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2 July, 2010
South Africa. At least 40 000 children in South Africa are exploited as child prostitutes each year.  The number of trafficked and exploited children is not known. Tourists, visiting businessmen and locals, sexually abuse and exploit these trafficked and enslaved children.

1 July, 2010
South Africa - At least 40,000 children in South Africa are exploited as child prostitutes each year. The number of trafficked and exploited children is not known. Tourists, visiting businessmen and locals, sexually abuse and exploit these trafficked and enslaved children. Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) has brought the Child-Protection Code of Conduct (The Code) to South Africa. The Code is an instrument of self-regulation and corporate social responsibility, which provides increased protection to children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism.

26 June, 2010
Speakers at the GCAP press conference held this morning lambasted the G8 for failing to keep its promises to ensure development progress on the African continent, with GCAP Co-Chair, Kumi Naidoo taking on the Canadian government for spending more on hosting for the G8/G20 ($1.4 billion) than it is providing for maternal health and child care ($1.1 billion).

22 June, 2010
Toronto, Canada
21 June 2010

With civil society participants from across the world, the Halifax Initiative Coalition kicked off the process of gathering ideas, voices, key policy initiatives with a view to mapping and dovetailing the way civil society moves forward to the G20 Summit in South Korea in November this year and in France in 2011.

9 June, 2010
“In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources,
and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today
between human rights, democracy, and peace."
(Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist, political activist, and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate)
 
On June 4, the eve of World Environment Day, Vuleka saw the second of the “Courageous Conversations”
taking place at Koinonia Conference Centre in Botha’s Hill, with around 70 people gathering in blankets
9 June, 2010

In some statistical hocus pocus not as baffling as it looks, the US  unemployment rate  rose in April with job creation. It does, nevertheless, show how difficult it will be to get the unemployment rate back to normal following the recession. The U.S. unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent in April from 9.7 percent in March, as outlined by the jobs report released by the Labor Department Friday.

6 June, 2010
Over the next few weeks the eyes of the world will be on South Africa as we host the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup.

The tournament starts on 11 June 2010 with the official opening ceremony and the opening game between South Africa and Mexico.

The hosting of the tournament presents all South Africans with an opportunity to showcase our country to the rest of the world.

It is also an opportunity to unite behind our team, Bafana Bafana, and with the support of millions of vuvuzelas, take on the best teams in the world.

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31 May, 2010
Prior to the advent of democracy in South Africa, civil society organisations began various processes to bring a pro-poor developmental agenda to the policy-making table. Some of this energy was realised in the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) and on a meso level in the White Paper for Social Welfare (1997).
28 May, 2010
Child Protection Week is an annual calender event that seems to pass without the usual fuss of those commemorative events such as the “16 days of activism” and “Women’s Day.” However, it does not mean that this period is of any less significance or meaning.

Child Protection Week has those members of our society that are the most vulnerable as its focus and although this is an initiative from the Department of Social Development, the issue of child protection should be of concern to all South Africans.

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21 May, 2010
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Africa is a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping children and youth at risk realise their potential by facilitating the development of long-term one-to-one mentoring relationships.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Africa seeks to appoint a registered Social Auxillary Worker for its Gauteng-based office.

Requirements:
  • NGO experience;
  • Excellent report writing skills;
  • Confident and well spoken to assist with fundraising initiatives;
17 May, 2010

SchoolNet South Africa is running a youth ICT employability programme to equip unemployed graduates with the skills required to secure work as ICT technicians.  As part of the programme, we would like to offer each of the 20 participants an opportunity to spend a week being exposed to the workplace, ideally in an ICT department of a big company or an ICT company itself.  If you are able to assist us, please contact me via sally@schoolnet.org.za or 071 826 3812.  

Thank you for your assistance, it will mean so much to our participants!

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5 May, 2010

The Importance of Promoting Human Rights to Young People...

Basic nutrition and health care, shelter, and social services are some of the basic rights of children, enshrined in the South African Constitution (Section 28, Bill of Rights)...but how many young South Africans are actually aware of their rights?

12 April, 2010

In partnership with the Ideas for Development blog, the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) is launching an online debate that will contribute with inputs for the forthcoming IBSA Academic Forum, which will be hosted by IPC-IG on 12-13 April in Brasilia, Brazil.

We invite you to participate in this discussion and reflect about the following issues:

- What is the role of the emerging countries in shaping world politics?

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1 April, 2010
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30 March, 2010

As companies suffer under the recession so are individuals for whom periods between jobs are becoming increasing longer as the job market is being flooded with retrenchees. During the job seeking period, people often find themselves without income and end up suffering ecomonic loss. Rentals, bonds, car installments and other essentials fall behind and the individual suffers a poor credit rating.

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23 March, 2010

50 years on from the Sharpeville massacre and 20 years after the release of Nelson Mandela, South Africans consider how far human rights have come in the rainbow nation.  

We don’t want to open up old wounds. We need life to go on and need to create space so that our children can embark on a new page of life.” - Victor Makene

“Human rights day in SA to me is an affirmation that me being able to do what everyone else does” - Versha Rowjee

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