How quick social media began to broadcast the siren weeping of the pallbearers bearing the coffin of democracy last night. On Facebook and Twitter, as we wept about the deconsecrating of Parliament by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) protest at the 2015 State of the Nation Address (SONA). Spending three years in law school does seem to drill in to it you an almost irrational love of institutions of democracy (who hasn’t done a Parliament selfie?), but our knee jerk emotional response needs to be ignored while we try and examine the changing face of South African politics.
A protest in Malamulele, Limpopo, led to a complete shut-down of the community. Protestors are demanding to be separated from the Thulamela municipality, based about 50km from their villages.
Wendy van Eyck, communications manager for Qhubeka, had to learn very quickly how to make the most of limited time and resources. In 2014, she managed to increase Qhubeka’s fundraising by more than 15 times the amount raised in 2013 through the GiveHope campaign. She shared 8 tips for running a successful peer-to-peer online fundraising campaign. Work smarter not harder
Uncontrolled and often illegal sand mining activities are destroying some of South Africa’s most valuable natural resources at an unprecedented rate. Sand mining is the extraction of surface sand from beaches and inland dunes, or the dredging of sand from riverbeds. The sand is typically sold to the construction industry, for the production of materials such as tiles, cement bricks and other sand aggregates.
The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) has once again produced an annual Development Calendar in the form of a year planner. Sponsored by Turning Point Consultants, the 2015 Development Calendar covers a comprehensive list of international, African and South African dates (e.g. World Day of War Orphans, 6 January) and events of significance to people and organisations involved in development and civil society issues in Southern Africa. Copies of the calendar are available for collection from the SANGONeT office in Johannesburg, free of charge.
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While much has been written and said about the National Senior Certificate (NSC) results released almost two weeks ago, a few issues are worth commenting on: firstly, the decline in the pass rate should not necessarily be viewed as a negative; secondly, the dropout rate is alarmingly high; and thirdly, the cheating pandemic threatens the integrity of the examinations as a whole.
The New Year is upon us and many of us have made Personal New Year resolutions.(As it is already some 12 days into the new year many resolutions have already gone down the drain or we are seriously questioning our thinking when we made it) But have any of us in the social service field made New Year resolutions for the NGO, NPO, and CBO, FBO or other civil organisations for which we work.
Support Corruption Watch by pledging to not engage in corruption, or by reporting corruption if you encounter it. Citizen activism organisation Lead SA constantly encourages South Africans to stand up and become leaders, for the sake of their families, communities and country. An act of leadership, says the organisation, could be “as simple as making a stranger smile or as big as fighting to further the rights entrenched in our Constitution. Each act makes a difference.”