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Profile of an Activist -- #16DaysofActivism

Our DREAMS Ambassador Nqobile Shezi has her say on education, relationships and parenting...

“As young women, especially, we have to empower ourselves with education. We no longer live during the times when an educated woman was the exception. If you’re educated and self-reliant you don’t have to stay in relationships that aren’t good for you....
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Celebrating Renovations to Mapeloana Secondary School in Limpopo

In 2013, the Limpopo Department of Education approached our Office of Defence Cooperation (ODC) with a request for assistance in renovating Mapeloana Secondary School. The school was in a dilapidated state and classrooms were overcrowded with learners, which contributed to a poor learning environment. ODC, through a grant of...
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Are you a woman with at least two year’s experience in the STEM field? Do you want to learn from fellow women in the field and experience the United States' innovative industries? Then you must apply for 2017 TechWomen program. Applications are now open! Each year TechWomen brings 100 emerging women leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from Africa,...
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US Embassy South Africa
11/25/2016 at 10:00. Facebook
Profile of an Activist -- #16DaysOfActivism

Our #WorldAIDSDay2016 DREAMS Ambassador is Thandeka Sibiya, whose life and #BigDREAMS have been profoundly affected by HIV/AIDS in her family and in her community.

“My first experience of HIV was at age seven. My father was very ill and mom told us he was HIV-positive. My mother nursed him and made sure he took his ARVs; she always went to the...
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HIV is a chronic illness that, under most circumstances, can be managed for a lifetime with the right treatment. However, regardless of the medical advancements in HIV treatment, stigma remains one of the largest deterrents to getting tested. “There has been a stigma attached to being HIV positive,…

USAID Southern Africa - Two Lives...One and the Same on Exposure

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Today is, as we all know, is #WorldAIDSDay2016 and we'd like to share this video message from President Obama with all of you - A message of hope, but also a call for action...

"Hi everybody, this is the last World AIDS Day that I will mark as president and I'm very proud of what we've accomplished together over the past eight years.
Here and around the world over 18 million people are...
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President Obama on World AIDS Day 2016

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US Embassy South Africa
11/30/2016 at 15:30. Facebook
It's #FirstThursdays this week! Our American Corner Cape Town is hosting a special discussion about the power of dance this month. They are working with iKapa Dance Theatre and the United States group 10 Hairy Legs. Make sure you catch them at the Central Library Cape Town on Thursday December 1. RSVP here [ Goo.gl Link ]
US Embassy South Africa
11/30/2016 at 12:53. Facebook
Profile of an Activist -- #16DaysofActivism

Nontokozo Zakwe, with her peer-ambassadors, concentrates on one of the presentations at our recent DREAMS camp.

"As a young woman in South Africa today it’s very hard to remain HIV-negative and pregnancy-free. There are multiple threats stemming from poverty and violence.
I believe DREAMS responds well to young women’s cries for support and...
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US Embassy South Africa
11/30/2016 at 09:43. Facebook
All you need to know about renewable energy in 150 fun seconds! (Well, almost all...)

#Energy21SA's Exchange Hub just unveiled the world premier of #ThomastheEnergyCat! Check it out for yourself and share with your family, friends, and colleagues.

You'll find more about our #Energy21SA initiative at: [ Usembassy.gov Link ]

The adventures of Thomas the Energy Cat | U.S. Embassy & Consulates in South Africa

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US Embassy South Africa
11/30/2016 at 07:06. Facebook
It's been 12 weeks already, 12 weeks of hard work and learning at the American Corner Cape Town for six young filmmakers. They were attending an intensive documentary course presented by Reel Lives and funded by US Embassy South Africa. The filmmakers used the state-of-the-art equipment at the Corner. Join them this Saturday in #CapeTown as they premier their documentary films. They tackle the...
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US Embassy South Africa
11/29/2016 at 15:45. Facebook
Our Agency for International Development, USAID Southern Africa, is partnering with local organizations and government to bring the Score4Life campaign to Alex during #16DaysOfActivism. Score4Life offers free, safe and confidential HIV testing for men...
US Embassy South Africa
11/29/2016 at 13:31. Facebook
Profile of an Activist -- #16DaysOfActivism

Meet Khethiwe Dlamini, who shares her dream of becoming a social worker, and her work in the 'Stepping Stones' program - teaching young girls life skills and encouraging them in their studies.

"Education is very important – if you’re not educated, you won’t get far in life, and may get caught up in negative things in an attempt to make money. If...
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US Embassy South Africa
11/29/2016 at 09:55. Facebook
How many of us knew that George Airport became the African continent’s first airport and the second in the world to be fully powered by solar energy?
Advantages? The airport’s electricity bill has dropped by nearly half and solar power has stabilized the energy supply so that the power outages are no longer a problem.

#PartnershipforProsperity #Energy21SA

Airports look to the sun to save money | U.S. Embassy & Consulates in South Africa

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US Embassy South Africa
11/29/2016 at 07:19. Facebook
#16DaysOfActivism
“The battle for gender equality can’t be won unless men lead it along with women.” - Bono

U2's Bono gets women's rights activism award | ShareAmerica

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US Embassy South Africa
11/25/2016 at 10:00. Facebook
US Embassy South Africa
11/28/2016 at 13:21. Facebook
Profile of an Activist -- #16DaysOfActivism

“I had a lot of friends who fell pregnant in high school. Eight out of 10 people in my group of friends fell pregnant at the same time. We were in Grade 11 at the time. It put a strain on our friendships, some withdrew, some dropped out of school ... I guess some thought we were going to judge them. Others took a break from school, but came back...
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US Embassy South Africa
11/28/2016 at 09:45. Facebook
IBM: Another great American company enhancing our #PartnershipforProsperity with South Africa

Last week, Ambassador Gaspard paid a visit to US tech giant IBM’s international research center in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The center, which opened in August and represents a 700 million Rand investment by IBM, works in cooperation with Wits University and its new technology innovation hub in...
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US Embassy South Africa
11/27/2016 at 08:30. Facebook
Profile of an Activist -- #16DaysOfActivism

“I’m involved in community development work because it’s important to work with people. If we don’t stand up and deal with issues affecting our communities, who will? If we just focus on our own lives, who will take care of those who can’t take care of themselves?” -- Bongiwe Mfeka

I’m a DREAMS Ambassador in the city of eThekwini in KwaZulu-Natal...
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US Embassy South Africa
11/26/2016 at 14:00. Facebook
Profile of an Activist -- #16DaysOfActivism

Being an activist is about wanting to make a change and taking the first step. In this profile, Ziyanda Hadebe talks about how the 'sexualisation' of young women and dealing with her friend's teenage pregnancy made her want to become a DREAMS Ambassador.

Ziyanda Hadebe:

I’ve been a DREAMS ambassador for a couple of months now. What drove me...
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