29 August, 2012

The Impact Trust, Nexii’s sister organisation, has begun key research into understanding the optimal regulatory and policy frameworks for social businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa to unlock investment capital for their growth. 

28 August, 2012
The National Department of Social Development hosted a National Nonprofit Organisation (NPO) Summit from 15-17 August 2012 in Johannesburg.

The event focussed on the need to strengthen relationships between government and the NPO sector under the theme, 'Working Together to Fight Poverty, Unemployment and Inequality'.

The following documents were drafted at the event:

Nonprofit Organisations Summit Declaration
20 August, 2012

The KwaZulu-Natal HIV-911 Directory of HIV-Related Services (Series 5) has just been released. 5 000 copies are being disseminated free of charge to health and well-being service providers.

6 August, 2012

The fundraising proposition transcends medium, culture and class. Sometimes it’s given to you on a plate – other times you’ve got work hard to uncover it, but one thing’s for sure – it’s fundamental to a successful fundraising campaign.

30 July, 2012

As the world turns its attention to Washington for the International AIDS conference Mantshi Teffo-Menziwa wants everyone to remember the lessons of “the single most important family planning event in history”, the United Kingdom (UK) Summit on Family Planning.

25 July, 2012

Brussels, July 2012: Junior Achievement today announced the winner of the second annual Social Innovation Relay, a global challenge developed by Junior Achievement and HP for high school students to create and develop new business concepts intended to have a positive social or environmental impact.

24 July, 2012
13 July, 2012

The stalemate of the elections for the chairperson of the Africa Union Commission in January 2012 and the upcoming continuation of this saga at the July 2012 summit must be déjà vu for South Africa. It reminds one of the voting duplicity of Charles Dempsey, which cost South Africa hosting the Football World Cup 2006. The confidence of South Africa in the first elections suggests some countries might have promised their votes and not delivered.

6 July, 2012

Shaba is 35 years old and has been living in Jamam camp with her family since December.

“We left our village Buk in September because there was fighting. In Buk, we had everything, but now we are naked. Four people in our village were killed in the fighting. My husband and I ran with our five children, but we got separated. We ran because of fear. My husband had three children and I took two. After one day’s walk, we met again in Kukur.

2 July, 2012

Ayanda Masondo died on 19 March 2012. She was 20 years old. A student at the University of Johannesburg, Masondo’s body was found leaning against the door in her room at the Benjemijn hostel. The cause of her death was complications from an illegal abortion.

Sadly, Masondo’s fate is all too common. Illegal abortions kill dozens of South African women every year[1].

2 July, 2012

Mbumba Entertainment is a Section 21 Company that is based at the Victory Theatre, Houghton Johannesburg. The Victory Theatre is home to the world-renowned stage show, UMOJA.

The need to work with other nonprofit organisations (NPOs) has prompted us to come up with a package deal to our show, UMOJA, with a view to raising funds for NPOs. Without any doubt, NPOs have a difficult go of things when it comes to funding and making ends meet.

22 June, 2012

2012 marked the 11th anniversary of World Refugee Day, commemorated every year on 20 June. Thousands of people take time to recognise and compliment the input of people forcibly uprooted from their homes and displaced throughout the world. The annual tribute is noted by an array of events in many countries, incorporating humanitarian workers, civilians, government officials and refugees and asylum seekers.

13 June, 2012

Last week, I sat in on the investment committee of Endeavor, an organisation that works to take good ideas and make them great. They are not an incubator, instead a network of professionals and mentors who support businesses to take the next step, which means that their investment committees are fascinating as they bring together some of the country’s top business minds to assess the viability of some of our best business ideas.

This is the story of the underdog.

11 June, 2012
I finished the first stage in 3h55 in 18th position overall and could not have asked for a better start. I ran with Ryan Hill, one of my tent mates, for a big part of the day and it was great to run with company for a change in the desert.
7 June, 2012

I have been battling with putting this post together and that battle with understanding my own feelings about throwing together about 500 people into a space with a hashtag #moneypowersex[1] has not been resolved - my first impression that it was at least a big step up from the more institutional gatherings like the CIVICUS World Assembly (and by no small measure, it blows the INGO heavy World Social Forum out of the water) in fact - #moneypowersex blew many things out of the water - so good thing it was not held near Bruma Lake  in Jozi Town - we can only guess at what would have land

6 June, 2012
This is a very special year for everyone associated with the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) as we celebrate a significant milestone - our 25th anniversary.
5 June, 2012

Illiteracy in South Africa is a grave problem and we tend to approach it with the solemnity it deserves. Each year, we hold up the grim results of the national assessment of literacy in schools and design serious plans to improve them. We stack the curriculum primly with words and phonics, all in the correct order and printed on worksheets. All well and good, but where are the stories?

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.

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.