In 2021, CAST launched the Grow Eat Thrive (GET) Farming Project in response to the dire need for food and financial support in our communities that resulted from the Covid-19 pandemic, compounded by the civil unrest in KwaZulu-Natal during July. The aim of this project is to not only teach participants how to grow their own food, but to develop business skills to earn a liveable income and support their families. We recently chatted to one of our [...]
2020 was undoubtedly one of the most difficult and challenging years for CAST, our church partners, communities and country. Just 2 years ago, CAST celebrated 10 years of serving the communities. This celebration was themed Isipho Sembewu, meaning “the gift of the seed” in isiZulu. Throughout these 10 years, countless lives have been transformed through a renewed sense of hope for the future. It is by God’s grace that the mission of CAST lives on. On behalf of the [...]
The CAST Mandela Day Online iMbizo has been postponed to Saturday 25 July 2020, 13:00 - 14:07 (SAST GMT+2). We apologize for any inconvenience caused. Click this link to register: https://in-contact.org/accept/25/4231/r/ Zoom meeting log-in details: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88390393355?pwd=QUtXK2lTSE1TOWlxMTJzS2JBU1hTQT09 Meeting ID: 883 9039 3355 Password: Mandela Stay safe, and see you then! #movebeyondcharity #jointhemovement
At the start of the national lockdown in late March 2020, the Kruger family were watching a news report about the importance of wearing masks to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in South Africa. The family knew that people did not have access to face masks, especially those who did not even have money for food. They knew that the need for masks was going to be huge and urgent, so they got to work the very [...]
Thank you to all those who were able to join us for our first-ever virtual Annual General Meeting - it was a great time of reflection on 2019 - hearing what God has done in the communities where we work, and connecting to the greater CAST community that has played a significant role in making this Ministry possible. Our latest Annual Report for 2019 is available for viewing and download via the following link: CAST Annual Report 2019 [...]
Today we bring you our second quarterly newsletter for 2020: Click here to download the pdf: CAST Newsletter Vol.2 APRIL_MAY_2020. Watch this space for more about our ministry highlights and upcoming events. Feel free to share with all who are interested in the movement beyond charity!
Since the enforcement of the national lockdown on 27 March to stem the spread of the Coronavirus in South Africa, CAST faced the challenge of suspending programmes normally held in group settings at the 13 communities in which we operate. Our Local Economic Development programme seeks to teach business skills and introduce new opportunities to those already running small, medium, and micro enterprises (SMMEs). Over a period of 9 - 18 weeks, the entrepreneurs take part in the [...]
37-year-old businesswoman from Skhawini in Northern KZN, Slindile Gwala, shares her story of how CAST’s Local Economic Development programme has helped her develop her baking business and strengthen her relationship with God. ‘’Before I joined CAST last year, I was not doing anything. I was not baking cakes, I was not making any hats, I didn’t have a qualification for skills. Basically, I did electrical training from level 1-4. I stayed home and applied for jobs but, [...]
Greetings CAST Community! We are excited to bring you our first quarterly newsletter for 2020: Download the full pdf document here: CAST Newsletter Vol. 1 _ JAN_FEB_MARCH 2020 Watch this space for more about our ministry highlights and upcoming events. Feel free to share with all who are interested in the movement beyond charity!
Since joining CAST four years ago, Tryphina Mhlanzi, affectionately known as “Mam’Njazi”, has brought life to CAST’s Food Parcel Ministry Days on her visits to our Community Centres in Mariannridge, Lamontville, Noodsberg and Chibini this past year with her passionate and upbeat leading of praise and worship. She is also a participant in CAST's Business Forum as well as a facilitator for the weekly support group at West City Fellowship, CAST’s partner church in Chesterville, which welcomes ladies [...]