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Misdirected statistics and smoke screens – How the alcohol industry evades the truth and overstates its contributions to protect its profits

A recently released five-page ‘report”, funded by and on behalf of the alcohol industry, purports to reveal new data that counters current analyses that the bans on the sale of alcohol have led to a decrease in trauma cases in South African hospitals. Many news outlets have parroted the media releases from the South African […]

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Posted on 16 Apr 2021

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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

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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

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Human Factor 3: Coming of age in South Africa

Having worked my way through the DG Murray Trust’s latest issue of its annual publication, Human Factor: Young People Open Minds, I decided to apply my open mind to the difficult topic the issue took on, which was young people’s individual and collective identity formation in our country. The publication delves into the complex lives […]

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Posted on 23 Feb 2021

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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

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Introducing the Human Factor 3: young people – open minds

In her essay “In memory of who we are”, which opens the third issue of the DG Murray Trust’s (DGMT) Human Factor, social justice activist Lovelyn Nwadeyi writes: “We often talk about identity as something that we can define and determine for ourselves as individuals. While that may be true in part, it is perhaps […]

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Posted on 4 Feb 2021

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Hands-on Learning Issue 18

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. Read below a short synopsis of what you can find in Hands-on […]

Posted on 19 Jan 2021

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Learning Brief: Breaking down the barriers to quality ECD

More than eight months after the closure of South Africa’s early childhood development (ECD) programmes in March 2020, the ECD sector is likely to be operating at less than a quarter of its pre-lockdown levels. This makes it even more imperative that we work to achieve universal access to quality ECD services, but crucial shifts […]

Posted on 19 Jan 2021

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Learning Brief: Against all odds — enabling distance learning in lower quintile schools

While public benefit organisations have long spoken out about the importance of bridging the ‘digital divide’, the COVID-19 pandemic revealed, more acutely than ever before, the impacts of unequal access to digital tools and connectivity. In this learning brief, two initiatives committed to keeping learners in school – the Zero Dropout Campaign and Public School […]

Posted on 19 Jan 2021

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Learning Brief: How to restore — and maintain — the home as a site of learning

South Africa’s national COVID-19 lockdown forced us to reassess our homes as primary sites of learning. Many adults, however, felt ill-equipped to suddenly become their children’s educators. Rather than step back during the pandemic, many innovative non-profit organisations (NPOs) quickly stepped in to guide their beneficiaries through unchartered territory. In this learning brief, we look […]

Posted on 19 Jan 2021

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