SANGONeT is closing office from 12 December 2014 to 5 January 2015. We wish you a wonderful festive season.


23 June, 2011
Sitting at the Lottery Indaba was an insight - but probably not in the way that Lotto intended. Instead of showing up the flaws in the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) systems, it highlighted that the root problem is amongst ourselves: amongst NGOs who are hankering after a past funding model, instead of looking forward.
15 June, 2011
Next week the NLDTF will host a national consultation in Midrand with civil society to examine the functioning of the entity in relation to it's mandate. It will hopefully provide an opportunity for real engagement as opposed to a platform for the NLDTF to tell us what it is doing...
14 June, 2011

Charles Sako, Catherine Atieno and Siama Musine live and work in Kibera, a deprived area of Kenya’s capital Nairobi. They are also all HIV positive and receive treatment through Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders' clinic in Kibera.

Six years ago, they were given disposable cameras for a week to document their lives on HIV treatment. From those photos, MSF created a project called ‘My Life with HIV’.

7 June, 2011
The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) is a nation-wide coalition of people and organisations opposed to the Protection of Information Bill - also known as the Secrecy Bill - currently before the South African parliament. The Bill will threaten hard-won constitutional rights including access to information and freedom of expression.

R2K believes a responsive and accountable democracy able to meet the basic needs of our people is built on transparency and the free flow of information.
3 June, 2011
Why loveLife is working with a network of grandmothers to develop a generation of young people resistant to the drivers of HIV.

The South African Institute for Race Relations (SAIRR) illustrated with frightening statistics earlier this year that “a stable family life with both parents is the privilege of a minority of children” in South Africa.

SAIRR project manager, Lucy Holborn, revealed that “there are nearly four million orphans in the country, 859 000 of whom are double orphans who have lost both their parents.”
1 June, 2011
Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an international humanitarian medical aid organisation, created in 1971. MSF provides assistance to populations in distress, including victims of (natural) disasters, wars, conflicts, epidemics, amongst others. Its members include medical, paramedical, technical and logistical, financial, administrative employees who carry out humanitarian assistance activities in the field.
27 May, 2011
Governments must commit to massively scale up treatment at UN Summit on AIDS
Governments will meet at the United Nations (UN) in New York for an HIV/AIDS Summit from 8 to 10 June, to discuss the global response to the epidemic over the next five to ten years.
27 May, 2011

In northern Mozambique, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is empowering HIV-patients to take an active part in managing their disease.

27 May, 2011
Corporate social investment (CSI) is embedded in the DNA of Slipstream through the work that we have done in NGOs, skills centres and orphanages over the years. Recently one of our stockists has picked up the baton from us and extended the effects of what we do even further.
24 May, 2011
Africa is the world's second largest and second most-populous continent; it is rich in diversity, abundant in ethnicity and bursting with languages. Africa Day (25 May), which marks the founding in 1963 of the Organisation of African Unity, now known as the African Union, provides an annual opportunity to reflect on the challenges and achievements of the Governments and peoples of Africa.
27 April, 2011
Over three quarters of the world's poor live in rural areas. They often lack economic opportunities, have difficulty accessing basic services, have limited voice in governance and remain extremely vulnerable to shocks.
23 March, 2011
Ralph Freese, a South African who recently resigned from the boards of two nonprofit organisations that depend on lottery funding, has written an open letter to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, asking him to ‘Fix the National Lottery Fund’. In the letter, Freese criticises the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) and the National Lotteries Board (NLB) for failing to live up to their mandate.
1 March, 2011
The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) has once again produced an annual Development Calendar in the form of a year planner.

The 2011 SANGONeT Development Calendar covers a comprehensive list of international, African and South African dates of significance to people and organisations involved in development and civil society issues in Southern Africa.

Copies of the calendar are available for collection from the SANGONeT office in Braamfontein, free of charge.

SANGONeT's physical address is as follows:

28 February, 2011
17 February, 2011
(View comments by various South African NGOs in response to 2011/12 National Budget - )

14 February, 2011

Ever since loveLife launched in 1999, the organisation has sought to get South Africans talking about HIV and its underlying sexual dynamics.

8 February, 2011
Technology and science depend on literate people. We can't provide instructions to build and operate machines and computers and disseminate scientific knowledge without literacy...

Literacy is key to social and economic development of a country. Access to literacy is a basic step towards achieving the general well being of women. Literacy is key to sustainable development. Literacy is hence considered as a major tool in building a developed & peaceful society in the 21st Century...

31 January, 2011
President Jacob Zuma will deliver the 2011 State of the Nation Address to a joint sitting of Parliament (the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces) on Thursday, 10 February 2011 (19h00) in Cape Town.

The State of the Nation Address serves as the official opening of Parliament for 2011.

Members of Parliament with debate the State of the Nation Address on 15 & 16 February 2011, followed by the President's official reply on 17 February 2011.

1 December, 2010
Our staff recently underwent a process of counselling and voluntary testing for HIV, which served to illustrate a number of important points about practising what one teaches. Being an HIV prevention programme, one of our main goals is to raise awareness in our participants – especially the teenagers in our high school programme – of the importance of knowing their HIV status. We assume that having been given basic information about the virus and the AIDS epidemic, and some encouragement to test, our participants will eagerly rush to the nearest health centre to get