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South Africa to announce 1,000 MW of renewable energy contracts
12 December 2014 - South Africa will announce a series of renewable energy projects on Monday that will add 1,000 megawatts (MW) of power into the country's constrained electricity grid, sources close to the deals told Reuters. All projects should be constructed within two years, and by 2017 their first power should be feeding into the grid, the government official said. (more)

Google and IAB SA-Backed Digital Bootcamp for 18 to 25 year old South Africans
21 November 2014 - Google and IAB SA-backed three-month digital bootcamp, Digify, run by youth agency Livity Africa for 18 to 25 year olds. Commencing in Johannesburg in mid-January 2015, fifteen young people will join the successful initiative which has seen graduates start their careers in some of the country's top digital agencies. (more)

South Africa participates in Africa-Turkey Summit
21 November 2014 - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, where he will represent South Africa at the 2nd Africa-Turkey Summit of Heads of State and Government. Leaders at the summit are expected to discuss a number of key projects, an implementation plan as well as come up with the Summit Outcomes Declaration. (more)

South Africa: Female entrepreneurs on the increase
17 November 2014 - FNB Business has seen an increase in the number of female owned businesses and female entrepreneurs over the past two years. The Bank says the average growth rate in women owned businesses within the FNB Business customer base is approximately 11 per cent, generally fluctuating with the economic cycle. The importance of small businesses in the country has been widely recognized both by the public and private sector. According to the National Development Plan (NDP), government views small and medium enterprises (SMMEs) as contributing about 90 per cent to the growth target of 2030. (more)

South African dance studio is safe haven for kids
6 November 2014 - The Dansazania project brings together children from Johannesburg's leafy suburbs, gritty inner city, and once segregated townships to learn ballet, hip-hop, and tap, whether or not they can pay. The worn wooden floors of the dance studio have become a haven for troubled children between five and 18 years old. Every year the young dancers participate in regional competitions. (more)

South African business grows at fastest rate in 22 months in October - PMI
5 November 2014 - South African business activity expanded at the fastest pace in 22 months in October as output and new orders grew substantially, a survey showed on Wednesday, 5 November. HSBC said stronger demand from African countries saw new export orders rise in October, while overall demand meant companies continued to increase staff numbers. (more)

Top South Africa Women celebrated at Mbokodo Awards
31 October 2014 - The Mbokodo Awards celebrate the top women in South Africa who have excelled in the fields of arts and culture. The national Mbokodo Awards is an initiative by Carol Bouwer Productions and the Department of Arts and Culture. The Awards celebrated 60 women in 20 categories, of different ages, from all cultural groups. The judging process is rigorous and nominations are received from across South Africa. (more)

Purple haze of jacarandas draws Japanese to South Africa
30 October 2014 - Eighty-one-year-old Sachiko Asano travelled 8,500 miles to Africa to see jacaranda trees in bloom, one of hundreds of Japanese inspired by a culture of flower-viewing to make the trek every year. Every October hundreds of Japanese, mainly retirees, fly in to see the blossoms, which are better known in Japan than other South African tourist attractions such as Table Mountain. 'In Japan we have cherry blossoms, but in South Africa it's jacarandas. There's nothing in Japan with that same vivid purple colour,' said Nobuki Mizuno. In Japan cherry blossoms are symbols of the fragility and impermanence of life. They are also a national obsession. The Japanese bring a similar zeal to viewing jacarandas and the number of tourists coming to see the blossoms has been increasing every year. (more)

South Africa: Computer training on wheels for rural communities
10 October 2014 - IMPERIAL, a company known for its leadership in mobility and transport, is making computer training accessible to hundreds of people in remote rural areas of South Africa. A vehicle that will serve as a mobile computer laboratory providing computer skills training to people in remote disadvantaged communities was donated to the Papillon Foundation. (more)

South Africa: BBC Radio interview changes future for Soweto string musicians
6 October 2014 - Listening to a BBC Radio in 1992, Rosemary Nalden, a British viola player learned of the struggles of string musicians from Diepkloof. She acted on this, and in 1997 opened the Buskaid Music School in Diepkloof. Almost 15 years later, the school now has over 115 students between the ages of four and 30, as well as 12 teachers. Under the leadership of Rosemary Nalden, many string musicians from Soweto have had the opportunity to attend The Royal Academy of Music. (more)


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Transforming destinies: The story of Consciousness-Based Education in South Africa - special event at Maharishi University of Management
27 June 2014 - Consciousness-Based Education in South Africa is the subject of a special colloquium Friday, 27 June at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. The event is titled 'Transforming Destinies: The Amazing Story of Consciousness-Based Education in South Africa'. The evening features a presentation by Dr Taddy Blecher, Co-Director of Maharishi Invincibility Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dr Blecher, who has been in the forefront of developing Consciousness-Based Education in South Africa for many years, will speak on how this award-winning approach to education is transforming the lives of South Africa's at-risk youth--and transforming the destiny of the whole country. (more)

Consciousness-Based Education bringing new opportunities to students in South African schools
1 May 2014 - Continuing his recent tour of Consciousness-Based Education institutions in South Africa, Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management in the USA, visited schools in Durban and Capetown that have adopted the programme. Dr Morris, an international authority on Consciousness-Based Education, had previously visited Maharishi Institute in Johannesburg. As is the case in most of the Consciousness-Based Education schools in Africa, he commented, the students come from the poorest families and neighbourhoods. And as in all Consciousness-Based Education schools around the world, students begin to flourish both within themselves and as a group and become 'shining stars' at their school. (more)

South Africa: Maharishi Institute, a bright star of Consciousness-Based Education
1 May 2014 - Maharishi Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa, a sister institution to Maharishi University of Management in the USA, offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Management. After a recent visit, Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management, reported that all 500 students practise Transcendental Meditation, crediting it with many improvements in their lives--including reduced stress and tension, more happiness, better health, and increased creativity and intellectual capacity. Many reported higher academic achievements that they themselves found astonishing, and their confidence had grown to the point they felt they could achieve great things. The students love and support each other, Dr Morris said, and all their successes are a great example of how Consciousness-Based Education transforms lives. (more)

South Africa: Advances in Consciousness-Based Education
30 March 2014 - The Album of Events page of Global Good News is currently featuring a series of photos about Consciousness-Based Education in South Africa. Under the direction of Dr Taddy Blecher and Dr Richard Peycke, Maharishi Institute in Johannesburg has grown and is flourishing, offering Consciousness-Based Education to several hundred students. When the Institute was established about six years ago, its administrators were inspired by the success of the programmes developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of Consciousness-Based Education, to develop leaders and create peace and harmony for the nation. (more)

South Africa: Study shows achievement of Maharishi University of Management students
6 March 2014 - A case study recently published by adjunct professor Mohan Gurubatham shows the progress of Maharishi University of Management's corporate MBA students at Neotel in South Africa. Appearing inĀ Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences, the paper illustrates how Dr Gurubatham's approach of active learning combined with practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique helps students develop higher order thinking skills. 'These higher order thinking skills blended with technology are deemed paramount by ministries of education,' Dr Gurubatham said. (more)

Maharishi Institute of South Africa: 'Nothing short of spectacular' results for students, communities
26 February 2014 - One bright light in South Africa is Maharishi Institute in Johannesburg, which serves students who normally would not receive a higher education. 'In 95 per cent of the cases, our students are the first in their family to attend college,' says Dr. Taddy Blecher, one of the Institute's founders, who was a 2005 World Economic Forum 'Young Global Leader of the World' recipient. 'It's literally night and day what happens in their lives and the lives of their families after they receive a Consciousness-Based education,' he says. 'Our graduates can earn enough money in two years to buy and build a house with water and electricity, and over time can support their extended families. It's a source of tremendous pride for someone with no hope for the future to become someone who is highly respected in their community.' (more)

South Africa: At Maharishi Institute, students can earn BA from Maharishi University of Management, USA
20 December 2013 - About two years after Maharishi Institute was established in Johannesburg, South Africa, the opportunity arose to offer a degree programme from Maharishi University of Management in the USA, one of the flagship institutions for Consciousness-Based Education in the world. Students can enrol in the Institute to earn a BA degree in Management from MUM. The great value of this partnership is that it not only offers students a higher degree in business from an accredited American university, but also that the degree programme is offered in terms of the holistic Consciousness-Based Education approach. (more)

South Africa: Maharishi Institute offers sustainability programme at Ezemvelo Nature Reserve
20 December 2013 - Ezemvelo Nature Reserve, one of South Africa's premier nature areas, is a 4,000-hectare expanse located about two hours from Johannesburg. It is home to many animals, including zebra, giraffe, impala, and springbok, and to 280 bird species. Donated recently to Maharishi Institute, Ezemvelo has become the venue for a programme in sustainability now offered by the Institute at this rural campus. (more)

Traveling the world, a 'social entrepreneur' educating the disadvantaged
10 July 2013 - Since graduating from college Annie Blecher has worked in San Francisco, Beijing, and now Johannesburg. Starting in 2008 the Maharishi University of Management alumna has been helping educate thousands of disadvantaged youth as director of business development at South Africa's Maharishi Institute--where she learned about social entrepreneurship, which is about 'making a difference sustainably', she says. 'Until poor children have access to equal opportunities in education that can change their lives, we won't have true equality here,' she says. 'Consciousness-Based Education is the tool we're using to make it happen.' (more)

South Africa: Students participate in Maharishi University of Management degree programmes via distance education
12 December 2012 - Sixty-two students in South Africa are now participating in Maharishi University of Management undergraduate and graduate degree programmes through distance education. Students at Maharishi Invincibility Institute in Johannesburg and at Neotel, a South African telecommunications company, are connecting via videoconferencing to classes taught by MUM faculty. (more)


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South Africa: Park staff arrested for poaching
22 September 2014 - A ranger and two other employees of South Africa's parks service were arrested on suspicion of rhino poaching in the country's flagship wildlife reserve, the agency said Monday. Kruger park lies in the northeast part of South Africa and is nearly 20,000 square kilometres (8,000 square miles), almost the size of small countries such as Israel and El Salvador. Home to most of the world's rhinos, South Africa is struggling to stem a surge in rhino poaching in recent years as demand for rhino horn rises in some parts of Asia, including China and Viet Nam. (more)

South Africa's murder rate goes up
19 September 2014 - South Africa recorded about 17,000 murders in the year ending in March, reflecting a 5 per cent increase over the previous year, police said Friday. While South Africa's murder rate has shown an overall decline in the past decade, analysts said the annual crime statistics show that violence is one of the most serious problems facing the country. The main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, said the latest data shows that an average of 47 murders happen daily in South Africa and likened the rate of killing to that of a country at war. (more)

Heavy health toll of South Africa's coal-fired power plants
8 September 2014 - South Africa's dependence on coal to generate 85 per cent of its electricity is taking a substantial toll on human health, according to environmental groups. A recent report from Greenpeace estimates that up to 2,700 premature deaths are caused every year by air pollution emissions from the country's 16 coal-fired power plants. Greenpeace released the report in the wake of an application by Eskom, South Africa's public power utility, to postpone compliance with new minimum emissions standards aimed at reducing the damaging health impacts of air pollution. The new standards are particularly vital for the country's north-eastern Mpumalanga Province where 12 coal-fired power plants are clustered on the western high-altitude side of the province known as the Highveld. The power stations pump out sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter at levels that are often more than double than those recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). As a result, levels of air pollution in Mpumalanga's Highveld are the highest in the country and among the highest in the world, according to news reports. (more)

South Africa: Water everywhere -- except to drink
8 August 2014 - The Cape Peninsula, which is almost surrounded by the sea, could face dire water shortages in the next seven to 10 years and authorities are considering pumping water from the ocean to ensure the population will have something to drink. The City of Cape Town is considering a range of options to secure the precious resource, including water reclamation and seawater desalination, which could add pressure on South Africa's already strained electricity grid. Energy is the largest single expense for desalination plants, accounting for as much as half of the costs of making seawater suitable for human consumption. South Africa is a water-scarce country -- even where there is plenty of water available it often cannot be used because of pollution such as acid mine drainage and E. coli contamination from leaking sewage. (more)

Women join gangs in South Africa
11 June 2014 - Up to 60 per cent of serious violent crime on the Cape Peninsula may be gang-related -- a main contributing factor to Cape Town's reputation as South Africa's deadliest city. Based on a study in 2012 by Mexican research group Seguridad, Justicia y Paz, it is the 34th most lethal city in the world -- with a murder rate of 46.15 per 100,000 people. That violence is concentrated in the Cape Flats, 30-minutes from Cape Town's, wealthy, cosmopolitan, city centre. Often referred to as 'apartheid's dumping ground', much of the Cape Flats were populated from the 1950s through the forcible relocation of non-white communities from central Cape Town to its low-lying periphery. Hanover Park is one in a patchwork of still neglected and poor 'Flats' communities where gangsterism -- and with it violence and drug dealing -- is part of everyday life. City authorities estimate there are between 100 to 120 gangs in Western Cape Province, with membership ranging from 80,000 to 100,000. How many are women is unknown (more)

South Africa loses first elephant to poachers in a decade
16 May 2014 - South Africa suffered its first elephant poaching incident in 10 years this week at the country's largest game reserve, the South African National Parks (SANParks) said on Friday. An elephant bull was 'purposefully shot for its tusks' by four suspected poachers at the Kruger National Park in the eastern Mpumalanga province, SANParks said in a statement. Elephant poaching has been a problem in the rest of Africa while poaching in South Africa has been largely confined to rhinos, with more than 1,000 rhinos killed for their horns last year. 'If we compare the situation in Africa our concentration has been on rhinos. We need to now refocus our attention,' SANParks spokesman Reynold Thakuli said. (more)

South Africa's inequalities strain foundations of 'Rainbow Nation'
25 April 2014 - South Africa celebrates 20 years since the end of white-minority rule on Sunday as a more integrated society, albeit with racial tensions still bubbling beneath the surface. Angry blacks still crammed in badly serviced townships have clashed with police during often violent protests, while some whites feel they are being unfairly punished through state policies aimed at correcting the imbalances of apartheid. As South Africa braces for elections on 7 May, there is widespread discontent directed at the ANC, the liberation party that many believe has failed to achieve the equality Mandela and his comrades fought for. A census in 2011 showed that white South Africans still remain in control of Africa's most advanced economy, with incomes for white households nearly six times above those of black families who constitute 80 per cent of the population. A report by South Africa's Institute of Race Relations (IRR) last year showed that poverty among blacks was at 42 per cent on average, against just one percent for whites. White males still occupy more of the chief executive positions in the country's biggest companies. Critics say the ANC is responsible for failing to improve the lot of blacks due to rampant corruption in its ranks, with legislation like the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment only benefiting a small clique with ties to the ruling party. Lack of access to good education has also left many blacks ill-equipped to compete against their white and Asian counterparts on the job market. (more)

Thieves steal rhino horns in South Africa
22 April 2014 - In a nighttime theft, robbers broke into a South African provincial parks office with a 24-hour security service and used a machine tool called a grinder to break into a safe holding a stockpile of rhino horn worth a fortune on the illegal market in parts of Asia. The weekend heist in the northeastern city of Nelspruit was a blow to efforts to curb the clandestine trade in rhino horn, which has surged in recent years despite an increase in funding for anti-poaching efforts in South Africa, home to the majority of the world's rhinos. On Tuesday, forensic investigators from the police analyzed the crime scene at the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency, and officials were exploring the theory that it was an inside job. South Africa lost a record 1,004 of the animals to poachers in 2013, and the government said last week that 294 rhinos have been poached so far this year. At the current rate, the toll for 2014 could exceed that of last year, and conservationists warn that a 'tipping point' could come in 2016 when rhino deaths exceed births and the population goes into decline. Well over half of South Africa's poached rhinos are killed in Kruger National Park, a vast wildlife reserve near Nelspruit where a ranger force backed by some South African military units daily struggles to curb armed intruders, many of whom cross from neighbouring Mozambique and hunt rhinos before scooting back across the border. (more)

More than 1,000 rhinos poached in South Africa last year - Government
17 January 2014 - More than 1,000 rhinos were poached for their horns in South Africa in 2013, a record number and an increase of over 50 percent from the previous year, the country's department of environmental affairs said on Friday. Rhino hunting is driven by soaring demand in newly affluent Asian countries such as Vietnam and China, where the animal's horns are prized as a key ingredient in traditional medicine. Rhino horn has a street value of more than $65,000 a kg in Asia, conservation groups say, making it more valuable than platinum, gold, or cocaine. The data is sure to ring conservation alarm bells about a downward population spiral in a country that is home to almost all of Africa and the world's rhinos, and it may bring renewed pressure on the government to do something to halt the slayings. In 2013, 1,004 of the massive animals were illegally killed in South Africa, compared with 668 the previous year and 448 in 2011. Most of the killings are taking place in South Africa's flagship Kruger National Park, which lost 606 rhinos last year and 425 in 2012. (more)

South African commission accuses police of lying
19 September 2013 - South African police lied, withheld documents, and apparently doctored other papers during a government-appointed investigation of the police killings of 34 striking miners last year, a state panel said Thursday. The revelation by the Marikana Commission of Inquiry is bound to heighten concerns about the police force which is struggling to stem high crime rates, and points to wider concerns among some South Africans who believe the nation has not lived up to the high expectations that prevailed when all-race elections were held for the first time in 1994 to end white minority rule. The commission said it had to search computer hard drives of officers to discover documents about the August 2012 shootings that shocked South Africa and recalled the worst excesses of white-led apartheid rule, when mass killings such as those at Sharpeville in 1960 and Soweto in 1976 helped shape a protest movement forged through loss. The police version of events of the shootings 'is in material respects not the truth,' said the commission after studying the newly obtained documents. (more)

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