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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

The potential of social enterprise for waste management and reduction in South Africa – A literature review

8 Oct 2020

“Maintaining the status quo is not a viable option,” but we can also see that this crisis presents an unprecedented opportunity. We can rethink the choices we have made and commit to achieving something different, a world that is community-centric, ecologically balanced and spiritually fulfilling.” -David Korten (Living Economies Forum) Covid-19 has impacted the world, […]

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Learning Brief: Leadership transitions

18 Aug 2020

Leadership transitions are a particularly risky time for nonprofit organisations (NPOs). Transitions can be intimidating, but they also provide the opportunity for renewal and growth when key management and leadership strategies are employed. While leadership transitions are inevitable, the anticipation thereof is frequently neglected, leaving NPOs vulnerable to crisis and possible demise when the time […]

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A (Women’s) Day of Reflection

13 Aug 2020

Could you tell? Our media, usually flooded with Women’s Month sales, and calls to wear our doeks, or for men to wear heels, was notably more subdued. As South Africans, we have always been ambivalent about how we mark historically important days. Many of these days are in memory of some of the darkest parts […]

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Learning quickly from Covid-19

7 Aug 2020

It was a bit like waiting for a hurricane, except that we knew that it would definitely make landfall.  So we battened down the hatches and waited in the eerie calm until the Covid-19 storm hit. As a South African foundation, the DG Murray Trust (DGMT) quickly pivoted its work to key areas which we […]

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

A (Women’s) Day of Reflection

13 Aug 2020

Could you tell? Our media, usually flooded with Women’s Month sales, and calls to wear our doeks, or for men to wear heels, was notably more subdued. As South Africans, we have always been ambivalent about how we mark historically important days. Many of these days are in memory of some of the darkest parts […]

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The physics of change

10 Apr 2019

An article from DGMT’s Annual Report, 2018 You may have seen the 2017 movie, Loving Vincent. Each of the 65 000 frames in the 100-minute long film is an individual oil painting on canvas. It mimics Van Gogh’s stippled style of art, exemplified by his famous painting, The Starry Night. He uses thousands of tiny […]

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

8 Aug 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 whatever resources they have had. Each woman has a valuable journey consisting of trials, learnings […]

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

19 Feb 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 here

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3 Create unlikely networks to stimulate positive change

A (Women’s) Day of Reflection

13 Aug 2020

Could you tell? Our media, usually flooded with Women’s Month sales, and calls to wear our doeks, or for men to wear heels, was notably more subdued. As South Africans, we have always been ambivalent about how we mark historically important days. Many of these days are in memory of some of the darkest parts […]

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Learning quickly from Covid-19

7 Aug 2020

It was a bit like waiting for a hurricane, except that we knew that it would definitely make landfall.  So we battened down the hatches and waited in the eerie calm until the Covid-19 storm hit. As a South African foundation, the DG Murray Trust (DGMT) quickly pivoted its work to key areas which we […]

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

18 Oct 2017

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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A compelling business proposition: Create value at no extra cost

11 Oct 2017

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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4 Give every child the benefit of early childhood development

Learning quickly from Covid-19

7 Aug 2020

It was a bit like waiting for a hurricane, except that we knew that it would definitely make landfall.  So we battened down the hatches and waited in the eerie calm until the Covid-19 storm hit. As a South African foundation, the DG Murray Trust (DGMT) quickly pivoted its work to key areas which we […]

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COVID-19 must be used to disrupt long-term mortality trends – and radically improve our education system

11 Jun 2020

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 […]

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Homeschooling during lockdown

14 Apr 2020

Turn off the sport reruns and put down the braai tongs – interacting with your child could be the most powerful thing you do during COVID-19, writes Kwanda Ndoda. As any sound Asset Manager will tell you: all crisis begets opportunity! Even though COVID-19 has restricted our movements, this doesn’t mean we have to stand […]

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

7 Apr 2020

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 […]

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5 Stop nutritional stunting among children under two years

Learning quickly from Covid-19

7 Aug 2020

It was a bit like waiting for a hurricane, except that we knew that it would definitely make landfall.  So we battened down the hatches and waited in the eerie calm until the Covid-19 storm hit. As a South African foundation, the DG Murray Trust (DGMT) quickly pivoted its work to key areas which we […]

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Media Statement: Court application to compel MTN to zero-rate approved PBO websites

20 Jul 2020

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 […]

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Thinking innovatively around addressing a looming malnutrition crisis in South Africa

17 Jul 2020

In the past week, South Africa has seen exponential growth in the number of COVID-19 cases across the country. Whether this indicates that we are reaching “the peak” remains to be seen but what is clear is that things are going to get a lot worse before they get better. What is also clear is […]

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Hands-on Learning Issue 16

20 Feb 2020

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: Online communication is a powerful tool that can speak […]

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

Learning quickly from Covid-19

7 Aug 2020

It was a bit like waiting for a hurricane, except that we knew that it would definitely make landfall.  So we battened down the hatches and waited in the eerie calm until the Covid-19 storm hit. As a South African foundation, the DG Murray Trust (DGMT) quickly pivoted its work to key areas which we […]

READ MORE

COVID-19 must be used to disrupt long-term mortality trends – and radically improve our education system

11 Jun 2020

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 […]

READ MORE

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

7 Apr 2020

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 […]

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The power of engaging around stories: Evidence from the Biblionef and Western Cape Education Department Book Project

16 Jan 2019

South Africa’s foundation phase reading is in crisis. As evidenced by studies such as the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), 78% of Grade 4 students cannot read for meaning in any language. Several South African NGOs are trying to address this fracture in our education system. In 2016, book donation organisation Biblionef […]

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7 Build simple, loving connections for every child

Pregnant women and moms now have one-stop site for expert COVID-19 info

16 Apr 2020

A collaboration between South African NGOs is one of the first in the world to create a COVID-19 information platform for pregnant women and mothers as they grapple with so many unknowns during the pandemic. Focusing on physical and mental health, they provide expert input on what many mothers are thinking about, such as the […]

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Bent, but not broken

20 Jan 2020

In this article Professor Nonkhanyo Mdzanga, who was a contributing editor to our Human Factor publication, poignantly describes the difficult journey of parents to come to terms with having a child who has autism, but she also offers inspiration and shows how networks of parents can support each other. Read the essay below – choose […]

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‘I love the feeling of keeping them safe’ – Men as early childhood development practitioners

16 Oct 2019

“I’m the one that’s struggling here, not her.” This was a father’s response to my umpteenth reassurance that his daughter was okay in her new playgroup. At that moment she was happily arranging mud cakes on a log under the plum tree. I realised later he was observing me to be sure that his daughter […]

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Building communities free of violence

10 Jul 2019

Violence against children has long-term effects that impact not just the development of our children, but the development of our nation. A costing study commissioned by Save the Children South Africa estimated that early exposure to violence during childhood resulted in the loss of R238-billion in human capital – the equivalent to 6% of the […]

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

COVID-19 must be used to disrupt long-term mortality trends – and radically improve our education system

11 Jun 2020

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 […]

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Finding heroes and hope in South Africa’s education system

28 Jan 2019

Teachers who sew together the fabric of our society sow the seeds of a more prosperous nation at the same time.  However, the picture of education in South Africa as it is unfolding on school grounds and classrooms across the country, is complex, messy and often not easy to witness.  What should give us hope […]

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The public school partnership pilot – is it worth it? Let parents decide

3 Nov 2017

Here is a frightening prediction: over the next decade, the number of children in private schools will increase from one-sixteenth to one sixth of all learners in South Africa. That proportion will then level off because other parents who prefer private education won’t be able to pay for it. As the State will not have […]

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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 to make the distinction between civil society organisations and for-profit companies in public education. These […]

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9 Create new connections to opportunity for young people

No data or support: the reality of learning through lockdown in South Africa’s post-school institutions

11 Sep 2020

While the impact of COVID-19 on school-going learners has featured prominently in national discourse, many students in post-school education and training institutions feel like they’ve been left to fend for themselves. “I haven’t received a computer or data. I live in an area with poor network coverage, and [to get network coverage] I have to […]

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Media Statement: Court application to compel MTN to zero-rate approved PBO websites

20 Jul 2020

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 […]

READ MORE

COVID-19 must be used to disrupt long-term mortality trends – and radically improve our education system

11 Jun 2020

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 […]

READ MORE

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

24 Mar 2020

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 […]

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10 Support young people to keep their grip on opportunity

Media Statement: Court application to compel MTN to zero-rate approved PBO websites

20 Jul 2020

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 […]

READ MORE

COVID-19 must be used to disrupt long-term mortality trends – and radically improve our education system

11 Jun 2020

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 […]

READ MORE

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

7 Apr 2020

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 […]

READ MORE

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

24 Mar 2020

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 […]

READ MORE