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21 August 2012
Graeme Wilkinson, a CSI Programme Manager at Tshikululu Social Investments, considers a scenario in which community food growers supply schools in poor communities – integrated development at its best. This article was first published in the 2012 edition of “CSI: The Human Face of Business”, distributed by “Financial Mail”.
The South African government has committed to providing every school-going child from a poor community a cooked and nutritious meal every school day of the year. The objective is clear: no child should learn on an empty stomach.
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26 June 2012
Earlier this year, notes Tshikululu social development sector specialist Vhahangwele Manavhela, our Constitutional Court gave judgment in a case that challenged the validity of certain sections of the Children’s Act, No. 38 of 2005 (as amended). This returns the spotlight to the Act, which came into effect on 1 April 2010, and is a progressive shift from earlier child protection laws. Under these, an all-too-common intervention was the unnecessary removal of children from their families.
This Act, in contrast, attempts to address the root causes of important issues affecting children, gives effect to their rights, and promotes opportunities for children to develop to their fullest potential.
By addressing the outstanding legal requirements and inefficiencies that existed in the South African legal framework in respect of children’s rights and the enforcing thereof, The Children’s Act brings child care and protection in line with the Bill of Rights and international law, in recognising that every child has the rights to family care; to parental care; to be protected from abuse, neglect, maltreatment and degradation; and to social services.
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1 September 2011
Elinor Kern, CSI Practitioner at Tshikululu Social Investments, considers how social investors should approach their work in the disability sector – in an inclusive partnership with the people they support.
“˜Nothing about us without us’ is an international disability slogan that encapsulates the importance of the inclusion of people with disabilities.
Until recently, much of the focus in disability sector work has been on the medical and individual implications for people living with disabilities, but this is a limiting approach and does not take into account their social needs. It is most commonly referred to as a “˜medical model’, which is not developmental in nature and it does not acknowledge the real needs of people with disability.
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4 July 2011
Tshikululu Social Investments has been engaged in infrastructural capital projects since its inception. This work continues in especially the education and health sectors, with Tshikululu’s hands-on project management of client construction projects, from blueprint phase to handover.