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  • Swazi Govt Delays Opening Schools

    Swaziland’s minister of education and training, Phineas Magagula, announces that the opening of all public and private schools would be delayed by a week.

    In a statement sent to media houses, Magagula states that the postponement was due to 'ongoing national duties', a vague reference to the Incwala ceremony, considered by traditionalists to be the Swazi national prayer (also a reference to the annual weeding of the King's fields)

    Social media, trade unions, and international news agencies picked up on the story and reported that children were compelled to weed the fields and this amounted to child slave labour.

    To read the article titled, “Swazi Govt misleads on child labour,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Child Labour Remains Rampant in Malawi

    Ministry of labour expresses concern over continued child labour practices in the country despite government's and development partners' efforts to stamp out the malpractice.

    Chief labour officer in the ministry, Paul Gondwe, states that the elimination of child labour remains a challenge in Malawi due to several factors such as poverty, social and cultural practices.

    Gondwe warns that, “The vicious circle of poverty which has been worsened by HIV and AIDS impacts negatively on child wellbeing and development as in some cases children have to fend for themselves.”

    To read the article titled, “Child labour still rampant in Malawi despite several interventions,” click here

    All Africa
  • Ailing Economy Fuels Child Labour - UNICEF

    The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates that 13 percent of Zimbabwean children are engaged in child labour, due to the demise of the country's manufacturing sector.

    Labour experts and economists state that parents and caregivers are forced to send their children to work in order to boost household incomes, following company closures, downsizings and retrenchments which led to the depletion of the manufacturing sector in that country.

    "Children, together with women, are bearing the brunt of company closures that, according to findings by our retrenchment committee for the period from July 2013, have resulted in an average of 300 workers being laid off per week," states Japhet Moyo, Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union's secretary general.

    To read the article titled, “Zimbabwe's ailing economy fuels child labour,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • Activists Networking Against the Exploitation of Children: Social Worker

    Activists Networking Against the Exploitation of Children (Anex)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, February 18, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Activists Networking Against the Exploitation of Children (Anex) is a nonprofit child right’s organisation that strives to develop instruments and programmes to combat and prevent exploitative and hazardous child labour practices.

    Anex seeks to appoint a Social Worker, based in Cape Town.

    • Conducting assessments and  trauma counselling of victims of human trafficking;
    • Accompanying child victims of trafficking and assessing  child victims of trafficking  to a place of safety;
    • Assisting with the process of repatriation of victims of trafficking;
    • Compiling case reports make necessary referrals, follow-up and report to authorities when necessary;
    • Keep and  maintain record of all cases, procedures and processes;
    • Assist with capacity building of service providers on human trafficking.
    • Degree in social work with minimum two years experience therapeutic work with children and adults, counselling victims of trauma;
    • Valid license and registration with the SACSSP- South African Council for Social Services Professions;
    • Good communication skills;
    • Workshop and facilitation skills;
    • Proficient in English and Afrikaans.  Knowledge of isiXhosa will be an advantage;
    • Good report writing skills and efficient in Microsoft Office;
    • Knowledge and understanding of new child legal framework and statutory regulations, requirements and schedules;
    • Willingness to travel and work afterhours;
    • Valid code 8 driver’s licence.
    To apply, submit a CV, contact details of two referees and motivation letter to or fax to: 021 638 5521.

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

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  • Khulisa Management Services: Proposal and Communications Coordinator

    Khulisa Management Services (Pty) Ltd
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    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, November 30, 2012
    Opportunity type: 
    Khulisa Management Services is a monitoring and evaluation consulting firm, offering specialised services in health, education and child labour in Africa.

    Khulisa seeks to appoint a mid-level marketing individual as Proposal and Communications Coordinator, based in Johannesburg.

    This is a full-time position in its New Business Development division.

    • Custodian of New Business;
    • Seeking and tracking opportunities;
    • Coordinate and track proposal process/drafting proposals;
    • Writing and maintaining past performance and project descriptions;
    • Coordinate new business meetings (prepare agenda, minutes, follow up on action list);
    • Creating diagrams/designs presentations/marketing material content;
    • Maintain and updating project tracking system;
    • Writing news items and newsletters, updating of content on website;
    • Marketing material origination.
    • Marketing, PR diploma and/or bachelor’s degree;
    • Minimum of three years experience coordinating proposals, news items, project summaries, e.g. for an NGO;
    • Must be meticulous with a high attention to detail;
    • Excellent writing and organisational skills required;
    • Works well under pressure and team player able to take initiative;
    • Out of the box thinker – able to come up with new ideas;
    • Good computer skills required;
    • Must be a team player.
    Salary: A salary commensurate with experience and skill will be offered.

    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to

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

    Only short listed applicants will be contacted.

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  • Khulisa Management Services: Internship 2013

    Khulisa Management Services (Pty) Ltd
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Thursday, November 15, 2012
    Opportunity type: 
    Khulisa Management Services is a monitoring and evaluation consulting firm, offering specialised services in health, education and child labour in Africa.

    Khulisa seeks to recruit local and international graduates with Master’s degree coursework for its 2013 Internship, based in Johannesburg.

    This is a paid twelve-month internship and will start in January 2013. It is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to gain experience in the development field.
    The Intern will work closely with high level staff members and provide substantive contributions to the team. S/he will gain a breadth of experience depending on your own interests and the project’s needs.

    Candidate must be willing to make a one year commitment as relocation to Khulisa’s Johannesburg office is a requirement. Living arrangements and stipend will be discussed when the invitation for employment is extended. Flight costs and health insurance must be covered by the candidate.

    • Participate in programme assessments, evaluations, data quality audits, etc.;
    • Collect and capture data;
    • Assist in data analysis and report writing;
    • Assist in proposal writing;
    • Assist in project management;
    • Assist in developing M&E training;
    • Tool Development – baseline evaluation, other assessments/protocols;
    • Data management;
    • Analysis skills – qualitative and quantitative;
    • Wide range of writing communications activities, such as report writing;
    • Good organisation skills (filing and organisation of project documents).
    • Graduates with Master’s degree with coursework in agriculture, public health or research psychology;
    • Experience in international development, monitoring and evaluation, or social research highly desirable and/or public health and agriculture preferred;
    • Keen interest in development, preferably in mentioned fields;
    • Excellent writing, data analysis and communication skills required;
    • Proficiency with the full suite of Microsoft Office applications/Knowledge of statistics is an advantage;
    • Willingness to embrace a variety of support role tasks, including tool (instrument development) and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data;
    • Pro-active self-starter, team player willing to take initiative and go the extra mile;
    • French, Portuguese, and/or African language proficiency a plus.
    To apply, the followings to
    1. Motivational letter explaining why you would be suitable for the position
    2. Typed CV/resume
    3. Three pages limit writing sample
    4. Copy of your driver's licence
    5. Two reference letters
    Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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  • NGO Tackles Rising Child Labour

    A Zimbabwean NGO is working with local communities to eradicate rising child labour in the country, managing through a recent pilot project to remove some 350 children from the fields back into the classroom.

    In an effort to promote what it calls child labour free zones, the Coalition Against Child Labour in Zimbabwe, says it has placed affected children in ‘bridge schools’ where they are housed temporarily.

    National coordinator, Pascal Masocha, has been quoted as saying that a 2007 survey identified Masvingo province as the worst affected, prompting them to set up a pilot project in Chiredzi district.

    To read the article titled, “Zimbabwe NGO tackles rising child labour in farming communities,” click here.

    VOA News
  • Millions of Children Do Dangerous Jobs - ILO

    The International Labour Organisation (ILO) says that more than 115 million of the world's children and young teenagers, or more than seven percent of the total, are engaged in dangerous and life-threatening jobs.
    The United Nations agency, which sets standards for employment around the globe, says in a report the industries involved range from mining and metalworking through farming and shoe-making to flower-growing and the banana industry.
    In a linked statement, a UN investigator noted that child labour is in great demand by employers because it is cheap and because children are naturally more docile, easier to discipline than adults, and too frightened to complain.

    To read the article titled, “UN says more than 115m kids do dangerous jobs,” click here.
  • World Day Against Child Labour: South Africa’s Forgotten Children

    The 12 June global event attempted to shine a spotlight on the most exploitative and harmful forms of child labour, many which occur in South Africa.

    Evidence of the active movement to protect children and end child labour can be seen in the large number of International Labour Organisation (ILO) policies and other legislation enacted over the past decade.

    All this, however, has still not been enough to halt the exploitation of children in the Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL) category.

    South Africa recognises three types of WFCL: the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), Children Used by Adults and other children to commit Crimes (CUBAC) and travelling long distances to fetch and carry water.

    Another type of WFCL in SA is debt bondage. This means children work without compensation or freedom of movement in order to pay off alleged accumulated debts for food, shelter and transport.

    All these forms of child labour are harmful to a child's physical, psychological, moral and social development. They are all also (save fetching water), incredibly difficult to track and monitor.

    South Africa's Department of Labour (DoL) has over the years risen to the task of tackling these issues by making amendments to labour legislation to include the criminalisation of child labour and regulating work done by those 15 years of age and older.

    However, the DoL's work has been limited to the formal economic sectors and does not necessarily deal with instances of the WFCL.

    This role should fall under the Department of Social Development, which currently has a deficit of thousands of social workers nationally. Worse, there are few shelters to accommodate adolescent victims of exploitation and trafficking, especially older children who have been sexually trafficked, as well as those who are transgendered, HIV positive or drug users.

    There are many gaps but one of the worst is the widespread lack of knowledge and understanding of child labour and that it is a crime. Many see it as a foreign idea, something which is not an issue in South Africa.

    Those who need to join the fight and raise awareness are not limited to government, police and civil society. We all have a role to play in ending child labour.

    But this is easier said than done. There are currently few recent national statistics concerning child labour, let alone its worst forms.

    Back in 1999 Statistics South Africa conducted a household Survey of the Activities of Young People (SAYP). It found that out of 14.4 million children between five and 17 years, more than 3.3 million were working in commercial agriculture, subsistence farming, manufacturing, construction, trade, transport, informal finance and services (which includes domestic work).

    Of this total, 247 900 children were found to be in the WFCL. But this figure is considered by many to be a gross underestimation of the actual number of children involved in exploitative labour because the survey was limited to children within households and did not include the large number of children who live and work on the streets. This includes thousands of young girls forced into sex work.

    It is these most vulnerable children who often fall prey to exploitation.

    This lack of statistics does not mean the problem has decreased. And despite the huge numbers of affected children, there are few organisations in South Africa that deal specifically with child labour and little funding is available.

    This is partly due to the fact that when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were drawn up, child labour was overlooked. However, it directly impacts several of the MDGs, including in the quest for universal primary education.

    The hours children spend daily travelling long distances to fetch water in rural areas means this goal will not be achieved until child labour issues are addressed.

    A 2006 Human Sciences Research Council study found that children as young as five are walking as far as 3.7 kilometres every day which means they get to school late or are unable to attend altogether. One girl child interviewed said: "Sometimes you are so late that you find yourself coming to school without washing. We girls are not comfortable at all coming to school without washing."

    Policies and legislation in most spheres need to begin addressing these issues with the seriousness they deserve. We need to pressure governments (and one another) to better understand the problem of child labour. South Africa can't continue leaving these forgotten children behind.

    - Doreen Gaura is the Anti Child Labour Programme Coordinator at Activists Networking Against the Exploitation of Children. This article is part of the Gender Links Opinion and Commentary Service.
    Doreen Gaura
  • SWC Could Increase Child Labour – UNICEF

    The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the FIFA World Cup could see an increase in child labour linked to the ‘economic bonanza’ that will accompany it.

    UNICEF child labour specialist, Aida Girma, points out that, “There is little experience in organising major international sporting events in settings where the number of poor and vulnerable children is so high.”

    Girma states that, “Criminal syndicates may thrive during such events and target children in order to fulfil the perceived increase in demand for prostitution and drugs which the event is expected to bring.”

    To read the article titled, “UNICEF: World Cup could increase child labour,” click here.

    Sunday Times
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