South Africa

NGO Highlights SA’s Social Challenges

The Council for the Advancement of South African Constitution (CASAC) says that poverty, unemployment and inequality continue to hamper the South Africa’s development as a caring, just and interdependent society.

CASAC chairperson, Sipho Pityana, argues that while the country has managed to built schools, hospitals and clinics, it has not been able to direct the resources to these institutions to enable them to function properly and deliver a quality service to the people.

CASAC’s Open Letter to Simelane

The Council for the Advancement of South African Constitution (CASAC) has written an open letter to the national director of public prosecutions (NPA), Menzi Simelane, expressing its ‘grave concern’ about his decision to prosecute the female learner in the Jules High School sexual offences matter.

SASAC executive secretary, Lawson Naidoo, is of the view that the constitutional right of the female learner will be violated in the event of her being prosecuted.

Minister Withdraws the Broadcasting Bill

According to a report by Technology website, TechCentral, communications minister, Roy Padayachie, has withdrawn the controversial Public Service Broadcasting Bill which among other things, proposed a one percent tax to fund the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

The website reports Padayachie as saying that he is convinced much more can yet be gained by engaging in further work before a bill is presented to cabinet.

South Africa Today: From Freedom to Transformation, Deepening the Voice of the People

Where do we stand?

Fifteen years ago, in 1995, when South Africa was just starting out on the long road of transition, Harold Wolpe wrote about the expectations of that extraordinary journey from apartheid to democracy, from freedom to transformation.

SANGONeT Development Calendar 2011

The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) is currently compiling its 2011 Development Calendar, which will once again be produced in the form of a year planner.

The Calendar, to be released in January 2011, will cover a comprehensive list of international, African and South African dates (e.g. World AIDS Day, 1 December) of significance to people and organisations involved in development and civil society issues.

Department of Education and SAPS Ignore New Sexual Offences Act

Serious crimes by School Management, Teachers and Learners are simply not being reported immediately.

WMACA is astounded that an Educator at Laerskool Brentwoodpark, caught two months ago using the school’s facilities to print child pornography (rape and sexual exploitation of children on film) by another colleague, who reported the matter to the department and to the Benoni police station, is only now receiving a precautionary suspension by the Head of the Gauteng Department of Education.

Naidoo Calls for Return to Struggle Basics

Former communications minister, Jay Naidoo, says major weaknesses exist in South Africa's civil society movements and its citizenry as a result of decisions taken by government in 1994 when it demobilised NGOs and civil society, making people ‘passive bystanders in their own lives’.

Naidoo, who currently chairs the Development Bank of South Africa, states that now a new challenge exists: to deepen organisation to give communities the power to negotiate improvements in their lives.

Engen Donates FIFA Hampers to Orphans and Vulnerable Children

Press Release

18 September 2010

Johannesburg: Engen Gauteng and Convenience and Corporate Social Investments (CSI) department has donated more than 100 FIFA hampers and lunch to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) attending the kids club at Nkanyiso Nutrition and HIV/AIDS Organistation in Naledi, Soweto.

Speaking during the event, Engen’s Regional Promotions Executive, Sindy Gramoney, stated that, “We are delighted to be able to support and help the children belonging to Nkanyiso”.

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