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24 February, 2015

Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene, will deliver the 2015/16 National Budget to Parliament on 25 February 2015 at 14h00 in Cape Town. As in the past few years, SANGONeT invites non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to comment on the Budget in line with their areas of expertise and expectations.

16 February, 2015
President Jacob Zuma has delivered the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 12 February 2015 in Parliament.
13 February, 2015

12 Feb 2015

State of the Nation Address by His Excellency Jacob G Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa on the occasion of the Joint Sitting of Parliament Cape Town,

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 Cyril Ramaphosa,
Former President Thabo Mbeki,
Former President FW de Klerk,
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and all esteemed members of the judiciary,

27 January, 2015

Uncontrolled and often illegal sand mining activities are destroying some of South Africa’s most valuable natural resources at an unprecedented rate.

Sand mining is the extraction of surface sand from beaches and inland dunes, or the dredging of sand from riverbeds. The sand is typically sold to the construction industry, for the production of materials such as tiles, cement bricks and other sand aggregates.

20 January, 2015

The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) has once again produced an annual Development Calendar in the form of a year planner.

20 January, 2015
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20 January, 2015
While much has been written and said about the National Senior Certificate (NSC) results released almost two weeks ago, a few issues are worth commenting on: firstly, the decline in the pass rate should not necessarily be viewed as a negative; secondly, the dropout rate is alarmingly high; and thirdly, the cheating pandemic threatens the integrity of the examinations as a whole.
15 January, 2015

The New Year is upon us and many of us have made Personal New Year resolutions.(As it is already some 12 days into the new year many resolutions have already gone down the drain or we are seriously questioning our thinking when we made it)

But have any of us in the social service field made New Year resolutions for the NGO, NPO, and CBO, FBO or other civil organisations for which we work.

12 January, 2015

Support Corruption Watch by pledging to not engage in corruption, or by reporting corruption if you encounter it. Citizen activism organisation Lead SA constantly encourages South Africans to stand up and become leaders, for the sake of their families, communities and country. An act of leadership, says the organisation, could be “as simple as making a stranger smile or as big as fighting to further the rights entrenched in our Constitution. Each act makes a difference.”

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.