Exciting initiative for underprivileged Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres #NPO @PMBComChest #HowCanYouHelp

Posted in donnette e davis on July 25, 2014 by Donnette E Davis

We all know education is the key to the future. We must start at the foundation level with Crèches. At the same time as this NDA Crèche initiative referred to below is taking off, the Pietermaritzburg & District Community Chest would like to launch its own initiative and encourage donors and funders to contribute to a Chest ECD Fund.

Crèches are in short supply in many areas and communities.

The Chest can facilitate a container Crèche for approximately R50,000 ($5000) within 2/3 weeks.

The Chest is already facilitating such a Crèche in Lotheni for a prominent corporate funder.



For more information or to contact the Community Chest Pietermaritzburg directly please save these details

Michael Deegan, Executive Director, Pietermaritzburg & District Community Chest

Tel: 033-394-1031 Ext: 102, Fax: 086-651-6881/033-394-9653, Mob: 072-768-5485

Email: director

Website: www.communitychest.org.za

The origin of this amazing incentive can be found at http://www.sanews.gov.za/south-africa/nda-launch-adopt-ecd-campaign

Pretoria – The National Development Agency (NDA) will on Thursday launch an online portal to create awareness and raise funds for underprivileged Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres.

The Adopt-an-ECD campaign, to be launched during a briefing in Polokwane, seeks to increase resource flows into identified ECD centres by getting society, government and business to help provide for the needs of ECD centres in all nine provinces.

The NDA hopes to raise funds or pledges to the value of R500 000 on the day of the launch.

NDA spokesperson Lesego Ranchu said the funds raised will be used to respond to the needs identified by the various profiled ECDs.

The ECD centres are profiled by location and individual needs are listed and quantified.

“The items vary from educational toys and materials, office equipment, mattresses, food gardens and so on,” Ranchu said.

To date, the campaign has raised R210 000 from MSW Engineering & Project Management Consultants, the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) in Limpopo and additional pledges are expected to be made at the briefing on Thursday.

The portal is available on www.ndacampaigns.co.za.

Organisations and individuals are able to register and make a financial donation to the ECD centre of their choice.

Among the dignitaries who will attend the launch are Limpopo MEC for Social Development, Joyce Mashaba, Polokwane mayor Thembi Nkadimeng, and Capricorn District mayor Gilbert Kganyago, NDA officials and representatives from the private and public sector.

A visit to Moloisi Day Care Centre in Nobody has also been scheduled to take place after the launch. – SAnews.gov.za

#NotSpam WAHMs A legit opportunity to work from home… yes, I think so! Avast didn’t go into overwind during my research!

Posted in World News with tags , , , on June 23, 2014 by Donnette E Davis

Firstly at the outset, let me place my initial reservations on record.  Is it or is this not spam?  I assure you, it is not.  It is a perfectly acceptable manner of making an income by working as a sort of VA to a number – a large number – of organizations internationally. And, according to these organisations, you are paid immediately for the work you produce… We can’t sniff at that!

Given the excruciatingly bad economy we are faced with in our country, and with promises of it becoming worse, we, as parents and working mothers, have no option but to try and broaden our horizons and earn a 3rd, 4th and in some cases a 5th income to support our families.

On one hand, while I work at my law job,  work in social media, still try to research and public books, and keep the blogs and websites updated, that elusive breadline just keeps rising.

So I went on a research campaign and of the 2 dozen or so sites “WORK FROM HOME” I came across, perhaps 3 came up perfectly legit with no crazy warnings and causing my Avast to get into overwind.

On the other hand, I investigated one site, which incidentally is on You Tube, has received a Business Award from Yahoo and can be found on all major platforms and did not send my anti-virus into a flat spin.  It is a reasonably priced activation fee, although a couple of hours a day you will be required to work – after all this is ont get rich quick for nothing – you DO have to work to earn, fun work… what we all love.. computers, and iPads and tech and things…

for a very small investment I think I’m in.  Nope, deal done, I am in!

Who’s going to join me?

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Show You Care-Urgent Appeal-Changing the world, one child at a time.. #PMB @PMBComChest

Posted in donnette e davis on June 9, 2014 by Donnette E Davis


Changing the world, one child at a time….

Below this appeal is a list of crèches supported by the Pietermaritzburg Community Chest, together with the relevant contact numbers of the PICs. This special and urgent appeal goes out to individuals, families, corporates, and teams.

Please select a crèche and purchase the items for that number of children – warm a little soul this winter!

Your support and generosity would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for reading,


Best Regards

Mala Maharaj


Tel +27 33 394 1031

Fax +27 33 394 9653

Email: admin

Website: www.communitychest.org.za

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Posted in donnette e davis on April 22, 2014 by Donnette E Davis



(Cape Town, 19 April 2014) Lesotho runner, Lebenya Nkoka from team Maxed Elite, won the Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon today in a time of 03:09:52.

Nkoka, who came 9th in 2013, attributed focused altitude training, speed work and strong coaching support to his victory. “We work hard as a group and train together at high altitudes,” said Nkoka, who has been living and training in Maseru since January this year.

Nkoka added that the team receive significant support from the Lesotho Ministry of Gender & Youth, Sports & Recreation. The Ministry is currently grooming athletes for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

Second place went to veteran Hendrick Ramaala (Nedbank), who ran his first Two Oceans Ultra in a time of 03:11:33, while Masilo Matjiane from Lesotho crossed the finish line in 03:12:00, taking the third position.

In the ladies’ race, it was third time lucky for Russian champ Nina Podnebesnova, who finally achieved a win after coming 5th in 2013 and 2011 respectively. She crossed the finish line in a time of 03:40:07, three minutes ahead of Ethiopian Shitaye Debellu (03:43:37).

Podnebesnova noted that her victory was the result of changing her coach over the past year, who had made her focus on cross country and speed work.

For the second year, Russian twins Elena and Olesya Nurgalieva couldn’t perform as they had hoped, with the sisters battling flu. Elena took third place in a time of 03:43:59, with Olesya only managing 6th place.

In the Half Marathon race, athletes battled windy conditions from start to finish. Defending champion Stephen Mokoka (Team Transnet) won the men’s race in 01:04:16 – almost a minute slower than his 2013 time – beating Joel Mmone (Nedbank) and Sibabalwe Mzazi (Team Transnet) to the finish.

The ladies’ race belonged to Lebo Phalula (Maxed Elite), who comfortably ran to victory in a time of 01:14:00. Rene Kalmer came second in 01:14:23, with Gezashigh Gemeda of Ethiopia taking third in 01:15:02.

A record field of athletes lined up for a windy and chilly start at this year’s Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.

“Despite the cold start, things heated up quickly, which made for a slower overall Ultra Marathon and resulted a record number of athletes completing the Ultra in between six and seven hours,” said Chet Sainsbury of the Two Oceans Marathon NPC, who also completed his 32nd Ultra Marathon this year.

Sainsbury added that the wind also contributed to a slower Half Marathon.

Title Sponsor Old Mutual had originally offered a R1-million prize to the male and female runner to break the Ultra Marathon records. But as Easter Saturday drew to a close, the 1988 and 1989 records established by Thompson Magawana and Frith van der Merwe respectively, remained in place for another year.

Race Results

56km Men
1st: Lebanya Nkoka (Maxed Elite) (03:09:52)
2nd: Hendrick Ramaala (Nedbank) (03:11:33)
3rd: Masilo Matjiane (Lesotho) (03:12:00)

56km Ladies
1st: Nina Podnebesnova (Russia) (03:40:07)
2nd: Shitaye Debellu (Ethiopia) (03:43:37)
3rd: Elena Nurgalieva (Russia) (03:43:59)

21km Men
1st: Stephen Lesego Mokoka (Transnet) (01:04:16)
2nd: Joel Mmone (Nedbank) (01:04:29)
3rd: Sibabalwe Mzazi (Transnet) (01:04:29)

21km Ladies
1st: Lebo Phalula (Maxed Elite) (01:14:00)
2nd: Rene Kalmer (Nedbank) (01:14:23)
3rd: Gezashigh Gemeda (Ethiopia) (01:15:02)

@ComradesRace Marathon Substitution Process to close soon #Comrades2014

Posted in donnette e davis on April 22, 2014 by Donnette E Davis

Media Release: Comrades Marathon Substitution Process to close soon

With 40 days to go to the world’s biggest and oldest ultra-marathon, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has reminded South African runners who were unable to enter the 2014 race during the official entry period (1 September – 30 November 2013) to try and secure their place on the Start line.

The 2014 Substitution process runs for the month of April and allows for a runner who has not entered to substitute for an entrant who has withdrawn; or intends to withdraw from the 2014 edition of The Ultimate Human Race.

The Comrades Marathon Substitution Rule was introduced for the very first time in 2012 and now forms part of the CMA’s official race rules. The Substitution process officially opened on 1 April and closes on 30 April 2014.

The completed application forms as specified in the Substitution Rule must reach the CMA office by 30 April 2014. There will be no extension of this deadline.

Athletes still intending to submit Substitution application forms are advised to visit the official Comrades Marathon website at www.comrades.com for the downloadable forms and the comprehensive list of rules and regulations which govern the Substitution process.

Race Director Rowyn James says, ‘The applications for Substitutions are coming in thick and fast. Runners must remember to send in their completed application forms to the CMA before the 30th of April. We look forward to seeing more runners on the Start line for yet another fantastic Comrades Marathon on 1 June 2014.’

#CorruptionWatch Join @CorruptionWatch Online Community #BeTheChange #SouthAfrica

Posted in donnette e davis on April 10, 2014 by Donnette E Davis

Corruption Watch has recently launched an online community called Corruption Watch Connected. The aim of this platform is to give you an opportunity to engage with CW, interact with other like-minded corruption fighters, and actively participate in thought-provoking discussions around corruption-related issues. We are currently discussing what different political parties are planning to do to combat corruption in SA. We want to know if these solutions are viable and find ways to hold our leaders accountable to their promises. Have your say! Join the discussion! Be part of the change that you want to see.

All you need to do is register on the site, join a group that you are interested in/or create a new group, and get the conversation flowing.


Bonitas Comrades Marathon Novice Project @ComradesRace 6 Free Seminars in South Africa

Posted in donnette e davis with tags on April 1, 2014 by Donnette E Davis

Donnette E Davis:

6 Bonitas Comrades Novice Seminars have been arranged in 6 major South African towns. Last week saw Pretoria, Sandton and Boksburg hosting the first three seminars.

Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban will host the final three on the following dates:

Media Release: Bonitas Comrades Marathon Novice Project
The seminars are fun, interactive and informative. Attendees at these seminars will get an opportunity to ask direct questions to the Comrades Marathon Coach and other experts in topics including but not limited to: injury prevention and treating; training; shoes; tapering and nutrition.
These seminars are free of charge and open to all runners.

Bookings are not necessary! For more information contact Thami Vilakazi on email: thami@comrades.com

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Originally posted on The New South Africa ~ Rainbow Nation:

Media Release: Bonitas Comrades Marathon Novice Project

 As runners across the country prepare for the 2014 Ultimate Human Race on 1 June, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has kicked off its Bonitas-Comrades Novice Project for the year.

The Bonitas Comrades Novice Project is sponsored by Bonitas Medical Fund, South Africa’s top medical aid brand and a major sponsor of the Comrades Marathon, and presented by Runner’s World Magazine, South Africa’s premier magazine for serious and recreational runners.

This is an internet based initiative aimed at encouraging and empowering first time Comrades Marathon runners with the scientific and technical support they require to achieve their goal of conquering the Comrades Marathon. At the touch of a button novices can access a wealth of information and advice from the Comrades Coach, as well as from a host of other experts dealing with a wide range of relevant topics.

Runners are invited…

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