Mbalo Brief – March 2015

‘Poverty – and its common consequences such as malnutrition, homelessness, poor housing and destitution – is a major contributor to vulnerability.’ This is according to the World Health Organization. Many children in South Africa find themselves in such vulnerable situations. Some are orphans (children whose both biological parents have passed away), while others reside in   read more »

Mbalo Brief – February 2015

Since 2000, the United Nations (UN) member states observe International Mother Language Day on 21 February. This day was proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in November 1999. The purpose of the celebration is to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The UN encourages member   read more »

Mbalo Brief – November 2014

As the year draws to a close, South Africans young and old are preparing themselves for the festivities that come with the end of the year. While some are preparing to spend the holidays away from their homes, others are planning on spending the festive season with their loved ones at home. The festive season is also known to   read more »

Mbalo Brief – October 2014

Transport is the heartbeat of the economy; it facilitates trade, constructions and helps people reach their homes, schools and work places. It therefore comes as no surprise that the Gauteng Provincial Government has dedicated October as Transport month. The campaign, which was first launched in October 2005, is organised by the Department of Transport. Its   read more »

Mbalo Brief – September 2014

As a country with the highest number of official languages in the world, South Africa is home to one of the most diverse population the world over. Apart from having 11official languages recognised by our Constitution, South Africa is home to culturally diverse nations whose have either settled here in the recent past or who   read more »

Mbalo Brief – August 2014

August is Women’s Month and women and men across the country unite against different forms of oppression, perceptions against women and to highlight achievements attained since the dawn of democracy. After 20 years of democracy and freedom, women still endeavour to eradicate traditional practices such as forced marriages where a woman is forced to marry her deceased husband’s brother as   read more »

Mbalo Brief – July 2014

“A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of”. These are the words of South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Rolihlahla ‘Madiba’ Mandela during an address delivered at Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, Soweto in   read more »

Mbalo Brief – June 2014

Since 1994, the government of South Africa has focused its attention on youth related matters such as unemployment, HIV/AIDS, drug abuse and personal development, to commemorate the anniversary of the 16 June 1976 uprising. As this year (2014) marks the 38th year of the Youth Day anniversary, government will educate the youth about their history   read more »

Mbalo Brief – May 2014

It has only been five months into 2014, yet a lot has already happened. Just recently, on 7 May 2014, many South Africans went out in their numbers to vote in the fifth general election since the dawn of democracy. The African Union (AU) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) observer missions congratulated South Africa   read more »

Mbalo Brief – April 2014

On 27 April 1994, over 19 million South Africans of all races voted in the country’s first free and fair non-racial general elections. This milestone in the struggle for equality and human rights ended over three hundred years of racial segregation, colonialism and apartheid. Since 1995, the 27th of April has been celebrated in commemoration   read more »