Butjwana Seokoma's blog

Giving Hope for Health

World Health Day was first celebrated on 7 April in 1950. Ever since, the World Health Organisation has marked that particular day to raise awareness for global health each year. We are reminded of the importance and value of our very own well-being and the need to show compassion for the ones who are less fortunate. With this in mind, it is time for our community to participate in this meaningful project.
 

Endorse the Call for Party Funding Transparency and Regulation

Dear comrades and friends, 

On 7 May 2014, millions of South Africans will go to the polls to cast their vote for a political party.

To fund their campaigns, political parties are raising hundreds of millions of rand from private donors who secretly fund our politics. This includes corporations, wealthy individuals, shady trusts and foreign governments.

Mandela's Greatest Passion: Children

Sunday, 9 December 2013, was a different day for children who listen and participate on Thobela FM's kiddies programme - Lesang Bana. On a usual Sunday, the presenter would read a verse from the Bible, which conveys a particular message, and open the lines for the kids to comment on air, pray, among others.

50th Anniversary and Advancing Justice for Grave Crimes

Foreign Ministers
 
African Union Member States
 
Re: 50th Anniversary and Advancing Justice for Grave Crimes
 
To Foreign Ministers of African Union member states:
 
We, the undersigned African civil society organisations and international organisations with a presence in Africa, working on human rights and international criminal justice, are pleased to congratulate the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU), on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary.

The Right to Transport: A Rustenburg Initiative

For many South African’s the Bill of Rights is only vaguely known or understood, but in Rustenburg the team developing the new integrated public transport system – Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) – are intimately aware of how something as basic as good public transport can support the true expression of South Africa’s  Bill of Rights.

Six Steps to Surviving 2013

2012 has been a tough year for civil society. Those funding cuts that we’d been warned of since the crash in 2008, were keenly felt. The President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) wrapped up its second five year programme, the Europeans curtailed their investments, the United Kingdom Department of International Development (DIFID) restructured. The retraction in international funding was exacerbated by instability in local funding as the National Lottery in trying to get its house in order, struggled to deliver on its grant mandate.

A Matter of Trust

A case study of the Children’s Hospital Trust’s fundraising success
 
The Children’s Hospital Trust (the Trust) is widely considered to be one of the most successful fundraising organisations in South Africa, having raised over R420 million for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Paediatric Healthcare in the Western Cape since its inception in 1994.
 

Request for Sponsorship: Laptops

Living through Learning is a non-governmental organisation working in the education sector. Living through Learning run a bridging college incorporating practical STEM learning and technology. Our students are bridged into technical tertiary degrees at University.

Living through Learning is in urgent need of 35 laptops for our students for TEACH.

We have a service provider able to offer the following:

Corporate Governance in South Africa: Weak Links that Allow Fraud and Corruption to be Rampant

One has now lost count of the number of fraud and corruption incidents that get reported in the media - almost daily.  Most would agree that this indicates our corporate governance is collapsing, has completely collapsed or that it needs some serious re-vamp. The fact that fraud and corruption incidents do get reported, confirms that corporate governance still works – but mainly on the detective side.

Phafogang Piggery Project Restore Dignity for Parents

“When World Vision Kodumela provided us with capital to embark on this pig farm adventure, I never thought pig farming would eventually become my passion”, said France Kgabo, Phafogang Piggery project secretary. Started in 2006, the piggery is becoming a serious profit making and a job creating project in Kodumela. It has employed eight women and three men, representing a tangible positive change in the lives of more than thirty children from the area. These include both World Vision registered and non-registered children.