Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis


Learning brief: Availability and advertising – twin drivers of youth binge drinking in South Africa.

South Africa’s heavy drinking culture is intrinsically linked to how alcohol is marketed and sold. Glamourous marketing campaigns and the wide availability of alcohol mean that young people are susceptible targets. This learning brief explores ways of reducing the negative impact of alcohol on our youth. Download the learning brief here or page through it […]

Posted on 24 Nov 2021

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Learning brief: How did civil society organisations respond to COVID-19: A snapshot from a recent survey

Civil society – already existing within a context of poverty, hunger and violence – have had to respond in unprecedented ways since COVID-19 hit South Africa in March 2020. The scale and the speed of the response to the pandemic, where thousands of individuals banded together, working across communities and interest groups, has been inspirational. […]

Posted on 24 Nov 2021

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Learning brief: How to grow and sustain an active alumni network

Alumni networks are traditionally associated with universities and private schools but have grown into effective tools for social impact far beyond academia. The relationships built among alumni can contribute to their success by providing a mix of access to networks, resources, ideas and social capital. Even though growing and sustaining an active alumni network requires […]

Posted on 24 Nov 2021

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Hands-on Learning Issue 20

CLICK HERE TO READ HANDS-ON LEARNING ISSUE 20. 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 […]

Posted on 24 Nov 2021

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Hands-on Learning Issue 19

CLICK HERE TO READ HANDS-ON LEARNING ISSUE 19. 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 […]

Posted on 4 Jun 2021

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Learning Brief: Sowing the seeds of change – How to create a more inclusive, fair and sustainable food system

The coronavirus threw South Africa’s fractured and unequal food system into stark relief. How can we create a more sustainable, inclusive and resilient food system that gives greater power to those who still have little influence over how the system works? Some solutions emerged during the 2020 Food Dialogues – we summarise them for you […]

Posted on 4 Jun 2021

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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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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

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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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