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16 May, 2014

Mesedi.org (Medical Service Directory) is a North-Star Alliance funded FPD Compass initiative that seeks to create an easy to access directory of health services in the SADC region.

13 May, 2014
Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) in partnership with the National Centre for Knowledge on Men’s Violence against Women (NCK) and Uppsala University Hospital in Sweden have completed the three year Gender-Based Violence Capacity Development Project through a generous grant from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. SIDA donated six million Swedish Kronor (SEK 6 000) towards the success of the project.
13 May, 2014
The adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) and retention to lifelong HIV care and treatment remain major challenges in many countries in the developing world. Whilst the South African ARV treatment programme has been rapidly scaled up, adherence to ART and retention in care has been estimated to be at less than 60 percent after more than four years on treatment.
29 April, 2014

Phumeza Tisile, one of only a few South Africans who beat XDR-TB each year, will be going to the World Health Assembly to demand urgent change in the diagnosis and treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB), change which will save lives. 
 
Drug-resistant TB is on the rise in South Africa, with 15 000 cases diagnosed last year, double the number of cases recorded only four years before. Khayelitsha, where an Doctors Without Borders (MSF) project is located, has one of the highest burdens of TB in the world.
 
29 April, 2014
Every Tuesday, an enterprising church minister from Rondebosch packs a box of theatre props and heads out to a nutrition rehabilitation centre in Crossroads on the Cape Flats. There, he tells stories and reads books to young children for who the squatter camp is both home, and the full extent of their worlds. As he arrives, they gather excitedly around his car, eager to help carry in the toys and finger puppets that make the stories come alive.  
 
23 April, 2014
South Africa is now officially the most unequal society in the world - and if we do not have the courage to tackle this issue, “we are in trouble”. So said Professor Adam Habib, vice-chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand and prominent political analyst, in the closing address to the 5th Annual CSI Conference.
23 April, 2014
At Tshikululu, “practical knowledge is combined with strategic thinking and sound governance to create flexible, well-managed fund portfolios” for corporate social investment (CSI).

This service differs from CSI efforts managed by companies’ marketing departments, where the focus invariably is on linking social investment with commercial activity.

23 April, 2014

The National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) is an organisation dedicated to strengthening partnerships among business, civil society, government and labour, in order to achieve the education goals of the National Development Plan (NDP).

It strives both to support and influence the agenda for reform of basic education, NECT founder Sizwe Nxasana told the Tshikululu Social Investments-sponsored 5th CSI Conference, which took place in Johannesburg on 2-3 April 2014.

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.
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.