Zuma Blasts NMF on Mandela’s Health Reports

African National Congress (ANC) president, Jacob Zuma, has blasted the Nelson Mandela Foundation in the wake of criticism that the 90-year-old's health and security were put at risk when he attended a party rally in the Eastern Cape.

Zuma told about 20 000 supporters at a rally in Khayelitsha that the Foundation does not own former president, Nelson Mandela.

He further told the supporters that he [Zuma] was shocked to read reports insinuating that Mandela had been forced to attend the rally.

SANGONeT NGO Engagement - Cape Town, 12 March 2009

The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) will host a one-day NGO Engagement on Thursday, 12 March 2009, at the River Club in Observatory, Cape Town.

The event will be used to present NGOs in the Western Cape with a detailed overview of SANGONeT's various information and ICT services, including NGO Pulse, SANGOTeCH, Prodder Directory and our various civil society events.

SANGONeT Development Calendar 2009

SANGONeT Development Calendar 2009 covers a comprehensive list of international, African and South African dates (e.g. World AIDS Day, 1 December) of significance to people involved in development and civil society issues. Produced in partnership with the Southern Africa Trust, the calendar has been produced in the form of a year planner.

SANGONeT's physical address is as follows:

29th Floor, UCS Building
209 Smit Street

Tel: (011) 403-4935

Jordan to Review Law on NGO Funding

Jordan is considering revisiting a controversial civil society law that local and international rights groups have criticised for taking too much control over the funding, registration and monitoring activities of NGOs.

The country’s parliament hastily endorsed the law last year, drawing the ire of the NGOs, which said they were not even consulted when the law was drafted.

Ivory Park Survey Reveals Many Energy Safety Challenges

Press Release

16 February 2009

An intervention survey conducted by the Paraffin Safety Association of Southern Africa (PASASA) shows that tightly packed dwellings and the widespread use of paraffin are a lethal combination in many informal settlements. This survey which covered a total of 2,047 households, 3, 764 learners, crèches and other institutions of importance unearthed the following challenges:

1. Some residents are not aware of the safest ways of using paraffin.


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