Networking for Social Change


Hands-on Learning Issue 15 – Faith-based organisations

A number of faith-based organisations (FBOs)1 played an influential role in the struggle against apartheid, but since the advent of democracy, they have, with notable exceptions, been less visible agents for social change, despite continuing to provide relief for the poor. There is no doubt that faith has great transformative power, yet it is not […]

Posted on 11 Nov 2019

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Hands-on Learning Issue 15

Through our Hands-on Learning publication, we hope to play a helpful role in synthesising information from innovators and implementers in civil society, supporting them to share what they have learned so that others are able to draw from and build on their experiences. In this issue: In addition to its core business, the Renewable Energy […]

Posted on 11 Oct 2019

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Three key things social innovators must do to truly affect the next 25 years

In this piece, written for City Press in the build-up to the 2018 SA Innovation Summit, DGMT Deputy CEO Janet Jobson, addresses aspiring social innovators as she reflects on key aspects that we must get right to make a lasting impact. 1. Bridge the divides that define South Africa Too often social innovation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_innovation) fixates […]

Posted on 13 Sep 2018

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Unlock, inspire, include: How unlikely networks push us forward

DGMT’s strategy and 10 opportunities to change South Africa are clearly set out. Still, some of these opportunities are easier to grasp than others: for example, most people would immediately understand what it means to give every child the benefit of early childhood development. The steps to achieving that are also clear, even if there are […]

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Posted on 18 Oct 2017

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A compelling business proposition: Create value at no extra cost

Just over a decade ago, a senior official at national Treasury told me that Government was “awash with money”. Not anymore. Cost-cutting is the order of the day. Things are only going to get tighter after the medium-term budget policy statement on 25th October. We will all feel sick to the pit of our stomachs […]

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Posted on 11 Oct 2017

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Language development to reshape the national economy

This article by DGMT CEO, David Harrison, was first published in the City Press on the 19th of October 2014. What you do when you’ve stared at the same problem for years and still can’t figure out how to solve it?  You frame it differently. See it through someone else’s eyes. So the next time […]

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Posted on 24 Oct 2014

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Give your programme an edge with social media – the Nonprofit Network Website can help you!

The Nonprofit Network is an online resource for nonprofit organisations, particularly those based in South Africa, in using social media, websites and e-newsletters.  The site was commissioned by the Open Society Foundation’s Public Health Programme: Health Media Initiative to assist their grantees with their web and social media work.   Developer Ruen Govinder is passionate about helping […]

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Posted on 22 Jul 2013

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Experiencing Activate!

I dream that Mount Frere will produce the top performing matriculants in the country and all its schools will achieve a 100% matric pass rate. Those of you who know Mount Frere know just how big my dream is, but for those of you who don’t here are the facts: lowest matric pass rate (47.2%) […]

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Posted on 22 Mar 2013

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The role of grant-making foundations in South Africa

The D G Murray Trust, and a number of DGMT funded projects, had the priviledge to be involved in the Towards Carnegie 3 conference held in Cape Town last month. The conference entitled ‘Strategies to Overcome Poverty and Inequality’ was styled as the Third Carnegie Conference (following on from that organised in 1932 and 1984), and aimed […]

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Posted on 8 Oct 2012

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TSiBA’s Leadership Development Perspectives: Patmanathan Pillai, Founder and CEO, Life college group, Ashoka fellow

By Karen Le Roux, based on an interview by Anna Morris With the view that “consciousness, mentality, mindset and attitude are elements that shape one’s self-concept and ultimately one’s behaviour, character and approach to life,” entrepreneur and committed social activist Patmanathan Pillai has embarked on a sustainable social business model that has his personal mantra […]

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Posted on 25 Jul 2012

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