Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, has delivered the 2014/5 National Budget to Parliament on 26 February 2014 in Cape Town. This year’s budget, which coincides with the 20 years of freedom and democracy celebrations, comes at a time when the South Africa gears up for the fifth democratic elections since the fall of apartheid in 1994. Gordhan’s budget is aligned to the National Development Plan and encourages South Africans to among others; save, work together and put the country’s interests before their own.
The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) has once again produced an annual Development Calendar in the form of a year planner.
Sponsored by Turning Point Consultants, the 2014 Development Calendar covers a comprehensive list of international, African and South African dates (e.g. World Day of Social Justice, 20 February) and events of significance to people and organisations involved in development and civil society issues in Southern Africa.
Development organisation Humana People to People in South Africa has partnered with Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) in efforts to work together with the people in Doornkop, Soweto to improve their food security.
For the past decade Humana’s Child Aid Doornkop project has worked side by side with community members to start vegetable gardens and the donation made by PPC makes it possible to continue this development at a new level.
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.