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agriculture

  • Govt Urged to Give Land to ‘Able People’

    The African Farmers' Association of SA (AFASA) says that government must ensure land is allocated to individuals who have the capacity to use it.
     
    AFASA president, Mzamo Mlengana, points out that, "We are saying to the minister (of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti), we need to have criteria for the farmers' selection."
     
    Mlengana argues that, "When you select a farmer who is not a farmer, it works to the negative of what we are doing. It opens us and government to criticism. Once again, perception will be 'look at the black farmers who have been given land, it's not working'."
     
    To read the article titled, “Give land to able people: Farmers,” click here.

    Source: 
    Sowetan Live
  • NGOs Our Only Hope - Villagers

    According to Moses Matenga, one thing Chivi villagers in Zimbabwe’s Masvingo province would want to quickly forget is the ravaging drought that ate away their livestock in 2012.

    In his article titled ‘NGOs our only hope – villagers’, Matenga states that from the hunger of 2008 that forced them to compete for chakata (a wild fruit) with donkeys to the menacing dry spell of 2012-13, the villagers and their counterparts from the southern region do not want, never again, to see their livestock dying from hunger.

    He argues that most of the southern parts of Zimbabwe lie in regions which are too dry for successful crop production without irrigation. However, he adds that communal farmers have no other choice but to grow crops in these areas even without access to irrigation.

    To read the article titled, “NGOs our only hope – villagers,” click here.

    Source: 
    News Day
  • Small-Scale Farmers Risk Losing Farms

    Scores of small scale farmers in Jozini, northern KwaZulu-Natal, are at risk of losing their farms.

    According to the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s Ayanda Mhlongo, more than 20 farmers have already lost their farms due to alleged corruption and mismanagement by Mjindi - a government appointed management entity.

    Mhlongo says the farmers claim to have lease agreements on the land, adding that other farmers also allege government promised them farming implements, withheld by Mjindi, resulting in dying crops.

    To read the article titled, “Small scale farmers risk losing farms in KZN,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Africa Urged to Modernise Farming

    At the 23rd African Union (AU) Summit, the chairperson of the AU, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, encouraged the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) to modernise farming as a means of attracting young women and men into the agricultural sector.

    Since its evolution from Organisation for African Unity to AU in 2000, the organisation has been battling with the impact of global financial crises threatening its vision of integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa.

    Agriculture remains a major source of food security and economic growth in Africa, according to African Economic Outlook 2014, which describes the sector is the main exports trade commodity in Africa valued at US$57 billion.

    To read the article titled, “Modernising agriculture to address youth unemployment in Africa,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • NGO Merger Will Benefit Africa

    Merged non-governmental organisations (NGOs) say they need to pool resources if they are to make a significant difference.

    The merger of Irish NGOs, Gorta, and Self Help Africa has created one of the largest nonprofit agricultural organisations in Ireland and Britain.

    Gorta was set up in 1965 as an Irish response to a United Nations hunger campaign; Self Help Africa had its genesis in the Ethiopian famine of 1984 and together they will implement programmes in Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso.

    To read the article titled, “Development sector ‘shake-up’ will benefit Africa,” click here.  

    Source: 
    Irish Times
  • Govt Pledges Farms to Community, Co-ops

    North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo’s pledge to allocate all state-owned farms in the province to community and youth cooperatives has been greeted favourably, but details on how this will be implemented are sketchy.

    In his state of the province address, Mahumapelo stated: “Government will provide seeds and implements, and ensure that state hospitals procure all their required supplies from these cooperatives.”

    His spokesperson, Sam Mokaila, says that all young people and women who are organised under properly registered cooperatives will benefit from this initiative.

    To read the article titled, “North West Premier pledges state-owned farms to community, youth cooperatives,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • Joint Aid Management: Personal Assistant - CEO

    Joint Aid Management (JAM)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Thursday, May 29, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Joint Aid Management (JAM) is a South African founded humanitarian nonprofit organisation that works to empower Africans to create better lives for themselves.

    JAM seeks to appoint a Personal Assistant to the CEO, based in South Africa.

    The Assistant to the CEO and co-founder is responsible to the CEO for the performance of highly technical, responsible, and confidential executive office functions without recourse to a supervisor.  Responsible to the CEO for executing with minimal direction the management of the CEO’s Office.
     
    Responsibilities: 
    • Serve as  assistant to the CEO;
    • Represent the CEO and Co-founder of the Organisation in a professional and congenial manner in person, in telephone conversations, and in written correspondence and inter-staff communications;
    • Being able to lead discussions and take informed decisions in support of strategic objectives of the organisation
    • Consolidate reports for the CEO, and management;
    • Manage the handling of the logistics for the CEO;
    • Develop a quick and sound understanding of JAM and all JAM’s various activities;
    • Quickly assess each business/NGO contact and their environment and most effective ways of working/partnering;
    • Establish rapport with key people in the organization and consultants to JAM;
    • Understand key areas needing CEO’s attention and various programmes to meet these needs;
    • Telephone coverage, mail processing, ordering supplies, preparing and implementing bank deposits;
    • Draft letters and other correspondence for the CEO, including letters of gratitude, follow-up, agreement and letters of appreciation;
    • Discreet handling of confidential information;
    • Proofread and edit documentation;
    • Scan material for projects and publications;
    • Initiate effective and relevant inputs for high-end donors;
    • Participate in brainstorming sessions for various projects;
    • Assist with development and preparation of budgets for specific projects within the organization;
    • Update contacts and articles in the database, using database to export information, merge letters, make contact lists, produce labels, and prepare group emails;
    • Assist with filing and organization of information;
    • Maintain the office calendar, including the schedule for the CEO;
    • Maintain the CEO’s CV, training and technical assistance schedules, and notebooks;
    • Assist with travel arrangements for the CEO and Co-founder and maintain travel records;
    • Take notes and/or minutes at various meetings;
    • Prepare expense reports and reimbursement forms for the CEO and Co-founder;
    • Assist with general office administrative tasks as needed;
    • Assist with meeting planning as needed;
    • Attend and represent the CEO and/or Co-founder at seminars and conferences when they are travelling;
    • Assist with tasks related to marketing, registrations, development of the agendas and resource materials for meetings;
    • Assist with various personal tasks for the CEO and Co-founder. 
    Requirements:
    • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent work experience;
    • Languages:  English is essential;
      • Portuguese will be an added advantage
      • Any of the other 11 languages is an advantage
    • Excellent interpersonal skills;
    • Excellent editing and proofreading skills;
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
    • Attention to accuracy and detail in all aspects of responsibilities;
    • Proficient computer skills, particularly with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
    • Experience scanning photographs and slides preferred;
    • Experience in working with a database;
    • Experience performing research utilizing the Internet;
    • Excellent organizational skills and confidentiality;
    • Knowledge of basic filing and organizational protocols;
    • The ability to follow directions, sometimes from multiple sources, and determine priorities;
    • Flexibility and a willingness to perform other reasonable duties as requested, including willingness and availability beyond office work hours.
    Salary: R18 000 per month.

    To apply, submit a CV and motivational letter to recruitment.sa@jamint.com.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

    For more about Joint Aid Management, refer to www2.jamint.com.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • SA Farmers Working to Avoid Labour Laws

    Reports have found that, agriculture in South Africa is doing well, however, South African farmers are working to avoid labour legislation such as land claims and higher minimum wages for farmworkers.

    As an indication of the health of agriculture, four state-of-the-art tractors, each costing R4.5 million, were sold on the first two days of the agricultural show, held from 13-16 May 2014.

    Political and economic analyst, JP Landman, stresses that although there are currently only about 37 000 farmers left from the 66 000 in 1990, commercial farming produces a third more food than in 1990, despite challenges like the collapse of local government, land reform and strict labour laws.

    To read the article titled, “SA farmers working around labour laws – report,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • NGO Trains Young Farmers in Delmas

    Farming is labour intensive and needs individuals with a passion for the industry, young farmers who are attending courses in Delmas said.

    Buhle Academy, a non-governmental organisation started in year 2000, has already produced more than 3000 farmers.

    One of the students, 20-year-old Thami Mthethwa from Soweto is attending a vegetable production course. Mthethwa attended a farmers’ expo last year in Nasrec and developed an interest in farming.

    To read the article titled, “Passion needed’ for farming sector,” click here.

    Source: 
    The New Age
  • NEPAD Business Foundation: Programme Assistant

    NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, March 21, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF) is a nonprofit company promoting sustainable economic development in Africa through the private sector.  The NBF is a 'Chamber of Business for Development', connecting the public and private sectors and development agencies, and implementing innovative and sustainable projects in partnership with each other.  In supporting African economic development and growth, NBF’s key focus areas mirror the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency’s (NEPAD Agency) development themes of agriculture and food security; climate change and natural resources management; economic and corporate governance; human development and capacity building; and regional integration and infrastructure.

    The NBF seeks to appoint a Programme Assistant, based in Johannesburg.

    The Programme Assistant will report to the Africa Infrastructure Desk Programme Manager.

    This is a 12 months, renewable contract posiiton.

    The programme assistant will provide programme management, administrative and secretarial support to the Afri-ID Secretariat. The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills, demonstrate strong client orientation and the ability to work with and respond to members from diverse organisational backgrounds. Excellent organisation and time management skills, and the ability to work under pressure are a must.

    Hosted by the NEPAD Business Foundation, the Afri-ID will have strong links to African public and private sector infrastructure opportunities.  As a neutral and mandated body that brings private sector to the NEPAD Agency and African Union Commission, the NBF has access to emerging opportunities that have political support.
     
    The Africa Infrastructure Desk will provide research, business linkage and relationship services.  The Afri-ID will contribute to the development of investment and commercial opportunities for participating member companies, allow coordination on pursuing projects, provide leading information on development in infrastructure and allow engagement between the public and private sector.  This will have meaningful impact for spatial development and regional integration in SADC and the North-South Corridor.
     
    The programme assistant will provide programme management, administrative and secretarial support to the Afri-ID Secretariat.  The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills, demonstrate strong client orientation and the ability to work with and respond to members from diverse organisational backgrounds.  Excellent organisation and time management skills, and the ability to work under pressure are a must.

    Responsibilities:
    • Proactivey participate in the day to day activities that ensure the smooth operations of the Afri-ID;
    • Capture minutes and writing summary reports, action items and following up on action items resulting from Steering Committee and Working Group meetings;
    • Developing project management plans and timelines to achieve deliverables and working with team members and working group members to provide and deliver actions according to deadlines;
    • Draft quarterly update reports as well as financial expenditure reports on the activities of the Afri-ID for submission to Afri-ID sponsors;
    • Schedule calendar of Afri-ID Steering Committee and Working Group meetings for 12 month period in advance and be responsible for all coordination and preparation for these meetings including - drafting of the agenda, printing and preparing the packs, dissemination of packs and relevant information, venue etc.
    • Provide general administration support to the Afri-ID team including making travel arrangements for missions;
    • Maintain an accurate database of members and programme documents - electronic and paper;
    • Support the marketing and communciations functions of the programme including contribution to or proof reading of materials for publication and dissemination (including newsletters and website);
    • Act as personal assistant to the Afri-ID manager;
    • Any other duties as directed by Management.
    Requirements:
    • Tertiary qualification;
    • Three years experience in administration and project management;
    • Proficiency in computer skills ie. Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and MS Project;
    • Some marketing, business development and client relationship skills, track record and ability to focus on partners’ needs effectively;
    • Communication and co-ordination skills across different levels of stakeholders;
    • Ability to work within a team context;
    • Relevant knowledge / experience in the subject of infrastructure (rail, ports, pipeline sectors) in Africa will be an added advantage;
    • Versatility - ability to work across the board, changing functions as necessary;
    • Team orientation - working in an integrated team environment;
    • Consultative capabilities - ability to work with all levels of people;
    • Resilience - maintaining composure and dealing effectively with pressure;
    • Flexible and adaptable - changing opinions / behaviour in the light of changing situations;
    • Methodical and systematic, with a strong attention to detail and accuracy;
    • Proactive and action-oriented, confident and show initiative;
    • Operate with integrity and ethics;
    • Delivery and deadline orientated.
    To apply, submit a CV and a one-page motivation cover letter along with salary requirements to afri-id@thenbf.co.za.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Only those with South African work permits need apply.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No phone calls will be accepted.

    For more about the NEPAD Business Foundation, refer to www.nepadbusinessfoundation.org.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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