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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.

Copies of the calendar are available for collection from the SANGONeT office in Johannesburg, free of charge.

Mandela’s Death: Honouring A Hero

SANGONeT joins the rest of the world in mourning the passing of South Africa’s founding father, President Nelson Mandela. Born on 18 July 1918, President Mandela, who became the first democratically-elected president after the country’s first historic elections in 1994, led the decades-long struggle against Apartheid.

Mandela’s dedication to South Africa’s liberation struggle was captured in the statement he made during the opening of the defence case in the Rivonia Trial:

Pay Tribute to Nelson Mandela and Share his Powerful Words

Nelson Mandela's unwavering courage, forgiveness and hope touched and inspired people all around the world. He showed that the dream of a just society is possible and he challenged our generation to lead the way towards it.

As Mandela said in his extraordinary 2005 speech in London's Trafalgar Square, 'Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.'

Constitution Mondays

Constitution Mondays is an initiative of Constitution Hill, in partnership with Brand South Africa aimed to instil the values of the Constitution and encourage patriotism in South Africans. Constitution Mondays calls for South Africans to engage and reconnect with the Constitution as the country moves towards the 20th Celebration of Democracy and 10 years of Constitution Hill’s existence.

Affordable Pentium 4 Computers Available to NGOs

The Papillon Foundation, founded in 2002, is doing amazing work in the community improvement fields. Papillon runs several accredited, educational, social outreach projects such as computer end-user training in a partnership with the International Computer Driving License (ICDL).  2 929 needy community members have thus far graduated from the computer courses. 4 219 community members have also graduated from the English language tuition courses that Papillon run in a partnership with University of the Witwatersrand.

Sexism and Gender Roles: A Case for Women’s Dignity

Mail & Guardian’s headline for Gerry Elsdon’s suspension reads: ‘The South African Red Cross's governing board has suspended former beauty queen and TV personality Gerry Elsdon with immediate effect’. Elsdon is not simply a pretty face but the chief executive officer of Cinnamon Communication as well as the tuberculosis goodwill Ambassador for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, among other things. However, the Mail & Guardian even though the article is about her suspension, fails to focus on her achievements and contributions.

Open Letter to Minister of International Relations: Intervene in Karabus Case

Maite E Nkoana-Mashabane
Minister of International Relations and Cooperation
By e-mail and fax:, (012) 328 7384, (021) 464 3700

26 September 2012

Dear Minister

We request you to intervene urgently to secure the release of Professor Cyril Karabus, a South African citizen, from incarceration in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).


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