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Dear comrades and friends,  On 7 May 2014, millions of South Africans will go to the polls to cast their vote for a political party. To fund their campaigns, political parties are raising hundreds of millions of rand from private donors who secretly fund our politics. This includes corporations, wealthy individuals, shady trusts and foreign governments.
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10-16 March is Salt Awareness Week and the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa encourages all South Africans to take action and ‘switch the salt’  
My favourite time all the way through school was at the end of a day, when our English teacher would say, “Put everything away, put your heads on your desks, shut your eyes and listen.” Then we would travel in our minds through the vivid worlds of storybook authors, sometimes familiar and sometimes strange, but always carried by the familiar and accomplished rhythm of our teacher’s reading voice.   
The Mpumalanga info4africa Series 7 support services directory for 2014 is now available. This invaluable resource contains detailed information on over 500 organisations in Mpumalanga involved in health, wellbeing and development service provision.
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 Constitution is still our best practical hope" Keynote by Edwin Cameron, Constitutional Court of South Africa to the Sunday Times Literary Awards, Summer Place, 29 June 2013.
My experience with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), as many others I am sure, began with a desire to do more than just live for myself, as a desire to give back to the community. But what I did not expect was the desire and passion that would follow.  Nearing the end of my studies in 2012 I had the desire to put myself outside of my comfort zone and also do something that would be for the benefit of someone other than myself. 
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. Copies of the calendar are available for collection from the SANGONeT office in Johannesburg, free of charge.
On behalf of the Trustees of the Ford Foundation, many of who are us today, let me say that we have been deeply moved by your warm welcome, in the rich Ubuntu spirit, to a place as beautiful as any in the world.

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