Address by the Deputy Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Andries Nel, MP
NPO Sector Urged to Play an Active Role in the Advancement of Service Provision and Local Governance
Every Tuesday, an enterprising church minister from Rondebosch packs a box of theatre props and heads out to a nutrition rehabilitation centre in Crossroads on the Cape Flats. There, he tells stories and reads books to young children for who the squatter camp is both home, and the full extent of their worlds. As he arrives, they gather excitedly around his car, eager to help carry in the toys and finger puppets that make the stories come alive.
South Africa is now officially the most unequal society in the world - and if we do not have the courage to tackle this issue, “we are in trouble”. So said Professor Adam Habib, vice-chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand and prominent political analyst, in the closing address to the 5th Annual CSI Conference. The conference, sponsored by Tshikululu Social Investments, took place at the Gordon Institute of Business Science campus in Johannesburg on 2-3 April 2014.
At Tshikululu, “practical knowledge is combined with strategic thinking and sound governance to create flexible, well-managed fund portfolios” for corporate social investment (CSI). This service differs from CSI efforts managed by companies’ marketing departments, where the focus invariably is on linking social investment with commercial activity.
The National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) is an organisation dedicated to strengthening partnerships among business, civil society, government and labour, in order to achieve the education goals of the National Development Plan (NDP). It strives both to support and influence the agenda for reform of basic education, NECT founder Sizwe Nxasana told the Tshikululu Social Investments-sponsored 5th CSI Conference, which took place in Johannesburg on 2-3 April 2014.
With half of the world’s population under the age of 25, much attention is now being focussed on the need to address youth needs and ensure they fulfil their potential. A new report, compiled by the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), assesses the wellbeing of young people in 30 high-to-low income countries across 40 indicators.
Those of you, who like me, dont really ever think much about the influence of advertising on our lives, would be surprised at how much it can shape our decisions, desires, and even our dreams.
World Health Day was first celebrated on 7 April in 1950. Ever since, the World Health Organisation has marked that particular day to raise awareness for global health each year. We are reminded of the importance and value of our very own well-being and the need to show compassion for the ones who are less fortunate. With this in mind, it is time for our community to participate in this meaningful project.
With only two years to go to the 2015 eighth United Nations Millennium Development Goals, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has launched its Poverty Trends Report in South Africa - ‘An Examination of Absolute Poverty Between 2006 and 2011’ on 3 April 2014 in Pretoria. The Poverty Trends Report utilising income and expenditure surveys as well as living conditions surveys as a method in all nine provinces, has found that there has been a significant improvement in the poverty situation in South Africa between 2001 and 2011.
The North West info4africa Series 7 support services directory for 2014 is now available. This invaluable resource contains detailed information on over 600 organisations in the North West province involved in health, wellbeing and development service provision.