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
30 November, 2010
By Rowena McNaughton, CIVICUS media officer
He stands with his head down, cloaked in a threadbare T-shirt and cotton pants held precariously in place with a piece of twine. His eyes stare vacantly at the steady stream of traffic that moves pass him. When the traffic lights turn from green to red, he begins his slow walk from car to car. With one hand resting on his slim frame at his hollow stomach, and the other arm outstretched, the figure asks quietly for spare change at each car window. “Please, I am hungry,” he says.
29 November, 2010
We need your support, we have a database of 25 people who came to our offices to report the "clean up" operation that took place on Thursday night in Cape Town and get support in retreiving their property and vent their frustration.

1. It was reported that the following organisations played a role in this operation - DFU, CCID, Law Enforcement and SAPS.
16 November, 2010
The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) is currently compiling its 2011 Development Calendar, which will once again be produced in the form of a year planner.

The Calendar, to be released in January 2011, will cover a comprehensive list of international, African and South African dates (e.g. World AIDS Day, 1 December) of significance to people and organisations involved in development and civil society issues.

10 November, 2010
After a Week of Action to protest the Protection of Information Bill (the secrecy Bill) the Right2Know Campaign  has emerged as a vibrant campaign with significant influence in the public discourse. This rapid growth has raised a number of questions and the R2K has called for a National Dialogue amongst campaign supports to deliberate on matters of the Campaign's scope, strategy, and structure .

8 November, 2010
The past ten days I had the opportunity to attend a seminar in France, as we were invited to share the learning and position of Uthango Social Investments in South Africa with academics and practioners in the emerging field of Social Entrepreneurship. Hosted by the Paris Chamber of Commerce's ADVANCIA and INSEAD Business School and facilitated by Beautiful Soul, this was an extraordinary event.

2 November, 2010
Tanzanians headed to the polls in the country’s general elections which was held last Sunday. Despite being declared ‘free and fair, transparent’ by the six presidential candidates including - Jakaya Kikwete (Chama Cha Mapinduzi), Prof. Ibrahim Lipumba (Civic United Front) and Dr Wilbrod Slaa of Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) – few challenges characterised these elections.
1 November, 2010
It all started in December 2009 after watching the highlights of the 2009 Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (KAEM) on SuperSport…it ended shortly after 11h00 on 23 October 2010 as I ran over the finishing line of the 2010 KAEM with blistered feet after covering almost 250km in seven days through the Kalahari Desert.

19 October, 2010
Five Questions about gender mainstreaming in NGOs

If you are working with an NGO in southern Africa, I'd like to invite you to participate in this brief five-question survey on gender-related activities in your organisation. The purpose of the research is to hear from those working directly with communities about their thoughts on the push to mainstream gender in organisations.

The survey should take only 5-10 minutes to complete.

Follow this link:

5 October, 2010
Research-based NGOs in Southern Africa are facing a deepening funding crisis. You can read all about the reasons why in an article by Dr. Thabo Rapoo, executive director of the Centre for Policy Studies, entitled ‘Funding Crisis for Research NGOs Looming Larger Than Ever’.  The situation, according to Rapoo, looks pretty glum. 

29 September, 2010

This story is about a day in the life of a CARE beneficiary as told to and written by Connie Mussumir former Microenterprises/Microfinance Officer for one of CARE Mozambique's programs.

20 August, 2010
Tech4Africa is a web and emerging technology conference, committed to bringing global perspective to the African context. This platform would like to play a role in igniting the talent and skill of a generation of Africans in reach of mobile phone and global market. Founder of Tech4Africa, Gareth Knight, maintains that, “Africans can help themselves and they are just as smart and motivated as anyone else.”

4 August, 2010
Government is under criticism from civil society organisations (CSOs), the media and opposition parties over the Protection of Information Bill.

The Bill, meant to replace an apartheid-era law dating from 1982, includes some problematic (potentially unconstitutional) elements that limit the media’s right to information and could see investigative journalists face up to 25 years in jail for publishing information of ‘public interest’.