But some recent meetings have again brought home to me in a powerful way.
The headline on the attached copy of Friday's article (11 September, 2009) paints a contradictory and misleading picture of the Addiction Action Campaign and, indeed, the substance of the report itself. The report states very clearly that we support SAB Miller's stance against underage drinking, driving while drunk (as Nkola Motata was convicted of doing) and foetal alcohol syndrome.
Shelter for the abused, underserved and homeless
SchoolNet is running a youth employability programme for unemployed graduates in Johannesburg. The aim of the programme is to skill graduates with ICT and life, employability and social skills with a view to them becoming employed as ICT technical support staff or starting their own ICT support company.
The programme is due to start in October and will run until the end of June 2010.
Johannesburg-based TV producer/director Michael Lee is now entering the second week of a fast in which he is not eating anything, only drinking water. He is doing this in support of local content, the importance of it to South Africa's identity, and the attacks on it by local broadcasters. He will be blogging about this here for as long as he lasts.
SANGONeT (Southern African NGO Network has been coordinating a regional research project into ICT4D issues in different countries in the region. Reports are produced, and then debated in Forums in the respective country. So I want to give you a quick report on the Mozambique Forum, which as you know from SANGONeT, took place on 30 July 2009.
In my work supporting NGOs in media advocacy, there's one thing that comes up again and again in conversations, but it's almost never addressed in the several toolkits and handbooks one can find on engaging the media.
Everyone working on the ground acknowledges it's a problem, but nobody seems to have much advice about how to deal with it. I'm talking about the fact that in many countries, it's difficult to get into the news media without paying for coverage. I think it's high time that we had some serious discussion about this, and how to deal with it.
The event formed part of SANGONeT’s Regional Thetha ICT Project which covers five Southern African countries, namely Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Botswana.
The Community Chest hosts it's annual Golf Day at the Milnerton Golf Club on 9 October 2009. If you'd like to get invovled, contact Shane Thomas at the Community Chest.
The Annual General Meeting of the Community Chest takes on the 14 October 2009 at the Athlone Civic Centre. For more information contact 021 424 3344 or visit our website for directions.
Masimanyane Women's Support Centre is a world renowned NGO working on Violence against Women and girls in South Africa. Masimanyane was established in 1995 and has contributed to the development of policies which advance women's rights in South Africa. Masimanyane currently works across South Africa and it hosts the secretariat for Amanitare which is a pan African network working in 28 African countries. The focus of Amanitare is Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of African women and girls.
As part of our strategy to highlight the trafficking of women and girls, especially in light of the 2010 World Cup, Masimanyane staff members have recently been guests on local community radio stations and brought the organisation's message to more than half a million listeners throughout the Eastern Cape.
Fundraising Training at the Community Chest
18 participants fervently workshopped the challenges and solutions around fundraising for NGO's in this tough economic climate.
When I talk to scientists and activists, I often encourage them to think about new media (the internet, social media such as Facebook and Twitter) as well as the traditional media (newspapers, radio, etc) as a means of getting their message out. Though people do get excited, they question the reach of such media, in countries where internet access is very slow, or not widespread.
Help us by bidding some of the best celebrities in South Africa. They will donate their time and talents to help raise funds for MAB. With Steve Hofmeyer, Cornelius Bosch, Annie Malan, Edith Venter, Leon Schuster, Pieter Dirk Uys, Evita, Fiona Coyne, Leanne Mannas.