By Grade 6, less than 1% of schoolchildren who are not learning in their home language are coping at school. Many of them struggle with the basics of reading, but a small yet determined group of volunteers at The Shine Centre is finding a way out of the gloom.
Bright Start sponsors promising township students to attend better-equipped schools; in partnership with schools, parents and sponsors, the organisation is breaking the cycle of poverty, one child at a time.
Action Volunteer Africa places community-minded youngsters in volunteer positions to help them develop workplace skills, contribute to the communities they live in, and gain a sense of self-worth.
Working with traumatised children is psychologically demanding; the Zakheni Arts Therapy Foundation helps care workers look after their own wellbeing as they care for the vulnerable, and helps introduce creative arts tools into psychological support.
High school dropout rates were first on the agenda at the Brand South Africa Soweto Dialogues on education, with residents and education experts tackling how to reduce the number of children leaving school early.
Brand South Africa will bring an opportunity to discuss education with specialists in the field, to the community in Soweto when it hosts the second Play Your Part/Sowetan dialogue in Soweto, Orlando West, Uncle Toms Hall on 22 January.
The role the community has played in the success of the award-winning Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve has been highlighted at the reopening of the reserve's family village, which provides staff members and their families with housing and more.
Cherlyn Tshabangu is determined to get drug dealers out of Krugersdorp, and rehabilitate and educate drug-addicted underage sex workers and reunite them with their families.
Recognising that education is a driving force behind South Africa's continued economic success, Brand South Africa has selected two gifted Soweto students to receive bursaries to study at North West University.
Brand South Africa is awarding bursaries to two students from the Lekoa Shandu Secondary School in Sharpeville to further their studies in marketing and communications at the North West University.