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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...

Actionable Next Steps

A collection of next-steps to keep this conversation alive Tragically, the violence against women and children of late August and early September 2019 are not once-offs.  Even as the nation mourned the senseless loss of life, as thousands protested, still more women were raped, killed and abused.  Action is needed.  Real action.  With an issue as all-pervasive and deeply rooted as violence against women...

Common (Ground) Voices on Gender Based Violence

A collection of messages from across our congregations on the 8th of September in response to the crisis of Gender Based Violence. Sunday Message - by Julie Williams Sunday Message - by Andre Ntambwe Sunday Message - by Ryan TerMorshuizen Addressing the UCT GSB - by Paul Maughan Paul was invited to lead a final moment of response at the memorial of UCT student,...

Say Something

We’ve all been there - the family dinner table, a friend’s braai; when someone we know and probably like, says something racist or prejudiced that stops us dead in our tracks. What do you do? What do you say? As an NGO that works in spaces and places affected by the legacies of injustice, inequality, race and division we...