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.

The Right to Transport: A Rustenburg Initiative

For many South African’s the Bill of Rights is only vaguely known or understood, but in Rustenburg the team developing the new integrated public transport system – Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) – are intimately aware of how something as basic as good public transport can support the true expression of South Africa’s  Bill of Rights.

Six Steps to Surviving 2013

2012 has been a tough year for civil society. Those funding cuts that we’d been warned of since the crash in 2008, were keenly felt. The President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) wrapped up its second five year programme, the Europeans curtailed their investments, the United Kingdom Department of International Development (DIFID) restructured. The retraction in international funding was exacerbated by instability in local funding as the National Lottery in trying to get its house in order, struggled to deliver on its grant mandate.

Nine Cardinal Rules of Raising a Child in Child - and Youth Care Centres

A couple of weeks ago, I was visiting Trudie, a child care worker in one of our trauma houses for young girls. As manager of childcare services I have a pretty good idea of each child’s situation and what they require in terms of care. Jeanette, a 13-year-old girl, who has been with us for just over a year was hovering in the background and trying to get our attention. I suggested to Trudie that she attend to the child. She turned around, gave Jeanette one look and ordered: “Jeanette, go to your room at once.” I was stunned. Why so harsh? And more, why did the child obey?

Feel Good Activism - Clicking Isn't Enough

The phrase ‘it starts with the person in the mirror’ is often used as a call to action. A way of telling us we should be the change we want to see. It’s a cliché that’s inspired many into doing some great things, be it cleaning up their environment or even volunteering for a good cause. But I believe we only grasp the phrase at surface level, ignoring the deeper meaning it possesses.

Shadow Report Reveals that Gauteng DSD’s Funding of Shelters is Inadequate

The Minimum Standards on Shelters for Abused Women recognises that ‘shelters represent an absolutely critical point of crisis intervention’ and places a duty on the Department of Social Development to ensure that shelter interventions are able to meet basic needs and provide support, counselling and skills development to women. In order to deliver quality services however, shelters must have adequate resources.

De-registration of NPOs in South Africa – What You Need to Know

In the past few weeks many NGOs have discovered that their “NPO registration status” with the NPO Directorate has changed to 'de-registered' or 'non-compliant' 

How Performance Auditing Can Help Your NGO

Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) performance audits provide an impartial assessment of the compliance level of an NGO with international best practices and establish a framework towards continuous improvement.

Trading PBOs: Advantages of Tax Exempt Status

I have, after a while of not serving on the Board of a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO), looked at the South Africa Revenue Services (SARS) Guideline for PBOs. Of course the major change regarding trading will have many positive and negative repercussions.