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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.

Gender Based Violence

The KwaZulu-Natal Welfare Social Services & Development Forum is hosting the Gender Based Violence Workshop from 27-28 October 2009 in Durban.

The workshop will focus on: 

  • Sexual Offences Act
  • Human Trafficking
  • Pornography

Conducted by: Advocate Dawn Coleman from the National Prosecuting Authority, Sexual Offences and Community Affairs Department

Day 1

  • Overview of Services of TCC

DDP: Logical Framework Approach

Projects are designed to address problems faced by beneficiaries, with this in mind the Democracy Development Programme is pleased to announce that we have managed to contract a expert that has worked extensively within the NGO sector to design a workshop that addresses the project cycle of an organisation using the logical framework approach.

A properly planned project addressing the real problems of the beneficiaries cannot be achieved without an analysis of the existing situation. The LFA analyses the existing situation as a basis for later planning.

Vulnerability Risk Assessment

The University of the Witwatersrand will be running an NQF Level 5-rated certified short course in Vulnerability Risk Assessment aimed at providing government and NGO practitioners with an introduction to the knowledge and skills required to undertake Vulnerability Risk Assessments as required in terms of disaster management legislation, and in light of the need to reduce vulnerability to climate change, disaster risk and food insecurity in southern Africa.

Learning Objectives:

    Meeting Discusses Interconnection Rates

    The Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) will meet with representatives of telecoms companies to discuss the lowering of interconnection rates after reports that the Department of Communications (DoC) is on a quest to fast-track the process.

    ICASA spokesman, Jubie Matlou, points out that at the previous meeting last month to discuss the same issue, representatives from Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, Telkom, Neotel and Internet services provider associations had already committed themselves to reducing interconnection costs.

    Stats SA Gears for Census 2011

    Statistics South Africa has set in motion the operational plans and processes that will culminate in Census 2011, a national priority and the third under the democratic administration.

    Statistician-general, Pali Lehohla, says that this is a massive logistical exercise that dwarfs all other nationwide mobilisation.

    Lehohla argues that a census is deemed the largest mobilisation in times of peace, adding that even war is dwarfed by a census.

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