Blogs

NGOs in South Africa - We Deserve Better

In the past few weeks the role of NGOs in South Africa received much attention. Various events and initiatives focussed on the funding challenges facing the sector, the need for improved governance, the relationship with government, the involvement of civil society in deepening our democracy, and the broader role and relevance of the sector in relation to various challenges facing South Africa.

Understanding the Differences Between Civil Society and Civil Society Organisations

Within the South African context there seems to be a lot of confusion about who civil society is and what it means. The term is often used loosely, which just deepens the confusion.
 
In my opinion though, all of us are civil society. There is a view that business people and politicians are not civil society, but they are. None of us are defined by our work and so within our personal capacity, we all make up the society of South Africa.
 

Impilo – Health In My Hands

Impilo is a new, innovative support service available on all mobile phones in South Africa.  It provides no frills, no cost, reliable advice and you don’t need a smartphone or a degree in rocket science to use it.
 

Is Local Really Lekker?

When it comes to local government, then ‘local is lekker’ does not apply and the opposite is more likely. For many years municipalities have made concessions in terms of rates and taxes that apply to benevolent organisations, including institutions that care for traumatised children. Sadly, this has changed and one can only assume that municipalities do not embrace social responsibility as part of their corporate conduct or in business practise.

South Africa Failing its Children: Medical Research Council Report

The notion that South Africa (SA) fails in its mandate to protect its children leaves one questioning the role played by organisations offering services of child care and protection and their position on reducing numbers of children being murdered in this country.
 

Invitation to Comment on the Draft Practice Note on the Application of King III in the Non-profit Sector

The Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA) invites all interested parties and stakeholders to submit written comments to the draft practice note that provides guidance on how King III should be applied in the non-profit sector.

Harnessing the Potential of Social Networking for Literacy Development

Reading with comprehension is a human right which does not happen for most South Africans. Is this blanket statement really true or are we ignoring the fact that significant numbers of people are reading in a different form of language than is expected of them – particularly the younger generation criticised for writing CVs and matric examination in so-called txt-tese, SMS language or chat speak?

Are You Struggling to Get Your Organisation Accredited With the Relevant SETA?

Young Minds Peer Group (YMPG) is a nonprofit organisation that actively involves the community in the battle against, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, skills shortage and human abuse in a way that is appealing to them. YMPG assists parents to keep the lines of communication open between them and their children, and mobilises young people to become powerful ‘Agents of change’. An agent of change is a young person who is actively involved in making a positive contribution on an individual community and/or national level.

Madiba’s Voices Blog

As the country honoured the 94th birthday of former President Nelson Mandela on 18 July 2012, Khulumani Support Group launched a grassroots community journalism project called Madiba’s Voices to provide a way for Khulumani Youth Interactors to record stories that fall outside ‘mainstream’ media channels and to share them through the Madiba’s Voices blog.

Draft Charter on Basic Education Rights

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is the national institution established to support constitutional democracy. It is committed to promote respect for, observance of and protection of human rights for everyone without fear or favour.