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.

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.

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.

  • 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 or 071 826 3812.  

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

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?

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.

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

19 March, 2010

I have been puzzled and annoyed by the ongoing repetition in our media, that 40 000 'prostitutes' are set to be trafficked into South Africa ahead of the World Cup.

This figure is continually repeated (and in one instance, an anti-trafficking video featuring several South African soapie stars, inflated further to 100 000). This despite its being a complete fabrication, with no basis in fact, and no evidence available to substantiate it.

17 March, 2010
Whether you're a big corporate or a struggling NGO, budgets are getting smaller and tighter everywhere you look. While everyone is trying to get the good work done, administration and marketing tasks often fall by the wayside. This leads to backlogs and many late nights as there are fewer people available to share the workload. This is usually when you try to squeeze the budget and hire a part or full-time assistant to help with these duties.
17 March, 2010
In the past few months earthquakes in Haiti and Chile have caused unprecedented devastation and suffering to the two countries and their people.

12 March, 2010

FWC Welfare And Development Centre is and six other NPOs is working on organising a charity walk for all NPOs involve in the FAN FUN CHARITY WALK PROJECT which will hold during the world cup games, the event as nothing to do with the world cup but will hope to get the participation of the fan for the game in huge numbers.

Details to make it a success is available to all NPOs willing to be part of this, plans are on going and the prospect is great, for details please can

9 March, 2010
Four South African NGOs, namely Inyathelo - The South African Institute for Advancement, Social Change Assistance Trust (SCAT), Community Development Resource Association (CDRA) and Rural Education Access Programme, have launched a survey into the funding practices of the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) and the National Development Agency (NDA).

The survey is aimed at, amongst other things, documenting NGOs’ experiences with the NDA and NLDTF.

5 March, 2010
This is an SOS campaign opinion piece
5 March, 2010
 This is an SOS test blog in from the campaign