I worry a great deal at the moment, as I watch the rest of humanity calling for Mugabe to step down, or be removed from power, and on the other hand I see the Southern African leaders calling for 'dialogue' and essentially supporting this despot. One has to wonder what hold Mugabe has over the powers that be in Africa? This cannot be simply about race ( a black African leader being supported by other black African leaders). One hears rumours flying about that Mugabe is linked to all the other Southern African leaders through their business dealings and interests.
civil society organising
We are proud to inform you that SANGOCO Western Cape held a successful AGM on the 26th November 2008. Damaris Fritz was elected Chair of the new incoming Provincial Executive Committee (PEC). As the incoming PEC we would like to extend our thanks to contributing organisations and individuals in the region, who made this journey possible.
ATLAS Africa, the University of Botswana and the International Geographical Union's Commission of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change, are hosting the ATLAS Africa Conference 2009 from 1-3 July 2009 in Botswana.
The Community Development Resource Centre (CDRA) is conducting a five-day course on Developmental Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting from 2-6 March 2009 in Cape Town.
In this five-day course participants will explore and develop approaches and methodologies that enable planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting processes to support rather than obstruct a developmental field practice – a PME approach beyond logframes. For directors, programme/project managers and field-team leaders as well as donors.
The MDF Training and Consultancy is conducting a one-week course on Change Management in Development Organisations from 11-15 May 2009 in the Netherlands.
The current retirement system is in the process of being reformed. You might already be aware that the government is planning to implement a compulsory National Savings Fund, but the proposed changes will also impact risk benefits and taxation for all individuals and employers.
Humanitarian organisations are accusing the Zimbabwean government and war veterans of denying them access to some parts of the country to distribute food aid.
The National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO) says the situation has made it difficult for organisations to provide humanitarian relief and to control hunger stalking the nation.
Leading Caribbean NGOs have joined their Haitian counterparts in calling for an unconditional write-off of Haitian foreign debt, which currently stands at approximately US$1.7 billion.
The Caribbean Policy Development Centre has issued an open letter to finance ministers of wealthy nations, the directors of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and the Inter-American Development Bank.
The Chinese ambassador to Botswana has warned NGOs in the country to desist from acting like government organs.
Ding Xiaowen reminded NGOs that they are representatives of thousands of people from all walks of life.
Ding says NGOs should act as a messenger between the government and the people to promote mutual understanding and social responsibility. He stressed that NGOs should be "a partner, a supporter, and a promoter" when in agreement with government on certain issues.
28 October 2008
On Thursday the 30th of October 2008, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and the Anti-Privatisation Forum will be marching on the Department of Minerals & Energy, Eskom, and the City of Johannesburg. Communities across Gauteng are protesting to demand a decent, meaningful Free Basic Allocation of electricity and for increased generation of electricity from renewable resources.