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  • Thanda: Financial and Administration Manager

    Thanda
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Thursday, February 5, 2015
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Thanda is an NPO on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal that empowers rural communities to create change. Thanda offers educational and feeding support through after-school programmes in the local schools and provides agricultural training while also developing markets for local organic produce. Thanda built the first library in the municipality and has a centre that is 100% green. In 2013 Thanda was awarded the Mail & Guardian Investing in Life Award as well as the Southern Africa Trust Drivers of Change Award.

    Thanda seeks to appoint a Financial and Administration Manager, based in its office in Hiberdene, on the South Coast in KwaZulu-Natal.

    The person will join the small office team who can bring financial skills and experience to to the organisation innovative and entrepreneurial NGO. The appropriate candidate will oversee all finances and provide reports to various sectors of the organisation on a monthly basis; and manage other administrative systems within the office.

    Responsibilities:
    • Maintain the Books of Account for Thanda After School;
    • Prepare Financial Statements for Management Purposes, including all subsidiary activity reporting;
    • Prepare Reports and Analysis on Funding Income and Expenditures, including information for grant reports and ad hoc analysis as determined useful to support decisions;
    • Maintain and prepare payroll, and related HR Administration;
    • Develop and maintain adequate & strong internal controls within all financial systems and Processes;
    • Prepare the Budget for Thanda After School and Evaluate, Monitor and Report Actual Results against Budget;
    • Manage the Office and Activities of Administrative Assistant;
    • Assist site staff with administrative systems;
    • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director.
    Requirements:
    • Financial and accounting diploma/degree plus s minimum of three years experience after receipt of diploma/degree;
    • Strong skills in Pastel;
    • Strong skills in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint;
    • Experience in non-profits preferable;
    • Ability to work well with and motivate others;
    • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and customer service skills;
    • Must be able to keep staff and client matters strictly confidential;
    • Ability to work under pressure, set priorities, and meet deadlines;
    • Fluency in English, including speaking, writing, and reading;
    • Valid driver’s license;
    • Willingness to be flexible and work in unconventional office environment;
    • Ability to build capacity in others;
    • Enthusiasm for innovative programs, social change, and creative thinking.
    Remuneration: R8 000- R12 000 per month in line with experience.

    This is a fixed-term contract.

    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to info@thanda.org.

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

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    For more about Thanda, refer to www.thanda.org/.

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

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  • Gates Criticised for Spending Less on Africa

    According to John Vidal, African non-governmental organisations received just four percent of Bill Gates’ money for agriculture work, with 75 percent for United States organisations.

    Vidal says that most of the US$3 billion that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given to benefit hungry people in the world’s poorest countries has been spent in the United States, Britain and other rich countries, with only around 10 percent spent in Africa.

    He says analysis of grants made by the foundation shows that nearly half the money awarded over the past decade went to global agriculture research networks, as well as organisations including the World Bank and UN agencies, and groups that work in Africa to promote hi-tech farming.

    To read the article titled, “Gates foundation spends bulk of agriculture grants in rich countries,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Guardian
  • Mining, Biofuels, Require Efficient Farms

    Mining and biofuels are competing with agriculture for land in South Africa, putting pressure on farmers to become more efficient, particularly through the use of technology.

    Head of agribusiness at Standard Bank, Nico Groenewald, notes that as a result, South Africa’s commercial farmers are consolidating into fewer and larger operations to achieve economies of scale and remain profitable.

    Groenewald states that the rising use of biofuels adds to the challenges and has to be balanced with food security, adding that biofuels will create demand for maize and sorghum that did not exist before.

    To read the article titled, “Mining and biofuels ‘drive the need for more efficient farms’,” click here.

    Source: 
    BDLive
  • Lack of Funding Cripples ARC

    The Agricultural Research Council (ARC), which received a grant of R866-million in 2013/14, 16 percent more than the previous year, was established in 1990 to be the country’s primary agricultural scientific research institution, but has suffered from years of neglect and underfunding.

    In its annual report, the ARC paints a picture of an organisation suffering from chronic underfunding and trying to do the best with the resources available.

    Science and agricultural research is considered a fundamental part of boosting the sector’s international competitiveness and ensuring food security - not just for commercial farmers, but for small-scale rural farmers.

    To read the article titled, “Agriculture research suffers as little funding cuts resources,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • 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
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