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With many weeks of lockdown under our belt, our Club members have comparatively little to complain about.

At the other end of the spectrum, however, we find the people in the townships, many of them without income, no gardens and with little or no opportunity to exercise, let alone adhere to the regulations regarding social distancing. But worst of all, no food on the table, relying on the well-meant intentions of the government to hand out food parcels.

For a period of 6 months the furloughed may receive as little as R 4,200 per month and those in the informal sector R 350 per family member!!! These amounts fall pitifully short of covering the daily needs for sustenance, let alone the monthly costs of services such as water and electricity.

Against this backdrop of poverty, hunger and despair it is heartening to see the number of organisations involved in helping alleviate the plight of the poor.

At the first Board Meeting of the New Rotary Year 2019-2020 it was decided that the weekly meeting Lucky Draw winner would be able to nominate a charity to be the recipient of our meeting 'Happy Rands' collected during the month.

Robert Kydd was the 'lucky' winner and nominated that the Early Childhood Development NGO, Masikhule be the recipient of R 947.

The systemic tests carried out in the schools that form part of District 9 of the Western Cape Department of Education showed some very encouraging results. It turned out that in the field of literacy three of the five primary schools that had made most progress were schools that were supported by the Helderberg Sunrise Rotary club. The school that made most progress (also in the entire Western Cape) was Solomon Qatyana. This school received a special mention as both their literacy and numeracy levels increased by 17.9% and 17.2% respectively. The other schools that showed substantial progress in literacy were Nomzamo Primary and Umnqophiso Primary. The results of the systemic tests in Grade 6 also showed that Danie Ackerman Primary School was among the top performers in terms of growth percentage for literacy as well. These results indicate that our investments have borne fruit. Congratulations to our club and a huge thank you to all our sponsors.

Business maverick and acclaimed public speaker Vusi Thembekwayo has written a new book which details his rise from the township of Wattville to being a millionaire venture capitalist with the world at his feet.

The new book is titled Vusi – Business and life Lessons from a Black Dragon.

Thembekwayo joined CapeTalk presenter Pippa Hudson to discuss the book and his life story ahead of his launch at Exclusive Books in the V&A Waterfront on Wednesday 22 August.

Click here to visit the Cape Talk website and listen to Vusi's views on Entrepreneurship