Civil society

AU Summit to sign free trade treaty without Nigeria

African Union (AU) chairperson Paul Kagame on Tuesday gave a strong indication yet that member states will sign the treaty to create the continental free trade area even if the continent's most-populated country, Nigeria, withdraws from the meeting.

At least 53 African Heads of States have gathered in Kigali, Rwanda, for the 10th Extraordinary Summit of the AU to consider the legal instruments of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) and also launch the agreement officially to establish the treaty.

Breaking down racial barriers

The SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) has encouraged South Africans to rededicate themselves to eradicate the legacy of colonialism and restore the dignity of those who were denied human rights during apartheid.

Sanco’s spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu said issues, such as land restitution, racism and the treatment of the poor and vulnerable, need to be addressed.

Comments and contributions on discussion of National NGO Movement

We first need to acknowledge that the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) sector is key component of the societal development. The sector is boasting approximately about 100 000 registered NGOs and about 50 000 non-registered. It’s a sector that cannot be pushed to the periphery of the developmental trajectory. The NGOs and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), from their respective sector of operations, have the roles and responsibilities to discharge especially where the government is struggling to discharge constitutional mandate.

South African NGO Movement Challenge

South Africa is going through a period of reflection, observation and forecasting for the future so blighted over the last ten years. During this reflective period, it is more so important for South Africans to pause and ask themselves some pertinent questions. How was it so simple and possible for our country to be deviated and stolen so brazenly? This question is particularly significant given the diversity of civic activism and awareness of the South Africans with so many organisations within the non-state sector. Did we lower our guard, and if so why?

Statement: World NGO Day

On the 27th February, we commemorated the World Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) day. As we were celebrating this day we marked the outstanding work done by the sector in protecting and respecting fundamental human rights. Marking this day is important, more so as we acknowledge the role that the NGOs are playing in contributing to quality service delivery to our communities and strengthening our democratic governance.

​Promises Ramaphosa made in his SONA speech

President Cyril Ramaphosa made a number of key promises in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Friday.

He outlined various initiatives that will kick off during the course of the year.

Opposition parties expressed their scepticism about the promises he made in his speech because they have no assurances of the actions that he will take to deliver on what he has promised.

Call for Renewal of South African NGO Movement Activism

Since our last call, we have received many pledges and commitment from the sector to be involved in the renewal process, and we thank you for the feedback and encouragement. We call on all NGOs, networks and sectors at national and provincial level to spread the message and reach out to their members and constituencies across the country, provincially, regionally, locally and in rural areas and villages to ensure that we truly galvanise and reach-out to all NGOs in South Africa. Your pledge and commitment towards renewal begin with you by helping us reach out beyond urban borders.


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