COLLABORATION IN ACTION

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” – Henry Ford

Whilst multi-sectoral collaboration is engrained into our approach and serves as the golden thread that runs across all our interventions, specific collaborative initiatives qualify as programmes in their own right. These partnerships are mutually beneficial; strengthen the Ranyaka model and the roll-out of our process; create platforms that unlock opportunities; ignite synergy; promote learning and assist communities to self-organise. Such initiatives include:

  • Innovation and technology partnerships with academic institutions such as the Stellenbosch University and North-West University;

  • The establishment of, and participation in, forums and networks for NGO collaboration, such as the Stellenbosch Civil Advocacy Network (SCAN);

  • Facilitation of collaboration amongst faith-based institutions through, amongst others, church collaboration workshops where churches’ involvement in social justice activities is mapped to determine whether interventions are addressing actual needs, encourage collaboration where there is duplication and identify gaps where support is still needed; and

  • The establishment and strengthening of business forums and collectives, such as the Magalies Business Forum (MBF)

HELLO, KANYAMAZANE!

This past weekend marked a special milestone in the Ranyaka journey - and the unfolding story of Nedbank's Proud of my Town programme. Thank you to the community of Kanyamazane, Nelspruit in Mpumalanga for welcoming the Ranyaka team into your midst!A group of 80...

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THINKING OUT LOUD

Telling the story of why non-profits do what they do can be tricky business. After a while, the explanations seem to lose their impact in between all the jargon. There are only so many words and so many ways in which to string them together. So, sometimes one just has...

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CHURCHES COLLABORATING FOR CHANGE

“Unity creates influence and unity creates a voice. We cannot see transformation happen unless we have influence and a voice.” These powerful words are by Neil Hart, Executive Manager of Mergon Foundation, sponsors for the Church mapping workshop hosted by Ranyaka in...

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FREEDOM DAY – CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF DEMOCRACY

"Cities (countries) have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody." - Jane Jacobs (paraphrased) Our participation in a democratic society should extend beyond casting a vote on election days. We...

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HAPPY FEET, HAPPY FUTURE

Last week, 700 pupils from Mphe Thuto Primary School in Magaliesburg received brand-new school shoes and stationery thanks to Making a Difference South Africa who approached the De Beers Group for a sponsorship. Ranyaka's local lead co-ordinator in Magaliesburg, Ryan...

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ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS FOR REAL LIFE CHALLENGES

Earlier this week, 400 engineering students from Stellenbosch University had the opportunity to take an up-close look at some of the practical challenges facing communities in and around the town.Three groups of third and fourth-year future engineers from various...

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