It is time to tell the International AIDS Conference (IAC) organisers that the lights are on… we can all see the dripping makeup, the creased and world weary visage, badly painted props and the torn seats we are so precariously perched upon. The tired old songs have been played one time to many.
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.
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.
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:
Developing Lobbying Strategies for Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management into Development Planning and Policy
The Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG), a NGO that promotes environmental justice and civil society engagement with environmental issues, is hosting a workshop entitled “Developing Lobbying Strategies for Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management into Development Planning and Policy” from 15-16 October 2008 in Cape Town.
The workshop is aimed at
Further to the SANGONeT NGO Pulse Newsletter issue No. 144 dated 1 October 2008, I would like to comment as follows:
The Umhlaba Consulting Group has an online organisational climate survey designed to assist managers particularly in NGOs to assess the climate in their organisations on an ongoing basis. The tool takes the form of an online questionnaire that has a number of questions dealing with ten organisational themes including management and leadership, organisational culture, staff remuneration etc.
The media’s role in supporting democracy and development has long debated. Increasingly, this debate has extended to how activists use media to advance their own agendas. Objectivity is one of the core principles of journalism. Yet, everyone comes from a certain historical, ideological, and experiential background. Journalists, like anyone else can be passionate about certain causes, and have opinions. On the other hand, activists who effectively use media can advance their own issues and causes, to advocate for change.