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Our Latest Annual Report

We are pleased to share our 2020 Annual Report. The report shows how we adapted during the pandemic and the milestones achieved with our rural partners in this critical period.

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Chairperson’s Report 2020

Nkosikhulule Xhawulengweni Nyembezi 

In a year in which the Social Change Assistance Trust (SCAT) celebrates further significant milestones in its 36 years of existence, this report is intended to ensure that our accomplishments do not merely come and go, and our challenges and achievements are not quickly forgotten. More so now, because this time around there is an opportunity to use the unique lessons learnt during a confounding year dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic to propel us into an exciting future.

This report takes a look at the results we achieved with various stakeholders in diverse communities through 12 intense months. It considers, amongst other things, the role we played as a grant-making organisation and an implementation partner of the socio-economic response to the COVID-19 crisis – providing community-based analysis to help our partners better understand what action to take; disbursing grants and food parcels; helping the government and health systems to function more effectively; and protecting jobs and livelihoods and rapidly expanding social protection.

It takes a look at how we played this role, pushing the boundaries of how SCAT and the non-profit sector thinks, delivers, invests and manages. It illustrates how, amongst other things, our publication Rural Voice III: Responding to a Pandemic, as well as the research report on gender-based violence (GBV), made it possible to offer a more coherent, rapid response in a manner that actively involves local communities and high-level social partners.

These pages also capture how, throughout 2020, we held the thread between the micro and the macro. We were able to address the urgent local need of ensuring food security for communities, and advance national systemic change such as supporting advocacy programmes to expand access to the government social security net.

Behind the results achieved are the day-to-day stories and determination of many people with whom SCAT works; from dedicated staff members who braved the threat of infection with the coronavirus during outreach to communities and other aspects of implementing our programmes, to community leaders who went beyond their call of duty to provide assistance to the needy and vulnerable. 

Their stories intertwined with those of the trustees in a very personal way in 2020. During what was a difficult year for nearly everyone – one in which our colleagues lost friends and family members, people were separated, schools closed and lives were upended – our team achieved something remarkable: a contribution to transformative, community-centred change to realise a vision of vibrant, sustainable rural communities in South Africa.

There were also many positive stories that brightened our days: babies were born, degrees were completed, children passed classes, new ideas took shape, and a sense of self-discovery has begun to lay a foundation for a better future for the team. These stories are a source of inspiration that should sustain us all as we continue to strive to achieve our vision, mission, and goals. 

Finding a way forward from the coronavirus pandemic will be the journey of our generation, which begins with a golden opportunity to use the pandemic as a tipping point to achieve a transformation for people and planet. 

At SCAT, we have made our choice to redouble our efforts to strengthen partnerships with local development agencies to support and empower community-driven responses to social change and justice. We are convinced that if we commit to listening to and working with the people closest to the big issues of our day, whose human rights must be respected, protected, and promoted – from the climate crisis to poverty, inequality and unemployment – then we will find a way forward together. 

Thank you for taking a look at our work, which was made possible by the support, generosity and investment of our many partners. We encourage you to read on. 

Rural voice III

 

 

Rural Voice III is our latest publication which shares how SCAT and its rural partners responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. It is a collection of 15 stories from our rural partners and is available to read here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rural Voice III cover page

Rural voice II

Rural Voice II was published in November 2019 to coincide with our 35th Anniversary. It is a collection of stories of transformation from SCAT’s grantees in celebration of our 35th Anniversary.

Mt Fletcher community

“What a joy to read – 35 years of SCAT’s existence symbolically expressed in clear and proud voices who tell stories of their lives and work on behalf of their rural communities. ” Mpho Ndebele, First Director of SCAT and former Trustee

Video Stories

Here are links to our YouTube channel to some of our recent video stories.