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  • UK to End Direct Aid to SA - Media Reports

    The British government is reportedly planning to stop giving direct aid to South Africa from 2015, according to media reports.

    The BBC reported that British international development secretary, Justine Greening, will announce that the United Kingdom's relationship with South Africa will now be based on trade and not development.

    The British government's aid programme to South Africa is currently worth R264 million a year. At its peak in 2003, British aid amounted to more than R556 million.

    To read the article titled, “UK set to end direct aid to SA - report,” click here.

  • 1st International Conference on Environmental and Economic Impact on Sustainable Development

    Wessex Institute of Technology, Punan National University

    The Wessex Institute of Technology, United Kingdom, in partnership with the Punan National University, South Korea, is hosting the 1st International Conference on Environmental and Economic Impact on Sustainable Development from 3-5 July 2012 in New Forest, UK.

    The conference originated from the need to provide an inter-disciplinary forum where the most serious problems affecting sustainable development can be discussed. The basic premise is that development projects need to consider the most pressing issues related to environmental impacts in order to provide complete solutions.

    The current emphasis on sustainable development is a consequence of the general awareness of the need to solve numerous environmental problems resulting from our modern society. This has resulted in the need to assess the impact of economic investments on the environment. The topic of investment assessment and environmental economics needs to be discussed in an integrated way, in accordance with the principles of sustainability, considering the social and environmental aspects of new investments, as well as possible environmental damage.

    The roots of financial development are financial growth, which in conventional terms requires an increase in production and the use of more resources. Their overuse can result in the destruction of natural resources and larger releases of waste and pollution into the environment. The conference will address issues related to environmental toxicology and hazardous waste. With large numbers of new chemicals entering the market each year, it has become necessary to assess their effects on ecosystems as well as minimise their impact on the environment. There is a growing need for techniques and practices to minimise the environmental effects of chemicals, and for the implementation of the corresponding principles in the planning of environmental policy and decision-making. It is also necessary to understand the economic impact of toxic products on the environment.

    The conference will also examine issues related to whether development enterprises are compatible with environmental protection, dealing in particular with cases of possible severe contamination and toxicity. The problem of what to do with the existing contaminated sites or brown fields is dealt with in detail, drawing from existing experience. The most important motivation for the conference is to learn from past failures, to not repeat the same mistakes while attempting to prevent emerging threats to the environment and ecological systems.

    To register, click here.

    For more about the conference, refer to www.wessex.ac.uk/12-conferences/environmental-impact-2012.html

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    Ashurst Lodge, Ashurst, Southampton, Hampshire, SO40 7AA
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  • African Youth Day Conference 2011

    Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth)

    The Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) is the youth platform for information exchange, forum for debate on African issues and a network of future political, corporate, academic, literary, religious and traditional leaders in all African contexts.

    The African Youth Day was declared and adopted by the African Union (AU) in 2006 to be commemorated on 1 November each year. It has since evolved as the most powerful platform of young people of Africa.

    OAYouth, in collaboration with Phelps Stokes and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is hosting the ‘African Youth Day Conference 2011 (AYDAC'11)’ on 1 November 2011 in Johannesburg.

    The youth of Africa will convene at AYDAC’11 to celebrate the African Youth Day. The conference will pave way for youth to examine workable methods to improve youth unity as well as strengthen youth economic empowerment through leadership development, entrepreneurship support and agricultural transformation.

    Conference Objectives:

    • Echo the voice of ordinary young people of Africa;
    • Share information and best practices in promoting opportunities for youth encouraging youth to start new entrepreneurship initiatives;
    • Establish suitable structures for meeting the unique needs for youth business start-ups in developing economies in Africa;
    • Build lasting relationships between youth and business institutions;
    • Infuse a gender perspective and rights-based approach to policies and programs for youth;
    • Cultivate in the youth the spirit of accountability, transparency and integrity (ATI).
    Only young people of between 15 and 35 who are of nationality of any African State will qualify to apply.

    Cost: R2 430 per delegate.

    For sponsorships, exhibitions and applications, write to: info@oayouth.org.

    Enquiries: Tel: +27 73 445 4355.

    For more about The Organisation of African Youth, refer to www.oayouth.org.

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    Ingwenya Country Escape, Lanseria, Johannesburg
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  • Google Launches New Browsers

    Google has launched a new beta version of its Chrome browser, and Opera has launched the latest version of its Opera browser.

    Google's Engineering director in Munich, Wieland Holfelder, points out that, "With the new release, we also give users even more choice and control over their own privacy while surfing the web."

    The beta release gives users even greater choice and control over their privacy as they browse the web and in addition to the incognito mode, users can now also have more control over the handling of privacy settings in the new "Content Settings" section.

    To read the article titled, “New browsers launched,” click here.
  • 175 000 Meals to Feed SA's Poor

    Press Release

    19 November 2009

    UK Art Auction raises enough money to provide 175 000 to South Africa’s hungry

    FoodBank South Africa (FoodBank SA) is able to provide an extra 175 000 meals to hungry people after a successful Art Auction held at the Foundling Museum in London, 12 November.

    South African High Commissioner in England, Zola Skweyiya, and FoodBank SA representatives welcomed more than 50 guests to the first Art Auction. By joining the auction, guests showed their support for the enormous effort of FoodBank SA to alleviate hunger in South Africa.

    Professional South African artists such as Helene Kruger, Jennifer Gray, Solly Smook, Nathan Chikoto and Ticha Nyaruviro provided us with a wide selection of pieces ranging from the typical South African art in bright and earthy colors to original paintings of ethnic culture.  A selection of ‘Street Art’ by non-professionals was also displayed and auctioned.  Additionally, we sold beautifully beaded South African Christmas decoration.

    After enjoying drinks sponsored by SAB Miller and South Africa House, the guests were equipped with giant plastic forks as paddles, and the auctioneer started the action.  The art lovers and supporters of FoodBank SA picked up bidding quickly and stakes were set early in the evening.

    Although South Africa has the potential to grow enough food to feed its population, 14.4 million South Africans do not know where their next meal will come from.  Hundreds of NGOs already work to address this, yet the lack of co-ordination and logistics for a larger scale impact. With successful experiences in more than 20 countries, the foodbanking system aims to combine the small efforts to a nation-wide network, thus working more cost-efficiently and sourcing more food than any other social organisation in South Africa.

    By fighting hunger, FoodBank SA also takes a leading role in attacking health, education and crime problems that remain a controversial topic in South Africa.

    Since the launch in March 2009, community FoodBanks have opened in four major cities, with 16 more FoodBanks to launch in the next three years.  Currently, the FoodBank network supplies 1.2 million meals a month.

    FoodBank SA has appealed to public and private donors throughout the year to keep up with the growing demand of food.

    For more information please visit www.foodbank.org.za

    Issued by HWB Communications
    On behalf of
    FoodBank South Africa
    Contact: Claire Winson
    021 462 0416
    074 141 8489
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    FoodBank South Africa
  • AIDS Councils as Catalysts for Unlocking Citizen Power

    AIDS Councils as Catalysts for Unlocking Citizen Power is a manual that provides information for NGOs to develop and mobilise civil society’s engagement with AIDS councils and build effective governance of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Published by the Institute for Democracy in South Africa, the guide contains a step by step approach to organising a one and a half day workshop. This workshop enables participants to understand the role of AIDS councils in building multisectoral partnerships to tackling HIV/AIDS, identify potential collaborative partners and promote community ownership of HIV and AIDS issues.

    For more information, click here
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