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.

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.

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.
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