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​Local & International awareness and commemorative dates

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Interested in facts and figures?

Take a look at some interesting local and international publications here.

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Casual Day - 7 September

Casual day_s.pngLaunched in 1995, Casual Day is an awareness and fundraising campaign benefiting persons with disabilities. Each year on the first Friday of September, South Africans are encouraged to go to work or school dressed differently – either dress up or dress down – and to wear the official Casual Day sticker to show their support for persons with disabilities.

The campaign encourages the public to contribute financially through a small donation of R10 for a sticker, and at the same time lobbies for the full inclusion and equity of persons with disabilities.
So, not only does it raise funds, but it also raises awareness of the challenges and potential of the community in a fun way!
The theme for 2018 is: BE AN EVERYDAY HERO with persons with disabilities.

See how you can get involved at SU

​Heritage D​​​ay - 24 Septem​ber​

​Heritage Day recognises and celebrates the cultural wealth of our nation. South Africans celebrate the day by remembering the cultural heritage of the many cultures that make up the population of South Africa. Various events are staged throughout the country to commemorate this day.​
And of course, what would Heritage Day be without a braai!

​Stellenbosch University Heart Awareness Campaign - September 2018



During the month of September, Stellenbosch University will be running a Heart Awareness Campaign in support of World Heart Day on 29th September.

The key message for the campaign is:
'Do what is BESST for your heart'
B: Blood pressure, E: exercise, S: Stop smoking; S: salt, T: tell others

Created by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day informs people around the globe that CVD, including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death claiming 17.5 million lives each year, and highlights the actions that individuals can take to prevent and control CVD. It aims to drive action to educate people that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.

World Heart Day is a global campaign during which individuals, families, communities and governments around the world participate in activities to take charge of their heart health and that of others.

South African SDG Hub ​releases important publication

sdg_hub_report_s.pngOn the 6th of August 2018, the South African SDG Hub launched the publication Implementing the SDGs in South Africa: Challenges and opportunities.

The digital version of the publication can be downloaded here.

In this publication, contributors from government, academia and development partners reflect on the effective implementation of the SDGs in South Africa.
The publication also co​​ntains some of the most recent data on South Africa’s implementation of the SDGs.

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Willem Fourie
, Associate Professor at the Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership and Co-ordinator of the South African SDG Hub at the University of Pretoria, gives his opinion on what South Africa can do to speed up its realisation of the SDGs.

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The Great African Caravan

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​The Great African Caravan is the first major travel project by the Art Caravan Association. 8 international artists from all around the globe (India, Argentina, Britain, Uganda, Germany, and Kosovo) will travel for 7 month through the continent of Africa covering 12 countries. The adventurous journey will start in August 2018 in South Africa (Cape Town), go through South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi,Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Sudan and end in Egypt in February 2019.

Throughout the journey, the artists will work with local humanitarian organisations, youth groups, and artists as well as further governmental bodies, cultural entities, and similar institutions to connect, strategise, design novel solutions for local challenges, and build awareness on SDGs with the broader aim of contributing to peace, global citizenship, and sustainable social change. In each country it will be collaboratively worked on a specific Sustainable Development Goals using art as a holistic, inspiring, and raising tool.​​​

Want to learn more?