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Dr Maureen Van Wyk, the executive director of HIV and AIDS networking organisation, NACOSA, recently celebrated 10 years at the helm. In the years since she joined the Cape Town-based organisation, the national AIDS response and funding environment have changed dramatically. Maureen shares her observations, challenges and learnings from a decade leading a non profit network. Seeing the Difference
The Justice and Peace Commission for the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has spoken out against plans by mining companies to retrench thousands as the mining sector in South Africa grapples with a deepening slide in commodity prices and rising costs. The commission called on the government‚ mining houses and labour to consider broadening the terms of their engagement to include establishment of a comprehensive social compact in the mining sector.
Years ago in many South African remote villages, Yellow pages was the most essential tool used for connecting people to businesses, product and services by providing all the relevant information about them. Today we are living in the digital age where the access of information is made easy due to the excessive use of technology. FPD Compass in partnership with into4africa produced a health and social services directories that has been used in South Africa since 2007.
There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children - Nelson Mandela We invite you to become a Member of Johannesburg Child Welfare Society (JCWS), a leading child-protection NPO in the country.
TechSoup Global, Open Institute and Making All Voices Count (MAVC) will host Buntwani 2015 from 25-26 August 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The theme of the event is "The Next Step in Innovation for Good Governance:  Moving the dialogue forward from potential to impact".
South Africa commemorates Women’s Month in August as a tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women. The Government of South Africa declared August women’s month and 9 August is celebrated annually as Women’s Day. Women's Day 2015 Women’s month 2015 will celebrate women achievers and their participation in the economy. Women’s Day (9 August) will be hosted in Sasolburg, Free State. The theme for 2015 is Women United in Moving South Africa Forward.
NPOs should have websites through which they raise awareness about their work to the donors, beneficiaries and other relevant stakeholders. SANGONeT - while updating the Prodder NGO Directory – discovered that most South African NPOs do not own a website. While NPOs continue to work towards improving people’s lives for the better, their absence in the online space means that their ability to raise awareness about their work remains limited.
Sabbaticals are commonly seen as an employment perk in the academic world, but sabbaticals are gaining ground in the social service sector, as way to help both the nonprofit leaders and the organisation experience revitalisation and reinvigoration. There is a cluster of funders who are committed to the art of talent-focused grant making as a dynamic and innovative opportunity for growth and renewal of present and potential leadership, as well as that of the organisation.
Following the deregistration of thousands of non-profit organisations (NPOs) for non-compliance with the NPO Act (Act No.71 of 1997) towards the end of 2012, the Department of Social Development has spent R2.5 million on an awareness and educational campaign aimed at helping NPOs improve their compliance. NPOs registered with the Department of Social Development are required in terms of the NPO Act to submit their annual reports (narrative and financial reports) to the Department. This applies to all NPOs registered under the NPO Act, whether funded or unfunded.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation has announced Mandela Day 2015, urging the public to register their actions on www.mandeladay.com. “Nelson Mandela’s legacy has created the opportunity for us to achieve a bright future,” commented Sello Hatang, chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. “Madiba aptly said: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

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