Badgers Football Academy intends to improve the lives of girls and women by offering them a safe space, professional team sport offerings, life skills training, mentorship and a sense of belonging.
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/.
CCNF aims to be the network link between choirs, events and festivals across South Africa. CCNF hosts Choral Celebration Festivals. These festivals allow eight to ten choirs of all ages, music genres and associations to perform in the same festival, in a friendly atmosphere to reignite their passion for choral music and to learn through observing other choirs. CCNF also hosts Conductor Network Indabas and the Foundation is planning a National Choral Conductors Convention and Udumo Choir Project.
For more information refer to http://ccnf.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/.
In 2013, the Durbanville Cultural Society initiated a national Portrait Award competition. This biennial fine art competition has grown exponentially since then. Rust-en-Vrede Gallery receive between 800 and 1 000 entries every year and base the rules on the long-standing BP Portrait Award in the UK.
Fort Calata Choral Eisteddfod (Pty) Ltd aims to afford talented, underprivileged children, teenagers and young adults from Cradock, Middelburg, Graaf Reinet, Cookhouse and Somerset East the opportunity to proficiently perform locally and nationally as well.
Lindumuzi Mngoma is the music director of the Ionian Music Society (IMS). As part of the IMS, the Ionian Chamber Orchestra performs orchestra ensemble arrangements of South African Indigenous Choral Music Compositions and aims to provide an affordable orchestra experience to the underprivileged communities whilst creating much needed job opportunities for these young instrumentalists.
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 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/.
Endurocad focusses on the holistic development of young people who have a talent for distance running. Their core areas include focus on education (via bursaries), focus on skills and personal development and on enterprise development (for life after sport). The Endurocad’s Young Women Empowerment Program is aimed at developing, educating, coaching, and empowering young females between the ages of 14 and 18. With high rates of gender-based violence and increasing mental health issues, Endurocad uses athletics to provide a safe space for young females to learn new skills, become empowered, confident and develop healthy lifestyle choices as they transition into young women.
For more information refer to https://www.endurocad.co.za/.