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South Africa has got good news: Here’s what you missed

The inspiring stories of how South Africans are fighting to make change in our society.

South Africa good news

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As the year draws to a close, we often find ourselves looking back at the year we have had and South Africa, personified, has dealt with a lot. 

Not all has been doom and gloom in the country though, if you consider where you have been sourcing your news.

For the most part, we are part of the majority of publications who strive to bring you accurate news that is unbiased, most of which is littered by the bad things people do in society.

As needed as this information is, it is also vital to know all about the terrific things that our good fellow South Africans are doing to make this a better place to live in.

We have Good Things Guy to thank for always championing the good.

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For this, we are truly inspired and we always look to this publication to select the best good news stories that occurred this week.

So, without further ado, here is all the good news you may have missed this week.

Owner of Donate-a-Loo Schools Project launches eradication of pit toilets

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Students at Paradise Bend Primary School in Diepsloot lining up to inspect the newly installed toilets. Image supplied.

Helene Bramwell, the owner of the Mask Skin & Body Clinic in Parkview, Johannesburg, knows all about the essentials of healthcare and the importance of clean sanitation – it is the nature of her business.

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Bramwell also understands that children will always be in danger of either losing their lives or contracting all sorts of bacterial diseases if they continue using pit toilets.

This is why she has launched the Donate-a-Loo Schools Project that speaks to the urgency the government has put in eradicating these unsafe, unhygienic structures from our society.

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Starting in Gauteng, the project relies on donations to have toilets installed in schools. The project launched on Monday, 19 November at Paradise Bend Primary School, where six toilets were installed at a cost of R13 000 per unit.

“We are so proud and grateful to our benefactors and supporters for supporting the Donate-a-Loo Schools Project.

“The ‘enviro’ loo is a long-term sustainable solution as it has a lifespan of more than 50 years and it’s a once-off expense as it conserves water resources, requires no expensive reticulation or sewage treatment plant and comes with a two-year maintenance plan for the recipient school. This is our first site and we look forward to rolling out this initiative to earmarked schools in the Gauteng area as we receive funding,” 

Bramwell exclaimed.

We are here for the great things Bramwell is doing for our children. If you would like to participate in this project, you can visit the website and follow the prompts detailed on the page.

Capetonian singer hits a million YouTube views

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Paxton Fielies is a young South African dreamer that is currently making waves in our local music industry.

Born in Bishop Lavis — one of South Africa’s most crime-ridden townships — in 2001, Fielies has always had a passion for singing.

At the age of 17, she made history by defying all odds and clinching the Idols South Africa title and became the youngest to ever win the highly-contested competition.

Her single, Angifuni, that was released in June of this year, has since reached one million views on YouTube.

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She has most probably just broken yet another record by becoming the youngest Capetonian musician to achieve such a feat. Fielies is marking her lane in a compeititve enrivonment that houses huge talents like Shekhinah and Beatenberg.

Cape medical students cycle for change

According to a report on Good Things Guy, written by Tyler Leigh Vivier, on Saturday, 1 December, students from the Tygerberg medical campus will cycle from Cape Agulhas to the border of Namibia –` approximately over 900km –to raise awareness on an important issue.

The point in all of this? The students want to start and manage a fund that will play a vital role in eradicating financial exlcusion in universities.

 This charity event is being co-managed by the Stellenbosch University. Many students manage to receive bursary funding to pursue their studies but struggle in maintaining life outside of school.

This is the charity’s key focus: to provide financial assistance with transportation, food and school supplies.

Speaking on the purpose of the event, Breda Reed, a medical student, highlighted the importance of raising awareness on this issue.

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“It’s a symbolic journey to show how far we have come in our country to where we are now where all the students have an opportunity to study.

“Bursaries are doing an amazing in securing opportunities for students to study but we stand with our friends that bursaries do not cover all the needs of the students. So we are looking at supporting our friends in their quest to becoming doctors.”

Reed stated

The students will depart from Cape Agulhx`as and make a stop at the Tygerberg medical campus before trekking towards the Namibian border. True heroes.