Help the Hungry this winter
Jun19

Help the Hungry this winter

Just think of how lucky you are to have a warm bed, clean clothes and a full tummy. What about helping the homeless and hungry out this very cold winter? Tastic and Unite Against Hunger are doing a huge community feed on Wednesday in Newtown Park for four days.. read below for more. You can help: SMS the word TASTIC to 36973 – sms’s cost R5 Tastic in partnership with Unite Aga…inst Hunger have established a Tastic Rice Kitchen in central Johannesburg’s Newtown Park, which will be up and running from the morning of the 21st of June 2006 and will be filling more tummies with warmth for four days. The Tastic Rice Kitchen is being set up to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner meals for charities, the homeless and the destitute in Johannesburg. The kitchen opens at 7am on the day of the Winter Solstice, which is the longest, and often coldest, night of winter. Newtown Park is adjacent to the Mary Fitzgerald Square and is therefore a central and easily accessible location. A number of South Africa’s celebrities have volunteered to assist in the kitchen over the four-day period, including the likes of Gerry Rantselli, Yvonne Chaka-Chaka and Brumilda van Rensburg. Says Jimmy Manyi Tiger Brands Group Executive: Corporate Affairs, “The Tastic Rice Kitchen project aims to feed more than 10 000 highly nutritious, Tastic rice meals to thousands of hungry and homeless people in Gauteng, who suffer greatly during the winter months. We have invited organisations ranging from old age homes to children’s shelters to bring those in their care for a hearty meal. We will also be providing meals to walk-ins off the street. Our objective is to provide nourishment to the many people who usually don’t manage to get much to eat at all, let alone anything nutritious and filling.” An SMS fundraising initiative has also been established, to enable members of the public to play a role in Uniting Against Hunger. Manyi adds, “Anyone who would like to help feed the hungry this winter can SMS the word TASTIC to 36973. A donation of R5 will be made to the Tastic “More Tummies Full of Warmth” campaign. We are hoping that the SMS campaign will enable us to feed additional hungry South Africans.” Everyone sending an SMS will be automatically entered into a weekly draw, to stand the chance of winning a Tastic hamper to the value of R500. Tiger Brands’ corporate social responsibility partner, United Against Hunger, is the campaign beneficiary. Manyi concludes, “Winter 2006 is looking like it might be the longest and coldest we’ve experienced in Gauteng in a long...

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What’s happening on JUNE 16th?
Jun15

What’s happening on JUNE 16th?

We know it’s a public holiday, but never forget that JUNE 16TH is all about remembering and commemorating the SOWETO UPRISING – the Soweto youth whose brave and selfless action in 1976 was a turning point for change in our country. This year is the 30th anniversary of that day and we urge everyone to take some time on the 16th to remember our past and pay hommage to those who gave their …young lives in the struggle for freedom. We must never forget our past in order to continue to move onwards and up. Represent! The main event will be taking place in the FNB stadium – we urge all Representers to go along and join in the day’s events. National Youth Day Rally all roads to FNB Stadium (16 June 2006) The National Youth Day programme will commence with the moment of silence throughout the country at 09:00 which is the approximate time in which the first victim of the June 16, 1976, Hector Zolile Peterson, was shot by the security forces of the time. A march will commence from the Morris Isaacson High school and proceed to the Hector Peterson memorial for a wreath-laying ceremony. President Thabo Mbeki will address a rally at the Soccer City Stadium (FNB) immediately after the wreath-laying ceremony. ********************************************************************** Then there’s live music in Newtown – it’s not on the 16th but it’s all about the 16th: Dr Badela The name Dr Badela comes from a black journalist named Dr Mono Badela. He worked for the Daily Despatch where he was controversially fired for writing about the June 16 Massacre and writing about things as they were. He then moved to Johannesburg and worked for City Press and onto Mail & Guardian. At Mail & Guardian he was again fired for writing black consciousness stories which led him to be exiled to Europe, America etc where he wrote about the true state of affaires in South Africa. While in exile, he worked at the New York Times, mobilizing rallies in Sweden, England etc. Dr Badela became the first Communication Minister at the Eastern Cape after 1994. He later retired and passed on of which its been three years now. He was Honored Doctor of Journalism by the Rhodes University after his death. Hence the band Dr Badela was formed in honor of the late Dr Mono Badela. It’s a 6 piece band with three vocal artists and 3 instrument artist. Long Live Dr Badela! Monday Blues Production Zimele Concert 17 June 2006 @ Horror Cafý 20h30 R50 Line up: Dr Badela, Roots 2000, Mpandekor, Sliq Angel & MXO, Poet: Motofela *****************************************************************...

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Representers – call to AIDS action!  Click Here.
Nov30

Representers – call to AIDS action! Click Here.

One of our much loved Represent readers, Cornelia, who is doing her Masters in Aids Research, has kindly compiled our WORLD AIDS DAY feature for the 1 December – it contains the LATEST information on HIV/AIds in SA. Thank you Cornelia for taking the time to fill us in and helping us understand what is going on right now. You will see at the end … of this posting there is a document that highlights the LATEST information regards HIV/AIds – if you would like the complete document, please click here to email Cornelia. Represent sends our full support and respect out to all those people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Let’s work together at combatting the spread of this scourge and communicating the positive messages around living with HIV/AIDS. Take a moment to read her thoughts, we’re asking all Represent readers to make a commitment to the fight. To email Cornelia please click here. ********************************************************* Aids is not a disease, although the virus has killed millions. Aids is not a set of statistics, although the numbers are horrific. Aids is not a conference in Durban. Aids is not a presidential PR problem. Aids is not advertisements and education programmes, although these help. Aids is a feeling of hopelessness and despair. Aids is young people who believe they’re immortal. Aids is a secret known by everyone. Aids is not knowing what’ll happen to your children when you’re gone. Aids is people who are part of families. Aids is everyday life carrying on against the odds. – 13-year-old child in Natal ************************************************************** The 1 December is World AIDS day. Historically, World AIDS Day has been organised by UNAIDS, but this year (2005) UNAIDS handed over responsibility for World AIDS Day to an independent organisation known as The World AIDS Campaign (WAC). Every year World AIDS Day is themed. This year the theme is “Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise”. “Keep the Promise” is an appeal to governments and policy makers to ensure they meet the targets they have agreed to in the fight against HIV and AIDS. This theme is however not specific to World AIDS Day alone, but to the work the WAC does throughout the year. It will also remain the focus until 2010. “If we were to find ourselves in a situation where only the elite and rich are protected from the biological, social and economic devastation caused by HIV, it would have been our choice. If all of us became more acutely aware of our own agendas, and how they assist or impede the realization of a healthy South Africa, the future may arrive sooner than what...

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Support this youth HIV initiative in Durban
Nov07

Support this youth HIV initiative in Durban

There is so much to be done if we want our country to continue to be a better place for all and as always we encourage everyone to do their bit -no matter how big or small – to make a difference within our communities, particularly those that are fortunate for those that are struggling… Here’s the kind of project that we ask all Durbanites to support – the launch of an HIV/AIds educat… ional theatre piece in Durban – put together by some young people who felt the need to do something NOW. They need all the help and support they can get so go for it Representers! Freedom Extravaganza is an educational theatre group founded in May 2002 by the youth of Newlands to fight and tackle the social issues facing the South Africa youth, especially the increasing rate of young people dying from HIV/AIDS. As the youth, we believe we are the future leaders of this country and therefore can not allow AIDS to take that away from us. It the young people who are mainly the victims of this disease and it was for this reason that we came up with an educational play that will bring a change in the way the young people think towards this killer disease that has taken the lives of many South Africans Heroes of South Africa highlight that, the struggle against apartheid is over, but asks a question to the youth what about the struggle against AIDS . It inspires young people to get together and fight this disease as a nation and not discriminate each other so they would also be considered as heroes who defeated AIDS in the future. It also reflect to the past how our heroes fought for us to be free, and again asks a question if this is the freedom they were talking about where more than 4 out of 10 South Africans are HIV positive. Amongst the heroes mentioned in the play are Nelson Mandela, Enoch Sontonga, Nkosi Johnson, Miriam Makeba and few more. The play also highlight the achievements of the Ethekwini Municipality led by Mr. Obed Mlaba and Premier Sbu Ndebele The play will be performed again in Europe in June next year for the Dutch audience which the group performed for last year in 3 International festivals in Holland. We therefore would like to invite you to come and attend the launch of this production that will be touring around South Africa next year. Date : 03 November ’05 Time : 3pm Venue : Riverdene Secondary SchoolShould you require further information about this event please dont hesitate to...

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