Bonnievale parents to benefit from child development course

If children are exposed to learning opportunities at home with their parents, then their potential for learning at school will also improve. With this in mind, the Rotary Club of Breede River Winelands hosted a training workshop for 21 teachers from Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres in Langeberg Municipality, equipping them with the knowledge and resources to facilitate a child development and pre-literacy programme with the parents of children who attend their ECD Centres.

[CAPTION]: An ECD teacher participates in a child development and pre-literacy workshop arranged by the Rotary Club of Breede River Winelands.

The seven session programme, which the ECD teachers will facilitate with parents of their charges, is known as the Home School Parent Partnership (HSPP). Each session focuses on aspects of child development and shows parents how to encourage and support their young children as they learn to speak, play and interact.

HSPP is a course devised by Cape Town based literacy and learning organisation called WordWorks. The Rotary Club of Breede River Winelands has spearheaded the project, together with funding support from the Rotary Club of Claremont and the Rotary Club of Swansea in Wales. Last year three exceptionally talented ECD principals from Bonnievale travelled to WordWorks in Cape Town to learn more about the HSPP course, there they were equipped with new knowledge, skills and resources in order to present the HSPP training course to their ECD colleagues in the Langeberg region.

“This one workshop will have a profound impact on the learning outcomes for many children in the area, as ECD teachers will continue for years to come to use all that they learnt to encourage parents to create learning opportunities at home with their young children,” says Monique Stuart-Fox, Chairperson of the Rotary Club of Claremont Outreach Committee. The Rotary Club of Claremont partners with many other Clubs in District 9350, providing financial support for various projects. In the past six years R1.5 million has been distributed by the Outreach Committee.

Premier sustainability event for city leaders across Africa

Taking place 05 to 07 June 2018 at the CSIR International Convention Centre (ICC) in the City of Tshwane, Sustainability Week 2018 covers every angle of sustainable development in Africa, from the macro view of Africa’s capital cities to the micro view of the people whom sustainable development affects, whether they are sustainability practitioners at the top end of their field or simply fellow citizens with a stake in a better life for all.

Africa’s capital cities heed the call

From Cairo to Kampala, from Windhoek to Ougadougou, the mayors of Africa’s capital cities are coming to call. Since the City of Tshwane first started hosting the African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum (ACCSF), the event has become firmly established as the premier sustainability event for city leaders on the African continent: a powerful, growing network for the mayors of capital cities across the continent to achieve the sustainable development goals that are common to all.

This year is no exception. A more diverse array of mayors than ever before prepares to gather on 05 June at the CSIR ICC in the City of Tshwane, in order to share how they are responding to the numerous challenges that are threatening growth and development in African cities – rapid urbanisation, energy and water access and stresses, sanitation, the global economic slowdown, rising unemployment and social inequities, trade facilitation, connectivity, land and biodiversity degradation, amongst others, not to mention the significant and growing impacts of climate change.

The audience will have the opportunity to glean the most up-to-date insights for sustainable urban development directly from the leaders of in excess of 30 African capital cities, all in one day. It’s a must to attend for everyone with a stake in growing sustainable cities.

Sustainable Cities Africa

Whereas the first day of Sustainability Week is about hearing what challenges and opportunities are presented by sustainable urban development, the second day is about how to deal with them. Drawing on the insights derived from the ACCSF, on 06 June, the Sustainable Cities Africa presents technical solutions to the challenges faced by cities tasked with leading pro-poor, climate-resilient social and economic transformation.

The first session, “Financing the City”, is about the relationship between responsible leadership and project funding. Making cities safe and sustainable means ensuring access to safe and affordable housing, and upgrading slum settlements, as well as investing in public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in a way that is both participatory and inclusive. Sustainable solutions such as public transit systems and energy-efficient buildings need a strong financial model behind them to come to life.

The second session, “The City of the People”, recognizes that the more than 200 million people who live in informal human settlements in Africa are vulnerable to poverty, food insecurity, social violence, fire, flooding and disease. For cities to be inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, these informal settlements must be upgraded in a way that enhances economic and social opportunities, so that people have access to decent housing as well as decent work.

The third session, “The City of Commerce, Industry and Science”, focuses on how companies can achieve competitive advantage through balancing sustainable development goals with the highest economic, social and governance performance standards – while fostering the technological innovation that will allow Africa to join the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Sustainability Week Seminars

The third day of Sustainability Week drills down into the practical and technical detail of achieving sustainable outcomes in an array of interconnected industries, including energy, water, agriculture, tourism, infrastructure, transport and waste.

This day also hosts the Green Building Council’s eagerly anticipated Green Building Conference, showcasing the latest developments in green building technique. It’s a particularly appropriate conference for the City of Tshwane, which has embraced green building as part of its commitment to sustainable development.

Sustainability Week 2018 in brief

African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum:

WHAT challenges and opportunities does sustainable development present to the mayors of Africa’s capital cities?

Sustainable Cities Africa:

HOW can stakeholders fund and implement a sustainable, inclusive pro-poor growth model that grows the smart, green economy for the benefit of all?

Sustainability Week Seminars

WHO is actually going to implement cutting-edge sustainability practices in the organization? After attending a Sustainability Week Seminar, that person will be –  you.

Event details:

Date: Tuesday, 05 to Thursday, 07 June 2018

Time: 07:00 to 17:00

Venue: CSIR International Convention Centre, Tshwane, Gauteng

To find out more about the event, please visit and Join the conversation on Facebook @SustainabilityWeekSA and on Twitter @SustainWeekSA.

Calling all leaders to participate in African survey of ethics and reputation

How ethical are we? Do we even care about our reputation? These are the kinds of big questions that the African Public Relations Association (APRA) seeks to answer; providing valuable insights for all leaders in Africa.

APRA have partnered with Reputation Matters to conduct a massive survey of ethics and reputation, spanning the entire African continent. All CEOs, Managing Directors, Managers as well as Public Relations (PR) managers and officers working in Africa are invited to participate in the online survey which will yield results regarding how ethics and reputation impact decision making and behaviour at three different levels; individual, organisational and country.

“Measuring Africa’s reputation and ethics is an enormous task which requires input from as many leaders as possible, across Africa. The more respondents who complete the survey, the more valuable our research results will be. We encourage every African leader, from any sphere of work, be it politics, business, non-profit or otherwise, to complete the survey online before the deadline of Friday 13 April 2018,” Regine le Roux, Managing Director of Reputation Matters comments.

APRA President, Yomi Badejo-Okusanya, added: “The theme for our annual conference “Re-PResenting Africa”.  We feel strongly that we, as Africans, need to take control of creating the narrative about our continent rather than letting others tell our story for us. To do this, we need a strong base of evidence off which to work and we are confident that this survey will provide important insights into this starting point. Ethics and Reputation are issues that affect each one of us as individuals, every organisation and every government every day and this survey is structured to give us results across these three dimensions.  We look forward to sharing them at APRA Botswana 2018 and beyond.”

To complete the survey visit

“We look forward to analysing the survey responses and sharing the insights which will be useful to any organisation that operates anywhere in Africa. The survey results will be useful for making better strategic decisions and for guiding choices regarding organisational values and behaviour,” says le Roux.

In exchange for their time completing the survey, all participants will receive a synopsis of the results. A comprehensive report will be presented by le Roux at APRA’s annual conference, taking place in Botswana in May. The theme for the conference is Re-PResenting Africa, with the focus on ethics of PR practice in Africa.

To find out more about the conference visit

The Circus is coming to Town!

On the 20th, 21st and 22nd of April, Zip Zap performers will be taking to the stage to put on a show to thrill and delight Cape Town’s audiences at the Zip Zap Dome in the Foreshore. This time, Zip Zap brings a story of wheeling wizardry to life!

Cirque My Ride is directed by Zip Zap’s co-founder Brent van Rensburg and will be performed by the entire Zip Zap troupe from all walks of life. “The audiences can expect ordinary kids doing extra-ordinary things with performers demonstrating courageous skill,” says van Rensburg.

Cirque My Ride demonstrates Zip Zap’s ethos – kids of all ages, genders, shapes, colours and sizes from all backgrounds, getting together to perform on stage as one, showcasing their skills and abilities that have resulted from the time, effort and energy put in to years of copious hours of practice.

“Onlookers are in for a treat. We have created a show, inspired by the many different uses of circles and wheels and will be using this motion and shape to drive the links throughout the show,”  says professional performer and Zip Zap youth programme officer, Jason Barnard.

It seems that once again, Zip Zap has spun its magic. The show is sure to take the audience on a wonderful ride, winding its way through a breath-taking display of aerial artistry and comedic acrobatic antics.

Show times include:

Friday, 20 April at 19:00

Saturday, 21 April at 12:00pm and 16:00

Sunday, 22 April at 14:00

All shows are 1 hour 30 minutes and include a refreshments interval.

This is a show for the whole family, so don’t miss out! Contact Marcelle on 021 418 0550 for more details and discounted group rates

Purchase your tickets now via Quicket:

Robben Island Museum pays tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (26 September 1936 – 02 April 2018)

“Robben Island Museum (RIM) is deeply saddened by the passing of the struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on Monday, 2nd April 2018,” says Mava Dada, Chief Executive Officer at Robben Island Museum (RIM). Known for her role against apartheid, including supporting her husband, the late Nelson Mandela, during the struggle, Winne Madikezela-Mandela was the voice of the voiceless, and shall remain as an epitome of women who played a sacrificial role during the struggle.

Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela was born on 26 September 1936 in Bizana, Pondoland, the fifth child of nine children. Her teacher parents valued education and by 1956 she had earned a degree in social work and was soon appointed as the first black female medical social worker at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. Having developed her own political consciousness, she became further involved in social activism once she moved to Johannesburg and witnessed the extent of poverty, oppression and inequality meted out by the Apartheid regime.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, married Nelson Mandela in 1958 and faced the brunt of apartheid. As a result, she became a strong activist in her own right and fought the atrocious apartheid system without fear. Her role cannot be complete without understanding her footprint at Robben Island where her late husband was serving a life sentence. Being a wife of an anti-apartheid activist like Nelson Mandela, and being an activist herself meant she would not be spared the tribulation all visitors to the island went through. She endured heavily censored communication, monitored movements by intelligence units and non-physical contact with her late husband, whenever she visited the island. Despite this experience, including detentions, intimidations, arrests and incarceration, she remained resolute, defiant and a loving wife, mother and activist with a mission; freeing the voiceless and attaining democracy in South Africa.

Speaking of her life she said, “There is no longer anything I can fear. There is nothing the government has not done to me. There isn’t any pain I haven’t known.”

“Ma Winne was always brave and defiant,” said Dada, speaking on behalf of RIM. “Her political contribution to South Africa is vast and she remained active well into our new democracy.” Madikizela-Mandela served as Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, President of the ANC Women’s League and as a member of the NEC of the ANC.

“As we say goodbye to this African liberation hero, our mother of the nation, we are grateful for the sacrifices she made and will continue honouring her memory as we preserve South African stories of liberation at Robben Island Museum. We extend our condolences and heartfelt sympathies to the Madikizela and Mandela families and wish them all strength and comfort during this time of mourning,” concludes Dada.

The difference between crisis management and reputation management

As the listeriosis outbreak hit front pages with 180 fatalities* and news spread of contaminated food being pulled from supermarket shelves, communications specialists have been keeping a close watch over how Tiger brands handles the crisis. Regine le Roux, MD of Reputation Matters, takes a closer look at crisis management and how it differs from reputation management.

“Over the years crisis communication has been used interchangeably with reputation management, however one should note that there is a big difference between the two and they are not the same thing,” says le Roux.

“Crisis communication is reactive, think panic-mode, it’s how a company responds to bad news and the main focus is on salvaging that external image. In contrast, reputation management is proactive and you have the benefit of time on your hands,” explains le Roux. “Most importantly good reputation management can prevent a crisis,” she says.

Reputation Matters conducts reputation research, quantifying an organisation’s reputation, highlighting areas of risk and advising on solutions to prevent these concerns spiraling into a full-blown crisis. “Our reputation research has helped clients identify areas that are breaking down their reputation. If left unattended they would certainly have caused major damage,” says le Roux, explaining the value of long term, consistent reputation management compared to “fireman” crisis management.

With any crisis, but particularly with a health crisis, no time can be wasted in making a recall announcement, says le Roux. “Customers will criticise any delays in announcing a food recall linked to an outbreak of any kind. Lives are quite literally at stake. On the other hand, with reputation management you have time on your side, giving you the opportunity to strategise about what you want to communicate to stakeholders and how, using data-driven research to inform those decisions.”

Le Roux’s advice is avoid a crisis while you can: “I am convinced that conducting a reputation research study can be a valuable exercise in actively protecting one’s business from a crisis. The key is to take action and proactively manage your reputation before concerns spiral out of control. After all, wouldn’t you like to be quoted in the news for the right reasons, instead of forever appearing on a Google search linked to a widely publicized crisis?”

How consumers should dispose of food that may contain Listeria

The Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, announced that notices of safe recall had been issued to Enterprise Foods in Polokwane and Rainbow Chicken Limited in Sasolburg due to traces of Listeria being found at these production facilities, the announcement has caused further public concern and outcry since Sunday.1 The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) would like consumers to be aware of the safe disposal method of food that may be contaminated.

“The IWMSA finds it encouraging to see that brands are being transparent and putting their consumers’ health first. The fact that certain cold meats may contain Listeria bacteria means that these food products are condemned and should therefore, be classified as infectious waste to be disposed of responsibly. Simply discarding the food in the waste bin will not solve the problem, as waste pickers could go through the bags and bins to recover this waste before it is collected and transported to the landfill site. Landfill waste pickers, who recover recyclable material from landfill are also at risk,” says Prof Suzan Oelofse, past-president of the IWMSA.

The correct method to dispose of infectious food is to return it to the store or manufacturer from which it was purchased for responsible disposal through thermal treatment or lime treated trenching at licenced engineered landfills.

Consumers and businesses within the food and hospitality industry can search, the buyer’s guide of the waste industry, for reputable treatment and disposal facilities and services where these food items can be safely managed. The website has been created in collaboration with and is fully endorsed by the IWMSA and its members.

The IWMSA supports the Department of Health’s efforts to educate and inform the public about this foodborne disease. The Department’s website ( can be consulted for informative documents regarding the Listeriosis disease.2

To find out more about best practices and training within the waste management industry please visit  You can also follow IWMSA on Facebook ( and Twitter (


List of references:

1 Press Reader. 2018.

2 Department of Health.

New wheelchair event a success at Cape Town Cycle Tour Lifecycle Week

[CAPTION]: One of the ecstatic teams to cross the finish line at the Cape Town Cycle Tour’s wheelchair event this past Sunday, 04 March 2018. Pictured above is Monathalo Magaqana in the wheelchair, pushed by Sipho Magaqana.

Lifecycle Week, the week leading up to the Cape Town Cycle Tour (CTCT) on Sunday, 11 March 2018, presents an opportunity for people from all walks (or wheels) of life to participate in this iconic event. Eighty people with disabilities participated in the Cape Town Cycle Tour’s newest, pilot event yesterday: a wheelchair route of almost 3 kilometres around Green Point Stadium. It served as an opportunity for participants to raise funds for the Cape Town Association for Physically Disabled (CT APD) by collecting sponsorships for each wheelchair. Organised by CTCT partners, the Rotary Club of Claremont, the wheelchair event aims to tell one message: everyone, no matter age or ability, can participate in the CTCT.

“Each participant had between two and four friends supporting them, taking turns, much like a relay, to push them around the course,” explained Liz Rose, President of the Rotary Club of Claremont.

“Most of the participants only met their team on the day, creating a fantastic interaction opportunity while they decorated the wheelchairs under the theme ‘Bling Your Ride’. The wheelchair event was not a race though, but a route to complete for each team, to include differently abled people in CTCT.”

Each team was eager to complete the course, cheering each other on with broad grins as they moved toward the finish line. Pictured above is participant Shahied Africa with (from left to right) Faith Tabisher, Nada Diedricks and Dylan Tabisher pushing.

“While wheels are a critical part of a bicycle, they are equally important for a wheelchair to function, giving a differently abled person the freedom they deserve to move about. We are thrilled to support the Cape Town Association for Physically Disabled through this fundraising event, helping them to help people with disabilities to achieve true independence and inclusion in society,” says Rose.

“It is wonderful to include differently abled people in one of Cape Town’s most well-known sporting events and see their determination and enthusiasm.”

The Rotary Club of Claremont has partnered with the CTCT for over three decades. Rose, together with fellow volunteers from the Rotary Club of Claremont and other local Rotary clubs will be hard at work on Sunday, when the main event takes place as 35 000 cyclists depart from the start point in Cape Town on a tour around the peninsula. The Rotarians will manage the refreshment stations, marshalling duties, communications and sweep operations amongst other logistics, in a bid to raise funds for the social outreach projects they support.

To become a member of Rotary Club of Claremont and be part of the massive difference that they make in the community, email For more information on Rotary Club of Claremont and the various community projects and initiatives they are involved with, please visit

Conscious Leadership

For many people, December and January means lazy summer holidays with a chance to catch up with family, friends and get much needed time to recharge frayed batteries. Unfortunately for many business owners this is not always such a carefree time, especially when the work gets less, invoices stack up, bonuses need paying and not to mention the VAT payment that is invariably due early in the year! The New Year is then off to a tremendously stressful start and may very quickly spiral out of control.

Sadly, there isn’t a quick fix answer; the good news is that there are solutions. Where do you start? There are so many ‘self-help’ courses and leadership programs around but unfortunately not all of them are successful. In a Harvard Business Review study about the state of leadership development[1] conducted in 2016, only 7% of the respondents characterized their programs as ‘Best in Class’, where the program was tightly aligned with strategy, enjoyed executive support, cultivated a strong talent pipeline and demonstrated an impact on overall success. In other words, 93% of the respondents did not regard their leadership program as being the best in class!

Sharon Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Chandramala, who has been working with corporate teams since 2008 helping them to get aligned to the business’ strategic intent. She advocates the scientific methodology of Dr Levin and is not surprised by these results. Sinclair says that leadership development programs too often focus on addressing symptoms instead of identifying the root cause of poor business performance. You can’t fix a broken leg with a band aid, you need to make structural changes and have the correct support structures in place to fix it.

Globally more companies are embracing conscious leadership. “We are definitely seeing an increase in local businesses embracing conscious leadership,” adds Sinclair.

It is about getting the whole team onto the same page and thinking in their individual unique way, yet complementing, supporting and working together for the shared vision. Most people and teams are unaware of their hidden sub-conscious behaviours, very often self-sabotaging patterns that prevent them from reaching their true potential as an individual, team and business.

Sinclair has developed a proprietary two day workshop session where she facilitates business owners and their teams to identify root causes that have a negative impact on business growth. This helps them to make long lasting behavioural changes on individual, team and business levels. Understanding the business’ purpose and values are an important starting point to align everyone’s focus to know where they are going to and how best to access the potential that exists in that space from an employee point of view, and also making sure that the right potential clients are tapped into.

“Our workshops are designed to follow a simple yet effective and impactful process to assist each individual to identify their root causes and then supporting and enabling them to create constructive and empowering beliefs. Through the practice of constructive new beliefs and practices, an individual is able to experience results and have a positive impact on the overall business’ culture and centricity,” explains Sinclair.

Judy Robison, Director of Ucademy, who recently invested in a workshop session for her team says, “In our busy schedules we seldom take the time to sit and reflect on our personal and business goals, our purpose and our intention.

“We know we should do it, but it too often gets side-lined with more pressing daily business activities.

“The session with Sharon helped my team to remain conscious and present and has significantly impacted on our ability to remain centred, aligned and focused on achieving our goals and is having a positive impact in our personal and business contexts.”

For more information about setting up a workshop for you and your team, contact Sharon Sinclair on, or visit

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Sea Harvest Opens New Grade R School in Diazville, Saldanha

In support of early childhood development (ECD) in schools, Sea Harvest in partnership with the Western Cape Education Department launched three pre-Grade R and Grade R classrooms in the Diazville community of Saldanha Bay for approximately 100 learners.

The Sea Harvest Foundation in conversation with its employees and local community began the task of addressing the issue of ECD and how it was being affected by overcrowding within schools in 2015. The outcome was a decision by the Sea Harvest Foundation to fund the building of additional classrooms, which resulted in a separate school on the premises of Diazville Primary.

“We are especially excited about the positive impact the school will have on the community as a result of the increased individual attention that the learners will be able to enjoy so that they can, ultimately, achieve their full potential and become valuable members of society,” said Terence Brown, Operations Director at Sea Harvest.

The building project also gave Sea Harvest the opportunity to develop a local black owned building contractor, West Coast Project Management and Investments, headed by Glenville Marinus. The school was designed to cater for its young learners with architect Heini van Niekerk adding safety features and an overall finish designed to minimise injury and encourage play.

In attendance was the Executive Mayor of the Saldanha Bay municipality Marius Koen, who re-affirmed the local council’s commitment to improving access to education and ensuring that there is investment in youth as the future leaders of their community.

“Our relationship with the community is based on the belief that, ‘Sea Harvest is Saldanha and Saldanha is Sea Harvest’. Efforts like these ensure that we commit to our goal of building an inclusive and prosperous community, and the school is only the start of a wonderful journey,” concluded Felix Ratheb, Chief Executive Officer of Sea Harvest.


For more information about Sea Harvest, visit or join the Sea Harvest Facebook page at @SeaHarvestSA.