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8 December, 2014

By Wezi Nyirongo

As countries take stock of efforts aimed at ending gender violence (GBV) during the Sixteen Days of Activism, a close up on Malawi shows that this country has a long way to go to eradicate the GBV, gender inequality and other social inequalities what weigh heavy on women's shoulders. Despite Malawi's Domestic Violence Act and legislation on sexual harassment, gender violence persists due to lack of implementation, missing legislation and contradictory laws that negatively impact on women's rights.

2 December, 2014

Programme Director,

Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi,

Acting Premier of Free State,

Ministers and Deputy Ministers,

MECs and Mayors,

United Nations Resident Coordinator, Gana Fofang and Representatives of development partner organisations,

SANAC Deputy Chairperson, Mmapaseka Letsike,

Ladies and gentlemen,
 
We gather here on World AIDS Day to reaffirm our determination to work together to overcome this global epidemic.

1 December, 2014

By Jose Tembe

21 November, 2014
Mom connect is a National Department of Health initiative for registering a pregnancy. The programme is a cell-phone based application for easy accessibility. Pregnant women can register themselves, or be registered by either a community health worker or at a facility by a healthcare professional. After registering, the women receive regular free messages to keep them updated about the stages of their pregnancy, get reminded about routine medical follow ups that help them to better understand and use healthcare services.
19 November, 2014

Several national and international donors have joined forces to inspire and enable bold new initiatives with the potential to transform early learning access and quality in South Africa. Bold ideas for early learning are invited from all sectors and may include anything from new delivery models or smarter financing mechanisms to innovation in the use of technology for training, early learning activities or parent interaction.
 

19 November, 2014

After a decade leading national and international non-governmental organisations, I chose to contribute differently through leadership coaching. I am inspired to occupy a space where I can get alongside leaders as a catalyst. As the development sector continues to respond to worldwide changes, along with the business world, coaching emerges as a stronger alternative to leadership training. The pressure to professionalise and apply creative leadership to sustain work is more critical than ever.

6 November, 2014
Judge Willie Seriti has been given another five months in which to finish investigating bribery, corruption and other acts of impropriety which might have happened during the acquisition of prime mission equipment for two arms of the South African National Defence Force in 1999.
21 October, 2014
It is easy, with all the brouhaha taking place in Parliament recently - the expulsion of members of the Economic Freedom Fighters for ‘unparliamentary’ behaviour; their failure to respect the office of the Speaker; the presence of riot police in the parliamentary precinct; the vilification of the Public Protector by some members of parliament (MPs); and the withdrawal of opposition parties from the Ad-hoc Committee on Nkandla – to forget that much of the work of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces takes place in the Portfolio Committees and the Select
8 October, 2014

Cross-Border Observations from India and South Africa

In early 2013, two young women were brutally gang-raped and murdered in different parts of the world: Jyoti Singh Pandey, a 23-year-old from India and 17-year-old Anene Booysen in South Africa. Both cases received uncharacteristic attention but what were the dynamics and specific factors and circumstances that propelled them into national and international prominence and can unpacking this influence the development of enhanced strategies to tackling endemic violence against women?

22 August, 2014
There is a frenzy that is hitting the tube, twitter, instagram - in fact all technological tools. Famous people are participating in this crazy event of dumping ice cold water over their heads to raise funds for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Big names are in on it like former President George W Bush, Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, Ronaldo, Mark Zuckerburg, Gwyneth Paltrow even our own Elon Musk who went daft with five buckets of ice and Katlego Maboe did it on SABC TV3 morning show, Expresso, in support of his sister.
15 August, 2014
Some 30 percent (36 000) of the country’s 122 000 registered non-governmental organisations (NGOs) had to close down in 2013 due to growing financial shortages, huge pressure on fundraising as well as non-compliance with legal requirements. 

Cape Town Society for the Blind (CTSB) chief executive officer (CEO), Lizelle van Wyk, describes the situation as shocking especially if one takes into consideration that government subsidises NGOs to the tune of R31 billion annually. 
11 August, 2014
The Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) Gender-Based Violence (GBV) management course proved to be a success in the community of Bayview, Durban.

The Ubuntu community workers were impressed with the amount of information that became available to help them to do their jobs better.
22 July, 2014

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22 July, 2014
South Africans, along with the rest of the world, commemorated Mandela Day on 18 July 2014. The day was observed for the first time since the passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, South Africa's first democratically-elected president since the fall of Apartheid following the country's successful democratic elections in 1994. This year, President Jacob Zuma, urged all citizens to take part in an 'Operation Clean Up for Madiba' campaign to honour Madiba and make the country a cleaner and therefore safer place to live in.
18 June, 2014

By His Excellency Jacob G Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa on the occasion of the Joint Sitting Of Parliament Cape Town

17 Jun 2014

The Speaker of the National Assembly,
The Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces;
Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Deputy Chairperson of the NCOP,
Deputy President of the Republic, Honourable Cyril Ramaphosa,
Former Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe,
Honourable Chief Justice of the Republic, and all esteemed members of the Judiciary,

18 June, 2014

By Jethro Kwenani
 
My Father lost his father at the tender age of 12-years old and my late grandmother raised him and his siblings. Being the eldest was a lot of pressure, but he rose to the challenge. After school, he worked part-time to contribute to the household and help get his siblings through school. When I think back to when I was 12, I cannot even imagine having managed such a feat. That is just one of the reasons I call him Superman.
 

18 June, 2014

By Levi Mberego

Life does not bless everyone with a great father. As father’s day approaches and as the memories flood back, I realise that I was blessed with a father who left an indelible mark on me. My father taught me to walk the talk and what it means to live an unwavering life.

6 June, 2014

With a recent flood of child abuse related media coverage, the nonprofit organisation Community Keepers is using Child Protection week (1-8 June) to raise awareness about this very important topic.

The protection of our children is everyone’s responsibility. Are you able to identify the signs of child abuse and would you know what to do? Community Keepers offers tips and advice on this topic.
 

26 May, 2014

25 May 2014

Fellow South Africans,

Ladies and gentlemen of the media,

I am pleased to join you on Africa Day, as we conclude our transition to a new administration following the fifth national general elections.

I announced on Saturday, 24 May 2014, that we have entered the second phase of our transition to a national democratic society. I also said this would be a radical phase of socio-economic transformation. 

29 April, 2014
The South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO), in partnership with the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT), hosted a National NPO Summit on Service Delivery from 24-26 April 2014 in Mahikeng, North West.