Dismay At Fatal Shooting of TV Reporter Covering Anti-Government Demonstration

Reporters Without Borders is shocked to learn that Ando Ratovonirina of privately-owned Radio et Télévision Analamanga (RTA) was shot dead while covering an anti-government demonstration outside the presidential palace in Antananarivo on 7 February.

The 25-year-old reporter and cameraman was among the scores of people who were killed or wounded when security forces opened fired on the protesters.

Cabinet to Consider Concept Paper on Women Ministry

A task team made up of women from government and NGOs is expected to finalise a concept paper next week and present it to Cabinet by the end of the month.

Minister in the presidency, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, points out that: "The ministry's powers and functions will include policy and legislation, planning coordination, advocacy, programme implementation in areas such as poverty, managing South Africa's international relations and reporting on women and gender and also has its own deputy director."

Skweyiya Speaks Out on SRD

The Minister of Social Development, Zola Skweyiya, has appealed to NGOs not to create a false impression that the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant is accessible by all South Africans, regardless of their economic standing.

Skweyiya says, "We appeal further to our traditional and local leaders, NGOs and faith based organisations who are assisting us in identifying and reaching poor households to dispense accurate information about who qualifies for the SRD."

MISA Welcomes Rejection of Film and Publication Bill

Press Release
30 January 2009

The South Africa Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-SA Chapter) welcomes President Motlanthe’s decision to not sign the Film & Publications Amendment Bill, citing that sections of the Bill are unconstitutional. Although Parliament passed the contentious Amendment Bill and the President has returned the matter back to legislature for further discussions.

Project Cycle Management Toolkit

The Project Cycle Management: CBO Training Toolkit aims to build the confidence and skills required by CBOs to develop and manage their HIV/AIDS projects more systematically through project cycle management. Authored by CARE and the International HIV Alliance, the toolkit was developed for use by facilitators involved in the training of these CBOs. It can also be used by NGOs/CBOs themselves to implement training within their organisations. It describes a workshop scenario providing a range of participatory activities which can be carried out to build skills.

AIDS Councils as Catalysts for Unlocking Citizen Power

AIDS Councils as Catalysts for Unlocking Citizen Power is a manual that provides information for NGOs to develop and mobilise civil society’s engagement with AIDS councils and build effective governance of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Published by the Institute for Democracy in South Africa, the guide contains a step by step approach to organising a one and a half day workshop.

CBO/FBO Capacity Analysis

CBO/FBO Capacity Analysis is a tool that enables community and faith-based organisations to analyse levels of capacity in different areas of organisational and technical work. Developed by the CORE Initiative, it is designed to facilitate group discussions between members of community based organisations (CBOs) and external facilitators providing capacity building support. It outlines how to organise a visit with a CBO; how to start and facilitate a discussion; how to conduct the analysis; how to document the discussion; and how to follow up the assessment.


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