My experience with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), as many others I am sure, began with a desire to do more than just live for myself, as a desire to give back to the community. But what I did not expect was the desire and passion that would follow. Nearing the end of my studies in 2012 I had the desire to put myself outside of my comfort zone and also do something that would be for the benefit of someone other than myself.
The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) has once again produced an annual Development Calendar in the form of a year planner. Sponsored by Turning Point Consultants, the 2014 Development Calendar covers a comprehensive list of international, African and South African dates (e.g. World Day of Social Justice, 20 February) and events 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 Johannesburg, free of charge.
On behalf of the Trustees of the Ford Foundation, many of who are us today, let me say that we have been deeply moved by your warm welcome, in the rich Ubuntu spirit, to a place as beautiful as any in the world.
I have listened to Doctor Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream speech' many times. Like many I have a favourite part; "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character."
The CMDS - a registered practice with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants which acts as accounting officers for organisations that choose not to have an independent audit - believes that 2014 is a year for leaders of nonprofit organisations (NPO) to become more financially alert and astute and so be more aware of financial dangers and pitfalls as well as new opportunities for broadening income streams and building financial sustainability.
Development organisation Humana People to People in South Africa has partnered with Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) in efforts to work together with the people in Doornkop, Soweto to improve their food security. For the past decade Humana’s Child Aid Doornkop project has worked side by side with community members to start vegetable gardens and the donation made by PPC makes it possible to continue this development at a new level.
In South Africa, we have seen increasing concern about safety. Being safe in one’s home, being safe on the road and being safe everywhere except online. The only times digital security is ever mentioned in the country, is often in the context of Bradley Manning and the damning information he leaked about the NSA. That however is but only one part of the entire picture, in a country where even the most basic security concerns are often disregarded.
25 Innovative Solutions Awarded at the Impumelelo Awards Ceremony On Sunday, 1 December 2013 at the Baxter Theatre, Impumelelo awarded 25 best-practice projects that have found solutions to early childhood development, children affected by foetal alcohol syndrome, innovative water waste treatment works, maths and science education, enterprise development, sexual and domestic violence, youth leadership, and health-care.
SANGONeT joins the rest of the world in mourning the passing of South Africa’s founding father, President Nelson Mandela. Born on 18 July 1918, President Mandela, who became the first democratically-elected president after the country’s first historic elections in 1994, led the decades-long struggle against Apartheid. Mandela’s dedication to South Africa’s liberation struggle was captured in the statement he made during the opening of the defence case in the Rivonia Trial:
Nelson Mandela's unwavering courage, forgiveness and hope touched and inspired people all around the world. He showed that the dream of a just society is possible and he challenged our generation to lead the way towards it. As Mandela said in his extraordinary 2005 speech in London's Trafalgar Square, 'Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.'