Touching Africa Gazette Official news letter of the Touching Africa Initiative
Touching Africa Initiative: Growing activities STOP human trafficking: Outreach - Page 8 Corporate Corner: Employment Equity - Page 16
THE TOUCHING AFRICA GAZETTE Official monthly news letter of the network to the Touching Africa Initiative THE TAG, 76 Steve Biko Avenue, Potchefstroom PO BOX 19468, Noordbrug, 5200 Tel: 018 297 6588, Fax: 018 297 4813 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.touching-africa.com
Touching Africa Initiative: GROWING ACTIVITIES By Stephan Pretorius
Touching Africa Initiative: NETWORK MEMBERS
THE TAG COMMITTEE Editor: Des Muller
Touching Africa Initiative: MEETINGS & WELCOME TO DEON DE KLERK
Tel: 018 297 6588 | Mail: email@example.com
Convenor Tiaan Liebenberg
Women`s Day: Des Muller report on Women`s Day event in Promosa
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Compilation & layout AQD Graphic Design: Alta Lindeque
Sehlare sa Mosotho ke Lekgowa By Dr. Herkie Sandenbergh
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Content and final approval Stephan Pretorius Tel: 083 268 2097 / 018 297 6588 Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
REPORTS from STOP By Corrinne Sandenbergh
Kgoma Africa meeting
Connecting to the outside world
REGIONAL COORDINATION OF CONTRIBUTIONS: Western Cape: Corinne Sandenbergh Mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Totius Papa Phefo`s uplifting story
Eastern Cape: Zimbini Pemba
In His Footprints TWO SPECIAL LADIES FROM THE VAAL TRIANGLE
Gauteng and AGES pages: Thabo Ngoepe
NEWS from Zambia
Mirror Word Nuggets
Limpopo: Christa van der Linde Mail: email@example.com
Northwest: Deon de Klerk Mail: Deon@aim.org.za
Mpumalanga: Robert Crosby
EMPLOYMENT EQUITY by Billy van der Pol A WOMAN WITH A PLAN, A FINANCIAL PLAN! by Huibre Lamprecht
Natal: Herkie Sandenbergh Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Zambië: Benji du Preez Mail: Benjiezambia@gmail.com
COVER PHOTO Benji du Preez and his daughter Monique with Zambians from a local village.
THE TAG is distributed electronically and is available on the Touching Africa Website.The purpose of the magazine is to inform everyone on matters of interest regarding the joint vision of all companies and entities partaking in the network to “touch” Africa in a special way as part of the manifestation of the Kingdom of God.
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THE TOUCHING AFRICA INITIATIVE: GROWING ACTIVITIES! Stephan Pretorius, August 2012
We are experiencing exciting times where loose ends are being tied to form a bigger picture.. Within this picture we see how cultures are bridged and how perceptions are changed.
People form Banna Ba Kae and some of our people met together at “Top City” the highest point in Ikageng praying and talking together on shared dreams to make a difference!
One example of this contribution to change perceptions through cross-culture activities is the rendering of legal services by one of our network members - Willem Coetzee. He is giving legal advice to the men of Ikageng and Promosa societies through the Banna Ba Kae men's forum on testaments, wills, and contracts. We were privileged to address a radio audience of 54 000 through radio Aganang - explaining to them the dream of “touching Africa” through the networking of experience and needs through the Touching Africa Initiative!
Important also is to allow input into our lives, the way we think and what we regard as right and wrong by allowing other to speak into our lives. We are working together with Tlokwe Chamber of Commerce in doing this and are excited about Brian Oldreive from “Foundations for Farming” to speak to our hearts about God's plan within the business sector. On the same note we are looking forward to Graham Power's visit to Potchefstroom to address us on unashamedly ethical businesses in the market place.
Willem Coetzee, member of the Touching Africa Initiative and Joseph Moshou from the Banna Ba Kae men's forum talking to the Ikageng and Promosa societies through the Aganang Radio Station.
It is exciting to see the papers reflecting this event and acknowledging the cooperation between the Touching Africa Initiative and the Tlokwe Chamber of Commerce.
It was a privilege for me to realise that we are making a practical difference to the life of many men within the bigger picture and understanding of God's contract with us: If we see ourselves included in Christ Jesus on the cross, The Father sees Christ in us! (2 Cor 5:21). This contract makes me a legal heir of the Kingdom of God regardless my shortfalls. But this grace prompts me to address my shortfalls not to impress Him and earn His grace but to be a co-worker in the bringing of the Kingdom to earth! We are also in the process to change perceptions by experiencing the Ikageng neighbourhood on a different level.
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Touching Africa Initiative Network
TOUCHING AFRICA INITIATIVE
CORPORATE MEMBERS AGES Group Pty
Willem Coetzee Attorneys
The Corner Stone
Next S Development
Wilhelm Rรถst Town Planners
Albert Stafford Makelaars
AGES Eastern Cape
Alan Ter Morthuizen
Milk and Honey Zambia
BKD Auditors Kgoma Africa Jahwe Solar Adv. Huibre Lamprecht Danie van Vuuren Accountants Potch-Tlokwe Chamber of Commerce Talmar Project Development Effortless Accounting
XZA Business Network Development XZA Holdings
Ramotse Development AES Wetcon Flux Engineering Intaba Construction Ngoepe Business Services LTN Procurement
Banna ba kae
Foundations for Farming
Ebio learning Methodology
Trans Invest Africa
Hope for Children
STOP Human Trafficking X2O Program Development
Hope Again Koningskinders Jwalang ministries Equip2sustain Jesus loves you ministries STOP Human Trafficking Africa Inroads Potch-Tlokwe Business Chamber
Such a multi-disciplinary vision driven network framework will eventually change Africa - and Africa the world!
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Touching Africa Meeting 17 Augustus Sharing thoughts on how to grow and optimize the Touching Africa Initiative in order to touch Africa!
Welcome Deon en Eretha de Klerk
Photos 1. Touching Africa Initiative (TAI) Vision Meeting 2. Coffee is important too! 3. Tiaan Liebenberg concentrating on his presentation ahead. 4. Some dance moves! 5. TADT Board members at board and vision meeting
We would like to welcome Deon de Klerk as collaborator to the dream of touching Africa. He has made himself available to assist in the corporate development of the Touching Africa Initiative. With his academic background (D.Com and full professorship), previous Dean of the faculty of Economic and Management Sciences of the NWU, publications as expert on business ethics as well as leadership and management in the private sector, we are looking forward to his role in the growing of Touching Africa. Deon and his family are excited about the new season which God is directing them in together with Touching Africa.
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Women's Day On Women's Day the women of Promosa celebrated with a day all in red, white and black. The day consisted of praise and worship, motivational messages and wonderful food. Desiree Muller from the Touching Africa Initiative delivered a message and introduced Kaka Masui who is a shining example of someone who changed her life and prospects through the X²O programme. Kaka was always intimidated with public speaking, but stood up and delivered a message to 500 women in English, sounding as if she did this on a daily basis.
UPCOMING UNASHAMEDLY ETHICAL BUSINESS SEMINAR with Graham Power (Potchefstroom campus of the North-West University) The Potch-Tlokwe Business Chamber in cooperation with the Touching Africa Initiative is arranging a business seminar for the Tlokwe business community for Saturday 15 September 2012. With this we want to contribute to the development of business, institutions and communities alongside their leaders - to understand our role and responsibility to secure a safe and sustainable local society. With this we aim to make the local community and leaders aware that Biblical Kingdom principles as reflected in the “Unashamedly Ethical” commitment and unity among role players are playing an important role in community development. We are privileged to have Graham Power, chairman of the board of the POWER GROUP as guest for this event and he will lead us in exploring the principles that lay the foundation to a sustainable community that stand together for ethics, values and clean living. Graham is well known for his passion in the workplace and in leading the people of various construction companies in the group to love and care for one another and to
strive to improve the lives of those living in Africa. They achieve this through a commitment to leadership with the purpose of building the culture and ethics of their business on eternal principles of value which he will share with us. Graham is also the visionary initiator of the “Global Day of Prayer” and is convinced that Africa will see a major turnabout through spiritual revival and that we have a role to play in the Transformation of our continent. Date: 15 September 2012. Time: 07:30-12:00 Venue: NWU, Potchefstroom Campus, E8- Dawie du Plessis facility-G42 Cost: R200 pp It is recommended that people interested in the seminar secure their place as soon as possible as there will be limited space. Bookings for the event can be made through www.itickets.co.za or at the AGES offices, 76 Steve Biko Avenue, Tel 018 297 6588, or per mail: email@example.com.
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Sehlare sa Mosotho ke Lekgowa By dr Herkie Sandenbergh Boardmember of Touching Africa Development Trust
This is what the unit manager in our labour ward at Mankweng hospital, Limpopo, said to me the other day. I understand a little Sepedi, but did ask her for the meaning: You as a white person are like medicine to us black people. Those words echoed in my heart as I walked down the passage, and a deep gratitude filled my heart towards God who enables us to spread the favour of His Grace around us. Some time ago, I read a book by Bob Buford, Half Time. He later authored another: Finishing Well. Half Time was about taking stock of yourself and where you are half way through your life, or career - which is an important and sensible thing to do. Finishing Well is about what you do after you have retired, and the title draws you to read it with expectancy for yourself. I did. Upon retiring in January this year from my post as Clinical Head of the Department of Obestrics and Gynaecology in the Paarl Provincial Hospital, I knew that this will not be the end of the medical profession road for me. I love and enjoy having this platform to be an agent of inspiration and change, of hope and encouragement, and hopefully sometimes succeed in doing that. I started enquiring about job opportunities elsewhere. Our one daughter, Thessa, living in Tzaneen with husband Theo, and working as occupational therapist in Letaba Hospital outside Tzaneen, urged us to come 'over there and help' them as she observed the need around her. Most of the younger doctors prefer the city life above rural settings, resulting in a constant shortage of skilled medical people. I thought: why not? Corinne, my wife, and I are in one accord: we want our lives to be a song of thanks and gratitude to God, and to be a sweet aroma to all around us, to add value where we can. We want to be people changing deserts into lands flowing with life...we do understand that by ourselves we are totally unable to do this. We do acknowledge that without God we can but do nothing... So, after considering the 'call' to move North, I started investigating the possibilities - and ended up as consultant in Mankweng Hospital, attached to the University of Limpopo outside Polokwane, as from the beginning of February 2012. I was received very well, many of the nursing managers and matrons being my patients when I was practicing as gynaecologist in the then Pietersburg. Even many of the older
doctors working around still remember me, and all were glad that I am there with them. All this goodwill made it possible to have a very gentle landing in the new environment. Here in Mankweng Hospital, I am the only full time registered consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, bringing with a great responsibility for service delivery. Limpopo province presently has a very high Maternal Mortality - meaning women who die because of complications of pregnancy. It is a serious concern to the authorities, and a place where I can give advice, help and trust that we will be able to identify the risk areas and implement plans and systems to improve the outcomes. As we work in a sort of rural area outside Polokwane, 99% of our patients are black, and doctors the same. Because of various reasons, there is a lack of 'fathers' in many areas of life - I have discovered that quite a number of my doctors actually don't know their fathers as from birth. So the desire of my heart, and my prayer, is that I will receive the grace, wisdom, compassion for these 'fatherless' generations, and to, in some Godly way, be a father to them - not only teaching them the professional knowledge, but also teaching them about life, and, by God's grace, showing the way to the only Way, Jesus Christ. I trust to teach them about the basic skills of life as well: caring about your relationships, managing your finances and sexuality, without which one is bound to end wrong way up. Will I Finish Well? That answer will be given one day by the One who will judge all mankind, the Lord Jesus Christ. And by His grace and mercy, I will labour with the trust that the quality of the Seed is excellent, and that He is the one that gives the seed to the sower and the bread to the eater. I am grateful to Corinne who was willing to step away from her comfort yet another time, and to follow me into this new adventure. We are a team, and she supports me so much, making it possible to be an agent of change. Our desire is to see the Kingdom of God come in our generation and while we are still alive. And as was said of David: He served the purposes of God in his generation! And we desire that too!
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Human trafficking outreach
Where does one start telling of a human trafficking outreach to one of the most volatile areas in our country...Musina! It all started with a farmer and his wife..Hansie and Aline Willemse who are farming on the banks of the Limpopo river near Messina. They heard about STOP and invited up to come and see how we could help address the huge problem of human trafficking on the border. A Scout trip brought us into contact with schools, police and social services as well as an NGO - Project Care. A date was set and we spent the 25th and 26th of July in Messina. The Parks Board kindly supplied us with their guest house on a reserve which is well known for its Boabab trees. Herkie (my husband) had to do some training at Musina Hospital and kindly escorted the four of us up to the border from Polokwane ( where we live at present). God in His mercy and grace has since we arrived in Limpopo put together an amazing team of volunteers who joined STOP to do awareness and whatever is else is needed. Just driving through those overloaded streets we felt we were at least halfway up in darkest Africa. We had this feeling of chaos a town that cannot even nearly carry the burden of its explosion streets impossible to drive on, people bustling in groves on the narrow sidewalks clearly coming from every tongue and nation over the face of Africa. Mid-winter and yet warm weather...very,very dry but o the dryness deep within was the drum beat underlying what we saw on the surface. We had supper at the Spur to celebrate Christa (social worker one of the team) and headed home to our beautiful quiet reserve to end off the day around a lovely bonfire sipping coffee with cream. Seven the next morning we promptly made our way to the high school in town and we approached the school with the pupils arriving, I told the girls to change their act to English. Not a frown, comment or grunt was heard from anyone and we proceeded on stage only to find that they had nothing in place for us. With " n geskarrel" a few boys us got a data projector , mic etc up and running. Does this sound vaguely familiar to you? And by the grace of God and Herkie`s help (he first did our setup before
leaving), we could get started by the time the pupils were seated. With our ice breaker we solidly tricked them into mock trafficking and got their full attention. The team, Sylvie, Christa and Heidie ( for some a maiden voyage) championed the presentation and response was overwhelming. •
A Young man - youth worker in the school - immediately came forward and said that he wants to be on board in Musina with awareness but also with statutory work, as he is nearly a qualified public prosecutor.
The life orientation teacher received a full kit to enable her to proceed with awareness in her classroom and we said our goodbyes and moved to the primary school.
At the primary school they split the grades and we did traffic proof with the older kids and valuable to Jesus with the younger. • After our first presentation two boys came up and told a hair raising story of how they nearly were trafficked on their way back from sport practice. •
Luckily most of the teachers were also present and should a child report such a case to them to them in the future, attention will be given to the matter.( one mentioned the teacher just says we are talking rubbish).
After our first presentation two boys came up and told a hair raising story of how they nearly were trafficked on their way back from sport practice...
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Silvie did an amazing ' VALUABLE TO JESUS " program with the little ones and we presented them each with a knitted Doll imported all the way form Stellenbosch (thanks STOP team for sending them). We had 300 dolls and the children were much more: a multiplication miracle was performed before our eyes and the Lord saw to it that every child got a doll with 1 left for an example for the knitters in Musina. Musina High school in the township on the border, was our next port of call. The 500 grade eleven's and twelve's busled into a dilapidated church next to the school and we proceeded to do a traffickproof program without any sound systems ( Rebekka and Santie will remember our Kyamandi outreach ). Our voices and throats survived the onslaught and we had an amazing time with these precious young people. •
After our presentation, two young girls came forward and told the most disturbing story.... Apparently two days before our visit, a grand car came into the township - dark windows - with some very friendly guys approaching them inviting them to go with them to Joburg for a nice trip to go and buy them some nice clothes. The girls said the only thing that kept them from going was school, but they were planning to go with them on Friday. Tears filled their eyes as they realised that they had nearly been trafficked into prostitution. We just hugged them and assured them that God protected them and one thing we knew was that it was worth our going to Musina even if it was just for them... Our God is truly a rescuer of His precious vulnerable.
Our connection with social services (CMR) and Project Care ensured a room in the safe House for adult trafficked victims and a process was started to get a place for under aged children.(Project Care and Aline and Hansie the farmers are
involved here). Our hearts went out to the Social Worker at CMR as we just saw and experienced that the work load is huge and they are under paid and under staffed. Project Care is a passionate organisation working with the vulnerable children of Musina. One of them is a lawyer and we could see they are passionate champions who are running with this project. We gave them all our material and they have already started translating it into the local language. The police training the following day started off with a huge challenge (O, how we got to know our enemy in this precious border town!). The Social Crimes ladies' husband had a back operation and she could not attend or prepare for us. Luckily the attendees were an hour late (some from as far as Pafuri) and by then we had a data projector all up and running. Aline and Hansie rushed into town and bought water, cool drinks and platters and cake for tea time. And the show went on as planned! •
By twelve noon 25 passionate policemen and women went off with new vision and awareness around human trafficking.
One officer came forward and said that she wanted to be involved with the task team as she does all the child trafficking cases.
They were very grateful for the promise of safe House in the future especially for children, and Aline would set up a meeting within two weeks with all the role players to start working together to rescue and secure the trafficked. Herkie arrives back from the hospital only to relate the following story: The superintendent interrupted his lecture to come and see to a potential trafficking case, but when they got to the place
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where they were waiting ( apparently brought the boy to be tested if he is healthy ), the men and the boy had disappeared and nobody knew where they were! This is Musina, this place needs a mighty intervention of God. Our car which had broken down the previous day would not be ready to take us home and Pieter van Rooyen from Ramotse Drilling sent his Kombi up to fetch the team. As we drove home, we were in awe of the Lord's Hand of protection over our lives and realised that the "prince of this world" could challenge us in the natural, but could not get to our hearts to quench our spirits.
In spite of all the challenges every one stayed absolutely calm and focused on the operation, which went ahead unhindered. Looking back on this outreach, all we can say is to God be the Glory. He has done great things. We shall be going back to help establish a solid task team and are grateful for the amazing ground work which has been done. Yours in Christ, our Lord and Savior. Corinne Sandenberg
The Parks Board kindly supplied us with their guest house on a reserve which is well known for its Boabab trees.
Kgoma Africa Management strategic planning meeting with Simon Lerefolo, Thabo Ngoepe, Louisa Ralapeli, Stephan Pretorius
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THE IMPORTANCE of getting connected to the outside world
is connected on several sites. His passion is graphic design. He is now connected to resources like https://www.odesk.com/ , http://fiverr.com/categories/graphics . A professional web designer in town, Fransa Vorster, owner of Colour Code Design, http://www.colourcode.co.za/ , is assisting him on a weekly basis to improve his skills and competencies in his field of career choice. Totius Papa Phefo has a wonderful story to tell. We call him Papa, but actually he likes it when we call him Totius, because his monument is standing right in front of the main building of the Potchefstroom campus, North West University. Papa was not selected to be part of the program initially, but he saw that there was an opportunity to learn everything that he needs to learn by just attending the classes every day. Papa is an excellent example of coming to the training centre on his own initiative and is now part of the program, because he proved himself committed and reliable under difficult circumstances. While participating in the program, he grew his IT competencies as well as English literacy and numeracy skills. At this stage he
Photo top: Children painting colorful kites Photo above: They had so much fun!
Papa is not only improving his own skills. He is already training and assisting others who are interested in this exciting career path. Papa is on his way to look after himself permanently. Please follow his progress on the following link: http://connect.socioeconomic.co.za/totiusziwele/ . Papa is also contributing to his community by showing young children how to do develop their talents. On a regular basis he gives creativity classes at his or his neighbours' house. That is what the XÂ˛O program is about: show how many opportunities are available, walk with individuals the path to discover their own talents and choice of career. Deliver them work and/or study ready.
Photo above: Who enjoyed it the most?
â€œA life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.â€? George Bernard Shaw
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In His Footprints Two very special ladies from the Vaal Triangle.
Hunger We aim to help the underprivileged in our community. We care for our people that suffer, we want to teach them to stand on their feet and to help themselves. It is a long term project to teach them how to “fish” for themselves. Our passion is the children, they are part of the future of our country. We want them to grow up with confidence, and to deal with the idea to do “more with little”. They don't have to be shy because their parents are poor, they must be thankful for the little things in life and to take advantage of opportunities that come their way. We want them to respect others, creation and the environment. We do it with educational programs, group courses and personal one-to-one courses. We give food and clothes as well. We depend on sponsors for it. To spread the Gospel is part of our ministry. We started in December 2009 with welfare work under people who attended the church where we were part of. We provided food and clothes, and uplifting programs. Our prophetic colours are purple for me and blue for Hannelli, and the number 50 played a roll. That is why our ministry is 50/50 now, each one of us has a part to do and we are the two puzzle pieces to complete the whole puzzle. Later on we were appointed as the area ministers of the church in an area called Holly Country. I was the preacher, me and Hannelli did
In His footprints counseling. We were alone responsible for all the church administration and services, and all the congregation matters. We also provided food and educational programs. We did not receive any salary from anyone while we were under the local church, doing church work in Holly Country. We have been there every day, some days twice, depending on the need. Holly Country is 26 km outside the town of Sasolburg. The church closed at Holly country the end of March 2011 and we decided to go on with the good work, by registering our own ministry as a nonprofit organisation. In the meantime we operate under Jesus the Healer Ministries, serving lots of people, providing food, clothes and other necessities. Both of us qualified as Pastors while under Jesus the Healer Ministries. (I also have some other religious qualifications at various institutes.)
OUR GOAL/VISION ARE : • • • • • • • • • •
Spreading the Kingdom of God according to the Bible, Uplifting the needy and unprivileged people (women, men and children), Equip people with life skills, social and financial aspects, Alleviate poverty, provide food, clothes and other necessities in squatter camps, low cost areas, Image boosting cources, Shelter for the old age, Councelling including HIV/cancer, Spiritual and emotional welfare, Daycare centres, Funeral services and support to the poverty, home and away.
Photos 1. 109 Years old! 2. Image boosting cources 3. These two ladies is to thank for a leg 4. The little blue car that makes everything happen...
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SOME OF THE PROJECTS WE WERE/ARE INVOLVED IN : • • • •
Various outreaches to schools, creches with food and clothes, Make-over session for women and children (make-up and hair) as part of image boosting, Christmas carols by candlelight, Christmas-tree's for unprivileged children,
Medical Research Commission. Our products are also SABS approved. We are in need of companies who are looking for charities to support to earn points on the B-BEE system. We can help them to buy and distribute Thusani foods, and through their contribution help others to alleviate hunger. WHO WE WANT TO BENEFIT BY THIS PROJECT
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Prophetic dance courses, Inner healing services for women, Image building courses for children and women,
Sing-song evenings and provide food, Clothes, furniture, toys that we received distributed to various individuals and schools,
Helping a man to get a artificial leg, We have been on Kruiskyk, the gospel channel on DSTV for a interview regarding our work,
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We were also interviewed by our local radio station IFM, Old and underprivileged people staying at Parys, Charity gholf-day to in money for the ministry,
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Boys retreat at a holiday lodge in the Vredefort Dome, Thusani foods Itsoseng day care centre to answer the big need for food, blankets, toilets, matrasses, etc.
THUSANI FOODS and Thuso STOP Hunger I bought the sole mandate so Hanneli and I could buy and sell Thusani foods. Thusani foods are soya products, pre-packed as meals. Thusani foods aim to become the number one provider for nutritious and affordable meals to alleviate hunger, offering protection against food insecurity. “Thusa” means help. When you have to feed a lot of people on a limited budget, Thusani foods is a 100% female ownership business, and the answer to hunger people.
Our aim is to take Thusani with the “Thuso stop hunger” project to many schools, for every school has a feeding scheme where they feed children at school and send foodparcels home. In both instances can Thusani be the answer. We can provide a list of primary and high schools that are in need. In Zamdela is a day care centre, Itsotseng with 94 kids between the age of 1 and 6 that are also in need for food and other necessities such as blankes, toilets, toys, educational stuff, ect. In Sasolburg, at the Flavius Mareka College, is a big need for food, there are many students that do not have enough money to buy food. Kotie Arpin - 082 772 5439 Hannelli Kruger 073 1722 135 E-pos : firstname.lastname@example.org Photos 1. Christmas-tree's for unprivileged children 2& 3. Alleviate poverty, provide food, clothes and other necessities in squatter camps, low cost areas
It comes in different hampers, week pack and monthly pack, for individuals or families. This nutritional meals are available in 65 combinations, 13 different flavors, and 5 starches. It resembles beef and chicken, in chunks and mince. It can serve as a basis for any other recipes, or use it like it is. It is suitable for feeding schemes, schools, creches, churches, the individual and vegetarians. Soya is the meat of the future, to meet the hunger need. It contains no sugar, thus ideal for diabetics and contains no cholesterol. Soya products have a long shell life, because it is freshly packed by order.
Soya needs no refrigeration, easy and cheap to prepare, and can serve as an emergency food in any emergency situations. Thusani foods have been tested and scientifically approved by reputable, watchdog institutions. The samples were analyzed by the University of Potchefstroom in conjunction with the SA 13
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Photos from Zambia
Benjie du Preez and his family moved to Zambia in 2010 with a passion to “touch” Zambia and to make a difference. They have established a Zambia branch of the Touching Africa Development Trust and initiated the first potential projects. They are also in the process to establish “Milk and Honey Pty” as a business enterprise in Zambia. Various possibilities in the agri-sector are under investigation in order to develop business opportunities. They sent us beautiful photos of their family working together in Zambia.
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Rom. 5:17 If (spiritual) death saw the gap in one sin, and grabbed the opportunity to dominate mankind in Adam, how much more may we now seize the advantage to reign in righteousness in this life through that one act of Christ, who declared u s innocent by His grace. Grace is out of all proportion in superiority to the transgression. 5:18 The conclusion is clear: it took just one offence to condemn mankind; one act of righteousness declares the same mankind innocent. 5:19 The disobedience of the one man exhibits humanity as sinners, the obedience of another man exhibits humanity as righteous. Paul is convinced that whatever happened to the human race because of Adams fall is far superseded in every possible
GELOOFSGEHOORSAAMHEID TEENOOR WETSGEHOORSAAMHEID Baie opregte Christene en hul leiers verstaan gladnie die verskil tussen die twee nie. Met ywer word Christene aangepor tot groter pligsgetrouheid, meer diensbaarheid en betrokkenheid en geldelike bydraes ensovoorts. Hierdie tipe godsdiens het niks met Christus of die Nuwe Testament te doen nie! Wettiese godsdiens hou die volgelinge vas in agterdog, teleurstelling, vooroordeel, skuldgevoel en veroordeling. Geloogsoortuiging wat gegrond is in die volmaakte werk van die kruis, aktiveer die wet van spontaniteit. 'n Arend vlieg nie uit pligsbesef nie maar uit skeppingsontwerp! In Rom.1:5 definieer Paulus sy roeping, “om geloofsgehoorsaamheid terwille van Sy Naam (identiteit) in al die nasies te bring.?Hy sien elke nasie ingesluit in die bediening en openbaring van God se genadeverdienste. Sy erns is om elke mens te laat besef wat die implikasie van die openbaring van Christus is sodat God deur die ekklesia aan alle owerhede en mag Sy triomf kan vertoon, volgens Sy ewige raadsplan wat in Christus realiseer. Geloofsinspirasie dra onmiddelike geesimpak oor in die geesdimensie terwyl wettiese gedragskodes net geld binne die beperkte arena van die fisiese, tydelike en sintuiglike dimensie. Die Griekse woord vir gehoorsaamheid beteken letterlik om onder die invloedsfeer te wees van dit wat jy hoor, amper die gedagte om meegesleur te wees. Paulus verstaan duidelik dat
proportion by the revelation of mankind's inclusion in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He places the fall of Adam and every act of unrighteousness that followed against the one act of righteousness that God performed in Christ as the final acquittal of humanity. Any instruction that still places the emphasis on mans contribution according to the prescribed rules of the law to improve himself and his conduct limits man again to personal discipline and effort under the futile system of the law of guilt and condemnation, and ignores the completed work of God in Christ. Galatians 5:9 It is impossible to hide the effect of the smallest amount of yeast; the process of fermentation is immediately triggered. (A little bit of legalism corrupts a person's whole life.) Faith and willpower are opposites. Faith ignites willingness!
die inhoud van wat mens hoor, geloof inspireer. Rom.10:17. In Hand.14:1 skryf Lukas dat Paulus op so 'n manier gespreek het dat baie geglo het. Die Nuwe Testament gaan nie oor 'n nuwe aangepaste stel reëls as kompromie op die tien gebooie nie; dit is die aankondiging en onthulling van die mens se verloste identiteit! Genade en geloof is 'n wet. Dit is net soos met die wet van swaartekrag, 'n groter wet as wilskrag. Paulus noem dit die wet van die gees van lewe in Christus. Rom.8:1-4. Hierdie wet staan teenoor die beginsel of wet van verdienste. Dit het absoluut niks te maak met persoonlike inspanning, verdienste of bydra nie. “Aan hom wat werk, word die loon nie na guns toegereken nie, maar na verdienste.? Rom.4:4. Nou, in plaas daarvan dat die mens straf of loon verdien, volgens eie prestasie, word hy een honderd persent ingereken in die prestasie en verdienste van Jesus. Die wet van assosiasie openbaar dat dit wat met Jesus gebeur het, tegelykertyd met die mensdom gebeur het! Ons is saam met Hom gekruisig en saam met Hom begrawe en is saam met Hom opgewek uit die dood, en het saam met Hom opgevaar in hemelse plekke. Ons sit ook saam met Hom in die Troonkamer van God se heerskappy! Ons word ook elke keer saam met Hom geopenbaar. Daarom moet ons anders dink! Kol.3:1-4, Ef.2:6. Die wese van die goeienuusboodskap is juis dat die mens volledig ingesluit is in die verdienste van Jesus tot voordeel van die mens. “Die straf wat vir ons die vrede aanbring was op Hom en deur Sy wonde het daar vir ons genesing gekom.?Js.53:4,5. Saamgestel deur Johan Smit
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Employment Equity Employment Equity Wondering whether the Employment Equity Act applies to you? Confused about how to implement employment equity in your company? Who is affected by the Employment Equity Act? Designated employers and designated groups. Designated employers are those who employ 50 or more staff members or whose annual turnover is more than that set down in Schedule 4 of the Act (the figures vary according to the type of industry). The National Defense Force, National Intelligence Agency and South African Secret Service are excluded. Designated groups are blacks (Africans, Colourds and Indians), women and people with disabilities. How do employers go about achieving employment equity? Employers must draw up an employment equity plan, setting out the steps they intend taking to achieve employment equity, over the next one to five years. To do this, they need to analyse their workforce profile as well as their employment practices and policies. In drawing up the plan they must consult with unions and employees to get consensus around it. Employers need to report their equity plans regularly to the Department of Labour, which then monitors implementation. Easier said than done. How is an employment equity plan drawn up? The Department of Labour recommends three phases: preparation, implementation and monitoring: 1. PREPARATION First, assign responsibility for the plan to a senior manager or EE Consultant. Employment equity outcomes should be part of all managers' performance indicators. All company employees need to be made aware - through pamphlets, workshops, training sessions, etc - of the goals of employment equity laid down in the Employment Equity Act.
A consultative forum/committee must be set up representing everyone in the company, including unions and employees from designated and non-designated groups. The forum must meet regularly. An analysis of the company's employment practices and working environment must be done to reveal barriers to achieving employment equity - such as racially biased preemployment tests - and to find out how many employees of designated groups in different occupational groups or levels are needed. A Workforce Profile must then be drawn up, comparing the number of employees from designated groups with relevant demographics. 2. IMPLEMENTATION The information required by employers to set realistic implementation goals should emerge from the preparation phase. The implementation phase involves taking affirmative action measures and other proactive steps to improve the diversity profile of the company or organisation.
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Examples would be: to start advertising vacancies in media more suited to designated groups; or to take action to stop the high rate of resignations of a particular designated group. Other proactive steps could be: to combat skills shortages by supporting relevant educational institutions; or by offering bursaries. A time-frame with target dates must be set; resources must be allocated to implement the plan; and the plan must be shared with all stakeholders in the company. 3. MONITORING The plan must be monitored and evaluated along the way and reports must be submitted regularly to the Department of Labour. All employers must complete the Employment Equity Report Form (EEA2) and an Income Differential Statement Form (EEA4). Where can I get help with drawing up an equity plan? Corporate Service Provider has been in the business of helping employers to address employment equity effectively in the workplace, threw ongoing consultations, reporting and drafting of EE plans. How often must employers submit reports? • Employers with more than 150 employees must report every year to the Department of Labour on employment equity progress as from the first working day of October. • Employers with fewer than 150 employees must report every second year as from the first working day of October. Copies of the reports must also be displayed in the workplace. What happens if I don't report to the Department of Labour? The labour department has put together a database of the employers it expects to receive reports from. Once the first reports are received the department will monitor whether employers are continuing to comply with the law. Those who do not will be given a written undertaking to comply. Employees can also report employers who do not comply with the equity legislation to the department. The names of those employers who submit reports will appear in a public register. The department of labour will encourage government and other companies to do business with those on the register. Reports will give the department information on the problems experienced by companies in implementing affirmative action, allowing the department to take the necessary steps.
Employers who do not submit their reports are subject to a fine of between R500 000 R900 000. As of February 2013 employers who do not submit their EE report can also be subject to a fine equal to the amount of 10% of their annual turnover. What if I can't submit my report by the deadline? The department would rather receive an incomplete report than no report at all. Although the legislation doesn't make provisions for extensions, employers may request an extension by writing. The employer must give reasons for why he/she needs an extension. A maximum extension of six weeks may be given. I thought racial classification was an outdated practice that went out with apartheid, yet the equity plan and the reports to the labour department require this information about my employees. How do I as a company employer go about finding out the "race" of my employees in a tactful manner? The EEA1 form calls for voluntary self-classification on the part of the employee. If an employee refuses to fill this in the employer must rely on existing records of the employee, but must make sure that this information is made available to him/her. If an employee is "mixed race", the designation he/she volunteers must be used. If the employer must make the choice, he/she is advised to put the employee in the "designated group" category - in other words, black. How can I assess whether my employee falls into the disability category? Once again, the EEA1 form calls for voluntary self-classification on the part of the employee. According to the Act, people with disabilities are defined as "people who have long-term or recurring physical or mental impairment which substantially limits their prospects of entering into, or advancement in, employment". Are all organisations regarded as designated employers if they employ the minimum number of employees? Yes, as long as they employ more than 50 people or meet the annual turnover requirement (see Schedule Four of the Act for this). These include: NGOs, trade unions, trusts, co-operatives, professional practices, sport codes and churches. Billy van der Pol
“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” Robert Frost
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A woman with a plan, a financial plan! With August done and dusted, and women back from the podium into the kitchen, it is important for women to remember a couple of chores that they also have to do for themselves. It is a well-known fact that women usually outlive their spouses and because of this, they will at some stage have to take control of their finances. However, is waiting for a devastating event to happen in your life a better option rather than actually knowing what your family's financial matters are? As women, we need to understand how much money we have to available to us and if there will be a sustaining amount left upon retirement; factoring in where and how our money is being spent and on what investments and expenses you are currently paying for. If you don't have a financial plan in place, it is best you start sooner rather than later. But where to start? The following will not only give you an indication of your needs, but also how to plan for the inevitable.
According to Michelle Human, a legal specialist consultant, Liberty paid a total of R281.2 million in 2010 toward critical illness protection claims. 41% of these claims related to a cancer diagnosis. So the promise that it will never happen to you, just doesn't hold any water. Make sure that your financial plan includes sufficient critical illness cover to make sure that your lifestyle is not affected by such a diagnosis. Disability Becoming disabled can be devastating in so many ways. In some ways, your ability to earn an income in the future could be regarded as your greatest asset, especially if you are young, well qualified and skilled. Make sure that you consider what would happen financially if you were disabled either temporarily or permanently. Perhaps you would need a lump sum initially to meet expenses not covered by your medical aid and set up an environment to cater for your disability. Your long term need, may be to replace your income on a monthly basis. Having a plan to cater for these needs, at least makes sure that you don't have to worry about the financial implications of any disability.
Do a comprehensive financial needs analysis This part will involve you writing down your financial needs and goals, particularly in the event of death, disability and retirement. By knowing where you are, this will enable you to own your life through the knowledge of what is happening with your own affairs and being in control of them.
Pay yourself first... Retirement always seems such a long way off, but it is funny how it can creep up on you. How many pay days do you have left until retirement?
Until death us do part...make or revise your will No one likes to think about one's own demise or the passing of a loved one, but planning for such events, does provide some comfort or at the very least ease a bad situation. So take control of the inevitable and ensure that your will is up to date, as this is the only way that you will have any say in what will happen to your belongings when you pass. It can also save costs and make sure that there is no delay in winding up your estate.
Thanks to medical technology, we are able to live longer, which means that we need to realistically consider that our retirement years may last longer than we initially expected. Have we saved enough to last this long? Have we considered the impact of stock market crashes, higher than expected inflation and possible job losses along the way? Also make sure that your retirement plan is robust enough to weather the challenges that it may face.
Losing a loved one, or what happens to your dependents if you pass away Consider using your life cover to provide for your dependents such as your spouse and/or children, paying off your bond or other debts and covering any estate duty or other costs arising from your death. Ultimately it ensures that any debts you may have can be settled and ensures that your dependents are not left with any unnecessary surprises.
Pennywise...saving for a future goal The definition of saving is simple, it is money that you put away for a specified period and is not spent in the interim: Matric farewell, kids going off to university, needing a car, weddings etc.
What about me? Being diagnosed with a critical illness can be a life changing event, which can have enormous financial implications. By having comprehensive critical illness cover you can make sure that you can afford the best possible care and hopefully recover without facing financial ruin. Bear in mind that critical illness cover is designed to assist with the costs associated with the impact that the diagnosis has on your lifestyle. These costs may not seem like a big deal initially, but they can add up to a large sum very quickly.
As a complimentary gift at the end of women's month, all women are invited to book an appointment for a Financial Road Map conversation, an one hour free consultation to gain clarity and perspective on where you are in relation to where you want to be. Contact Amanda at (018) 294 3722 to book yours now.
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