social movements

Public Participation and Transparency Essential in Selecting New SABC Board

The Portfolio Committee on Communications of parliament has, through adverts in a few expensive newspapers targeted at affluent readers, called for nominations for a new board of the public broadcaster the SABC. The closing date for nominations of board members is now 14 August (it was originally 31 July 2009).

Development and Dreams

Development and Dreams: The urban legacy of the 2010 Football World Cup considers the effects of South Africa's hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It is held that the greatest potential benefit of the 2010 World Cup is a repudiation of Afropessimism and an assertion of a contemporary African identity both at home and on a global stage.

For more information or to purchase the book at a cost or R190, click here.

Changing Landscapes

We celebrated 15 years of democracy at the election polls in April, giving rise to an opportunity to reflect on where we have come from, and where we are going. Like the often turbulent years of human adolescence, our country has experienced dynamic change and development since the first democratic elections in 1994. A key component of our democracy, the non-government organisation (NGO) sector, which delivers thousands of vital services to the broader community, has also experienced transition in the past decade and a half.

Ashoka Founder and CEO Honoured

Ashoka Founder and CEO, Bill Drayton, has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Yale University's 308th Commencement.

The honorary degrees awarded annually during the Yale University Commencement are the highest honor conferred by the university. Past recipients include Benjamin Franklin, Martin Luther King, Jr, John F Kennedy, and Sandra Day O'Connor.

Voting for a better life

Protests over inadequate or non-existent service delivery continue to be a feature of South Africa’s socio-political landscape. Khutsong, Moutse, Matatiele, Bushbuckridge and other communities, have all reached boiling point, as people took to their demands to the streets.

Peacebuilding: Strengthening Policy and Practice

Responding to Conflict (RTC) is conducting a five-day course on Peacebuilding: Strengthening Policy and Practice from 17-21 November 2008 in Birmingham, UK.

Peacebuilding: Strengthening Policy and Practice is designed to assist participants to identify constructive ways of engaging with the unpredictable and rapidly changing circumstances within which many relief and development agencies work. It focuses on the relationship between policy and practice in complex situations.

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