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  • LWATI - The SANGONeT e-Newsletter, December 2011

     
    issue number 90 | December 2011_
     
     
    Contents
    Contents
       
    Executive Director
       
    Civil Society Information
       
    Prodder NGO Directory
       
    ICT Services
       
    Networking & Outreach
       
    Contact Details
     
     
     
    "Lwati" is an isiSwati word meaning knowledge.
    Contact Details
    SANGONeT
    P O Box 31392
    2017 Braamfontein
    SOUTH AFRICA

    29th Floor, UCS Building
    209 Smit Street
    Braamfontein

    Tel: (+27) (11) 403-4935
    Fax: (+27) (11) 403-0130
    E-mail:
    newsletter@sangonet.org.za
    WWW:
    http://www.sangonet.org.za
    * L W A T I *
    The monthly e-newsletter of the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT)

    Executive Director's Comments

    Welcome to the 90th edition of SANGONeT's monthly e-newsletter!

    We have reached the end of another very challenging, but also rewarding year for everyone associated with SANGONeT.

    The past year will be remembered as a period in which many NGOs felt the negative impact of the local and global economic recession on their work, resulting in many either closing down or having to cut back the scale and scope of their activities or unable to meet increasing demand for their services. Sadly, it seems this situation will continue in 2012, adding more pressure on many NGOs in finding a balance between financial survival and the ability to execute their missions.

    SANGONeT’s activities were not immune to these challenges in 2011, but we were able to continue producing a wide range of strategic outputs.

    Some of our main achievements of the past year include the ongoing growth and expansion of the NGO Pulse Portal; the successful hosting of the seventh annual SANGONeT “ICTs for Civil Society” Conference from 1-3 November 2011 in Johannesburg; the hosting of the Southern African Internet Governance Forum, in conjunction with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), NEPAD and the Department of Communications (DoC), from 1-3 September 2011 in Johannesburg; the ongoing implementation of the SANGOTeCH Technology Donation Portal in South Africa, Botswana and Kenya; and the ongoing roll-out of our “Mobile Solutions for Small-Scale Agriculture in Africa” project in Kenya and Zambia.

    Looking ahead, 2012 will present SANGONeT with many new challenges and opportunities. Amongst other things, we will celebrate a very significant milestone in 2012 – our 25th anniversary – and we are planning a number of special activities in support of this achievement. This will include a new revamped “No Pain No Gain” campaign linked to my running through the deserts of the world. And there will be more than one desert to conquer in 2012…

    I will elaborate on all our strategic activities and plans for next year in the January 2012 edition of Lwati.

    Finally, I would like to wish all Lwati readers and our clients, partners, funders and supporters, as well as SANGONeT staff and Board members, a happy and peaceful festive season.

    The challenges facing the NGO sector in Southern Africa define the role and relevance of our work and we are committed to continue supporting the sector in a meaningful manner in 2012 with a wide range of ICT interventions.

    Thank you for your support during the past year and we look forward to reconnecting with in 2012.

    Best wishes

    David Barnard
    dbarnard@sangonet.org.za

    (Our offices will be closed from 15 December 2011 to 3 January 2012)

    Civil Society Information
    NGO Pulse

    The CSI team published a wide range of range of articles, media releases and newsflashes on NGO Pulse during November 2011.

    Selected articles published:
    Selected blogs published:

    Selected press releases published:
    Contribute to NGO Pulse

    SANGONeT encourages NGOs to contribute information and articles to NGO Pulse.

    To find out how to register on NGO Pulse and what your status allows you to do, click here
    NGO Vacancies on NGO Pulse

    NGO Pulse includes the most comprehensive list of vacancies available in the South African NGO sector. We encourage NGOs to contribute their vacancy information to this list on an ongoing basis.

    To view the current list of available NGO vacancies, click here.
    NGO Pulse on Facebook and Twitter
    To join the growing NGO Pulse online community on Facebook, click here.

    To follow SANGONeT on Twitter, click here.

    For more information about NGO Pulse, please contact Butjwana Seokoma at SANGONeT on Tel: (+27) (11) 403-4935 or butjwana@sangonet.org.za.

    NGO Pulse Premium Advertising Service
    NGO Pulse Premium integrates all SANGONeT's advertising and communication channels into a comprehensive service for the NGO sector and anyone interested in communicating with the sector.

    This new service presents users with the option of "buying" space on the NGO Pulse homepage for a specified period of time, linked to SN Announce, and the use of SANGONeT's social media channels, i.e. Twitter and Facebook. Announcements posted to the portal will be distributed by e-mail through SN Announce in a revamped HTML format.

    For more information about this service, click here.

    Prodder NGO Directory
    Prodder NGO Directory
    Prodder is the most comprehensive directory about NGOs and development organisations in South Africa. To search the directory or view your entry, click here.

    We encourage NGOs and development organisations to review their entries and forward us information about changes and corrections that need to be made.

    Please forward your comments to - prodder@sangonet.org.za.

    ICT Services
    SANGOTeCH Online Technology Donations Portal
    SANGOTeCH assisted South African NGOs in saving more than R3.63 million on Microsoft software, Cisco networking equipment, Mailshell Anti-Spam Desktop software, Bytes of Learning, pMailer, SAP, Giftworks and Symantec during November 2011. A total of 45 donation requests were fulfilled during this period.

    To view the SANGOTeCH product catalogue, click here.
    For more information about SANGOTeCH, contact us on 086 110 6443 or support@sangotech.org.

    SANGOTeCH in Southern Africa
    SANGOTeCH operates in South Africa and Botswana.
    For more information about the SANGOTeCH Botswana programme, click here.
    TechSoup Kenya
    SANGONeT and the Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) are implementing the TechSoup technology donations programme in Kenya.

    One new organisation registered for the programme in November 2011 and KSH7.08 million was saved on Microsoft software.

    For more information about the TechSoup Kenya programme, click here.

    Technology Consulting

    SANGONeT offers a range of customised online applications that include social networking portals, online directories, and constituent relationship management solutions. We also offer a linked technical support desk service.

    For more information on how we can assist you, please contact Matthew de Gale at SANGONeT on Tel: (+27) (11) 403-4935 or matthew@sangonet.org.za.

    Networking and Outreach
    SANGONeT’s Executive Director, David Barnard, attended the Computer Society South Africa President’s Awards Breakfast on 10 November 2011 in Sandton.

    SANGONeT’s m-Agriculture Services Manager, Matthew de Gale, attended the 6th annual EISA symposium, ‘Pressing Buttons for Political Change: Technology for Efficient Elections and Democracy Deepening and Broadening’, from 23-24 November 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Contact Details

    SANGONeT
    P O Box 31392
    2017 Braamfontein
    SOUTH AFRICA

    29th Floor, UCS Building
    209 Smit Street
    Braamfontein
       
    Tel: (+27) (11) 403-4935
    Fax: (+27) (11) 403-0130
    E-mail: newsletter@sangonet.org.za
    Website: http://www.sangonet.org.za
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  • LWATI - The SANGONeT e-Newsletter, March 2012

    issue number 93 | March 2012 
    Contents
    Contents
       
    Executive Director
       
    Civil Society Information
       
    Prodder NGO Directory
       
    ICT Services
       
    Networking & Outreach
       
    Contact Details

     
    "Lwati" is an isiSwati word meaning knowledge.
     

    Contact Details
    SANGONeT
    P O Box 31392
    2017 Braamfontein
    SOUTH AFRICA

    29th Floor, UCS Building
    209 Smit Street
    Braamfontein

    Tel: (+27) (11) 403-4935
    Fax: (+27) (11) 403-0130
    E-mail:
    newsletter@sangonet.org.za
    WWW:
    http://www.sangonet.org.za

     
    * L W A T I * The monthly e-newsletter of the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT)

    Executive Director's Comments

    Welcome to the 93rd edition of SANGONeT’s monthly e-newsletter.

    It feels like yesterday when I completed the 2011 Sahara Race in Egypt as part of last year’s SANGONeT “No Pain No Gain” campaign. But, this morning, somewhere in the Namib Desert, I am starting the five-day Namib Desert Challenge and a brand new “No Pain No Gain” campaign. The 2012 campaign will be bigger and more challenging than ever before, with many new exciting and “painful” features.

    This is a very special year for everyone associated with SANGONeT as we celebrate a significant milestone - our 25th anniversary. We have much to be very proud of and would like to celebrate our achievements in the appropriate manner throughout the year. But 2012 will not be about SANGONeT and our achievements, only. The services we provide and the activities we implement are a direct response to the challenges facing NGOs in South Africa and beyond. Without the activities of other NGOs, and their need for information, communication and technology services, there will be no role for SANGONeT.

    We would therefore like to use our 25th anniversary to recognise the unique contribution made by NGOs to South African society in general. And the “No Pain No Gain” campaign is the perfect platform to create and maintain the necessary interest and momentum in this regard throughout 2012.

    Now in its third year, the 2012 campaign will include both sand and snow linked to three desert races – the Namib Desert Challenge, Namibia (26-30 March); Gobi March, China (10-16 June); and The Last Desert, Antarctica (16-22 November) - and will require me to run approximately 750km in some of toughest and most demanding conditions on the planet. It will be tough, but can be done!

    The objectives of our 2012 "No Pain No Gain" campaign are two-fold.

    Firstly, we would like to raise R1 million which will be used to expand key SANGONeT services such as the NGO Pulse Portal, the Prodder NGO Directory, the SANGOTeCH technology donation portal and others in support of NGOs in South Africa and the rest of Southern Africa.

    Secondly, we will use the campaign to raise awareness about the important work of NGOs in South Africa. Over and above SANGONeT’s ongoing activities in support of the sector, it will publish detailed weekly profiles about various NGOs on the NGO Pulse Portal for the duration of the campaign until 30 November 2012. Daily profiles will be published during each of the three desert races to maximise our awareness-raising efforts in support of NGOs in South Africa.

    We will also use the campaign to highlight the work of TechSoup Global in Africa and other parts of the world.

    Click here for more information about the campaign and to make a donation in support of our fundraising objective.

    Your support would be much appreciated.

    SANGONeT is a Non-Profit Corporation (NPC) and registered Public Benefit Organisation (PBO), and all donations received are tax deductible in South Africa under Section 18A of the Income Tax Act.

    Also follow updates about the campaign and desert races on Facebook and Twitter.

    Turning to other issues, we are pleased with the initial response to our new NGO Pulse Premium Advertising Service. This is SANGONeT’s newest offering to the NGO sector and anyone interested in communicating with NGOs in South Africa. It integrates all SANGONeT's advertising and online communication channels into a single suite of services.

    Click here for more information.

    As always, if you have any ideas or suggestions in support of how best we can serve the NGO sector in Southern Africa, we would like to hear from you.

    Best wishes

    David Barnard
    dbarnard@sangonet.org.za


    Civil Society Information
    NGO Pulse

    The CSI team published a wide range of range of articles, media releases and newsflashes on NGO Pulse during March 2012.

    Selected articles published:
    Selected blogs published:
    Selected press releases published:
    Contribute to NGO Pulse

    SANGONeT encourages NGOs to contribute information and articles to NGO Pulse.

    To find out how to register on NGO Pulse and what your status allows you to do, click here. NGO Vacancies on NGO Pulse

    NGO Pulse includes the most comprehensive list of vacancies available in the South African NGO sector. We encourage NGOs to contribute their vacancy information to this list on an ongoing basis.

    To view the current list of available NGO vacancies, click here.

    NGO Pulse on Facebook and Twitter

    To join the growing NGO Pulse online community on Facebook, click here.

    To follow SANGONeT on Twitter, click here.

    For more information about NGO Pulse, please contact Butjwana Seokoma at SANGONeT on Tel: (+27) (11) 403-4935 or butjwana@sangonet.org.za.


    Prodder NGO Directory

    Prodder NGO Directory

    Prodder is the most comprehensive directory about NGOs and development organisations in South Africa. To search the directory or view your entry, click here.

    We encourage NGOs and development organisations to review their entries and forward us information about changes and corrections that need to be made.

    Please forward your comments to - prodder@sangonet.org.za.



    ICT Services

    SANGOTeCH Online Technology Donations Portal


     
    SANGOTeCH assisted South African NGOs in saving more than R2.25 million on Microsoft software, Cisco networking equipment, Mailshell Anti-Spam Desktop software, Bytes of Learning, pMailer, SAP, Giftworks, Symantec, and our latest product offerings - SAP Business Objects BI OnDemand and SAP StreamWorks, during March 2012. A total of 42 donation requests were fulfilled during this period.

    To view the SANGOTeCH product catalogue, click here.

    For more information about SANGOTeCH, contact us on 086 110 6443 or support@sangotech.org.

    SANGOTeCH in Southern Africa
    SANGOTeCH operates in South Africa and Botswana.

    In March 2012, SANGOTeCH Botswana launched a new donor partner, Symantec Desktop and Symantec Enterprise.

    For more information about the SANGOTeCH Botswana programme, click here.
    TechSoup Kenya
    SANGONeT and the Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) are implementing the TechSoup technology donations programme in Kenya.

    Two new NGOs registered for the Techsoup Kenya programme in March 2012.

    Techsoup Kenya also introduced new donor partners in March 2012, namely Symantec Desktop, Symantec Enterprise and easyLearning.

    For more information about the TechSoup Kenya programme, click here.

    Technology Consulting

    SANGONeT offers a range of customised online applications that include social networking portals, online directories, and constituent relationship management solutions. We also offer a linked technical support desk service.

    For more information on how we can assist you, please contact Matthew de Gale at SANGONeT on Tel: (+27) (11) 403-4935 or matthew@sangonet.org.za.


    Networking and Outreach
    SANGONeT’s SANGOTeCH Project Manager, Botswang Kgeledi, attended the “Implementing ICT Projects in Africa” workshop hosted by NEPAD on 1 March 2012 in Midrand.

    SANGONeT’s Information Coordinator, Butjwana Seokoma, attended the launch of the Transnet Volunteers for Villages Programme and ‘Village Walk About’ on 9 March 2012 in Diepsloot, Johannesburg.


    Contact Details

    SANGONeT
    P O Box 31392
    2017 Braamfontein
    SOUTH AFRICA

    29th Floor, UCS Building
    209 Smit Street
    Braamfontein
       
    Tel: (+27) (11) 403-4935
    Fax: (+27) (11) 403-0130
    E-mail: newsletter@sangonet.org.za
    Website: http://www.sangonet.org.za
    CopyLeft. 2012. SANGONeT.
    Permission is granted to copy, distribute and modify this document.
    Please provide an acknowledgment to SANGONeT. To subscribe to the SANGONeT Newsletter, simply send an e-mail message to sangonet-enewsletter-request@lists.sn.apc.org with the word 'Subscribe' in the subject line.
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  • LWATI - The SANGONeT e-Newsletter, February 2012

    issue number 92 | February 2012_
    Contents
    Contents
       
    Executive Director
       
    Civil Society Information
       
    Prodder NGO Directory
       
    ICT Services
       
    Networking & Outreach
       
    Contact Details

     
    "Lwati" is an isiSwati word meaning knowledge.
     

    Contact Details
    SANGONeT
    P O Box 31392
    2017 Braamfontein
    SOUTH AFRICA

    29th Floor, UCS Building
    209 Smit Street
    Braamfontein

    Tel: (+27) (11) 403-4935
    Fax: (+27) (11) 403-0130
    E-mail:
    newsletter@sangonet.org.za
    WWW:
    http://www.sangonet.org.za

     
    * L W A T I * The monthly e-newsletter of the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT)

    Executive Director's Comments

    Welcome to the 92nd edition of SANGONeT’s monthly e-newsletter.

    Since 1987, the Prodder Directory has been a trusted resource and reference tool for everyone involved in development work in Southern Africa. First compiled and managed by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), and since 2005 by SANGONeT as one of its strategic online information services, Prodder remains the most comprehensive directory of NGOs and other development stakeholders in South Africa. Both SANGONeT and Prodder celebrate a special milestone in 2012 - 25 years of serving civil society in Southern Africa!

    Starting today, we are embarking on a comprehensive process of revamping and expanding the Prodder Directory. The aim is to update all existing entries, add many new entries, and introduce new features and categories to the overall directory.

    We therefore invite all NGOs and other development organisations in South Africa to visit Prodder, review their entries and forward us new and revised information about their activities. If you are not yet listed in Prodder, please complete the Prodder Input Sheet and we will add you to South Africa’s largest online development community.

    In addition, all NGOs listed in Prodder now have the opportunity to link the GivenGain online donation service to their entries. Given the online traffic generated by Prodder and the NGO Pulse Portal, we hope that our partnership with the GivenGain Foundation will result in more online donations in support of NGOs in South Africa.

    Furthermore, as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of both Prodder and SANGONeT, we will also release a special edition of the Prodder Directory in print on 24 October 2012.

    Click here to learn more about how you can secure a priority listing for your NGO in the publication.

    We are also pleased to introduce the new NGO Pulse Premium Advertising Service in support of the online advertising and communication needs of NGOs. This is SANGONeT’s newest offering to the NGO sector and anyone interested in communicating with NGOs in South Africa. It integrates all SANGONeT's advertising and online communication channels into a single suite of services.

    Building on the valuable service provided by SN Announce over the past decade, and the ongoing growth experienced by the NGO Pulse Portal in recent years, NGOs now have four options - Basic / Lite / Max / Premium - to choose from when advertising their services, vacancies, training courses, events, etc. to other NGOs and development stakeholders in South Africa.

    Click here for more information.

    Turning to other issues, Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, presented the 2012/13 National Budget to Parliament on 22 February 2012. As in the past few years, SANGONeT invited NGOs to comment on the Budget in line with their areas of expertise and expectations. Issues covered by the various NGO comments range from general observations about the budget to key national development priorities such as job creation, education, social services, youth development and health.

    Click here to view the various NGO comments.

    Lastly, SANGOTeCH and TechSoup Global would like to learn more about how NGOs in South Africa are using traditional and cloud-based technology to help them achieve their goals. This is your opportunity to tell us more about your technology needs and requirements and to be part of a worldwide survey being conducted in 38 countries.

    Click here to complete the survey.

    As always, if you have any ideas or suggestions in support of how best we can serve the NGO sector in Southern Africa, we would like to hear from you.

    Best wishes

    David Barnard
    dbarnard@sangonet.org.za

    Civil Society Information
    NGO Pulse

    The CSI team published a wide range of range of articles, media releases and newsflashes on NGO Pulse during February 2012.

    Selected articles published:
    Selected blogs published:
    Selected press releases published:
    Contribute to NGO Pulse

    SANGONeT encourages NGOs to contribute information and articles to NGO Pulse.

    To find out how to register on NGO Pulse and what your status allows you to do, click here. NGO Vacancies on NGO Pulse

    NGO Pulse includes the most comprehensive list of vacancies available in the South African NGO sector. We encourage NGOs to contribute their vacancy information to this list on an ongoing basis.

    To view the current list of available NGO vacancies, click here.

    NGO Pulse on Facebook and Twitter

    To join the growing NGO Pulse online community on Facebook, click here.

    To follow SANGONeT on Twitter, click here.

    For more information about NGO Pulse, please contact Butjwana Seokoma at SANGONeT on Tel: (+27) (11) 403-4935 or butjwana@sangonet.org.za.


    Prodder NGO Directory

    Prodder NGO Directory

    Prodder is the most comprehensive directory about NGOs and development organisations in South Africa. To search the directory or view your entry, click here.

    We encourage NGOs and development organisations to review their entries and forward us information about changes and corrections that need to be made.

    Please forward your comments to - prodder@sangonet.org.za.



    ICT Services

    SANGOTeCH Online Technology Donations Portal


     
    SANGOTeCH assisted South African NGOs in saving more than R2.87 million on Microsoft software, Cisco networking equipment, Mailshell Anti-Spam Desktop software, Bytes of Learning, pMailer, SAP, Giftworks and Symantec during February 2012. A total of 52 donation requests were fulfilled during this period.

    SANGOTeCH will be extending the SAP product offering in March 2012 by including a new range of business intelligence software and services that can help any size organisation improve decision-making and performance. New SAP Hosted products will include SAP Business Objects BI OnDemand and SAP StreamWork.

    To view the SANGOTeCH product catalogue, click here.

    For more information about SANGOTeCH, contact us on 086 110 6443 or support@sangotech.org.

    SANGOTeCH in Southern Africa
    SANGOTeCH operates in South Africa and Botswana.

    SANGOTeCH Botswana will introduce a new donor partner in March 2012, namely Symantec Desktop/Enterprise.

    For more information about the SANGOTeCH Botswana programme, click here.
    TechSoup Kenya
    SANGONeT and the Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) are implementing the TechSoup technology donations programme in Kenya.

    NGOs in Kenya saved KSH520 000 on Microsoft software in February 2012.

    Techsoup Kenya will introduce two new donor partners in March 2012, namely Symantec Desktop/Enterprise and easyLearning.

    For more information about the TechSoup Kenya programme, click here.

    Technology Consulting

    SANGONeT offers a range of customised online applications that include social networking portals, online directories, and constituent relationship management solutions. We also offer a linked technical support desk service.

    For more information on how we can assist you, please contact Matthew de Gale at SANGONeT on Tel: (+27) (11) 403-4935 or matthew@sangonet.org.za.


    Networking and Outreach
    SANGONeT’s SANGOTeCH Project Manager, Botswang Kgeledi, attended a Goal Setting and Mapping Seminar, presented by Albert Gumbo, on 16 February 2012 in Paulshof.

    SANGONeT’s Information Officer, Butjwana Seokoma, and CSI Intern, Phumla Mhlanga, attended the opening of the Gauteng Legislature on 20 February 2012 in Pretoria.

    SANGONeT’s NGO Pulse Solutions Project Manager, Nicolle Beeby, conducted a social media workshop on behalf of GivenGain on 22 February 2012 in Johannesburg.


    Contact Details

    SANGONeT
    P O Box 31392
    2017 Braamfontein
    SOUTH AFRICA

    29th Floor, UCS Building
    209 Smit Street
    Braamfontein
       
    Tel: (+27) (11) 403-4935
    Fax: (+27) (11) 403-0130
    E-mail: newsletter@sangonet.org.za
    Website: http://www.sangonet.org.za
    CopyLeft. 2012. SANGONeT.
    Permission is granted to copy, distribute and modify this document.
    Please provide an acknowledgment to SANGONeT. To subscribe to the SANGONeT Newsletter, simply send an e-mail message to sangonet-enewsletter-request@lists.sn.apc.org with the word 'Subscribe' in the subject line.
    To unsubscribe, send an e-mail message to newsletter@sangonet.org.za with the word 'Unsubscribe' in the subject line. Alternatively, click here for more unsubscribe options.
     
  • LWATI - The SANGONeT e-Newsletter, January 2012

    issue number 91 | January 2012_
    Contents
    Contents
       
    Executive Director
       
    Civil Society Information
       
    Prodder NGO Directory
       
    ICT Services
       
    Networking & Outreach
       
    Contact Details

     
    "Lwati" is an isiSwati word meaning knowledge.
     

    Contact Details
    SANGONeT
    P O Box 31392
    2017 Braamfontein
    SOUTH AFRICA

    29th Floor, UCS Building
    209 Smit Street
    Braamfontein

    Tel: (+27) (11) 403-4935
    Fax: (+27) (11) 403-0130
    E-mail:
    newsletter@sangonet.org.za
    WWW:
    http://www.sangonet.org.za

     
    * L W A T I * The monthly e-newsletter of the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT)

    Executive Director's Comments

    Welcome to the 91st edition of SANGONeT’s monthly e-newsletter and the first edition of 2012!

    This year will be very special for everyone associated with SANGONeT as we celebrate a significant milestone - our 25th anniversary.

    Over the past 25 years our role in support of the NGO sector in South Africa has evolved in line with major developments in the socio-political environment and changes in the sector. South Africa today, and Africa at large, is a very different place compared to the late 1980s. Much has changed for the better, but many development challenges remain.

    After 25 years, SANGONeT’s work is still defined by the information and technology needs and requirements of the NGO sector in South Africa, and increasingly, in other parts of Africa. Our mission remains consistent with the reasons which led to the establishment of SANGONeT in 1987 – “to support the effective use of ICTs in Southern African civil society organisations by providing quality services and initiatives. We exist for the purpose of facilitating access, sharing information, building capacity, raising awareness, enhancing reach and impact, and linking people and organisations through the use of ICTs in Southern Africa.”

    However, despite SANGONeT’s historical achievements, we have also been negatively affected by various issues which continue to impact on the activities and sustainability of many NGOs - global financial crisis, changing donor trends, problems with the Lotto, lack of government recognition for the work of the sector, etc. 

    Sadly, it seems many of these issues will remain with us in 2012, adding more pressure on many NGOs in finding a balance between financial survival and the ability to execute their missions.

    This is a very unfortunate situation, especially given the critical roles that NGOs perform in providing much needed development and relief services to thousands of South Africans, while at the same time playing a leadership role in advocating for important changes to policies which impact on all of us (e.g. Protection of Information Bill).

    More than ever before, it is therefore important that NGOs’ unique contribution to society is recognized and acknowledged by all concerned.

    As a result, we will be dedicating our 25th anniversary year to this objective by using our significant online reach - NGO Pulse Portal, Prodder NGO Directory, Twitter and Facebook - and various other activities – conferences, SANGOTeCH and “No Pain No Gain” campaign - to highlight the activities of individual NGOs and the sector in general, the challenges and opportunities facing the sector, and the achievements and impact of NGOs on our society.

    We will go the extra mile for the NGO sector in 2012 and invite you to support us with news, information and feedback about your work.

    I will elaborate on our specific plans and activities for 2012 in the next edition of Lwati.

    If you have any ideas or suggestions on how best we can achieve the above objective and serve the NGO sector in 2012, we would like to hear from you.

    Thank you for your ongoing support.

    Best wishes

    David Barnard
    dbarnard@sangonet.org.za

    Civil Society Information
    NGO Pulse

    The CSI team published a wide range of range of articles, media releases and newsflashes on NGO Pulse during January 2012.

    Selected articles published:
    Selected blogs published:
    Selected press releases published:
    Contribute to NGO Pulse

    SANGONeT encourages NGOs to contribute information and articles to NGO Pulse.

    To find out how to register on NGO Pulse and what your status allows you to do, click here. NGO Vacancies on NGO Pulse

    NGO Pulse includes the most comprehensive list of vacancies available in the South African NGO sector. We encourage NGOs to contribute their vacancy information to this list on an ongoing basis.

    To view the current list of available NGO vacancies, click here.

    NGO Pulse on Facebook and Twitter

    To join the growing NGO Pulse online community on Facebook, click here.

    To follow SANGONeT on Twitter, click here.

    For more information about NGO Pulse, please contact Butjwana Seokoma at SANGONeT on Tel: (+27) (11) 403-4935 or butjwana@sangonet.org.za.


    Prodder NGO Directory

    Prodder NGO Directory

    Prodder is the most comprehensive directory about NGOs and development organisations in South Africa. To search the directory or view your entry, click here.

    We encourage NGOs and development organisations to review their entries and forward us information about changes and corrections that need to be made.

    Please forward your comments to - prodder@sangonet.org.za.

    ICT Services

    SANGOTeCH Online Technology Donations Portal


     
    SANGOTeCH assisted South African NGOs in saving more than R1.45 million on Microsoft software, Cisco networking equipment, Mailshell Anti-Spam Desktop software, Bytes of Learning, pMailer, SAP, Giftworks and Symantec during December 2011, and a further R2.16 million in January 2012. A total of 83 donation requests were fulfilled during this period.

    To view the SANGOTeCH product catalogue, click here.

    For more information about SANGOTeCH, contact us on 086 110 6443 or support@sangotech.org.

    SANGOTeCH in Southern Africa
    SANGOTeCH operates in South Africa and Botswana.

    For more information about the SANGOTeCH Botswana programme, click here.
    TechSoup Kenya
    SANGONeT and the Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) are implementing the TechSoup technology donations programme in Kenya.

    NGOs in Kenya saved KSH1.92 million on Microsoft software in December 2011.

    Techsoup Kenya will soon be launching two new donor partners, namely Symantec Desktop/Enterprise and easyLearning.

    The Symantec donation programme is designed to meet the needs of small to medium non-profits. Symantec Desktop products provide security for a single computer whereas the Enterprise products are installed on a server to provide security for multiple networked computers in a medium to large business environment.

    easyLearning, a programme of Serebra Learning Corporation, has teamed with SANGOTeCH to offer discounts on its online courses in information technology and professional development. Staff and volunteers have access to more than 1 500 courses that provide practical skills that are in demand in today's global knowledge-based economy.

    For more information about the TechSoup Kenya programme, click here.

    Technology Consulting

    SANGONeT offers a range of customised online applications that include social networking portals, online directories, and constituent relationship management solutions. We also offer a linked technical support desk service.

    For more information on how we can assist you, please contact Matthew de Gale at SANGONeT on Tel: (+27) (11) 403-4935 or matthew@sangonet.org.za.


    Networking and Outreach
    SANGONeT’s m-Agriculture Services Manager, Matthew de Gale, and SANGONeT’s Executive Director, David Barnard, made a presentation to the Free State Cabinet on the potential use of mobile technology for small-scale farmers on 7 December 2011 in Bloemfontein.

    SANGONeT’s CSI Intern, Phumla Mhlanga, attended the Knowledge Network Seminar on Youth Volunteering in South African Civil Society from 24-25 January 2012 in Benoni.

    SANGONeT’s Executive Director, David Barnard, made a presentation on the “No Pain No Gain” campaign to a Nedbank business planning session on 26 January 2012 in Sandton.


    Contact Details

    SANGONeT
    P O Box 31392
    2017 Braamfontein
    SOUTH AFRICA

    29th Floor, UCS Building
    209 Smit Street
    Braamfontein
       
    Tel: (+27) (11) 403-4935
    Fax: (+27) (11) 403-0130
    E-mail: newsletter@sangonet.org.za
    Website: http://www.sangonet.org.za
    CopyLeft. 2012. SANGONeT.
    Permission is granted to copy, distribute and modify this document.
    Please provide an acknowledgment to SANGONeT. To subscribe to the SANGONeT Newsletter, simply send an e-mail message to sangonet-enewsletter-request@lists.sn.apc.org with the word 'Subscribe' in the subject line.
    To unsubscribe, send an e-mail message to newsletter@sangonet.org.za with the word 'Unsubscribe' in the subject line. Alternatively, click here for more unsubscribe options.
     
  • LWATI - The SANGONeT e-Newsletter, November 2011

    issue number 89 | November 2011_
    Contents
    Contents
       
    Executive Director
       
    Civil Society Information
       
    Prodder NGO Directory
       
    ICT Services
       
    Networking & Outreach
       
    Contact Details

     
    "Lwati" is an isiSwati word meaning knowledge.
     

    Contact Details
    SANGONeT
    P O Box 31392
    2017 Braamfontein
    SOUTH AFRICA

    29th Floor, UCS Building
    209 Smit Street
    Braamfontein

    Tel: (+27) (11) 403-4935
    Fax: (+27) (11) 403-0130
    E-mail:
    newsletter@sangonet.org.za
    WWW:
    http://www.sangonet.org.za

     
    * L W A T I * The monthly e-newsletter of the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT)

    Executive Director's Comments

    Welcome to the 89th edition of SANGONeT's monthly e-newsletter!

    Although 2011 is coming to an end, there is no shortage of important developments in the local and international civil society and development space.

    In South Africa, the National Assembly approved the controversial Protection of [State] Information Bill (Secrecy Bill) on 22 November 2011 in Cape Town. Despite ongoing efforts by various media and civil society organisations and opposition MPs, both outside and inside Parliament, ANC MPs used their majority to approve the Bill. Activists termed the day - `Black Tuesday’ - likening it to `Black Wednesday’ or 17 October 1977, a day on which the apartheid regime arrested activists and banned a number of media houses and anti-apartheid groups.

    Click here to read the comments of various civil society groups in response to the Bill.

    The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign started on 25 November 2011. The theme of this year's campaign is "From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let's Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!". This annual international campaign runs from 25 November, International Day Against Violence Against Women, to 10 December, International Human Rights Day, in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a human rights violation.

    Click here to follow updates and related information about the campaign on NGO Pulse.

    One of the biggest and most important events of 2011 is the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP17). Held from 28 November to 9 December 2011 in Durban under the theme ‘Green Economy - Powering Climate Solutions’, the event is attended by thousands of representatives from governments, international institutions and civil society organisations to discuss the global effects of climate change and agree on concrete action in this regard.

    Click here to follow updates and related information about COP17 on NGO Pulse.

    The Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness is held from 29 November to 1 December 2011 in Busan, Korea. Delegates at this event will review global progress in improving the impact and value of development aid and make new commitments to further ensure that aid helps reduce poverty and supports progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

    All these developments and events will ultimately impact on the state of development in South Africa, the broader African continent and the rest of the world. Civil society voices and positions in response to the issues raised before, during and after these events are critical in ensuring that the outcomes and commitments made are relevant, realistic and ultimately, achievable, and that decision-makers are held accountable for their actions.

    I therefore encourage Lwati readers to use the NGO Pulse Portal to highlight your views and comments about these events and developments and their impact on our society.

    Turning to other issues, we have come to the end of the 2011 “No Pain No Gain”  fundraising campaign. Donations will be accepted until 30 November 2011 and I encourage you to make a donation, even at this late stage.

    Remember, all money donated will be shared between five NGOs at the forefront of development and community work in South Africa - SANGONeT, Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), Starfish Greathearts Foundation and SCORE.

    Click here for more information about the campaign and my run through the Sahara Desert.

    As always, we are very interested in how you think we could best serve the NGO sector with relevant ICT products and services.

    Please send us your views, comments and suggestions.

    Best wishes

    David Barnard
    dbarnard@sangonet.org.za

    Civil Society Information
    NGO Pulse

    The CSI team published a wide range of range of articles, media releases and newsflashes on NGO Pulse during October 2011.

    Selected articles published:
    Selected blogs published:
    Selected press releases published:
    Contribute to NGO Pulse

    SANGONeT encourages NGOs to contribute information and articles to NGO Pulse.

    To find out how to register on NGO Pulse and what your status allows you to do, click here. NGO Vacancies on NGO Pulse

    NGO Pulse includes the most comprehensive list of vacancies available in the South African NGO sector. We encourage NGOs to contribute their vacancy information to this list on an ongoing basis.

    To view the current list of available NGO vacancies, click here.

    NGO Pulse on Facebook and Twitter

    To join the growing NGO Pulse online community on Facebook, click here.

    To follow SANGONeT on Twitter, click here.

    For more information about NGO Pulse, please contact Butjwana Seokoma at SANGONeT on Tel: (+27) (11) 403-4935 or butjwana@sangonet.org.za.

    NGO Pulse Premium Advertising Service


    NGO Pulse Premium integrates all SANGONeT's advertising and communication channels into a comprehensive service for the NGO sector and anyone interested in communicating with the sector.

    This new service presents users with the option of "buying" space on the NGO Pulse homepage for a specified period of time, linked to SN Announce, and the use of SANGONeT's social media channels, i.e. Twitter and Facebook. Announcements posted to the portal will be distributed by e-mail through SN Announce in a revamped HTML format.

    For more information about this service, click here.
    Prodder NGO Directory

    Prodder NGO Directory

    Prodder is the most comprehensive directory about NGOs and development organisations in South Africa. To search the directory or view your entry, click here.

    We encourage NGOs and development organisations to review their entries and forward us information about changes and corrections that need to be made.

    Please forward your comments to - prodder@sangonet.org.za.

    ICT Services

    SANGOTeCH Online Technology Donations Portal


     
    SANGOTeCH assisted South African NGOs in saving more than R2 million on Microsoft software, Cisco networking equipment, Mailshell Anti-Spam Desktop software, Bytes of Learning, SAP, Giftworks and Symantec during October 2011. A total of 32 donation requests were fulfilled during this period.

    To view the SANGOTeCH product catalogue, click here.

    For more information about SANGOTeCH, contact us on 086 110 6443 or support@sangotech.org.

    SANGOTeCH in Southern Africa
    SANGOTeCH operates in South Africa and Botswana.

    For more information about the SANGOTeCH Botswana programme, click here.
    TechSoup Kenya
    SANGONeT and the Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) are implementing the TechSoup technology donations programme in Kenya.

    One new organisation registered for the programme in October 2011 and KSH4.4 million was saved on Microsoft software.

    For more information about the TechSoup Kenya programme, click here.

    Technology Consulting

    SANGONeT offers a range of customised online applications that include social networking portals, online directories, and constituent relationship management solutions. We also offer a linked technical support desk service.

    For more information on how we can assist you, please contact Matthew de Gale at SANGONeT on Tel: (+27) (11) 403-4935 or matthew@sangonet.org.za.


    Networking and Outreach
    SANGONeT’s Project Manager: NGO Pulse Solutions, Nicolle Beeby, conducted a workshop on "Digital Storytelling" at the Southern African Young Women’s Festival from 17-20 October 2011 in Lusaka, Zambia.

    SANGONeT’s m-Agriculture Services Manager, Matthew de Gale, made a presentation on 'The Use of Mobiles by Smallholder Farmers' at the SAFIPA Showcase and Exhibition on 19 and 20 October 2011 in Pretoria.


    Contact Details

    SANGONeT
    P O Box 31392
    2017 Braamfontein
    SOUTH AFRICA

    29th Floor, UCS Building
    209 Smit Street
    Braamfontein
       
    Tel: (+27) (11) 403-4935
    Fax: (+27) (11) 403-0130
    E-mail: newsletter@sangonet.org.za
    Website: http://www.sangonet.org.za
    CopyLeft. 2011. SANGONeT.
    Permission is granted to copy, distribute and modify this document.
    Please provide an acknowledgment to SANGONeT. To subscribe to the SANGONeT Newsletter, simply send an e-mail message to sangonet-enewsletter-request@lists.sn.apc.org with the word 'Subscribe' in the subject line.
    To unsubscribe, send an e-mail message to newsletter@sangonet.org.za with the word 'Unsubscribe' in the subject line. Alternatively, click here for more unsubscribe options.
     
  • LWATI - The SANGONeT e-Newsletter, October 2011

    issue number 88 | October 2011_
    Contents
    Contents
       
    Executive Director
       
    Civil Society Information
       
    Prodder NGO Directory
       
    ICT Services
       
    Networking & Outreach
       
    Contact Details

     
    "Lwati" is an isiSwati word meaning knowledge.
     

    Contact Details
    SANGONeT
    P O Box 31392
    2017 Braamfontein
    SOUTH AFRICA

    29th Floor, UCS Building
    209 Smit Street
    Braamfontein

    Tel: (+27) (11) 403-4935
    Fax: (+27) (11) 403-0130
    E-mail:
    newsletter@sangonet.org.za
    WWW:
    http://www.sangonet.org.za

     
    * L W A T I * The monthly e-newsletter of the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT)

    Executive Director's Comments

    Welcome to the 88th edition of SANGONeT’s monthly e-newsletter!

    There is just one week to go before the start of the 7th annual SANGONeT “ICTs for Civil Society” Conference.

    The conference will be held from 1-3 November 2011 in Johannesburg, with the focus on information communication technologies for rural development (ICT4RD) in Africa under the theme “Rural Realities, Real Solutions”.
     
    Click here for general information about the conference.

    The 2011 SANGONeT Conference or ICT4RD 2011 will bring together 250-300 experts and practitioners - from across Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond - to confront the realities of rural development and explore the innovative use of ICTs to catalyze the growth of ICT4RD solutions for scale.

    More than 40 speakers and exhibitors will highlight their work and experiences at the conference. The key thematic tracks include agriculture, health, education, governance and financial services. 

    Many of the projects and tools to be discussed and questions to be answered are specific to a sector or issue - can smartphones be used to deliver detailed weather and pest information to extension officers? Do young people respond well to health and sexuality issues through an anonymous mobile web forum? Can telecentres provide valuable ICT services to the rural poor AND remain profitable (or at least sustainable)?

    Many of the issues to be covered are less easy to classify - for example, agricultural insurance delivered via a mobile phone, based on weather information. And some key factors are cross-cutting - does technology have an impact on gender relations? And the biggest cross-cutting question of them all - do these applications, tools and projects have any impact on the rural development challenges facing Africa today?

    The 2011 SANGONeT Conference will not answer all these questions, but it will map the sector, showcase exciting projects and foster collaborations between people working to improve the lives of the rural poor.

    The programme will include many highlights. Come hear from the World Bank's Kevin Donovan about the launch of an online source book on ICTs in agricultural innovations - key projects where ICTs are building the livelihoods of small-scale farmers while increasing food security; Simon Berry from the award-winning organisation, Colalife, will talk about getting lifesaving medicines to just about anywhere - on the back of a beer truck; and Gustav Praekelt from the Praekelt Foundation will talk about scaling mobile solutions in Africa - for social good.

    So don’t wait, view the conference programme and register today.

    We look forward to your participation in our 2011 conference!

    Turning to other issues, I am pleased to report that I made it to the end of the 2011 Sahara Race in one peace. Held from 2-8 October 2011 in the Sahara Desert in Egypt, the 250km footrace race over six stages was a tough but amazing experience.

    Click here to read my story about the race, “Running Through the Sahara Desert with a Mission”.

    Although the Sahara Race is now something of the past, the “No Pain No Gain” race to R1 million is far from over. We still need more donations, and you have until 30 November 2011 to pledge your support. Trust me, running through the Sahara Desert gave real meaning to our campaign slogan - “No Pain No Gain”!

    Remember, all money donated will be shared between five NGOs at the forefront of development and community work in South Africa - SANGONeT, Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), Starfish Greathearts Foundation and SCORE.

    Please make a donation and encourage others to do the same.

    As always, we are very interested in how you think we could best serve the NGO sector with relevant ICT products and services.

    Please send us your views, comments and suggestions.

    Best wishes

    David Barnard
    dbarnard@sangonet.org.za

    Civil Society Information
    NGO Pulse

    The CSI team published a wide range of range of articles, media releases and newsflashes on NGO Pulse during September 2011.

    Selected articles published:
    Selected blogs published:
    Selected press releases published:
    Contribute to NGO Pulse

    SANGONeT encourages NGOs to contribute information and articles to NGO Pulse.

    To find out how to register on NGO Pulse and what your status allows you to do, click here. NGO Vacancies on NGO Pulse

    NGO Pulse includes the most comprehensive list of vacancies available in the South African NGO sector. We encourage NGOs to contribute their vacancy information to this list on an ongoing basis.

    To view the current list of available NGO vacancies, click here.

    NGO Pulse on Facebook and Twitter

    To join the growing NGO Pulse online community on Facebook, click here.

    To follow SANGONeT on Twitter, click here.

    For more information about NGO Pulse, please contact Butjwana Seokoma at SANGONeT on Tel: (+27) (11) 403-4935 or butjwana@sangonet.org.za.

    NGO Pulse Premium Advertising Service


    NGO Pulse Premium integrates all SANGONeT’s advertising and communication channels into a comprehensive service for the NGO sector and anyone interested in communicating with the sector.

    This new service presents users with the option of “buying” space on the NGO Pulse homepage for a specified period of time, linked to SN Announce, and the use of SANGONeT’s social media channels, i.e. Twitter and Facebook. Announcements posted to the portal will be distributed by e-mail through SN Announce in a revamped HTML format.

    For more information about this service, click here.

    Prodder NGO Directory

    Prodder NGO Directory

    Prodder is the most comprehensive directory about NGOs and development organisations in South Africa. To search the directory or view your entry, click here.

    We encourage NGOs and development organisations to review their entries and forward us information about changes and corrections that need to be made.

    Please forward your comments to - prodder@sangonet.org.za.



    ICT Services

    SANGOTeCH Online Technology Donations Portal
     
    SANGOTeCH assisted South African NGOs in saving more than R2.4 million on Microsoft software, Cisco networking equipment, Mailshell Anti-Spam Desktop software, Bytes of Learning, SAP, Giftworks and Symantec during September 2011. A total of 36 donation requests were fulfilled during this period.

    To view the SANGOTeCH product catalogue, click here.

    For more information about SANGOTeCH, contact us on 086 110 6443 or support@sangotech.org.

    SANGOTeCH in Southern Africa
    SANGOTeCH operates in South Africa and Botswana.

    For more information about the SANGOTeCH Botswana programme, click here.
    TechSoup Kenya
    SANGONeT and the Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) are implementing the TechSoup technology donations programme in Kenya.

    One new organisation registered for the programme in September 2011 and KSH200 000 was saved on Microsoft software.

    For more information about the TechSoup Kenya programme, click here.

    Technology Consulting

    SANGONeT offers a range of customised online applications that include social networking portals, online directories, and constituent relationship management solutions. We also offer a linked technical support desk service.

    For more information on how we can assist you, please contact Matthew de Gale at SANGONeT on Tel: (+27) (11) 403-4935 or matthew@sangonet.org.za.


    Networking and Outreach
    SANGONeT’s M-Agriculture Programme Manager, Matthew de Gale, participated in a reference panel on 9 September 2011 in Johannesburg in support of the first EISA "Pressing the Button" electoral conference to be held on 20 November 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya.


    Contact Details

    SANGONeT
    P O Box 31392
    2017 Braamfontein
    SOUTH AFRICA

    29th Floor, UCS Building
    209 Smit Street
    Braamfontein
       
    Tel: (+27) (11) 403-4935
    Fax: (+27) (11) 403-0130
    E-mail: newsletter@sangonet.org.za
    Website: http://www.sangonet.org.za
    CopyLeft. 2011. SANGONeT.
    Permission is granted to copy, distribute and modify this document.
    Please provide an acknowledgment to SANGONeT. To subscribe to the SANGONeT Newsletter, simply send an e-mail message to sangonet-enewsletter-request@lists.sn.apc.org with the word 'Subscribe' in the subject line.
    To unsubscribe, send an e-mail message to newsletter@sangonet.org.za with the word 'Unsubscribe' in the subject line. Alternatively, click here for more unsubscribe options.