The objective of Acorn Education is to develop the necessary capacity to be an excellent school operating partner in the Western Cape Collaboration schools pilot project; by developing systems and processes to support high-quality school governance, school management, teacher development, learner support and community engagement in the school assigned to them; and by recruiting and developing the needed staff in Acorn Education to develop and maintain excellence with the organisation.

The mission of AKF is to deepen non-racialism and create an equitable society.  The objectives of AKF are:  (a) to promote the values, rights and principles enshrined in the Freedom Charter and the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa;  (b) to record and display Kathrada’s role in South Africa’s liberation struggle and its relation to the role of other individuals, groups and movements;  (c) to establish a research and documentation centre that will provide selective historical and contemporary documentation and archival material on liberation history in South Africa and to make this available to others.  The AKF has been instrumental in the establishment of the Anti-Racism Network South Africa.

The Alliance for Rural Democracy have launched the “Stop The Bantustan Campaign” and established an independent secretariat to actively drive the campaign.  The Alliance for Rural Democracy contests policy and legislation that undermines the rights of rural citizens living in the former Bantustans and which threatens to dispossess them of rights in land.  The members of the alliance belief such laws, policies and practices distort customary law, undermine security of tenure and rights in land while entrenching the powers of traditional authorities.  The Rural Democracy Trust (RDT) is the legal entity behind the Alliance for Rural Democracy.

The objective of AmaBhungane is to develop best practise in the field of investigative journalism, by producing major investigative stories that are accurate and fair, advance methods and standards, set an example to the wider media, expose wrongdoing and empower people to hold power to account.

The aim of the Black Sash Trust is to work towards the realization of socio-economic rights, as outlined in the SA Constitution 1996, with emphasis on social security and social protection for particularly women and children and the most vulnerable.  They believe the implementation of socio-economic rights demands open, transparent and accountable governance (state, corporate and civil society) and should result in significant reduction in poverty and inequality.  To this end they promote active civic engagement by a strong and vibrant civil society.  The objectives of this grant are (a) An effectively functioning social grant payment system so that beneficiaries can enjoy their full constitutional right to social security;  (b) Evidence based Community Based Monitoring and specialized research towards improved service delivery from government service sectors and (c) Capacitated Community Based and Civil Society Organisations able to implement human rights public education programmes and to advocate towards resolving individual and cluster cases.

The Bureau for Economic Research (BER) was established in 1944 with the aim to study the business cycle and structural changes in the South African economy.  The BER is a Type 2 research centre at Stellenbosch University and formally linked to the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.  The main goal of the BER is to independently generate, analyse and disseminate authoritative and policy relevant information on the South African economy in a user-friendly manner.  The BER’s existing business model relies on a revenue stream from clients subscribing to the range of data products and analyses offered by the BER, sponsorships of various indices and commissioned research work.  As a result, the BER’s capacity to engage with policy makers, businesses and the pubic, is constrained as all staff time and resources are focused largely on commercially viable activities.

The resources distributed by this agreement materially assist the BER to unlock the potential to make a more substantive contribution to sound economic-policy processes and dialogue, and business performance.  The Millennium Trust’s contribution to the BER will enable the BER to have more regular research outputs and also allow the BER to design its own ‘commissioned studies’.  This could be self-designed or developed from, for example, a request by National Treasury, other government departments or business organisations.  The BER will be able to ensure that the research is in the national interest rather than being determined by a paying client with specific needs and potential sensitivities.  The distribution will therefore assist the BER to play a more definite policy advocacy role and to promote strategies and plans for economic growth and higher levels of employment.

The objectives of the project are to work with metro governments to help them deliver increased jobs and opportunities for expanding populations; to promote game-changing approaches to youth unemployment; to change the narrative on transformation through facts, analysis and a wider national perspective to link it with faster growth and inclusion of millions of black South Africans into the economy; and to develop practical proposals for a new government in 2019. CDE also aims to help identify common ground and allies for important policy reforms, to strengthen business leaders and organisations and many others in civil society, cities, politics and government to think differently about how to move South Africa forward.

The Centre for Human Rights introduced a doctoral programme for students from African countries contributing to a research agenda entitled “Freedom from Violence in Africa”.  The first intake involved ten students, exploring issues related to the right to life and violence reduction, a multi-disciplinary approach to the problem of violence.  The programme aims to establish a network of African scholars and practitioners with advance capacity aimed at achieving progress towards Goal 16 of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda.

The Centre for Human Rights, based at the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria is both an academic department and a non-governmental organisation.  Established in 1986, the Centre works towards human rights education in Africa, a greater awareness of human rights, the wide dissemination of publications on human rights in Africa, and the improvement of the rights of women, people living with HIV, indigenous peoples, sexual minorities and other disadvantaged or marginalised persons or groups across the continent. The Schools Moot Court Competition was established in 2011 by the Centre for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria to ensure greater awareness of the South African Constitution and presented in partnership with the Department of Basic Education and the South African Human Rights Commission.  This grant requests support to establish Schools’ Moots in other African countries on the model established in South Africa, under direction of the country’s national human rights commission, together with local universities, based on the domestic constitution; and ultimately becoming part of the school curriculum.

The Children’s Institute is a child policy research unit based at the University of Cape Town with the explicit intent to contribute to policies, laws and services that promote equality and realise the rights of all children in South Africa.  They will conduct a project with the theme: “Including the excluded children: Identifying and addressing barriers to birth registration”.  The project is aimed at addressing systemic barriers to birth registration. Working with paralegals and social service practitioners, they will document cases as families try to apply for late birth registration of their children.  They will engage with relevant government agencies at national, provincial and district levels, as well as local service centres, advice offices and key role-players within the specific sites, to review the obstacles identified in the cases, identify possible solutions and implement them.  The ultimate goal of the project is to ensure that systemic challenges in the birth registration process are acknowledged by Department of Home Affairs and subsequently resolved, that Home Affairs services are operating as required by law, and that all children in South Africa are registered.

Community Keepers delivers school-based mental health and social services to learners from marginalised communities.  The objectives of the project are to construct and operate a new site at Trevor Manual Primary School in Fisantekraal; to provide counselling and therapeutic support to learners; to develop learners’ social and personal skills to deal with everyday life and to make informed life choices and to equip teachers and parents with the skill to fulfil their responsibilities towards learners. Community Keepers will also explore further collaboration with the Departments of Education and Social development of the Western Cape Provincial Government. 

Apex High School is a new no-fee public ordinary school situated in Eerste River, outside Cape Town.  The school opened in January 2018 with grade 8 and 9 learners only and will reach capacity in 2021 with 1,500 learners.   Apex High is the only no-fee high school in Eerste River and while the community can be classified as lower middle-class, the area suffers from various social ills including: gangsterism, substance abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.   Community Keepers was identified as a partnership that could add significant value by caring for the social and emotional well-being of these learners, which will also contribute towards their educational development and their overall performance.  Millennium Trust is supporting the Community Keepers offices at Trevor Manual Primary School in Fisantekraal Apex High School in Eerste River.

Hassen Ebrahim has kept all the minutes (which he recorded himself) of the meetings of the ANC Negotiations Commission (the body that drove the negotiations process), as well as the record of all the bilateral meetings that the ANC had with the National Party and the multi-lateral meetings with other political parties.   The minutes cover the period from 1991 to 1994.  Hassen is preparing a manuscript recording his memory of the history of the ANC’s Negotiations Commission, how the ANC managed its process of negotiations through the Negotiations Commission; how the ANC was mandated through its interactions with its structures and from the mass democratic movement; how ideas were developed, negotiated and finally agreed upon in the process of constitution making; as well as his understanding of the challenges in the negotiations process, what the deadlocks were and how those were overcome.  The public launch planned of the book on the Negotiations Commission in collaboration with Albie Sachs and the Constitutional Hill Project is planned for March 2020.

The main objectives of Corruption Watch are to encourage and enable active public participation in combatting corruption by reporting experiences of corruption on a confidential basis on multiple reporting channels ("whistle blowing"); to analyse the received information to identify patterns of corruption in respect of particular activities, government departments, geographical areas, economic sectors, organisations and related factors; and to run focused campaigns, through cooperation with other organisations, directed at exposing and combatting corruption in targeted areas or communities ("hot spots").

CASAC is project of progressive people who want to advance the South African Constitution as the platform for democratic politics and the transformation of society.  CASAC embraces the contestation of ideas and encourages debate on how best to build a just and equal society in which people can live securely with dignity. 

While recognizing and supporting all the values included in section 1 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa 1996, CASAC is founded upon the following core principles:  (A) The idea of “progressive constitutionalism” is a pivotal founding principle.  (B) The Constitution provides a framework for the social and economic transformation of South Africa, and for a deliberative, participatory and inclusive democracy.  (C) The Constitution itself must be subject to on-going critical appraisal to assess its efficacy as the needs of the country change.  (D) The principle of the rule of law is a critical building block in seeking to pursue the concept of constitutionalism;  (E) Judicial independence is, in turn, an indispensable element, if not a pre-requisite for the rule of law and the integrity of the court system.  (F) In order for people to organise lawfully to claim rights, and to participate meaningfully in democratic decision-making, civil liberties such as freedom of speech, access to information, and a free and tolerant political process are essential.  (G) The realisation of the socio-economic rights is intertwined with civil liberties and political freedoms. Social and economic marginalisation deprives people of their fundamental right to live with security and dignity and is a betrayal of the Constitution. Providing people with access to decent education, adequate housing and health care, and with the protection of a social security net, is essential for a cohesive society and the future prosperity of the nation.  (H) The values that contribute to building a society with effective systems of open governance – ethical behaviour, accountability, competence, hard work, a spirit of public service with consequences for poor performance or corrupt conduct, non-violent resolution of disputes, and non-partisanship – also need to be respected.  (I) A rights-based culture must also focus on the responsibilities and obligations that go with these rights, encouraging citizens to be active in improving their own lives and communities, in holding government to account through participative processes and sustained social dialogue. 

The goal is a deliberative democracy that celebrates diversity, where respect for the views and beliefs of others is the norm, and thus builds solidarity between people from different social groups.to ten years ago with the mission to deepen non-racialism. In this reporting period CASAC will work towards developing a focus on the transformative nature of the Constitution, including constitutional awareness programmes, will focus on Parliament and how its oversight role can be strengthened, will prepare a discussion paper on an independent anti-corruption agency, focus on the effectiveness of Chapter 9 Institutions and initiate a national dialogue on electoral reform.

The objective of Democracy Works is to strengthen and deepen democracy in Africa. They believe in inclusive, equitable, developmental, collaborative, coalition and consensus democracy at local, national, regional and continental level. In South Africa, Democracy Works Foundation promotes wider civic engagement and contributes to the realisation of the core governing principles enshrined in the preamble of the South African constitution. They collect data and ensure an evidence-based approached to democracy building; strengthen democrats, whether leaders or citizens, as democracy cannot function without democrats; strengthen the core by assisting the fortification of functioning institutions such as parliament, political parties, civil society organisations and media and provide platforms and content for democratic engagement to strengthen the growth of democratic culture. In this particular project, called Assisting Justice and the Restoration of the Rule of Law, the objective is to combat "state capture" by strengthening the capacity of the National Prosecuting Authority to enforce the rule of law and restore justice.

The aims of the project are to establish a research position for a fish palaeontologist in South Africa and to employ Dr Robert Gess in a contract full-time position at the Albany Museum in Grahamstown; to explore and research South Africa's globally significant late Devonian fossil heritage; and to disseminate knowledge thereof to the scientific community through publishing at least nine scientific papers in relevant ISI-ranked scientific journals.

The purpose of the Flower Valley Conservation Trust is conserving fynbos landscapes, conserving livelihoods and connecting people to nature.   The Flower Valley Conservation Trust plays an important role in preserving fynbos in the Agulhas basin region.   In 2020 they plan to (a) complete the annual plan of operations for the Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative alien clearing project which includes clearing of 5192 hectares by March 2020, and sustaining fourteen contractors with work for the full twelve months;  (b) continue supporting landowners with good fynbos management through management plans, herbicide assistance and starting the release of biocontrol;  (c) complete induction training for 150 alien clearers and in-field training for 100 harvesters to ensure best practices, as well as certified training for 30 alien clearers;  (d) refine the existing spatial monitoring of alien invasive species and fynbos harvesting across the landscape using a GIS database, drone mapping and photography; and (e) implement the sustainable harvesting assurance system for 30 businesses within the cut flower sector.

The aim of FUL is to promote democracy under law; by advancing the understanding and respect of the rule of law and the principle of legality; securing and strengthening the independence of the judiciary; promoting the selection, training and advancement of a judiciary appropriate to the needs of constitutional democracy; advancing the independence and skills of the legal profession in serving the courts; enhancing communication and understanding between the judiciary, the legal profession, academic lawyers, the media and society at large; promoting legal education appropriate to the needs of constitutional democracy; and protecting, promoting and advancing the freedom of speech and freedom of the media in relation to the administration of justice and in courts.

The focus of the Gary Kirsten Foundation (GKF) is to provide quality infrastructure to township schools and to create sustainable cricket programmes facilitated by accredited GKF community coaches.  The Gary Kirsten Foundation has supplied five Township Schools with newly constructed artificial cricket nets, complete kit bags with cricket equipment and a full-time cricket coach, under the guidance of GKF. 

Millennium Trust is supporting the building of an indoor cricket training facility that will provide access to cricket coaching to 10 schools in the region who have no sports facilities and allow for the cricket programme to continue in the winter months.

Government and Public Policy (GAPP) Thinktank is a South African non-profit organisation with the objective to win the argument in the public domain that building autonomous and professional administrations is vital to the long-term development of the country.  GAPP Thinktank will develop proposals on how this can be done generally and in specific sectors.  It will do this by generating persuasive research, stimulating and provoking public debate and attention through targeted media interventions and building awareness and understanding in key constituencies and amongst thought leaders.

The doctoral programme of the Graduate School of Economic and Management Sciences at Stellenbosch University selects ten new doctoral students every year from applications across Africa and beyond and provide the support needed to complete their PhD’s in three years.  The knowledge generated in the process has the potential to stimulate innovations and economic growth in Africa, and it provides the next generation of academics and leaders in the public and private sector in Africa.

The Grassy Park Rowing Club is based at the Zeekoevlei Yacht Club and is affiliated to Rowing South Africa.  The Club aims to bring the sport of rowing to high school students in the Grassy Park and surrounding communities.  Grassy Park Rowing Club aims to grow the number of participating athletes and to develop very competitive crews, especially in the U14 to U16 age groups, to provide the athletes with the appropriate equipment and training programs to train to the best of their ability a and to afford the athlete the opportunity to take part in competitions and regattas where possible.

GroundUp is an independent online news agency specialising in stories on housing, healthcare, sanitation, education, immigration, policing, labour and social security.

Gun Free South Africa was established in 1995 with the objective to contribute to building a safe South Africa by reducing gun violence.  GFSA is a single-issue campaigning organisation with experience in public policy advocacy, public education and awareness raising, and community mobilisation.  This includes influencing policy and programming to strengthen the enforcement of the current firearms control regime; extensive media reach which includes highlighting the risks of guns in the home; and developing youth networks to enable young people to shape and influence relevant policies, legislation and authorities to reduce gun violence, as well as be active citizens in community safety initiatives.  The purpose of the current project is to strengthen South Africa’s gun control regime by (a) advocating for the enforcement of the Firearms Control Act (FCA), with a particular focus on stockpile management, and (b) advocating for the Firearms Control Amendment Act to come to Parliament in 2019/2020.

The aim of the HSF is to protect and promote liberal constitutional democracy and upholding the Rule of Law in South Africa.  The HSF’s current activities consist mainly of the following:  public interest litigation in areas where government institutions or officials are in breach of their obligations or where the rule of law needs to be supported; and research on topical social, economic and legal issues.

The Institute for Security Studies partners with governments and other civil society organisations to build knowledge and skills to enhance human security and achieve sustainable peace and prosperity in Africa.  In South Africa they have been undertaking detailed research and analysis on understanding how to reduce violence, crime and corruption and improving the criminal justice system since 1996.  In this reporting period, the ISS will work towards two objectives: (a) Promoting police professionalism and accountability and (b) Improving the performance of the criminal justice system.

The objective of the ILI is to establish an instructional leadership program, grounded in the best global practice in instructional leadership training, and adapted to the South African context;  to develop a model for the training and development of school leaders, jointly delivered by Relay Graduate School of Education;  to give selected South African school principals the needed skills to be instructional leaders at their schools; and to establish a permanent, sustainable South African entity, which will deliver accredited training to successive cohorts of school leaders on an ongoing basis.

Investigative Journalism Grants is a project run by the Department of Journalism at the University of Witwatersrand and aims to provide South African journalists with the time, resources and mentorship to do more public service, long term investigative work which generates public debate and highlights issues of poor governance in the state and corporate sectors.

The objectives of the Judges Matter Campaign are (a) to monitor the appointment process of judges;  (b) to provide non-partisan, evidence based research on the criteria for good candidates, as well as the appointment process, and a report on each candidate;  (c) to provide an active social media campaign leading up to and including the week of judicial interviews; and  (d) to livestream the interviews and put the videos on a website for viewing after the interviews. 

For the current reporting period the DGRU proposed the Chief Justice Campaign and will (a) Develop a set of criteria for determining what might makes a good Chief Justice and developing a campaign around that through our social media platforms;  (b) Engage stakeholders and the general public on potential candidates through candidate profiling;  (c) Collect information on the potential candidates and collaborating with/making use of the media to discuss these profiles and (d) Assist to project the profiles of candidates with good qualities but who may not be in the lime light.

The Karoo Development Foundation was established in 2009 as a non-profit Trust, with the overarching goal of promoting sustainable development in the Karoo - a vast, rural and arid region, divided into four provinces.  The KDF has promoted a regional approach to promote the development of the Karoo, arguing that ecological regions create economically meaningful spatial units.  The KDF recognises that besides agriculture and the various renewable energy projects, tourism could be an important driver for growth in the Karoo.  The KDF has been hampered by their reliance on project-based donor funding, providing little continuity between the different initiatives.  Almost all the KDF’s work, outside of projects, is done on a voluntary (non-funded) basis. 

The KDF has eleven trustees, who gather twice a year for trustee meetings.  All the trustees’ leadership, secretarial and auditing functions are performed as unfunded activities, as and when their professional lives permit.  This includes the management of three KDF websites (www.karoofoundation.co.za; www.aridareas.co.za and www.karoobattlefields.co.za). This agreement will provide KDF with multi-year (2019-2022) grant for the core costs of the trust. Funding would cover:  (a) The maintenance of the three websites;  (b) Funding one annual on-site trustees’ meeting;  (c) Annual fees for auditors; (d) A honorarium for the secretary of the trust to manage the KDF’s affairs each year;  (e) Strategic consultations with government officials and other stakeholders, attending meetings representing the Karoo perspective, engaging with media, and writing project proposals.

Has the broad objective to support rural people engaged in the struggle to achieve change in respect of land, power, and customs. LARC monitors Parliament in Cape Town and provincial public hearings with regards to the security of tenure of rural people, produces reports of developments in parliament for the Alliance for Rural Democracy and other community-based organisations and reports and transcripts of public hearings.  The LARC also produces information sheets for rural communities about specific laws and policies, to be circulated and used in workshops and in the preparations of written and oral submissions by activists.

 

The aim of My Vote Count is to improve the accountability, transparency and  inclusiveness of elections and politics in the Republic of South Africa generally, by (a) campaigning to reform the political party funding systems in the Republic, through the introduction of legislation and other regulatory measures; (b) campaigning to reform the electoral system of the republic; and (c) creating platforms which aim to unite and educate citizens and organisations in finding democratic solutions to the challenges of our time.

The National Braai Day Initiative aims to position National Heritage Day as South Africa's annual day of celebration. The initiative calls on all South Africans to unite around fires, share our heritage and wave our flag on 24 September every year. The initiative also includes the National Braai Tour, Jan Braai for Erfenis television series, South African of the Year and National Braai Night.

Open Streets Cape Town is a citizen-driven initiative working to change how people use, perceive and experience streets. The objectives of the project are to consolidate the Open Streets Days programme that can help bridge the spatial and social divide of Cape Town through experiential learning in public space; to mobilise local community to ensure buy in and strengthen participation in the planning of Open Street Days; to incorporate new partners into the programme in order to provide targeted activities to the youth (sports, art and culture); to evaluate and document the process in order to grow the programme in collaboration with local government and partners and to assess the feasibility for replication in the different locations in future.

 

The University of Cape Town's Opera School has developed a reputation by producing opera singers of major world standing.  The Opera School prides itself on discovering exceptional vocal talent amidst impoverished communities that are rich in a singing culture and training them in all aspects of opera performance to be accomplished artists for a global stage.  The trustees wish to support the Opera School.  The trustees prefer that the distribution go towards the costs associated with inviting international experts in opera (directors, singers, actors) to conduct project -based training at the UCT Opera School.  The funds should also be used to cover production costs, or one-to-one coaching needs.  If needed, the Director of the Opera School could also use the distribution towards the Angelo Gobbato bursary or the George Stevens bursary, but not towards the UCT Financial Aid programme in general.

The mission of OUTA is to be a trusted vehicle for positive change, promoting and advancing the South African Constitution and other democratic processes by: (a) challenging the taxation policy and the regulatory environment, as and when deemed as being irrational, unfit or ineffective;  (b) questioning and challenging the squandering, maladministration and corrupt use of taxes, and (c) then holding to account those responsible for wrongdoing.  

Millennium Trust is supporting OUTA to establish the human resource and operational structures of a Local Government division.  This division will partner with and empower local citizens, communities and businesses to ensure healthy municipalities, through organized structures that aim to:  (a) improve community engagement, participation and oversight within the business of local government  municipalities);  (b) protect the basic rights of local residents;  (c) drive transparency of municipal spending;  (d) improve service delivery;  (e) reduce and eliminate corruption and maladministration; and (f) hold municipal officials accountable.

PoliticsWeb sends a daily newsletter to subscribers, with comment and opinion sent in by contributors, as well as a detailed daily record of the political news stories and the key political statements, speeches, judgments and documents of the day.

PPLAAF – is an Africa based non-governmental organisation founded in 2017 by lawyers, anti-corruption activists and investigative journalists with the mandate of supporting whistle-blowers and leaks through legal strategy, funding, research, legislation, and technology.  PPLAAF (a) provides a secure web portal for sending information and documents, as well as secure hotlines at the disposal of whistle-blowers in both French and English;  (b) advocates for the adoption of progressive whistle-blowers protection laws by African governments and helps in writing them;  (c) has created an international network of law firms ready to provide whistle-blowers with counsel and protection from all forms of retaliation, even if they lack the financial resources and (d) assists whistle-blowers to disclose information through its network of international and African journalists and media outlets.  PPLAAF also supports whistle-blowers and journalists in deepening investigations.  Millennium Trust is supporting PPLAAF in a case involving the Ingonyama Trust.

The Public School Partnerships Programme (PSP) as a collaborative programme between government, donors and non-profit school operating partners to achieve a system-wide improvement in the quality of public schools servicing children from poor communities by giving selected government schools the same level of leadership and management flexibility that is accorded to independent schools; harnessing strong managerial resources that currently reside outside of the public education system, and concentrating those resources in underperforming schools and in schools serving marginalise communities and embedding a robust accountability framework so that government is able to track the performance of PSOP schools.

The group of funding organisations entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Western Cape Education Department to pilot "Collaboration School", that will strengthen the quality of public schools, demonstrate effective models public-schools improvement, strengthen public school governance models, develop educators, and implement interventions to improve the quality of public education for learners from the poorest communities in the Western Cape.

Right It Up is a South African company with the objective to undertake and implement research, advocacy and develop teaching products through consultancies and other work and activities that advances human rights and Constitutionalism. In particular, they advocate for the importance of binding governmental economic and fiscal policy to the realisation of justifiable socio-economic rights. They consider this as one of the big issues facing the human rights movement internationally, and crucial for combatting and reversing inequality as well as the future legitimacy of human rights organisations. It is considered to be crucial for sustaining the legitimacy of rule of law in developing countries where there is extreme inequality.

The Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town provides development and welfare services to asylum seekers and refugees.  The Centre contributes to policy, legislation, case law, and the protection of migrants and refugees in the South African immigration system, as well as related sectors including law and order, labour, education and health.  The Centre assists refugees and migrants to better realise their rights afforded by the South African Constitution through improved access to the available services.  The Centre undertakes initiatives aimed at strengthening the integrity of the legal and policy framework of the department of Home Affairs through communication and submissions on policy documents and to ad hoc committees on new legislation and legislation amendment bills that affect foreign nationals.  The Centre networks with partner organisation; conducts strategic litigation, research projects, workshop and training sessions and general awareness-raising in the media.  The Centre designs and implements a strategic communication plan to increase public awareness of migrant policy and rights while also highlighting the positive contributions migrants make in South Africa and at home.

Scorpio is the Investigative Unit of Daily Maverick that has worked on several large expose’s in South Africa, including exposing the police brutality in the murder of the Marikana Miners, to the lies behind the SARS Rogue and more recently the GuptaLeaks.  Scorpio is housed in a separate not-for-profit vehicle and employs a team of dedicated investigative journalists and interns that are part of a training program.  Scorpio publishes mainly through Daily Maverick but collaborates with other investigative outlets like amaBunghane and syndicates through to other media platforms like EWN, News24, eNCA and others when applicable. Scorpio needs to raise funds to support future whistle-blowers in their attempts to fight corruption.  Scorpio has committed to financially supporting the GuptaLeaks whistle-blowers to leave the country due to safety concerns and Millennium Trust is supporting them in this regard.

SECTION27 is a public interest law center that seeks to achieve substantive equality and social justice in South Africa. Guided by the principles and values in the Constitution, SECTION27 uses law, advocacy, legal literacy, research and community mobilization to achieve access to healthcare services and basic education. SECTION27 aims to achieve structural change and accountability to ensure the dignity and equality of everyone.

The objectives of Section27 are to support and entrench a new generation of public interest lawyers committed to the pursuit of equality in South Africa; to improve the quality of public interest law in South Africa; to improve the delivery of quality health care services through the application of the law; to improve the delivery of basic education through the application of the law, and to improve, publicise and provide education on the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

The Shared Service Centre for Investigative Journalism was established to support investigative journalism in the SADC region.  The objectives are to de-risk, promote and raise philanthropic funding for a portfolio of investigative journalism centres spread across the region; and to offer capacity-building and direct support at organisational/administrative and editorial levels to the centres.

The Siya Kolisi Social Impact Projects is a partnership that focus on the development of young people in low income communities. In the Mbekweni Project - this partnership works together with the local community and town administration to contribute to the development of the Mbekweni Youth Centre’s multi-functional establishment in Mbekweni township, Paarl that focuses on health, wellness, career and personal development of the youth (outside of schools). The sports field is easily accessible and opens the possibility to host Stormers training sessions/ games and a possible nationwide township school rugby festival. The aim is that the centre serves as a refuge for kids with a lasting impact on the Mbekweni youth. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by May 2020. 

In the Zwide Project – the partnership works together with the local community and the management of the Emsengeni Primary School, the school attended by Siya Kolisi, management to improve the facilities at the school which will include the development of a sports field with adequate facilities, the revamp of bathrooms and the implementation of security measures at the school to protect its facilities.  The field will be fully accessible to the young people in the community and will serve as a refuge for kids with a lasting impact on the Zwide youth. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by September 2020. 

The objectives of the South African Institute of Race Relations are to win public support for policies that promote: (a) a system of limited but effective government, (b) a market economy, (c) private enterprise, (d) freedom of speech, (e) individual liberty, (f) property rights and (g) rule of law. Their methodology is to influence public opinion by reaching large numbers of people, with ideas based on compelling arguments and well thought through research.  They also secure high-level engagements with policy makers.  The South African Institute of Race Relations commissions a national opinion survey of public attitudes to race, empowerment and other related policy issues and reports the findings through a variety of media channels in the public domain.

The Table Mountain Fund is an independent trust founded and managed by WWF South Africa and dedicated to the conservation and protection of the globally significant biological diversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom.   The Table Mountain Fund develops and funds projects to protect and restore the world-famous natural heritage of the Cape, known as the Fynbos.   

With the Biodiversity Stewardship Programme the Table Mountain Fund has been working with CapeNature to assist them to grow the Protected Area Network of the fynbos biome.   The programme provides incentives and rewards for individual landowners, who are willing to sign Biodiversity Agreements with Cape Nature and thereby expand the formal protected area network of the Western Cape.   The land is either been declared as a Contract Nature Reverse (or is in the process of being declared) or is conserved through contractual Biodiversity agreements with Cape Nature.   

Since 2018 Millennium Trust is supporting a second project, with the aim to protect (and legally secure) critical biodiversity areas contained within privately owned lands.   This objective will be achieved through supporting landowners of high priority biodiversity with the conversion of their private nature reserves into Private Nature Reserves, compliant with the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act. The Western Cape Protected Area Expansion Strategy is the combined vision of all stakeholders engaged in Protected Area expansion within the Western Cape. The objective of the current project, “Re-valuing the contribution of private nature reserves to the Western Cape Protected Area Network” is to increase the legal compliance in the network.

The objectives of the project are to provide the athletes in the South African National Rowing Squad with a sustainable home-base facility that is geared and equipped to support their training requirements at Olympic medal standards; to build a latent pool of athletes from U16 upwards and from all regions and population groups; to retain the service of the key members in the current coaching team; to appoint the needed additional staff and to provide an adequate measure of financial security for the athletes.

The project aims to investigate the role of the Public Investment Corporation in the South African economy; by engaging with literature on the international experience relating to the systemic implications of pension funds as large as the Public Investment Corporation;  engaging with experts in financial markets and relevant regulatory entities;  engaging with office bearers in the Public Investment Corporation; the Government Employees Pension Fund and the unions, and to produce a report in order to stimulate greater public debate.

The project will support the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) to develop an independent, transparent and reliable school evaluation and accountability system in the Western Cape with clear consequences and support for observed underperformance, as well as an incentive programme for schools that show gains in performance.

UniteBehind is a coalition of people's movements, research and legal organisation, supported by faith-based bodies, with the objective of promoting social justice and resisting state capture.  The UniteBehind secretariat is taking action against the corruption and fraud at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).  It is currently in court against the PRASA and the Minister of Transport around issues of Governance and Operations.

It wants a resolution of the previous board rescinded that attempted to derail corruption investigations and for the minister to review the process and laws of appointing a board.  UniteBehind has also applied to intervene against Siyangena Technologies.  Siyangena is a supplier for PRASA accused of corrupt practices and it trying to settle its accounts with PRASA through secret arbitration. 

UniteBehind is also going to join PRASA in ligation to rescind the R56million court order Siyaya Rail Solutions obtained against it, but also to set aside the arbitration awards that were the basis for the court order.  It will argue about the unlawfulness of the previous interim board and the unconstitutionality of settling public law disputes via arbitration.  UniteBehind continues to build its grassroots #FixOurTrains campaign to organise commuters around the daily struggles of their commutes to support actions against state capture at PRASA and to build commuter action committees for safety.

Viewfinder is an investigative journalism platform, in partnership with the Community Media Trust and the GroundUp newsroom.  Viewfinder had a public launch in September 2019 with a project titled “Killing the Files”.  The report exposed performance statistics manipulation at the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

The aims of the project are to expand the knowledge of and vocabulary in Afrikaans of learners in Grade 1 to Grade 10 and to encourage the effective use of Afrikaans;  to arrange spelling competitions according to a prescribe format in every class in Grade 1 to Grade 10 in participating schools, as well as in circuits, districts, provinces and on a national level;  to draw up spelling list (with the help of curriculum advisors and lexicographers) for the various grades that meet the curriculum requirements of the Depart of Basic Education and to distribute them to the schools; to empower teachers with regards to the correct pronunciation and spelling of words in Afrikaans; to motivate the educators and other officials in the provincial departments of education to take ownership of the Spelfees project; to encourage striving for excellence amongst the learners and to identify exceptional learners; to develop similar spelling competitions in English and isiXhosa.

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