South Africa

Equal Education Calls for Better Schools

The Equal Education (EE) says it will stop at nothing to get the attention of Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga.

About 100 members braved the Cape winter and spent a night outside Parliament, for the start of a two-night candlelight vigil to urge Motshekga to adopt her department's own school infrastructure standards, supposed to have been in place by March.

Municipality to Request Grant from DBSA

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is applying for R1.3 billion in funding from the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to help it tackle major infrastructure backlogs.
Municipal spokesperson, Kupido Baron, is quoted by The Citizen as saying that the municipality is in the process of drawing up a business plan for funding because its budget will never be enough to deal with the backlog.
If the grant is approved, programmes planned include tarring of gravel roads, upgrading of major roads and refurbishment of bulk stormwater projects.

CASAC: Corruption Probes Create Pattern

The Council for the Advancement of the Constitution (CASAC) says that the reported probes of Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, and Special Investigating Unit (SIU) head, Willie Hofmeyr, is part of a pattern and create a ‘worrying picture’ about police conduct.
CASAC chairperson, Sipho Pityana, points out that, " creates a very worrying picture of the conduct of the police. It creates a very disturbing picture about the readiness of the leadership of government to rein in the police, to respect institutions established to deal with graft."

Govt Delays White Paper on Climate Change

Government still determined to release the policy report before hosting the 17th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP17).  

The Department of Environmental Affairs says that although the government will miss its June-July deadline to release a white paper setting out the country’s response to climate change, it is still determined to release the policy report before hosting the conference.

NGO Uses Social Media for Mandela Day

For the first time, the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) is using social media to spread awareness about the Nelson Mandela Day celebrated on 18 July.

NMF information and communications manager, Sello Hatang, states that, “The first two years of Mandela Day, the foundation was not officially on any social media platforms.”

Content Producers Struggle Due to Woes at SABC

The Independent Producers Organisation says that the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) failure to implement a speedy turnaround is having a serious effect on local content producers.

The organisation, which estimates that R600 million has again not been spent on productions in 2010, produce 70-80 percent of the content of SABC’s local content.  

Business Jargon and the Nonprofit Sector

Target audience-centred approach…

It’s a ghastly phrase that I recently came across in a thick business book, that promised ten quick steps to success and riches.

Naturally I had my usual approach to such things: that business thinking just doesn’t take into account the complexity of working in development, and therefore is difficult to apply.

But when I started digging underneath the words, its meaning suddenly became quite clear - put your customer at the heart of what you do.

And suddenly a target audience-centred approach became very applicable.

Public Protector Starts a Road Show

Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, will embark on a road show this week, aimed at getting feedback on her work and enhancing relations with organs of state, civil society and political parties.
Madonsela spokesperson, Kgalalelo Masibi, states that, "The Public Protector has often raised concerns about the remedial action that is ignored by some organs of state, who dispute the findings of her investigations, leaving complainants in a state of despair.

SASSA’s Mismanagement Criticised

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it is ‘unacceptable’ that the South African Social Security Agency's (SASSA) financial resources are being ‘abused’.
DA spokesperson, Patricia Kopane, points out that "If this government is serious about assisting those who are not in a financial position to assist themselves, it must urgently step in to address the mismanagement that appears to have pervaded every level of the agency."


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