Development

Tax compliance is crucial for PBOs and their donors

South Africa’s Public Benefit Organisations (PBOs) do invaluable work uplifting communities and benefiting underprivileged people across our country. Sadly, most of these entities do not have the resources to ensure that they are fully tax compliant.

However, the tax status of a SARS approved Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) is crucial to its ability to raise funds and attract donors, who along with wanting to be philanthropic, are attracted by the tax deductions that come with donations to such organisations.

LEARNING IN THE MOTHER TONGUE IS BEST

International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is celebrated on 21 February each year with the overall aim of promoting linguistic diversity and multilingual education. This year, the day will be framed by the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019, so the IMLD theme is: “Indigenous languages matter for development, peace building and reconciliation.”
 

Risk and opportunity as early childhood development moves to DBE

This year’s State of the Nation Address may have radically changed South Africa’s prospects for education and economic growth. For the first time, there is a clear commitment to early childhood development (ECD), which is globally recognized as the most powerful investment in human capital that a country can make.[1],[2] At last there is real opportunity to get things right for young children, whose cognitive and emotional development has been sorely neglected by the democratic State.
 

EXPLORING THE GAP BETWEEN THE DIGITAL HAVES- AND HAVE-NOTS IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

When we explore the question of technology in our sector, conversation quickly turns to back-office systems for creating more efficiencies in accounting, finance, HR, and operations. Certainly, many larger NGOs have been implementing a wide range of enterprise systems that often integrate these functions more seamlessly while also connecting the head office and the field.

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE LEARNING : Mobile Technology

How not to trip up on the digital highway: Lessons from social innovators developing e-platforms.

Almost every household in South Africa has access to a mobile phone. This has transformed the face of social development, with many non-governmental organisations (NGOs) embracing mobile technology to connect with their target audiences. In this learning brief, we explore the diverse opportunities – but also challenges – that come with using mobile platforms to drive social change.

Mapping out the mobile space in SA: Mobi sites, mobile apps and bypassing the high cost of data.

SA connect reaches Limpopo

The Department of Communications (DOC) and state entity Broadband Infraco are working together to rollout broadband services in Limpopo's Vhembe district.

According to the DOC, the broadband project forms part of SA Connect and its vision to build capable skills for the impending fourth industrial revolution.

Led by Pinky Kekana, DOC deputy minister, the broadband project in Limpopo will connect four public facilities, provide ICT equipment to three schools, as well as introduce a cyber-security outreach programme in that area, according to the department.

Ramaphosa expected at SA WEF delegates breakfast

16 January 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address a team of delegates, who will be representing South Africa at the World Economic Forum.

The breakfast meeting will take place in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

The aim is to develop an integrated approach to SA's input at the WEF deliberations and to identify areas of emphasis to present the country as a desired investment destination and trade partner.

Team South Africa comprises of diverse stakeholders in South African society and economy.
 

Department of Communication intensifies calls for digital migration collaboration

To ensure government speeds up the switch from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT), additional partnerships with industry players are required.

So said Department of Communications (DOC) minister Nomvula Mokonyane, affirming that lack of collaboration has, to some extent, contributed to SA's inability to meet the deadline set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

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