07/19/2015 • 7:12 pm 0
07/07/2015 • 3:56 pm Comments Off on Mandela Day…
Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July, 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said that “it is in your hands now”. And obviously HOPE Cape Town is also celebrating Mandela Day with a special event taking place in Blikkiesdorp this year. But I believe Mandela Day should be almost every day – there is always and every day a possibility to better the life of somebody, to make somebody smile or why not take the opportunity to better oneself – learn a new skill, try out a new approach, learn something about those we call strangers or foreigners or even of the history of this beautiful and so troubled country South Africa.
To make Mandela Day an every days efforts: this is the reason for most NGO’s being founded and run over time. Whether it is in ecology or health or youth development or whatever field – it is amazing how many people are involved in doing exactly this and in my humble opinion it outweighs all the negativity reported in the various newspapers and media outlets. We only have to realize it. Especially in South Africa, where negative headlines from corruption via crime/violence to unemployment seems to have taken over and overshadow all the good which is done around the Cape of Good Hope. So maybe Mandela Day can also inspire us to look at those little and often small efforts of good forces in the world, but not only look at them but magnifying them, supporting them, cherishing them, talking about them and last but not least taking them on as our tasks and callings of today. Do good and talk about it, inspire others to follow in the days and weeks after the very day, this would certainly change this part of the world.
06/26/2015 • 4:37 pm Comments Off on Laudato Si
Seldom was an encyclical so much anticipated and then so much welcomed by almost all quarters of society with the exception of those denying global warming as a matter of principal. Having read the document there is indeed a unique beauty and meaning in how Pope Francis combined and interlinked ecology, poverty and economy as well as social justice. It feels like an updated “Pacem in Terris” written in 1963 by the good Pope Johannes XXIII: Here is someone catching at the right moment the sentiments and worries of all people of good will living in the global village.
A document, the Catholic Church can be proud to have produced and worth reading bit by bit, even if one doesn’t agree with faith as such or with the Catholic Church as an institution.
Much is already written about it – form your own opinion by reading the document yourself.
Here the link to the English version:
06/18/2015 • 12:47 pm Comments Off on Job offer: HOPE Doctor in Cape Town – South Africa (part-time)
HOPE Cape Town Association – HOPE Doctor
HOPE Cape Town, a local non-profit Organisation providing outreach and education in the field of Paediatric HIV and AIDS and related illnesses seeks a part-time medical doctor to co-manage the HOPE Doctor portfolio. Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
• Clinical work
Provide comprehensive clinical care to HIV infected children at community based state health care facilities.
Interact and liaise with the Tygerberg Paediatric Infectious Diseases doctors
Identify translational research opportunities; plan and implement formal and informal research
Manage the medical elective student program
Train and support the HOPE Community Health Workers
Provide external training and awareness as required
•Project management and support
Assist in planning, initiating and executing HOPE Cape Town Association projects and programs.
Interact with donors and media as required
Participate in HOPE Cape Town events
Oversee resistance testing and liaise between requesting doctors and the lab.
The HOPE Doctor will be based at the HOPE Cape Town offices at Tygerberg Campus, University of Stellenbosch, but will be required to travel to health care facilities and community based projects. The successful candidate will form part of the senior staff team and will report to the Program Coordinator. This is a part time position (20 hours per week).
•M.B.Ch.B (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery)
•Valid Registration with HPCSA (Health Professions Council South Africa)
•Registration with MPS (Medical Protection Society)
•Excellent interpersonal skills
•Superior Communication Skills: Fluent in English (spoken and written); other languages an asset
•Advanced computer skills (Microsoft Office)
•Drivers licence with independent transport
•No criminal record
•Work permit (if not SA resident)
The following experience and skills would be advantageous:
•At least one year’s experience in managing HIV positive patients on ARV treatment (including children)
•Diploma in HIV Management of college of family physicians of South Africa (Dip HIV Man (SA))
Applications should include a covering letter detailing each of the identified qualifications and skills, proof of qualifications, a current CV and a minimum of two references. Completed applications may be forwarded to:
Dr Izane Reyneke
HOPE Cape Town
Phone 021 – 938 9930
Fax 021 – 938 6662
Email program @ hopecapetown.com
Suitable candidates will be invited for an interview
Closing date for applications: 29 June 2015