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We will not publish another magazine until the coronavirus crisis is resolved because our sellers need to work in places where there is a lot of foot traffic.
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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.
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.
We invite and pay for published content contributions from ordinary South Africans.
South African Conversations is also a national job creation initiative that works with unemployed people to sell the magazine to the general public. Sellers earn 50% of the cover price of R50.
We are looking for shopping centres, office blocks, art galleries, markets, municipal offices, hotels – any place with relatively high levels of affluent foot traffic – to make space available from which people can sell the magazine.
Because our distribution model sidesteps the shops, we make use of collaborating charities, faith- and community-based organisations to get the magazine to unemployed individuals throughout South Africa.
These Distribution Hubs earn 20% of the cover price of magazines sold by the people they support.
There is more. Take a look at our Collaboration & Media Kit 2020, below or …
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.
Information is power. 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 the vast majority of South Africans because of high data costs, poor reception and lack of internet savvy.
That’s why South African Conversations publishes the ONLY printed RESOURCE DIRECTORY of non-profit, civil society and government resources and services in South Africa – offering essential solutions to uniquely South African problems.
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.