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Giving Hope for Health

World Health Day was first celebrated on 7 April in 1950. Ever since, the World Health Organisation has marked that particular day to raise awareness for global health each year. We are reminded of the importance and value of our very own well-being and the need to show compassion for the ones who are less fortunate. With this in mind, it is time for our community to participate in this meaningful project.
 

Endorse the Call for Party Funding Transparency and Regulation

Dear comrades and friends, 

On 7 May 2014, millions of South Africans will go to the polls to cast their vote for a political party.

To fund their campaigns, political parties are raising hundreds of millions of rand from private donors who secretly fund our politics. This includes corporations, wealthy individuals, shady trusts and foreign governments.

‘Switch the Salt’ this Salt Awareness Week

10-16 March is Salt Awareness Week and the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa encourages all South Africans to take action and ‘switch the salt’
 

NGOs Comment on 2014/5 National Budget

Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, has delivered the 2014/5 National Budget to Parliament on 26 February 2014 in Cape Town. This year’s budget, which coincides with the 20 years of freedom and democracy celebrations, comes at a time when the South Africa gears up for the fifth democratic elections since the fall of apartheid in 1994. Gordhan’s budget is aligned to the National Development Plan and encourages South Africans to among others; save, work together and put the country’s interests before their own.

SANGONeT Development Calendar 2014

The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) has once again produced an annual Development Calendar in the form of a year planner.

Sponsored by Turning Point Consultants, the 2014 Development Calendar covers a comprehensive list of international, African and South African dates (e.g. World Day of Social Justice, 20 February) and events of significance to people and organisations involved in development and civil society issues in Southern Africa.

Ford Foundation Marking 20th Anniversary in Southern Africa

On behalf of the Trustees of the Ford Foundation, many of who are us today, let me say that we have been deeply moved by your warm welcome, in the rich Ubuntu spirit, to a place as beautiful as any in the world.

2014 - Financially Astute?

The CMDS - a registered practice with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants which acts as accounting officers for organisations that choose not to have an independent audit - believes that 2014 is a year for leaders of nonprofit organisations (NPO) to become more financially alert and astute and so be more aware of financial dangers and pitfalls as well as new opportunities for broadening income streams and building financial sustainability.

Working Hand in Hand for Food Security in Soweto

Development organisation Humana People to People in South Africa has partnered with Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) in efforts to work together with the people in Doornkop, Soweto to improve their food security.  

For the past decade Humana’s Child Aid Doornkop project has worked side by side with community members to start vegetable gardens and the donation made by PPC makes it possible to continue this development at a new level. 

Making Online Safety a Priority

In South Africa, we have seen increasing concern about safety. Being safe in one’s home, being safe on the road and being safe everywhere except online. The only times digital security is ever mentioned in the country, is often in the context of Bradley Manning and the damning information he leaked about the NSA. That however is but only one part of the entire picture, in a country where even the most basic security concerns are often disregarded.