The Mpumalanga info4africa Series 7 support services directory for 2014 is now available. This invaluable resource contains detailed information on over 500 organisations in Mpumalanga involved in health, wellbeing and development service provision.
Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, has delivered the 2014/5 National Budget to Parliament on 26 February 2014 in Cape Town. This year’s budget, which coincides with the 20 years of freedom and democracy celebrations, comes at a time when the South Africa gears up for the fifth democratic elections since the fall of apartheid in 1994. Gordhan’s budget is aligned to the National Development Plan and encourages South Africans to among others; save, work together and put the country’s interests before their own.
"The Constitution is still our best practical hope" Keynote by Edwin Cameron, Constitutional Court of South Africa to the Sunday Times Literary Awards, Summer Place, 29 June 2013.
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.