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Baby Play a Crucial Pillar of Literacy Development

I have just achieved one of my ambitions as an early literacy specialist – helping to bring into being several little board books for babies and toddlers in all of our 11 official languages. You may ask why on earth babies and toddlers should get books when they cannot even talk yet, and how can it matter what language to use when the babies obviously cannot even read?

Here is why I think it matters – enormously.

The Possibilities of the 'Funding Crisis'

The words ‘competition’ and ‘competitive’ are increasingly being used to address the nonprofit sector, something which should both shame and alarm us all. As a sector, irrespective of our different areas of focus, our collective mandate is to facilitate an environment which uplifts human lives and we should not be competing to do that. Instead, we should be looking for ways to support each other in the achievement of this collective mandate.

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: Minister@dirco.gov.za, (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).

Global Cloud Technology Survey – Announcing the Results!

In February and March 2012, TechSoup Global and its global network of partner organisations, including SANGONeT via the SANGOTeCH Technology Donation Programme, conducted a survey of NGOs around the world to better understand current cloud computing usage and future plans for cloud computing adoption.

The survey garnered more than 10 500 respondents from 88 countries.

The results are in.

Creating Better Tomorrows… From the Ashes of Today

The Papillon Foundation (Papillon) was registered as a nonprofit organisation and public benefit organisation in 2002 and staffed by a loyal group of volunteers. The organisation has delivered amazing services over the years. The motto headlined above, describes what the work of this charity and social outreach organisation entails, as new hope and new beginnings are being realised for unemployed community members.

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.