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Part 1

South Africa faces

massive economic inequality

stemming from

massive educational inequality

especially at a tertiary level…


Added by Yumna Moosa on May 18, 2010 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment


I leave my EVOKE experience having learnt so much. Other agents have directed me to fascinating links, the quests made me ask myself some very enlightening questions, and the missions provoked me to do some really cool things that I wouldn't necessarily have done otherwise (e.g. FINALLY planting a vegetable garden).

And although all this learning has influenced and enhanced the development work I already do, I feel like I have been the main beneficiary of this wh*** process.…


Added by Yumna Moosa on May 12, 2010 at 5:49pm — No Comments

In her own words

"i see myself as independent woman ,staying with my family and achieved my degree.proberbly i`ll be working.i`ll be working as a teacher @ one of the high schools obvious here in south africa bcz i wouldn`t like to leave my family.interms of married the BIG NO!for sure my son will be @ school i think by then he will be doing grade… Continue

Added by Yumna Moosa on May 4, 2010 at 9:26am — No Comments

risk = hazard + outrage

risk = hazard + outrage

The idea that there is little to no correlation between how dangerous something actually is (= hazard), and how much people are upset by it (= outrage) is both baffling and profound. It is baffling, because intuitively one would expect that people would be more upset by risks that pose a greater threat to our well-being. It is… Continue

Added by Yumna Moosa on May 2, 2010 at 4:46pm — No Comments

Walk > Cycle > Be Driven > Drive

Poor accessibility, and unbalanced movement patterns

Radial transport network limitations – The radial rail and road pattern’s focus on the Cape Town central business district (CBD) has resulted in limited north-south linkages, and does not adequately accommodate the multidirectional movement patterns that have emerged with the dispersal… Continue

Added by Yumna Moosa on April 27, 2010 at 5:21pm — 1 Comment


Despite being, in my opinion, the most beautiful city in the world, Cape Town faces a number of potential crises - environmental, political and health-related.

The combination of fynbos, our very unique, dry and fire-loving indigenous fauna, and the creative use of electric wires in informal settlements puts us at special risk for fire damage. Politically, we're one of the most unstable regions in the country, changing party leadership at every election. And inequality is especially… Continue

Added by Yumna Moosa on April 27, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Her life in 2020

Ten years ago, she was a young single mother - struggling - studying to become a teacher. Since then, much has changed.

Politically, a focus on improving education has meant that teachers are now receiving better training, support and benefits from government. Schools are incentivised to send their teachers for training courses in counselling, basic first aid, financial management, as well as expanding their teaching repertoire. She receives a good housing subsidy, medical aid and… Continue

Added by Yumna Moosa on April 27, 2010 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Local Giving

Help empower one girl or woman with better access to education or economic opportunity.

The mission brief suggests that we do this via Global Giving, and rally support in our communities to make small donations to these causes.


Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Prize winner for his ground-breaking work in microcredit, explains its success…

Added by Yumna Moosa on April 11, 2010 at 11:58am — 8 Comments

Clean Shop in Cape Town!

This is an update from my previous blog post Clean Shop in Cape Town?.

I received the following e-mail from my water visionary ally, Trevor Mulaudzi:

My Dear…


Added by Yumna Moosa on April 8, 2010 at 7:31pm — 1 Comment

Friday, 31 January 2020

On the night of Thursday, 30 January 2020, the moon will be a waxing crescent.

My loved ones and I will gather under the warm night sky, on a beach somewhere just outside of Cape Town. There will be singers and drummers and…


Added by Yumna Moosa on April 4, 2010 at 8:26pm — 2 Comments

My HEROES OF THE WEEK: Ordinary People

This list was inspired by Catrina Cuevas's blog post My Hero.

Over the past week, the following people - some strangers, some friends, some intentionally, some not - have had an enormous impact on my life and others':

  • My mom. I say no more.
  • A midwife who showed me that it is possible to be both kind AND firm enough to effectively help a new mother to give birth to her child
  • A young mother who cried with joy when her…

Added by Yumna Moosa on April 4, 2010 at 7:09am — 2 Comments

Is *clean money* a fairytale?

Once upon a time, in a land not very far away, there was a non-profit organisation. This organisation - run by student volunteers - has been around since the 1940s and has done all sorts of admirable work in the fields of Healthcare, Education, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Sustainability and Human Rights. In the 1990s, poor organisational leadership and a change in the…

Added by Yumna Moosa on April 3, 2010 at 7:52am — 5 Comments

Clean Shop in Cape Town?

Trevor Mulaudzi, and his company, The Clean Shop, work with students, teachers and parents to create sustainably clean schools in South African townships. Of course, cleanliness alone is not his goal; it is a carefully chosen starting point for reviving a culture of civic involvement among people who have become disengaged from public life.…


Added by Yumna Moosa on April 2, 2010 at 4:07pm — 1 Comment


World Water Day 2020


On Monday, 24 March 2020, people all over the world will come together to celebrate clean water. The campaign has 3 components:

1. REDUCE domestic water…

Added by Yumna Moosa on April 2, 2010 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Government gets it right!

Most of the initiatives we're discussing on EVOKE are of the NPO/NGO variety. I want to acknowledge and commend a governmental department that is really getting things right.

Since 1994…


Added by Yumna Moosa on April 1, 2010 at 2:40pm — No Comments

Another way to make the world go round

I've registered for the Community Exchange System in Cape Town. I heard about it a year or two ago from Agent Nikki Jackman (before she was an agent, of course).

What is a Community Exchange System, you ask?


Simply put, I offer certain goods or services, a list of…


Added by Yumna Moosa on April 1, 2010 at 12:06pm — No Comments

Food Security SA

To solve the problem of food insecurity, the goal is no longer simply to maximise productivity, but to optimise across a far more complex landscape of production, environmental, and social justice outcomes.

This is especially true in a South African context, where we actually produce
enough food to feed our people, yet people still suffer from hunger and… Continue

Added by Yumna Moosa on March 30, 2010 at 2:33pm — 1 Comment

Every child a wanted child

I want to add a new dimension to the women's health conversation.

I've spent the last week in a Midwife Obstetrics Unit, caring for mothers in labour. Screaming, crying and bodily fluids aside, it has been a good experience. My favourite moment is when a baby is born, and the mother's facial expression suddenly transforms from one of anguish to sheer relief and joy. And I was crushed when, after her child was born, a mother said "Thank God", and wasn't referring to her baby at all, but… Continue

Added by Yumna Moosa on March 29, 2010 at 8:29pm — 1 Comment

ACT3 (Part 1) - Cooking with a HOTBOX

There are a number of things I do every single day that require energy: switching on lights, enjoying a warm shower, eating cooked food, driving around, using my cell phone and playing Evoke/using a computer.

So, I have set myself the task of finding ways to be more energy-efficient. The first implementable solution I've come across is cooking with the HOTBOX. The HOTBOX uses the principle of insulated cooking. You bring the pot to a boil, then remove it from the stove and put it in… Continue

Added by Yumna Moosa on March 28, 2010 at 8:27pm — No Comments

Gilbert Twizere and his Cr*ppy Idea

"Kigali — The next time you're sitting on a toilet, consider that you are about to flush away a valuable source of energy. Students like Gilbert Twizere at ETO Gitarama Secondary School made sure they would get a little bit of value for every flush. In 2005, at least 35 students were involved in building a bio-gas chamber that converts their waste into a much-needed energy supply."



Added by Yumna Moosa on March 18, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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