Today is my last day as Executive Director of SANGONeT. All good things have to come to an end at some point, and after 13 years, it is time for a new challenge. It has always been a privilege to lead SANGONeT. It is an organisation with a proud history dating back to the mid-1980s. After 26 years, it continues to make an important contribution to the work of the NGO sector in Southern Africa, and remains an integral part of the local civil society landscape.
Local Government Action started off with the launch of an ‘Activist’s Guide’ aimed at empowering activists and communities to engage local government - a joint project by Section27, the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa and Read Hope Phillips Attorneys.
Every year the world comes together on June 14 to celebrate World Blood Donor Day. This year, the World Health Organisation is celebrating the 10th anniversary of World Blood Donor Day with a slogan for this year ‘Give the Gift of Life: Donate Blood’. World Health Organisations aims to achieve 100 percent supply of blood in all countries from voluntary unpaid donors (Melbourne Declaration). The declaration recognised the need for a sustainable blood supply by increasing the number of voluntary donors who donate regularly.
The conditions promoting the consolidation of democracy are likely to impose various structural constraints on the development capacity of new or born again democracy. Since 1994, development has been slow in South Africa. In 19 years, we still have abject poverty and millions living in substandard housing. In essence, the advent of democracy has failed to bring about substantial development. Many put the blame solely on the ruling party and its many ineptitudes.
Capetonians came with a superhero effort over the weekend in the Twitter Blanket Drive when they broke the record for blanket collection of last year in a much shorter time frame, this year. Last year, 1 600 blankets were collected via Twitter in a three-month period. This year the campaign was just over three weeks long and more than 1 600 blankets were collected. Various teams were collecting blankets for a range of non-governmental organisation (NGOs).
23 May marked the first International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. Here, MSF surgeon Dr Geert Morren talks about the physical and social distress that fistulas can cause, and why the issue needs attention.