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3 May, 2012

The Co-operative for Research and Education has been commissioned by the Commonwealth Foundation to develop a "Civil Society Accountability Toolkit for South Africa."

In co-operation with local civil society organisations (CSOs), the Foundation has developed similar toolkits for Belize, India, Trinidad and Tobago, etc.

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1 May, 2012

The National Lotteries Board (NLB) was established in terms of the Lotteries Act (No 57 of 1997) to regulate the National Lottery as well as other lotteries, including society lotteries to raise funds and promotional competitions. The NLB also advises the Minister of Trade and Industry on policy matters relating to the National Lottery and other lotteries.

The NLB invites stakeholders to make contributions that will assist in identifying funding priorities areas in line with the July 2010 Government Regulations and other related legislation.

1 May, 2012

Yatsar Centre is a nonprofit organisation that operates with the mercy of our Lord, as it provides shelter, food and employment for homeless people in Africa, as well as acting as an effective distribution agent to serve other missions to the effect of providing food and necessities on an ongoing basis.

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25 April, 2012

What is Malaria?

Malaria is a parasitic infection transmitted from person to person by the bite of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. These mosquitoes usually bite from around dusk to dawn. Once transferred to the human body, the infection travels to the liver where it multiplies and then enters the red blood cells. Inside the red blood cells the parasites multiply rapidly until they burst releasing even more parasites into the blood stream.
 

25 April, 2012

On 25th of April, the annual World Malaria Day, many health organisations will highlight important gains in fighting this deadly disease that claims more than one million lives every year. But despite notable progress in terms of innovation and investment, Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF) continues to see continuously high rates of malaria in several African countries.

24 April, 2012
There are a number of reasons why deagrarianisation (the move away from agricultural activities) is happening in the rural Eastern Cape. One is the flight of human capital to the urban centres leaving the old aged and the sick in rural areas. This flight of human capital is due to the lack of employment opportunities and income generation-related activities in rural areas.
24 April, 2012
Permaculture should be considered as a sustainable food production system - a completely new way to plan ‘food production’. Cuba is a good example of where they use permaculture to produce food in a low carbon manner with almost no input (fertilisers and pesticides) nor transport and heavy equipment (all of which depend on oil and are sourced externally). Employment was created, and the principle of working with nature was applied by rehabilitating and using the many environmental services (nutrient and inputs recycling).
24 April, 2012
South Africa (SA) still lags behind in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals of food security and poverty eradication. The current trends of education in SA affect the agriculture sector. Agriculture information is not integrated with other development programmes to address the numerous related problems faced by small-scale and emerging farmers. Information is an essential ingredient in agricultural development programmes.
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24 April, 2012
Participation of households in food security immensely contributes towards addressing the poverty, unemployment, under-nutrition, and other socio-economic challenges faced by South Africans and can assist in reducing the current burden on the government in terms of payment of grants.
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16 April, 2012

The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) has welcomed the opportunity to make a submission on the South African Police Service Amendment Bill. The HSF sees this opportunity as a way to foster critical, yet constructive, dialogue between civil society and government in terms of the legislative process.

To read the full submission, refer to http://goo.gl/lur9A.

14 April, 2012

As I think of leadership I reflect on a quote by African Enterprise Founder, Michael Cassidy, “God does not work in a vacuum. His plan has been unfolding since He began time. Much history has preceded the leader’s arrival at the organisation. Leaders are remiss if they make decisions as if there were no track record or history to their organisation.

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10 April, 2012

Monitoring the Maputo Plan of Action and International Conference on Population Development

To read the full brief, refer to http://goo.gl/6JCj4.

3 April, 2012

1. How long ago was the last audit conducted?
2. What does the Auditor’s Opinion say – is it qualified or unqualified?

Balance Sheet

3. Does the organisation have enough ready cash (see ‘Cash at Bank’ listed under Current Assets) to pay off its immediate debts (see Creditors)?
4. How long could the organisation survive if all of its funding dried up? (Calculate the ‘survival ratio’) How does this compare to last year?

Income & Expenditure (or Profit and Loss) Account

29 March, 2012

Larry Roeder is a retired professional diplomat and NGO official who is writing a handbook on Diplomacy for humanitarian NGOs. Roeder invites you to participate, especially in the media chapter, as he wants to be certain the text is of value to the audience. The book is aimed at NGOs and not government officials.

To contact Roeder, e-mail to roederaway@yahoo.com.

20 March, 2012

Do high net worth individuals give? Which sectors do they support? How do they choose their beneficiaries?

These were just some of the questions that many were asking and as a result we embarked on the first comprehensive national survey of the philanthropy practices of High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) in South Africa. The Giving Report 2010 was completed towards the end of 2011 and the full report is available to all on www.thegivingreport.co.za.

12 March, 2012

There are many significant days in our lives. We remember the moments our children were born, when we got married and for me, I will add one more sad day to this list. On 28 January 2012, my three-year old son shared his sexist views which shocked the whole family, not to mention the gender equality advocate in me.

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7 March, 2012

A proposed code of governance for non-profit organisations (NPOs) in South Africa has been released for public comment. The draft Independent Code of Good Governance for Non-Profit Organisations in South Africa aims to encourage best governance practice and was initiated by a group of NPOs at a Civil Society Consultative Forum meeting held in August 2010.

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22 February, 2012

2012 marks the eighteenth year of democracy for the ‘new’ South Africa (SA) – a country still navigating its way through the unique political, economic and social turmoil of its birth, while accepting the shortcomings inherent in its colonial and apartheid past.

21 February, 2012

South African civil society organisations (CSOs) continue to take part in the public hearings on the controversial Protection of State Information Bill (Secrecy Bill), which are currently taking place in all nine South African provinces. Recently, Right2Know Campaign, one of the organisations actively involved in the campaign against the Bill, criticised the National Council of Provinces’ (NCOP) ad hoc committee overseeing the hearings, for what it termed ‘deeply flawed’ and ‘highly partisan’ hearings.

14 February, 2012

I am following athletics in Public High Schools (Excluding model C - Schools) for a couple of years now. It is amazing and ashamed how our children underperform in our public schools and how model C schools dominate these events. If you ask me the reasons why? I came to a very simple, but a very serious issue as the answer. Access to good nutrition. I was a 100 meters and long jump SA Champion at school in 1984 - 1985. The one fundamental difference is that I came from a poor community with huge access to vegetables, fruit and livestock.

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