civil society organising

Time to Take on the Lotto

If you are a charity or NGO who feels that you have been treated unreasonably or unfairly by the Lotto, and you are willing to take them on, Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Inc., a firm of attorneys, is willing to assist you.

Lourens Ackermann, Pro Bono Coordinator at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Inc., is currently investigating the possibility of pursuing individual applications against the Lotto on behalf of deserving charities and NGOs.

Shame on Lotto

My name is Robin Opperman, and I am the Director of the Umcebo Trust. We run a non-profit art and craft trust, based in Durban. We applied in the most recent Lotto round of applications, and submitted end of February. We received the standard acknowledgements and within the past two weeks were very excited to receive correspondence from Lotto asking for elaboration on a number of issues related to our application.

Recession Threatens Charity Organisations

More than 500 000 needy South Africans, many of them women and children, could be plunged into further desperation as the country’s charities battle a funding crisis. This is according to Child Welfare South Africa.

Industry experts revealed that charity organisations, which represent 30 percent of social services in the country, will have R3 billion less to spend on crucial causes this year because of the recession.

NGOs Respond to Prodder / GuideStar

In South Africa where civil society campaigns and advocacy work have been a dominant feature of the NGO sector, a directory of any nature is a useful networking tool to facilitate sector collaboration. In 1987 when the Prodder Directory first went to print, the image of a compass was included in the logo to represent the idea of the directory being a guide to development sector projects.

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SJC Wants SAHRC to Join Shaik Parole Court Bid

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) wants the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to join its court bid for a review of how Schabir Shaik was released on medical parole.

The coalition says it wrote to Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour almost two weeks ago and asked him to institute a high court review of the grounds on which Shaik was released.

They also want an independent panel of medical experts nominated by the SAHRC and the Judicial Inspectorate of Prisons to examine Shaik and submit reports to the court.

Umcebo Trust Beaded Tree Initiative

The Umcebo Trust is putting their initiative to build the worlds tallest beaded tree, into top gear. We want to build a 4m high stainless steel and glass bead tree, which will have 10 000 beaded leaves. The final tree will also be studded with LED lighting. It will eventually weigh ten tons, and we hope that it will tour to events like Design Indaba, Chelsea Flower Show etc, before finding a permanent home in a public space, approved by its sponsor.

Who can we count on

Who can we count on
since there are no more
to be counted upon
(switch off the lights)

Who can we count on
now that our Malema
(when he grows up)
might become a Mandela
according to our union man

Who can we count on
as our leaders, emperors
and their sheiks too
unveil themselves before us

Who can we count on
no budding mathematicians
engineers up-and-coming
(standard grade rules still)

Who can we count on

Diakonia condemns political unrest and calls for political tolerance and leadership

The upcoming national and provincial elections provide all the citizens of our land with an opportunity – their democratic right – to vote for leaders of their choice. This right and duty should be exercised in an environment which is free of fear or intimidation, and as a result of a process of fair exchange of information regarding the issues which affect their future welfare.

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