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.
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.
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

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.

10 April, 2012

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

To read the full brief, refer to

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

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

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.

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.

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.

8 February, 2012

It is that time of the year again.

Following the State of the Nation speech by President Zuma on 9 February 2012, the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, will present the 2012/3 National Budget speech on Wednesday, 22 February 2012, in Cape Town.

As in the past few years, SANGONeT will once again produce a special edition of our weekly NGO Pulse e-newsletter to highlight various civil society responses to the National Budget.

31 January, 2012

Abandoned at birth, Lwazi Xinwa (24) spent his first five years growing up in a children’s home in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape. Adopted by loving parents, Lwazi spent the next eight years thriving in a stable household.

However, at age 13 his life turned upside down once again. His father was diagnosed with a terminal illness, and Xinwa’s parents revealed to him that he had been adopted. “I was so angry, so many mixed feelings,” says Xinwa. “I was so upset that my father was sick but I felt angry at the same time.”

24 January, 2012
The Politecnico di Milano University, in collaboration with the Project Management Institute (PMI), is administering a survey to analyse how project managers working for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) manage international development projects. The results will be distributed among all the participants.

To download the questionnaire, refer to
24 January, 2012

Since we submitted applications for funding to Lottery last year in March and received a short message service (SMS) acknowledging that our application was received, there is no communication or whatsoever. We have entered Christmas and the New Year a new year without any message.

Applications should not take so much time without a response. We appeal to the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) to consider other mechanisms to speed up the processes of responding to application for funding.

18 January, 2012

The Umzi Wethu Livelihoods Programme aims to equip job seekers with the skills required to find work and to become valuable employees.

Orientation for the next Livelihoods Programme will take place on 23 January, 2012.

Classes will commence from 25 January to 22 February 2012. There are 10sessions, at the cost of R10 per session. Students are expected to attend all sessions in order to receive the full benefit of the programme. Classes start at 08h30 and end at 14h00.

18 January, 2012

There are so many things that I want to say thank you for, and I have no idea where to start...!

When I think of where my life started, then I see some good memories and some bad memories over the small amount of years that I have been around.