SANGONeT joins the rest of the world in mourning the passing of South Africa’s founding father, President Nelson Mandela. Born on 18 July 1918, President Mandela, who became the first democratically-elected president after the country’s first historic elections in 1994, led the decades-long struggle against Apartheid.
Mandela’s dedication to South Africa’s liberation struggle was captured in the statement he made during the opening of the defence case in the Rivonia Trial:
Nelson Mandela's unwavering courage, forgiveness and hope touched and inspired people all around the world. He showed that the dream of a just society is possible and he challenged our generation to lead the way towards it.
Sunday, 9 December 2013, was a different day for children who listen and participate on Thobela FM's kiddies programme - Lesang Bana. On a usual Sunday, the presenter would read a verse from the Bible, which conveys a particular message, and open the lines for the kids to comment on air, pray, among others.
We extend our heartfelt condolences at this time to her son, Lepota, daughter Mamakhoa, and husband, Matona Mafeka, as well as all those who knew and loved this remarkable woman. The best we can all do now is carry on her unfinished work, in the way she would have done.
25 November 2013: Peace begins at home
ONE’s You Choose survey, conducted from January to June 2013, connected 100 000 South African Voices with United Nations Panel to influences the Post-2015 Development Agenda
South African citizens want the government to prioritise development programmes that will create more jobs, quality education, ahead of the protection against crime and providing support for people who do not work.
When families and communities fail children, the government is left with the job of caring for them. Often non-governemental organisations (NGOs), such as Childline, carry out this responsibility - but they are struggling to survive.
In Diepsloot, where the bodies of cousins Yonelisa Mali, two and Zandile Mali, three, were found in a public toilet this week - Childline could only field one social worker.
The cousins' bodies were found near the spot where Anelisa Mkhondo, five, was found dumped and murdered last month.
Like it or not, hard times are good for you. The old truth that it builds character, is as valid today as it was years ago when our grandparents told us so. When I think back to the times when I was under pressure, to pass examinations, to submit reports on time, to make plans for the survival of Abraham Kriel Childcare, I experienced both pain and growth. I did not experience unhappiness.
Abraham Kriel Childcare is currently going through a tough period. The situation has forced us to look critically at what we do and how we do it.
Constitution Mondays is an initiative of Constitution Hill, in partnership with Brand South Africa aimed to instil the values of the Constitution and encourage patriotism in South Africans. Constitution Mondays calls for South Africans to engage and reconnect with the Constitution as the country moves towards the 20th Celebration of Democracy and 10 years of Constitution Hill’s existence.
The six-month grace period given by the Department of Social Development to nonprofit organisations (NPOs) to submit outstanding narrative and financial reports, as required in terms of the NPO Act, comes to an end on 31 July 2013.
Online Reporting facility
The Film and Publication Board's rigid and simplistic interpretation of the law seems to mean that even a film that exposes and opposes child abuse might be banned. We are in a Catch-22 situation: we want to discuss whether this film promotes or helps prevent abuse, but we are prevented from seeing it to decide that. We are expected to simply trust the Board and, given our history of the abuse of censorship powers, that is not going to happen.
The concept, 'dignified service delivery', emerged from the scenario development discussions initiated by the Unit for Human Rights Mainstreaming and Capacity Building (Stellenbosch University). According to the Oxford English Dictionary, dignity refers to ‘the state of being worthy of respect’ as well as ‘a sense of pride in oneself’.
June 2013 is my last month as Executive Director of SANGONeT and as part of our special focus on NGOs this month, and celebrating the work and achievements of NGOs in South Africa, I will be running my final race as part of the annual SANGONeT "No Pain No Gain" fundraising and awareness-raising campaign.
African Union Member States
Re: 50th Anniversary and Advancing Justice for Grave Crimes
To Foreign Ministers of African Union member states:
We, the undersigned African civil society organisations and international organisations with a presence in Africa, working on human rights and international criminal justice, are pleased to congratulate the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU), on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary.