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Unemployed and Uninformed

The unemployed seldom know why they are unemployed. They are unlikely to realise that they would be employed if labour law barriers were removed or relaxed.

NGO Bookkeeping Tips

I recently hosted a successful NGO governance seminar and had quite a bit of questions relating to the right accounting package and where to begin with regards to good record keeping. I have audited a couple of NGOs and the main reason NGOs outsource their accounting is because it is often too costly to hire a full-time accountant or just fear of having to do bookkeeping in-house.

Here are some of the questions I have been asked and my best response to it:

I need to start recording the NGO’s income and expenses. Where do I begin?

Waging War on e-Tolling and Labour Broking

Members of trade unions affiliated to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), civil society and members of the public are taking to the streets against the tolling of Gauteng Freeways. Taking place on 7 March 2012, the countrywide protest will also be used to reiterate COSATU’s call for the complete banning of labour broking in the country.

Phafogang Piggery Project Restore Dignity for Parents

“When World Vision Kodumela provided us with capital to embark on this pig farm adventure, I never thought pig farming would eventually become my passion”, said France Kgabo, Phafogang Piggery project secretary. Started in 2006, the piggery is becoming a serious profit making and a job creating project in Kodumela. It has employed eight women and three men, representing a tangible positive change in the lives of more than thirty children from the area. These include both World Vision registered and non-registered children.

Thinking Is Overrated...

In the past few weeks, there has been yet another huge public outcry on the functioning of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) and this has provoked a range of talk (and a lot of hot air too) about how we can go about fixing things to make one of the larger national development funders in South Africa, work better.

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Good social services cost money and without the necessary funding and support from the government, South Africa's NGO's are facing dire times

Wilderness Foundation Addresses Parliament on Rhino Poaching

Director of the Wilderness Foundation, Andrew Muir, addressed the portfolio committee on environmental affairs on the topic of rhino poaching on, 26 January 2012. Together with a number of other environmental and wildlife organisations, the Wilderness Foundation offered advice and insight into the way forward to help curb poaching in 2012.

Report Back on Lotto March

Many thanks to the 450 NGOs who marched to the National Lotteries Board (NLB) offices in Pretoria and the hundreds who signed our petition and supported us. NGOs from throughout South Africa i.e. Eastern, Western and Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, North West, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and Gauteng. People travelled from as far as Secunda, Nelspruit, Vereeniging to voice their outrage – one only has to look at the posters to gage their opinions.

Lotto Funding Crisis: Struggle to Hold NLB Accountable

The frustrations experienced by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) when applying for lotto funding came under spotlight when a group of NGOs marched to the National Lotteries Board (NLB) offices on 27 January 2012 in Pretoria.

The march highlighted NGOs’ concerns regarding the Lotto which are well-documented in a study undertaken by the Funding Practice Alliance, the class action to the Western Cape High Court and other related issues.

SME Growth Index - Headline Results 2011

The SME Growth Index is the first and largest study of its kind to be undertaken in South Africa. It differs from previous studies in breadth, scope and intent. It is based on the experiences and perspectives of a Panel of 500 small businesses, across South Africa’s three major metropolitan areas. It delves into the wide spectrum of factors germane to the operation of a business. It also focuses on drivers behind SME survival and growth.