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25 May 2014 Fellow South Africans, Ladies and gentlemen of the media, I am pleased to join you on Africa Day, as we conclude our transition to a new administration following the fifth national general elections. I announced on Saturday, 24 May 2014, that we have entered the second phase of our transition to a national democratic society. I also said this would be a radical phase of socio-economic transformation. 
The Western Cape info4africa Series 7 support services directory for 2014 is now available. This invaluable resource contains detailed information on over 1 200 organisations in the Western Cape 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. 
Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) has successfully sourced funding from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the implementation of the communities forward rant over the period January 2014 to January 2019. FPD is the only prime recipient on this grant and three sub-recipients have been contracted; Society for Family Health (SFH), FHI360 and Humana People to People. USAID has identified 14 priority districts for implementation of the grant. 
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.
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. The overall objectives of the project were:
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.
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.  
The South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO), in partnership with the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT), hosted a National NPO Summit on Service Delivery from 24-26 April 2014 in Mahikeng, North West. 
Address by the Deputy Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Andries Nel, MP
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.    

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