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.

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.
9 September, 2014
FPD Technical Assistance Cluster introduces the Community Forward Programme partners
9 September, 2014
Doctor Andrew Medina-Marino recently returned from Liberia where he worked with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), also known as Doctors without Borders, to contain the on-going Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
27 August, 2014
Thursday, 22 August 2014, was a big day for mobile Health in South Africa (SA).

The first national public mHealth service has been launched by the Department of Health (DOH). MomConnect was launched by the Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi at KT Motubatse Clinic in Shoshaguve, Tshwane.
27 August, 2014
When my menstrual cycle started I was 12 years old, I was terrified. I thought I had done something wrong and was being punished. I hid in the bathroom in fear of what my mother would think. Luckily, all my fears disappeared when my mother explained what I was going through.
22 August, 2014
In October 2013, Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) SHIPS in partnership with CITD Group started a commercial IT Internship Programme. This programme was created to give young IT graduates the opportunity to gain experience in the technical field of their studies. These Interns are placed within Vodacom Alisom stores as Data Technicians where they are exposed to different fields of technology such as cellphones, networking, technical and software aspects.
11 August, 2014
“There has been a culture of silence on Gender Based Violence at all levels, from the policymakers to the victims themselves - this must change.” - Diarietou Gaye.
1 August, 2014
A special issue of African Journal of AIDS Research (AJAR) on the structural drivers of HIV has just been published.
29 July, 2014
The numbers from South Africa's largest mobile phone retailer show that a massive shift is happening in the smartphone market.

The shift from feature phones to smartphones in South Africa is happening faster than anyone could have imagined just a few months ago.

Sales figures from the country’s largest mobile phone retailer, PEP stores, reveal a radical transformation in the phone-buying habits of the low- and middle-income segments of South Africa’s population.
17 July, 2014

A few weeks ago, Sun City employees downed tools after discovering that the resort’s management had allegedly installed hidden cameras, without informing workers. This subsequently led to dismissal of hundreds of workers, accused by Sun City of ‘stealing food and beverages’.

2 July, 2014
Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi addressed the concerns raised during the tuberculosis (TB) Conference in his presentation. He emphasised the government’s plans and strategies to stop the spread of TB, to increase the identification and treatment of TB patients.
2 July, 2014
The National Department of Health introduced latest developments of the new South Africa TB management guidelines.

Dr Lindiwe Mvusi, Director in the TB Control and Management Cluster within the National Department of Health discussed the new developments of the South Africa TB management guidelines. The purpose of these guidelines is to serve as a guide for health practitioners in making appropriate decisions when managing TB patients.
2 July, 2014
Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious condition that can be fatal if left untreated, it has claimed many lives in the past. There is an urgent need for vaccination to prevent the disease.

Opening the second plenary of the conference was Dr Willem Hanekom, Director of the South African Tuberculosis Vaccines Initiative (SATVI) talking about the need for vaccination to prevent TB. During his opening statement he emphasised the necessity to replace or to improve the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine.
2 July, 2014
This was the headline goal at the opening of the conference.
12 June, 2014

To be faithful to South Africa and to obey, respect and uphold the Constitution in terms of their oath or affirmation of office, takes precedence above any other duty of Members of Parliament - including political party interests.

As such, Members of Parliament have a primary constitutional duty, apart from their combined legislative authority, to scrutinise and oversee executive action and to provide a national forum for public consideration of issues - to ensure accountable, responsive and open government.

11 June, 2014
In a post-apartheid South Africa, poor black people still face evictions, demolitions and continue battling for land and housing. The Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI), attempts to strengthen organising against unlawful evictions, using the powerful ‘Dear Mandela’ documentary as an entry point.
11 June, 2014
We generally have a good system at home: no matter what happens, there is always a bedtime story. Generally. But there are those days when extra murals run late, homework piles up and before you know it, time has slipped by before we have had a moment to read. As a result, I have had to sometimes get creative with my family to sneak reading into our everyday lives - even if it is just 15 minutes a day.