The path to #DirectElections begins today

HAVE YOUR SAY As leaders in civil society, politics and business, we today outline the path towards reforming our electoral system to ensure that voters can directly elect individuals who are accountable to the people, free from the constraints of the political party establishment. South Africans are frustrated, despondent and desperate. Our democracy is in a dire state, fast heading in the wrong direction. The truth is no single political party is able to drastically change the fortunes of South Africa and its people. With almost 50 political parties on the ballot paper, adding another one changes nothing.  In the last years’ National and Provincial Elections, more eligible voters in South Africa chose not to vote, than those who chose to vote. The result is that we are effectively ruled by a minority government. We need a greater say in our democracy and the running of our country. We need a fresh start. A new beginning. In June this year, a gamechanger occurred. The Constitutional Court ordered Parliament to change our electoral laws to allow for independent individuals to stand for election to Parliament. We believe this marks the beginning of a new model of direct, accountable governance for South … Read More

Project “Apollo”

On 17 April 2020 the Scheinberg Relief Fund accepted the One South Africa Movement’s proposal to fund Project Apollo a comprehensive programme to source, supply and distribute staple food packages to poor and vulnerable families across Cape Town’s informal settlements in the wake of the COVID 19 outbreak.• Due to the economic impact of the national lockdown, now in its 7th week, many vulnerable residents are struggling to make ends meet and provide for their families• To help ease this burden, the Scheinberg Relief Fund generously donated 300 000 to Project Apollo divided into monthly tranches of 100 000 for April, May, June 2020  Progress Update  (as of 15 May 2020)Number of Distributions Completed  -5-  (OceanView, Heideveld, Vrygrond, Philippi, Nyanga East)Number of Food Parcels:  1150Additional Projects:Distribution of food vouchers to 101 families in Mfuleni, each to the value of R300Distribution Drive OneDate: Friday, 1 May 2020Location: Ocean View, Cape TownFood Parcels Distributed: 150Joined by World Cup Winning South African Rugby Player, Bryan Habana.   Distribution Drive TwoDate: Friday, 8 May 2020Location: Nyanga East, Cape TownFood Parcels Distributed: 150.   Distribution Drive ThreeDate: Friday, 8 May 2020Location:Philippi, Cape TownFoodParcels Distributed: 150Joined by Former South African Cricket Player, Vernon Philander and Actor Siv Ngesi   Distribution Drive FourDate: Wednesday, … Read More

Project “Orange”

OneSA and Yebo Fresh partner with “Project Orange” to distribute 5.7 million oranges to vulnerable communities across SAToday, the One South Africa Movement and Yebo Fresh have taken delivery of the first tranche of over 77 000 oranges to be distributed to vulnerable communities across South Africa in partnership with the Ruben Richard Foundation’s “Project Orange”.Thanks to the generosity of citrus farmers in the Western Cape’s Olifants River Valley, “Project Orange” will see 19 million oranges given out to South Africans in vulnerable communities, old age homes, creches and clinics in the coming months. Yebo Fresh and OneSA will alone distribute over 150 000 6kg pockets of oranges during the months of May, June and July – a total of over 5.7 million oranges.As we approach the winter months in this COVID-19 crisis, the intake of Vitamin C becomes crucial in preventing illness. One medium orange contains 70 milligrams of Vitamin C, which is the recommended daily intake suggested by nutritionists and medical professionals. Therefore, vulnerable South Africans will be able to boost their immune systems to fight off illness during the cold winter period.Chief Activist of the One South Africa Movement, Mmusi Maimane, paid tribute to the farmers who … Read More

COVID-19 – #TogetherWeCanWin

COVID-19 Hand Sanitiser Campaign One South Africa Movement

One South Africa Movement launches #TogetherWeCanWin campaign to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.On 21 March 2020, in commemoration of Human Rights Day, Mmusi Maimane, alongside the One South Africa Movement activists, distributed 5000 litres of hand sanitiser to the community of Mfuleni in Cape Town as part of its #TogetherWeCanWin campaign to stop the spread of COVID-19.The distribution of a further 10 000 litres continued on 26 March 2020 before lockdown to the communities in Nyanga, Khayelithsa, Hout Bay and Fish Hoek in the Western Cape and Evaton in Gauteng.The hand sanitiser, bottles, transport and printing were all donated by individuals doing their bit to stop this virus and protect poor and vulnerable communities.“I wish to extend my deepest gratitude to each and every person who contributed towards the #TogetherWeCanWin campaign. Thanks to your efforts, we are able to play our part in halting the spread of the Covid-19 virus – particularly among poor and vulnerable communities,” said Maimane, Chief Activist of One South Africa Movement.The campaign will now expand to several other vulnerable communities across the country and distribute hand sanitiser and hygienic products in high volume areas such as bus stops, taxi ranks and train stations.One South Africa Movement … Read More