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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.
25 November, 2013
Mark the dates: 24 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children) through to International Human Rights Day on 10 December. In total: 16 Days! Imagine if, but if for only 16 days, there would have been no rape, no child abuse, no sexual harassment and no emotional abuse. Within the South African context, 16 Days of Activism has been declared against this scourge, which is hastingly eroding our very social fabric.
20 November, 2013
Media affects us in many ways, as a major socialising influence, a carrier of culture, a source of information, education and entertainment, an important factor in political communication and participation in a democracy and a communicator of ideological values and norms, attitudes and believes.
 
5 November, 2013
 
The eighth issue of our Hands-on Learning Publication Issue 8 which documents what we and our partners are learning through implementation and research is available on our website. This issue, which you can access from our homepage by clicking on the 'Hands-on' button, includes reports on:

Mother-infant booksharing: Stellenbosch University shares their implementation experience
17 October, 2013

In 1998, the Domestic Violence Act (DVA) was enacted to afford victims of domestic violence the maximum protection from domestic abuse that the law can provide. The DVA enables victims of domestic abuse to apply for a protection order against an abuser. While the Act is an impressive piece of legislation, public hearings on the Act in 2009 raised a number of concerns by civil society on the Act’s implementation.

7 October, 2013
On International Translation Day (30 September 2013), we celebrated the invaluable role of children’s literature in translation in bringing children together through story.

What greater hope could we have for our youngest citizens than that they grow up marvelling at and wanting more of the treasury of stories from the vast patchwork of world culture, past and present? Stories that have travelled and crossed borders through translation allow us all to discover what it means to be human, in both unique and shared ways.
1 October, 2013

Matla A Bana (MAB) aims to minimise the secondary abuse children suffer when they report crimes against them. This year MAB projects will help 20 000 children who report rape and crimes against them, through thier various projects. 

Child Friendly Facilities

13 August, 2013

Dear MAN of South Africa,

Brothers For Life in partnership with the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) Men’s’ Sector invites you to join thousands of other South African men at the NOT IN MY NAME Men’s Rally on the 24 August 2013 at the Johannesburg Stadium with Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

12 August, 2013

The Lotteries Amendment Bill [B 21-2013] has been introduced and referred to the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry for consideration.
 
Public hearings have been scheduled for 13, 14, and 16 August 2013.
 
Stakeholders that wishes to make an oral submission as well should indicated such request when submitting their written submission.
 

25 July, 2013

Non-Government Organisation (NGO) or development sector practitioners all agree that Project Management skills are crucial to successful project delivery. In particular, project management skills, relating to the unique language of NGO and development sector project delivery practitioners.

28 June, 2013

Today is my last day as Executive Director of SANGONeT. All good things have to come to an end at some point, and after 13 years, it is time for a new challenge.
 
It has always been a privilege to lead SANGONeT. It is an organisation with a proud history dating back to the mid-1980s. After 26 years, it continues to make an important contribution to the work of the NGO sector in Southern Africa, and remains an integral part of the local civil society landscape.
 

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14 June, 2013

Every year the world comes together on June 14 to celebrate World Blood Donor Day. This year, the World Health Organisation is celebrating the 10th anniversary of World Blood Donor Day with a slogan for this year ‘Give the Gift of Life: Donate Blood’. World Health Organisations aims to achieve 100 percent supply of blood in all countries from voluntary unpaid donors (Melbourne Declaration). The declaration recognised the need for a sustainable blood supply by increasing the number of voluntary donors who donate regularly.

8 June, 2013

The conditions promoting the consolidation of democracy are likely to impose various structural constraints on the development capacity of new or born again democracy. Since 1994, development has been slow in South Africa. In 19 years, we still have abject poverty and millions living in substandard housing. In essence, the advent of democracy has failed to bring about substantial development. Many put the blame solely on the ruling party and its many ineptitudes.

4 June, 2013

Capetonians came with a superhero effort over the weekend in the Twitter Blanket Drive when they broke the record for blanket collection of last year in a much shorter time frame, this year. Last year, 1 600 blankets were collected via Twitter in a three-month period. This year the campaign was just over three weeks long and more than 1 600 blankets were collected. Various teams were collecting blankets for a range of non-governmental organisation (NGOs).

27 May, 2013

23 May marked the first International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. Here, MSF surgeon Dr Geert Morren talks about the physical and social distress that fistulas can cause, and why the issue needs attention.

27 May, 2013

By Thok Johnson

27 May, 2013

Sudanese refugees are stranded at the center of complex political agendas that threaten to worsen their dire situation.