Civil society

The Cost of Being Too Frugal

In Nonprofits: We Must Break Out of the Scrappiness Cycle, Vu Le talks about the extremely frugal nature of most nonprofits. “We are always scrimping, trying to find the best deals, trying to get stuff discounted or preferably free. …  It has become a mind-set that is ingrained in all of us. It is our donors’ money! We must save! We must be responsible!”

And while this is true, there are times when frugality actually costs the organisation.

Thinking Beyond Numbers in the Quest for Total Women Empowerment

We should use the women month to affirm women of the country and reflect on the success that the country has made in ensuring that women play the rightful role in the society. Women can draw strength from the courageous 1957 generation.  We should appreciate various transformation policies and legislation that our country has promulgated in the quest to redress the gender disparities.  I guess it’s time to start thinking beyond numbers and the redressing phase.

SA Needs a Concrete Plan To Stop Gender Violence

Recently, newspapers carried an article about a 44-year old gender activist who was raped behind some bushes at night. Most readers likely skipped over it and turned to the sports pages. Perhaps partly because of the familiarity of the scenario, or partly to protect the reader from yet another story about “bad and violent things” happening in South Africa.

New HIV Policy for Schools Does Not Go Far Enough

The DBE’s new National Policy on HIV, STIs and TB in the basic education sector allows learners access to condoms and contraceptives, a development that has been lauded widely since its launch at the 8th SA AIDS Conference which took place in Durban from 13 to 15 June.

However, somewhat confusingly, the policy describes access to condoms as “dependent only on age of consent, inquiry and need”, while information on condom use will be facilitated for learners over the age of 12.

No Shelter for KZN Storm Victims

Families that were affected by the torrential rains in the Ugu district on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, have called on the government to provide them with temporary shelters.

Nearly 30 homes were destroyed by heavy rains and strong winds that ripped off the roofs of homes at the weekend.

Chairperson of the Infrastructure in the Umdoni Municipal Council, Bonginkosi Mngadi says they have evacuated a number of people.

#SONA2017: Land and Economy Issues

National Spokesperson of the African National Congress (ANC) Zizi Kodwa says 12 urgent tasks have been put up which the President Jacob Zuma needs to reflect in the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday night.

The 2017 SONA comes amid renewed calls from opposition parties on the president to step down following the Constitutional Court ruling on Nkandla and the former Public Protector's report on the State of Capture.

Gerrie Nel Investigated

National Prosecuting Authority head Shaun Abrahams ordered an investigation into advocate Gerrie Nel and other senior prosecutors just three days before Nel resigned.

Abrahams asked a senior prosecutor in KwaZulu-Natal to provide him with a progress report relating to a complaint lodged against Nel and three senior advocates, for bringing the administration of justice into disrepute.

News24 has learnt that Nel was part of a complaint a Laudium businessman laid against him and the prosecutors in Pretoria.

WEF2017- Davos place for NGOs

The Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Switzerland is a platform for leaders in politics and business to debate and chart the way forward on global matters, but it also offers a crucial window for the NGO sector to interact and get buy-in for their initiatives.

Fighting Corruption in South Africa: The Role of Civil of Society

Recent media reports on the Seriti Commission’s report and the Constitutional Court judgement and the Public Protector’s report on Nkandla, to name but a few, reveal an unacceptable state of affairs where public finances have been grossly mismanaged. The good news is that civil society in South Africa has not been silent in watching these unprecedented events unfold. Corruption Watch, an anti-corruption organisation based in Johannesburg, has been at the forefront in the fight against corruption in the public sector.

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