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The FPD SHIPS Department was established in 2012 to draw from the expertise developed by the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) through the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Fellowship Programme in successfully transitioning students from academia to the workplace.
Mom connect is a National Department of Health initiative for registering a pregnancy. The programme is a cell-phone based application for easy accessibility. Pregnant women can register themselves, or be registered by either a community health worker or at a facility by a healthcare professional. After registering, the women receive regular free messages to keep them updated about the stages of their pregnancy, get reminded about routine medical follow ups that help them to better understand and use healthcare services.
The Global Health for Social Change Internship programme (GHSC) is an unpaid field placement programme that offers an opportunity for students to be embedded with a local or international public health NGO – while experiencing total cultural interest by living with a host family.
The latest version of the disability directory of South Africa has recently been released. Thanks Keith Richmond for the efforts that go into this. Click here to download your copy.
Several national and international donors have joined forces to inspire and enable bold new initiatives with the potential to transform early learning access and quality in South Africa. Bold ideas for early learning are invited from all sectors and may include anything from new delivery models or smarter financing mechanisms to innovation in the use of technology for training, early learning activities or parent interaction.  
After a decade leading national and international non-governmental organisations, I chose to contribute differently through leadership coaching. I am inspired to occupy a space where I can get alongside leaders as a catalyst. As the development sector continues to respond to worldwide changes, along with the business world, coaching emerges as a stronger alternative to leadership training. The pressure to professionalise and apply creative leadership to sustain work is more critical than ever.
Judge Willie Seriti has been given another five months in which to finish investigating bribery, corruption and other acts of impropriety which might have happened during the acquisition of prime mission equipment for two arms of the South African National Defence Force in 1999.
It is easy, with all the brouhaha taking place in Parliament recently - the expulsion of members of the Economic Freedom Fighters for ‘unparliamentary’ behaviour; their failure to respect the office of the Speaker; the presence of riot police in the parliamentary precinct; the vilification of the Public Protector by some members of parliament (MPs); and the withdrawal of opposition parties from the Ad-hoc Committee on Nkandla – to forget that much of the work of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces takes place in the Portfolio Committees and the Select Committees resp
"Civil society must change the colonial paradigm within which civil society operates in South Africa. These formations take an oppositional posture. These institutions masquerade as representatives of the people. The lines get blurred between them and the parliamentary opposition”.
Cross-Border Observations from India and South Africa In early 2013, two young women were brutally gang-raped and murdered in different parts of the world: Jyoti Singh Pandey, a 23-year-old from India and 17-year-old Anene Booysen in South Africa. Both cases received uncharacteristic attention but what were the dynamics and specific factors and circumstances that propelled them into national and international prominence and can unpacking this influence the development of enhanced strategies to tackling endemic violence against women?

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