GDF continues to fight hunger in Johannesburg North

Having launched the FURA campaign which seeks to address poverty in areas including Kyasands Informal settlement, Zandspruit, Diepsloot and other parts of Johannesburg North, the Green Development Foundation (GDF) is embarking on a mission to spread the campaign’s charitable objectives.

In addition to the SMS campaign, this non-profit entity specializing in agriculture and environmental conservation, travels around the Gauteng province and sells flowers planted in old shoes - an innovative way to raise funds at the same time get old shoes into good use.

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Following a few stops in various areas, this past weekend, the passionate GDF team descended on two famous venues in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg.

On 7 November, the team branded the Rivonia Rooftop Market green with their luring branding and organic products on sale.

The following day (8 November), the GDF stand moved to the Rosebank Mall Sunday Market where they had their fair share of visits.

GDF CEO and representative at both markets, Farai Mupingo elaborated on their mission. “The partnership with the Rivonia Rooftop and Rosebank Mall Sunday markets was to expand the focus area of the FURA fundraising campaign. Up to now we’ve been focusing on semi-urban, rural and semi-rural market segments, but as a way to broaden our reach we decided to visit the heart of the Joburg north which is a powerful economic market to push our campaign even further,” he explained.

GDF’s Chief Operations Officer, Talifhani Tshitwamulomoni, shed light on their offering on the two-day exhibitions. “Our exhibition entailed selling shoes which we’ve planted flowers in which forms part of our fundraiser. Also, most importantly we were there to encourage people to make use of the SMS line and have an understanding of what we are trying to achieve,” he said.

Speaking of the significance of using the shoes as pot plants, Mupingo said: “The significance of the shoes derives from the English term ‘walk the talk’, but our version is ‘walk the hope’ as GDF is not an entity that goes out there to make promises and say things to make the people feel good, but an organization that walks the talk and put its money where its mouth is”.

Each shoe plant is R50 with a beautifully fitted plant in it.

Tshitwamulomoni added that proceeds from the campaign will benefit the needy communities who will receive a Nutribucket (which is a 25l bucket filled with different seedlings that the families can plant and later harvest to consume).

The targeted communities are Clayoven, Msawawa, Kysands, Lion Park, Eskom (Itsoseng), Plot89, Video, Tshesampama, Diepsloot, Honeydew, Laezonia, Bridge, Cultera, which all were identified due to their obvious poverty conditions.

To ensure that there was footfall on their market stands, GDF made use of its mascot, the charismatic Buti Green who provided entertainment and attraction for the children.

As there are more markets and events to visit, GDF also has encouraged the donation of old shoes to be dropped off on 23 Monument Road in Kempton Park.

For more information:

To participate in FURA campaign sms FURA to 48991 for only R10 each),

Visit: www.gdfsa.org/ contact: Farai Mupingo on 011 028 7635

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Note: The launch of the FURA campaign was made possible in partnership withTELFA Group, Green Development Foundation and the Ekurhuleni Artisans and Skills Training Centre.

SMS line: SMS FURAto 48991, for only R10.

Photo captions: GDF CEO Farai Mupingo, Lungile Shiburi and Thabelo Makwarela holding shoes donated by rapper Kwesta, now turned into pot plants.

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Rol’Model Agency roars into life in Cosmo city

Rol’ Model Agency, which operates in Cosmo City, hosted their first annual event and crowned their first ever Miss Rol’ Model Cosmo City on 31 October at Pat in extension 4.

Luyanda Methula was crowned the First Queen, Tebogo Teffo the first Princess, and Pfarelo Ratshivhombela 2nd Princess. In the teen category, Lyris Mogano was crowned Miss Teen, Karabo Monyane became the First Princess putting Nandi Ndaba the Second Princess. Sinegugu Mondlane was crowned Miss Rol'Model Public choice.

Rol’ Model Agency is a modelling agency specialising on grooming and mentoring models to become role models.  In an interview with the Chronicle, Rol’ Model Agency founder Seelebatho Zondo said their organisation will continue hosting modelling shows in the community and areas outside Cosmo City.

 “The aim of the event was to breed role models,” he said. “Those role models will breed others too. We believe that we can learn from each other."



“We would like to thank everyone who managed to support the event. We had great Performances from local artists such as Nathan, RJay, GMT Nigmola, Flacko Luthando, G Boss Da Fresh, Hlonie & Leigh Segow, Trizzy, Scratch flows, and many more.”

“Winning the title (Miss Rol’ Model Cosmo City) gave me the real public identity, “said Luyanda Methula. “I have always identified myself as a role model to young girls.”

AfriNova Digital Launches New Product digiToken

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AfriNova Digital Created New Product digiToken. The digiToken platform is an app that can be accessed online via a laptop/pc or via a mobile device, and it is quite simple to access. All you need to do is download the app, register, confirm your registration and then you are ready to start transacting! One can buy airtime & data (for Vodacom, MTN, CellC, Telkom and others) , electricity & water (for Joburg, Tshwane, eThekwini, City of Cape Town, Mangaung, and most municipalities across South Africa) on the platform without leaving your home. These are only a few of the services that will be available on digiToken, as more products/services will be launched in the next few months. According to the Co-Founder Xolisa Vuza, “This is the perfect solution creating convenience as people do not need to leave their homes to buy airtime or electricity, which many still find very prevalent within the South African market particularly in the Townships and surrounding areas”.
Most of us find ourselves running out of prepaid electricity or water in the middle of the night. digiToken seems to be the answer and solution to this. The platform caters for the banked (with debit/credit cards); and definitely the unbanked and support Township Economy. digiToken clients don’t need to have a bank account to take advantage of the services and products that are available on this digital platform. This is achieved by using the smart wallet system called digiWallet, that allow customers to buy any products available on digiToken. digiToken customers will soon be able to transfer money to other friends or family members in need, using the platform from the

comfort of their homes. The app also saves the customer on service fees charged by the banks, and you are not charged transaction fees when using the digiWallet to pay for electricity/airtime.


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In the context of the COVID19 pandemic, it is beneficial for people to practice social distancing, stay indoors and to rather transact online. digiToken offers a safe method and means for consumers who are still following traditional ways of purchasing prepaid electricity, water, airtime and data by physically visiting kiosks, garages or spaza shops. Customers can purchase these products/services in the comfort of their own homes.



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With the current unemployment rate skyrocketing in South Africa, AfriNova Digital has found an innovative way to help and ease this challenge with digiToken platform. The services available on the platform can be bought by yourself directly, or can be bought from someone else, using the same platform. digiToken supports various users – creating employment opportunities for consumers and small businesses as the Agent and sub-Agent.

Anyone who wants to sell digiToken products and services does not need to buy any infrastructure like printers, but they can start to operate sooner and without any hassle.





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