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Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene, will deliver the 2015/16 National Budget to Parliament on 25 February 2015 at 14h00 in Cape Town. As in the past few years, SANGONeT invites non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to comment on the Budget in line with their areas of expertise and expectations. Issues covered by the NGO comments should range from general observations about the budget to key national development priorities such as job creation, education, social services, youth development and health.
Strategic planning in the nonprofit field seems to be a habitual process that is repeated at regular intervals. Maybe I am misunderstanding the concept of strat planning, but in all my years in the non-governmental organisation (NGO) field I could never understand how we could every year put time aside for doing our “Strat Plan”. It seems that many organisations see their annual strategic planning process as a short term magical tool that will prevent the previous year’s wrong of repeating in the next year (an annual rain dance one writer called it).
The digital economy has taken over our world. Upstarts like Uber, Airbnb, Kickstarter and Square are proving that we live in a world where technology pioneers and the monetisation of disruptive technologies win consumers over with innovative thinking.
President Jacob Zuma has delivered the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 12 February 2015 in Parliament.
12 Feb 2015 State of the Nation Address by His Excellency Jacob G Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa on the occasion of the Joint Sitting of Parliament Cape Town,
How quick social media began to broadcast the siren weeping of the pallbearers bearing the coffin of democracy last night. On Facebook and Twitter, as we wept about the deconsecrating of Parliament by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) protest at the 2015 State of the Nation Address (SONA). Spending three years in law school does seem to drill in to it you an almost irrational love of institutions of democracy (who hasn’t done a Parliament selfie?), but our knee jerk emotional response needs to be ignored while we try and examine the changing face of South African politics.
A protest in Malamulele, Limpopo, led to a complete shut-down of the community. Protestors are demanding to be separated from the Thulamela municipality, based about 50km from their villages.
Wendy van Eyck, communications manager for Qhubeka, had to learn very quickly how to make the most of limited time and resources. In 2014, she managed to increase Qhubeka’s fundraising by more than 15 times the amount raised in 2013 through the GiveHope campaign. She shared 8 tips for running a successful peer-to-peer online fundraising campaign.   Work smarter not harder  
Uncontrolled and often illegal sand mining activities are destroying some of South Africa’s most valuable natural resources at an unprecedented rate. Sand mining is the extraction of surface sand from beaches and inland dunes, or the dredging of sand from riverbeds. The sand is typically sold to the construction industry, for the production of materials such as tiles, cement bricks and other sand aggregates.
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 2015 Development Calendar covers a comprehensive list of international, African and South African dates (e.g. World Day of War Orphans, 6 January) 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.

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