Development

Call for Stronger Leadership in the SADC

Political leaders are calling for stronger leadership in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as Botswana President, Ian Khama, assumes the chairpersonship from Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe handed over the baton to Khama during SADC's annual Heads of State and Government Summit in Gaborone, Botswana, while President Jacob Zuma handed his position of chair of the SADC organ on politics, defence and security cooperation over to the Republic of Mozambique.

Call for Stronger Leadership in the SADC

Political leaders are calling for stronger leadership in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as Botswana President, Ian Khama, assumes the chairpersonship from Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe handed over the baton to Khama during SADC's annual Heads of State and Government Summit in Gaborone, Botswana, while President Jacob Zuma handed his position of chair of the SADC organ on politics, defence and security cooperation over to the Republic of Mozambique.

SADC Discourage Reliance on Donor Funding

Ministers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have described the regional body’s dependence on foreign funding as a ‘profound weakness’ and have called for alternatives.

Zimbabwean Foreign Minister, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, told a meeting of the SADC council of ministers in Gaborone that “as long as we are unable to fund our own organisation, the future of our programmes and activities will remain uncertain and SADC will not be wholly ours.”

SA Urged to Create Enough Jobs

The World Bank says millions of young South Africa are jobless and searching for work but they could not be employed because they lacked the requisite skills for the modern day work environment.

The bank argues that, “Without enough jobs being created, South Africa is left with many of its unskilled and young facing the prospect of unemployment.”

The World Bank lead economist for South Africa, Catriona Purfield, adds that the unemployment rate is the highest in all the middle income countries at 25.4 percent, or a third if you include discouraged workers.

DHA Trauma for Transgender Woman

A transgender woman has told of her trauma at being mistreated by the Department of Home Affairs officials in Centurion, who allegedly prevented her from applying for a gender change in her identity book.

Armed with the necessary medical reports, Juanita van Zyl, 36, went to the Centurion branch an hour before it opened on Wednesday. She wanted to apply to have her gender changed on her identity document.

Call to Expose Poor Girls to Opportunities

Official policy documents show that more women are now active in the economy as entrepreneurs in South Africa.

A range of healthcare initiatives are targeted at improving women's health in an effort to prevent opportunistic diseases.

And larger numbers of girl school pupils are enrolled in subjects such as mathematics, science and technology, which traditionally have been regarded as the preserve of the boy child.

JPSA Slams e-Toll Advertisement

The Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) has questioned the provincial authority’s ‘apparent involvement’ in the celebrity e-tolls advertisements.

JPSA chairperson, Howard Dembovsky, points out that, “With so many other urgent issues which require funding in Gauteng‚ it is surprising that the Gauteng Provincial Government would choose to spend money on producing and airing‚ as well as paying so-called ‘celebrities’ to promote e-tolling instead of spending it where it is truly needed.”

SA at Risk But Not in Crisis

South Africa does not face a crisis despite high crime, unemployment and inequality, though weak growth and poor governance have made it more likely things could go badly wrong, according to a new paper from the Institute for Security Studies (ISS).

‘The margin for error is thin, but there is still reason to be optimistic,’ says ISS executive director, Jakkie Cilliers, who has revised his South Africa Futures scenarios to take account of electricity shortages, 2014 election results, new population figures and incoherent government policy.

Fundraising Bitcoin by Bit

Few years ago I was in the boardroom of a renowned international nonprofit organisation in Johannesburg for an interview. I was asked to suggest an innovative fundraising campaign and I proposed raising digital currency as a new strategy. I did not get the job.

Based on values or achievements, the word ‘success’ holds different meanings to different people and organisations. And, as we know it, values are at the heart of charity and nonprofit operations.

Gift of the Givers Turns 23

Aid organisation, Gift of the Givers, has sent out a special thank you to its staff, donors, media, organisations and ordinary contributors as it celebrates its 23rd birthday.

Founder, Imtiaaz Sooliman, says there would be no party or cutting of a cake rather just thankfulness that the organisation has been able to serve those in dire need across the world.

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