The Employment Equity Act require all designated employers to submit an employment equity report to the Department of Labour annually using the EEA2 form.  As per regulation 10(11) of the Act, the EEA2 is a public document that can be made available on request.  The dataset includes up-to-date employment data, broken down by sector, level of skill, gender and population group.  The Department of Labour’s Employment Equity data is a rich source of data that could enable researchers and journalists to explore labour market trends and employment equity at a firm level.  71point4, a strategic research consultancy, have instituted application proceedings in the High Court against the Department of Labour seeking access to the EEA2 documents as per PAIA.  In addition, 71point4 plans to analyse and disseminate the data.  For more information refer to https://www.71point4.com/.

Acorn Education supports no-fee public schools to provide high quality education. As a school operating partner in the Western Cape Collaboration schools project, Acorn provides an all-encompassing support to its schools. This support includes all aspects of day-to-day management from financial and operational matters to instructional leadership, educator development and learner enrichment.  Acorn’s whole-school approach includes a) extended school days, b) online personalised learning programmes, c) holistic learner development, d) school leadership and teacher development and e) governance and operations. For more information refer to https://acorneducation.org.za/.

The mission of AKF is to deepen non-racialism and create an equitable society.  The objectives of AKF are: (a) to promote the values, rights and principles enshrined in the Freedom Charter and the Constitution of South Africa; (b) to record and display Kathrada’s role in South Africa’s liberation struggle and its relation to the role of other individuals, groups and movements; (c) to establish a research and documentation centre that will provide selective historical and contemporary documentation and archival material on liberation history in South Africa and to make this available to others. The AKF has been instrumental in the establishment of the Anti-Racism Network South Africa.  For more information refer to https://www.kathradafoundation.org/.

The Alliance for Rural Democracy have launched the “Stop the Bantustan Campaign” and established an independent secretariat to actively drive the campaign. The Alliance for Rural Democracy contests policy and legislation that undermines the rights of rural citizens living in the former Bantustans and which threatens to dispossess them of rights in land.  The members of the alliance belief such laws, policies and practices distort customary law, undermine security of tenure and rights in land while entrenching the powers of traditional authorities.  For more information refer to https://www.facebook.com/RuralDemocracy/.

 

The objective of AmaBhungane is to develop best practise in the field of investigative journalism, by producing investigative stories that are accurate and fair, advance methods and standards, expose wrongdoing and empower people to hold power to account.  In addition, AmaBhungane provides investigations support by helping others in the media via training, editorial collaborations and organisational support.  Furthermore, AmaBhungane is involved in advocacy where they lobby, campaign, exercise laws and litigate to help secure information rights – access to information and media freedoms. For more information refer to https://amabhungane.org/.

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Ark Education Partnership Group has submitted a proposal to develop the capacity, systems and operating procedures in the Western Cape Education Department to ensure the growth and sustainability of the Collaboration Schools Programme.  The Collaboration Schools Programme is poised for growth but will need to attract and incentivise additional funders and operators.  The department is likely to require greater capacity for the oversight and quality assurance of operators and schools as the model expands.  The final product of the review would be a draft framework, owned by the Western Cape Education Department, that would form the basis for the next phase of the Collaboration Schools Programme. 

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The aim of the Black Sash Trust is to work towards the realisation of socio-economic rights, as outlined in the South African Constitution, with emphasis on social security and social protection for particularly women and children and the most vulnerable. They believe the implementation of socio-economic rights demands open, transparent and accountable governance (state, corporate and civil society) and should result in significant reduction in poverty and inequality. To this end they promote active civic engagement by a strong and vibrant civil society.   For more information refer to https://www.blacksash.org.za/.

BER is a research centre at Stellenbosch University and formally linked to the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.  The main goal of the BER is to independently generate, analyse and disseminate authoritative and policy relevant information on the South African economy in a user-friendly manner.  The BER’s existing business model relies on a revenue stream from clients subscribing to the range of data products and analyses offered by the BER, sponsorships of various indices and commissioned research work.  As a result, the BER’s capacity to engage with policy makers, businesses and the pubic, is constrained as all staff time and resources are focused largely on commercially viable activities.  The resources distributed by the distribution from Millennium Trust materially assist the BER to unlock the potential to make a more substantive contribution to sound economic-policy processes and dialogue, and business performance, by focussing on strategies and plans for economic growth and higher levels of employment.  For more information refer to https://www.ber.ac.za/.

CDE is an independent policy analysis and advocacy organisation, is South Africa’s leading development think tank.  Since its establishment in 1995, CDE has been gathering evidence, consulting widely, and generating innovative policy recommendations on issues critical to economic growth and democratic consolidation.  CDE has a special focus on the role of business and markets in development.

CDE is widely recognised for the practical policy recommendations they formulate and share, outlining ways in which South Africa can tackle major social and economic challenges.  CDE is also recognised for our role in convening robust roundtable discussions which deal with the tough issues facing South Africans across a range of traditional political and social divides and which look for common ground.  CDE focus on policy areas critical for inclusive economic growth: investment and jobs, youth unemployment, business and markets, education and skills, cities, migration, land reform and strengthening democracy.  For more information refer to https://www.cde.org.za/.

CDE is an independent policy analysis and advocacy organisation, is South Africa’s leading development think tank.  Since its establishment in 1995, CDE has been gathering evidence, consulting widely, and generating innovative policy recommendations on issues critical to economic growth and democratic consolidation.  CDE has a special focus on the role of business and markets in development.

CDE is widely recognised for the practical policy recommendations they formulate and share, outlining ways in which South Africa can tackle major social and economic challenges.  CDE is also recognised for our role in convening robust roundtable discussions which deal with the tough issues facing South Africans across a range of traditional political and social divides and which look for common ground.  CDE focus on policy areas critical for inclusive economic growth: investment and jobs, youth unemployment, business and markets, education and skills, cities, migration, land reform and strengthening democracy.  For more information refer to https://www.cde.org.za/.

The Centre for Human Rights introduced a doctoral programme for students from African countries contributing to a research agenda entitled 'Freedom from Violence in Africa'. The program aims to provide an advanced and specialised education and the availability of expertise in the field of countering violence in Africa, to those students from the continent who will be able to benefit most from the experience.  These students are exploring issues related to the right to life and violence reduction, a multi-disciplinary approach to the problem of violence.  The programme will aim at establishing a network of African scholars and practitioners with advanced capacity aimed at achieving progress towards Goal 16 of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda. For more information refer to http://www.icla.up.ac.za/research/freedom-from-violence.

The Centre for Human Rights, based at the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria is both an academic department and a non-governmental organisation. The Centre works towards human rights education in Africa. The Schools Moot Court Competition was established in 2011 by the Centre for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria to ensure greater awareness of the South African Constitution and presented in partnership with the Department of Basic Education and the South African Human Rights Commission. The Millennium Trust support relates to the establishment of Schools’ Moots in other African countries on the model established in South Africa, under direction of the country’s national human rights commission, together with local universities, based on the domestic constitution; and ultimately becoming part of the school curriculum. For more information refer to https://www.chr.up.ac.za/moot-courts/african-human-rights-moot-court-competition/english-site.

The Centre for Human Rights, in collaboration with the United Nations, are engaging in a Monitoring of United Nations Human Rights Treaties Project.  The aim of this project is to develop an online database that will make it possible to measure the impact of the United Nations Human Rights Treaty System in every country in the world.

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and National Research Foundation (NRF) Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology or Centre for Invasion Biology (C·I·B) has its headquarters at Stellenbosch University and is considered to be the world’s most productive research and training unit in the field of invasion science. The Centre was set up in 2004 to do research on invasion science, a branch of science that addresses the causes and consequences of introducing organisms to new environments. It asks questions about why some species persist and spread unaided, often to the detriment of native species and invaded ecosystems. The C·I·B addresses topics such as biodiversity conservation and environmental change, but also cuts through issues such as human health, water provision, food security, tourism, job creation, agricultural economics and the habitability of certain parts of the earth. The Centre is busy converting to a Stellenbosch University supported institute and contributions from the DSI/NRF are being phased out.  The newly positioned C·I·B will continue spearheading the development of indicators for assessing the status of invasions and of management initiatives in addressing problems associated with biological invasions. The C·I·B will also continue to a) publish world-class research outputs in top journals to ensure international benchmarking of research, b) convene training workshops and conferences on subjects relevant to our partners, c) contribute to all national policies and legislation pertaining to invasive species, d) maintain and grow its strong national, continental and global networks to support research, training and policy development and e) maintain its partnerships with government agencies, for example the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries and its affiliates, the South African National Biodiversity Institute and the Working for Water Programme. For more information refer to https://blogs.sun.ac.za/cib/.

The Children’s Institute is a child policy research unit based at the University of Cape Town with the explicit intent to contribute to policies, laws and services that promote equality and realise the rights of all children in South Africa. They will conduct a project with the theme: “Including the excluded children: Identifying and addressing barriers to birth registration”. The project is aimed at addressing systemic barriers to birth registration. Working with paralegals and social service practitioners, they will document cases as families try to apply for late birth registration of their children. They will engage with relevant government agencies at national, provincial and district levels, as well as local service centres, advice offices and key role-players within the specific sites, to review the obstacles identified in the cases, identify possible solutions and implement them. The ultimate goal of the project is to ensure that systemic challenges in the birth registration process are acknowledged by Department of Home Affairs and subsequently resolved, that Home Affairs services are operating as required by law, and that all children in South Africa are registered.  For more information refer to http://www.ci.uct.ac.za/.

Community Keepers delivers school-based mental health and social services to learners from marginalised communities.  The objectives of this project are to provide counselling and therapeutic support to learners; to develop learners’ social and personal skills to deal with everyday life and to make informed life choices and to equip teachers and parents with the skill to fulfil their responsibilities towards learners.  Apex High School is a no-fee public school situated in Eerste River, outside Cape Town.  The school opened in January 2018 with grade 8 and 9 learners only and will reach capacity in 2021 with 1,250 learners.  Apex High is the only no-fee high school in Eerste River and while the community can be classified as lower middle-class, the area suffers from various social ills including: gangsterism, substance abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.  Community Keepers was identified as a partnership that could add significant value by caring for the social and emotional well-being of these learners, which will also contribute towards their educational development and their overall performance.  Millennium Trust is supporting the Community Keepers offices at Apex High School and Apex Primary School.  For more information refer to https://communitykeepers.org/.

The main objectives of Corruption Watch are to encourage and enable active public participation in combatting corruption by reporting experiences of corruption on a confidential basis on multiple reporting channels (‘whistle blowing’); to analyse the received information to identify patterns of corruption in respect of particular activities, government departments, geographical areas, economic sectors, organisations and related factors; and to run focused campaigns, through cooperation with other organisations, directed at exposing and combatting corruption in targeted areas or communities (‘hot spots’). For more information refer to https://www.corruptionwatch.org.za/.

CASAC is an initiative led by progressive people who seek to advance the South African Constitution as a platform for democratic politics and the transformation of society.  CASAC believes in the advancement of a society whose values are based on the core principles of the Constitution, namely the promotion of socio-economic rights, judicial independence, the rule of law, public accountability, and open governance.  The founding members of its Council believe that the people are the ultimate custodians of the Constitution, and that custodianship needs to be relocated from institutions to people.  Once constitutional rights are claimed by the many, then ordinary people will undertake extraordinary acts to assert their rights and protect and advance the Constitution. For more information refer to https://casac.org.za/.

Daily Maverick is a South African daily online newspaper founded in 2009 and is run by an independently owned private company. The mission of Daily Maverick is to defend truth in a time when it is under attack from all sides. They aim to cover the most important issues in South Africa in a way that helps readers to form better opinions and to inspire action from the public and authorities with their work. For more information refer to https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/.

 

The aims of the project are to establish a research position for a fish palaeontologist in South Africa and to employ Dr Robert Gess in a contract full time position at the Albany Museum in Grahamstown; to explore and research South Africa’s globally significant late Devonian fossil heritage; and to disseminate knowledge thereof to the scientific community through publishing at least nine scientific papers in relevant ISI-ranked scientific journals. The project continues to play a crucial role in supporting exploration of South Africa’s internationally important Devonian fossil record, analysis and publication of discoveries and the development of students with a focus on Devonian studies. Growing public awareness on this aspect of our National Heritage has also resulted from this project. For more information refer to https://www.wits.ac.za/coepalaeo/.

The purpose of the Flower Valley Conservation Trust is conserving fynbos landscapes, conserving livelihoods and connecting people to nature.  The Flower Valley Conservation Trust plays an important role in preserving fynbos in the Agulhas basin region by focussing on alien clearing and sustainable harvesting programmes.  The Flower Valley Trust has also been asked to play a leading role in the revision of the strategic plan for the Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative (ABI).  The ABI brings partners together across the Agulhas Plain, and Overberg, and serves as the platform to foster the region’s biodiversity through collective work as partner organisations, departments and individuals. For more information refer to http://www.flowervalley.org.za/.

The aim of FUL is to promote democracy under law by  a) advancing understanding of and respect for the rule of law,  b) litigating in relation to institutional conduct in conflict with the rule of law,  c) strengthening the independence of the judiciary,  d) supporting the legal profession in serving the courts,  e) enhancing understanding between legal role-players, the media and society at large,  f) furthering legal education appropriate to the needs of constitutional democracy and g) protecting freedom of speech and freedom of the media concerning the administration of justice.  For more information refer to https://www.freedomunderlaw.org/.

The focus of the Gary Kirsten Foundation (GKF) is to provide quality infrastructure to township schools and to create sustainable cricket programmes facilitated by accredited GKF community coaches. The Gary Kirsten Foundation has supplied five Township Schools with newly constructed artificial cricket nets, complete kit bags with cricket equipment and a full-time cricket coach, under the guidance of GKF. Millennium Trust supported the building of an indoor cricket training facility that will provide access to cricket coaching to 10 schools in the region who have no sports facilities and allow for the cricket programme to continue in the winter months.  For more information refer to https://www.garykirstenfoundation.org.za/.

GAPP Thinktank is a South African non-profit organisation with the objective to win the argument in the public domain that building autonomous and professional administrations is vital to the long-term development of the country. GAPP Thinktank will develop proposals on how this can be done generally and in specific sectors. It will do this by generating persuasive research, stimulating and provoking public debate and attention through targeted media interventions and building awareness and understanding in key constituencies and amongst thought leaders. For more information refer to http://www.gapp-tt.org/.

The doctoral programme of the Graduate School of Economic and Management Sciences at Stellenbosch University selects ten new doctoral students every year from applications across Africa and beyond and provide the support needed to complete their PhD’s in three years.  The knowledge generated in the process has the potential to stimulate innovations and economic growth in Africa, and it provides the next generation of academics and leaders in the public and private sector in Africa. For more information refer to http://www.sun.ac.za/english/faculty/economy/gem/.

The Grassy Park Rowing Club is based at the Zeekoevlei Yacht Club and is affiliated to Rowing South Africa.  The Club aims to bring the sport of rowing to high school students in the Grassy Park and surrounding communities.  Grassy Park Rowing Club aims to grow the number of participating athletes and to develop very competitive crews, especially in the U14 to U16 age groups, to provide the athletes with the appropriate equipment and training programs to train to the best of their ability and to afford the athlete the opportunity to take part in competitions and regattas where possible.

GroundUp is an independent online news agency reporting news that is in the public interest, with an emphasis on the human rights of vulnerable communities.  For more information refer to https://www.groundup.org.za/.

GFSA was established in 1995 with the objective to contribute to building a safe South Africa by reducing gun violence.  GFSA is a single-issue campaigning organisation with experience in public policy advocacy, public education and awareness raising, and community mobilisation.  This includes influencing policy and programming to strengthen the enforcement of the current firearms control regime; extensive media reach which includes highlighting the risks of guns in the home; and developing youth networks to enable young people to shape and influence relevant policies, legislation and authorities to reduce gun violence, as well as be active citizens in community safety initiatives.  For more information refer to https://www.gfsa.org.za/.

The aim of the HSF is to protect and promote liberal constitutional democracy and upholding the Rule of Law in South Africa.  The HSF’s current activities consist mainly of the following:  public interest litigation in areas where government institutions or officials are in breach of their obligations or where the rule of law needs to be supported; and research on topical social, economic and legal issues.  For more information refer to https://hsf.org.za/.

It is a project administrated by the Department of Journalism at the University of Witwatersrand and aims to provide South African journalists with the time, resources and mentorship to do more public service, long term investigative work which generates public debate and highlights issues of poor governance in the state and corporate sectors.

ISS partners with governments and other civil society organisations to build knowledge and skills to enhance human security and achieve sustainable peace and prosperity in Africa. In South Africa they have been undertaking detailed research and analysis on understanding how to reduce violence, crime and corruption and improving the criminal justice system since 1996. The core work of the Justice and Violence Prevention Programme focusses on (a) promoting police professionalism and accountability and (b) enhancing an understanding of violence and violence prevention.  For more information refer to https://issafrica.org/.

The objective of the ILI is to establish an instructional leadership program, grounded in the best global practice in instructional leadership training, and adapted to the South African context;  to develop a model for the training and development of school leaders;  to give selected South African school principals the needed skills to be instructional leaders at their schools; and to establish a permanent, sustainable South African entity, which will deliver accredited training to successive cohorts of school leaders on an ongoing basis. For more information refer to https://www.ili.education/.

The Shared Service Centre for Investigative Journalism was established to support investigative journalism in the SADC region.  The objectives are to de-risk, promote and raise philanthropic funding for a portfolio of investigative journalism centres spread across the SADC region; and to offer capacity-building and direct support at organisational/administrative and editorial levels to the centres. For more information refer to https://ijhub.org/.

The objectives of the Judges Matter Campaign are (a) to monitor the appointment process of judges;  (b) to provide non-partisan, evidence based research on the criteria for good candidates, as well as the appointment process, and a report on each candidate;  (c) to provide an active social media campaign leading up to and including the week of judicial interviews; and  (d) to livestream the interviews and put the videos on a website for viewing after the interviews.  Recently Judges Matter started research and advocacy around the magistracy. For more information refer to https://www.judgesmatter.co.za/.

The Karoo Development Foundation was established in 2009 with the overarching goal of promoting sustainable development in the Karoo - a vast, rural and arid region, divided into four provinces. The KDF has promoted a regional approach to promote the development of the Karoo, arguing that ecological regions create economically meaningful spatial units. The KDF recognises that besides agriculture and the various renewable energy projects, tourism could be an important driver for growth in the Karoo. For more information refer to https://karoofoundation.co.za/.

The Kolisi Foundation Social Impact Projects focus on the development of young people in low-income communities. In the Mbekweni Project the Freedom of Movement team works together with the local community and town administration to contribute to the development of the Mbekweni Youth Centre’s multi-functional establishment in Mbekweni township (Paarl) that focuses on health, wellness, career and personal development of the youth (outside of schools).  The aim is that the centre serves as a refuge for kids with a lasting impact on the Mbekweni youth. In the Zwide Project the Kolisi Foundation works together with the local community and the management of the Emsengeni Primary School, the school attended by Siya Kolisi, management to improve the facilities at the school which will include the development of a sports field with adequate facilities, the revamp of bathrooms and the implementation of security measures at the school to protect its facilities.  The field will be fully accessible to the young people in the community and will serve as a refuge for kids with a lasting impact on the Zwide youth. For more information refer to https://kolisifoundation.org/.

LARC is based in the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Law.  LARC forms part of a collaborative network, constituted as the Alliance for Rural Democracy, which provides strategic support to struggles for the recognition and protection of rights and living customary law in the former homeland areas of South Africa.  LARC is particularly interested by the ways in which laws and policies frame power relations within these areas and threaten ongoing initiatives for democratic change and accountability at the local level. For more information refer to http://www.larc.uct.ac.za/.

 

LRC aims to undertake evidence-informed action focused on advancing the transformation of South Africa as a democratic society, using the law as an instrument to remove persistent and pervasive structural obstacles to human rights.  The LRC has recently shifted their resources to focus on land and education rights over the next five years.  LRC views their most valuable contribution to law reform as being twofold: the precedent setting strategic impact litigation cases that advance human rights and democracy (with a focus on land and education) and the incubation of young black social justice lawyers within the organisation that seek to strengthen the role and efficacy of human rights defenders and the development of critical expertise in human rights advocacy.  

The main goals for the LRC include:  (a) Challenging the current funding model for primary and secondary education to promote pro-poor allocations and inclusive education;  (b) Requiring effective state interventions in dysfunctional schools to be regulated by norms and standards;  (c) Establishing equal rights and access to land for those inside and outside land administered by traditional leadership;  (d) Developing, in partnership with land sector partners, an appropriate land rights recordal model to engage constructively with the land tenure policy proposals currently being developed by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform and expected to be released for comment in 2020/2021; and  (e) To develop transparency and accountability for government spending and challenge existing funding models in education, local government service delivery and provision for equitably located living spaces. For more information refer to https://lrc.org.za/.

The aim of My Vote Count is to improve the accountability, transparency and inclusiveness of elections and politics in the Republic of South Africa.  My Vote Counts focuses on  (a) producing popular education material to allow for a clearer understanding of South Africa’s political and electoral systems  (b) conducting research that helps to inform MVC’s advocacy and popular education activities, providing an understanding of political and electoral issues and providing policy alternatives for the South African political and electoral systems based on the changing economic and socio-political context  (c) initiating litigation, as a last resort, in order to ensure that the constitutional principles of transparency, inclusiveness and accountability remain the basis of our political and electoral systems.  For more information refer to https://www.myvotecounts.org.za/.

The National Braai Day Initiative aims to position National Heritage Day as South Africa’s annual day of celebration. The initiative calls on all South Africans to unite around fires, share our heritage and wave our flag on 24 September every year. The initiative also includes the National Braai Tour, Jan Braai for Erfenis television series, South African of the Year and National Braai Night.  For more information refer to https://braai.com/.

The University of Cape Town’s Opera School has developed a reputation by producing opera singers of major world standing.  The Opera School prides itself on discovering exceptional vocal talent amidst impoverished communities that are rich in a singing culture and training them in all aspects of opera performance to be accomplished artists for a global stage.  For more information refer to https://www.facebook.com/UCTOperaSchool/.

PoliticsWeb sends a daily newsletter to subscribers, with comment and opinion sent in by contributors, as well as a detailed daily record of the political news stories and the key political statements, speeches, judgements and documents of the day. For more information refer to  https://www.politicsweb.co.za/.

PARI aims to contribute towards a more effective and accountable state through research and advocacy work.  They focus on six programmes of research:  Local Government, Land Governance, State Reform, School Administration and Governance, Energy Governance, and the post graduate teaching programme at the University of Witwatersrand in Organisational and Institutional Studies (OIS).  Millennium Trust supports PARI for work across three of its programmes – state reform, local government and land governance and administration, as well as core funding.  Regarding State Reform, PARI’s proposals focus on (a) professionalising appointments in the public administration and criminal justice system and developing greater checks and balances in recruitment and appointment regimes to reduce the undue influence of politics on the administration, and (b) reforming public procurement.  For more information refer to https://pari.org.za/.

The Public School Partnerships Programme (PSP), as a collaborative programme between government, donors and non-profit school operating partners, aims to achieve a system-wide improvement in the quality of public schools servicing children from poor communities by giving selected government schools the same level of leadership and management flexibility that is accorded to independent schools;  harnessing strong managerial resources that currently reside outside of the public education system, and concentrating those resources in underperforming schools and in schools serving marginalise communities and embedding a robust accountability framework so that government is able to track the performance of PSP schools.  The group of funding organisations entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Western Cape Education Department to pilot “Collaboration Schools”, that will strengthen the quality of public schools, demonstrate effective models public-schools improvement, strengthen public school governance models, develop educators, and implement interventions to improve the quality of public education for learners from the poorest communities in the Western Cape.  For more information refer to https://dgmt.co.za/tag/public-school-partnership/.

The Sikhaba iCovid-19 campaign is a collaborative venture between the National Department of Health, SABC Education, Innovation Edge, the DG Murray Trust and Ilifa Labantwana. This initiative aims to provide COVID19 -related information to all people in South Africa in a format that is easily understandable, engaging and trusted. This daily COVID19 radio programme was delivered in all official SA languages across fifteen SABC radio stations. The shows were sponsored by the Solidarity Fund, ELMA Philanthropies and Millennium Trust.

The Sukuma Fund was established within days of lockdown with an initial R1bn donation from the Rupert Family and Remgro Limited. Since then, thanks to further charitable donations, the fund has grown significantly. The goal is to rescue and revive thousands of small businesses across the country – preserving jobs and supporting the people who depend on them. This is a long-term project, and the Fund intends to become a permanent relief fund for small businesses, able to assist South African small businesses in future crises. However, due to high demand, all applications are currently suspended. For more information refer to https://sukumafund.org.za/.

The Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town provides development and welfare services to asylum seekers and refugees.  The Centre contributes to policy, legislation, case law, and the protection of migrants and refugees in the South African immigration system, as well as related sectors including law and order, labour, education and health.  The Centre assists refugees and migrants to better realise their rights afforded by the South African Constitution through improved access to the available services.  The Centre undertakes initiatives aimed at strengthening the integrity of the legal and policy framework of the department of Home Affairs through communication and submissions on policy documents and to ad hoc committees on new legislation and legislation amendment bills that affect foreign nationals.  The Centre networks with partner organisation; conducts strategic litigation, research projects, workshop and training sessions and general awareness-raising in the media.  The Centre designs and implements a strategic communication plan to increase public awareness of migrant policy and rights while also highlighting the positive contributions migrants make in South Africa and at home.  For more information refer to https://www.scalabrini.org.za/.

SECTION27 is a public interest law centre that seeks to achieve substantive equality and social justice in South Africa.  Guided by the principles and values in the Constitution, SECTION27 uses law, advocacy, legal literacy, research and community mobilisation to achieve access to healthcare services and basic education.  SECTION27 aims to achieve structural change and accountability to ensure the dignity and equality of everyone.  The objectives of Section27 are to support and entrench a new generation of public interest lawyers committed to the pursuit of equality in South Africa; to improve the quality of public interest law in South Africa; to improve the delivery of quality health care services through the application of the law; to improve the delivery of basic education through the application of the law, and to improve, publicise and provide education on the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. For more information refer to https://section27.org.za/.

The Solidarity Fund was designed as a rapid response vehicle to mobilise South-Africa in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting health, humanitarian and social consequences.  The Solidarity Fund has received R3.22bn of which R2.75bn was allocated to fund initiatives aimed at assisting those affected by the pandemic.  The Solidarity Fund is committed to transparency around all activities.  Detailed information and reporting around donations received, how resources are allocated, as well as the impact created, can be found by visiting www.solidarityfund.co.za.

 

The main objective of the South Africa Endurance Academy is to identify and develop world class female distance runners in South Africa.  The Academy work on different levels, including Outreach Programs and Schools Training Clinics; Regional Youth Training Camps and Training Squads; Selection and Assessment Camps in Stellenbosch; the Elite Academy based in Stellenbosch; High Altitude Training Camps for Selected Athletes and an Athlete Academy (Running Club). For more information refer to https://www.endurocad.co.za/.

The SA Futures Trust has committed R1.04bn to support supporting 9 656 SMME’s and 92 993 employees. The SAFT COVID19 relief fund has been fully subscribed and the applications have closed. For more details refer to https://saft.africa/.

IRR is an advocacy organisation that fights for the right to make decisions about life, family, and business, free from unnecessary government, political, and bureaucratic interference.  IRR is in favour of classical liberalism - an effective way to defeat poverty and tyranny through a system of limited government, a market economy, private enterprise, freedom of speech, individual liberty, property rights, and the rule of law.  IRR focus areas are  (a) property rights for all,  (b) rule of law,  (c) real economic empowerment,  (d) tax justice,  (e) free thought and speech,  (f) accountable politics,  (g) choice driven health care, policing and education policy,  (h) reconciliation and social justice and (i) a small and effective government.  For more information refer to https://irr.org.za/.

RESEP is a group of researchers in the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University with a well-established track record in researching the economics of education and the quantitative analysis of education data. They will support the Western Cape Education Department to analyse the loss of learning and other consequences for learning due to the loss of schooling days during COVID19. It may help the WCED with their planning for the 2021 school year and beyond. For more information refer to https://resep.sun.ac.za/.

The Table Mountain Fund is an independent trust founded and managed by WWF South Africa and dedicated to the conservation and protection of the globally significant biological diversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom. The Table Mountain Fund develops and funds projects to protect and restore the world-famous natural heritage of the Cape, known as the Fynbos.  Millennium Trust supports a project with the aim to protect (and legally secure) critical biodiversity areas contained within privately owned lands. This objective will be achieved through supporting landowners of high priority biodiversity with the conversion of their private nature reserves into Private Nature Reserves, compliant with the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act. For more information refer to https://www.thetablemountainfund.org.za/.

The objectives of the project are to provide the athletes in the South African National Rowing Squad with a sustainable home-base facility that is geared and equipped to support their training requirements at Olympic medal standards; to build a latent pool of athletes from U16 upwards and from all regions and population groups; to retain the service of the key members in the current coaching team; to appoint the needed additional staff and to provide an adequate measure of financial security for the athletes.

Unite Behind is a civil society coalition constituted of over 20 organisations that organises and mobilises together around common campaigns and local struggles.  Unite Behind focusses on its “fix our trains” campaign where they aim to resist endemic corruption, incompetence, and maladministration at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) and fight for commuters’ right to a safe, reliable, affordable urban rail service.  For more information refer to https://unitebehind.org.za/.

Viewfinder is an accountability journalism project doing long term investigations into abuses of power which impact on the public interest – specifically as it relates to the need for equality and redress. For more information refer to https://viewfinder.org.za/.