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Motlanthe Speaks Out on Poverty

President Kgalema Motlanthe has acknowledged that government is “painfully aware” that abject poverty and the level of inequality are too high. He was delivering his State of the Nation address in Parliament.

Motlanthe says that income poverty especially among African and coloured communities has declined, partly as a result of higher rates of employment and access to social grants.

He says that: “While the number of grant beneficiaries was 2,5-million in 1999, by 2008 this had increased to 12,4-million.”

2010 and the SA Craft Industry: Feast or Famine?

My name is Robin Opperman and I am the Director of the Umcebo Trust, based in Durban (South Africa). We run an inclusive art and craft workshop and retail space. The idea is to allow crafters to develop craft and retail skills, and to hopefully make some new, exciting and cutting edge work. We have therefore been very excited about 2010 and the possibilities and options that it presents for us and others involved in craft and the related creative industries.

Housing Delivery Fuelled Xenophobic Attacks – HSRC Report

The Department of Housing has dismissed suggestions in a Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) report that dissatisfaction over housing delivery was one of the key reasons behind the xenophobic violence this year.

HSRC chief research specialist in the democracy and governance research programme, Adrian Hadland, points out that 36 focus groups convened in the troubled communities in four different areas immediately after the violence. The report had repeatedly cited a major grievance that foreigners have houses when, in fact, they did not.

APF Questions Quality of RDP Houses

The Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) has raised concerns about the quality of RDP houses in South Africa. This comes after an incident in which an RDP house collapsed due to a powerful storm, killing 49-year old mother, Maria Mathebula and injuring two of her children.

The incident took place in Molalane village in the Maruleng area, east of the Limpopo Province last week, when a powerful storm ravaged houses leaving many families homeless.

APF Criticises Government Over RDP Houses

The Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) has blamed government for the death of a 49-year old Limpopo woman who was crushed to death when a pile of bricks fell on her during a storm that damaged RDP houses in Hoedspruit.

APF spokesperson, Silumko Radebe, said: "It is a fact that the quality of RDP houses is of a poor standard and the government doesn't hide this point."

IOL has quoted Radebe as saying, “A storm is a natural disaster that we don't plan for and it can hit at anytime causing havoc... but for me they (government) are the guilty party”

APF Criticises Government Over RDP Houses

The Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) has blamed government for the death of a 49-year old Limpopo woman who was crushed to death when a pile of bricks fell on her during a storm that damaged RDP houses in Hoedspruit.

APF spokesperson, Silumko Radebe, said: "It is a fact that the quality of RDP houses is of a poor standard and the government doesn't hide this point."

IOL has quoted Radebe as saying, “A storm is a natural disaster that we don't plan for and it can hit at anytime causing havoc... but for me they (government) are the guilty party”

MobileActive08

SANGONeT and MobileActive.org invite you to participate in MobileActive08.

MobileActive08 is the only global gathering that is connecting leaders who are working at the convergence of civil society, mobile technology and social change. Convened by SANGONeT and MobileActive.org, MobileActive08 will take place from 13-15 October 2008 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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The European Social Model: Which Benefits for South Africa and Africa

The French Institute of South Africa, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) are hosting a one-day conference entitled "The European Social Model: Which Benefits for South Africa and Africa".

Initiated through a French-German partnership the conference is aimed at fostering open debates on future perspectives of the European socio-economic development and its benefits for South Africa and Africa.

The three panels of the conference are

What is “Effective”?

An honest conversation about the problems facing NGOs today is long overdue. We are not making enough progress in our fight against poverty, hunger, AIDS and other challenges that our region faces. Why? Part of the problem is with how some NGOs operate, especially larger organisations. The other problem is with funding, as most donors work in a bureaucratic and inefficient way. Could we not start using some logic, honesty and commonsense and implement some new solutions?

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