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Reflection and Analysis

Browse our collection of articles that reflect on and/or offer useful analysis on the 10 opportunities for social change that form the basis of our five-year strategy.

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1 Drive public innovation by reigniting civil society

Unsung heroines in the field of development: Jean Motaung

16 August 2017

Jean Motaung shares her journey in the field of development as the second interviewee of our Women’s Month series, which aims to spotlight the lesser-known women in the sector making an impact where they are, with whatever resources they have. […]

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Celebrating women’s month with the unsung heroines in the field of development: Julita Dorman

8 August 2017

Women’s Month stories often focus on renowned women. This series aims to celebrate some of the women we have worked with in development who you may not yet know about, but who have made an impact where they are, with […]

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A new year’s resolution worth having – change the way you think

10 January 2017

The moon is something we see almost every day and we’re so familiar with its face that we forget that we never get to see its far side. We could apply this analogy to South Africa’s challenges. South Africa is a […]

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Kindling for the Sparks

8 September 2016

In this guest blog, Merran Roy, the founder of Intlantsi Creative Development Project in Peddie, Eastern Cape, reflects on her role as a project founder in a disadvantaged community, and what it’s taught her about sustainability, “rescuing” and resourcefulness. The […]

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2 Release the systemic chokes on innovation that are perpetuated by exclusion

Celebrating women’s month with the unsung heroines in the field of development: Julita Dorman

8 August 2017

Women’s Month stories often focus on renowned women. This series aims to celebrate some of the women we have worked with in development who you may not yet know about, but who have made an impact where they are, with […]

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The same but different … mediating meaningful employment for persons with disabilities

19 February 2015

This learning brief considers how the uptake of persons with disabilities as sought-after employees might be facilitated. Recommendations are also provided for the role that industry could play in facilitating best-fit employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. Read the article […]

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Preparing for an Ageing Population – Policy Implications for South Africa

11 September 2014

South Africa’s fertility rate is declining and it is projected that this trend will continue. When persistent low fertility leads to a decline in the size of successive birth cohorts, it means that the population will start ageing. In this learning […]

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3 Create unlikely networks to stimulate positive change

Language development to reshape the national economy

24 October 2014

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 […]

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The role of grant-making foundations in South Africa

8 October 2012

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 […]

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

25 July 2012

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 […]

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TSiBA’s Leadership Development Perspectives: Ilana Wetzler, CEO, LUCCA Leadership South Africa

22 June 2012

By Karen Leroux, based on an interview by Anna Morris. In addition to training passionate and driven individuals, it is essential to focus on individuals who occupy existing leadership roles to really have a positive and enduring impact on global […]

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4 Give every child the benefit of early childhood development

What a difference the Child Support Grant makes!

7 March 2017

The South African Child Gauge 2016 by the Children’s Institute at the University of Cape Town has recently been released and – focusing the theme of Children and Social Assistance – it offers an interesting spotlight on the Child Support Grant (CSG).  Here follows […]

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Unlocking the economic value of young children

27 May 2016

First published on Business Day Live, 27 May 2016 Most business people are hard-nosed and soft-hearted. This has been my experience in trying to galvanise corporate support for social development over the past 25 years. These are exactly the attributes needed […]

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The “ordinary magic” that can change a child’s future

11 May 2016

This article was first published in the Star on 9 May 2016 Since 27 April 2015, ‘Mandela’s children’ have been turning twenty-one. They are the first of the ‘born-free generation’ to become adults. Are they better off than young adults […]

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Radio interviews: David Harrison talks about the potential of ECD and reading for joy

14 September 2015

On World Literacy Day last week (8 September 2015), DGMT CEO, David Harrison was interviewed by Tim Modise from Power FM, John Maytham on Cape Talk and SA FM’s The Talk Show. He talked about DGMT, our work and that of our […]

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5 Stop nutritional stunting among children under two years

What a difference the Child Support Grant makes!

7 March 2017

The South African Child Gauge 2016 by the Children’s Institute at the University of Cape Town has recently been released and – focusing the theme of Children and Social Assistance – it offers an interesting spotlight on the Child Support Grant (CSG).  Here follows […]

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The enormous concentration of economic power in young children: Time to tap it

23 August 2016

The JC Coetzee Memorial Lecture delivered by DGMT CEO, Dr. David Harrison,  at the 19th Annual Family Practitioners’s Conference on 13 August 2016  Introduction It really is an honour to be invited to give the JC Coetzee Memorial Lecture today. […]

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The “ordinary magic” that can change a child’s future

11 May 2016

This article was first published in the Star on 9 May 2016 Since 27 April 2015, ‘Mandela’s children’ have been turning twenty-one. They are the first of the ‘born-free generation’ to become adults. Are they better off than young adults […]

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David Harrison on the urgent need for child and mother nutrition

9 April 2015

7 April was World Health Day.  During an interview on CNBC Africa’s programme Open Exchange, our CEO, David Harrison explains how improving the nutrition of children can dramatically improve the economic growth of Africa.

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6 Make sure every child is ready to read by the time they go to school

How to make sense of mother-tongue instruction debates

2 May 2017

Many parents find the debates about mother-tongue instruction very confusing.  All they want to know is “what is best for my child”? Is it better to introduce English sooner or later?  Will my child get mixed up if she learns […]

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Your Mandela Day to-do list: Grow empathy, connect to others, take action – but choose wisely

18 July 2016

The message behind Mandela Day is that we all have the ability and responsibility to change the world for the better.  In theory many people agree with this sentiment, judging from the 2.8K likes that a Nelson Mandela quote like […]

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“Your child is also my child” – becoming part of an “army of adults” reading to children

8 June 2016

First published by the Sowetan on 2 June 2016. We often hear about South Africa’s dismal education outcomes and low literacy rates. We have also been hearing that early literacy, reading for joy, and growing up around books can change the […]

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The “ordinary magic” that can change a child’s future

11 May 2016

This article was first published in the Star on 9 May 2016 Since 27 April 2015, ‘Mandela’s children’ have been turning twenty-one. They are the first of the ‘born-free generation’ to become adults. Are they better off than young adults […]

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7 Build simple, loving connections for every child

The “ordinary magic” that can change a child’s future

11 May 2016

This article was first published in the Star on 9 May 2016 Since 27 April 2015, ‘Mandela’s children’ have been turning twenty-one. They are the first of the ‘born-free generation’ to become adults. Are they better off than young adults […]

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Helping our children reach their full potential by growing the building blocks of food, love, security and stimulation

1 July 2013

How can we fix our education system?  That question preoccupies our national mind – and not without cause. We fail to prepare enough people for basic jobs, let alone to sustain a sophisticated knowledge economy.  If that is the question, […]

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Early love creating a lifelong inheritance: The story of Gogo Pumla Jayiya

19 June 2012

I first came to know Gogo[1] Pumla Jayiya when both of us were involved with the HIV prevention campaign for youth, loveLife where we worked in different capacities on their goGogetter Programme, designed to encourage support for orphaned and vulnerable […]

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8 Place failing schools ‘under new management’ so that children can succeed

Public-school partnerships: Healthy scepticism, yes. Paralysing caution, no.

19 May 2017

Is every non-State institution a private company driven by profit and neoliberal tendencies? This is the question that critics of public school partnerships need to answer. Almost all criticism of the Collaboration Schools model being tested in South Africa fails […]

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Collaboration Schools – concentrating energy and expertise in the poorest public schools

21 October 2016

By David Harrison This article was first published in the Daily Maverick on 20 October 2016.  Equal Education has joined trade unions in calling for the draft Western Cape Provincial School Amendment Act to be abandoned because, among other things, […]

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How collaboration can bring better prospects to children

14 March 2016

This article was first published in The Star on 14 March 2016. Can new forms of partnership bring better prospects to children in public schools in poor communities?  This is the intention of the Collaboration Schools project to test a […]

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How can teachers be assisted to use learner results to inform effective teaching?

31 May 2013

Significant improvements in learning can take place when teachers and learners are able to obtain and use information to help them establish where learners are in their learning.  JET carried out a pilot project to determine whether teachers could analyse […]

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9 Create new connections to opportunity for young people

Youth will shape the South Africa of tomorrow – let’s get behind them today

17 February 2017

Every January we as South Africans focus our full attention on the successes, and failures, of the education system as marked by the Matric results. We celebrate the individual shining examples of extraordinarily bright students, of inspiring principals that produce […]

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Casting some light on the new 3 Stream Schooling System 2017

11 April 2016

Over the last few months there has been talk of a new schooling system planned for South Africa. In January, a few online articles appeared but the detail has been lacking and equivocal. Through a discussion hosted by the Institute […]

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Five things to think about beyond matric results

7 January 2016

Every January the whole country focusses in on a single number: the matric pass rate. For many this number comes to define the state of young people, and we tend to leave the conversation there. But for school-leavers, the matric […]

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The South African Child Gauge 2015: Youth – an opportunity to interrupt the intergenerational transmission of poverty

16 November 2015

The 10th issue of the South African Child Gauge, focusing on the theme of youth and the intergenerational transmission of poverty, was released last week on the 10th of November [2015] by the University of Cape Town’s Children’s Institute.  It examines the situation of young people aged […]

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10 Support young people to keep their grip on opportunity

Five things to think about beyond matric results

7 January 2016

Every January the whole country focusses in on a single number: the matric pass rate. For many this number comes to define the state of young people, and we tend to leave the conversation there. But for school-leavers, the matric […]

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The South African Child Gauge 2015: Youth – an opportunity to interrupt the intergenerational transmission of poverty

16 November 2015

The 10th issue of the South African Child Gauge, focusing on the theme of youth and the intergenerational transmission of poverty, was released last week on the 10th of November [2015] by the University of Cape Town’s Children’s Institute.  It examines the situation of young people aged […]

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The Work Preparation Programme: Facilitating the college to work transition

11 September 2015

With the third highest youth unemployment rate in the world at 24.3%, creative solutions are required to enhance the work readiness and skills of school leavers in our country. Increasingly, across Africa as well as in Europe, technical and vocational […]

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What effect has the introduction of the Employment Tax Incentive had on youth employment probabilities in SA?

9 December 2014

On 1 January 2014, the Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) was introduced to encourage South African employers to hire young and less experienced work seekers.  DGMT took a closer look at this initiative, exploring why it was introduced and how it was being implemented.  More recently, the South […]

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