Luyanda Helps Us Care for the Next GenerationJAM South Africa has welcomed Luyanda Mzazi of Generations fame as another JAMbassador. The young actress who plays Lesedi on the popular soapie has always had a heart for helping others and has decided to use her “stage” to spread some magic in the lives of disadvantaged children. “I chose to partner with JAM because of its achievements over the years and determination to make a difference and change lives for the better. “This inspires me to look further into giving back. I am especially interested in programmes that aim to make the lives of children better, and I know that this is a cause that is at the centre of JAM's existence. “I believe that being a young person in the entertainment industry and partnering with an organisation such as JAM will encourage other young people who are fortunate to "offer a hand" to others who are less fortunate,” she said.
Red Riders Get 2 New Recruits!JAM SA is thrilled to welcome Craig Wittstock and Derek Schulze to the Red Riders. Along with veterans Brian Hendrikz, Jhan Luus and Mike de Villiers, the duo will be riding the Sani2C which starts on Thursday, May 12. Craig and Derek have been friends since they were at school together at St Andrews in Bloemfontein. In 2012 they started cycling as a team and have participated in a number of big rides including three Sani2Cs, Wines2Whales, the Trans Baviaans and countless one-day events. This year, the dynamic duo decided to up their game and ride for a cause. JAM South Africa is fortunate to be the charity of their choice.
What it would cost SA's biggest companies to solve child hungerJOHANNESBURG – It would cost the ten largest companies on the JSE just 0.19% of their combined annual earnings in 2015 to feed all of South Africa’s remaining hungry children.
According to Joint Aid Management (JAM) South Africa’s MD, David Brown, at least two million pre-school children go to bed hungry every night in South Africa. JAM is feeding more than 84 000 of these children across seven provinces, by providing them with a bowl of porridge each day known as CSS+, or Corn Soya Sugar Blend. This contains 75% of their daily nutrient requirements, says Brown.
Through JAM’s feeding scheme, it costs R360 to feed a child for a year. Assuming that 1 916 000 children still need to be fed, that amounts to R689.8 million per year, or 0.19% of the R354.4 billion collectively earned in 2015 (calculated by adding headline earnings or operating profit, where headline earnings wasn’t available) by the JSE’s ten largest companies by market capitalisation.
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JAM SA has been serving disadvantaged communities in South Africa since 2005. At the end of 2015, JAM SA was supporting more than 1700 Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres. JAM SA operated in seven provinces in South Africa: Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape, Limpopo and North West.