NGO Pulse: A Tool for Civil Society

A key finding of the 2007 ‘State of ICTs in the South African NGO Sector’ study was that the information and communication technology (ICT) investment of NGOs has been geared primarily towards the administrative running of organisations, rather than to achieving their goals and objectives. As a result, the great potential of ICTs to strengthen and support programmes remained largely untapped by the majority of NGOs.

The Barefoot Guide

The Barefoot Guide is a free and practical, do-it-yourself guide for leaders and facilitators wanting to help organisations to function and to develop in more healthy, human and effective ways as they strive to make their contributions to a more humane society. This guide, with its supporting website, includes tried and tested concepts, approaches, stories and activities.

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.

Sudan Refuses to Reverse Decision on Expelled NGOs

The United Nations (UN) and several members of its security council have urged Sudan to reverse its decision to expel 13 foreign aid groups; the country says it will never back down.

United States Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, told the 15-nation Security Council that, “We urge the international community to press the government of Sudan to reverse its expulsion edict and to ensure it does nothing to worsen an already grave situation."

SANGONeT Arrives in Cape Town

Taking part in the recent SANGONeT NGO Engagement on 12 March 2009 in Cape Town, was both challenging and rewarding. The event introduced representatives from various NGOs to the various web 2.0 features on the new-look NGO Pulse portal.

This interactive event focused on how online spaces can help nonprofits to communicate, share ideas, resources as well as building relationships online.

Tax benefits of registering as a Public Benefit Organisation in SA

Registering as a Public Benefit Organisation (“PBO”) with the South African Revenue Service (“SARS”) in terms of section 10(1)(cN),  requires that an organisation complies with a number of initial administrative requirements in terms of section 30 of the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962 (“the Act”). Further, compliance procedures are prescribed in the Act which has to be adhered to in order for an income tax exempt organisation to retain its exempt status.

Sudan Promises to Fill Gap Left by NGOs

According to a United Nations’ (UN) top humanitarian official, the UN and the Sudanese government do not have the capacity to fill all the gaps left by NGOs asked to stop working in Sudan.

"We do not, as the UN system, the NGOs do not ... and the [Sudanese] government does not have the capacity to replace all the activities that have been going on, certainly not on any short- or medium-term basis," says John Holmes.


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