Addressing some of the challenges in philanthropy and CSI practices.
Safety and Security
Safety and security issues remain of major concern for South Africans. According to SA Fast Facts, South Africa has the 18th largest prisoner to population ratio in the world.
Respect for and preservation of our planet and its natural resources is imperative for the wellbeing and prosperity of people everywhere.
In South Africa, some regions have experienced severe drought recently, while other parts have had to contend with floods that have resulted in the displacement of communities and even loss of lives.
Arts and Culture
According to Cultural Times, the first global map of the cultural and creative industries, it is estimated that yearly revenues of US$250 billion are generated by these industries, creating 29.5 million jobs worldwide.
Entrepreneur and Small Business Support
Entrepreneurship, with its potential for job creation and economic growth, is often cited as a solution to South Africa’s high unemployment rate.
Government spent R31.8 billion on education in 1994. In 2016 this figure had grown to R297.5 billion. On average, education receives 33% of provincial government expenditure and has received more than 40% of CSI spend since 2012.
Housing and Living Conditions
Most statistics show that living conditions in terms of access to housing, electricity, clean water and sanitation services have improved considerably over the last two decades.
Food Security and Agriculture
Recent droughts have posed a major threat to food security and agriculture.
The total number of people living with HIV in South Africa is estimated to have increased by 12%, from 5 million in 2014 to 6.2 million in 2015.
As South Africa experienced first-hand during the 1995 Rugby World Cup and 2010 Soccer World Cup, sport is a powerful tool for uniting people from all walks of life.
Social and Community Development
Based on the Millennium Development Goals 2015 Country Report, South Africa has made some progress in addressing extreme poverty, although income inequality remains a huge challenge.