Development

Lean Thinking and Monitoring and Evaluation Practices for NPO Sustainability

In the current economic climate, the grant funding pool available to nonprofit organisations (NPOs) has shrunk. This situation requires NPOs to demonstrate how their activities provide a social return while ensuring that their operations are financially sustainable.

This requires a strategic approach that allows for greater understanding of how organisational activities lead to social return. There are two disciplines of strategic management that, at first glance, may seem unrelated, but share a lot in common and can assist in managing these tensions.

SA and Zim Review Bilateral Relations

President Cyril Ramaphosa met with his Zimbabwean counterpart Emmerson Mnangagwa in Harare over the weekend and the two leaders reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries.

According to the state-owned Sunday Mail newspaper, Ramaphosa, who spoke to journalists after the meeting, said that the courtesy call on Mnangagwa had provided an opportunity to discuss economic matters.

2018 budget speech in a nutshell

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s Budget Speech has seen him make “difficult decisions” to address a revenue shortfall and to fund free higher education.
An increase in value-added tax (VAT), fuel levy and a higher estate duty tax are just some of the things South Africans will be faced with this year.

On the other hand, Minister Gigaba announced some relief for the poor and the working class in the form of below inflation increase in personal income tax, while ensuring an above average increase in social grants.

​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.

R500 million Estimated for KZN Storm Damage

The KwaZulu-Natal government says it will take a while to finish the assessment of the damage that the devastating storms have caused as some insurance companies put it at R500 million.

The death toll from Tuesday's storm stands at 14.

More than 40 schools were also damaged as well as several health care institutions in and around Durban.

At Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital in Umlazi two people died when a wall collapsed.

SAPS Could Make Or Break SA

If the ANC elects the right leader at its December conference, state capture could possibly in time be halted, corruption minimised and state owned enterprises be whipped into shape.

But if we can’t turn the South African Police Service (SAPS) into a professional and clean crime-fighting and peace-keeping machine, out future will still be very dark.

South Africa has become more unstable in recent months. Instability is the biggest threat to a country that wants to grow.

#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.

Ramaphosa to Lead Delegation at WEF2017

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to lead a government, labour and business delegation on the second day of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos.

In a statement issued by government, GCIS said on Wednesday Team South Africa will share with international delegates how South Africa aims to respond to the theme of “Responsible and Responsive Leadership” at the 46th iteration of this conference.

“The National Development Plan is a key driver of how South Africa will enable the creation of an increasingly equitable and inclusive society,” GCIS says.

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