Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis


The butterfly effect

An article from DGMT’s Annual Report, 2017 Annual reports tend to be self-congratulatory affairs. So let us cut ourselves down to size before we even begin. Last year, DGMT distributed the equivalent of just 0.02% of South Africa’s public expenditure for 2017. That’s tiny in comparison. If we were a species in the animal kingdom […]

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Posted on 6 April 2018

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Unsung heroines in the field of development: Julie Mentor

Julie Mentor shares her journey in the field of development as the fourth and final interviewee of our Women’s Month series, which aims to celebrate the lesser-known women in the sector making an impact where they are, with whatever resources they have. Hi Julie, please tell us a bit about yourself. I’m a very proud […]

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Posted on 30 August 2017

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Unsung heroines in the field of development: Alice Phirime

Alice Phirime shares her journey in the field of development as the third interviewee of our Women’s Month series, which aims to celebrate the lesser-known women in the sector  – making an impact where they are, with whatever resources they have. Hi Alice, please tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Mosebatho Alice […]

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Posted on 25 August 2017

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Unsung heroines in the field of development: Jean Motaung

Jean Motaung shares her journey in the field of development as the second interviewee of our Women’s Month series, which aims to spotlight the lesser-known women in the sector making an impact where they are, with whatever resources they have. Hi Jean, please tell us a bit about yourself. In the early years of my […]

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Posted on 16 August 2017

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Celebrating women’s month with the unsung heroines in the field of development: Julita Dorman

Women’s Month stories often focus on renowned women. This series aims to celebrate some of the women we have worked with in development who you may not yet know about, but who have made an impact where they are, with whatever resources they have had. Each woman has a valuable journey consisting of trials, learnings […]

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Posted on 8 August 2017

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A new year’s resolution worth having – change the way you think

The moon is something we see almost every day and we’re so familiar with its face that we forget that we never get to see its far side. We could apply this analogy to South Africa’s challenges. South Africa is a small country, many of its problems have been analysed to death – at least through […]

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Posted on 10 January 2017

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Kindling for the Sparks

In this guest blog, Merran Roy, the founder of Intlantsi Creative Development Project in Peddie, Eastern Cape, reflects on her role as a project founder in a disadvantaged community, and what it’s taught her about sustainability, “rescuing” and resourcefulness. The Intlantsi Creative Development Project was born in 2012.  Intlantsi – “spark” in isiXhosa – recruits […]

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Posted on 8 September 2016

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DGMT: Dynamic evolution, but we could still be smarter

By David Orton, Chairperson of DGMT’s Board This year marks ten years since DGMT shifted from being a purely grant-making foundation to one aimed at making a systemic difference within certain chosen focus areas. What began as an evolutionary change rapidly changed pace with the arrival of new genes in the form of our new […]

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Posted on 19 May 2016

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New growth from old roots: Lessons in identity from the Klein Karoo

“I’m planting a tree to teach me to gather strength from my deepest roots.”  ― Andrea Koehle Jones, The Wish Trees  Sometimes the most helpful lessons are learned in unexpected and unplanned ways. This article tells the story of how Net-vir-Pret, a small NGO working with children and youth in the Klein Karoo town of […]

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Posted on 11 August 2015

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Revisited: “My South Africa” by Jonathan Jansen

I started today with a rather bleak outlook on South Africa – that happens sometimes after a review of my morning news updates.  With the recent xenophobic violence shocking the country, perhaps some of you can relate somewhat.  A little later I stumbled across Jonathan Jansen’s now classic “My South Africa” speech – I haven’t read it […]

Posted on 22 April 2015

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