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Slap Dee: Have Your Say on How to Tackle Poverty - Even My Granny is Texting!

Our guest blogger today is musician and ONE member Slap Dee, who helped to launch the You Choose campaign in Zambia.

In 2000, leaders from 189 nations signed on to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight targets designed to significantly reduce global poverty and disease by 2015. In Zambia, we have made some progress since then, child mortality has reduced and more children are in school. Guys, we still need to do more. We are one of the few countries where poverty levels have increased!

Call for Stakeholder Input: National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund Funding

The National Lotteries Board (NLB) was established in terms of the Lotteries Act (No 57 of 1997) to regulate the National Lottery as well as other lotteries, including society lotteries to raise funds and promotional competitions. The NLB also advises the Minister of Trade and Industry on policy matters relating to the National Lottery and other lotteries.

The NLB invites stakeholders to make contributions that will assist in identifying funding priorities areas in line with the July 2010 Government Regulations and other related legislation.

Helen Suzman Foundation Submission in Response to the South African Police Service Amendment Bill [B 7—2012]

The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) has welcomed the opportunity to make a submission on the South African Police Service Amendment Bill. The HSF sees this opportunity as a way to foster critical, yet constructive, dialogue between civil society and government in terms of the legislative process.

To read the full submission, refer to http://goo.gl/lur9A.

Insights into the Mind of the High Net Worth Donor

Do high net worth individuals give? Which sectors do they support? How do they choose their beneficiaries?

These were just some of the questions that many were asking and as a result we embarked on the first comprehensive national survey of the philanthropy practices of High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) in South Africa. The Giving Report 2010 was completed towards the end of 2011 and the full report is available to all on www.thegivingreport.co.za.

Secrecy Bill - Views from South African Civil Society

South Africa has moved a step closer to passing the Protection of State Information Bill (Secrecy Bill) into law when 229 African National Congress (ANC) members of Parliament voted in favour of the Bill on 22 November 2011.

Civil society activists continue to argue that if passed, the Secrecy Bill will criminalise some of the freedoms that South Africans have been enjoying since 1994.

The following references highlight the views expressed by various South African civil society organisations in response to the Bill:

Black Tuesday ‘Secrecy Bill’ – A Step Back from the Open Government Partnership

22 November 2011 marks ‘Black Tuesday’, as the Protection of State Information Bill was put to vote before the National Assembly. The intentions of the ruling party have been clear: all African National Congress (ANC) Members of Parliament (MPs) have been summoned to appear in Parliament and voted in favour of the Bill. Any possibility that the Bill will not be passed in its current form has essentially dissipated.

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