Charity organisations in South Africa truly make a difference in many lives around the country. Our plan is to unearth some of these incredible stories of hope one province at a time.
Our second season takes a closer look at some Eastern Cape organisations that are making an impact.
Season 2 Episode 4
If you like knitting or crocheting, then this episode is for you! Learn more about Beanies-4-Babies, a project based in Port Elizabeth/Gqeberha. Lynette Strydom started this project in 2018 when she learned about the need for premature babies at Dora Nginza state to stay hospital warm. A doctor she knew and respected explained that beanies would help increase the little babies’ chances at survival. Listen to this episode to hear more about how this project is impacting the Eastern Cape community, or read more on our blog.
Season 2 Episode 3
Learn more about how one Port Elizabeth-based organisation is making a difference through education. Kleinskool Initiative assists this struggling community based in Gqeberha by helping young people find sponsors who assist with their school fees. If we expect young people to rise above tough circumstances it all starts with education. Learn more about how it all started, and how you can get involved if you’re keen to help here. You can also read more about them on our blog.
Season 2 Episode 2
What if you could tackle two huge issues in our country at one time? This is exactly what the ReTrade Project in Walmer, Port Elizabeth aims to do. They tackle the problem of poverty by creating informal employment through recycling. Not only does this give those in need the opportunity to earn groceries for their families, but the programme is also responsible for taking about two tonnes of waste off the streets each month. Community members can help contribute to their rebate cheque by “freecycling” along with them. Listen here for more information, or read our blog post.
Season 2 Episode 1
Our children are our future. How often do we hear people say that? Well, this organisation based in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape firmly believes this to be true. Mary Venter from Khululeka explains how they invest their time and energy into helping develop the ECD (Early Childhood Development) sector. Although they don’t work directly with the children themselves, they help equip those teachers and caregivers that haven’t received formal training to do an even better job. Read more here, or listen here.
Our quest to zoom in on charity organisations in South Africa first takes us to KwaZulu-Natal. Season one explores some of the great things being done in KZN.
Season 1 Episode 8
“Rivers are the life blood of an ecosystem” as Paulo Candotti from Kloof Conservancy says. Hear more about those doing their best to protect KwaZulu-Natal’s rivers. This episode features the work done to protect the Aller and Umgeni rivers in KZN. You will also hear more from Thozeka Ntlukwane and Cameron Service (Litterboom Project) who share more about the practical work being done to save these rivers. And if you’d like to read more about their work, check out this blog post.
Season 1 Episode 7
This episode is actually where it all began. Simoné, met up with some key role players in the environmental space who gave her more insight on the different issues being faced in KZN. This episode features the work being done by Kloof Conservancy, Dargle Conservancy and Clansthal Conservancy. You will hear from Paulo Candotti (Kloof), Ashley Crookes (Darlge) and Keith Cunningham (Clansthal). Interesting stuff, but also a bit of a longer listen available here. This blog post also provides some more information.
Season 1 Episode 6
Hear from Cookie Edwards, the Director of the KZN Network on Violence Against Women. She has been working hard to combat the issue of gender-based violence in South Africa for many years. In this episode Cookie shares the intensely personal story about why she got involved about in this line of work, and what we can do to help.
Season 1 Episode 5
In Episode 5 Simoné visits LIV Village, an incredible organisation that provides a home, and a family, to children in need. You will hear more about how exactly they do this from Chester Koyana, a member of the LIV team This multi-faceted organisation is based in Cottonlands near Verulam in KwaZulu-Natal, and is well worth a visit for those listeners who would like to reach out. A must-visit if you’re interested in charity organisations in South Africa!
Season 1 Episode 4
Lizzie Mkhize from Cato Manor runs the Masibambisane organisation from her home. Thanks to her hard work she makes antiretroviral drugs readily available to this community at convenient times. They can also get important medical tests done here. It hasn’t been easy for Lizzie to get to this place in life where she is able to actively help the community around her. She openly shares her story not shying away from her struggles or her accomplishments.
Season 1 Episode 3
This episode features Maggie Dhladlha, the 75-year-old founder of Sizimisele Development Trust in Inanda. This powerful woman has been working into her community for almost as long as Simoné has been alive! She tells us more about her journey to get where she is and what they do on a daily basis at Sizimisele.
Season 1 Episode 2
In Episode 2 Simoné visits the small seaside town of Hibberdene where she meets Molehe from The Mercury Hibberdene Children’s Holiday Home. He gives her a tour of the facilities and tells her more about why holidays for the underprivileged are so important.
Season 1 Episode 1
The first episode takes us to Inanda where Simoné meets with three women affiliated with Imbaliyethu Crèche & Ekhayalethu Old Age Group. They explain more about what they do and how the organisation was started. Visit our blog to see more photos taken on the day.