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Step up to make the vaccination programme happen

Doomsayers thrive in times of uncertainty, playing on our primal fears of what may be lurking just around the corner. They caricature the efforts of those working on the jigsaw puzzles of the future, pretending that the pieces are all there if you just look hard enough. They resort to ad hominem insults and pounce […]

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Posted on 10 May 2021 under Alerts, Civil Society and Public Innovation, COVID-19.

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Playing calamity’s concertina in Covid-19

An article from DGMT’s Annual Report, 2020 Normally, about 10 000 people die every week in South Africa. If they were all white – or rather, if they had the wealth and privilege of most white South Africans, that number would be 40% lower, as the age-standardised death rate for whites is less than half […]

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Posted on 7 Apr 2021 under Alerts, Civil Society and Public Innovation, COVID-19, DGMT, Strategy 2017.

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Call for responsible drinking masks the big lie

It is time to challenge the liquor industry’s claim that ‘responsible drinking’ is the answer to South Africa’s alcohol problem. That assumes that the problem lies only with individuals who won’t control their drink, rather than an industry whose profits depend on excessive consumption. It is a stark reality that over 80% of all alcohol […]

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Posted on 26 Mar 2021 under Alerts, Civil Society and Public Innovation, COVID-19, Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis.

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Human Factor 3: Shaping the frontal cortex as a critical youth development strategy

What happens when the thrust of our national youth development strategy is to connect young people to jobs, and there are no jobs to connect them to?  Then we sit with a 50% unemployment rate among 18 – 34-year-olds and fear the ticking time bomb when young people eventually have had enough of being left […]

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Posted on 5 Mar 2021 under Alerts, Civil Society and Public Innovation, DGMT, Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 10: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 8: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 9: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017, Young People.

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Why zero-rated mobile phone content is a nation-builder

Cellphones have possibly been the most powerful societal bridge-builder of the post-Mandela era. Their introduction to South Africa coincided with the advent of democracy in 1994 and now, almost every household has at least one. However, their potential contribution to socioeconomic development has never been fully exploited, and in an increasingly digital world, they now […]

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Posted on 22 Feb 2021 under Alerts, Civil Society and Public Innovation, COVID-19, DGMT, Early Childhood Development, Opportunity 10: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 2: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 4: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 5: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 6: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 7: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 8: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 9: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017, Uncategorised, Young People.

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Protecting the gains from the Covid disaster

The Covid disaster showed up much that is wrong in South Africa, but it also demonstrated that many things can be made a lot better – fast. The ban on alcohol sales proved that women and children can feel safer in their communities, especially over weekends. While the sales ban can’t continue indefinitely, a ban […]

Posted on 27 Nov 2020 under Alerts, Civil Society and Public Innovation, COVID-19, DGMT, Early Childhood Development, Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 10: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 4: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 6: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 9: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Learning quickly from Covid-19

It was a bit like waiting for a hurricane, except that we knew that it would definitely make landfall.  So we battened down the hatches and waited in the eerie calm until the Covid-19 storm hit. As a South African foundation, the DG Murray Trust (DGMT) quickly pivoted its work to key areas which we […]

Posted on 7 Aug 2020 under Alerts, Civil Society and Public Innovation, COVID-19, DGMT, Early Childhood Development, Networking for Social Change, Nutritional Stunting, Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 3: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 4: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 5: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 6: Reflection and Analysis, Reading and Early Literacy Development, Strategy 2017.

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Media Statement: Court application to compel MTN to zero-rate approved PBO websites

The DG Murray Trust has launched a court application to compel mobile network operator MTN to zero-rate the local educational websites of public benefit organisations that have been officially approved, but not actioned.  This application follows three months of engagement with the three largest network operators (Vodacom, MTN and Telkom Mobile) urging them to zero-rate […]

Posted on 20 Jul 2020 under Alerts, Civil Society and Public Innovation, COVID-19, DGMT, Early Childhood Development, Networking for Social Change, Opportunity 10: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 5: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 9: Reflection and Analysis, Reading and Early Literacy Development, Strategy 2017.

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Urgent measures to curb alcohol-related gender-based violence

The Covid-19 epidemic has highlighted the value of each human life, and the message from our leaders is that lives must be saved through urgent and radical action. For that reason, they took unprecedented steps – commensurate with the threat to human life but hugely damaging to the economy – to reduce the spread of […]

Posted on 30 Jun 2020 under Civil Society and Public Innovation, COVID-19, DGMT, Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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COVID-19 must be used to disrupt long-term mortality trends – and radically improve our education system

The clinically cold term ‘excess deaths’ has worked its way into the global lexicon. It means the number of deaths that occur in excess to that which would typically be expected in any given time period. If the death rate for whites is an acceptable norm for South Africa, then there are roughly 200,000 excess […]

Posted on 11 Jun 2020 under Alerts, COVID-19, DGMT, Early Childhood Development, Opportunity 10: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 4: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 6: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 8: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 9: Reflection and Analysis, Reading and Early Literacy Development, Strategy 2017.

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