civil society organising

Western Cape Civil Society Leaders’ Summit

The Western Cape Provincial Development Council (PDC) in partnership with the South African NGO Coalition (SANGOCO) Western Cape invites leaders from civil society organisations to attend the upcoming one-day Western Cape Civil Society Leaders’ Summiton 21 February 2009 in Goudini.

The objective of the summit is to gather at least 300 leaders of civil society in the Western Cape to reflect on the challenges facing our organisations as the basis for building a united coalition of civil society organisations in the province.

High Court Dismisses Abahlali Basejondolo Case

Judge President Justice Vuka Tshabalala, has dismissed an application by Abahlali Basejondolo in a case concerning the constitutionality of the Slums Act in the Durban High Court last week.

Abahlali Basejondolo argued that the Slums Act is in conflict with the provisions of the Housing Act and the Prevention of the Illegal Eviction Act. It argued that the Slums Act is unconstitutional as it purports to regulate eviction, land tenure and access to land matters, which fall outside the legislative competence of the provincial government.

Save Zimbabwe Now Protests at the Presidential House

Eight representatives of the Save Zimbabwe Now campaign have been forcefully removed from the grounds of the presidential guest house in Pretoria.

They were protesting outside the Union Buildings in Pretoria and then moved to the presidential guest house in an attempt to hand over a memorandum of demands to President Kgalema Motlanthe.

The incident occurred just hundreds of metres away from where the Southern African Development Community (SADC) representatives were locked in talks to find a solution to the political impasse in Zimbabwe.

Press Release from the Palestine Solidarity Committee

Last week the PSC (Palestine Solidarity Committee) put out a call to all of our networks and friends requesting donations so that we can continue our solidarity work. Meanwhile, the genocide in Palestine rages on.

As you are probably aware the current crisis in Gaza seems to go from bad to worse, daily. With over 900 dead and over 3500 people in Gaza wounded (over 80% are civilian victims); it's hard to look for a light at the end of the tunnel.

AEC Plans to Boycott the Upcoming Elections

Poverty action group, the Anti Eviction Campaign (AEC), is planning a nationwide boycott of the upcoming general elections and is campaigning for others to follow its lead.

Western Cape Provincial AEC Coordinator, Mncedisi Twala, points out that: "Our people have been voting from April 1994. [But] We have never had a fruitful result out of those elections, because all that we see is corruption, nepotism and the promotion of the private sector."

Strategic Planning and Creative Thinking

NGO Consulting Africa in association with International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC) is conducting a five-day course Southern African Development Community (SADC) region course on Strategic Planning and Creative Thinking from 23-27 March 2009 in Zimbabwe. The course is aimed at NGO managers, NGO board members and business executives.

Course Objectives:

  • Explore the dynamics of strategic and creative thinking
  • Understand the process of strategy formation

Yemen NGO Links Poverty to Increasing HIV/AIDS

High poverty rates and low education levels are contributing to increased vulnerability to HIV/AIDS in Yemen, especially among commercial sex workers. This is according to the Integrated Care Association for People Living with HIV.

The organisation’s secretary-general, Abdul-Hafed al-Ward, points out that most cases of HIV/AIDS involve people with low incomes.

Al-Ward maintains that, “Poverty and HIV/AIDS go together and wherever the former exists so does the latter."

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