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Sep 28, 2011

CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA introduced two new characters to the world as part of its ongoing communications and fundraising efforts. Keemo and Thandi are soft toys who are helping to raise awareness of childhood cancer in an informal, child-friendly way.

“Our young patients need a companion, someone that they can identify with, share experiences with and use as a vehicle to communicate with each other and with their paediatric oncologist. We identified this need and realised that this could also be used as a valuable fundraising tool and thus Keemo and Thandi were born.” says CHOC CEO Francois Peenz.

Kemo is a 10 year-old survivor who, with the help of Thandi, his mother, has already become a friend to all the CHOC Children and a Brand Ambassador to the public at large. He’s even planning on attending parties and schools to show everyone what a fun guy he is.


Sep 16, 2011

WWF is dedicating the second International Rhino Day, on 22nd September, to the brave men and women who devote their lives to defending rhinos. They are true heroes and we salute them.

South Africa’s rhinos are still facing a poaching onslaught, caused by the illegal rhino horn trade driven by demand from Asia. Rhino poaching is often carried out by well-armed, international criminal syndicates using sophisticated technology.  By the beginning of September, nearly 300 rhinos had already been killed by poachers in 2011.

Rhino security work on the ground is extremely important, and WWF supports this. But the courageous efforts of rhino heroes need to be backed up by work at other levels. This includes making sure that those guilty of rhino crimes do not walk free on technicalities, and that punishment is commensurate with the crime. In South Africa, officials have begun to conduct more rigorous prosecutions and impose stricter sentences. WWF has called for a corresponding commitment by countries in Asia where illegal demand for rhino horn is driving poachers.

What does WWF do to help rhinos?

WWF works with government and the National Prosecuting Authority to improve forensic investigation of rhino crime scenes and improve the knowledge and skills of the people who prosecute rhino crimes.  With TRAFFIC, WWF engages the Vietnamese and Chinese governments to address Asian demand for illegal rhino horn. We strengthen capacity-building through training of wildlife conservationists at the South African Wildlife College.

We fund security equipment and training of rangers at key rhino populations. Security is a critical part of rhino conservation but it is also essential to encourage rapid growth of rhino populations.  This is being done through the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project which creates significant new black rhino populations. So far six founder populations of black rhino have been released on to new sites. Nearly 100 black rhino have been translocated, and more than 30 calves have been born on project sites.

Black Rhino Range Expansion Project (BRREP)

More than a million rand was provided over the last year through WWF’s Black Rhino Range Expansion Project for rhino security on important rhino reserves in KwaZulu-Natal. This money was used for body armour, back packs, webbing, radios, binoculars, pepper sprays, motorcycles, light aircraft for aerial surveillance, camera traps, telemetry and radio equipment, crime scene investigation courses, and salaries for black rhino monitors.  We also paid for helicopter time for 16 veterinary interventions on black rhinos that had been snared.  All but one of these rhinos survived.

Rhino Day 2011: How can you help?

  • Promote Rhino Day on 22nd September.
  • Report anything suspicious to your local conservation authority.
  • Visit game reserves. Share your love for rhinos with people who don’t yet understand their plight.


Sep 5, 2011

Johannesburg, 30 August 2011 – Payroll Giving through South Africa’s collaborative good cause organisation, The Giving Organisation Trust, has the potential to generate over R1 billion to help those in need. Purely if every earning South African gave R5 per month to be shared amongst the organisation’s ten member non-profit organisations in this easy way.

The Giving Organisation Trust has already signed up 93 companies for Payroll Giving and aims to sign up 200 companies by the end of this financial year. All funds raised are allocated equally amongst the ten charities through this donations mechanism, which was started in 2005 by The Giving Organisation Trust and its predecessor the SA Children’s Charity Trust.

The Payroll Giving donation platform is widely used in the United Kingdom and USA, where around 80% of companies contribute, however only around 10% of companies make use of the platform locally. “The platform provides companies with a basis to improve the Triple Bottom Line. It can improve compliance with JSE listing-requirements in terms of the “Social Responsibility Index” and fulfils a number of King II Reporting criteria,” said Chairman of The Giving Organisation Trust and member of The South African Red Cross Society, Kelvin Glen.

“Payroll Giving has the ability to revolutionise the way that charities operate in South Africa. A joint effort from companies will enable us to touch lives in every sphere of our country,”he said. “Voluntarily donating on a monthly basis will help provide treatment to those who are ill, alleviate poverty, make dreams come true, make a difference in the life of an animal and contribute to the sustainability of our environment.”

The Giving Organisation Trust, whose patrons are Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Her Serene Highness, Charlene Princess of Monaco has pioneered a new, collaborative fund raising and sharing approach that is shaping a sustainable financial model for a historically fragmented sector,” said Glen, emphasising that the organisation unites charities across its various focus areas.

The organisation’s Payroll Giving programme enables employees to donate from as little as R5 monthly, which is deducted voluntarily from their monthly salary and paid directly into The Giving OrganisationTrust Account. The funds within the Trust are then equally directed to ten of the country’s most renowned and reputable non-profit organisations on a monthly basis.

The Giving Organisation Trust’s member charities are the ACFS Community Education and Feeding Scheme, Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa (CHOC), Cotlands, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, The Hope/Ithemba Trust, National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA), Reach for a Dream Foundation, South African Red Cross Society and the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF). While working together, they all remain focused on the visions and mission to which each charity subscribes.

To date, companies using Payroll Giving include Accenture, Arup, City Lodge, Ford, iBurst, MTN, Petro SA, Multichoice, SABS, Santam, Strate and Sun International. According to MTN South Africa Payroll Supervisor, Joyce Thobejane, “By signing up for Payroll Giving, we have afforded our staff the opportunity to make a difference to a charitable cause of their choice on an on-going basis. MTN has between 60 to 70% of our staff contributing between R5 to R1 000 on a monthly basis to this amazing programme.”

Companies have the option to either manage the administrative process in-house or nominate The Giving Organisation Trust to handle this function on its behalf. Reporting is delivered to participating companies to provide participating employees with feedback as to the difference being made through their charities of choice. “Every person’s contribution makes a substantial impact on more than one life,” concluded Glen.

To get involved in Payroll Giving, please visit or contact Riana Scheepers on +27 11 675 0650.

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