Dear Comedians, I reflect on some comedy where you unashamedly ‘go to town’ literally poking fun at the disability sector and its limitations with particular reference to our sexuality. That your audience took no notice of your blatant insult to the disability community and instead exploded in roars of laughter exposes stereotypes that are permanently visited on people with disabilities, some of whom are mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, cousins, nephews and nieces, etc. of able-bodied persons. Question is: how did we get to this point?
International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on 8 March and in South Africa we also celebrate Women’s Day on 9 August every year. South Africa comes in at eighth place on a world classification table of women in national parliament. These are all developments that deserve to be applauded as the nation is taking strides towards the ultimate goal of achieving women’s rights. However, in the same instance it is never enough until we reach the peak of equality in all spheres, when women’s dignity and rights can be fairly observed in our nation.
The role of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in world and country politics has always been vibrant and widespread and has grown in importance since the 1990’s. Many NGOs through the years have fought for transparent political processes and political accountability, and developing a democratic culture among citizens. It seems to have become even more important in the past few years.
Leadership is one of the most talked about, but least understood concepts in the Non-Profit field. There seems to be consensus that not all managers are leaders. There is however less consensus regarding the principle of whether managers are ‘made’ and leaders ‘born’. Both of these aspects are of importance in terms of leadership versus management in the Non-Profit sectors, and the debate is ongoing. Of even more importance is actively promoting and endorsing the debate on the need of leadership in the nonprofit sector.
By Mike Laws of InTarget With recent news that the Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association of South Africa (WASPA) has reduced the cost of becoming an Affiliate Member for registered nonprofit organisations by 90 percent, and the fact that we’re in the annual season of giving, it’s perhaps a pertinent time to take a look at mobile marketing for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and charities.
Globally, the role of civil society has never been as important as it is today when the world seeks to implement the newly-agreed upon United Nations’ (UN) sustainable development goals (SDGs). Remarkably, all the parties to the UN, which includes most countries across the globe, including South Africa, agreed on these goals as binding and important in advancing the cause of humanity. However, they have been adopted against a backdrop of a changing global development and political architecture.
Monitoring and Evaluation within the social sector is not doing justice to the development that is required for marginalised groups. Each year between R7,6BN and R8,2BN is spent on a large range of CSI Programmes to offset the extensive range of injustices we face on a daily bases. Some may argue that if development was done correctly, we could end poverty, inequality and crimes against humanity. So where is the issue really?
Address by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during the commemoration of World AIDS Day, Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre, Port Shepstone
Violence against women, girls and children are one of the most pervasive and barbaric violations of human rights. It is shameful that a society that prides itself on being progressive and undeniably modern in many respects is also one characterised by appalling atrocities meted against their own flesh and blood so to say. This state of affairs warrants serious attention from everyone who truly believes in the ideal of an equal and just society Violence against women, girls and children reverses the gains of democracy and threatens peace and development across the globe.
Water scarcity in South Africa has not come as a surprise. In fact, national government through its communications agency, Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), has chronicled and extensively communicated the dire situation that has beleaguered South Africa for a long while as a water scarce nation. The main problem seems to be a general lack of strategic planning compounded by operational inefficiencies at local government level.