Economic justice

Corporate Social Investment - From Feeble to Forceful, Through Effective Measurement

“Corporate Social Investment (CSI) has a hard-earned reputation for flakiness,” a blogger for The Economist’s Schumpeter column recently wrote in an article about the business value of CSI.
 
Unfortunately, the perception of CSI being a light and insubstantial business matter has been one of its many challenges in the past. Thankfully, it is safe to say that today’s business leadership has evolved past the point of discrediting and devaluing CSI for having any business value.
 

Youth Service as a Solution

Many countries around the world are struggling with the ‘how to’ in implementing effective policies and interventions to address the multitude of challenges facing young people today, particularly the poor and marginalised who are generally out of school and out of work. From high levels of youth unemployment to increasing rates of alcohol and drug abuse, teenage pregnancy and growing rates of new HIV/AIDS infections, these challenges represent enormous economic and social costs to society.
 

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.

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.

High Food Prices Leave Millions Hungry

After 20 years of democracy, 14 million citizens still go to bed hungry every night, while less than half the number of households in the country consistently have enough food to eat.

According to James Jonas, spokesperson for the Food Sovereignty Campaign, an organisation that provided the statistics, South Africans are starving partly because of exorbitant food prices.

Social Grant Tender Deadline Suspended

Electronic payments company Net1 UEPS Technologies has more time to continue carrying out a social grant tender amid a Constitutional Court decision to suspend a bidding deadline.

In April last year, the Constitutional Court ordered that the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) re-issue the country’s R10 billion grant tender, which was awarded to Net1 division Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) in 2012.

SA to Provide Grants to the Unemployed

Government is planning to introduce social assistance to unemployed South Africans between the ages of 19 and 59 who do not receive support from government.

However, it is not clear yet whether this will be in the form of a grant, but Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini, says government must ensure unemployed people in this age group were able to put food on the table every day.

Dlamini was quoted as saying that government has focused on social relief mainly for malnourished children, but the reality is South Africa has malnourished adults in South Africa too.

Lilongwe CSOs Form Network

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) operating in Lilongwe district have formed a network aimed at mobilising and coordinating the organisations to ensure smooth and proper coordination of their activities.
 
Constantine Mulinde of Concern World Wide, whose organisation is the network's vice chair, says the Lilongwe Civil Society Organisations Network (LICSOnet) has been established as a platform for all NGOs operating in the district to share information and experiences.
 

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