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The Mother City’s Diversity

Cape Town with a population of over 4 million people has a cosmopolitan cultural mix which has been influenced over the years by the Dutch, French and British along with a significant influence coming from the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Originally established as a refreshment station by the Dutch East India Company in the […]

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Melanie McDowell posted in: Cape Town, Culture
UCT Only African University in Times Top 150

This week saw the publication of a list of the top 200 universities in the world according to the Higher Education Supplement of London-based newspaper The Times. The University of Cape Town (UCT) has moved up 33 places from its 2008 ranking to join the 150 best universities in the world. The four main criteria […]

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Eimear Costigan posted in: Cape Town, Social Entrepreneurship
Child Life Program Update

Since May 2008, great strides have been made in the effort to pilot child life services at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital (RCCH) in Cape Town, South Africa.  Caroline Hargrave, Child Life Program Director appointed through Connect-123, has been at RCCH since February 2009 leading the pilot program. Additionally, four child life specialists […]

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Lea Levy posted in: Health Care
Child Life Series: Healthcare Project Established in Cape Town

Connect-123 is assisting the largest paediatric hospital in South Africa to institute a Child Life Specialist program, an integrated child health delivery system which has the potential to greatly enhance the paediatric health care services offered at the hospital. Child Life Specialists use therapeutic and recreational play in order to reduce the fears and fantasies […]

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Youth Photo Exhibition a Continued Success

As part of their internship, five Connect-123 volunteers created a Youth Leadership Through Photography project at Nazeema Isaacs Library in Khayelitsha in July 2006. This project continues to grow yearly with the valuable assistance of Connect-123 interns. The project involved fund-raising, teaching 125 students from Khayelitsha and Nyanga to use digital cameras, working with the […]

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Steven Levy posted in: Cape Town, Social Impact
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