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Watch Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 200 Women interview

“You can’t empower women without listening to their stories” – Gloria Steinem

 
200 Women200 women from a variety of backgrounds are asked the same five questions. Their answers are inspiring human stories of success and courage, love and pain, redemption and generosity. From well-known activists, artists, and innovators to everyday women whose lives are no less exceptional for that, each woman shares her unique replies to questions like “What really matters to you?” and “What would you change in the world if you could?”

Interviewees include US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, actor and human rights activist Alfre Woodard, and Nobel laureate Jodi Williams, along with those who are making a difference behind the scenes around the world, such as Marion Wright Edelman, head of the Children’s Defense Fund.

Each interview is accompanied by a photographic portrait, resulting in a volume that is compelling in word and image – and global in its scope and resonance. This landmark book is published to coincide with an immersive travelling exhibition and an interactive website, building on this remarkable, ever-evolving project. With responses ranging from uplifting to heartbreaking, these women offer gifts of empowerment and strength inviting us to bring positive change at a time when so many are fighting for basic freedom and equality.

Local interviewees include Graça Machel, Caster Semenya, Zelda la Grange, Mpho Tutu van Furth, Hlubi Mboya, Sahm Venter, Joanne Fedler, Ingrid le Roux, Gillian Slovo and Zoleka Mandela, among others.

A minimum of 10% of the project’s revenue will be distributed to organisations devoted to protecting and advancing the rights of women. Each interviewee can nominate an organisation (or themselves if they are in financial need) to receive their portion of the charitable pool or they can select the principal charitable partner, the Graça Machel Trust.

Here, acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie answers “What really matters to you?”

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Making Marigold explores the creative practice, and sustainability, of a women’s beading co-operative in Bulawayo

Making Marigold: Beaders of Bulawayo is a portrait of a women’s beading co-operative specialising in loomed beadwork, based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Over 200 photographs reveal the sumptuous glamour of the Marigold beadwork and necklaces. Short, stand-alone narrative vignettes offer background insights into the making and development of the Marigold co-operative.

How did these women, whose skilled practice and creative impulses evident in every necklace, perfect this practice?

And what has sustained their efforts across the decades?

Making Marigold will be launched at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in February.

Joni Brenner is an artist who revisits the same subject – whether live model or skull – over and again, a practice that informs her understanding of learning through doing, looking closely and recognising shifts.

Her belief in the value of repetition underpins her fascination, and her collaboration, with the Marigold beading co-operative.

She is a Principal Tutor in History of Art at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Elizabeth Burroughs is a researcher and writer whose interests include the role of languages in culture and identity, the nature of consciousness, and the processes of making.

She has worked primarily in the field of education, lecturing in English Literature and Linguistics, and as senior manager for Umalusi, the quality council for schools and college education in South Africa.

She now works as a freelance consultant and writer.

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Watch: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela discusses gender equality in 200 Women interview

In 200 Women Who Will Change the Way You See the World, 200 women from a variety of backgrounds are asked the same five questions. Their answers are inspiring human stories of success and courage, love and pain, redemption and generosity. From well-known activists, artists, and innovators to everyday women whose lives are no less exceptional for that, each woman shares her unique replies to questions like “What really matters to you?” and “What would you change in the world if you could?”

Interviewees include US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, actor and human rights activist Alfre Woodard, and Nobel laureate Jodi Williams, along with those who are making a difference behind the scenes around the world, such as Marion Wright Edelman, head of the Children’s Defense Fund.

Each interview is accompanied by a photographic portrait, resulting in a volume that is compelling in word and image – and global in its scope and resonance. This landmark book is published to coincide with an immersive travelling exhibition and an interactive website, building on this remarkable, ever-evolving project. With responses ranging from uplifting to heartbreaking, these women offer gifts of empowerment and strength inviting us to bring positive change at a time when so many are fighting for basic freedom and equality.

Local interviewees include Graça Machel, Caster Semenya, Zelda la Grange, Mpho Tutu van Furth, Hlubi Mboya, Sahm Venter, Joanne Fedler, Ingrid le Roux, Gillian Slovo and Zoleka Mandela, among others.

A minimum of 10% of the project’s revenue will be distributed to organisations devoted to protecting and advancing the rights of women. Each interviewee can nominate an organisation (or themselves if they are in financial need) to receive their portion of the charitable pool or they can select the principal charitable partner, the Graça Machel Trust.

Here Winnie Madikizela-Mandela answers “What would you change if you could?”

200 Women Who Will Change the Way You See the World

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  • 200 Women Who Will Change the Way You See the World by Ruth Hobday, edited by Kieran Scott, Geoff Blackwell, Sharon Gelman, Marianne Lassandro
    EAN: 978-1-928257-41-7
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“You can’t empower women without listening to their stories,” Gloria Steinem said. 200 Women listens.

“You can’t empower women without listening to their stories” – Gloria Steinem

 
 
200 Women Who Will Change the Way You See the World200 women from a variety of backgrounds are asked the same five questions. Their answers are inspiring human stories of success and courage, love and pain, redemption and generosity. From well-known activists, artists, and innovators to everyday women whose lives are no less exceptional for that, each woman shares her unique replies to questions like “What really matters to you?” and “What would you change in the world if you could?”

Interviewees include US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, actor and human rights activist Alfre Woodard, and Nobel laureate Jodi Williams, along with those who are making a difference behind the scenes around the world, such as Marion Wright Edelman, head of the Children’s Defense Fund.

Each interview is accompanied by a photographic portrait, resulting in a volume that is compelling in word and image – and global in its scope and resonance. This landmark book is published to coincide with an immersive travelling exhibition and an interactive website, building on this remarkable, ever-evolving project. With responses ranging from uplifting to heartbreaking, these women offer gifts of empowerment and strength inviting us to bring positive change at a time when so many are fighting for basic freedom and equality.

Local interviewees include Graça Machel, Caster Semenya, Zelda la Grange, Mpho Tutu van Furth, Hlubi Mboya, Sahm Venter, Joanne Fedler, Ingrid le Roux, Gillian Slovo and Zoleka Mandela, among others.

A minimum of 10% of the project’s revenue will be distributed to organisations devoted to protecting and advancing the rights of women. Each interviewee can nominate an organisation (or themselves if they are in financial need) to receive their portion of the charitable pool or they can select the principal charitable partner, the Graça Machel Trust.

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  • 200 Women Who Will Change the Way You See the World by Ruth Hobday, edited by Kieran Scott, Geoff Blackwell, Sharon Gelman, Marianne Lassandro
    EAN: 978-1-928257-41-7
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Get your work-life balance in place and win a copy of Legendary Safari Guides by Susie Cazenove

Legendary Safari GuidesWork-life balance is an ongoing challenge. In this ever more pressured age, the tensions arise as we inhabit our technology infused days but yearn to view the starry night sky from the wilds of nature.

The challenges of managing time and space, work and leisure, are explored by Wayne Windell in the February issue of The Catalyst.

Small business entrepreneurs are particularly challenged to accommodate both their own and their staff’s needs in the arena of work-life balance.

If you find that you spend most of your time working, and tend to feel overwhelmed by duties and responsibilities, it is recommended that you reserve time for your family, friends and yourself when you plan your day or week. Dedicating daily time to fun and relaxation will lower the production of additional stress hormones, which give rise to poor mental and physical wellbeing.

The Catalyst is giving away three copies of Legendary Safari Guides by Susie Cazenove, because even if you can’t go on safari this week or next, you can probably claim an hour or two for reading about it.

Armchair travellers will delight in this book, which Travel Africa editor, Craig Rix, describes as “wonderful”.

To stand a chance of winning one of three copies, all you have to do is subscribe to The Catalyst and share their post on your social media.

The deadline for entries is 29 February, 2016.

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Herman Mashaba’s New Book, Capitalist Crusader, is About to Hit the Shelves

Capitalist CrusaderFollowing on from the bestselling Black Like You, Herman Mashaba presents Capitalist Crusader: Fighting Poverty Through Economic Growth, deftly combining biography, politics and business with a view to changing South Africa’s fortunes:

“When I had to give up my university studies 34 years ago I was so angry that I wanted to leave South Africa, get military training and an AK-47, and come back to kill evil white people … I’m just as angry now as I feel my economic freedom is under threat, but I’m staying to fight for what I believe in.”

When Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s president in 1994, Herman Mashaba thought his struggle for personal and economic freedom was over, the battle won. 21 years later, he has had to question that assumption as his freedoms are eroded and economic controls tighten. Mashaba, a selfmade entrepreneur who started his business Black Like Me in the dark days of apartheid, is committed to freeing South Africans from poverty.

As a successful business person, Mashaba says he can no longer be silent on the state of the South African economy. In Capitalist Crusader he outlines his quest for economic freedom for all South Africans – through a firm commitment to capitalist principles. He describes the changes in his political affiliations and maps out the route South Africa needs to follow to escape entrenched unemployment, poverty and inequality.

“After reading Black Like You … I appeal to the government to save taxpayers’ money and stop writing more reports and instead study Herman Mashaba’s autobiography.” – Moeletsi Mbeki

“This man is a patriot! Instead of sitting quietly in his corner and enjoying the fruits of his hard-earned success, he comes out fighting in this book. Fighting for us to be a winning nation! Read this book and be riveted. Be ready to be challenged. Be ready to be knocked out of your comfort zone.”Phinda M Madi, Professor Emeritus, Rhodes University

“Based on impeccable economic and statistical research and historical analysis, it is a brilliantly written blueprint for freedom and prosperity for the people of South Africa. It is also a personal message of a deeply concerned South African based on his personal experience as a citizen, entrepreneur and educator. It is a momentous contribution to the ongoing search for solutions for the most important economic and social problems of South Africa.”Yuri N Maltsev, Professor of Economics, Carthage College, USA

“Herman Mashaba has established significant credibility as a single-minded and successful entrepreneur. This hard-hitting book focuses on very important issues and makes a significant contribution to the discussion about South Africa’s future. I hope many take the time to read this penetrating analysis and think through its conclusions and implications, and respond to the call for action.”Nicholas Binedell, Professor and Founding Director of the Gordon Institute of Business Science

About the authors

Herman Mashaba is a Non-Executive Director of Black Like Me (Pty) Ltd, which he co-founded in 1985. He is Executive Chairman of Lephatsi Investments (Pty) Ltd, Leswikeng Group of Companies and Phatsima Group of Companies and holds several other directorships. In 2004, Mashaba won the FMF’s Free Market Award for his exceptional contribution to the cause of economic freedom.

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Arthur Goldstuck: South Africa Leads the Rest of Africa in Mobile Internet Usage (No Thanks to the Government)

Tech-Savvy ParentingArthur Goldstuck recently wrote an article for the Rand Daily Mail about declining broadband speed in South Africa and compared internet usage in the country to the rest of the continent.

The co-author of Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World writes that even though countries like Kenya and Nigeria have more internet users the intensity of usage is higher in South Africa, with more people downloading and using mobile apps.

Goldstuck ascribes South Africa’s declining broadband speed to the government’s lackluster attitude towards embracing new technologies by delaying the issuing of licenses for LTE and 4G broadband spectrum. “The high level of usage is despite the government, rather than thanks to it,” he writes.

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The acid test of mobile internet access and use, however, is the extent to which mobile apps are downloaded and used. Here, South Africa leads the rest of Africa. Just more than one-third of South African phone users (34%) use apps, compared to 31% in Ghana, 28% in Nigeria, 19% in Kenya and 18% in Uganda.

App use translates directly into greater intensity of use, which in turn means more data is consumed, making it a more lucrative market for mobile operators. They, in turn, are then able to invest more in infrastructure, which boosts quality of access. This, finally, improves the online experience and encourages further use.

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  • Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World by Nikki Bush and Arthur Goldstuck
    EAN: 9781920434908
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Video: Imtiaz Sooliman Gives an Update on Gift of the Givers Relief Work in Malawi and Gaza

Imtiaz Sooliman and the Gift of the GiversImtiaz Sooliman, founder of Gift of the Givers and the subject of Imtiaz Sooliman and the Gift of the Givers: A Mercy to All by Shafiq Morton, was interviewed by SABC News about two of the organisation’s biggest missions right now. Gift of the Givers is currently giving relief aid to people devastated by floods in Malawi and by freezing weather in Gaza.

In the interview, Sooliman gives an update on how victims of the extreme weather in Malawi and Gaza are coping, and discusses the progress of relief work as well as the obstacles the organisation faces.

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Malawi Office of Gift of the Givers Appeals for Relief Aid Following Disastrous Flooding

Imtiaz Sooliman and the Gift of the GiversFollowing catastrophic flooding, the Malawi office of Gift of the Givers has issued an appeal for aid.

The Gift of the Givers is an international disaster response organisation. The inspiring story of the good work that the organisation does is told in Imtiaz Sooliman and the Gift of the Givers: A Mercy to All, by Shafiq Morton.

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has declared a “state of national disaster”, and is appealing for relief aid from local and international humanitarian organisations in order to meet the basic needs of people who have been displaced by flooding.

The Gift of the Givers organisation in Malawi has shared a video that shows the widespread devastation being wreaked by the flooding.

Read the letter from the Gift of the Givers Malawi office:

We hope and pray the New Year finds you and all at Gift of the Givers in good health.

However, in Malawi, we have begun the year on a gloomy note arising from the onset of incessant rainfall leading to flooding that has destroyed thousands of homes. The catastrophe has left 48 people dead and over 70,000 people stranded without food or shelter.

 
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Gift of the Givers Founder Imtiaz Sooliman in Top 100 South African Newsmakers for 2014

Imtiaz Sooliman and the Gift of the GiversImtiaz Sooliman has been named one of the top 100 headline makers in 2014 in a list compiled by The Star. Sooliman is the founder of the largest relief organisation in South Africa, Gift of the Givers.

Photojournalist Shafiq Morton captured his experiences with Gift of the Givers in his book, Imtiaz Sooliman and the Gift of the Givers: A Mercy to All. Morton recently shared his most memorable experience with News24.

Gift of the Givers has conducted over 20 expeditions to countries in need, such as Bosnia, Palestine, Japan, Haiti, Indonesia, Malawi and Mozambique. In 2013 City Press also named Sooliman one of the 100 world class South Africans.

In 2014 Sooliman and the Gift of the Givers were responsible for the attempted rescue of Pierre Korkie who was being held captive by Al Qaeda in Yemen, after being seized along with his wife in May 2013. Korkie was shot and killed mere hours before he was to be released. Sooliman’s negotiations regarding Korkie was big news last year and most likely why he was one of The Star‘s top 100 newsmakers of 2014.

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The Heroes category featured the 9-year-old ‘Save the Rhino’ campaigner Afeefah Patel who shot to fame two years ago after President Jacob Zuma responded to a letter she wrote to him requesting his assistance in saving the endangered rhino from rampant poaching.

It also named Imtiaz Sooliman, the founder of the internationally-renowned relief organisation ‘Gift of the Givers’ which has assisted in natural and man-made disasters such as war in myriad countries, including India and Pakistan

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