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  • ANC: Celebrating 100 Years of Existence

    The African National Congress (ANC) held its 100th birthday celebrations from 6-8 January 2011 in Mangaung, Free State, where it was formed in 1912. The celebrations featured events which were attended by among others, sitting and former heads of state, ANC members and supporters from all over South Arica and the alliance partners.

    Below are the messages of support to mark the ANC’s centenary:

    The event also saw former President, Thabo Mbeki, and ANC veteran Ahmed Kathrada, handing over the centenary flaming torch to President Zuma. The torch will be taken around the Free State and to other provinces across the country, when the ANC takes its centenary programme countrywide.

    We invite NGO Pulse readers to share their views about the ANC’s centenary celebrations and what they mean to our 17-year old democracy. Comments and articles should be e-mailed to editor@sangonet.org.za.

  • Budget 2014

    Content related to South Africa's 2014 budget speech
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  • OUTA Aligned to the DA - SANRAL

    The South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) says that the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has confirmed ‘suspicion’ that it has aligned itself to the Democratic Alliance (DA).

    SANRAL spokesperson, Vusi Mona, points out that, “Road users are not interested in the politics but the facts, which we have continuously provided.”

    Mona reacting to a statement OUTA in which its chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, said that SANRAL’s move to ‘enter the political fray’ in the e-toll debacle was a seriously worrying factor.

    To read the article titled, “OUTA and SANRAL’s fire more salvos,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Citizen
  • Medical Aids Urged to Report Abuse

    Welfare organisations says that the reporting of suspected child abuse by medical aids is either non-existent or needs to increase significantly.

    The Centre for Child Law’s Professor Ann Skelton says there might be a gap in the law regarding medical aids reporting child abuse, while all citizens were legally compelled to report suspected child abuse voluntarily.

    In the same vein, Johannesburg Child Welfare’s Nomvuyo Shabangu says many of the child abuse cases their workers followed up on were reported by doctors and hospitals. Shabangu states that they often expected the doctor to make the call because even if they see the child only once, that one incident might raise suspicions that something is not right.

    To read the article titled, “Medical aids need to highlight abuse’,” click here.

    Source: 
    Independent Online
  • Call for Proposals: Drought Risk Reduction and Preparedness

    Dorcas Aid International
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Saturday, August 17, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Call for proposals

    Dorcas Aid International is a non-governmental organiation (NGO) operating in partnership with local churches and Christian organisations, awakening and empowering them to share the love of Christ through practical deeds. The organisation began in 1980 as a small group of people in the Netherlands mainly focused on assisting those imprisoned for their faith under the communist regime. Now, over 20 years later, Dorcas Aid International is operating worldwide providing social, development and relief aid through over 100 projects in more than 20 countries in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Middle East, Eastern and Southern Africa.

    Dorcas Aid International is calling for proposals from like-minded NGOs working in the area of alleviating and reducing vulnerability to droughts in South Africa and/or Lesotho.

    Drought has many causes - both natural and man-made. Man plays a role through bad environmental practices that destroys vegetation causing less capacity of the soil to retain water, erosion, over grazing and increased dependence on rainfall.    

    The call is limited to organisation working in four distinct geographic areas to reduce the impact of manmade actions, natural events and low food production on local communities:

    • South Africa - North West;
    • South Africa -  Free State;
    • South Africa - KwaZulu-Natal;
    • Lesotho.
    The objectives of the call is to support communities to rehabilitate from the effects of past droughts and become resillient to droughts by addressing the causes of droughts and preparing for future droughts. 

    Specific Objectives:
    • Reduce drought risk by working on the causes of drought;
    • Decrease vulnerability to future drought by decreasing drought preparedness and resilience;
    • Increase the involvement of communities in disaster management by participating in drought analysis at community level,  facilitating communities to design, fundraise for, implement and manage disaster related activities in their communities; and
    • Build the capacity of partners in the area of community managed drought risk reduction and preparedness related to the causes and impacts of drought.
    Priority Issues: 
    • Holistic disaster management approach incorporating rehabilitation, risk reduction and preparedness;
    • High level of community involvement as deisgners, financers, drivers and managers of disaster management activities;
    • Participatory drought analysis at community level;
    • Training of sfaff where necessary (can be included in the budget);
    • Replicate or upscale proven successful interventions and/or new innovative ideas of reducing the risk of drought using local knowledge, resources and/or technologies;
    • Increase reslillience of communities by incorporating actions that restore people's livelihoods while increasing resillience;
    • Complement past, current or planned projects in the same geographival area (preferrably with funding from other donors).

    Projects will have a maximum 24 month duration and grants will be for minimum €100 000 or maximum €200 000 over two years. Grants must fall between the following percentages - minimum 50 percent and maximum 85 percent of the total project costs.   

    In the first instance applicants must complete the Dorcas Registration form and Concept Note which can be obtained together with the guidelines can be obtained from info@dorcas.co.za. No application other than those on the correct forms will be considered.

    For more about Dorcas Aid International, refer to website www.dorcas.org or visit Facebook.

    To view other opportunities, refer to www.ngopulse.org/group/home-page/other-opportunities.

     

  • Teens Admit to Having Unsafe Sex

    The Gauteng Department of Social Development says that most teenagers in the province admit to preferring unsafe sex.

    Social development MEC, Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, who briefed the media on the department study, ‘Factors Associated with Teenage Pregnancy in Gauteng Province’, pointed out that teen pregnancies are a problem that could not be ignored.

    Mayathula-Khoza, who is of the view that teenage pregnancy contributes the level of unemployment, also added that, “…girls who fall pregnant have a right to continue with school.”

    To read the article titled, “Teens don't like condoms,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • NYDA Pledges R10m to Youth Co-ops

    The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) says it will set aside R10 million for youth-owned co-operatives during July 2013.
     
    NYDA chairperson, Yershen Pillay, points out that the agency will use International Youth Co-operative Month to provide information about the initiative.
     
    "We can do so much for poverty alleviation, job creation, and social integration if we focus on growing our co-operatives economy and encouraging [the youth] to establish co-operatives," he adds.
     
    To read the article titled, “Agency pledges R10m to youth co-ops,” click here.

    Source: 
    Fin24
  • NGO Against Legalising Rhino Trading

    The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) disputes the logic behind the call to legalise rhino horn to combat its illicit trade on the black market, which has been growing over the last few years.

    In a press statement, EIA argues that if trade in rhino horn is legalised, “…it would effectively be legitimising a huge transnational crime, rewarding the kingpins and middle men for their persistence in outlasting the forces of law and order.”

    The organisation believes that legalising rhino horn would be tantamount to telling the Vietnamese what so many of them want to hear due to a lack of medical options.

    To read the article titled, “Legalising rhino horn not the answer - Agency,” click here.

    Source: 
    The New Age
  • NGO Claims ‘Agang’ Has Been Hijacked

    South Africa’s newest political formation, Agang South Africa (Agang SA), fended off its first major skirmish from a NGO, which claims the new political platform has ‘hijacked’ the name of a project by the organisation.

    Hola Bon Renaissance (HBR) Foundation, the NGO in question, says it is seeking legal advice on the matter.

    The nuisance of namesakes come as Mamphela Ramphele’s Agang SA is due to launch a political party on 22 June 2013 in Pretoria, but HBR has taken issue with Dr Ramphele naming her political party Agang.

    To read the article titled, “NGO claims Agang name has been ‘hijacked’,” click here.

    Source: 
    Business Day Live
  • Waste Vital to Job Creation, Says Molewa

    The Department of Water and Environmental Affairs says the waste sector is vital to the generation of jobs within the green economy.

    Water and Environmental Affairs Minister, Edna Molewa, points out that, "It is in this light that the department is increasingly expanding its programmes in job creation and enterprise development programmes in this sector."

    In a press statement, Molewa states that about 1 000 jobs would be created by placing young people in municipalities as landfill site assistants, waste collection administrators and environmental awareness educators.

    To read the article titled, “Waste vital to jobs - Molewa,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Citizen
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