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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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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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Mythbusting the alcohol ‘mythbuster’

Last Friday, the Business Report (BR) gave space to the South African Breweries (SAB) to stake its claims regarding the banning of alcohol during lockdown (5 myths about the alcohol ban in South Africa, 24 May).  That is BR’s prerogative and SAB’s right.  The language was however remarkably intemperate for an opinion piece (five times […]

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Posted on 28 May 2020 under Alerts, Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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In the midst of the Covid Crisis, we cannot leave half our children behind

Why zero-rating of mobile services of PBOs is so crucial The poorest children have the least access to digital learning – and yet we are currently zero-rating mobile content that only wealthy children can use! Schooling is going to stop for three months and we’ve got to: Stop pretending that most children will have access […]

Posted on 7 Apr 2020 under Alerts, Civil Society and Public Innovation, DGMT, Early Childhood Development, Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 10: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 4: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 6: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Zero-rate mobile services for health, education and development. NOW!

If ever there were a time to capitalise on the fact that there is a cellphone in every home, it’s now. Schools, preschools, reading circles, health clubs, antenatal classes, job skills and a wide variety of community support programmes have been cancelled. The pipeline of learning and teaching to millions of children has been abruptly […]

Posted on 24 Mar 2020 under Alerts, Civil Society and Public Innovation, DGMT, Early Childhood Development, Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 10: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 9: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017, Young People.

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Call to zero-rate mobile data to allow early learning and education to continue

DOWNLOAD THE ‘CALL TO ZERO-RATE DATA’ PRESS RELEASE HERE. The DG Murray Trust calls on mobile network operators to urgently zero-rate the services of all public benefit organisations (PBOs) that provide digital content for early learning and education. In this way, preschool and schooling will be able to continue to some extent, reaching children on […]

Posted on 18 Mar 2020 under Alerts, Civil Society and Public Innovation, DGMT, Early Childhood Development, Networking for Social Change, Opportunity 1: How to engage, Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 1: Resources and Toolboxes, Strategy 2017, Young People.

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Prevention of gender-based violence must tackle binge-drinking head-on

The suggestion seems almost insensitive, but the fastest way to reduce gender-based violence in South Africa is not in changing men’s attitudes, but in limiting their access to alcohol. Buried in the President’s recent address to Parliament on GBV was one fairly bland sentence, that ‘drug and alcohol abuse fuels the gender-based violence pandemic’.  Imagine […]

Posted on 4 Oct 2019 under Alerts, Civil Society and Public Innovation, DGMT, Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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The three powers we possess as innovators for change

This an excerpt from the first issue of a publication called Improvise by the Fellowship for Organisational Innovation. The below article is based on a talk Dr David Harrison, DGMT CEO, gave to Fellows during Immersion 1 filling them with hope and inspiration as they continued with the rest of the Fellowship activities. As actors […]

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Posted on 1 May 2019 under Civil Society and Public Innovation, DGMT, Opportunity 1: How to engage, Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Commentary on the proposed migration of ECD functions from DSD to DBE

The commentary below was delivered by DGMT CEO, Dr David Harisson, on the proposed migration of ECD functions from DSD to DBE at the NECT 2nd Education Dialogue on ECD on 12 April 2019 Time of opportunity The President’s SONA announcement of a transfer of responsibility for ECD centres from DSD to DBE and the […]

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Posted on 17 Apr 2019 under Alerts, DGMT, Early Childhood Development, Opportunity 4: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Children should feel valued, not threatened

Our daughter came home in tears from her first day of the new school term.  All the teachers had commenced class with a pep talk on knuckling down to work right away. Some chose to motivate their students, but three harped on the unpleasant consequences of poor behaviour. In school, the wages of sin is […]

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Posted on 12 Apr 2019 under Alerts, DGMT, Opportunity 10: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017, Young People.

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