NGO Donates Bore Hole to School

Thyolo Active Youth Organisation has donated a bore hole to Nachipere Primary School that has stayed over a year and half without portable water.

The donation follow a complaint by the head teacher, Foster Ligomeka, for the school that pupils at the school have been using rainwater and sand to clean cups after eating porridge.

Ligomeka explains that, "In the absence of water the pupils were going for whatever works. Some cleaned their cups with sand while others used rainwater and each child has to bring their drinking water in a bottle."

US$65 Million to Fight HIV in Zim

The United States has launched a US$65 million grant to complement the Zimbabwean government's HIV and AIDS prevention strategies in the disease-stricken country.

The facility, which comes with 17 rough terrain vehicles, is launched through the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and will be used over an already running five-year programme.

The programme will train 8 000 healthcare workers as well as provide mentorship in 1 500 sites designated for HIV prevention programmes.

UK to End Direct Aid to SA - Media Reports

The British government is reportedly planning to stop giving direct aid to South Africa from 2015, according to media reports.

The BBC reported that British international development secretary, Justine Greening, will announce that the United Kingdom's relationship with South Africa will now be based on trade and not development.

The British government's aid programme to South Africa is currently worth R264 million a year. At its peak in 2003, British aid amounted to more than R556 million.

GCNH Slams Global Fund Over US$130m Grant

The Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health (GCNH) has questioned the selection of AngloGold Ashanti by the Global Fund for HIV, Tuberculosis and malaria control, to carry out malaria programmes in Ghana.
GCNH argues that it is often CSOs that are responsible for such activities in all countries, and is therefore baffled as to why in Ghana a multinational company has been given that mandate.

Entrepreneur Donates Portion of Lotto Winnings

An entrepreneur who won a R22.4 million Powerball jackpot is donating R1 million of his winnings to a community in the Eastern Cape.
The man, who wanted to remain anonymous, points out that, “I am so thankful for this. If I can give to people, especially people of my community, I will be the happiest person.”
Gidani spokesperson, Thembi Tulwana, says that the 57-year old father of six, who benefitted from a charity when he was a child, is eager for the money to reach the beneficiaries as soon as possible.

SA to Launch Its Own Development Aid Agency

South Africa will launch its own development aid agency in 2011 in a move likely to boost the country's status as an emerging economic power and champion of the African continent.

The South African Development Partnership Agency is expected to become operational before mid-2011 and will work with other donor agencies to coordinate development programmes, mainly on the continent.

Civil Society and Democracy in South Africa

By Prof Adam Habib: Regime change can have significant impacts on society. And, this is all the more so if it occurs in an era of globalisation. Nowhere is this more evident than in South Africa where democratisation and globalisation have fundamentally transformed the society. In the process, civil society has itself been remolded in significant ways, the effects of which are only now becoming evident.

The Lotteries and NonProfits

Since the last article on finding win-win alternatives for dealing with the NLDTF, we have received feedback from various sectors of civil society about how to proceed with the matter and while most of the responses have been positive, they have also highlighted the fact that there is a lack of understanding about how the various parts of the lottery puzzle actually fit together and the impact this has on civil society.

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