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Heritage Day

Heritage Day is meant to be a joyous occasion celebrating all that’s beautiful about South Africa’s diversity. Heritage can include: culture, wildlife, monuments, artwork, literature, music, languages and culinary traditions to name a few. There is great beauty in diverse people celebrating what makes them unique, yet united. This day had a few name changes in its history: Shaka Zulu day...

Women’s Day

Women’s Day is a South African public holiday celebrated annually on 9 August. It commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20,000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country's pass laws that required South Africans defined as "black" (under The Population Registration Act) to a pass, that served to maintain segregation, control urbanisation, and manage...

Meet Nobuntu

Meet Nobuntu Ncani, who attended a Work Readiness course at The Zanokahnyo Network in 2019. There she met one of our Early Life staff members who noticed that Nobunto was pregnant and invited her to attend Sikunye’s Antenatal classes. What follows is a heartwarming story of deep personal growth and the power of connection to support individuals – both...

Youth Day

Uprising that began in Soweto and spread countrywide profoundly changed the socio-political landscape in South Africa. On 16 June 1976 between 3000 and 10 000 students mobilised by the South African Students Movement's Action Committee marched peacefully to demonstrate and protest. Events that triggered the uprising can be traced back to policies of the Apartheid government that resulted in...

Freedom Day

Freedom Day is the commemoration of the first democratic elections held in South Africa on 27 April 1994. These were the first post-apartheid national elections to be held in South African where anyone could vote regardless of race. Prior to this, during apartheid, racial segregation which was enforced by the ruling party, prevented any kind of inter-racial activity. It...

Responding to Coronavirus

In response the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, Common Good is committed to doing all that we can as an organisation to continue to have an impact in the communities we serve, and to play our part in slowing the spread of the virus. On Tuesday, 17 March, for the ongoing health and safety of our staff, beneficiaries and partner organisations, we...

Human Rights Day

On 21 March 1960, the community of Sharpeville and Langa townships, like their fellow compatriots across the country, embarked on a march to protest against pass laws. The pass laws required all indigenous Africans over the age of 16 to carry a passbook everywhere they went. This long-standing practice served to severely restrict and control travel, dictating when, where...

Nkulu Madonko appointed as CEO

LEADERSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE BOARD In April 2019, the Common Good Board announced that it would be appointing a new CEO, as Klaas van Mill’s tenure was planned to draw to a close at the end of the year. The post was advertised in May and we quickly received many high caliber applications from all across the country, and even...

Silikamva Academic Bootcamp

During the July school holidays, Common Good joined up with XL Education and Silikamva High, to hold an 'academic bootcamp' for Grade 12 learners. They received four days of intensive tuition aimed at preparing them for their Mock exams and, ultimately, their Matric finals. The hard work paid off: pre- and post-assessments showed an average improvement of 22%! Many learners...