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23 January, 2013

The Minimum Standards on Shelters for Abused Women recognises that ‘shelters represent an absolutely critical point of crisis intervention’ and places a duty on the Department of Social Development to ensure that shelter interventions are able to meet basic needs and provide support, counselling and skills development to women. In order to deliver quality services however, shelters must have adequate resources.

23 January, 2013

In the past few weeks many NGOs have discovered that their “NPO registration status” with the NPO Directorate has changed to 'de-registered' or 'non-compliant' 

22 January, 2013

Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) performance audits provide an impartial assessment of the compliance level of an NGO with international best practices and establish a framework towards continuous improvement.

17 January, 2013

I have, after a while of not serving on the Board of a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO), looked at the South Africa Revenue Services (SARS) Guideline for PBOs. Of course the major change regarding trading will have many positive and negative repercussions.

28 December, 2012

I have attended many conferences, where various organisations provided attendees with well covered and attractive annual reports. These reports are also very often made available on their websites, making them accessible to a larger audience. This effort aimed at encouraging transparency and accountability is well-intended and applauded. It is essential that the nonprofit sector not only preach accountability, but also walk the talk, leading by example.

30 November, 2012

One of my favourite storybook characters as a child was Mrs Tiggywinkle from The Tale of Mrs Tiggywinkle by Beatrix Potter. She was a hedgehog who miraculously reinvented herself daily - without ever compromising her true identity - into an industrious entrepreneur who ran a laundry service! There she was bustling across the rolling green hills of the English countryside, a world that for me existed only in storybooks, the conversations of my parents and birthday cards from relatives.

26 November, 2012

The Centre for HIV/AIDS Networking (HIVAN) has a long history of working in the field of HIV and AIDS and TB:

19 November, 2012

A case study of the Children’s Hospital Trust’s fundraising success
The Children’s Hospital Trust (the Trust) is widely considered to be one of the most successful fundraising organisations in South Africa, having raised over R420 million for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Paediatric Healthcare in the Western Cape since its inception in 1994.

16 November, 2012

Living through Learning is a non-governmental organisation working in the education sector. Living through Learning run a bridging college incorporating practical STEM learning and technology. Our students are bridged into technical tertiary degrees at University.

Living through Learning is in urgent need of 35 laptops for our students for TEACH.

We have a service provider able to offer the following:

8 November, 2012

Charities and voluntary organisations play a pivotal role in society, and yet, inevitably, often face financial challenges which threaten both their causes, and continued existences. In order to raise awareness and generate funds amidst a plethora of other organisations all asking members of the corporate and private sectors to “dig deep”, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), nonprofit organisations (NPOs) and related associations need to make their unique stories and needs stand out in a crowd.

31 October, 2012
I have just achieved one of my ambitions as an early literacy specialist – helping to bring into being several little board books for babies and toddlers in all of our 11 official languages. You may ask why on earth babies and toddlers should get books when they cannot even talk yet, and how can it matter what language to use when the babies obviously cannot even read?

Here is why I think it matters – enormously.
22 October, 2012

The words ‘competition’ and ‘competitive’ are increasingly being used to address the nonprofit sector, something which should both shame and alarm us all. As a sector, irrespective of our different areas of focus, our collective mandate is to facilitate an environment which uplifts human lives and we should not be competing to do that. Instead, we should be looking for ways to support each other in the achievement of this collective mandate.

26 September, 2012

Maite E Nkoana-Mashabane
Minister of International Relations and Cooperation
By e-mail and fax:, (012) 328 7384, (021) 464 3700

26 September 2012

Dear Minister

We request you to intervene urgently to secure the release of Professor Cyril Karabus, a South African citizen, from incarceration in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

18 September, 2012

In February and March 2012, TechSoup Global and its global network of partner organisations, including SANGONeT via the SANGOTeCH Technology Donation Programme, conducted a survey of NGOs around the world to better understand current cloud computing usage and future plans for cloud computing adoption.

The survey garnered more than 10 500 respondents from 88 countries.

The results are in.

18 September, 2012

The Papillon Foundation (Papillon) was registered as a nonprofit organisation and public benefit organisation in 2002 and staffed by a loyal group of volunteers. The organisation has delivered amazing services over the years. The motto headlined above, describes what the work of this charity and social outreach organisation entails, as new hope and new beginnings are being realised for unemployed community members.

31 August, 2012
In the past few weeks the role of NGOs in South Africa received much attention. Various events and initiatives focussed on the funding challenges facing the sector, the need for improved governance, the relationship with government, the involvement of civil society in deepening our democracy, and the broader role and relevance of the sector in relation to various challenges facing South Africa.
31 August, 2012

Within the South African context there seems to be a lot of confusion about who civil society is and what it means. The term is often used loosely, which just deepens the confusion.
In my opinion though, all of us are civil society. There is a view that business people and politicians are not civil society, but they are. None of us are defined by our work and so within our personal capacity, we all make up the society of South Africa.

30 August, 2012

Impilo is a new, innovative support service available on all mobile phones in South Africa.  It provides no frills, no cost, reliable advice and you don’t need a smartphone or a degree in rocket science to use it.

27 August, 2012

When it comes to local government, then ‘local is lekker’ does not apply and the opposite is more likely. For many years municipalities have made concessions in terms of rates and taxes that apply to benevolent organisations, including institutions that care for traumatised children. Sadly, this has changed and one can only assume that municipalities do not embrace social responsibility as part of their corporate conduct or in business practise.

23 August, 2012

The notion that South Africa (SA) fails in its mandate to protect its children leaves one questioning the role played by organisations offering services of child care and protection and their position on reducing numbers of children being murdered in this country.