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18 January, 2012

Memorandum for National Lotteries Board

Expectations

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11 January, 2012

The African National Congress (ANC) held its 100th birthday celebrations from 6-8 January 2011 in Mangaung, Free State, where it was formed in 1912. The celebrations featured events which were attended by among others, sitting and former heads of state, ANC members and supporters from all over South Arica and the alliance partners.

Below are the messages of support to mark the ANC’s centenary:

13 December, 2011

Negotiators at the United Nations climate talks have narrowly avoided a collapse, agreeing to the bare minimum deal possible. The plan gets the Green Climate Fund up and running without any sources of funding, preserves a narrow pathway to avoid 4 degrees of warming and gets a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol without key members.

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8 December, 2011

I see the phrase ‘sexual activity’ almost on a daily basis, mostly in newspapers or in online articles quoting what a government official said. What does it mean?

Is it a social activity or is it something you do on your own? Do you need to be a member of a certain club and pay a fee?

When do you engage in ‘sexual activity’ and where? Why are teenagers not supposed to take part in it?

Who invented it? Is there a manual on how to do it well? Can you make money from being good at ‘sexual activity’?

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6 December, 2011

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.

2 December, 2011

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:

28 November, 2011

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…

22 November, 2011

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.

16 November, 2011
This is a response to a blog post published last week by Eric Hersman, also known as the @WhiteAfrican - The Subtle Condescension of “ICT4D”.
30 January, 2011
The NGO Pulse Portal is the gateway to the NGO sector in South Africa.

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.
15 April, 2014

With half of the world’s population under the age of 25, much attention is now being focussed on the need to address youth needs and ensure they fulfil their potential.

A new report, compiled by the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), assesses the wellbeing of young people in 30 high-to-low income countries across 40 indicators.

15 April, 2014
Those of you, who like me, dont really ever think much about the influence of advertising on our lives, would be surprised at how much it can shape our decisions, desires, and even our dreams. 
 
4 April, 2014
With only two years to go to the 2015 eighth United Nations Millennium Development Goals, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has launched its Poverty Trends Report in South Africa - ‘An Examination of Absolute Poverty Between 2006 and 2011’ on 3 April 2014 in Pretoria.
 
The Poverty Trends Report utilising income and expenditure surveys as well as living conditions surveys as a method in all nine provinces, has found that there has been a significant improvement in the poverty situation in South Africa between 2001 and 2011.
 
28 March, 2014
The North West info4africa Series 7 support services directory for 2014 is now available.

This invaluable resource contains detailed information on over 600 organisations in the North West province involved in health, wellbeing and development service provision.

Vulnerable people or families often need support in a number of areas. Our referral directory can help you solve this problem as it contains details of organisations providing services and support to vulnerable groups in all areas of the province.
 
7 March, 2014
My favourite time all the way through school was at the end of a day, when our English teacher would say, “Put everything away, put your heads on your desks, shut your eyes and listen.” Then we would travel in our minds through the vivid worlds of storybook authors, sometimes familiar and sometimes strange, but always carried by the familiar and accomplished rhythm of our teacher’s reading voice. 
 
3 March, 2014
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.

Vulnerable people or families often need support in a number of areas. Our referral directory can help you solve this problem as it contains details of organisations providing services and support to vulnerable groups in all areas of the province.
 
26 February, 2014
"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.

South Africa is seen as a leader on the African continent in attaining democracy and universal franchise for its entire people. On the other hand the social and economic problems of poverty, deprivation, racism, xenophobia, discrimination, crime, lack of access to health services, education and justice remain a blemish and a debilitating obstacle to the future well-being of all its inhabitants.

17 February, 2014
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. 
23 January, 2014
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." 

I have recited these words more times than I can remember. But it is only recently that the last seven words of that excerpt came alive for me. 
9 December, 2013
25 Innovative Solutions Awarded at the Impumelelo Awards Ceremony

On Sunday, 1 December 2013 at the Baxter Theatre, Impumelelo awarded 25 best-practice projects that have found solutions to early childhood development, children affected by foetal alcohol syndrome, innovative water waste treatment works, maths and science education, enterprise development, sexual and domestic violence, youth leadership, and health-care.