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  • Egyptian Embassy Protest

    It is critical that we as South Africans do whatever possible to force the Egyptians to open the Rafah crossing for the people of Gaza to obtain medical supplies and other necessities. Please join the demonstration calling for this at the Egyptian Embassy on Friday starting at 2:00pm and add your voice to the struggle of the Palestinians. Posters and placards available at the demo. Please urge others to attend"

    2 for 2:30pm outside the Egyptian Embassy

    270 Bourke St. Muckleneuk, Pretoria

    ****All are welcome****

    Strictly no anti-Semitic clothing, placards or "terrorist" costumes will be permitted

    There will be speakers and activities and judging by responses alot of public/media attendance. There will also be professional marshalls in place to maintain public safety.

    For those of us who need a reminder of why we are doing the work that we do, please click on the link below to view a short video sent to me last night by one of my comrades in Palestine.

    Please pass this message and video onto your friends and thank you all in advance for your time and consideration.

    In solidarity,
    Melissa Hoole
    Palestine Solidarity Committee

    Click on the link below
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    270 Bourke St. Muckleneuk, Pretoria
  • New Publication on the Sustainability of South African Civil Society

    South Africa’s civil society sector, variously known as the nonprofit (NPO) or non-governmental organisation (NGO) sector, plays a vital and often unacknowledged developmental role. In spite of an enlightened Constitution, discrimination and inequity still abound in South Africa. Women, children, people of colour, indigenous peoples, migrants, gay and lesbian groups, and people living with HIV/AIDS, are among particularly vulnerable groups. Although there has been some progress in racial, ethnic, and gender equality since1994, South Africa remains a vastly unequal society, driven by all the worst consequences of pervasive poverty. These include health, education, welfare and human rights failures.

    The civil society sector is dedicated to alleviation of these and other damaging socio-economic conditions. Over the past two decades the sector has increasingly filled gaps in government service delivery. It is no exaggeration to contend that without the efforts of organisations of civil society the suffering of the poor, the marginalised and the sick would be significantly more acute. In view of this it seems indefensible that this important sector is experiencing a sustainability crisis. While we do not have current and reliable statistics on funding to the sector, a variety of sources show that most organisations rely on a combination of (diminishing) international funding, corporate social investment, donations from individuals, and a degree of income-generation, often via government contracts. The support of government is erratic at best, as reflected in several recent media exposés. As a result, the sustainability of many important organisations is threatened and many have been forced to close or to drastically reduce staff and associated capacity. These circumstances are greatly exacerbated by the current uncertain economic climate.

    With the intention of improving this situation, a group of organisations have published a new report: ‘Critical Perspectives on the Sustainability of the South African Civil Society Sector’. Including an assessment of the functioning of the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) and the National Development Agency (NDA), the report represents the outcome of extensive research and consultation. The objective is to  improve the practice of government grant-making and investment in the sector, and in the process contribute to an effective enabling regulatory environment for South African civil society.

    The research revealed that the legislated ‘enabling environment’ for civil society requires review and strengthening. The NPO Directorate within the Department of Social Development has been unable to effectively implement its responsibilities in accordance with the Nonprofit Organisations Act. The NLDTF and the NDA have not managed to disburse funding effectively to the sector in accordance with the relevant legislation. The serious lack of current and reliable national data about the size, scope and activities of the sector negatively affects the ability of the sector and of government to support it. Statistics South Africa has not met its obligations in this regard. The sustainability and effectiveness of civil society to address poverty and inequality is compromised by these problems.

    The report concludes with a number of practical conclusions and recommendations. Key among these is a call for the National Planning Commission to review the current dysfunctional regulatory environment in consultation with representatives of the sector. Piecemeal adjustments will not work – a cross-government systemic approach must be adopted in order to ensure that the various departments and state-related agencies function in accordance with over-arching developmental policies. The expected outcome of this recommendation should be a holistic framework for the location and effective functioning of the NDA, NLDTF, specific allocations from official development assistance, private philanthropy and corporate social investments, congruent with the developmental state.

    Click here to read the full report.

    For more information contact:

    Colleen du Toit
    Mobile: 083 646 8469

    Phiroshaw Camay
    Mobile: 082 886 5886

    Rajesh Latchman
    Mobile: 083 443 0227

    Issued by:

    Charities Aid Foundation (CAF Southern Africa)
    CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
    Co-operative for Research and Education (CORE)
    Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT)
    Legal Resources Centre (LRC)
    National Welfare Social Service & Development Forum

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    Date published: 
    Charities Aid Foundation (CAF Southern Africa), CIVICUS:World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Co-operative for Research and Education (CORE), Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT), Legal Resources Centre (LRC), National Welfare Social Service & Development Forum
  • FEMNET: Head of Capacity Building

    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, August 10, 2012
    Opportunity type: 
    FEMNET is a pan-African regional women’s rights network that has been in existence for 24 years and has been at the forefront championing gender equality, equity and women’s rights through delivery of critical information, and strengthening linkages and collaboration among women’s organisations.

    FEMNET seeks to appoint a Head of Capacity Building (Ref: FNT-HOCB 2012), based in Nairobi, Kenya, on a three-year renewable full-time contract.

    • Through consultation with other programme staff members and key stakeholders design and develop a Capacity Building Programme for the Network;
    • Initiate and implement capacity development initiatives and these could be organised at the regional, sub- regional or national level;
    • Take the lead in mobilising resources required to implement the Capacity Building Programme activities;
    • Identify key partners, resource persons and experts in different fields to support the implementation of the Capacity Building Programme of FEMNET;
    • Put in place a monitoring mechanism to assess the extent to which the capacity building program activities are contributing to improved organizing around women’s Rights in Africa and to ensure progress toward desired goals;
    • Provide technical and programmatic leadership to ensure quality implementation, and further development of the Capacity Building Programme;
    • Work in partnership with other Programmes to identify training needs for staff and members and coordinate its delivery for FEMNET staff generally and for individual FEMNET staff;
    • Work with management in programmatic monitoring and evaluation, and continual quality improvement;
    • Document best practices and prepare communications for different audiences, including the general public;
    • Develop and maintain existing networks and partnerships with projects’ stakeholders and partners;
    • Advise FEMNET on capacity issues that the Network would take on arising from the information collected through the capacity building activities throughout Africa;
    • Ensure that the narrative and financial reports for the Capacity Building Programme are compiled and submitted in a timely manner to keep all stake holders informed;
    • Any other duties that may be assigned.
    • Masters degree holder in relevant social sciences with additional relevant trainings;
    • Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience at international, regional or sub- regional level;
    • Experience in organising and providing/ supporting training and experience sharing events;
    • Proven experience in, exposure to, and capability for collaborative work, nurturing of networks and alliances and motivate people;
    • Sound knowledge on gender and its mainstreaming strategies, leadership development and generally women’s rights issues in Africa;
    • Strong English and French writing skills for report and proposal development;
    • Very good communication skills both written and spoken including public speaking and giving presentations to a variety of audiences;
    • Well developed interpersonal skills and experience working with multi- cultural teams;
    • Highly motivated, result oriented and self-driven person with understanding of due process, financial transparency and accountability, equity issues and how they relate to human rights;
    • Proven encourager and promoter of an environment of support conducive to cooperation, collegiality, consultation and collaboration;
    • Willing and able to travel mainly in the Africa region;
    • Willing to adhere to FEMNET’s beliefs, values and principles that guide its work and programming framework.
    Remuneration: In line with the set procedures of the organisation and the experience and qualifications of the candidate.

    To apply, submit a CV with three referees, two of which must be professional, salary expectations with a one-page application cover letter explaining why you are a good candidate for the position, to the Executive Director at

    Please indicate the reference number of the position you are applying in the Subject line of the e-mail message.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Only complete applications will be reviewed and only candidates who have been selected for interview will be contacted. No telephone inquires, and canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

    For more about FEMNET, refer to

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to


    Follow and support the 2012 SANGONeT "No Pain No Gain" fundraising and awareness-raising campaign. Refer to for more information or to make a donation.

  • TAC and SECTION27: The ANC should Not Be Scared of Independent Campaigns Against Corruption and for Service Delivery, Human Rights and Public Accountability

    Statement by the TAC and SECTION27, co-hosts of the Labour/Civil Society conference

    The Civil Society Conference held on 27-28 October 2010 will hopefully come to be seen as a historic turning point in South Africa. It may mark the revival of co-ordinated community based activism that aims to achieve social justice and better the lives of the poor in South Africa. It was attended by more than 50 independent organisations that believe in social justice and that fight for it every day.

    Civil society is therefore taken aback by attacks on the motives of the conference emanating from the ANC’s National Working Committee (NWC) on 1 November 2010. We are surprised by the insinuations that the conference is part of a plot against the ANC. We expect better of the post-Polokwane ANC. This is conduct reminiscent of the paranoia of the Mbeki era. It is a conduct that suggests the ANC, or some of the people who hide under its flag, have something to fear.

    Why did the conference take place?

    Over recent years, for the most part, civil society organisations have worked separately on a multitude of struggles for service delivery, human rights and public and private accountability. The purpose of the conference was therefore to:
    • attempt to rediscover unity amongst civil society organisations,
    • find common causes and common strategies in our various campaigns for social justice.
    The conference organisers recognise that it is better to fight together for social justice than apart. Civil society and the trade union movement are unified in our vision of building a better country based on the rights and laws enshrined in the Constitution.

    Fortunately in the democratic South Africa we don’t need anyone’s permission to meet. The ANC is a liberation movement and political party that most of us still support. It is not big brother.

    The conference was neither anti-ANC nor anti-government. It stayed clear of debates about party politics and sought to be inclusive of various strands of political opinion amongst campaigners for social justice. But it did discuss the politics of service delivery, corruption and the major political challenges facing the country. It gave special attention to our deeply vulnerable and poor health and education systems. The conference was pro-poor, pro-justice and pro-democracy.

    We welcome the fact that COSATU participated and played a leading part in the conference.  COSATU vociferously draws attention to the wrongs of our society and has called for a new economic growth path. The conference was an opportunity to learn about and debate COSATU’s ideas.

    COSATU represents organised working people. But they are tied through unemployment, poverty and squalid conditions to the issues for which civil society organisations fight daily: the fact that millions of people in South Africa are still homeless; declining life-expectancy due to HIV/AIDS and the enormous problems facing our health system; the terribly low levels of education that millions of children receive exacerbated by inequality between well-resourced private and former Model C schools and government schools; the need for accountability to communities especially by local government; the inadequate sanitation and insufficient access to electricity and other basic services endured by so many; and the high levels of crime.

    What next?

    The Conference was not a once off event. As stated in the Conference Declaration, we have agreed to further meetings at Provincial and district level and on key campaigns. This includes debating and developing a Social Justice Charter in coming months, which we hope the ANC will support.

    The Conference also agreed to intensify human rights education and organisation among the poorest of the poor – people who are ignored by politicians and elites, and insulted by shameless sights of conspicuous consumption that mark out the new and old elite. (Please note: Commission reports from the conference will be issued in coming weeks.)

    We believe the ANC NWC should have welcomed the conference. It should particularly have welcomed the affirmation of the Constitution and rule of law that is at the centre of the Conference Declaration. It should welcome an additional ally in the fight against corruption.

    Effective government depends on a vigilant, capable civil society that knows the law, protects human rights and can act against what is wrong. The Civil Society/COSATU Conference did not challenge the ANC-led alliance; it only challenged the alliance to deliver.

    In conclusion therefore let us state that:

    1. As progressive social justice organisations committed to the poor and constitutional rights, we will continue to engage both the ANC and the government. Where necessary we have also used the courts. The conference commits us to continue to do so.

    2. That we call on ANC to reconsider its ill-advised statement and provide effective leadership to society and instead affirm and support our objectives.

    3. That we call on civil society and COSATU not to be intimidated by this statement but to work patiently, harder, and with discipline in taking forward the conference decisions.

    Nonkosi Khumalo

    Mark Heywood
    Executive Director
    Date published: 
    TAC and SECTION27
  • Resource Mobilisation Strategy for NGOs/NPOs

    Workshops in Organisational Growth and Sustainability


    NPO/NGO’s today are challenge with meeting their critical resources and extensive fund mobilisation for sustainability. To support with an inadequate planning techniques, the changing trend of donor funding NPO/NGO. This workshop seeks to strengthen the danger of survival/sustainability. This workshop seeks to help in developing critical strategies for NGO/NPO’s, in meeting these trends and aligning to their organisational objectives for funding and sustainability.
    The global challenge of meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 2015 has brought about the shift in Donor funding. This emanate from governance of the triple line reporting, international development agencies requirements, and community participation and beneficiary interest. Based on this our team will use this workshop to support your direction on resource mobilisation and sustainability of your organisation.

    You are invited to attend a two days workshop, with an experience facilitator who has developed strategies, and programmes for various NGO/NPO’s.  Developing sustainability strategies in critical areas of risk, faced by various organisations.

    Detailed programme available on registration,

    An area of concern includes;

    The NGO/NPO environment,
    • Strategic planning and creative thinking
    • Current Funding trend
    • Donor requirement
    • Fund management strategies
    • Budgeting strategies (funding request)
    Dates: 23- 24 September 2010

    Cost per Delegate: R3 500 (VAT excl.)

    Location: Orion Hotel Braamfontein, Johannesburg

    The workshop will be conduct upon enrolment of 10 to 15 delegates. We offer Special case on request by the beneficiary organisation. 
    For more details:

    Contact: 011 33 165 69 / 073 1153594  

    Registration: Email
    Facilitator’s Profile:
    • BBA (Development Studies and Management)
    • ICSA-Strategic Management & Governance
    • ACCA-Level II
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    Orion Hotel Braamfontein, Johannesburg
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  • Zambian Police Says No to NGO Rally

    The NGOs that have planned to hold a public rally in Lusaka have backpedalled, claiming the police have not granted them a notice to go ahead.

    According to Citizens Forum executive secretary, Simon Kabanda, the NGOs have, however, threatened to go ahead with the red card campaigns and will remain committed to demanding for good governance and a good Constitution.

    In the same vein, the African Institute for Democracy and Good Governance has welcomed the cancellation of the planned rally in support of the red card campaign, saying dialogue should always prevail over unnecessary protests. Spokesperson Thabo Kawana says the police acted wisely in not giving a notice to the NGOs to hold the rally, adding that it was clear that the campaign lacked credibility, and that Zambians would not have supported it.

    To read the article titled, “NGOs rally called off,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Support the “Africa for Haiti” and Chile Reconstruction Efforts

    In the past few months earthquakes in Haiti and Chile have caused unprecedented devastation and suffering to the two countries and their people.

    In response to the earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January 2010, the international community has already raised millions of dollars in support of emergency relief and reconstruction efforts. However, much more needs to be done over a sustained period of time to support Haitians and the rebuilding of their country. Under the banner of the “Africa for Haiti” campaign, a number of African civil society organisations are combining their efforts in mobilising support for Haiti. The aim is to raise US$20 million in support of specific reconstruction initiatives which will be identified in partnership with Haitian civil society organisations.

    It is hoped that this campaign will provide Africans from all walks of life an opportunity to demonstrate their collective solidarity and support for the people of Haiti, thereby uniting Africans in compassion and giving.

    To make a donation, visit your nearest Standard Bank branch and make a donation using the following bank account:

    Account Name: The African Monitor - Haiti Campaign
    Account Type: Money Market Call Account
    Account: 078431441-007
    Branch: Adderly Street, Cape Town
    Branch code: 020009
    Swift Code SBZAZAJJ

    If in South Africa, you can also make a donation by sending an SMS to 38159 (R10.00).

    You can also make an online donation by visiting the “Africa for Haiti” website.

    Since 2006 SANGONeT is a member of TechSoup Global, a network of NGOs in various parts of the world committed to assisting local NGOs in obtaining donations of essential technology products, information and services. SANGONeT's SANGOTeCH technology donation programme forms part of this initiative.

    After the earthquake that struck Chile on 27 February 2010, many areas in the country still have no communication. In response to this situation, the TechSoup partner in Chile, the Centre for Digital Inclusion (CDI), is restoring connectivity to Chilean NGOs through the CDI Mobile Telecentre - connecting individuals to loved ones and connecting NGOs to resources helping them get back on their feet.

    Each US$1 000 raised enable the CDI Mobile Telecentre to visit another city, let residents of that city contact their friends and families and work with a local NGO to rebuild its technology infrastructure.

    For more information about CDI's work and to make an online donation, click here.

    SANGONeT would like to encourage all our readers, users and stakeholders to support these two important civil society initiatives.
  • NGOs Urged to Use MXit in their Work

    SANGONeT has urged NGOs have been urged to use MXit, a mobile instant messenger and social networking software application that enables individuals to chat anywhere from a mobile phone or PC for free, in carrying out their work.

    Speaking during the Johannesburg leg of the SANGONeT’s ‘ICT for Civil Society’ Conference in Johannesburg, Janine Moolman, editor of the NGO Pulse portal and manager for the civil society information programme at SANGONeT, together with Nicolle Beeby, SANGONeT’s programme assistant, gave an example of how an HIV/AIDS counsellor can use MXit to communicate with HIV/AIDS patients. Setting a live chat can enable a counsellor invite and offer counselling to a group of seven patients using MXit.

    Moolman and Beeby believe that MXit can improve the standard of teaching in the country. They further say that through MXit, teachers can set up a live chat to enable them to continue teaching especially during the holidays or after hours.

    They say contrary to the perception that MXit is for young people NGOs can integrate it into their work. They say users require a GPRS-enabled mobile phone to explore the world of MXit.

    For more information on MXit, click here.
  • The Two Personal Presents, General Ratko Mladic, Gave To Me On My Summer (2002) Vacation In Belgrade, Serbia. (2002 August)

    The Two Personal Presents, General Ratko Mladic, Gave To Me On My Summer (2002) Vacation In Belgrade, Serbia. (2002 August) "The next day I woke up around mid morning feeling depressed so I went for a walk to a local store picking up some things. Returning to Darko’s, we were standing outside his apartment discussing something when I turned seeing Mladic approaching me in full military regalia. We shook hands glad seeing each other. Of all photos I’ve seen online, Mladic never looked better than he did then. His military uniform was clean, ironed and he wore every military metal ever earned it seemed to me. He was as honorably decorated as any of the American Joint Chief’s of Staff; even wearing his gold colored in sigma upon his green "special" military cap (I never saw him wearing one like it on any online internet photo). He had many gold colored metals hanging from his uniform on the left side by his chest. I was privileged to see him this way; I confess being impressed. I was surprised to say the very least. Darko said to stand next to Mladic insisting on snapping some photos of the two of us. Mladic placed his arm around my shoulder and I his; we both smiled as Darko snapped some photos. When finished Mladic presented me with a gift. The book I posted online for you all to view, signing it to me under the alias name, Sharko thanking me for beautiful times spent together in Beograd. He was so sweet and respectful to me, an American citizen whose great grandfather was a rabbi in Russia. We embraced and he left as Darko interjected saying we had to hurry to the airport before I miss my flight. " ---------------------------Jil Starr (From My Book/What It’s Like to Chill Out With Whom the Rest of the World Considers As The Most Ruthless Men in the World : Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic Confessions of a Female War Crimes Investigator
  • The United Nations and Civil Society

    The United Nations (UN) is able to recognise key global challenges, but beset by difficulties in trying to resolve them. In this, it represents the current global political balance, but is also the only international institution that could move it forward.

    Civil society can be a catalyst for this kind of change. In this book, Nora McKeon provides a comprehensive analysis of UN engagement with civil society. The book pays particular attention to food and agriculture, which now lie at the heart of global governance issues. McKeon shows that politically meaningful space for civil society can be introduced into UN policy dialogue. The UN and Civil Society also makes the case that it is only by engaging with organisations which legitimately speak for the 'poor' targeted by the Millennium Development Goals that the UN can promote equitable, sustainable development and build global democracy from the ground up.

    This book has strong ramifications for global governance, civil society and the contemporary debate over the future of food.

    For more information and to acquire the book, click here.
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