So if you are wondering why the long silence since the post last week, well…I am in Durban after all, where things tend to move a little slower than Joburg and about as fast as Cape Town. And it has been busy: the ‘People’s Space’ at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), mostly at the initiative of Patrick Bond, has taken off and is always buzzing with energy, people and a whole herd of news crews from local and international media.
Headed by Drs Rick and Anita Gutierrez, the Bethel Health Builders organisation, in partnership with the Health Economics and New HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) and the Regional AIDS Training Network (RATN), produced a series of videos aimed at providing cost-effective health education on HIV/AIDS to people living in Sub-Saharan Africa.
This three-part series tackle:
Notes from the seaside
Daybreak in Durban was the usual muggy warmth that seems to seep into every pore of your skin just as perspiration is trying to seep out, leaving you feeling grubby and damp and taking three showers before 10am…but that is a waste of water (which is thankfully being recycled) so let’s not dwell here in this damp spot and rather move on to occupying Durban and more specifically occupying the climate change talks…
Every MP who presses the green button to vote ‘yes’ for the Protection of [State] Information Bill (Secrecy Bill) will at that moment take personal responsibility for the first piece of legislation since the end of apartheid that dismantles an aspect of our democracy
Mark this day.
Depending on the actions of the 400 MPs in the National Assembly at 14h00, it will end as a day of triumph or shame for our adolescent democracy.
First established as the SANGONeT NGO Portal on 24 October 2005, it raises the profile of South African NGOs both locally and internationally, and supports the process of repositioning and strengthening the sector in response to the development challenges facing South Africa.
For over eight years, I have volunteered, worked for and worked with a number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs). As such, I truly understand the value of a strong civil society, as it does have a very important role to play in the creation of positive change. I have also however had to disengage from some organisations because I have strongly felt that they play a part in further 'disempowering' the marginalised.
Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) has been involved with Forest Town School for Children with Special Needs since 2007. Initially they refurbished four dismal playgrounds. In 2006, the school established the Work Experience Training Centre due to the almost 100 percent rate of unemployment of youth categorised as having a combination of disabilities, which includes lower cognitive function, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, epilepsy and other complications.
Our guest blogger today is musician and ONE member Slap Dee, who helped to launch the You Choose campaign in Zambia.
In 2000, leaders from 189 nations signed on to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight targets designed to significantly reduce global poverty and disease by 2015. In Zambia, we have made some progress since then, child mortality has reduced and more children are in school. Guys, we still need to do more. We are one of the few countries where poverty levels have increased!
The social change agent‘s mission is to deal with specific social issues. How this is done becomes a subjective matter. Is it to solve development issues, community social needs or to respond to market failures? Heckett (2010, p 220) further explores this question “Can development be achieved solely through poverty alleviation measures that address market failures with social enterprises?
With the State of the Nation Address and the 2013/14 Budget speech behind us, we now more than before have a gripping awareness that the South African reality is one that will need a lot more input before it is what we as South Africans need it to be.
It is that time of the year again.
Following the State of the Nation speech by President Zuma on 14 February 2013, the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, will deliver the 2013/4 National Budget speech on Wednesday, 27 February 2013, in Cape Town.
As in the past few years, SANGONeT will once again produce a special edition of our weekly NGO Pulse e-newsletter to highlight various civil society responses to the National Budget.
On 14 February 2013, President Zuma delivered the State of the Nation Address to Parliament.
For many NGOs and activists, Zuma and the government should invest in intensifying the fight against corruption and gender-based violence, improving education, stimulating job creation and tackling the many socio-economic hardships faced by the poor - since they pose a serious threat to the future of the country’s 19-year old democracy.
Ambassadors Youth & Community Development (AYCD) has embarked on a programme to reach our nation’s youth, firstly, to engage them in life skills workshops in schools, and secondly, to train, inform, develop and mentor them as young leaders for a better Africa. We hosted a Career Expo in Midrand on 18 August 2012, in partnership with a number of different non-governmental organisations (NGOs), colleges, organisations and businesses from Midrand, Johannesburg. This year’s theme was: ‘Believe It! Achieve It!’
The Impact Trust, Nexii’s sister organisation, has begun key research into understanding the optimal regulatory and policy frameworks for social businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa to unlock investment capital for their growth.
The event focussed on the need to strengthen relationships between government and the NPO sector under the theme, 'Working Together to Fight Poverty, Unemployment and Inequality'.
The following documents were drafted at the event:
Nonprofit Organisations Summit Declaration