Governance and democracy

Startingbloc: Fellowship program

StartingBloc is excited to share that its  global Fellowship program, is launching their first-ever institute out of the USA from 25-29 March 2020 at the prestigious the African Leadership Academy Campus in Johannesburg. Many social entrepreneurs, employees and students from the African continent, Canada, India and USA have already been accepted for this institute. 10 more spots are still available, only for this month. 

Mabuza not sworn in as MP after he requests swearing-in postponement

There is much speculation and rumours about ANC’s deputy president, David Mabuza, reason for postponing swearing in as a member of the National Assembly.  Some rumours are that Mabuza was stepping down, and some debated possible candidates to replace him as the deputy president.  Calls for change included a push for a female deputy president. Names bandied about included Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Lindiwe Sisulu and Naledi Pandor.
 

Sri Lankan president vows security shake-up over attacks

Sri Lanka’s president has vowed to conduct a major shake-up of the country’s security establishment after its failure to prevent the Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 320 people, despite some officials apparently having prior information about the attacks.

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Right2Know: Deputy National Coordinator

The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) is looking for an experienced Deputy National Coordinator support efficient and effective campaigning efforts and ensure R2K continues to grow as a vibrant democratic Campaign.

This is an opportunity to work with committed activists around the country to support popular campaigns that have a real impact on the challenges facing South Africa at this critical period in our democracy.
 

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Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute: Intern

Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) is a non-profit think tank, based in Johannesburg, committed to advancing the Constitution and to supporting the eradication of poverty and inequality in South Africa, and in the sub-region, through empirical research and advocacy.

SPII seeks to appoint a full-time Intern.

Crisis and Critique

Throughout history, innovations in media have had a profound impact on protest and dissent. But while these recent developments in social media have been the subject of intense scholarly attention, there has been little consideration of the wider historical role of media technologies in protest. Drawing on the work of key theorists such as Walter Benjamin and Raymond Williams, Crisis and Critique provides a historical analysis of media practices within the context of major economic crises.

NGO Linked to Patient Deaths Remains Open

The Democratic Alliance says Precious Angels – a non-governmental organisation (NGOs) linked to eight of the 36 psychiatric patients who have died in Gauteng in recent months - continues to provide its services even though the provincial health department said patients had been moved elsewhere.
 
The DA’s Jack Bloem, points out that, “Gauteng Health MEC, Qedani Mahlangu, said earlier that patients have been relocated from the Precious Angels facility in Atteridgeville.”
 

Vumelana Governance Award 2016

The Vumelana Advisory Fund is a nonprofit organisation that helps beneficiaries of the land reform programme to develop their land in an effective and sustainable way. Vumelana was established in 2012, with the aim to support the establishment of commercially viable partnerships between investors and local community land owners to create jobs, income and skills. Vumelana’s main objective is to demonstrate the value of community private partnerships as a contributor to successful land reform.

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