NGOs

Chinese Ambassador Urges NGOs to Continue Good Work

The Chinese ambassador to Botswana has warned NGOs in the country to desist from acting like government organs.

Ding Xiaowen reminded NGOs that they are representatives of thousands of people from all walks of life. 

Ding says NGOs should act as a messenger between the government and the people to promote mutual understanding and social responsibility. He stressed that NGOs should be "a partner, a supporter, and a promoter" when in agreement with government on certain issues.

The Funding Site

The Funding Site is South Africa's premier site dedicated to serving Non Profit Organisations in the broadest possible way. The site is aimed at assisting development professionals, donors and NGOs within the South African development sector. It also provides weekly update and the very latest information on request for proposals, jobs, and training opportunities. In addition, the site also provides links to a donor database, nonprofit register and nonprofit resources.

SABC annual report raises more questions than it answers

After months of media reports about crises at the SABC and stories detailing feuds between the Board (or sections of it) and senior management (or certain members of the executive), media activists eagerly awaited the release of the public broadcaster’s annual report and financial statements. We wanted to see if the Corporation’s claims that the public has no need to worry are indeed true.

The report, released on 10 October 2008, certainly does not alleviate concerns about the health of our public broadcaster. Rather it raises even more alarm bells.

SANGONeT Launches NGO Pulse Internet Portal

We are pleased to announce the launch of NGO Pulse, the new South African NGO Internet Portal. NGO Pulse represents an important milestone in the consolidation of SANGONeT’s online content services, the strategic alignment of SANGONeT’s programme activities, as well as the introduction of SANGONeT’s new corporate identity.

First introduced on 24 October 2005 as the SANGONeT South African NGO Portal, it has attracted more than 500 000 visitors in the past three years, providing NGOs with a strategic platform to communicate with each other and share information.

Press Statement: SOS Campaign Comments on SABC Progress

The civil society “Save our SABC” (SOS) campaign welcomes progress on the SABC crisis. The public broadcaster is debilitated by allegations and counter-allegations between the Board and management. The Group Chief Executive Officer and the Head of News of the corporation remain suspended. Given this stand-off – and its severe consequences for the public broadcaster – some urgent progress is required.

Oral Submission by the SAVE our SABC Coalition on the Draft Broadcasting Act Amendment Bill (B72 of 2008)

The SOS Coalition presented a detailed Bill containing all its proposals at the oral hearings. The main presentation was supplemented by presentations from a number of Coalition partners. The MMP looked more closely at the nomination process; FXI highlighted issues surrounding the SABC’s Articles of Association and its impact on the independence of the SABC and the IPO detailed the impact of the ongoing SABC crisis on content issues. These presentations were well received. The Coalition’s proposal was considered one of the few that dealt directly with the Committee’s concerns.

Written Submission by the SOS Coalition on the Broadcasting Act Amendment Bill (72 of 2008)

The SOS Campaign made a detailed written submission endorsed by 12 organisations covering a diversity of interests and perspectives. The organisations included all those represented on the working group as well as IDASA, the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ), SANGONET, the South African History Archives (SAHA), the Freedom of Expression Network (FXN) and the Independent Producers Organisation (IPO).

The submission included the following:

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