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19 January, 2012

The SME Growth Index is the first and largest study of its kind to be undertaken in South Africa. It differs from previous studies in breadth, scope and intent. It is based on the experiences and perspectives of a Panel of 500 small businesses, across South Africa’s three major metropolitan areas. It delves into the wide spectrum of factors germane to the operation of a business. It also focuses on drivers behind SME survival and growth.

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.

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.
10 December, 2014
A recent petition by researchers, clinicians and activists made on behalf of the Treatment Action Campaign and published in the Mail & Guardian Newspaper, 28 November, 4 December 2014 Edition, The Case for Saving the TAC is Compelling, left me with mixed views on the TAC’s plight as petitioned. The TAC is evidently not unique in its current funding crisis in South Africa.
25 November, 2014

Step-up Shoe Drive is a project meant to help alleviate some of the socio-economic hardships experienced by children affected and infected by HIV. The aim is to ensure that these children get the primary basic needs to help keep them in school so that they can get a quality education to better the chances of survival in future. This project was initiated by Dr Sinah Vlug, the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) clinical mentor and team leader of the Tshwane North-West Sub-districts roving team.

24 November, 2014

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.

19 November, 2014

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.

19 November, 2014
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.
16 October, 2014

"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”.

1 October, 2014
The overall goal of the Integrated Access to Care and Treatment (I ACT) is 'to promote early recruitment and retention of people living with HIV into care and support programmes. I ACT strives to improve the uptake of Pre-ART Care in Health Facilities and HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) opportunities.'
29 September, 2014

The Programme Director

The honourable Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela

Chairperson of National Lottery Board, Prof Nevhutanda

Chairperson of SANGONeT, Tebogo Makgatho

Executive Director of SANGONeT, Kenneth Thlaka

Distinguished guest

Ladies and gentlemen
 

26 September, 2014

The South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO), in partnership with the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT), launched the Tipfuxeni Project, on 23 September 2014 in Johannesburg.