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AAC Backs SAB Over Alcohol Abuse

South Africa’s Addiction Action Campaign (AAC) has congratulated SAB Miller on its stance against under-age drinking, driving while drunk and foetal alcohol syndrome.

AAC’s chairperson, Warren Whitfield, who warns that this is the only first step, says companies profiting from the sale of alcohol need to plough much greater sums into harm reduction investment as part of meaningful social responsibility and righting massive imbalances in society.

Sasol Blamed For Climate Change Crimes

Environmental organisations have staged a mock trial, asking petrochemicals group, Sasol to answer for climate change crimes.

Earthlife Africa, which led the protest, says Sasol produces 21 percent of South Africa’s total yearly greenhouse-gas emissions. The organisation argues that Sasol alone emits 75.4 million tons of greenhouse-gases each year.

Earthlife Africa energy policy officer, Tristen Taylor, states that the organisation also wants Sasol to put plans for a new plant in the Waterberg on hold.

Organisational Development and the NPO Leader: Part 1 - What is OD?

Organisational Development (OD) is the systematic practice of improving an organisation’s effectiveness. Every leader, NPO/NGO or otherwise, would love to see their organisation become more effective. OD is therefore something that all leaders need to understand and be able to get involved in. Putting OD in the domain of only HR people and consultants is a mistake that many organisations have made.

The Equality Courts as a Tool for Gender Transformation

In March 2009, Sonke Gender Justice Network filed a complaint at the Equality court in Johannesburg against the ANC Youth League Leader, Julius Malema. The complaint was lodged in response to remarks he made to university students concerning Jacob Zuma’s rape accuser claiming that she likely enjoyed herself during the incident. Sonke’s Equality Court case alleges hate speech, unfair discrimination and harassment of women, and is only the second high profile gender equality case to be taken to the Equality Courts since their inception in 2003 (1).

NDA, NLDF Criticised for Failing the Poor

Despite the National Lottery Board accumulating billions of rands every year, the National Lotteries Distribution Fund (NLDF) has been ineffective in providing support to the needy. This is according to Shelagh Gastrow, director of Inyathelo — The South African Institute for Advancement.

Gastrow says the NLDF and the National Development Agency (NDA) have not been meeting their mandates, as defined in law, of addressing South Africa’s development challenges.

Teen Pregnancies on the Decrease – Study

A survey conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) on behalf of the Department of Education, shows that teenage pregnancies are declining though the rate remains ‘unacceptably’ high.

Provinces that currently show high pregnancy rates include Eastern Cape, with 69 pregnant pupils per 1 000 registered, KwaZulu-Natal with 62 and Limpopo with 60 per 1 000 registered.

The report states that the decline can be attributed to increased access to information and improved contraception use.

SA Improving in Protecting Children from HIV

A new scorecard from the Catch network shows that South Africa is making tentative headway in its efforts to protect children from HIV, but much more needs to be done to save lives. The Catch network is an alliance of organisations that work with children and HIV.

The scorecard measures progress towards the government’s targets for preventing infections and caring for children affected by HIV, which are detailed in its HIV/AIDS National Strategic Plan.

Welfare Bodies to March Against Low State Subsidies

Social welfare bodies helping abused women, children, the disabled and the elderly will march to protest against low state subsidies and the gap in salaries between staff in the government and those in NGOs.

Against the background of the government’s insistence that it is focusing on poverty reduction, NGOs in Gauteng say subsidies have not increased since 2004, adding that there is a 37 percent gap in salaries between government social workers and those employed by NGOs.

Call for the Inclusion of CSOs in Ward Committees

One approach to get more assistance to ward councilors, who have borne the brunt of the frustrations, is to offer them stipends and reshape ward committees to include civil society groups and sectors such as churches, local business and sports bodies.

This is according to Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister, Yunus Carrim.

Carrim, delivering a public lecture hosted by the Wits Graduate School of Public and Development Management and The Weekender, conceded there is a growing disconnect between government and people.

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