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International Conference on ICT for Africa 2010

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), and the Ellis Trust, the International Centre for Information Technology and Development is convening this international conference on the theme ‘ICT for Development - Contributions of the South’. The conference will bring together a mix of practitioners and academics working in the area of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for sustainable development to explore Africa's contribution to the global ICT for development discourse and efforts.

(But) It Seemed Too Heavy

(But) it seemed too heavy
says he of the incongruous
application of words on
SAFMs The Editors programme
(all women on his show today)

(But) it seemed too heavy
talking about HIV/AIDS as
we all so routinely do when
the time comes around

(But) it seemed too heavy
for a Sunday morning when
folk are resting after another
week of unemployment

(But) it seemed too heavy
as we go along in the usual
our 16 days ritual of anti-abuse

I Smile, Half

I smile, half
at the HIV-Positive
t-shirted fellow
leaning at a pole
on my morning-way
to Lansdowne station

I smile, half
at the 3 motorists
ignoring the stop-street
on their morning-way
quite casual-like

I smile, half
at the smokers-male
on their morning-way
to ruining their health
quite casual-like

I smile, half
grimacing actually
at the fact of December 1
World AIDS Day (again)
quite casual-like

HIV/AIDS

SA’s Teacher Evaluation Failed, Motshekga

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, says the current system for the evaluation of teachers in South Africa’s schools has failed and a new model, possibly including the idea, despised by trade unions, of returning to an inspectorate, has to be developed.

Motshekga says the existing integrated quality management system and its associated development appraisal system will be retained for now because they are the only tools available to assess teachers.

Ethical Issues in Using Participatory Video in Addressing Gender Violence in and Around Schools

This paper discusses ethical and theoretical issues of conducting participatory research with young people. The report reflects the authors' work with boys and girls in rural schools in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, using participatory methodologies, particularly visual (photo-voice and video-documentaries), to examine the nature and impact of gender-based violence on the lives of young people, and explore possible strategies for intervention.

CAF Southern Africa: Best-practice Model of Sustainable Social Investment

South African NGOs are currently facing a crisis of financial sustainability. The combined result of diminishing international funding, ineffective delivery by state funding institutions, and the current economic recession, has placed many organisations in financial crisis.

What better time than now for NGOs and the institutions that support their work to be thinking together about more sustainable financial models.

Almost Ready For Kick-off

It is almost time for the SANGONeT "Social Media for NGOs" Conference - or #sango09 as we're referring to it all over the web - here are some last minute details:

  • Registration for the conference starts at 9am on Tuesday, 20 October 2009
  • The conference itself will start at 10am sharp - please be seated by then!
  • Parking: There is plenty of free parking at the venue - River Club, Observatory

Almost ready for kick-off

It is almost time for the SANGONeT "Social Media for NGOs" Conference - or #sango09 as we're referring to it all over the web - here are some last minute details:

  • Registration for the conference starts at 9am on Thursday, 15 October 2009
  • The conference itself will start at 10am sharp - please be seated by then!
  • Parking: There is plenty of free parking at the venue - Turnbine Hall in Newtown

Public Hearings Focuses on Fees Cut

The South African government is holding public hearings as part of plans to push mobile and telecommunications operators to reduce interconnection fees, in an attempt to lower telecommunications costs that have affected the country’s growth.

In its submission to the Parliament this week, Vodacom argued that a dramatic reduction of charges is likely to have a negative impact on government policy objective of universal access and will be disruptive to the economy and communications industry.

Greenpeace Sets Sights on South Africa

South Africa can cut its annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 200-million tonnes by 2050 without sacrificing economic growth if it uses energy more efficiently and increases wind and solar power production, according to Greenpeace.

Greenpeace’s Brad Smith points out that South Africa could find economic opportunity, becoming the continent's hub for green technologies now more commonly found in North America, Asia and Europe.

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