Rainbow ECD Centre moves into new facility in Masiphumelele






CAPTION: Masiphumelele’s Rainbow Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre officially opened its new building today, Tuesday 26 April 2016. Representatives of the Rainbow ECD, PenBev (PenBev – local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape) and Rotary Club of Newlands officially opened the new building which was handed over to representatives of City of Cape Town. The children entertained the crowd by singing and dancing.

The new purpose-built Centre has four spacious and fully furnished classrooms, ablutions, an office, and kitchen, as well as two jungle gyms in a play area for up to 120 children. Previously, Rainbow ECD was located in a cramped makeshift structure that was not suitable for adequate developmental opportunities for the number of children attending.

PenBev, Medicor Foundation and Heat Pump International partnered with Rotary Club of Newlands to build the Centre. Ablutions and a rainwater harvesting system were provided by The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation.

Steve Zimri, Chairman of Rainbow ECD Centre says, “It is a great joy for us to move the Rainbow children into this building, knowing that they are the ones who will benefit the most. All the parents have been eagerly awaiting the move into the new premises and this opening is a much anticipated celebration for a new beginning.” Rainbow ECD cares for children between one and five years old, providing them with a healthy meal each day and age appropriate social and learning opportunities.

According to UNICEF, good nutrition, health, consistent loving care and encouragement to learn in the early years of life help children to do better at school, be healthier, have higher future earnings and participate more in society. PenBev Commercial Director, John Joubert says, “What happens during the early years is crucially important for every child’s future development. The new Rainbow ECD Centre is our 30th brick and mortar Corporate Social Investment (CSI) project. We are extremely proud of this long-term investment in the lives of many young children living in Masiphumelele.”

To find out more about Peninsula Beverages, visit www.peninsulabeverage.co.za or contact 021 936 5500. PenBev is also on Facebook www.facebook.com/PenBev.

Reputation research – the springboard to corporate success

Building a solid corporate reputation is key to stand out from the crowd. Award-winning reputation management firm, Reputation Matters, shares the importance of conducting research to take your business’ reputation to the next level.

Founder and Managing Director of Reputation Matters, Regine le Roux, says, “What does it take to build a good reputation?  That is the million-dollar question; unfortunately, there isn’t a silver bullet solution. How would you feel about being able to measure your reputation and know exactly what area of your business is impacting it? You may already have a gut feeling of what needs to be done; however, presenting facts and figures to your board that is based on solid research is going to have a much greater impact.”

Reputation research is the logical first step to help you identify and understand current perceptions of the organisation. “This will in turn enable you to pinpoint and bridge gaps; ultimately helping you to build a solid corporate reputation,” adds Le Roux.

Reputation Matters has become a leader in corporate reputation management in South Africa. With a dedicated team in Cape Town and Johannesburg, the organisation prides itself on their unique reputation measurement tool, the Repudometer®. The tool statistically measures an organisation’s reputation, giving organisations an actual percentage of what their current reputation is.

“With our unique reputation measurement tool, you’ll be able to have a greater insight into your reputation and what makes your stakeholders tick. You’ll know exactly which part of your business is building or breaking down your reputation and we will also provide you with recommendations on how best to take it to the next level,” elaborates Le Roux.

Le Roux mentions that there are various elements that make up an organisation’s reputation and that there needs to be consistency and balance when dealing with these. The glue that keeps everything together is communication.

The possibilities of a good and solid reputation are endless. “A healthy corporate reputation helps you attract and retain talented employees. It also assists in making your brand the most preferred amongst customers when competitors’ goods and services are available at a similar quality and price. And very importantly, it pulls you through times of controversy – you don’t know when a crisis is about to hit,” adds le Roux.

Last year, Reputation Matters celebrated one decade of looking after corporate reputations. In celebration, they hosted an inaugural reputation conference with top class international and local speakers who shared best practices on reputation management.

“You can be consistently good consistently bad, either way you are building yourself a reputation. Never underestimate the importance of research to help build and maintain a good, solid and healthy corporate reputation,” concludes Le Roux.

For more information on Reputation Matters, please call 021 790 0208. Reputation Matters is also on Facebook www.facebook.com/yourreputationmatters and Twitter @ReputationIsKey.

Beat the cold this winter

The Western Cape is gearing up for what is expected to be a cold and wet winter. The Mustadafin Foundation urges residents living in informal settlements to be safe (and dry) this winter season.

The Western Cape, much like the other provinces, is in dire need of rain. However, those living in impoverished areas should be prepared for when the rainy season starts.

“We realise the devastating implications of the rainy season on those less fortunate; homes are damp and wet, diseases spread quickly and houses can be ruined in minutes. Mustadafin Foundation calls on all residents to gear up for the winter season, and be prepared to keep warm and dry,” says Ghairunisa Johnstone-Cassiem, Director at Mustadafin Foundation. The Foundation provides disaster relief to impoverished areas and also distributes hot food and blankets in the Western and Eastern Cape as part of their annual winter warmth project.

“Our project teams have already started distributing warm clothes, food and blankets in the Western and Eastern Cape areas. In Beaufort West alone, we have impacted five areas with over 4 000 residents,” explains Johnstone-Cassiem.

In addition to food and clothing, the non-profit organisation also assists with water distribution in the drier areas for drinking and washing purposes. “In total, we have received over 15 tons of water donations from Libstar Chamonix in Franschhoek, Woolworths and Meadowridge Primary School in Mitchells Plain. We would like to thank these organisations for their contribution – it is making a huge difference in areas where water is a scarce commodity,” says Johnstone-Cassiem.

A 70 year old resident in Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain, says, “It’s the thought that counts, because not everyone thinks of the elderly in winter. People tend to look the other way. It’s no use complaining. But then we find organisations such as Mustadafin that go the extra mile and give us a warm, decent blanket and a meal to fill our stomachs.”

“It is heartfelt to witness what a simple blanket can do for a person. Often, they have nothing else to help keep them warm,” mentions Johnstone-Cassiem. “Our volunteers and employees have worked tirelessly to tend to those in severe need of winter warmth assistance”.

For residents living in informal settlements, Johnstone-Cassiem has the following tips to stay warm, dry and safe this winter season:

  1. Block all cold drafts coming in your home by covering openings of doors and window sills with blankets.
  2. Fix all roof leaks timeously.
  3. Layer up with clothing – a plastic bag or newspapers inside your jacket works wonders to keep you warm. Plastic bags can also be worn over your clothes for when it rains.
  4. Half fill a hot water bottle before going to bed – it keeps the water warmer for longer when it is not filled to the brim.
  5. Move your bed away from the wall slightly – this will help keep cold air away from you.
  6. Do not drink alcohol as it drops core body temperature.
  7. Use sandbags around your home when it rains to keep water from entering your house.
  8. Never leave a fire unattended and ventilate your home if you do use fire for heating or cooking.
  9. Try to eat nutritious, warm food such as soup.
  10. Exercise – by staying active you will keep warm and it also assists with your overall health.

“We call on all Capetonians to assist this winter and make a difference in communities by donating clothing and blankets or by volunteering,” concludes Johnstone-Cassiem.

Mustadafin Foundation distributes warm nutritious meals, blankets and second hand clothing to destitute communities in the Western Cape as part of their winter warmth initiative. If you would like to join this initiative and ensure those in need are warm and dry this winter please donate quality second- hand clothing or sponsor a hot pot of food.

For more information, to donate or volunteer call Mustadafin Foundation on 021 633 0010 or visit their website at www.mustadafin.org.za.

Sea Harvest concerned by Foetal Alcohol Syndrome report for Saldanha

Sea Harvest note with concern a report released earlier this month by the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research (FARR) which found that over six percent of children in the Saldanha Bay District Municipality are born with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Mary-Lou Harry, Sea Harvest Human Resources Director says, “We are deeply concerned by the recent reports of how Foetal Alcohol Syndrome is affecting the people of Saldanha Bay. As the single largest employer in Saldanha Bay we take our social responsibility seriously and are committed to scale efforts to raise awareness amongst our staff and indeed the wider community. Although we have been working closely with the Department of Social Development for many years, the report serves as a reminder that the challenge to eliminate this entirely preventable condition is far from over.”

Since 2012, six social workers have been permanently based at the Sea Harvest Social Development Office on Saldanha Main Road. The buildings rental costs are covered by Sea Harvest. This means that social workers are permanently based in the central location in town and have sufficient consulting space to be able to assist all members of the community. More than 600 cases of substance abuse and childcare interventions have been managed by this office which has helped a total of 1 483 locals from Saldanha between 2012 and 2015. Five satellite offices have since opened in the area, further extending the reach of the social workers.

Sea Harvest employs more than 2 500 people, of which 51% are women. “We have partnered with the Department of Social Development to run special support groups for employees at our Saldanha Bay factory. The groups are designed to address social challenges employees face outside of work,” says Harry. A Family Enrichment Programme, held on Saturday mornings, helps employees gain confidence in their care-giving skills as parents, consider various family planning options and learn how to remain healthy. Substance Abuse Support Groups meet twice a week, enabling employees who have been through drug or alcohol rehabilitation to gain confidence as they overcome major personal challenges. “We’ve seen a number of the empowered participants return to the groups as volunteer mentors to support those still battling to overcome their addiction,” says Harry.

Three nurses and two doctors at Sea Harvest’s on-site clinic ensure staff receive medical attention as required. Services at the clinic include health education and treatment of minor ailments and chronic diseases. Medical referrals from the clinic are covered by Sea Harvest. “Overall employee health is critical and we consider it an absolute necessity to ensure our staff, who are the main breadwinners, are able to work. To date, R6.9million has been invested into employee healthcare at the clinic since November 2013,” adds Harry.

In order to tackle the unemployment challenge in the area, Sea Harvest encourages youngsters in the region to obtain tertiary qualifications. Between 2010 and 2015 Sea Harvest awarded bursaries to the value of R870 000.

“Foetal Alcohol Syndrome is 100% preventable and 100% irreversible. We are committed to do all we can to improve the health, educational and social needs of the people of Saldanha Bay,” concludes Harry.

Sunshine and butterflies: a fun day out for pupils






CAPTION: Learners from Nal’ikamva Primary School in Mfuleni, Blue Downs, Cape Town were in for a special treat on a field trip to the Butterfly World Tropical Garden in Stellenbosch on Tuesday this week, 12 April 2016. Peninsula Beverages (PenBev – local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape) sponsored the educational trip for the grade 7 children who spent the day viewing butterflies, birds and tarantulas from all over the world.

It was a sunny and enjoyable day out of the classroom and there were smiles all round as the children and teachers explored the park with delight. Some of the youngsters hurried quickly past the snake cages and other reptiles on display. They also learnt about insects, arachnids and vertebrates and respect for nature. The children received a delicious lunch of hamburgers and refreshments before returning back to school by bus.

“It is wonderful to create moments of optimism and happiness in the communities where we work. This trip is a valuable learning opportunity for children to get a new perspective on what they are taught in class,” says Denise Behrens, PenBev Corporate Communication Manager.

For more information about PenBev, visit www.penbev.co.za or contact 021 936 5500. PenBev is also on Facebook www.facebook.com/PenBev.

Networking and collaboration for Eastern Cape’s waste management industry

The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA’s) Eastern Cape branch hosted a successful information sharing business morning last week at the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber.  With 50 delegates in attendance, the event focused on networking and integration of the waste management industry.

[Above picture from left to right: Theuns Duvenhage (Aurecon), Lizl Muller (Goodyear), Andrew van Wyk (The Waste Trade Company), Melinda Labuscagne (Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality) and Theo von Ruben (Chemsolved)] Photographer: Vicky du Toit. High resolution image available on request.

The Eastern Cape’s waste management industry convened last week at the IWMSA’s Eastern Cape branch event entitled ‘Small Pieces make the Bigger Picture’. Individuals and organisations operating in the waste management field were treated to expert presentations at the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber.

“The IWMSA Eastern Cape branch’s Port Elizabeth subcommittee coordinated the event and we are delighted to see the growing interest of professional waste management practices in the province,” said Nomakhwezi Nota, IWMSA Eastern Cape Chairperson.

Andrew van Wyk, HR manager at The Waste Trade Company and master of ceremonies, kicked off the event by emphasising that the forging of relationships is necessary in a growing industry. This is especially important in the waste management industry as it often includes many technical aspects needing professional advice.

Among the panel of experts presenting was Technical Director and Environmental Specialist at Aurecon, Theuns Duvenhage. Duvenhage discussed basic legal requirements, waste licensing and best practice methodology in the waste management industry.

Safety, Health and Environmental Officer at Goodyear, Lizl Muller, reported on the successful implementation of zero waste to landfill within an organisation. “Changing the mind-set of employees is the key ingredient. Management need to be committed – the process takes time and financial investment is often needed as South Africa lacks the infrastructure that certain European countries offer,” said Muller.

Geographic Information System (GIS) Controller at the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and IWMSA committee member, Melinda Labuscagne, concluded the morning by elaborating on the transport registration processes within Nelson Mandela Bay. Attendees was also introduced to the IWMSA where Labuscagne explained the benefits associated with being an IWMSA member and the various training opportunities at their disposal. She emphasized that similar events will be hosted by the IWMSA Eastern Cape branch as it is important that businesses within the waste industry are aware of each other and work towards the same vision of a cleaner environment.

The event ended off with informal networking.

“As the national industry body for professional waste management practices, we encourage interaction between individuals and businesses from the waste industry. We host events such as these all over the country in an effort to inform, educate and empower those operating in the environmental and waste management space,” concludes Nota.

For more information on the IWMSA visit www.iwmsa.co.za. The IWMSA is also on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/iwmsa) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/IWMSA).

WGSN, the world leading trend authority, continues to drive business growth in Africa with launch of Cape Town office

Caption: With a growing presence in Africa, WGSN today announced the launch of their Cape Town Africa head office located at the contemporary space, Ideas Cartel. Pictured above is WGSN Regional Director for Africa, Hannari Slabbert at the Cape Town office space. Photographer: Kikitography [High resolution picture available on request].

WGSN, which was founded 18 years ago, has 14 offices globally and has already been operational in Africa for the past ten years with over 70 clients, including leading retailers and suppliers in South Africa.

As part of the unveiling of the new Cape Town office, WGSN will host an exclusive VIP engagement with key industry players in Cape Town on 18 April. Their African clients can look forward to expert advice when Head of Fashion at WGSN, Catriona Macnab makes her weeklong roadshow in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg for an inside look at seasonal trends. Macnab, an esteemed creative forecaster based in London, has been part of the WGSN team for twelve years and together with her team provide fashion and design companies with exclusive trend advice regarding colour, fabric and style. A series of trend seminars across Africa will also be hosted this year.

When it comes to fashion and creativity trends, WGSN is leading the pack. The global trend authority provides fashion and lifestyle forecasting, data analytics and expert consultation to their broad client database all across the globe. WGSN is relied upon by more than 6,000 clients, including 95% of Fortune 500 apparel companies, as well as some of the world’s most creative and innovative businesses from multinational brands to independent designers.

WGSN Regional Director for Africa, Hannari Slabbert said, “We are ecstatic to have opened our offices in Cape Town. Africa, with its unique people and creative minds, is an emerging market and the logical next step for WGSN to expand our services. Fashion and creative minds from the continent are already creating a buzz in the industry with designers and brands featured all over the world.”

In May 2015*, it was reported that sub-Saharan Africa’s apparel and footwear market was worth $31 billion, making WGSN’s entry into the continent a logical one as it increases its foothold in a growing market. With WGSN’s official launch into Africa, fashion houses, retailers and buyers will be able to stay on trend in a rapidly changing industry.

Jose Papa, CEO of WGSN said, “Africa is a hub of creativity and full of growth. The investment in our first office in Africa signals our belief, as the world’s leading trend forecaster, that Africa will play a bigger part in the future globally. The fact that large international fashion retailers are also extending their presence in the continent, makes this the ideal time for us. We’re hugely excited to see the African market grow and to be a part of that.”

WGSN’s experts provide deep insight and analysis of consumer, fashion and designer trends, to ultimately assist clients with their planning. The trend authority will offer their full range of services to those operating in the fashion and creative space in Africa. These cover online trend services for fashion, lifestyle and interiors; retail data analytics; crowd-sourcing design validation; and expert consulting.

If you would like to engage with WGSN in Cape Town, please contact Hannari Slabbert on +27 (63) 669 7438. For more information on WGSN, visit www.wgsn.com.

*Euromonitor, May 2015

Reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic – How does your child measure up?

The three R’s of learning are reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic. The question for all parents is, how do their children measure up in these three crucial areas?

“A child’s ability to read, write and do arithmetic (maths) sets the foundation for their academic success, and impacts their potential for future accomplishments across-the-board,” says Susan du Plessis, Director of Educational Programmes at Edublox. “Some learners cannot read but can write and others struggle to do maths but can read easily – it is crucial for a child to have all three foundational learning skills in place.”

In the classroom, reading is king; it is crucial for learning and achieving throughout the school career and into university. The benefits of reading, however, stretch far beyond the classroom. “Reading will help your child learn new words and build his vocabulary, expand their general knowledge, help them to concentrate better and focus on one task. Modern kids are so bombarded with sound, light and movement from electronic gadgets, that reading is actually relaxing for the brain,” says du Plessis.

Similar to reading, putting pen to paper and writing in our instant and technological age of emails, texts and tweets stimulates the brain*. “Writing fires up the brain as children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to formulate ideas and recall information,” explains du Plessis.

The final and equally important aspect of laying a strong foundation for a child’s academic performance is ensuring sound mathematical understanding and thinking. “People are easily misled to believe that mathematics is not a prerequisite for a successful career, however, whether in science, business, or even in our day-to-day living, we cannot escape the use of numbers,” explains du Plessis.

A child’s ability to do read, write and do maths depends on a number of cognitive skills such as attention span, visual and auditory perception, sequential and working memory and logical thinking. “Make sure that these skills have been well developed,” urges du Plessis, and shares easy tips for parents looking to help their child excel in the three R’s of learning:


  • Parents of young children should read to them as often as possible. “Teaching your child nursery rhymes is a great way to stimulate the brain and improve memory,” says du Plessis. “Research has shown that knowledge of nursery rhymes among three-year-olds is a significant predictor of pre-reading skills later on, even after the child’s IQ and their mothers’ educational levels are factored out,” says du Plessis.
  • If your child is having trouble learning to read, the best approach is to take immediate action. Ninety-five percent of poor readers can be brought up to grade level if they receive effective help early on. The longer you wait to get help for your child who has reading difficulties, the harder it will be for them to catch up later on.
  • Do not rely on computer programs to address your child’s reading problems. “Research has proven that computer reading programs cannot solve reading difficulties,” says du Plessis. When your child is a good reader, however, technology can be used to broaden their horizons and teach them to speed read.


  • Have some fun and crumple papers with your child! This will help improve their fine motor skills, making writing easier and their handwriting neater. Use A4 size scrap paper – give your child one sheet of paper in each hand. They must then simultaneously crumple both papers into tight balls. It is important that each hand strictly does its own work. Ensure that your child sits with their hands wide apart, so that one hand cannot offer any help to the other. As part of the game, they are not allowed to press their hands against their body or on any other object, like a table. Make sure they crumple at least three sheets of paper per hand, per day.
  • Other exercises that will help to improve hand strength, which ultimately leads to better handwriting, is to throw and catch beanbags and to squeeze stress balls.

Arithmetic (Maths)

  • Make sure that your child can count fluently, forwards as well as backwards. Thereafter, skip counting should be introduced. Skip counting – counting odd or even numbers only – is important in the development of fluency in calculation, number sense and as the basis of multiplication and division.
  • There is much in maths that one simply has to know and therefore has to learn, for example many terms, definitions, symbols, theorems and axioms. Make sure that your child knows the words for different shapes, for example. If they do not know what a sphere is, they will have to guess when confronted by twelve different objects in a test situation.

Edublox reading, maths and learning clinics specialise in assisting children’s academic development through educational interventions comprising of cognitive training, reading, spelling, comprehension and maths. In March of this year, Edublox opened three new franchises in Witbank and Middelburg in Mpumalanga, and in George in the Western Cape.

“It is crucial that parents understand that the sooner their children receive the necessary guidance and tools enabling them to successfully read, write and do maths, the sooner they will able to learn more effectively and efficiently,” concludes du Plessis.

 *Asherson, S. B. 2013. The Benefits of Cursive Go Beyond Writing [Online] Available from: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/04/30/should-schools-require-children-to-learn-cursive/ the -benefits-of-cursive-go-beyond-writing

Street children: Five warning signs of a child’s desperate cry for help before hitting the streets

According to Missing Children South Africa, one South African child goes missing every five hours.* The missing child could either be trafficked or will find solace in the streets of South Africa. This International Day for Street Children, commemorated on Tuesday, 14 April 2016, the National Children and Violence Trust (NCVT) implores communities to join forces in providing a safe and conducive environment for children. NCVT supports vulnerable groups such as abused and violated women and children; the unemployed; and people infected by the human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS).

This year marks the sixth International Day for Street Children and the NCVT pleads with communities to restore community social culture and cohesion by ensuring children’s basic rights are at the forefront of community safety. With over 15 million South African children under the age of 14, and 5.6 million of them being under the age of four years old**, it is in the hands of families and communities to ensure that children of all ages do not resort to the streets as a desperate measure to avoid morbid domestic challenges at home. “Children are our future leaders, educators and doctors after all,” says NCVT Senior Social Worker, Judith Mthombeni.

“It is not uncommon for children in South Africa to live separately from their biological parents, in the care of relatives or friends. A number of issues may be attributed to this norm, including: the fear of getting into trouble at school or at home; parents divorcing or living with a new spouse; physical, sexual or substance abuse and bullying to name a few,” explains Mthombeni. “As a result, we aim to educate communities about the consequences of allowing a long period of time to pass before reporting that a child has gone missing,” she adds.

NCVT shares five signs that indicate a child is planning to run away and how to handle each sign:

  • Withdrawal: If a child who is usually outgoing suddenly withdraws from socialising or becomes more of an introvert, take careful note. A sudden preoccupation with privacy and being extremely secretive is also a clear warning sign. Communicating consistently with your child is very important in order to quickly pick up on this type of unusual behaviour.
  • Travel bag: It may sound obvious, but do look out for a bag packed with some clothes and a few essentials that may be hidden out of sight. The bag is a sign of a carefully planned escape option, made by a child who is not comfortable at home. If you find a bag, speak to the child about why they’ve packed it and what it is for. Be careful to show that you are listening to their concerns.
  • New and unknown friends: A sudden change in friendships can trigger a decision to run away from home or turn to a life on the street with other children who live on the street. Get to know your child’s friends by name and take an interest in the friendships they have, encourage them to invest in good friends.
  • Bunking school: While the impression is created that a child is attending school, they may be skipping class or leaving early. Keeping track of homework assignments, the school programme and knowing the child’s teachers are an easy way for parents to be sure their child doesn’t bunk school.
  • Domestic violence: Any form of abuse at home, by any family member – whether it is drug, alcohol, physical or verbal abuse, will result in a child avoiding the home. Regular sleepovers at a friend’s house are a good indicator that they’re not comfortable at home. Seek professional assistance if domestic violence is experienced in the home.

“Our priority is to protect children’s rights and ensure that they are not violated. Should we suspect that a child is in any danger or shows signs of wanting to run away, NCVT social workers intervene using the appropriate channels,” says Mthombeni.

Parents are urged to make use of their local police stations as soon as their child goes missing and complete a SAP55A form. Care givers can also get in touch with organisations such as non-profit organisation, Missing Children South Africa, to report a missing child.

“In the words of our late Former President, Nelson Mandela, ‘children are our greatest treasure – they are our future’. Let’s save our children from the streets and share love with every child we come across, whether biologically related to you or not,” concludes Mthombeni.

To make donations to NCVT or volunteer, members of the community can contact ncvtprojects@iafrica.com | +27 11 705-1960 | +27 11 467 4936. For more about NCVT, please visit www.ncvt.co.za.



Eager to pursue your career in peace building? Full tuition sponsorship available to the right candidate through Rotary International

Do you want a career in peace building and the opportunity to study abroad? Through Rotary International’s Peace Fellowship you may just have the opportunity to do both. Apply before the end of May 2016 to stand a chance of being selected to participate in the program.

Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the globe to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of their international peace centres. These fellowships cover tuition fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.

Rotary Peace Centres have trained more than 900 people in this way, many of whom go on to become leaders in government, international institutions or non-profit organisations. The Peace Fellowships provide fully funded training at prestigious universities in Australia, Japan, Sweden, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

The deadline for applications is on 31 May 2016, interviews with short-listed candidates will take place during the first two weeks of June 2016.

“There are two types of peace fellowships available,” says Mike Walwyn, Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Newlands, “there is a Master’s Degree Program, intended for those candidates who are still developing into their peace building or conflict resolution careers.

“The other, is a Professional Development Certificate Program, which is intended for those candidates who are already working as peace builders and wish to upskill. This is a three month program which takes place in Bangkok”.

For more information about the Rotary Peace Fellowships, contact Mike Walwyn on 083 300 4363 or visit https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/get-involved/exchange-ideas/peace-fellowships. There you will find the on-line application, which should be submitted in good time. Please address any questions to michaelw@telkomsa.net.

Find out more about Rotary District 9350 at http://www.rotary9350.co.za/.