NGO Management

Challenging Needs of the Mentally Challenged

People who have mental health challenges need a lot of love, understanding, plenty of care and definitely stimulation, says Kathy Jooste, Chief Executive Officer of Avril Elizabeth Home for the Mentally Handicapped.
 
Speaking ahead of World Mental Health Day, celebrated annually on 10 October, Jooste said that having cared for the intellectually challenged for the past 43 years, the Home has increasingly discovered how important stimulation is for the promotion of growth and independence of those with mental and physical challenges.
 

Nonprofit Companies Need to File Annual Returns: CIPC De-Registration Clean-Up

If your organisation is a NonProfit Company (NPC) - formerly known as a Section 21 company, you need to check whether you or your auditors have been making and are up-to-date with ‘annual returns’ to Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC).
 
According to the annual report recently tabled by CIPC they were planning a ‘bulk de-registration’ of non-compliant entities in the ‘foreseeable future’.
 

Defense of the Abahlali BaseMjondolo Members

Since 2005, the Abahlali Basemjondolo (Shack Dwellers) movement has mobilised to fulfil the needs of a large number of inhabitants in the city of Durban who live without access to land, housing, food, education and basic services such as clean water, sanitation, electricity and health care.
 
In response to this mobilisation, the South African Police Service, the eThekwini Municipality and the ruling political party (ANC) have attempted to criminalise the actions of this movement.
 
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Ready to Work With Govt - NANGO

The National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO) says it is ready to work with the Zanu-PF government following its landslide victory in the July 2013 elections.

NANGO’s programme manager, Mr Machinda Marongwe, states that government also showed keen interest in working with NGOs in developmental issues.

"We are looking forward to engaging with government in coming up with pro-poor policies and budgets," - Mr Marongwe.

Municipal Services Cost More Than Food

Here at Abraham Kriel Childcare, the cost of our water and electricity exceeds the cost of food.

This statement is true in the case of both the budgets of the Langlaagte Campus and the Maria Kloppers Campus. This shocking fact led us to investigate whether we were doing enough to save on water and electricity consumption.

Over the last few years we made considerable investments to enable savings on consumption where possible.

Water and Sewerage:

NGO Closes Due to Lack of Donor Funding

Streets Ahead, a Zimbabwean non-governmental organisation dealing with the rehabilitating of children living on the streets, has closed.

In a newspaper advertisement inserted by board members, the organisation states that it has already approached government to cancel its registration.

The advertisement reads: “The closure is a result of financial problems. We had been struggling for a long time because our sponsors from overseas have withdrawn funding. The donors' withdrawal has meant the suspension of our activities indefinitely.”

Cronje Appointed New SAIRR CEO

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) has appointed Frans Cronje as its new chief executive officer.

Cronje, who will be taking over from John Kane-Berman who retires at the end of February next year, joined SAIRR’s research department in 2004 and since taken over responsibility for the organisation’s marketing drive while also launching its Risk Analysis.

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