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The 7th SA AIDS Conference was officially launched at the ICC Durban. Conference chair, Dr Nono Simelela welcomed the speakers and delegates, and set the tone for the Conference with a powerful speech. She said that the conference is a meeting for people to reflect on the progress that South Africa has made in reducing the impact and spreading of AIDS. 
Efficiently - doing a function with the least amount of effort and time
President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency J.G. Zuma,   Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe,   Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mtethwa,   Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Buti Manamela,   Deputy Minister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams,   Deputy Executive Chairperson of the NYDA, Kenny Morolong and the Board of the NYDA,   President of the Pan African Youth Union, Francine Lumunya,  
“I have never used an ATM.” Two boys, orphan refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, grew up in a Child and Youth Care Centre (CYCC) in Pretoria. Here they were safe. Here they had regular, healthy meals and could attend school – theirs was a childhood with significantly more care, provision and hope than many other children in South Africa face.
During the month of April, the Thuthuzela Care Centre  (TCC) survivors in Mamelodi saw the conviction of a serial rapist who had raped 21 women from 2008 until he was arrested in March 2013, when he was caught using a victims cellphone.
I have written about the frustration of fundraising for nonprofit, community based organisations in South Africa before and feel the need to once again touch on this subject.  My frustration level has not decreased.  Some of the frustrations include: The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF):
Feet on the Earth or Head in the Clouds? The State Plans Our Agricultural Future: Part II - Can the Informational Requirements for Heavy Regulation be Met? The second Brief in this series sets out the massive information requirements of the proposed system.
Nonprofit organisations (NPOs) and civil society organisation by nature inhabit a world of relationships. Whether between NPOs and beneficiaries, local NPOs and their partners, NPOs and donors, governments, the private sector, relationships are foundational to everything the sector does. However the term ‘partnership’ has been diminished by misuse and is applied to a range of relationships and at this stage is quite often a devalued term.
Afesis-corplan, as part of a team led by CS Consulting, participated in 2014 in the development of an upgrading of informal settlements policy and strategy for the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM). The following animation video was developed as a background motivation for the draft policy: www.afesis.org.za/2014-08-05-09-06-19.html.
In 2013, the world came to know of two young women: Jyoti Singh Pandey from India and Anene Booysen from South Africa. Both were gang-raped, brutally attacked and died fighting for their lives. If it wasn’t for their families, outraged citizens, and civil society activists, they would today be nothing more than statistics, two digits added to the alarming number of women raped and murdered worldwide.

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