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Supporting pregnant women’s journey to motherhood
17 December 2013 - Supported by UNICEF, MomConnect links pregnant women and mothers to healthcare through mobile technology. The programme sends critical health messages to women’s mobile phones.
Statement of Condolence on Nelson Mandela from Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director
5 December 2013 - UNICEF joins millions of people around the world who mourn the loss of Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa
Katy Perry is UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador
3 December 2013 – At a special event today at UNICEF Headquarters, global pop superstar Katy Perry was appointed UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador, with a special focus on engaging young people in the agency’s work.
CONNECTED DOT COM: Young People’s Navigation of Online Risks
November 2013 – Four in five children in South Africa have access to a mobile phone, and almost half of them use mobile phones to access the internet – especially social media platforms.
South African children resilient in their mitigation of online risks
28 November 2013 – Four in five children in South Africa have access to a mobile phone, and almost half of them use mobile phones to access the internet.
On Universal Children’s Day, put hidden violence and abuse in the spotlight, says UNICEF
20 November 2013 – As the world marks Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF is urging a much stronger light be shone on the millions of children in every country and at every level of society who are victims of violence and abuse that continue to go unnoticed.
Media advisory: "Let’s Play" renews its partnership with UNICEF South Africa
14 November 2013 - Let’s Play, SuperSport's Corporate Social Investment programme, is renewing its partnership with UNICEF South Africa in support of the organisation's Sports for Development Programme throughout the country.
UNICEF/CJCP study explores how children build resilience against online risks
12 November 2013 - Social and digital media have become an important way for young people to connect and to remain connected. The widespread use of information and communication technologies presents a number of new risks and opportunities.
Young Reporters in South Africa giving a helping hand to spreading a lifesaving message
12 October 2013 - The voice on the radio is that of a teenage girl, but it speaks with authority as it challenges a male friend about his handwashing practices.
On International Day of the Girl Child, innovation key to more girls in school and learning
11 October 2013 – To mark the second International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF today highlighted the power of innovation to get more girls in school and improve the quality of learning for all children.
South Africa stands to benefit significantly from investing in its young
10 October 2013 - Better school results, increased productivity, long-term economic growth and social cohesion are some of the benefits that South Africa can gain by investing early in its children.
Media Advisory: UNICEF and Unilever Foundation recognise young reporters’ efforts ahead of Global Handwashing Day
10 Ocotober 2013 - Members of the Children’s Radio Foundation’s Young Reporters Network will be recognised and rewarded this weekend for their efforts in creativity and health promotion.
Sinking her teeth into a male-dominated career field
9 October 2013 - International Day of the Girl Child is 11 October 2013. This year’s Day focuses on innovating for girls’ education.
Media advisory: Investments in young children a great equaliser
October 2013 - Investments in children’s first years of life can help to reduce widening inequalities in SA. Early childhood services, and their long-term benefits for the country, will be featured at the launch of the South African Child Gauge 2013.
Media advisory: Fundraising event in aid of UNICEF
September 2013 - Charity Ball in aid of UNICEF at the Westin Hotel in Cape Town on 2 November 2013. The theme of the ball is Mad Hatters, Alice in Wonderland.
Keeping mothers and children alive and healthy: tracking South Africa’s progress
6 September 2013 - For many years, South Africa’s HIV burden was amongst the largest in the world, but the country’s commitment to eliminate mother to child transmission of HIV and to improve the health of mothers and babies, changed this around.
NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving visits schools in South Africa with UNICEF
29 August 2013 – National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Kyrie Irving has just concluded a visit to Gauteng, South Africa, where he participated in a variety of educational programs supported by UNICEF’s Schools for Africa initiative.
Media advisory: Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to Lead a National Men’s Rally Against Gender Based Violence and child abuse
August 2013 - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe in his capacity as Chairperson of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), will on 24th August, lead a men’s rally against rape, gender based violence and child abuse.
South African artist Zolani Mahalo hitting the right note with her breastfeeding goals
August 2013 - Her tiny frame stands in stark contrast to Zolani Mahalo’s powerful voice – its distinct quality able to sweep crowds to their feet. Zolani is the lead singer of South African Afro-fusion band Freshlyground.
Breastfeeding is most effective life-saver, UNICEF
1 August 2013 – During World Breastfeeding Week starting today, UNICEF is focusing on breastfeeding as the most effective and inexpensive way of saving a child’s life.
Nelson Mandela: Any society which does not care for its children is no nation at all
11 July 2013 – The countdown to International Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July has begun. On South Africa’s first democratically elected president’s birthday, people from all over the world are challenged to spend at least 67 minutes doing good work.
UNICEF concerned over harmful initiation practices
10 July 2013 - UNICEF expressed concern today over the reported deaths of several children as a result of harmful practices, including unsafe male circumcision, during recent initiation ceremonies.
IKEA Norway visits South Africa to learn about Safe and Caring Child-Friendly Schools
26 June 2013 - In South Africa, the Safe and Caring Child-Friendly Schools Programme enjoys the support of this highly successful campaign. But the buyers of the soft toys are not the only heroes.
New HIV infections among children have been reduced by 50 per cent or more in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa
25 June 2013 - New report also shows that access to treatment remains unacceptably low for children––only 3 in 10 children in need of treatment have access in most ‘Global Plan’ priority countries.
Young reporters honoured on National Youth Day at South Africa’s first ever Youth Radio Awards
17 June 2013 – Dozens of young reporters and their community radio stations across the country were honoured this weekend at the Youth Radio Awards ceremony, which was held on Sunday June 16, coinciding with National Youth Day.
Media advisory: Youth Radio Awards, growing children’s broadcasting on Youth Day
June 2013 - On 16 June, 2013 the Children’s Radio Foundation and UNICEF will host South Africa’s first ever Youth Radio Awards. The event coincides with Youth Day, and will highlight children’s right to be heard in South Africa.
See the child before the disability, UNICEF says
30 May 2013 – Children with disabilities and their communities would both benefit if society focused on what those children can achieve, rather than what they cannot do, according to UNICEF’s annual State of the World’s Children’s report released globally
Young leader inspires others towards enablement, despite her own disability
29 May 2013 - UNICEF’s flagship report, ‘The State of the World’s Children 2013: Children Living with Disabilities’, will launch on 30 May, focusing attention on children living with disabilities.
The gift of life proving to be the greatest threat to newborns
18 April 2013 - Eighteen-year-old Nandipa’s heart raced as the contractions occurred closer and closer together. She had been looking forward to welcoming her son into the world and had already named him “Silindokuhle”, a traditional Xhosa name.
Global conference stresses urgent need to prioritise the health of newborns
15 April 2013 – Representatives from over fifty countries gathered today for the opening session of the first-ever Global Newborn Health Conference (#Newborn2013) in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Media advisory: Saving 3 million Newborns - Global Newborn Health Conference
April 2013 - World’s Leading Health Experts Gather to Share Interventions to Reduce Newborn Deaths, 15- 18 April 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa.
GEM/BEM Sports Progamme giving future leaders a sporting chance
March 2013 - Sixteen-year-old Ntloso is smiling wholeheartedly as he jogs around a sports field at the break of dawn. Dozens of children and young people are gathered on the same field: running, stretching and talking excitedly.
Santam and UNICEF partner to promote quality education and safer schools
13 March 2013 – Santam today partnered with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Department of Education in Mpumalanga to promote safer schools and quality education in the province.
Young reporters embracing the power of storytelling
February 2013 - Youth in South Africa face a number of challenges – such as teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, HIV and high unemployment. Behind every one of these challenges, however, there are stories to be told, but not only from an adult perspective.