• Everything Wrong With e-Tolls - COSATU

    The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has warned that the controversial Gauteng e-tolling system will perpetuate exclusion in society.
    Speaking to the advisory panel on the socio-economic impact of e-tolls, COSATU’s Dumisani Dakile described e-tolling as one of the most immoral projects undertaken since the arms deal.
    “This matter touches on the core of governance. This matter touches on the core of leadership,” explained to the advisory panel on the socio-economic impact of e-tolls in Johannesburg.
    To read the article titled, “Absolutely everything is wrong with e-tolls, says COSATU,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • SOS Children’s Villages: Child & Youth Development Coordinator

    SOS Children`s Villages
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, August 20, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    SOS Children’s Villages is a social development organisation, focussing on the care, protection and development of children and youth who are orphaned or vulnerable. Our mission is to build families for children in need, help them to shape their own futures and share in the development of their communities.
    SOS Children’s Villages seeks to appoint a Child & Youth Development Coordinator (CYDC), based at its Pietermaritzburg Village, KwaZulu-Natal.

    The persons will provide guidance and leadership to a team of care givers, Social worker (s), Youth Leader (s) etc.

    • Work in co-operation with the Child and Youth Development (CYD) Team -  (SOS Caregivers, Youth Leader, Social Workers, Educator etc.) to plan and support each individual child and youth’s development programme (CDP & YDP) which should be reviewed continuously;
    • Champion and lead the way in terms of ensuring the rights of the children and ensure that child protection policies are always implemented;
    • Promote and support family relationships by conducting regular family house visits, providing advice, guidance and support to both the children and the SOS caregivers;
    • Ensure that relationships with the Social Welfare Department are excellent and that all submissions requirements to the department are complied with at all times, and that subsidies are correctly received and reconciled;
    • Lead the CYD department planning and budgeting process;
    • A strong leader of Family Based Care on the facility management team
    • Co-ordinate the compilation of progress reports on the children and youth for submission to the IS department;
    • Ensure timeous submission of child registration and departure notices to the IS department;
    • Participate in the recruitment of and oversee performance management of the CYD Team;
    • Participate in SOS Brand development activities to motivate community support of the organisation.
    •  Humanities degree  or similar qualification with at least three years hands on supervisory experience;
    • Social work background;
    • Excellent Communicator, with strong conflict management, counselling and report writing skills;
    • Sound knowledge of Child Protection laws and policies. Familiar with UNCRC and child care acts and other relevant national child care legislation and application of child rights-based approach;
    • Highly motivated and organised individual, able to work independently, use initiative and keep commitments;
    • Willingness to travel frequently and a valid driver’s licence is a must.
    • Must be prepared to reside in the village. 
    A detailed job description is available on request.
    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to the Village Director: or fax to: +27 (0)33 386 9603.

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

    Only successfully shortlisted applicants will be contacted

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  • Ndlovu Care Group: Audiologist / Speech Therapist

    Ndlovu Care Group
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, August 22, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Ndlovu Care Group is a South African non-governmental organisation based in a rural environment, Elandsdoorn, Limpopo Province which provides comprehensive integrated health / community development services.

    Ndlovu Care Group seeks to appoint a Audiologist / Speech Therapist, based in Elandsdoorn, Limpopo.

    The successful candidate will provide and coordinate comprehensive audiology and aural rehabilitation services within a community-based setting.

    • Establish and maintain comprehensive screening and diagnostic audiological services including:
      • Promotion of healthy lifestyle practices that may help prevent hearing and communication problems;
      • Prevention activities related to hearing, auditory function and communication disorders by designing, implementing and coordinating clinic, school and community hearing conservation and identification programmes;
      • Provide diagnostic audiology services (including teleaudiology);
      • Habitation /rehabilitation (e.g. hearing aids, aural rehabilitation) in individual and group settings;
    • Establish and maintain basic speech, language therapy services (promotion, prevention, identification, aural rehabilitation). Maintain accurate patient records;
    • Supervision and management of support personnel;
    • Student supervision;
    • Research: Design and conduct basic and applied audiological research to increase the knowledge base.
    • Qualification as Audiologist and Speech-Language Therapist from a recognised tertiary institution;
    • Dual registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as Audiologist and Speech-Language Therapist;
    • Minimum of 5-years’ relevant experience as Audiologist/Speech-Language Therapist;
    • Valid Code B driver’s licence;
    • Knowledge of and experience in community-based audiology/speech-language will be an advantage;
    • Interest in research and community development;
    • Dynamic, dedicated, self-driven and able to take initiative;
    • Ability to work well in a team;
    • Results orientated and flexible;
    • Good administrative skills;
    • Good verbal and written communication skills;
    • Facilitation and training skills;
    • Computer literate.
    To apply, submit a CV, copies of ID document, qualifications and proof of HPCSA registration to Maxine Luck, HR Manager, fax 086 601 4426 or email,

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

    Submission of a CV does not automatically entitle the applicant to an interview and if you have not had a response from us within seven days of the closing date, then you can deem your application as unsuccessful.

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  • Paradigm Shift: Master Trainer Consultant - Cape Town

    Paradigm Shift
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, August 20, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Paradigm Shift is a nonprofit organisation that trains volunteer teams to provide a holistic economic development outreach for microentrepreneurs. Paradigm Shift Master Trainers support and train churches and their volunteers to implement the Paradigm Shift entrepreneurship development programme. Paradigm Shift ignites the church to transform South Africa's entrepreneurial poor. Paradigm Shift works alongside churches to develop a more effective, sustainable way to reach the poor in their communities. We believe that a more sustainable approach to poverty alleviation creates empowerment rather than dependency. And so we help community and faith-based organisations move beyond giving handouts to creating lasting change in the lives of the poor.

    How? By helping churches to focus on the entrepreneurial poor (those already doing something proactive to get out of poverty), rather than the 'poorest of the poor' (those who are in hunger and abject poverty). In other words, they focus efforts on those already helping themselves. That happens through furthering entrepreneurship.

    Paradigm Shift provides its partner churches with training, coaching, resources and materials to implement the Paradigm Shift entrepreneurship development programme in their communities. The programme specifically targets individuals who turn to entrepreneurship as a way out of poverty (microentrepreneurs). It aims to help these microentrepreneurs grow their personal faith in Christ and their businesses by providing them with Business Training, Discipleship, Mentoring and Microcredit. When combined, these four components provide a unique approach that tackles both physical and spiritual poverty at the root and has the power to eliminate it for good.

    Paradigm Shift seeks to recruit a Master Trainer Consultant to serve its partner churches, based in Cape Town.

    Paradigm Shift's Master Trainers train South African churches and their volunteer teams to implement the Paradigm Shift entrepreneurship development programme. Master Trainers live and work in their respective cities around South Africa and provide in-person training / coaching to each of Paradigm Shift's partner church volunteer teams as they launch their local Paradigm Shift programmes.

    This is not a full-time position.

    Rather, consultancies are offered on an 'as needed' basis. Our other thirteen Master Trainers have their own full-time jobs or work from home. (All consultancy work is in the evenings and weekends).

    With 37 Paradigm Shift programmes running around South Africa already and more starting each month.

    • Train and coach lead volunteers (Point Persons);
    • Manage communication with Point Persons through personal emails, phone calls and in-person meetings;
    • Train the Core Volunteer Team (six people) to execute the training, discipleship and microcredit programme;
    • Train the Mentors (10 - 30 at a time);
    • Train Microcredit Coordinators and attend the Business Assessment / Loan Decision Meeting (two hours);
    • Provide real-time coaching and support to the volunteers during the programme cycle (happens during four meetings spread out over nine weeks);
    • Attend entrepreneur Graduation and lead Mentors in debriefing their experience;
    • Manage and collect deliverables (reports, photos, surveys, loan ledgers and more) to give to Paradigm Shift;
    • Manage communication between the Point Person, Volunteer Team and Paradigm Shift.
    • Personal faith in Jesus Christ/A growing daily walk with Him;
    • Minimum of a three year university degree;
    • Interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills (this is first measured in your application/interview process - so we want to see well-written, well-edited cover letters and CVs only please!);
    • Minimum of three years experience in roles of training and management;
    • Experience with and love for the poor;
    • An enjoyment of public speaking in a dynamic training environment;
    • Commitment to quality, details, and timeliness;
    • Delight in working with, and managing, a variety of personality types;
    • Relational approach that exudes the right mix of professionalism and fun;
    • Posture of service toward partners, volunteers and entrepreneurs.
    Apply online, refer to:

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

    Paradigm Shift needs Master Trainers urgently and is interviewing / hiring on a rolling basis, so the sooner you can apply, the sooner you can get a consultancy!

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  • GE to Invest US$2 Billion in Africa

    GE (NYSE:GE) has announced that it will invest US$2 billion in facility development, skills training, and sustainability initiatives across Africa by 2018.

    GE made the announcement in advance of President Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, where GE is hosting African and global government officials, policy experts, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), entrepreneurs and business leaders for a conference on investment, infrastructure, and innovation in Africa.

    GE chairman and chief executive officer, Jeff Immelt, points out that, “I am proud of our 100-year history in Africa. Through investments such as our new multi-modal manufacturing facility in Nigeria, Algeria gas turbine manufacturing, and our customer innovation centre in South Africa, we remain a committed partner to Africa’s sustainable growth.”

    To read the article titled, “GE to invest US$2 billion in Africa by 2018,” click here.

    Stock House
  • NGOs Urged to Shun Meddling in Politics

    Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been challenged to stick to their core business of being vehicles of development and shun meddling in politics.

    The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Manicaland Province, Chris Mushohwe, says that NGOs should not engage in politics but rather partner the government and become instruments for development.

    Mushohwe was speaking at the commissioning of a classroom block in Chindoti village that was renovated by Plan Zimbabwe.

    To read the article titled, “NGOs urged to shun meddling in politics,” click here.

    Bulawayo 24
  • Mandela Institute for Development Studies: Executive Assistant

    Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, August 29, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) is a continental institute that seeks to address the short, medium, and long-term development challenges in Africa in a holistic and comprehensive manner.

    MINDS  seeks to appoint an Executive Assistant to the Executive Chairman, based in Johannesburg.

    The Executive Assistant/Persona Assistant will report to the Executive Chairman (EC) of MINDS which is temporarily based in South Africa. The position covers a variety of duties within the organisation including, Partnerships management, the governance of the organisation, communication, programmatic work, administration and staff liaison.

    • Manage executive chairman’s office email;
    • Organise and maintain the calendar activities of the chairman;
    • Prepare all travel itineraries and accounts for the EC;
    • Develop and maintain a data base of High level partners and stakeholders;
    • Help to disseminate information about the organisation's knowledge to internal and external audiences which will include tasks such as translation, minute taking, summarising, drafting and editing etc;
    • Help the EC write or commission accounts or brief papers for internal and external audience about MINDS’ work by reading, summarising and drafting responses as directed by EC;
    • Help the EC with tracking reports from the programme team;
    • Develop and maintain an office management system including filing of documents;
    • Create, maintain and update a non-media contacts database;
    • Assist the EC with immigration/visa and other administrative work;
    • Assist the EC in addressing all legal compliance requirements for the organisation;
    • Organise board meetings,  follow up on board decisions and undertake a  full range of activities including managing forward plans, scheduling meetings, setting deadlines, preparing accurate agendas, reports, minutes of meetings and action sheets, notifying and monitoring actions arising and decisions from meetings within set time frames;
    • Liaison with the programme and Administrative team on reporting requirements and deadlines;
    • Liaison with the Board on behalf of the EC;
    • Assist Programme team in programme implementation and reporting;
    • Support the development of relationships and strategies with existing and new partners working in areas directly related to MINDS’ objective.
    • Significant and proven organisation skills developed through three to five years in similar positions;
    • Excellent communication skills.
    • Graduate degree - in social sciences, organisational management or a related discipline;
    • Experience in start-up organisations, management, law, politics and knowledge of academic, policy and research institutions would be an advantage;
    • Analytical skills and understanding of development trends and African affairs would be an advantage.
    • Experience working in a multicultural environment;
    • Working knowledge of other international languages.
    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to

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

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  • US$50-bn Development Bank for BRICS

    The largest emerging economies will push ahead with a US$50 billion development bank to provide alternative funding for the BRICS [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] countries.

    According to a summit statement, BRICS countries reached an accord to push ahead with a US$50 billion development bank by granting China its headquarters and India its first rotating presidency.

    BRICS leaders also formalised the creation of a US$100 billion currency exchange reserve, which member states can tap into case of balance of payment crises.

    To read the article titled, “BRICS development bank a go,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • UN Laments Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa

    The United Nations (UN) says that Sub-Saharan Africa is the only developing region that saw the number of people living in extreme poverty rise steadily over the last two decades.

    In its findings of the latest Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report launched by secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, the UN argues that while progress has been made globally on a number of targets, including across Africa - population growth, conflicts and declines in aid to poor countries has made reaching many MDG targets unlikely by next year's deadline.

    The report notes that that remarkable gains have been made in the fight against malaria and tuberculosis, with a decline of 42 percent in malaria mortality rates globally, among others.

    To read the article titled, “UN laments extreme poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Youth Should Play in Developing Africa

    The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Luwellyn Landers, says that young people should play a pivotal role if Africa’s envisaged development is to be realised.

    Addressing a national youth consultative forum on the African Union’s Agenda 2063, Landers affirmed that, “We are fully cognisant that the young people of today are the main players and partners if we wish to move the process of the development of the continent forward.”

    He added that the vision projected in Agenda 2063 can only be achieved through the active engagement and participation of the African youth who will deliver to the younger generations 50 years from now.

    To read the article titled, “Africa’s hope is its youth - Luwellyn Landers,” click here.

    City Press
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