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South African Conversations is a majority Black-owned social entrepreneurial micro-enterprise that’s on a mission to ease the suffering caused by unemployment, poverty and marginalisation in our country.
We publish a thought-provoking, solutions-oriented magazine that examines the lived reality of South Africans, while disseminating useful information to help create a better world for all of us.
The magazine is for sale by unemployed South Africans who earn 50% of the cover price of R50. Talk to us to find out how YOU can collaborate – as a paid content contributor, a paid distributor or a place from which people can sell to the public.
South African Conversations also publishes an annual Resource Directory: a comprehensive list of non-profit, civil society and government services, solutions and resources for those without ready access to the internet, as well as for those who serve society.
There is more. Take a look at our Collaboration & Media Kit 2020/1 below.
Poverty affects all of us.
It attacks the very fabric of our society.
It erodes self-respect and personal dignity.
It perpetuates the false belief that human worth is linked to money, looks, possessions and status.
It divides families and wrecks social cohesion.
It is at the root of most violence.
It undermines our safety and destroys our stability.
It ensures that the majority of our people remain unemployable – unable to pay for their own and their children’s education.
It cripples our workforce, reducing our collective productivity.
It discourages foreign investment.
It destabilises the very foundations of business: the expansion of a robust consumer base.
It is clearly in the interest of each one of us to do everything in our power to eradicate poverty and to help each other reach our full potential.
One of the biggest obstacles to equality in South Africa is access to information.
Those who can afford it and know how to navigate their way around the Internet have unfettered access to knowledge and information that gives them a distinct advantage when it comes to exploring opportunities, developing their own potential and finding solutions to problems.
Unfortunately, this liberating storehouse of information is inaccessible to millions of South Africans because of high data costs, poor reception, lack of equipment, intermittent electricity supply, and lack of knowledge about tapping into the internet.
Unequal access to information is only going to deteriorate, as much of what has been available in print and through face-to-face interaction is now, with the COVID pandemic, being driven online – effectively sidestepping those people who do not have access to this 21-century privilege.
That’s why South African Conversations is publishing this comprehensive printed Directory of non-profit, faith-based, civil society and government resources, services and solutions – letting South Africans know where to find what they need, physically and online.
It’s like Google in print – tailor-made for South Africa.
It is easy to talk to people we already know or who are like us.
But doing that keeps us isolated from a broader, more inclusive community.
The challenge is to get a diverse group of people together in an underprivileged area.
Imagine the white people from the ‘dorp’ meeting the people of the location. In the location. That’s the idea.
It is our fear of our differences that keeps us apart…that keeps our communities isolated, and that perpetuates misunderstanding, division and discord.
When we can take time to get to know another human being – beyond the clothes, the manners, the speech, economic status, education or any of the yardsticks we use to measure individual worth and to define ourselves…then we have a chance to discover our common humanity and to find ways to peacefully coexist.
Talk to us if you would like to create opportunities for dialogue between people in your community who would not ordinarily talk to each other. Or to find out where the next Community Conversation is planned to take place.