Blogs

Call for Comments: 2015/16 National Budget

Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene, will deliver the 2015/16 National Budget to Parliament on 25 February 2015 at 14h00 in Cape Town. As in the past few years, SANGONeT invites non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to comment on the Budget in line with their areas of expertise and expectations.

State of the Nation Address 2015 – NGO Views

President Jacob Zuma has delivered the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 12 February 2015 in Parliament.

State of the Nation Address 2015

12 Feb 2015

State of the Nation Address by His Excellency Jacob G Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa on the occasion of the Joint Sitting of Parliament Cape Town,

The Speaker of the National Assembly,
The Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces,
Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Deputy Chairperson of the NCOP,
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa,
Former President Thabo Mbeki,
Former President FW de Klerk,
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and all esteemed members of the judiciary,

Illegal Sand Mining in South Africa

Uncontrolled and often illegal sand mining activities are destroying some of South Africa’s most valuable natural resources at an unprecedented rate.

Sand mining is the extraction of surface sand from beaches and inland dunes, or the dredging of sand from riverbeds. The sand is typically sold to the construction industry, for the production of materials such as tiles, cement bricks and other sand aggregates.

SANGONeT Development Calendar 2015

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

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The 2014 Matric Results

While much has been written and said about the National Senior Certificate (NSC) results released almost two weeks ago, a few issues are worth commenting on: firstly, the decline in the pass rate should not necessarily be viewed as a negative; secondly, the dropout rate is alarmingly high; and thirdly, the cheating pandemic threatens the integrity of the examinations as a whole.

A New Year's Resolution for NGO's

The New Year is upon us and many of us have made Personal New Year resolutions.(As it is already some 12 days into the new year many resolutions have already gone down the drain or we are seriously questioning our thinking when we made it)

But have any of us in the social service field made New Year resolutions for the NGO, NPO, and CBO, FBO or other civil organisations for which we work.

Make Your Mark in 2015 by Supporting a Good Cause!

Support Corruption Watch by pledging to not engage in corruption, or by reporting corruption if you encounter it. Citizen activism organisation Lead SA constantly encourages South Africans to stand up and become leaders, for the sake of their families, communities and country. An act of leadership, says the organisation, could be “as simple as making a stranger smile or as big as fighting to further the rights entrenched in our Constitution. Each act makes a difference.”

Malawi: Inequalities Weigh Heavy on Women's Shoulders

By Wezi Nyirongo

As countries take stock of efforts aimed at ending gender violence (GBV) during the Sixteen Days of Activism, a close up on Malawi shows that this country has a long way to go to eradicate the GBV, gender inequality and other social inequalities what weigh heavy on women's shoulders. Despite Malawi's Domestic Violence Act and legislation on sexual harassment, gender violence persists due to lack of implementation, missing legislation and contradictory laws that negatively impact on women's rights.