Socrates told us that all thinking begins with wonder. Nobody would dispute the need for developing thoughtful citizens, but just how do we develop a sense of wonder in children? Through stories, of course. 6 March is World Read Aloud Day - this is a day to celebrate the wonder and delight of reading aloud to children (or the child that lurks within us).
Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, delivered the 2013/4 National Budget to Parliament on 27 February 2013 in Cape Town. This year’s budget was overshadowed by a number of development challenges including the recent de-registration of an estimated 36 000 NGOs and the closure of many others due to lack of donor funding, the shortage of textbooks in disadvantaged schools, increasing incidents of gender-based violence, and the pending introduction of e-tolls, among others.
With the State of the Nation Address and the 2013/14 Budget speech behind us, we now more than before have a gripping awareness that the South African reality is one that will need a lot more input before it is what we as South Africans need it to be.
By Caroline Lowings
On 7 February 2013, a stellar panel of leading education thought leaders united on stage for the 'No Excuses Schools' conversation event at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
The panel included:
It is that time of the year again.
Following the State of the Nation speech by President Zuma on 14 February 2013, the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, will deliver the 2013/4 National Budget speech on Wednesday, 27 February 2013, in Cape Town.
As in the past few years, SANGONeT will once again produce a special edition of our weekly NGO Pulse e-newsletter to highlight various civil society responses to the National Budget.
On 14 February 2013, President Zuma delivered the State of the Nation Address to Parliament.
For many NGOs and activists, Zuma and the government should invest in intensifying the fight against corruption and gender-based violence, improving education, stimulating job creation and tackling the many socio-economic hardships faced by the poor - since they pose a serious threat to the future of the country’s 19-year old democracy.
Ambassadors Youth & Community Development (AYCD) has embarked on a programme to reach our nation’s youth, firstly, to engage them in life skills workshops in schools, and secondly, to train, inform, develop and mentor them as young leaders for a better Africa. We hosted a Career Expo in Midrand on 18 August 2012, in partnership with a number of different non-governmental organisations (NGOs), colleges, organisations and businesses from Midrand, Johannesburg. This year’s theme was: ‘Believe It! Achieve It!’
The Impact Trust, Nexii’s sister organisation, has begun key research into understanding the optimal regulatory and policy frameworks for social businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa to unlock investment capital for their growth.
The event focussed on the need to strengthen relationships between government and the NPO sector under the theme, 'Working Together to Fight Poverty, Unemployment and Inequality'.
The following documents were drafted at the event:
Nonprofit Organisations Summit Declaration
The KwaZulu-Natal HIV-911 Directory of HIV-Related Services (Series 5) has just been released. 5 000 copies are being disseminated free of charge to health and well-being service providers.
The fundraising proposition transcends medium, culture and class. Sometimes it’s given to you on a plate – other times you’ve got work hard to uncover it, but one thing’s for sure – it’s fundamental to a successful fundraising campaign.
SANGONeT is happy to announce that the Prodder NGO Directory will be released in print format in May 2013.
As the world turns its attention to Washington for the International AIDS conference Mantshi Teffo-Menziwa wants everyone to remember the lessons of “the single most important family planning event in history”, the United Kingdom (UK) Summit on Family Planning.
The stalemate of the elections for the chairperson of the Africa Union Commission in January 2012 and the upcoming continuation of this saga at the July 2012 summit must be déjà vu for South Africa. It reminds one of the voting duplicity of Charles Dempsey, which cost South Africa hosting the Football World Cup 2006. The confidence of South Africa in the first elections suggests some countries might have promised their votes and not delivered.
Shaba is 35 years old and has been living in Jamam camp with her family since December.
“We left our village Buk in September because there was fighting. In Buk, we had everything, but now we are naked. Four people in our village were killed in the fighting. My husband and I ran with our five children, but we got separated. We ran because of fear. My husband had three children and I took two. After one day’s walk, we met again in Kukur.