTER & SUPPORT FOR<br />

HOMELESS, IMPOVERISHED & ADDICTED<br />

PEOPLE in the SOCIAL WELFARE &<br />

HUMANITARIAN SUPPORT <strong>pages</strong><br />

– Sheila McKechnie<br />

Local municipalities are responsible<br />

for providing temporary shelter and<br />

basic municipal services in response to<br />

emergency situations, such as when:<br />

• Existing shelters are destroyed or damaged<br />

• Existing situations pose an immediate<br />

threat to the lives, health and safety of<br />

inhabitants<br />

• People have been evicted or face the<br />

threat of eviction.<br />

Contact the Housing Offices at your<br />

local municipality to ask about available<br />

programmes in your area. Or contact<br />

a relevant NPO listed elsewhere in this<br />

section, and ask for assistance. It is your<br />

right to live in adequate accommodation.<br />

UPGRADING INFORMAL<br />

SETTLEMENTS<br />

National Upgrading Support<br />

Programme (NUSP) | An initiative of<br />

the Department of Human Settlements<br />

(DHS) to assist provinces and municipalities<br />

in implementing the Upgrading Informal<br />

Settlements Programme (UISP). The<br />

programme offers:<br />

• Incremental situational upgrading within<br />

the settlement<br />

• Access to basic infrastructure and<br />

municipal services such as water,<br />

sanitation, waste removal and electricity<br />

(where possible).<br />

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– Ngan Tengyuen<br />

t<br />

ADVOCACY, CAPACITY-BUILDING,<br />

LEGAL & OTHER SUPPORT<br />

See also PROTECTING LGBTQI+ LEARNERS in<br />

the EDUCATION: RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS &<br />

EDUCATORS <strong>pages</strong> elsewhere in the directory<br />

INTERNATIONAL<br />

Africa’s Pride | News and dialogue<br />

focusing on LGBTQI+ issues in Africa such<br />

as health, education, gender, human rights,<br />

justice and equality | WhatsApp: +27 62<br />

742 1150 | f africasprideLGBTIAQP<br />

Coalition of African Lesbians | A<br />

feminist, activist and Pan-Africanist network<br />

of 14 organisations in 10 countries in sub-<br />

Saharan Africa committed to advancing<br />

freedom, justice and bodily autonomy for<br />

all women and to raising consciousness<br />

amongst and strengthening activism and<br />

leadership of lesbian women | 58 The<br />

Valley Rd, Parktown, Johannesburg, South<br />

Africa | 011 403 0007 / 0158 / 0114 |<br />

info@cal.org.za | www.cal.org.za | f<br />

CoalitionCAL<br />

Global Interfaith Network (GIN) | An<br />

international membership-led NPO that<br />

promotes safe spaces, policy inclusion,<br />

support and acceptance of all people,<br />

regardless of their sex, sexual orientation,<br />

gender identity and/or gender expression.<br />

<strong>Resource</strong>-rich website | Based in<br />

Johannesburg | 011 568 7172 | info@<br />

gin-ssogie.org | www.gin-SSOGIE.org |<br />

f globalinterfaithnetwork<br />

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,<br />

Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA)<br />

| Brings together more than 1,300 LGBTI<br />

groups from 140+ countries. Campaigns for<br />

LGBTI human rights, regularly petitions the<br />

United Nations and governments | www.<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

ilga.org | f ILGAworld | ilgaworld<br />

OutRight Action International (OutRight)<br />

| An international LGBTQI human rights<br />

non-governmental organisation that – in<br />

partnership with local activists, media and<br />

NGOs – documents and addresses human<br />

rights discrimination, violations and abuses<br />

against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender<br />

and intersex people based on their sexual<br />

orientation, gender identity, gender<br />

expression and sex characteristics | www.<br />

outrightinternational.org | f outrightintl<br />

NATIONAL<br />

Access Chapter 2 | Promotes the<br />

human rights and empowerment of LGBTI+<br />

persons. Creates space and coordinating<br />

platforms to facilitate participation on all<br />

matters affecting LGBTI+ persons. You can<br />

report human rights violations and other<br />

incidents on the website | JSL Towers,<br />

255 Pretorius St, Tshwane/Pretoria | 010<br />

100 3177 / WhatsApp helpline: 076 457<br />

3256 | info@ac2.org.za | www.ac2.org.<br />

za | f AccessChapter2<br />

Agenda (Agenda Feminist Media) |<br />

Empowers women for gender equity by<br />

providing a forum for women to articulate<br />

and voice their needs and interests.<br />

Publishes a feminist journal titled Agenda –<br />

see image above. Covers all issues related<br />

to women, including LGBTQI+ issues.<br />

<strong>Resource</strong>-rich website | admin@agenda.<br />

org.za | www.agenda.org.za<br />

Be True 2 Me | A non profit organisation<br />

supporting Trans Gender/ Non-Binary /<br />

Intersex / Gender Queer individuals and<br />

those connected with them. <strong>Resource</strong>rich<br />

website: articles, guidelines, events,<br />

workshops, support groups and more |<br />

WhatsApp: 081 455 1183 | Contact via<br />

the website | www.betrue2me.org | f<br />

BeTrue2MeOrg<br />

Centre for the Study of Violence and<br />

Reconciliation | A multi-disciplinary<br />

institute that seeks to understand<br />

and prevent violence, heal its effects,<br />

build sustainable peace, enhance state<br />

accountability, promote gender equality, and<br />

build social cohesion, integration and active<br />

citizenship. Partners with communities in<br />

order to address the root causes of violence<br />

and respond to its consequences directly.<br />

• Johannesburg | 33 Hoof St,<br />

Braampark Forum 5, Johannesburg |<br />

011 403 5650 | info@csvr.org.za<br />

• Cape Town | 501 Premier Centre, 451<br />

Main Rd, Observatory | 021 447 2470<br />

| ctadmin@csvr.org.za<br />

<strong>Resource</strong>-rich website | www.csvr.org.za<br />

| f TheCSVR<br />

Commission for Gender Equality<br />

| Monitors policies and practices of<br />

government and the private sector to<br />

promote and protect gender & LGBTI<br />

equality. Provides public education and<br />

information. Website contains useful articles<br />

& info. Reviews existing and upcoming<br />

legislation from a gender perspective.<br />

Investigates complaints on any gender<br />

related issue. REPORT GENDER VIOLENCE<br />

AND ABUSE, toll-free on: 0800 007 709 or<br />

contact one of the offices in your province<br />

• Head Office: Gauteng | Old Women’s<br />

Jail, Constitutional Hill, 2 Kotze St,<br />

Braamfontein, Jhb | 011 403 7182<br />

• Eastern Cape | 3 – 33 Phillip Frame Rd,<br />

Waverly Park, East London | 043 722<br />

3489<br />

• Free State | 49 Charlotte Maxeke St,<br />

2nd Floor Fedsure Bldg, Bloemfontein |<br />

051 430 9348<br />

• Gauteng | Praetor Forum Bldg, 267<br />

Lilian Ngoyi St, Tshwane/Pretoria CBD |<br />

012 341 6090<br />

• KwaZulu-Natal | 40 Dr A.B Xuma Rd,<br />

Commercial City, Durban | 031 305 2105<br />

• Limpopo | Cnr. Grobler & Schoeman<br />

Str, 106 Library Gardens Square,<br />

Polokwane | 015 291 3070<br />

• Mpumalanga | 32 Belle St, Mbombela/<br />

Nelspruit | 013 755 2428<br />

• North West | 38 Molopo Rd, Mahikeng/<br />

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LGBTQI+<br />

Mafikeng | 018 381 1505<br />

• Northern Cape | 143 Du Toitspan Rd,<br />

Kimberley | 053 832 0477<br />

• Western Cape | 132 Adderley St, ABSA<br />

Bldg, Cape Town | 021 426 4080<br />

info@cge.org.za | www.cge.org.za | f<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

Commission for Gender Equality |<br />

Commission for Gender Equality<br />

Department of Justice and Constitutional<br />

Development | Contact them or visit the<br />

website for information and support. The<br />

homepage contains links to many useful<br />

resources. Search any LGBTQI term for<br />

current and historic publications | 329<br />

Pretorius St, Cnr Sisulu St, Tshwane/Pretoria<br />

| 012 315 1111 / 012 315 8130/1 |<br />

www.justice.gov.za | f DoJCD<br />

Foundation for Human Rights |<br />

Supports civil society organisations and<br />

public institutions to promote and facilitate<br />

increased awareness, respect, protection<br />

and fulfilment of human rights contained<br />

in the Constitution. Partnered with the<br />

Department of Justice and Constitutional<br />

Development to form the LGBTI+ National<br />

Task Team in response to the high levels<br />

of violence experienced by LGBTI+ people<br />

in South Africa. Contact them if your rights<br />

have been violated | 011 593 4000 / 011<br />

484 0390 | info@fhr.org.za | www.fhr.<br />

org.za | f FHRights<br />

– Editor<br />

Gay and Lesbian Archives (GALA) | A<br />

centre for LGBTQI culture, news and<br />

education, as well as a permanent home<br />

for a wide range of historical and archival<br />

material relating to LGBTQI experience in<br />

South Africa. Contributes to social justice<br />

and promotes the human rights of LGBTQI<br />

people on the continent | University<br />

Corner, Cnr Jorissen & Bertha Sts,<br />

Braamfontein, Johannesburg | 011 717<br />

4239 | Nobantu.nqolobe@wits.ac.za |<br />

www.gala.co.za | f GALA97<br />

Gender Links | A Southern African NGO<br />

that is committed to an inclusive, equal<br />

and just society in which women & girls<br />

in all their diversities exercise their voice<br />

and choice in public and in private. Focus<br />

areas: Sexual reproductive health and<br />

rights, Economic justice, Women’s political<br />

participation, Gender and media, and<br />

Gender and climate justice | 9 Derrick<br />

Ave, Cyrildene, Johannesburg, Gauteng |<br />

011 209 0006 / 011 028 2410 | media@<br />

genderlinks.org.za | www.genderlinks.org.<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

za | f GenderLinks | GMDCSADC<br />

Hivos | Supports LGBTQI+ people in<br />

lobbying for legal and policy changes that<br />

promote inclusion – particularly increased<br />

socio-economic inclusion – acceptance,<br />

visibility and diversity, and the right to make<br />

decisions in all spheres of life (including<br />

their own body), to change power relations<br />

based on gender and to demand equal<br />

access to productive resources | 011<br />

726 1090 | info@hivos.co.za | https://<br />

southern-africa.hivos.org | www.hivos.org<br />

– From the Christian Bible:<br />

Galatians 3:28<br />

Inclusive & Affirming Ministries (IAM)<br />

| Works towards the full recognition,<br />

celebration and participation of LGBTQI+<br />

people in faith communities across Africa |<br />

Based in Cape Town | 021 975 8142 |<br />

info@iam.org.za | www.iam.org.za | f<br />

IAM587<br />

– Sojourners | www.sojo.net<br />

Iranti | A media advocacy organisation<br />

that documents, advocates for and defends<br />

the human rights of LGBTI+ persons<br />

in Africa. <strong>Resource</strong>-rich website | 30<br />

Wimbledon Ave, Brixton | 011 339 1476<br />

/ 1468 | getinfo@iranti.org.za | www.<br />

iranti.org.za | f IrantiOrg<br />

LGBTI Dignity | A safe space for the<br />

LGBTQI community | 1310 Stanza<br />

People ask whether gays<br />

and lesbians should be allowed<br />

to be foster parents or to adopt.<br />

What is it that heterosexual<br />

people think we do?<br />

Karen and I are normal,<br />

everyday people: we are<br />

parents, we run a business<br />

together, we are fortunate<br />

enough to have a bond to pay,<br />

we clean house, cook food,<br />

do homework with the kids ...<br />

– Beth Bellavance-Grace<br />

foster and adoptive lesbian mother<br />

Photo | iStock<br />

More than a century of research<br />

on households, kinship<br />

relationships, and families,<br />

across cultures and through<br />

time, provide no support<br />

whatsoever for the view that<br />

civilization depends upon<br />

marriage as an exclusively<br />

heterosexual institution. Rather,<br />

anthropological research<br />

supports the conclusion that<br />

a vast array of family types,<br />

including families built upon<br />

same-sex partnerships,<br />

can contribute to stable and<br />

humane societies.<br />

– The American Anthropological<br />

Association<br />

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MEN & BOYS<br />

Shades<br />

of Love<br />

1. Passion 2. Joy 3. Intimacy 4. Respect 5. Friendship 6. Sacrifice 7. Compassion<br />

8. Freedom 9. Inside Jokes 10. Safety 11. Laughter 12. Generosity<br />

13. Consideration 14. Adventure 15. Excitement 16. Loyalty 17. Trust<br />

18. Butterflies 19. Hope 20. Quality Time 21. Service 22. Empathy 23. Connection<br />

24. Admiration 25. Patience 26. Appreciation 27. Commitment 28. Communication<br />

29. Growth 30. Imperfection 31. Affection 32. Tenderness 33. Affirmation<br />

34. Teamwork 35. Kindness 36. Equality 37. Pleasure 38. Compromise<br />

39. Partnership 40. Independence 41. Happiness 42. Honesty 43. Devotion<br />

44. Faithfulness 45. Fulfilment 46. Romance 47. Support<br />

48. Family 49. Togetherness 50. Understanding<br />

Photo: Jessica Felicio<br />

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MEN & BOYS<br />

– Edwin Louis Cole<br />

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ADDICTIONS<br />

The majority of cases of violence against<br />

women and children are drug-induced.<br />

If you are a perpetrator of violence,<br />

please get the help that you need so that<br />

you can stop hurting others.<br />

See the SUBSTANCE ABUSE & ADDICTION<br />

as well as the MENTAL & EMOTIONAL HEALTH<br />

<strong>pages</strong> elsewhere in the directory.<br />

CIRCUMCISION<br />

Circumcision is the surgical removal of<br />

the skin covering the tip of the penis for<br />

religious, medical or cultural reasons. It<br />

is common for newborn boys in certain<br />

parts of the world, such as Israel, and a<br />

rite of passage for older boys in many<br />

African countries. Circumcision in South<br />

Africa is not permitted in boys below the<br />

age of 16 without medical or religious<br />

reasons or parental permission.<br />

Research shows male circumcision<br />

reduces HIV transmission risk by up to<br />

60%. (Condoms remain the best protection.)<br />

Call 082 808 6152 to find a clinic<br />

that provides free, safe medical<br />

circumcisions near where you live.<br />

CIRCUMCISION INFORMATION<br />

Brothers For Life | Everything you’d want<br />

to know about circumcision. Select MEDICAL<br />

MALE CIRCUMCISION in the menu bar on<br />

their website | www.brothersforlife.org<br />

WHO VMMC | An app with free access<br />

to Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision<br />

(VMMC) guidelines and resources from the<br />

World Health Organisation (WHO)<br />

HELP FOR BOTCHED<br />

CIRCUMCISIONS<br />

A small proportion of non-medical<br />

circumcisions carried out during<br />

initiation rites in South Africa are<br />

botched or become infected, sometimes<br />

leading to partial or total amputation<br />

of the penis – with devastating<br />

consequences for the young men<br />

involved. It is uncertain how many penile<br />

mutilations occur post-circumcision,<br />

but it is estimated around 250 young<br />

men are affected annually. Some penis<br />

amputations have only been found after<br />

a suicide.<br />

If you are affected by a circumcision<br />

gone wrong, seek medical help straight<br />

away. Ask your doctor to get in touch<br />

with the urology department at the<br />

closest big hospital to see if they can<br />

assist. Or contact the Department of<br />

Health to find out what services are<br />

available at which hospitals.<br />

It is possible for a penis to heal or to<br />

be surgically reconstructed – or even<br />

to have a total penis transplant that<br />

will allow you to live a normal life as a<br />

man. But YOU must speak up and trust<br />

a medical professional to help you.<br />

Eyabantwana Trust | Assists men<br />

who have had partial or complete penal<br />

amputations | East London Health<br />

<strong>Resource</strong> Center, Eastern Cape | 043 709<br />

4769 / 071 888 8833 | admin@eyaban<br />

twana.co.za | www.eyabantwana.co.za<br />

Tygerberg Hospital | Has conducted a<br />

number of successful penis transplants |<br />

021 938 4911 | Cape Town, WC<br />

FAMILY & RELATIONSHIP<br />

COUNSELLING<br />

NATIONAL / MULTIPLE PROVINCES<br />

ACVV | Family preservation and<br />

reintegration programmes, including<br />

parenting skills, counselling & mediation.<br />

115 affiliated branches in the Eastern Cape,<br />

North West, Northern Cape and Western<br />

Cape. Call for information about a branch<br />

near you | Head office: 61 Caledon St,<br />

Cape Town | 021 461 7437/7447 |<br />

info-hk@acvv.org.za | www.acvv.org.za |<br />

f ACVVHeadOffice<br />

BIRTH CONTROL FOR MEN<br />

Vasectomies | A 20-minute<br />

procedure that can be done in a<br />

doctor’s office.<br />

Vasectomies can be reversed at a<br />

later stage.<br />

Speak with your doctor or with a<br />

healthcare professional about it.<br />

AFM Welfare | Addresses family<br />

breakdown, poverty, crime, AIDS, substance<br />

abuse and addiction | Head office: 257<br />

Jean Ave, Centurion | 012 753 7940 |<br />

info@afmwelfare.org.za | www.afm-ags.<br />

org | f AFMWELFARE<br />

Badisa | Social services for families in the<br />

Eastern, Northern and Western Cape. Call<br />

for info about facilities near you | Head<br />

office: 021 957 7130 | info@badisa.org.za<br />

| www.badisa.org.za | f BadisaCharity<br />

CMR | Family preservation services through<br />

independently registered CMR NPOs:<br />

• CMR Burgersdorp | 079 112 9457<br />

| cmrburg@vodamail.co.za | f CMR<br />

Burgersdorp<br />

• CMR East London | 9 Gordon Rd,<br />

Southernwood | 043 722 6104 |<br />

manager@cmrel.co.za | www.cmrel.<br />

co.za | f cmreastlondon<br />

• CMR Humansdorp | 10 Piet Uys<br />

St, Humansdorp | 042 295 1103 |<br />

cmrhdorp@telkomsa.net | f CMR,<br />

Humansdorp<br />

• CMR PE | 116 Mount Rd, North End,<br />

Gqeberha/PE | 041 484 3554 |<br />

cmr-pe@webafrica.org.za | www.<br />

cmrportelizabeth.co.za | f CMR, PE<br />

• CMR Mpumalanga | Head office: 23<br />

Dr Beyers Naude St, Middelburg. Call for<br />

contact details of a CMR office near you<br />

| 013 243 4776 | adopt@cmroos.<br />

co.za | www.cmr-mpumalanga.co.za |<br />

f cmrmpumalanga<br />

• CMR Noord/North | Head office: 153<br />

Middel St, Nieu Muckleneuk, Tshwane/<br />

Pretoria. Call for contact details of a<br />

Centre of Hope near you | 012 460<br />

9272/ 3/ 4 | cmr@cmrn.co.za | www.<br />

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MENTAL & EMOTIONAL HEALTH<br />

– Augusten Burroughs<br />

SUICIDE FACTS<br />

Warning Signs<br />

F Feelings | Does the individual<br />

you worry about express feelings of<br />

anxiety, depression, worthlessness<br />

or hopelessness about the future?<br />

A Actions | Is the individual<br />

displaying signs of severe or<br />

overwhelming physical or<br />

emotional pain or distress? Do they<br />

self-harm or have crying spells or<br />

outbursts of anger & aggression?<br />

C Changes | Are there marked<br />

changes in their behaviour? E.g.:<br />

sleeping and eating patterns,<br />

increased alcohol/drug consumption<br />

or withdrawal from friends?<br />

T Threats | Does the individual<br />

talk, write, sing, make art or jokes<br />

about suicide?<br />

S Situations | Has the individual<br />

been in conflict with family,<br />

colleagues, at school, or with<br />

the law? Have they experienced<br />

loss, difficult transitions, personal<br />

humiliation, sexual or emotional<br />

abuse? Have they recently been<br />

discharged from psychiatric care?<br />

If you notice more than one of<br />

these warning signs, take action!<br />

1. Tell them that you’re worried about<br />

what you’re observing.<br />

2. Ask if they’re thinking about suicide.<br />

3. Encourage them to call the<br />

Suicide Crisis Line: 0800 567<br />

567 or to SMS ‘help’ to 31393. Or<br />

contact any of the options listed<br />

under EMERGENCY NUMBERS<br />

& HELPLINES elsewhere in this<br />

section.<br />

4. Offer your ongoing support and,<br />

if you are concerned about their<br />

immediate safety, stay with them<br />

until help arrives.<br />

Information presented here is not a substitute for professional medical/mental<br />

health advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek advice from a qualified health<br />

professional regarding any mental health condition.<br />

t<br />

Mental health encompasses many issues,<br />

including financial and parenting<br />

stresses, fear of an unpredictable future,<br />

dealing with loss and grief, managing<br />

criticism, controlling substance use, and<br />

simply feeling OK about oneself. Take a<br />

look at the resources listed here and find<br />

the help you need. Do it today!<br />

CALL CHARGES<br />

• Numbers that begin with 10 are free from<br />

a landline, but not from a cell phone<br />

• 0800 numbers are free from any phone<br />

• 0860 and 0861 numbers: you pay the<br />

cost of a local call OR a reduced flat rate<br />

EMERGENCY NUMBERS<br />

& HELPLINES<br />

If you are living with HIV and need counselling,<br />

see HIV/AIDS in the HEALTH <strong>pages</strong><br />

• Adcock Ingram Depression & Anxiety<br />

Helpline | 0800 70 80 90<br />

• ADHD Helpline | 0800 55 44 33<br />

• Akeso Psychiatric Response Unit 24-<br />

Hour Crisis Helpline | 0861 435 787<br />

• SADAG |<br />

• 24 hr Mental Health Helpline | 0800<br />

456 789 or call 0800 21 22 23 (8am–<br />

8pm) / 0800 12 13 14 (8pm– 8am)<br />

• Suicide Crisis line | 0800 567 567<br />

• SMS ‘help’ to 31393 (they’ll call u back)<br />

• WhatsApp chat: 9 am-4 pm, Sun-Mon<br />

076 882 2775<br />

• Office hours: 011 234 4837 / 262 6396<br />

• LifeLine | 24 hours / 7 days a week<br />

national free counselling: 0861 322 322<br />

It will connect you to nearest available<br />

Lifeline centre. Or WhatsApp: 084 922<br />

8808 – ask for a call back.<br />

• Pharmadynamics Police & Trauma Line<br />

| 0800 20 50 26<br />

• National emergency ambulance |<br />

10177 or 122 from a cell phone<br />

• Suicide Crisis Line | 0800 567 567<br />

or SMS ‘help’ to 31393 and someone will<br />

call you<br />

If you reach out and can’t get through<br />

or nobody responds immediately or you<br />

don’t get the help you need or you don’t<br />

‘click’ with the first person you talk to, call<br />

again or ask to speak to someone else.<br />

Don’t stop looking for help until you<br />

find it, because the situation you’re in is<br />

temporary. It WILL change. And people<br />

do care. You are not alone, even though it<br />

may feel like that, right now.<br />

HELPLINES FOR THOSE WHO<br />

SERVE OTHERS<br />

• 24-Hour Care Network Helpline for<br />

Healthcare Workers | 0800 21 21 21<br />

/ SMS 43001<br />

• NPOwer SA, 24-Hour free mental<br />

health & support helpline for all NPO,<br />

NGO & NPC workers in SA | 0800<br />

515 515 / SMS 43010 | Do the anxiety<br />

survey on their site | www.npowersa.<br />

org | f Npowersa<br />

SOMEONE TO TALK TO<br />

Befrienders South Africa | Free and<br />

confidential emotional support – you don’t<br />

even have to say who you are | 24-<br />

Hour helpline: 051 444 5000 | Office<br />

hours: 8:30-12:30 Mon-Fri: 051 444 5691<br />

| befrienders@wsinet.co.za | www.<br />

befrienders.org > Select your country<br />

LifeLine South Africa | Free. Speak to a<br />

counsellor who will listen, offer emotional<br />

support, information about resources and<br />

professional counselling, and assist you to<br />

identify available options and choose for<br />

yourself | 011 715 2000 (office hours)<br />

| safetalking@lifeline.org.za | www.<br />

lifelinesa.co.za | f TheLifelineSouthAfrica<br />

24/7 national counselling lines |<br />

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MENTAL & EMOTIONAL HEALTH<br />

• GBV | 0800 150 150 (free to call or text)<br />

• HIV/AIDS | 0800 012 322 (toll-free call)<br />

• Crisis/emotional support | 0861 322<br />

322 (shared telephone cost.) Or WhatsApp<br />

084 922 8808 – text or ask for a call back.<br />

Or contact a Lifeline provincial centre<br />

(available only during office hours) |<br />

• Eastern Cape | 043 743 7266<br />

• Free State | 057 357 2746<br />

• Gauteng<br />

• Ekurhuleni | 011 421 0384 / 422 4242<br />

• Johannesburg | 011 728 1331<br />

• Krugersdorp | 011 665 2281<br />

• Tshwane/Pretoria | 012 804 1953<br />

• Vaal Triangle | 016 428 1740 / 428 1640<br />

• West Rand | 011 665 2281<br />

• KwaZulu-Natal<br />

• Durban | 031 303 1344<br />

• Pietermaritzburg | 033 342 4447<br />

• Zululand | 035 797 3250 / 789 2472<br />

• Limpopo | 015 291 2556 / 073 878 7593<br />

• Mpumalanga | 013 755 2635<br />

• North West<br />

• Klerksdorp | 018 462 7838<br />

• Mahikeng/Mafikeng | 018 381 0976<br />

• Rustenburg | 014 594 1592 / 3158 / 1455<br />

• Northern Cape | 053 050 1067 / 053<br />

832 8533<br />

• Western Cape |<br />

• Cape Town | 021 461 1113<br />

• Garden Route | 044 343 2769<br />

Contact a Lifeline centre close to you to<br />

volunteer your services or learn how to<br />

become a counsellor to help others.<br />

– Lilian Piwunu<br />

loveLife | Are you young and feeling<br />

powerless and hopeless? Talk to a loveLife<br />

counsellor. It’s free | 0800 121 900 or<br />

send a PLZ CAL ME to 083 323 1023 |<br />

talk@lovelife.org.za | www.lovelife.org.za<br />

| f loveLifeNGO<br />

Suicide Crisis Line | 24 hours / 7 days a<br />

week. Free. Ask to speak to someone in any<br />

of the official languages of South Africa |<br />

0800 567 567<br />

Many faith-based organisations also<br />

offer support in the form of spiritual<br />

guidance and counseling. If you can’t<br />

call someone, go to a church near<br />

where you live and ask to speak with<br />

the preacher or priest.<br />

Photo | Jan Tinneberg | Unsplash<br />

Are you<br />

looking for<br />

a sign not to<br />

give up?<br />

THIS IS IT!<br />

If you’re depressed,<br />

grieving, suicidal,<br />

traumatised, in an<br />

abusive relationship,<br />

HIV infected, addicted,<br />

unemployed, homeless<br />

or just feeling hopeless ...<br />

Find someone to talk to.<br />

Tell them what’s going<br />

on with you.<br />

Ask for help. It is free.<br />

Your life matters!<br />

GENERAL SUPPORT<br />

Also see MENTAL HEALTH in the EDUCATION:<br />

RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS & EDUCATORS<br />

<strong>pages</strong> elsewhere in the directory.<br />

Doing What Matters<br />

in Times of Stress:<br />

An Illustrated Guide<br />

GROUNDING UNHOOKING<br />

MAKING ROOM<br />

ENGAGING BEING KIND<br />

ACTING ON YOUR VALUES<br />

Doing What Matters in Times of Stress:<br />

An Illustrated Guide | A well-researched<br />

self-help resource published by the World<br />

Health Organisation (WHO). Helps people<br />

understand how stress affects their mental<br />

and general health, and equips them with<br />

practical techniques to cope with stress.<br />

Download a free PDF document & audio<br />

exercises. Google the title or go to: bit.ly/<br />

WHOStressManagement<br />

– Eckhart Tolle<br />

– Marcus Aurelius<br />

Face<strong>book</strong> | In recognition of the<br />

repercussions of too many stresses on<br />

mental health, Face<strong>book</strong> has partnered<br />

with experts from around the world to find<br />

information and support. On FB, search for<br />

‘Emotional Health’ to get to the portal |<br />

www.face<strong>book</strong>.com/emotional_health<br />

Masiviwe | A movement that aims<br />

to improve mental health and increase<br />

access to mental health care. Includes free<br />

screening tools & a directory of psychosocial<br />

support services | hello@masiviwe.org.za<br />

| www.masiviwe.org.za | f MasiviweZA<br />

Mental Health Information Centre of<br />

Southern Africa | An information,<br />

referral and education service. <strong>Resource</strong>rich<br />

website | Contact via the website<br />

| www.mentalhealthsa.co.za | f<br />

mentalhealthsa<br />

OpenCounselling | A free US-based<br />

directory, includes a database of low-cost<br />

mental health care counsellors/services<br />

in SA. Search by city/postal code. Or scroll<br />

to the bottom of the site and select ‘South<br />

Africa’ to be taken to a page with links and<br />

free hotlines for: National suicide crisis lines<br />

| Alcohol & substance abuse | Domestic<br />

& sexual violence | Eating disorders<br />

| Gay & lesbians + | Other disorders<br />

| Sexual health/pregnancy | Youth &<br />

Parenting. Information-rich site | www.<br />

opencounselling.com<br />

PsychCentral | Information & a free<br />

newsletter about all aspects of mental health<br />

and well-being | www.psychcentral.com<br />

World Health Organisation | A wealth<br />

of free resources, publications, free apps<br />

and information under ‘Health Topics’<br />

organised alphabetically under ‘Fact sheets’.<br />

Includes an overview of each condition,<br />

assessment, symptoms, causes, care,<br />

treatment guidelines & human rights info.<br />

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MIGRANTS & REFUGEES<br />

– Antonio Guterres<br />

t<br />

DEFINITIONS<br />

• Refugee | A person who fled their<br />

country because their life, safety or<br />

freedom was threatened by war, political<br />

violence, natural disaster or events that<br />

seriously disturb the public order; who<br />

has crossed national boundaries and who<br />

has been granted asylum and therefore<br />

legally resides in the new country.<br />

Refugees are entitled to the same<br />

basic rights as South African citizens:<br />

employment, health services, education,<br />

social grants, etc.<br />

• Asylum seeker | A person who has left<br />

their home country as a refugee and is<br />

seeking asylum in another country.<br />

• Asylum | Shelter/protection from danger<br />

• Migrant | A person who moves from<br />

one place to another, especially to find<br />

work or better living conditions. There are<br />

legal and illegal immigrants.<br />

• Legal immigrant | Any person who is<br />

not a citizen of South Africa, who resides<br />

in the country under legally recognised<br />

and lawfully recorded processes.<br />

• Illegal or undocumented migrant<br />

| These are people who have either<br />

illegally entered South Africa or have<br />

overstayed their permission to be here.<br />

Want to know what life is like<br />

for a refugee in SA?<br />

Watch this short movie ... and<br />

imagine yourself in their shoes.<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

In Another Prison<br />

- Migrants in Johannesburg<br />

Download this thought-provoking poetry<br />

<strong>book</strong> at https://southafrica.iom.int/<br />

Free Download ‘Must-Read’<br />

Asylum at a Price<br />

How corruption impacts those seeking<br />

legal protection in South Africa.<br />

PROJECT LOKISA<br />

www.corruptionwatch.org.za<br />

EDUCATION & PSYCHOSOCIAL<br />

SUPPORT FOR REFUGEE<br />

CHILDREN & YOUTH<br />

Also see STUDY OPTIONS, CAREER GUIDANCE<br />

& FUNDING SOURCES in the EDUCATION:<br />

RESOURCES FOR LIFELONG LEARNING <strong>pages</strong><br />

326 Project | Bridging education for<br />

refugee and migrant children in JHB, helping<br />

prepare them to transition into mainstream<br />

schools. Subscribe to their newsletter.<br />

• Sacred Heart College, 15 Eckstein St,<br />

Observatory, Johannesburg | 011 487-<br />

9000 | office.shc@three2six.co.za<br />

• Observatory Girls’ Primary School, 22 De<br />

La Rey St, Observatory, Johannesburg |<br />

011 487-1100/1 | office.obs@three2six.<br />

co.za<br />

• Holy Family College, 40 Oxford Rd,<br />

Parktown, Johannesburg | 011 486-<br />

1104 | office.hfc@three2six.co.za<br />

communication@three2six.co.za | www.<br />

three2six.co.za | f Three2SixProject<br />

Refugee Children’s Project (RCP) |<br />

Facilitates the integration of unaccompanied<br />

refugee minors, as well as refugee children<br />

and their families, into local communities.<br />

Projects include: an Early Childhood<br />

Development Centre, children and youth<br />

development programmes, facilitating<br />

access to education, academic support,<br />

skills development and entrepreneurial<br />

training for teen girls and women, food<br />

parcels, advocacy for the rights of refugee<br />

children | 11 Natal St, Bellevue/Yeoville,<br />

Johannesburg | 011 333 9266 | rcp@<br />

rcp-africa.org | www.rcp-africa.org<br />

Search for and download A Guide for<br />

working with Vulnerable Children at<br />

Lawyers for Human Rights: www.lhr.org.za<br />

United Nations High Commission for<br />

Refugees (UNHCR) | Info-rich website.<br />

Click on ‘DO YOU NEED HELP?’ at the top<br />

of the home-page then select South Africa.<br />

In the menu on the left, select Education<br />

for info on how the education system<br />

works, how to enroll your child in school,<br />

what to do if you cannot afford the school<br />

fees, where to get technical, vocational and<br />

higher education, where to find bursaries<br />

and scholarships, etc | www.unhcr.org |<br />

f UNHCR<br />

Unity for Tertiary Refugee Students<br />

(UTRS) | Promotes the rights of refugees<br />

and asylum seekers at tertiary education<br />

level. Provides financial & other support to<br />

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MIGRANTS & REFUGEES<br />

make tertiary education accessible to such<br />

students | 078 608 2518 / 083 345 7949<br />

| bidandif@gmail.com / gsutrs@gmail.com<br />

| www.utrsafrica.co.za<br />

GBV & HUMAN TRAFFICKING<br />

Also see:<br />

• SAFE PLACES, ASSISTANCE & MORE under<br />

SEXUAL & OTHER ABUSE OF CHILDREN in the<br />

CHILD WELFARE <strong>pages</strong><br />

• GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE, as well as RAPE<br />

in the CRISIS SUPPORT <strong>pages</strong><br />

• DOMESTIC ABUSE, INCEST & GENDER-<br />

BASED VIOLENCE, as well as EMERGENCY &<br />

TRANSITIONAL SHELTERS in the GENDER &<br />

VIOLENCE ISSUES <strong>pages</strong><br />

• FAMILY WELL-BEING, RELATIONSHIP &<br />

MARRIAGE COUNSELLING in the WOMEN &<br />

FAMILY <strong>pages</strong><br />

Human Trafficking Hotline |<br />

0800 222 777<br />

National Human Trafficking Helpline |<br />

Free & confidential 24/7 | 0800 222 777<br />

Salvation Army | Anti-Human Trafficking<br />

toll-free line 0800 073 728<br />

#EndTrafficking<br />

GOVERNMENT BODIES<br />

For assistance with accommodation, also<br />

see LAND, HOUSING & ESSENTIAL SERVICES<br />

elsewhere in the directory<br />

Department of Home Affairs (DHA)<br />

| Assists immigrants with legal status,<br />

marriage, birth & death registration in<br />

SA. Useful information about the refugee<br />

application process and about what the<br />

law says about Refugees & Asylum seekers.<br />

Download the Refugees ACT | www.<br />

dha.gov.za > Immigration > Refugee<br />

Status & Asylum | Questions? Contact<br />

a provincial office between 8 – 15.30, Mon<br />

– Fri. See “Office Contacts” in the menu on<br />

the left of the home page for provincial<br />

office numbers. Or contact the DHA Head<br />

Quarters in Tshwane/Pretoria | 012 406<br />

2500 / Contact Centre 0800 601 190 |<br />

hacc@dha.gov.za or submit a question via<br />

the website | www.dha.gov.za | f<br />

Department of Home Affairs<br />

Online extension service | Allows a<br />

holder of an asylum seeker visa (section 22)<br />

or a refugee status permit (section 24), to<br />

request an extension of validity via email<br />

to the Refugee Reception Centre where<br />

the last extension was made. See email<br />

addresses below. Include only your permit<br />

number in the subject line. In the case<br />

of families, each member must submit a<br />

request for an extension individually and<br />

each application must be sent in a separate<br />

e-mail message, even if they are sent from<br />

the same email address. DO NOT SEND<br />

REPEAT EMAILS.<br />

DHA Refugee Reception Centres |<br />

Immigrants wishing to apply for asylum may<br />

do so only at a Refugee Reception Office.<br />

• Cape Town Refugee Reception Centre<br />

| Custom House, Old Government Bldg,<br />

Cnr Heerengracht & Adderley Sts |<br />

021 421 9173 / 9200 | Refugee visa<br />

extensions: CTrrc.extension24@dha.gov.<br />

za / Asylum seeker visa extension: CTrrc.<br />

Extension22@dha.gov.za | Physical<br />

offices closed until further notice<br />

• Desmond Tutu Refugee Reception<br />

Centre | Pretoria, Gauteng | 012 395<br />

4174/4000 / 066 473 0631 | Refugee<br />

visa extensions: DTRRC.Extension24@<br />

dha.gov.za / Asylum seeker visa extension:<br />

DTRRC.Extension22@dha.gov.za<br />

• Durban Refugee Centre | 137 Che<br />

Guevara Rd, Glenwood, Durban, KwaZulu-<br />

Natal | 031 362 1201 | Refugee visa<br />

extensions: DurbanRRC.Extension24@<br />

dha.gov.za / Asylum seeker visa extension:<br />

DurbanRRC.Extension22@dha.gov.za |<br />

Physical offices closed until further notice<br />

• Gqeberha Refugee Reception Centre<br />

| 2 Neil Boss Rd, Korsten, Gqeberha/<br />

PE, Eastern Cape | 041 404 8304/<br />

05/ 11 / 074 643 3755 | Refugee visa<br />

extensions: PERRC.Extension24@dha.gov.<br />

za / Asylum seeker visa extension: PERRC.<br />

Extension22@dha.gov.za | May not be<br />

fully operational<br />

• Musina Refugee Reception Centre | 8<br />

Harold Grenfell St, Musina, Limpopo |<br />

015 534 5300 / 083 852 0104 | Refugee<br />

visa extensions: MusinaRRC.Extension24@<br />

dha.gov.za / Asylum seeker visa extension:<br />

Musinarrc.Extension22@dha.gov.za<br />

NOTES:<br />

1. To facilitate translation services, the<br />

Refugee Centres are open to different<br />

nationalities/languages on different<br />

days. Call or Google to establish which<br />

languages are served on which days.<br />

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Did You Know?<br />

Unaccompanied minors may<br />

not be deported – regardless of<br />

their status – but must report<br />

directly to a Department of<br />

Social Development office to<br />

receive protection under the<br />

Child Protection Act.<br />

Child refugees have the same<br />

rights as South African children<br />

and are entitled to assistance<br />

from the government. This<br />

includes the right to education,<br />

shelter, healthcare services and<br />

social grants.<br />

Adults: in case of detention,<br />

imprisonment or deportation,<br />

even if you are an illegal<br />

immigrant without legal papers,<br />

you have the right to:<br />

• An interpreter if you do<br />

not understand any of the<br />

languages spoken.<br />

• Contact and seek assistance<br />

from the consular authorities of<br />

your own country.<br />

• Get in touch with a family<br />

member and a lawyer.<br />

• Free legal assistance if you<br />

cannot afford it.<br />

• Remain silent at the time of<br />

detention.<br />

• Receive medical treatment in<br />

the case of an emergency or<br />

serious illness.<br />

• Have children in your care<br />

remain with you. In fact: you<br />

may not be separated from<br />

them.<br />

In the case of minor criminal<br />

offences, you have the right to:<br />

• Not to be detained in the same<br />

cell as criminals.<br />

• Dignified and respectful<br />

treatment by the police and<br />

other authorities.<br />

• Refuse to pay bribes or provide<br />

sexual favours. It is a crime if<br />

any official demands this.<br />

• Due process before the<br />

law, before deportation or<br />

imprisonment.<br />

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SENIOR CITIZENS<br />

– Nelson Mandela<br />

Millions of senior citizens in townships are living in abject poverty and regularly experience isolation, abuse and<br />

neglect. This is exacerbated by weakened family ties, financial insecurity, limited mobility, and a lack of access to<br />

quality healthcare. Dire living conditions are the norm for many older persons who live in neighbourhoods rife<br />

with crime and with limited access to basic services such as water, electricity and emergency services. Many are<br />

also unaware of their rights and lack the resources or information to seek help when they need it. Despite this,<br />

many older persons still support large families on their meagre pensions and are often the sole breadwinner in<br />

the household. For an older person who is bedridden and alone, accessing help can be nearly impossible.<br />

– Ikamva Labantu<br />

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DEFINITIONS<br />

WHO IS OLD?<br />

AGEISM<br />

is<br />

just as<br />

harmful<br />

as<br />

sexism<br />

or<br />

racism<br />

Under the Older Person’s Act, a male is<br />

defined as old at 65+ and a female at<br />

60+. What you do with those years is<br />

up to you, though.<br />

WHAT IS ELDER ABUSE?<br />

– Older Person’s Act 13/2006<br />

Economic abuse | Improper or<br />

unauthorized use or control of an older<br />

person’s old-age pension, bank account,<br />

retirement funds, savings, property<br />

or other resources for the benefit of<br />

someone else. Selling the property –<br />

house, furniture or any other goods – that<br />

belong to an older person without their<br />

consent.<br />

Exploitation | Employing a vulnerable<br />

older person to perform services for<br />

the benefit of another, such as taking<br />

care of children, without a salary or<br />

compensation.<br />

Physical abuse | Any intentional<br />

act, assault, bodily harm or injury, e.g.,<br />

pushing, slapping, striking, biting, choking,<br />

punching, stabbing, etc. – with or without<br />

an object.<br />

Psychological/emotional abuse |<br />

Intentional and repeated action or<br />

inaction that threatens, humiliates, insults,<br />

ridicules, degrades, harasses, coerces,<br />

intimidates, isolates, unreasonably<br />

confines, emotionally distresses, punishes<br />

or causes emotional pain to an older<br />

person or invades the older person’s<br />

privacy, liberty, integrity or security.<br />

Neglect or abandonment | Denying<br />

access to or failing to provide proper<br />

food, shelter, medical treatment or<br />

hygiene, or acting in a way that disregards<br />

the vulnerable elder’s health, welfare or<br />

safety.<br />

Sexual abuse | Any conduct that<br />

violates the sexual integrity of an<br />

older person, including assault, rape,<br />

penetration with an object, flashing<br />

of genital organs, compelling an<br />

older person to watch a sexual act –<br />

electronically or otherwise – or using<br />

sexual slurs against an older person. Any<br />

sexual contact with a person who doesn’t<br />

have the capacity or ability – mentally or<br />

physically – to consent.<br />

If any of the above is happening to you,<br />

know that it is your right to ask for help<br />

and protection. See HELPLINES below.<br />

Any form of elder abuse is a criminal<br />

offence in South Africa.<br />

If you know or suspect that an older<br />

person has been abused or suffers from<br />

an abuse-related injury – in their home<br />

or an institution – you MUST report<br />

it without delay to the Department of<br />

Social Development and the police.<br />

Failure to report the abuse of an older<br />

person is a crime punishable by law.<br />

Signs of abuse may be physical, such<br />

as bruises or wounds, bed sores, lice,<br />

illness and lack of medical care, weight<br />

loss because of lack of nutrition or<br />

hydration, or behavioural changes, such<br />

as withdrawal, fear and anxiety.<br />

Also: take seriously attempts from the<br />

elder to communicate what’s going on.<br />

If the person is neglecting themselves<br />

or shows signs of depression, grief or<br />

dementia, it may be time to look for<br />

outside assistance or find alternative<br />

accommodation in a place where the<br />

elder can be cared for.<br />

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SENIOR CITIZENS<br />

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS<br />

Download the above publication, free of<br />

charge, from The South African Human<br />

Rights Commission web page, and learn<br />

about your human rights | www.<br />

sahrc.org.za > Publications > Pamphlets<br />

> Human Rights and Older Persons<br />

HELPLINES<br />

CALL CHARGES<br />

• Numbers that begin with 10 are free from<br />

a landline, but not from a cell phone<br />

• 0800 numbers are free from any phone<br />

• 0860 and 0861 numbers: you pay the<br />

cost of a local call OR a reduced flat rate<br />

WHERE TO REPORT ELDER ABUSE<br />

Age-in-Action | Careline: 0800 204 190<br />

Or call the number for your province. See<br />

Age-in-Action under SOCIAL SERVICES &<br />

ACCOMMODATION elsewhere in this section)<br />

Department of Social Development |<br />

Contact the nearest Social Development<br />

Office | Or call the Helpline: 012 312<br />

7727 | Or write to customercare@dsd.<br />

gov.za<br />

SAPS Crime Stop | Anonymously report<br />

who did what, to whom, when, where, why<br />

and how, to any of the following |<br />

• The MySAPS App (free download)<br />

• USSD string *134*10111 #<br />

• SMS to Crime Line at 32211<br />

• Call 08600 10111 (share call)<br />

Call any of the following for information,<br />

guidance, legal and other assistance:<br />

Gender-based Violence Command Centre<br />

| Anonymous and confidential telephonic<br />

information, counselling and referrals in<br />

all 11 official languages | 24-Hour, free<br />

helpline: 0800 GBV GBV (0800 428 428) or<br />

text *120*7867# (FREE from any cellphone)<br />

| Or SMS ‘help’ to 31531 and someone will<br />

call you back | Skype: ‘HelpMe GBV’ for<br />

members of the deaf community<br />

Lifeline | 0861 32 23 22<br />

South African Human Rights Commission<br />

| Lodge a complaint about individual or<br />

institutional violations of the rights of older<br />

persons via the website | www.sahrc.org.<br />

za > Lodge A Complaint | Or download<br />

the complaint form in any official language,<br />

complete it in your own time, and email it<br />

to complaints@sahrc.org.za | Or call 011<br />

877 3600 / WhatsApp 082 059 6520 |<br />

Or find a provincial office number on the<br />

website: www.sahrc.org.za<br />

South African Social Security Agency<br />

(SASSA) | Report financial irregularities<br />

(e.g. unauthorised deductions) | 0800<br />

601 011 | GrantEnquiries@sassa.gov.za<br />

Also notify a community social worker,<br />

health care worker and/or a traditional<br />

leader and ask for immediate assistance<br />

and medical attention, as needed. Keep<br />

a written record of your actions and<br />

reports. You may need this later, should<br />

the case go to court.<br />

LEGAL ASSISTANCE<br />

See the HUMAN RIGHTS <strong>pages</strong><br />

elsewhere in the directory.<br />

– Anonymous<br />

FOOD, HEALTH & PSYCHOSOCIAL<br />

SUPPORT PROGRAMMES<br />

Also see, elsewhere in the directory:<br />

• HUNGER RELIEF in the FOOD, HUNGER &<br />

NUTRITION <strong>pages</strong><br />

• The SOCIAL WELFARE & HUMANITARIAN<br />

SUPPORT <strong>pages</strong><br />

NATIONAL / MULTIPLE PROVINCES<br />

Badisa | Service centres providing<br />

meals, transport, home-based care, medical<br />

support and socialisation to enable older<br />

persons to live independently in the<br />

Eastern, Northern and Western Cape. Call<br />

for information about facilities near you<br />

| Head office: 021 957 7130 | info@<br />

badisa.org.za | www.badisa.org.za | f<br />

BadisaCharity<br />

Meals on Wheels Community Services<br />

SA | Serves more than 30 million meals<br />

in towns, cities, rural areas and squatter<br />

settlements every year. Contact for a service<br />

point closest to you | 086 00 00 700 |<br />

adminc@mealsonwheels.org.za | www.<br />

mow.org.za | f mowcsa<br />

EASTERN CAPE<br />

See organisations listed under NATIONAL /<br />

MULTIPLE PROVINCES elsewhere in this section<br />

FREE STATE<br />

See organisations listed under NATIONAL /<br />

MULTIPLE PROVINCES elsewhere in this section<br />

GAUTENG<br />

Amcare | A multi-purpose health and<br />

social development organisation servicing<br />

poor and vulnerable persons in the<br />

Greater Alberton area of Ekurhuleni | 15<br />

Heidelberg Rd, Newmarket Park, Alberton<br />

| 011 869 5856 | socialworkservices@<br />

amcare.org.za | www.amcare.org.za |<br />

f AmcareAlberton<br />

NG Welfare | The Dutch Reformed<br />

Church’s registered welfare arm in the Vaal<br />

and West-Rand areas of Gauteng. Call to<br />

find out what services are available near<br />

you | Head Office: 104 Peter Mokaba Ave,<br />

Potchefstroom | 018 297 3928 | info@<br />

ngwelsyn.co.za | www.ngwelfare.co.za |<br />

f ngwelsyn<br />

KWAZULU-NATAL<br />

Muthande Society for the Aged (MUSA)<br />

| Runs programmes that alleviate poverty,<br />

reduce social isolation, assist in acquiring<br />

skills, help the frail, ill and HIV/AIDS affected,<br />

train family members and care givers<br />

on health and social issues, and provide<br />

paralegal services to enable senior citizens<br />

to live as independent members of society<br />

| 10 Langa Place, Lamontville, Durban |<br />

031 942 9715 / WhatsApp 083 784 9225 |<br />

info@muthande.org.za | www.muthande.<br />

org.za | f muthande<br />

LIMPOPO<br />

See organisations listed under NATIONAL /<br />

MULTIPLE PROVINCES elsewhere in this section<br />

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grandmothers<br />

holding families together all over South Africa<br />

Grandmothers in historically<br />

disadvantaged South Africa have<br />

always played a big role in the<br />

upbringing of their grandchildren.<br />

This tradition is not a cultural<br />

one, but one fashioned by the<br />

demands of apartheid. Black<br />

people were not allowed to be<br />

in ‘white’ areas unless they had<br />

a work permit to be there. They<br />

were certainly not allowed to<br />

bring their families with them.<br />

Husbands and wives worked far<br />

apart from each other and from<br />

their rural homes where they<br />

were forced to leave their children<br />

in the care of a grandmother<br />

or auntie. The trend continues,<br />

because the majority of black<br />

mothers simply don’t earn<br />

enough to bring their families<br />

with them to the towns and the<br />

cities where the jobs are. Besides,<br />

the places which they can afford<br />

as accommodation are often<br />

unsafe, or simply don’t have<br />

enough space to accommodate<br />

a family – like the ‘maid’s rooms’<br />

in previously white back yards<br />

everywhere in our country. So, the<br />

children are still left with gogo.<br />

There is another reason,<br />

nowadays, why millions of<br />

grandmothers are bringing up<br />

their grandchildren: they are<br />

either nursing their own children<br />

who are dying of AIDS or they<br />

have buried them.


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Photo | Tshikululu Social Investments | www.tshikululu.org.za | Courtesy of the First Rand Foundation<br />

All over South Africa, these<br />

grandmothers are holding families<br />

together despite their grief –<br />

often taking care of as many as<br />

ten children on a meagre state<br />

pension and, if she’s lucky, some<br />

piece jobs.<br />

At a time when she really should<br />

be able to rest, her life is filled<br />

with toil and suffering ... and<br />

desperate poverty that she knows<br />

will have dire consequences for<br />

her grandchildren.<br />

Here's what YOU can do to make a difference<br />

• Stop justifying paying the minimum<br />

wage to the women who clean<br />

your house and support your life.<br />

They are someone’s mother, auntie,<br />

grandmother ... and the quality of their<br />

lives is at your mercy.<br />

• Start a support group at your church,<br />

school or community center for the<br />

women who take care of children in<br />

their communities. Find out what they<br />

need and start helping them practically<br />

and materially.<br />

• Give them access to information.<br />

Make sure they know how to apply for<br />

available social grants ... How to protect<br />

themselves from getting HIV infected<br />

when caring for an AIDS patient ... How<br />

to grow vegetables to feed their family<br />

... How to draw up a will to make sure<br />

that their grandchildren will inherit<br />

what is rightfully theirs ... How to<br />

protect their human rights and what to<br />

do if they are being abused ... How to<br />

cope with the changing needs of their<br />

growing grandchildren – including the<br />

need for sex-education ... How to cope<br />

with pain and loss ... And any other<br />

subjects they want to know about. n


Poverty affects all of us.<br />

It attacks the very fabric of our society.<br />

It erodes self-respect and personal dignity.<br />

It perpetuates the false belief that<br />

human worth is linked to money, looks,<br />

possessions and status.<br />

It divides families and wrecks social<br />

cohesion.<br />

It is at the root of most violence.<br />

It undermines our safety and destroys our<br />

stability.<br />

It ensures that the majority of our people<br />

remain unemployable – unable to pay for<br />

their own and their children’s education.<br />

It cripples our workforce, reducing our<br />

collective productivity.<br />

It discourages foreign investment.<br />

It destabilises the very foundations of<br />

business: the expansion of a robust<br />

consumer base.<br />

Photo | Jan Tutter / flickr<br />

l<br />

We will all benefit if each of us does what is<br />

within our power, in our circle of influence,<br />

to help fellow citizens achieve their full<br />

potential.<br />

Everything is connected.<br />

Everything affects everything else.


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SOCIAL WELFARE & HUMANITARIAN SUPPORT<br />

– Nelson Mandela<br />

t<br />

If you are in need of food, shelter or any<br />

kind of assistance to keep your head<br />

above water, please contact one or all of<br />

the following:<br />

• Your local municipality.<br />

• A social worker at a community centre<br />

or clinic.<br />

• The people at a church near you.<br />

• A traditional leader.<br />

• The GOVERNMENT BODIES listed below<br />

Also, look through the entire directory<br />

for the contact details of organisations<br />

that are designed to help in particular<br />

situations, such as hunger, domestic<br />

violence, addictions, etc.<br />

Your life is important. Don’t give up<br />

hope. Help is available.<br />

GOVERNMENT BODIES<br />

For assistance with accommodation, also<br />

see LAND, HOUSING & ESSENTIAL SERVICES<br />

elsewhere in the directory<br />

Department of Human Settlements (DHS)<br />

(National) | Makes it possible for all South<br />

Africans to access adequate housing – a<br />

right enshrined in the Constitution of our<br />

country | 012 444 9000 / 0800 146 873<br />

| info@dhs.gov.za | www.dhs.gov.za<br />

| Provincial Departments | Each of the<br />

following sites offer varying degrees of useful<br />

resources & information |<br />

Eastern Cape | 043 711 9901/2/3 |<br />

www.ecdhs.gov.za<br />

Free State | 051 403 3379/92 | www.<br />

humansettlements.fs.gov.za<br />

Gauteng | 011 355 4000 | www.<br />

gauteng.gov.za/Departments<br />

KwaZulu-Natal | 031 336 5300 / 033 392<br />

6400 | www.kzndhs.gov.za<br />

Limpopo | Cooperative Governance,<br />

Human Settlements & Traditional Affairs |<br />

015 284 5000 | www.coghsta.limpopo.gov.za<br />

Mpumalanga | 013 766 6088 | dhs.<br />

mpg.gov.za<br />

North West | 018 388 5176 | www.nwpg.<br />

gov.za/HumanSettlements/site/index.html<br />

Northern Cape | Co-operative<br />

Governance, Human Settlement and<br />

Traditional Affairs | 053 830 9400 / 22 |<br />

www.coghsta.ncpg.gov.za<br />

Western Cape | 021 483 6488 / 3112 /<br />

0623 / 0611 | www.westerncape.gov.za/<br />

dept/human-settlements<br />

Department of Social Development<br />

| Responsible for providing social<br />

development, protection and welfare<br />

services to the public | customercare@<br />

dsd.gov.za | www.dsd.gov.za | f<br />

Department of Social Development<br />

• National Care Helpline | 012 312 7727<br />

Provincial Departments | Provincial<br />

websites offer varying levels of useful info.<br />

• Eastern Cape | 043 605 5419 / 043 605<br />

5000 | www.ecdsd.gov.za | f Eastern<br />

Cape Department of Social Development<br />

• Free State | 066 487 6238 / 051 400 0302<br />

/4/7 | www.socdev.fs.gov.za | f Free<br />

State Department of Social Development<br />

• Gauteng | 011 355 7600/56 / 7687 /<br />

7878 / 011 227 0000 | www.gauteng.<br />

gov.za/departments > Department of<br />

Social Development | f Gauteng<br />

Department of Social Development<br />

• KwaZulu-Natal | 033 264 5400 / 3001/2/4<br />

| www.kzndsd.gov.za | f KwaZulu-<br />

Natal Department of Social Development<br />

• Limpopo | 015 230 4300 / 015 293<br />

6004 / 6053/4 | www.dsd.limpopo.<br />

gov.za | f Department of Social<br />

Development Limpopo - DSD<br />

• Mpumalanga 013 766 3031 / 3098 /<br />

3111 / 3156 / 3253 | www.dsdmpu.<br />

gov.za | f Mpumalanga Department of<br />

Social Development<br />

• North West | 018 388 2000 / 388 3040<br />

/ 018 387 3434 / 0255 | dsd.nwpg.gov.<br />

za | f North West Department of Social<br />

Development<br />

• Northern Cape | 053 807 5600 / 053<br />

874 9100 | www.northern-cape.gov.za /<br />

socdev.ncpg.gov.za | f Northern Cape<br />

Social Development<br />

• Western Cape | 0800 220 250 /<br />

021 483 5045 / 3858 / 3765 / 3158<br />

/ 5445 | www.westerncape.gov.<br />

za/dept/social-development | f<br />

WesternCapeGovernment<br />

National Development Agency (NDA) |<br />

Support & provides funds to strengthen<br />

civil society organisations that implement<br />

development projects and provide services<br />

to poor communities | 26 Wellington Rd,<br />

Parktown, Johannesburg | National office:<br />

011 018 5500 / Cape Town: 021 422 5175<br />

| info@nda.org.za | www.nda.org.za<br />

South African Social Security Agency<br />

(SASSA) | Distributes social grants on<br />

behalf of the Dept. of Social Development<br />

to South Africans who need them the most.<br />

See: SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIAL SECURITY<br />

AGENCY (SASSA) CONTACT INFO elsewhere<br />

in this section | www.sassa.gov.za<br />

Thusong Service Centres | One-stop<br />

centres where you can get information &<br />

government services, such as assistance<br />

with a grant, pension, unemployment and<br />

ID documents. For provincial contact details,<br />

see: ASSISTANCE WITH & INFORMATION<br />

ABOUT SOCIAL GRANTS elsewhere in this<br />

section | www.gov.za/about-government/<br />

contact-directory/thusong<br />

SOCIAL GRANT INFORMATION<br />

Social security is a human right. It is what<br />

supports us when something happens and<br />

we can’t support ourselves, like when we<br />

are children, get hurt or sick, lose a job or<br />

grow old.<br />

To improve the standard of living in our<br />

country, social grants are available to all<br />

South Africans, permanent residents and<br />

refugees who reside inside our borders.<br />

Multiple grants are not allowed. Grant<br />

amounts are increased in April every year.<br />

A GUIDE TO SA GRANTS<br />

Black Sash | On their site you’ll find an<br />

overview of the various social grants that<br />

are available, who is eligible, the value of<br />

each grant, the means test threshold, as<br />

well as answers to common questions and<br />

problems that people experience | www.<br />

blacksash.org.za<br />

• Under Your Rights, read or download info<br />

about each particular social grant.<br />

• Under Media & Publications: read, print<br />

or download a comprehensive, free guide<br />

to South Africa’s social grant system,<br />

titled: Social Assistance: A reference guide<br />

for paralegals. The guide is an invaluable<br />

resource for professionals and lay people.<br />

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SUBSTANCE ABUSE & ADDICTION<br />

– David Sheff, Author of ‘Clean’<br />

t<br />

HELPLINES<br />

• Alcoholics Anonymous | 0861 43 57<br />

22 | Chat online: www.aachats.org<br />

• Lifeline | 0861 32 23 22<br />

• Narcotics Anonymous | 0861 00 69 62<br />

• SADAG |<br />

• Substance Abuse Helpline | 0800 12<br />

13 14 (24 hours)<br />

• 24 hr Mental Health Helpline | 0800<br />

456 789 / 0800 21 22 23 (8am–8pm)<br />

• Suicide Crisis line | 0800 567 567<br />

• SMS ‘help’ to 31393 (they’ll call u back)<br />

• WhatsApp chat: 9 am-4 pm, Sun-Mon<br />

076 882 2775<br />

• Office: 011 234 4837 / 011 262 6396<br />

SAPS Crime Stop | Anonymously report<br />

to any of the following |<br />

• The MySAPS App (free download)<br />

• USSD string *134*10111 #<br />

• SMS to Crime Line at 32211<br />

• Call 08600 10111 (share call)<br />

• Substance Abuse Helpline | 0800 12<br />

13 14 or SMS 32312<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

How<br />

A short movie for<br />

parents & teens<br />

Addiction Happens<br />

Our oldest son died of an accidental<br />

heroin/fentanyl overdose on his<br />

22nd birthday, in December 2015.<br />

Our family produced this video to<br />

help teens and their families<br />

avoid the painful path of addiction.<br />

Understand how addiction starts<br />

and how to prevent it.<br />

ALCOHOL ADDICTION<br />

Alcoholics Anonymous SA | A free,<br />

nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial,<br />

apolitical fellowship of men and women<br />

who have or had a drinking problem.<br />

Membership is open to anyone who wants<br />

to do something about their drinking<br />

problem. Physical or online meetings<br />

throughout South Africa. Details on website.<br />

Register to access their online resource<br />

library | National helpline: 0861 43 57<br />

22 / 0861 HELP AA | Chat online: www.<br />

aachats.org | Or send a message via the<br />

website | www.aasouthafrica.org.za<br />

Eastern Cape |<br />

• East London | 58 Himalaya Rd, Braelyn<br />

| 082 787 6973 | jumbopadayachee@<br />

yahoo.com<br />

• Gqeberha/PE & Garden Route | St.<br />

Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Kobus<br />

Rd, Gelvindale | 041 452 7328 | pe@<br />

aasouthafrica.org.za<br />

Gauteng |<br />

• Alberton | 28 Hennie Alberts St,<br />

Brackenhurst | 011 867 5950 | gso@<br />

aasouthafrica.org.za<br />

• Benoni | East Rand Benoni Central<br />

Methodist Church, 26 Bunyan St | 011<br />

421 1748 | aaeastrand@gmail.com<br />

• Johannesburg | Wedge Gardens, 2<br />

Whitney Rd, Whitney Gardens, Lyndhurst<br />

| 065 932 5270 | jwra@aasouthafrica.<br />

org.za<br />

• Tshwane/Pretoria | NG Kerk Oosterlig,<br />

Cnr Hugo & Lea St, Waterkloof Glen |<br />

012 993 5827 | npaa@aasouthafrica.<br />

org.za<br />

• Vereeniging & Vaal Area | Three Rivers<br />

| 081 795 6577 | aavaaltriangle@<br />

gmail.com<br />

KwaZulu-Natal |<br />

• Durban | 107 Doone House, 379 Anton<br />

Lembede St | 031 301 4959 / 301 9830<br />

| kzn@aasouthafrica.org.za<br />

Western Cape |<br />

• Cape Town | Boland Bank Bldg, 18<br />

Lower Burg St | 021 418 0908 |<br />

westerncape@aasouthafrica.org.za<br />

Alcoholics Anonymous Apps | There<br />

are a number of FREE AA apps available,<br />

including:<br />

• 12 Step Toolkit AA | Daily steps to<br />

keep you from relapsing into active<br />

alcoholism<br />

• Meeting Guide | Search for meetings<br />

near you.<br />

• AA Big Book | Chat with others in<br />

recovery, listen to podcasts +. Also<br />

available as an audio <strong>book</strong> on a separate,<br />

free app: AA Big Book Audio<br />

Online Intergroup AA | Online help<br />

with drinking problems, as well as AA<br />

recovery meetings worldwide. Browse the<br />

directory to find what suits your needs:<br />

video, telephone, email or chat – available<br />

in a variety of languages. Or list your own<br />

meeting. Membership is free for those<br />

seeking help as well as those offering help<br />

| www.aa-intergroup.org<br />

This Naked Mind | A resource-rich,<br />

science-based website. Freebies include a<br />

web-class, newsletter, podcasts + | www.<br />

thisnakedmind.com | f thisnakedmind<br />

TEDtalks | How I overcame alcoholism,<br />

Claudia Christian<br />

YouTube | Search for ‘Alcohol Addiction’ for<br />

hundreds of informative videos<br />

Responsible Consumption<br />

The Association of Alcohol<br />

Responsibility and Education |<br />

Partners with public and commercial<br />

concerns to promote moderation and<br />

encourage responsible marketing<br />

of alcohol through education and<br />

awareness campaigns that address<br />

the harmful consumption of alcohol<br />

in these areas:<br />

• Underage drinking<br />

• Binge drinking<br />

• Drinking and driving<br />

• Drinking and walking<br />

• Drinking while pregnant (Causing<br />

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)<br />

• Responsible trade facilitation<br />

<strong>Resource</strong>-rich website | Atholl<br />

Towers, 129 Patricia Rd, Sandown |<br />

010 110 7160 | info@aware.org.za<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

| www.aware.org.za | Aware ZA<br />

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SUBSTANCE ABUSE & ADDICTION<br />

FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME<br />

The damage caused to the developing<br />

fetus by alcohol exposure during<br />

pregnancy is permanent and<br />

irreversible. It is called Fetal Alcohol<br />

Syndrome (FAS) and it is the most<br />

common and completely preventable<br />

cause of mental and physical disability<br />

in the world. See the article Damaged in<br />

the Womb, following this section.<br />

FASfacts | Programmes and campaigns<br />

to decrease and prevent the prevalence<br />

of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal<br />

Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) | 1<br />

Baring St, Worcester, Western Cape |<br />

023 342 7000 | info@FASfacts.org.za |<br />

www.FASfacts.org.za<br />

Foundation for Alcohol Related Research<br />

(FARR) | Education, prevention and<br />

intervention projects to reduce birth<br />

defects caused by alcohol consumption<br />

during pregnancy across South Africa.<br />

Diagnosis and support for children affected<br />

by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders<br />

(FASD), and their families | Amber<br />

Place, 42 Bloemhof St, Bellville, Cape<br />

Town | 021 686 2645/6/7 | info@<br />

farrsa.org.za | www.farrsa.org.za | f<br />

FoundationForAlcoholRelatedResearch<br />

YouTube | Search for ‘Fetal Alcohol<br />

Syndrome’ for hundreds of informative videos<br />

– Drew Barrymore<br />

SUPPORT FOR THOSE AFFECTED<br />

Al-Anon | Support for people who have<br />

been affected by someone else’s alcoholism.<br />

Special support for children of alcoholics<br />

(Alateen), as well as for adult children of<br />

alcoholics. Site contains helpful information,<br />

resources for professionals, and contact<br />

details for physical or electronic meetings<br />

in different parts of South Africa | 24 hr<br />

Helpline 0861 252 666 | alanongso@<br />

iafrica.com | www.alanon.org.za<br />

YouTube | Addiction: Loving an Addict,<br />

Healing the Pain | The dos and don’ts<br />

of helping a drug addict recover / Maia<br />

Szalavitz | Wasted: Exposing the Family<br />

Effect of Addiction<br />

BOOKS<br />

Clean | A myth-shattering look at drug<br />

abuse and addiction treatment, based<br />

on cutting-edge research, by David Sheff,<br />

author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey<br />

Through His Son’s Addiction<br />

High | The <strong>book</strong> that David Sheff and his<br />

son, Nic, wrote after Nic got clean.<br />

VIDEOS, ETC.<br />

TEDtalks | Addiction and Recovery:<br />

A How to Guide, Shawn Kingsbury |<br />

Addiction – don’t let the bear catch you,<br />

Steve Gill | The human element of<br />

recovery from mental illness and addiction,<br />

Apryl Pooley | Unlocking the Cure to<br />

Substance Use Disorder, Brad Finegood<br />

YouTube | 8 Essentials for Recovery<br />

from Addiction | Addiction Policy<br />

Forum | A ReThink of the Way we<br />

Drink | bignoknow - Noah Thomas |<br />

Brené Brown on Empathy | Center for<br />

Motivation & Change | Drug Addiction<br />

and the Brain | Finding God Through<br />

Addiction & Astrophysics: The New<br />

Universe & the Human Future w/ Nancy<br />

Abrams | Johann Hari: Everything you<br />

think you know about addiction is wrong |<br />

Finding sobriety on a mountaintop | Fit<br />

Recovery | How Addiction Affects The<br />

Brain | In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts<br />

/ Dr. Gabor Maté | Jordan Peterson &<br />

Russell Brand: How to Beat Addiction |<br />

Jordan Peterson - How to treat addiction<br />

effectively | Six Steps to Life-Altering<br />

Change for Addicts and Convicts | Talk<br />

Sober | The #1 Reason You Cannot Beat<br />

Your Addiction | The Best Explanation of<br />

Addiction I’ve Ever Heard – Dr. Gabor Maté<br />

| Vaping, Marijuana, and the Effects on<br />

the Adolescent Brain with Dr. Ruth Potee |<br />

Vaping: The Hit Your Brain Takes<br />

COCAINE ADDICTION<br />

Cocaine Anonymous South Africa |<br />

A fellowship of people who share their<br />

experiences to solve their common problem<br />

and help others recover from their addiction<br />

| Helpline: 063 268 8794 | help@ca.org.<br />

za | www.ca.org.za | f CASouthAfrica<br />

GAMBLING ADDICTION<br />

cghub | An information page about<br />

compulsive online and other gambling |<br />

www.cghub.co.za<br />

Gamblers Anonymous | Info-rich<br />

website. Physical & online meetings |<br />

Volunteer helplines:<br />

• Gauteng | 060 624 7140 / 081 874 1249<br />

• KZN helpline | 031 207 4075<br />

• Western Cape | 079 368 4477<br />

Call only at reasonable hours. If not<br />

answered, call again as they do not return<br />

calls | Contact via the website | www.<br />

gasouthafrica.wordpress.com<br />

South African Responsible Gambling<br />

Foundation | Free out- and inpatient<br />

treatment programmes, telephone or<br />

face-to-face counselling by qualified<br />

professionals countrywide, available<br />

24/7 for problem gamblers & their<br />

families. <strong>Resource</strong>-rich website with quiz<br />

to determine if you have a problem |<br />

Sunnyside Office Park, 32 Sunnyside Dr &<br />

Carse O’Gowrie Rd, JHB | 24/7 helpline: 080<br />

000 6008 / 011 026 7323 / WhatsApp 076<br />

675 0710 | Helpline@responsiblegambling.<br />

org.za | www.responsiblegambling.org.za |<br />

f sargf.org.za<br />

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WOMEN & FAMILY<br />

t<br />

The traditional definition of a family<br />

is a group consisting of two parents (a<br />

mother and a father) and their children<br />

living together as a unit. Another<br />

definition of a family is a group of<br />

two or more persons related by birth,<br />

marriage or adoption who live together.<br />

In reality, families exist in many forms.<br />

Sometimes they live together, sometimes<br />

not. Sometimes there are children and<br />

sometimes not. Sometimes they are<br />

related, sometimes not. There are singleparent<br />

families, cohabiting couples,<br />

gay couples (with two fathers or two<br />

mothers), child-headed families, as well<br />

as extended and combined families.<br />

If you need help with a crisis pregnancy or know<br />

someone who needs help, go to<br />

www.crisispregnancy.org.za<br />

and search the database for service<br />

providers in your province<br />

– Lyndon Johnson<br />

crisis pregnancy & adoption services for<br />

every province, plus a host of resources<br />

about options, adoption, who to talk to,<br />

etc. | www.crisispregnancy.org.za<br />

Life SA | A platform where you can<br />

quickly, anonymously if you wish, get help.<br />

Talk to us | 061 804 0460 | m.me/<br />

lifesahelpdesk | f lifesahelpdesk<br />

Pregnancy Help Network | A network<br />

of pregnancy help organisations across<br />

South Africa. Look on the website or call/<br />

WhatsApp for information about help<br />

near you | 073 162 2334 | office@<br />

pregnancyhelpnetwork.org.za | www.<br />

pregnancyhelpnetwork.org.za | f<br />

Pregnancy Help Network<br />

Women, as the bearers of children,<br />

are traditionally regarded as the main<br />

caregivers of children. They can be<br />

young, single, married or not, or they<br />

could be a granny.<br />

But women are not always the<br />

caregivers of children, either. Many<br />

fathers take care of children.<br />

Everyone agrees that the family – in<br />

all its myriad forms – is the primary<br />

means of socialising children. It is in<br />

the family where a child first learns the<br />

basic values and norms of the culture in<br />

which they will grow up.<br />

CRISIS / UNWANTED<br />

PREGNANCY COUNSELLING<br />

Also see:<br />

• ACCREDITED ADOPTION SERVICE PROVIDERS<br />

In the CHILD WELFARE <strong>pages</strong><br />

• PREGNANCY, CONTRACEPTION & ABORTION<br />

SERVICES In the HEALTH <strong>pages</strong><br />

And in this WOMEN & FAMILY section, look for:<br />

• BABY SAVER LOCATIONS<br />

– Jeanie W. French<br />

NATIONAL<br />

BabyLine | A dedicated phone/WhatsApp<br />

support service for mothers needing<br />

counselling and support, manned by social<br />

workers who will connect the mother with<br />

a network partner in her local area | 082<br />

069 9067 | www.peaceagency.org<br />

Baby Savers SA | A national coalition<br />

of NPOs and PBOs that provide a safe<br />

alternative to unsafe baby abandonment<br />

through the use of a baby saver. Also<br />

offers crisis pregnancy counselling through<br />

their network | info@babysaverssa.<br />

co.za | www.babysaverssa.co.za | f<br />

BabySaversSA<br />

Crisis Pregnancy | Website contains a<br />

comprehensive, searchable database of<br />

Wandisa Specialist Adoption & Child<br />

Protection Organisation | Counsels<br />

birth families in crisis; refers for relevant<br />

support; provides safe relinquishment<br />

options after birth; ensures protection and<br />

care of abandoned babies and children |<br />

Orange House, 63 Caledon St, Somerset<br />

West | 021 852 8025 / 079 063 4144 |<br />

info@wandisa.co.za | www.wandisa.com<br />

| f adoptingthroughwandisa<br />

EASTERN CAPE<br />

Heart Matters Pregnancy Care Centre<br />

| A safe, free and confidential space for<br />

women who are seeking guidance due<br />

to an unplanned pregnancy. Pregnancy<br />

testing, peer counselling, ongoing support<br />

and counselling, pre- and ante-natal<br />

classes, assistance with adoption, post<br />

abortion stress and more | Makhanda<br />

/ Grahamstown | 083 731 9732 |<br />

heartmatterspccentre@gmail.com | f<br />

heartmatterspregancycarecentre<br />

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WOMEN & FAMILY<br />

FREE STATE<br />

Anchor of Hope / Pregnancy Crisis<br />

Centre | Information, counselling,<br />

support, pre and postnatal care, and<br />

temporary accommodation for pregnant<br />

women and their babies after birth |<br />

Bloemfontein and surrounding rural areas<br />

| 083 325 1899 | info@anchorofhope.<br />

co.za or contact via the website | www.<br />

anchorofhope.co.za<br />

House of Hope | Counselling and<br />

support for unplanned pregnancies |<br />

226 Stateway, Bedelia, Welkom | 057<br />

101 0286 / 081 398 7609 | info@<br />

houseofhopefs.co.za | www.<br />

houseofhopefs.co.za<br />

Pregnancy Crisis Centre | Information<br />

& counselling | 9 Huguenot St, Willows,<br />

Bloemfontein | 082 382 8020 |<br />

pccofhope@gmail.com | www.pccofhope.<br />

org.za<br />

GAUTENG<br />

Catholic Women’s League Adoption<br />

Society | Margaret House, 33 Roberts<br />

Ave, Kensington, Johannesburg | 011<br />

618 1533 / Crisis service: 011 614 3149<br />

| admin@cwladoptions.co.za | www.<br />

cwladoptions.org.za | f cwladoptions1<br />

CrossRoads PHC | Option counselling<br />

for women facing an unplanned/crisis<br />

pregnancy with volunteer counselors at this<br />

Pro-Life NPO. Also provides loss counselling<br />

following miscarriage or abortion | 1121<br />

South St, Hatfield, Tshwane/Pretoria | 076<br />

324 5565 | contact@crossroadsphc.co.za<br />

| http://www.crossroadsphc.co.za/ | f<br />

CrossRoadsPregnancyHelpCentre<br />

El Roi LIV Lanseria | Counselling and<br />

support for pregnant mothers | Plot 90<br />

Pelindaba Rd (R512), Lanseria | 079 558<br />

9090 | babyhome@live-lanseria.com |<br />

www.live-lanseria.com | f elroibabyhome<br />

Hope Ithemba | A pregnancy crisis<br />

centre offering compassionate assistance,<br />

education & counselling in crisis/unwanted<br />

pregnancy situations | Caray House, 4<br />

Eighth St, Springs | 011 811 6766 / 073<br />

783 3033 | info@hopeithemba.co.za |<br />

www.hopeithemba.co.za<br />

Impact Africa Diepsloot | Prenatal,<br />

postnatal and parenting counselling and<br />

training. Adoption services | 835 Ravele<br />

St, Ext 2, Diepsloot, Johannesburg |<br />

071 618 2002 | impactbabyrescue@<br />

impactafrica.org | www.impactafrica.org<br />

Nea-Zoia / Crisis Pregnancy Care Centre<br />

| Counselling and support for women<br />

in an unplanned pregnancy crisis or who<br />

are suffering from post-abortion stress.<br />

Volunteer counsellors | Evander St,<br />

Rooihuiskraal North X1, Centurion/Midrand<br />

| 082 412 1472 | info@neazoia.co.za<br />

KWAZULU-NATAL<br />

KZN South Coast Hot Spots |<br />

Counselling & support | 082 353 5556<br />

/ 071 687 2900 | kznhotspots@gmail.<br />

com | www.kznhotspots.co.za | f KZN<br />

South Coast Hot Spots - Turning Point Crisis<br />

Counselling<br />

Open Arms | An online crisis pregnancy<br />

centre. Offers counselling and emotional<br />

support | 5 Vimy Rd, Bluff, Durban<br />

| WhatsApp 084 488 1359 | help@<br />

openarmssa.org | www.openarmssa.org<br />

| f openarmssa<br />

LIMPOPO<br />

Open Door Pregnancy Help Center | 11<br />

Erasmus St, Flora Park, Polokwane | 083<br />

383 7047 | opendoorphc.office@gmail.<br />

com | f Open Door Pregnancy Help<br />

Center - Polokwane / Pregnancy care centre<br />

MPUMALANGA<br />

Born 2 Care for the Community | A<br />

Pregnancy Crisis Centre (and more) for<br />

the greater Delmas community. Free,<br />

confidential, caring and non-judgemental<br />

advice and practical support | (Welfare<br />

Offices), Cnr 4th Ave & 6th St, Delmas |<br />

073 643 1357 | info@born2care.co.za |<br />

www.born2care.co.za | f born2care<br />

Litsemba Centre | (Operated by<br />

Mamkhulu.org) Free pregnancy tests,<br />

confidential, professional counselling, &<br />

support for unplanned or crisis pregnancies.<br />

<strong>Resource</strong>s for a healthy pregnancy.<br />

Parenting skills training. Support groups<br />

for teen moms. A safe space | Daantjie,<br />

Mbombela | 066 183 0835 / 067 793<br />

8226 | www.mamkhulu.org<br />

NORTH WEST<br />

Touch Community Network | Pregnancy<br />

and HIV testing, crisis pregnancy support<br />

and counselling | 143 Bethlehem Dr,<br />

Rustenburg | 014 592 3363 | contact@<br />

neolife.org.za | www.touchnetwork.org.za<br />

| f neo.birthtouchcommunity<br />

NORTHERN CAPE<br />

Badisa | Pregnancy counselling and<br />

adoption services throughout the NC. Call<br />

for info about facilities near you | Head<br />

office: 021 957 7130 | info@badisa.org.za<br />

| www.badisa.org.za | f BadisaCharity<br />

Are You Pregnant<br />

And Need Information<br />

And Advice?<br />

Call 0800 864 658 now and talk<br />

with someone about adoption as<br />

an option. Or visit www.adoption.<br />

org.za for more information.<br />

Jogébed Care Centre | A child, youth<br />

care and crisis pregnancy centre. Telephonic<br />

and face-to-face counselling. Support and<br />

social worker interventions | Upington |<br />

082 555 8522 / 082 538 0404 | jogebed.<br />

mw@gmail.com | www.jogebed.co.za |<br />

f jogebed<br />

Here’s what YOU can do<br />

to make a difference<br />

As a concerned onlooker |<br />

n<br />

Talk to the women you know<br />

about contraception.<br />

n<br />

Share information with pregnant<br />

women about the options and<br />

support that are available.<br />

n<br />

Adopt a child.<br />

As a policy-maker |<br />

n<br />

Make sex education – including<br />

information about contraception<br />

– a compulsory subject at school.<br />

n<br />

Make contraception easily<br />

available, everywhere.<br />

n<br />

Educate health officials not<br />

to shame young people<br />

who request assistance with<br />

contraception, but to help them.<br />

n<br />

Educate public health workers<br />

to support unwed pregnant<br />

women with information<br />

that can help them make<br />

the right decisions for their<br />

circumstances.<br />

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WOMEN & FAMILY<br />

– Maria Popova<br />

There is also a ‘mini-pill’ that uses<br />

only progestin, a synthetic form of the<br />

progesterone hormone for people who<br />

have allergic and other reactions to<br />

estrogen.<br />

The Patch | Uses a combination of<br />

estrogen and progestin, but instead<br />

of taking a daily pill, the user sticks a<br />

waterproof sticker on their skin. Patches<br />

come in packs of three. The user puts on<br />

a new patch each week for three weeks<br />

and then has a patch-free week during<br />

which a period typically occurs.<br />

Birth Control Injections | Contains<br />

progestin and protects against pregnancy<br />

for three months. A health care provider<br />

typically administers it, in an arm or the<br />

buttocks, every 12 to 14 weeks.<br />

All hormonal and medical interventions can<br />

have side effects, like spotting, weight gain,<br />

mood swings, etc. Discuss the pros and<br />

cons with a medical practitioner before you<br />

decide. If the side effects are severe, ask to<br />

try another option.<br />

A Guide to Birth Control / Methods of Contraception<br />

NO PRESCRIPTION NEEDED<br />

Condoms | Highly effective in<br />

preventing pregnancy and the ONLY<br />

contraception that also prevents sexually<br />

transmitted infections (STIs) including<br />

HIV/AIDS. Government-issued condoms<br />

are available free of charge at clinics and<br />

government buildings.<br />

Spermicide | A sperm-killing chemical<br />

that comes in a gel or foam, that the user<br />

inserts in the vagina before every instance<br />

of intercourse. Not as effective as other<br />

options at preventing pregnancy.<br />

Diaphragm or cervical cap | A small,<br />

circular dome made of thin, soft silicone<br />

that’s inserted into the vagina before sex.<br />

It covers the cervix and suction helps it<br />

stay in place, so that sperm can’t reach<br />

an egg. It is highly effective when used<br />

correctly and with a spermicide, but it<br />

does not protect against STIs. It must be<br />

fitted (measured for size) and prescribed<br />

by your healthcare provider. You will need<br />

a new measurement if you lose or gain<br />

weight or after having a baby.<br />

PRESCRIPTION NEEDED<br />

The Pill | Hormonal birth control pills<br />

stop ovulation and can be highly effective<br />

if taken roughly the same time every<br />

day. There are hundreds of birth control<br />

pills on the market. The most common<br />

ones use a combination of the hormones<br />

estrogen and progestin.<br />

The Ring | Different options are<br />

effective for different periods of time.<br />

Some must be replaced once a month<br />

and some once a year. The user inserts<br />

the ring, leaves it in for about three weeks<br />

and then removes it for a week. They use<br />

similar hormones as the pill and the patch<br />

but are effective for longer periods.<br />

MEDICAL PROCEDURE REQUIRED<br />

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) | These<br />

are considered to be among the most<br />

effective forms of birth control. You<br />

don’t need to remember to take, apply,<br />

remove, reinsert or do anything once it<br />

has been inserted. And, depending on<br />

the type, the IUD can remain effective<br />

for three to 12 years! It is also a highly<br />

effective emergency contraceptive if<br />

inserted within 5 days after having had<br />

unprotected sex. A doctor or medical<br />

professional must insert the T-shaped<br />

device into the uterus. The procedure<br />

takes about five minutes. There are two<br />

types of IUDs: Hormonal, which secretes<br />

progestin, and copper, which doesn’t<br />

contain hormones.<br />

Birth Control Implants | A small rod<br />

– about the length of a matchstick – is<br />

inserted under the skin of the upper arm<br />

and is effective for around three years. It<br />

has the lowest failure rate of all nonpermanent<br />

birth control methods. It takes<br />

only a few minutes for a doctor or nurse<br />

to insert the device. No pelvic exam is<br />

required.<br />

EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION<br />

Emergency contraception | Also<br />

called the ‘morning-after pill’. Reduces<br />

the likelihood of getting pregnant after<br />

unprotected sex. There are two types<br />

of pills: one that requires a prescription<br />

and can be taken up to 5 days after<br />

unprotected sex. The other one is<br />

available at pharmacies, without a<br />

prescription, and must be taken no later<br />

than 72 hours after unprotected sex.<br />

Pharmacies are legally required to ask<br />

questions and ask you to sign a form.<br />

Emergency contraception contains high<br />

doses of hormones that delay the release<br />

of an egg from the ovaries (ovulation) and<br />

inhibit fertilization, allowing sperm in the<br />

reproductive tract to die out.<br />

It should never be used as regular birth<br />

control because the high hormonal<br />

content will cause strong side effects.<br />

Besides, it is far more costly than simply<br />

getting regular contraception at a clinic.<br />

Emergency contraception also will not<br />

terminate a pregnancy and will not cause<br />

a spontaneous abortion. It prevents<br />

fertilization, that’s all.<br />

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are 99.9%<br />

effective as emergency contraception if<br />

inserted within five days of unprotected<br />

sex. An added advantage is that you then<br />

have regular protection.<br />

(See MEDICAL PROCEDURE REQUIRED<br />

elsewhere on this page.)<br />

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WOMEN & FAMILY<br />

PERMANENT BIRTH CONTROL<br />

Tubal Ligation | It is a minimally<br />

invasive procedure commonly known as<br />

getting your ‘tubes tied’. It permanently<br />

protects against pregnancy and is not<br />

reversible. Many women who already<br />

have children opt to have the procedure<br />

done during a C-section or right after<br />

giving birth.<br />

Salpingectomy | Involves removing<br />

one or both fallopian tubes.<br />

NOTES<br />

Most contraception methods are<br />

available free of charge at public health<br />

clinics throughout SA.<br />

If you are badly treated because<br />

you’re young, see Problems with a<br />

Government hospital or clinic? in the<br />

HEALTH <strong>pages</strong>.<br />

If they don’t have stock, send a ‘Please<br />

Call Me’ to Stop Stockouts or WhatsApp<br />

call them on 084 855 7867 | 011<br />

728 7365 | report@stockouts.org |<br />

www.stockouts.org | f stockouts.<br />

Otherwise, go to a private health clinic<br />

or medical doctor.<br />

Also see PREGNANCY, CONTRACEPTION<br />

& ABORTION SERVICES in the HEALTH <strong>pages</strong>.<br />

BIRTH CONTROL FOR MEN<br />

Vasectomies | A 20-minute surgery<br />

that can be done in a doctor’s office. The<br />

procedure involves cutting and sealing<br />

the sperm-carrying tubes in the scrotum.<br />

Vasectomies can be reversed.<br />

– Naledi Pandor<br />

Here's what to expect<br />

as a teen mother<br />

Statistics show that<br />

a Your boyfriend is likely to disappear from the<br />

scene within a year of the baby being born –<br />

unless you both have family support to continue<br />

the relationship. African traditions make this<br />

difficult – not allowing the male access to the<br />

child until ‘damages’ have been paid. Tensions<br />

develop when this is not possible and the<br />

couple often move on to other relationships.<br />

a You will probably never complete your schooling<br />

– unless you have extraordinary support.<br />

60 – 70% of pregnant teens permanently<br />

drop out of school. But you can change that.<br />

Download Chapter 8 of the BASIC EDUCATION<br />

RIGHTS HANDBOOK: Pregnancy at https://<br />

section27.org.za > Search for Basic Education<br />

Rights Hand<strong>book</strong> then find the relevant chapter.<br />

a You are more likely than other young people to<br />

be unemployed, unless you finish your studies.<br />

a The children of teen mothers are at greater risk<br />

of mental and emotional problems, often as a<br />

result of abuse and neglect because the mother<br />

does not have the emotional maturity to deal<br />

with the demands of a baby.<br />

See SUPPORT FOR SINGLE & TEEN PARENTS<br />

elsewhere in the WOMEN & FAMILY section<br />

Photo | iStock<br />

– Aristotle<br />

>>>


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YOUTH<br />

All you have is all you need.<br />

Live fearlessly and NEVER give up!<br />

Are you young<br />

and homeless?<br />

Are you thinking about<br />

running away from home?<br />

Do you live in a household<br />

without any adults?<br />

Photo | UNESCO<br />

Here are some things you can do to<br />

change your situation for the better |<br />

n<br />

Contact Childline on their 24-Hour,<br />

free helpline: 116<br />

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Speak with someone at any church<br />

near where you live. They will know<br />

how to get help for you.<br />

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Contact any organisation listed<br />

under STREET CHILDREN, YOUTH &<br />

CHILD/YOUTH-HEADED<br />

HOUSEHOLDS, as well as CHILD<br />

WELFARE ORGANISATIONS in the<br />

CHILD WELFARE <strong>pages</strong>.<br />

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Also see SUPPORT FOR HOMELESS,<br />

IMPOVERISHED, DESTITUTE &<br />

ADDICTED PEOPLE, as well as<br />

SHELTERS & PROGRAMMES FOR<br />

HOMELESS PEOPLE, in the SOCIAL<br />

WELFARE & HUMANITARIAN<br />

SUPPORT <strong>pages</strong>.<br />

n<br />

Look through the directory for<br />

resources that can help you create<br />

a better life for yourself.<br />

Don’t give up hope! Keep looking<br />

until you find help. There are many<br />

people and organisations out there<br />

that care and would like to help.<br />

t<br />

South Africa’s four mobile operators all offer<br />

free access to education websites (and more).<br />

Find out from your service provider what’s<br />

possible. MTN: OpenTime | Vodacom:<br />

ConnectU | Cell C: CONNECT4FREE |<br />

Telkom / 8ta: Zero Rated Websites<br />

BIRTH CERTIFICATES, IDENTITY<br />

& OTHER DOCUMENTS<br />

Here is a list of documents that you will<br />

need throughout your life:<br />

1. Birth certificate | This is the<br />

linchpin that holds everything else<br />

together. You cannot apply for any of<br />

the below documents without it, which<br />

means that you cannot study after<br />

Matric, enter formal employment, get<br />

a driver’s license, travel outside the<br />

borders of South Africa, open a bank<br />

account or apply for grants. In short,<br />

you won’t be able to launch your adult<br />

life without a birth certificate.<br />

If you don’t have one, see BIRTH<br />

CERTIFICATES in the CHILD WELFARE<br />

<strong>pages</strong> elsewhere in the directory for<br />

information about what you need to do<br />

to get one.<br />

2. Identity document | You can apply<br />

for an ID document as soon as you turn<br />

16. You will need:<br />

• Your birth certificate<br />

• A certified copy of the ID of one of<br />

your parents or legal guardian<br />

• Death certificates if your parents have<br />

died<br />

• Proof of residence: an envelope<br />

or communication posted to the<br />

address where you live. Or a letter<br />

from a bank or cell phone company<br />

confirming your address. If these<br />

documents are addressed to your<br />

parent or legal guardian, they must<br />

supply an affidavit confirming that<br />

you live at that address.<br />

The first ID document is supplied free of<br />

charge, but if you lose it, you will have<br />

to pay for a replacement.<br />

If you don’t have an ID and are having<br />

problems obtaining one for whatever<br />

reason, contact:<br />

Thusong Service Centres | One-stop<br />

centres where you can get assistance<br />

with ID documents. Contact the relevant<br />

provincial office (below) to get the number<br />

and directions to a Thusong Service Centre<br />

closest to you.<br />

• Eastern Cape | 043 722 2602<br />

• Free State | 051 448 4504<br />

• Gauteng | 011 834 3560<br />

• KwaZulu-Natal | 031 301 6787<br />

• Limpopo | 015 291 4689<br />

• Mpumalanga | 013 753 2397<br />

• North West | 018 381 7071<br />

• Northern Cape | 053 832 1378/9<br />

• Western Cape | 021 697 0145<br />

Or access information about any Thusong<br />

Service Centre in South Africa here: www.<br />

gov.za/about-government/contact-directory/<br />

thusong<br />

Or contact any of the organisations<br />

listed under WELFARE & HUMANITARIAN<br />

SUPPORT ORGANISATIONS in the SOCIAL<br />

WELFARE & HUMANITARIAN SUPPORT<br />

<strong>pages</strong> to ask for assistance with getting<br />

your ID.<br />

3. Matric certificate | This single<br />

document determines your access<br />

(or not) to formal study opportunities<br />

and employment opportunities. It is<br />

replaced as a ‘door-opener’ only once<br />

you obtain a next qualification. It, too,<br />

requires possession of a birth certificate.<br />

If you’ve lost or damaged your matric<br />

certificate, contact your old school or<br />

the Department of Basic Education<br />

for assistance. If your Matric results<br />

were poor and bar you from tertiary<br />

education, apply to re-write Matric. See<br />

MATRIC in the EDUCATION: PRIMARY<br />

& SECONDARY SCHOOL SUBJECT<br />

RESOURCES <strong>pages</strong>.<br />

Access to many opportunities will<br />

depend on you having one or all of the<br />

above three documents. Keep them<br />

safe, clean, not folded, in individual<br />

plastic sheets in a large envelope, box<br />

or lever-arch file. Use this to store<br />

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YOUTH<br />

everything that will help you in your life:<br />

educational certificates, job references,<br />

letters of recommendation, etc.<br />

Watch this TEDtalk to understand the<br />

issues around life without documentation<br />

| I am 30 years old, and a month ago I<br />

got my first passport, Maha Mamo<br />

– Langston Hughes<br />

COOL FREE THINGS ONLINE<br />

Also see COOL TOOLS FOR STUDENTS in<br />

the EDUCATION: PRIMARY & SECONDARY<br />

SCHOOL SUBJECT RESOURCES <strong>pages</strong><br />

O<strong>book</strong>o | Books that are legally licensed<br />

for free download in PDF, ePub & Kindle.<br />

Many sites now offer access to free <strong>book</strong>s.<br />

O<strong>book</strong>o has a section that caters for <strong>book</strong>s<br />

that were written for teens or young adults–<br />

available to read on smartphones while on<br />

the go | Use this exact URL: www.o<strong>book</strong>o.<br />

com/category/free-<strong>book</strong>s-for-teens<br />

Also see: FREE VIRTUAL LIBRARIES & OTHER<br />

SOURCES OF FREE BOOKS & INFORMATION<br />

in the EDUCATION: ACCESS TO BOOKS<br />

<strong>pages</strong>, elsewhere in the directory<br />

FREE Wi-Fi<br />

National & provincial governments,<br />

as well as individual cities have<br />

gone to great lengths to make Wi-Fi<br />

available to all the people of South<br />

Africa. Google “Free Wi-Fi in ...” (the<br />

name of your area or nearest centre<br />

of commercial activity) to see what<br />

is available, where.<br />

YouTube | Interesting channels |<br />

#WeTheNetSA | Art Prof: Create &<br />

Critique | chescaleigh | COLORS |<br />

Elaine | Emmanuel Acho | Feminist<br />

Frequency | JJ Olatunji | Kay Yarms |<br />

Kyle Haganami | Lasizwe Dambuza |<br />

Liziqi | Magda Civil | marinashutup<br />

| Nyma Tang | Pap Culture | Russell<br />

Brand | Sibu MpanzaSA | Simone<br />

Giertz | Siyanda Mohutsiwa (also watch<br />

her 2 amazing TEDtalks: ‘Is Africa’s Future<br />

Online?’ and ‘How young Africans found a<br />

voice on Twitter’) | Thato Rampedi |<br />

vlogbrothers | Vusi Thembekwayo |<br />

(Not channels, but look for vids that feature<br />

Haile Thomas or Zulaikha Patel ... and be<br />

inspired.)<br />

YouTube | Learning channels: Big Think<br />

| LearnOutLoud | PBS Idea Channel<br />

| Smithsonian Channel | Ted | The<br />

School of Life | Wisecrack<br />

GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS<br />

Department of Social Development<br />

| Responsible for providing social<br />

development, protection and welfare<br />

services to the public. Contact the office in<br />

your province to find out what programmes<br />

and facilities are available for youth in your<br />

area | customercare@dsd.gov.za |<br />

www.dsd.gov.za | f Department of Social<br />

Development<br />

• National Care Helpline | 012 312 7727<br />

Provincial Departments | Provincial<br />

websites offer varying levels of useful<br />

information.<br />

• Eastern Cape | 043 605 5419 / 043 605<br />

5000 | www.ecdsd.gov.za | f Eastern<br />

Cape Department of Social Development<br />

• Free State | 066 487 6238 / 051<br />

400 0302/4/7 | www.socdev.fs.gov.<br />

za | f Free State Department of Social<br />

Development<br />

• Gauteng | 011 355 7600/56 / 7687 /<br />

7878 / 011 227 0000 | www.gauteng.<br />

gov.za/departments > Department of<br />

Social Development | f Gauteng<br />

Department of Social Development<br />

• KwaZulu-Natal | 033 264 5400 /<br />

3001/2/4 | www.kzndsd.gov.za | f<br />

KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social<br />

Development<br />

• Limpopo | 015 230 4300 / 015 293<br />

6004 / 6053/4 | www.dsd.limpopo.<br />

gov.za | f Department of Social<br />

Development Limpopo - DSD<br />

• Mpumalanga 013 766 3031 / 3098 /<br />

3111 / 3156 / 3253 | www.dsdmpu.<br />

gov.za | f Mpumalanga Department of<br />

Social Development<br />

• North West | 018 388 2000 / 388 3040<br />

/ 018 387 3434 / 0255 | dsd.nwpg.gov.<br />

za | f North West Department of Social<br />

Development<br />

• Northern Cape | 053 807 5600 / 053<br />

874 9100 | www.northern-cape.gov.za /<br />

socdev.ncpg.gov.za | f Northern Cape<br />

Social Development<br />

• Western Cape | 0800 220 250 /<br />

021 483 5045 / 3858 / 3765 / 3158<br />

/ 5445 | www.westerncape.gov.<br />

za/dept/social-development | f<br />

WesternCapeGovernment<br />

Department of Women, Youth and<br />

Persons with Disabilities (DWYPD) |<br />

Advocates for, monitors and empowers<br />

women, youth and persons with disabilities<br />

to ensure their meaningful participation in<br />

all areas of the economy and the workplace<br />

| 012 359 0000 / 0011 / 0013 / 0071 |<br />

ministry@women.gov.za | www.dwypd.<br />

Tube<br />

gov.za | f dwypdza | You<br />

DWYPD<br />

MENTORSHIP PROGRAMMES<br />

Also see, elsewhere in the directory:<br />

• MENTORSHIP in the ENTREPRENEURSHIP,<br />

as well as in the MEN & BOYS <strong>pages</strong><br />

• PROGRAMMES FOR GIRLS & YOUNG<br />

WOMEN in the WOMEN & FAMILY <strong>pages</strong><br />

Khulisa Social Solutions | Helps<br />

mentees discover key personality traits and<br />

aptitudes; matches mentees with career,<br />

entrepreneurship or skills development<br />

pathways; promotes positive behaviour,<br />

enhanced motivation and increased wellbeing<br />

| 011 788 8237 | info@khulisa.<br />

org.za | www.khulisa.org.za | f Khulisa<br />

You<br />

Tube<br />

Social Solutions | Khulisa Solutions<br />

Learn to Become a Mentor<br />

Bright Stars Mentorship<br />

Programme | Free,<br />

downloadable training materials<br />

to develop mentors, templates to<br />

screen and appoint mentors, and<br />

more. A project of The Peace Agency<br />

| www.brightstarsmentors.org.za<br />

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based<br />

Mentoring | Expert information<br />

on youth mentoring | www.<br />

evidencebasedmentoring.org<br />

National Mentorship Movement | An<br />

NPO that connects volunteer mentors with<br />

mentees (entrepreneurs, unemployed youth<br />

and students) for the reciprocal sharing of<br />

knowledge, experience and wisdom. The<br />

service is free. The aim is to help create<br />

confident and successful people, transform<br />

the economy, grow employment, build<br />

relationships of trust across society and<br />

create a sustainable future for all South<br />

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