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Winners of the 2015 Investing In The Future and Drivers of Change Awards Announced

The Southern Africa Trust congratulates winners of the 2015 Investing in the Future and Drivers of Change Awards;

The Drivers of Change Individual Award: Professor Romeela Mohee

As Vice Chancellor of the University of Mauritius, Professor Mohee established the Chemical Engineering and Environmental Studies as well as Chemical and Sugar Engineering departments which have a 50% women enrolment. The judges found that she had dedicated herself to empower women in the knowledge of sciences and for improving the lives of rural women.

Investing In the Future and Drivers of Change Civil Society Award: Swaziland Migrant Mineworkers Association (SWAMMIWA)

SWAMMIWA is a civil society group and a member of the Southern Africa Miners Association (SAMA) that has played a pivotal role in assisting former mineworkers reintegrate back into their communities. Migrant ex-miners often retire back to the families highly sick and without financial aid or retirement benefits. SWAMMIWA is being acknowledged for engaging parliamentarians and the Swaziland government in affording ex-miners in Swaziland access to medical assessments and compensation for TB and Silicosis. SWAMMIWA also educates ex-miners on pot-employment rights as well as income-generating projects such as poultry, dairy farming and goat rearing. As a result of this, disadvantaged ex-miners have benefited from improved household nutrition, health, as well as income to support their livelihoods. And this has extended to better lives for their families.

Investing In the Future and Drivers of Change Business Award: Ster Kinekor Theatres

By financially giving towards spectacles for affected school children, Ster-Kinekor is eliminating refractive errors in underprivileged school children. They have contributed to the improved vision of thousands of children in South Africa. To date, approximately 281 100 children from previously disadvantaged communities have been screened, and spectacles amounting to R12, 4 million provided to about 10 400 learners.

Thank you for all the nominations received!

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Celebrating Icons in the Service of Others

Renowned Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Nicky Newton-King will deliver keynote addresses at this this year’s Drivers of Change Awards ceremony to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Hosted by Southern Africa Trust and Mail & Guardian, the awards will celebrate individuals and organisations that are making impact in bettering the lives of poor people, particularly through empowering women and girls.

Nicky Newton King, the first female Chief Executive Officer at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, oversees Africa’s largest stock exchange. She not only is a pioneer, but is also an inspiration to women who aspire to move up and be forces of change in the business world.

Known as the princess of Africa, Yvonne Chaka Chaka has made immense contribution to African music and inspired a generation of musicians and humanitarians throughout the world. She is also a human rights activist, UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador against malaria, teacher and community worker.

Since inception in 2006, Drivers of Change Awards have recognised and acknowledged outstanding individuals and organisations from across southern Africa whose work inspires innovative partnerships, practices and strategies to make a real and lasting impact to end poverty and reduce inequality.  The awards are given in the individual, business, civil society and government categories.

Previous recipients include the incumbent African Union Chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the South African Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, Financier Allan Gray, and Anglo American’s enterprise development arm, Zimele.

The Trust is an independent agency working to influence policy in key regional issues that affect marginalised communities.

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They Did It And So Can You!

Unjani Clinics, a division of Imperial Health Sciences won the 2013 Drivers of Change Award in the Business Category.

Unjani aims to contribute to the transformation of the South African healthcare system by establishing a network of franchised clinics that help to meet the need for primary healthcare by providing essential facilities in poor communities.

The judges praised Unjani for its initiative, rating it as a feeder model that works in rural areas. “It is innovative and it can be replicated,” the judges said. Patients commended the clinics for the tremendous service they provide. “These clinics are good for us. Here it is neat and clean,” said Mathew, a patients at Unjani.

Don’t miss out! Only 2 weeks left to nominate individuals, businesses, civil society organisations and governments making a difference in southern Africa! Nominations close on 31 July 2015.

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This Could Be You

Winning the 2013 Drivers of Change Award in the civil society category has led South Africa’s Siyavuna Abalimi Development Centre to forge exciting partnerships with the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Kwazulu Natal and the Union College (USA).

“We have received a great deal of interest from researchers and volunteers from abroad. Having researchers studying our model and its impact has been beneficial to the organisation”

Siyavuna tackles the inter-related challenges of poverty, food insecurity and low levels of economic participation through their Sustainable Community Investment Programme (agri-scip) designed to empower rural organic farmers. Visit www.siyavuna.org.za for more details.

Don’t miss out! Only a few weeks left to nominate individuals, businesses, civil society organisations and governments making a difference in southern Africa! Nominations for the 2015 Drivers of Change Awards close on 31 July 2015.

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A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives

Nominations for the 2015 Drivers of Change Awards are now open! Nominate individuals, businesses, civil society organisations and government agencies that are making a real impact to end poverty.

Drivers of Change Awards recognise individuals and organisations from across southern Africa that are implementing effective public policies and strategies to overcome poverty. In tandem with the 24th African Union Summit’s declaration of 2015 as “The Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063” the 2015 Drivers of Change Awards will specially recognise innovative practices that improve and develop the lives of women and girls in southern Africa.

The closing date for nominations is 31 July 2015. Contact Katiana Ramsamy at 011 318 1012 or kramsamy@southernafricatrust.org for more information.

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Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity

“There can be no sustainable progress without progress for girls and women. They are the change agents of our future”

~ UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, 2015

The 24th African Union Summit held earlier this year declared 2015 as “The Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063.” To embrace this, the 2015 Drivers of Change Awards will recognise people driving change in women empowerment and development, gender equity, the promotion of equality and rights for women and girls.

Nominations for the 2015 Drivers of Change Awards are now open! Nominate individuals, businesses, civil society organisations and governments that are making a real impact in changing the lives of women and girls in southern Africa. The closing date for nominations is 31st July 2015.

For more information, contact Katiana Ramsamy at 011 318 1012 or kramsamy@southernafricatrust.org.

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2014 Drivers of Change Award Winners Announced

The Southern Africa Trust congratulates the following Drivers of Change Award winners:

The Drivers of Change Government Award – The City Of Quelimane under the Leadership of Mayor Manuel De Aroujo

Quelimane, a town in Mozambique, had fallen to ruin with the cathedral abandoned and used by street kids, the supermarket closed and the cinema flooded due to the town’s proximity to a river mouth. After Manuel de Araújo was appointed Mayor in December 2011, things began to change. Mayor De Araújo has motivated the people to get involved in fixing up the town for themselves, and the changes have encouraged them to start paying taxes. Together, they have cleaned up trenches where mosquitoes usually breed, thereby reducing cases of malaria; reopened the fish market; repaired the local swimming pool; and fixed roads. The judges believe the city of Quelimane under the governance of Mr de Araújo “creates employment, deals with environmental challenges and encourages giving by getting citizens to make the business of development their business”.

The Drivers of Change Individual Award – Dr. Vuyo Mahlati

Dr. Vuyo Mahlati – President on the International Women’s Forum of South Africa and entrepreneur – typifies the idea of an African Renaissance woman. While working both practically and intellectually in the urban development, poverty reduction, gender equality and policy implementation spheres – she is still committed to the ethos of Ubuntu and care. “Her humility and keen grasp of economic and development issues at the micro and macro levels make her one of Africa’s most persuasive young leaders”, the judges said.

Investing In The Future and Drivers of Change Business Award – Mowoza: Mobile Running

MoWoza is a mobile phone platform that simplifies the way informal cross-border traders buy and sell their products. Informal traders often have difficulties when carrying cash, and this platform helps to eliminate this risk by sourcing products through a network of suppliers accessible via a mobile phone. MoWoza is also able to streamline the supply chain through an SMS service, can negotiate bulk discounts and have created a trusted taxi distribution network that delivers the consignments. The judges said: “The company’s products and services promote inclusive business that empowers cross-border traders to enable them to do business better.”

Investing In the Future and Drivers of Change Civil Society Award – Kikukwe Community Development Initiative

Kikukwe is a community initiative in Tanzania where advanced beekeeping hives using Langstroth technology have been provided to help 200 widows earn a living. Beneficiaries earn a good income selling the honey and wax. An additional bonus is that the bees have increased crop pollination and record harvests have been seen in the banana, maize, beans and groundnut farms. The project has influenced national agricultural policy – the Tanzanian government is now looking at how to promote and support beekeeping at farms. The judges believe that this project, “Is innovative, creates employment for women and it is easy to replicate and upscale”.

Thank you all for the nominations received!