Creating avenues for civic participation in the political, economic and cultural life of South African society
On the right track
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.
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."
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."
08: 00 Registration and early morning Coffee
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of mainstreaming gender for gender equality
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.
Practical Financial Management for Non Government Organisations (MANGO) is conducting a five-day course on Practical Financial Management for NGOs: Getting the Basics Right from 10-14 August 2009 in Pretoria.
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 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.