Feeling lost in London? Need to connect with other South Africans, find a job, hear about home or just wake up and smell the boerewors? Check out our comprehensive guide to South African news, services, social clubs, communities, business networks and entertainment in London. AaardvarkSoos baie van julle seker al gehoor het, het daar ‘n nuwe Afrikaanse pub oopgemaak in Surray Quays. Kom maak gerus ‘n draai. Oop elke aand vanaf 18.00.The Africa Centre The heart of Africa in the heart of London.African South Portal and forum for Saffers in the UK. AfricaUKNews, entertainment, business, networking, discussion forums, listings of African service providers and organisations in the UK. AntipodateSite for Aussies, Kiwis, Saffas, Zimbos or other southern hemisphere expats in the UK and Ireland who are looking for a friend, date, travel partner or serious relationship. Black PepperBlack Pepper provides entertainment for South Africans in the UK. The company organise concerts, parties, comedians, golf days, DJs, corporate events, outings, sporting events and coach trips. The Bok BarThe Springbok Bar has been renamed and refurbished. There are two Bok Bars in London, offering South African beers and wines, as well as plasma TV screens for sporting events. Braai ClubA free social club that organises braais for South Africans in the UK, “and shares our braaing expertise with our UK hosts”. The club offers discounts and other services to members. Community HeartCommunity Heart is a Manchester-based charity focused on health, education and reconstruction training projects in South Africa, based on the principle of self-help. Volunteers collect books for SA schoolchildren and raise funds for Rape Crisis and HIV/Aids-orphan projects, among others. GumtreeGumtree was started in London in 2000 as a community site designed to connect people who had just arrived in the city and needed help with accommodation, employment and social opportunities. It’s now London’s largest flat share and job site, and one of the city’s best local buy-and-sell forums. There are also Gumtree sites for Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Guildford, Manchester, Reading, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Dublin, as well as at home in Cape Town, Durban and Joburg. Homecoming RevolutionAn independent non-profit organisation aimed at encouraging and helping South Africans living abroad to return home. Organises numerous events and seminars. JislaaikPortal for South African expats offering news, jobs, e-mail, a dating service and more.KaeKapaKaeNews and event links, plus a gadget/CD/DVD store, for South Africans in London and the UK.Radio SA Radio station for South African expats, broadcast from London. Listen online. Rainbow NationAn advice and information portal for South Africans living and working in the UK. Links to forums, immigration advice, clubs and societies, recipes, online shops and more. SA Business ClubThe South African Business Club was launched in September 1993 as a meeting point for South African business people in the UK. The club allows South Africans and those with South African connections to network and pool resources for business development both in the UK and abroad. An online directory of members is maintained with members-only access. Saffers UniteA social club for South Africans, Australians and New Zealanders in London. Organises drinks and parties in London via an e-mail database. It’s a fun, non-commercial service so, unless otherwise stated, there is no cost. SanzaA site for Sanzas (South Africans, Kiwis and Aussies) living in the UK. Offers a range of information, news from home, a chat forum, competitions, an events diary and an online shop for goodies from home.SA PROMO Home-based South African? Make sure South Africans living in the UK don’t forget about your products and services. UK-based South African? Get quick access to world-class products and services by South Africans, for South Africans. SA ReunitedTrack down your long-lost South African school, university and army friends. Read their notes and view their photos. Includes a dating service. South African TimesThe South African Times has been the voice of South Africans in the UK since 1993 and has recently been re launched on a monthly basis. It is a free magazine available on the last Tuesday of every month, from branded bins and promotional teams at South West tube stations, as well as South African shops, bars and supermarkets in the South West. The new South African Times website offers the latest news, expat events, visa advice, discussion forums and a jobs section.SlapchipsA comprehensive directory of South African businesses and clubs in the UK and across the world.South Africa HouseThe South African High Commission to the UK, based in London. The South AfricanAnother free newspaper, read by an estimated 80,000 South Africans throughout the UK and Europe on a weekly basis. It is distributed every Wednesday and available at a range of tube stations, restaurants, pubs, travel agents and other South African hot spots in greater London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Reading, Oxford, Cambridge and Brighton. Springbok Supporters ClubThe official Springbok Supporters Club in the UK. UpnUnder ComedyBased in London, UpnUnder is the northern hemisphere’s only South African promoted comedy touring and productions agency. It brings the best international touring comedians from South Africa to audiences in the UK, South Africa, Europe and the world. VoetsekBiltong, news, opinion, flights, info, jobs e-mail, visa help, advice and many other services for South Africans in London, the UK, Ireland and Europe.WORKgateways Helps organise engineering, town planning, construction, nursing and other jobs in the UK for travellers from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.Yebo Africa Cheap phone calls from the UK to South African landlines and mobiles, and to Zimbabwean landlines. Zulus BarZulus Bars are South African themed bars, one in Leytonstone (east London), and one in Fulham (southwest London).
The breathtaking Allianz Arena, home to Bayern Munich football club, is the venuefor the launch of the Goal4Africa initiative. (Image: Allianz Arena) Goal4Africa aims to raise $90-million for sports education and developmentin Africa. (Image: Goal4Africa)Janine ErasmusTwo teams, comprising the world’s best soccer players, will square up against each other for charity on 12 July 2008 at the Allianz Arena in Munich. This game, the first of a number of such events planned around the world, will see the Goal4Africa programme kick off in style, and at the same time will pay tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela, who turns 90 in July.Established in 2008, Goal4Africa is a charity whose vision is to use the “beautiful game” (a phrase first attributed to Brazilian soccer star Didi) to raise funds for sports development and education in Africa in the run-up to the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The organisation’s long-term goal is to make sustainable contributions to peace- and nation-building, social and economic development, and poverty alleviation across the continent.Mandela himself has stated that his dream is to provide better schooling for African children, as education is the most powerful tool for changing the world and fighting poverty. Now, Goal4Africa brings together education and football, with the aim of building on Mandela’s vision.The organisation, which hopes to raise $90-million, is driven by a group of experienced sports and marketing professionals. Goal4Africa creator Chris Vermeeren, a former professional tennis player from the Netherlands, is backed by more than 15 years of international sports marketing experience. His colleague, South African event management specialist Nico du Plessis, can boast of working on events such as the Rugby World Cup, the ICC Cricket World Cup, and the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The other two partners in the initiative, American Ken Simmonds and Dutchman Ivo Roefs, are experts in project conceptualisation and management, and brand building respectively.Football fans are in for an impressive match with the likes of Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard, Ronaldo and Kaká of AC Milan, Samuel Eto’o of Barcelona, Ruud van Nistelrooy of Real Madrid, Didier Drogba and Michael Ballack of Chelsea, as well as South Africa’s Benni McCarthy of Blackburn, and Sean Bartlett and Kaizer Motaung Jr of Kaizer Chiefs all on the field at the same time.Football star Clarence Seedorf of AC Milan, who will also participate, is Goal4Africa’s first and global ambassador.In addition to the game, fans can look forward to a live entertainment event during which Goal4Africa’s mission will be officially announced, Nelson Mandela’s life story will be retold, and the special Goal4Africa anthem will make its debut. The song features the vocals of British singer Ali Campbell of UB40 and South Africa’s Grammy Award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo.“It’s an honour for me to sing with Ladysmith Black Mambazo,” said Campbell. “To do so at an event that celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday makes this even more special.”The event is scheduled for broadcasting to 41 countries around the world.Scoring for charityFunds will be raised from each goal scored. Sponsors – whether companies, organisations, groups of friends, or individuals – can set a number of conditions for their donations. Examples are a goal scored by their favourite team or player, or any goal scored at amateur level, or a certain amount to match a certain number of goals scored in a season.Fans from all over the world can also participate over the internet through an interactive goal kicking game, and a smaller version is also planned for mobile phones. As with the live version, supporters will make a donation for every goal scored in the digital games. All that is required is to register on www.goal4africa.org.Funds raised will be managed and disbursed by a steering committee working with the United Nations. The steering committee comprises the Nelson Mandela Foundation; the Peace and Sport organisation under the patronage of Prince Albert II of Monaco; PricewaterhouseCoopers; Edu Jansing, CEO of the Netherlands-based More than Football Foundation; and Champions for Children, an organisation dedicated to improving early childhood education.Goal4Africa is partnered by organisations such as the Nelson Mandela Foundation; the United Nations; Peace and Sport; and German football club Bayern Munich, which is donating the use of its home stadium, the Allianz Arena, for the high-profile event.“The football match of the Goal4Africa world team will be an unforgettable and unique celebration for Mr Mandela’s 90th birthday,” said Mandela Foundation CEO Achmat Dangor. “We are very committed to Goal4Africa as it builds further on Nelson Mandela’s vision: create better education for the children to build a lasting legacy for the future of Africa.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksGoal4AfricaThe Nelson Mandela FoundationPeace and SportAllianz ArenaSouth African Football Association
We find out how Play Your Part ambassador, and media entrepreneur, Pamela K Bess is giving back to her community.Play your Part ambassador, Pamela K Bess, is passionate about media. She started DoTV Africa in 2014. (Image: Pamela K Bess, Facebook)Durban based Play Your Part ambassador Pamela is a social entrepreneur who has succeeded in turning her passion for media development into a business with an edge. Pamela believes that media empowerment and entrepreneurship are vital keys to unlocking the sustainable growth of Africa’s Social Economy. That’s why this former radio host and news reader dedicates her time to driving social transformation innovatively. This devotion led her to launch Abesu Media and Communications in 2005 and DoTV Africa in 2014 as well as run Positive Vibez NPC.Through these organisations Pamela has been given opportunities to play her part in various spheres. These are some of the projects Pamela is currently involved in:Giving 2nd and 3rd year students from Boston Media House Durban an opportunity to work (for a stipend) and study as part of ensuring they develop a profile of work experience prior to completing their studies,Developing digital content production which enables upcoming journalism, media students and SMMEs to have their content showcased on Vodacom’s Video Play platform with a captive audience of 4 million viewers.Follow Pamela on social media on @pamelakbess