Gbagbo Must Go for Africa’s Sake – Annan

Former United Nations secretary-general, Kofi Annan, says that if Ivorian President, Laurent Gbagbo, stays in power in despite losing a presidential election, it will be a setback for the whole of Africa.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Annan, who mediated in many African conflicts, said the result of the December election appeared clear and almost everyone accepted the UN-certified outcome that former Prime Minister, Alessane Ouattara had won.

Heavy Rain Puts Relief Agencies on Alert

Heavy rains and localised flooding across southern Africa from Angola to Madagascar are raising fears that the devastating floods of 2000 will be repeated, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Hein Zeelie, an OCHA humanitarian affairs officer based in Johannesburg, points out that, "All countries in contiguous southern Africa are expected to receive normal to above-normal rainfall between January and March 2011.

Southern African Water Wire expands co-operation

The Southern African Water Wire, produced by Inter Press Service (IPS) Africa, has entered a second phase with expanded support to focus on climate change and river basin management in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

AusAID is the latest donor to support this programme, which promotes integrated water resources management in the SADC region through the production of radio and print stories for use by community and mainstream media, as well as capacity building for regional reporters.

Resource Mobilisation Strategy for NGOs/NPOs



NPO/NGO’s today are challenge with meeting their critical resources and extensive fund mobilisation for sustainability. To support with an inadequate planning techniques, the changing trend of donor funding NPO/NGO. This workshop seeks to strengthen the danger of survival/sustainability. This workshop seeks to help in developing critical strategies for NGO/NPO’s, in meeting these trends and aligning to their organisational objectives for funding and sustainability.

Who’s Feeling It? Informal traders and the World Cup

As the whole country gears up for the quickly approaching 2010 FIFA World Cup, not everyone is happy. Informal traders are waiting for a response this week from FIFA to demands made last week at a demonstration outside ‘Soccer City’ protesting their exclusion from World Cup commerce. In the shadow of the Coca-Cola tower, over 100 informal traders presented a memorandum to FIFA executives, who promised a reply within seven days.

Namibian Elections: Why the Results are Disputed

The controversy surrounding the voters’ register and a pending court case in which opposition parties dispute the outcome of the November 2009 presidential and national assembly election results in Namibia, is bad news for democracy in that country, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and for the African continent in general.

Few Top Media Posts for Women

Women may be well represented in newsrooms, but they struggle to find a place in senior management or on boards and they still earn less than their male counterparts. This is according to a 2008 report conducted by Gender Links in South Africa and the South African Development Community (SADC).

The study found that South Africa is at the top end of the scale (50 percent), beaten only by Lesotho (73 percent) when it comes to the percentage of women in media for the region.

Fundraising Symposium for NPO/NGOs

Is your NPO/NGO struggling with funding/financial crisis, are you surviving the current global changes, global financial crisis, the recession, and lack of committed volunteers to support organisations sustainability:

You are invited to attend a two-day workshop which will critically address the issues affecting your organisation and its survival in the current trends or dispensation.

The workshop will cover:

  • The Business Environments & Corporate Social Responsibilities;
  • Donation/Fundraising and Donor Requirements;

SADC Integration Timeframe Needs Rethink – Carim

Political leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have tacitly acknowledged that the aim to create a customs union by 2010 is too ambitious.

Department of Trade and Industry deputy director-general, Xavier Carim, argues that while SADC ministers agreed that regional integration should be prioritised, it is now recognised that the timeframe for integration needed to be rethought and that alternative models for integration should be considered.

Thetha Project Overview

In March 2003, the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) introduced Thetha: The SANGONeT ICT Discussion Forum to assist South African civil society organisations (CSOs) in responding to various challenges and opportunities presented in their day-to-day work by information communication technologies (ICTs).

Thetha is a Nguni verb meaning talk, discuss, debate and share opinions/ideas.


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