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  • NGO: Relief Fund Opened After Robbery

    The Solidarity Helping Hand confirms that a relief fund has been opened after the robbery at Pretoria’s President Kruger children’s home on 29 October 2014.

    In a press statement, Helping Hand states that it wants to support the children’s home as much as possible during this crisis.

    The organisation asserts that, “We have therefore already contributed R10 000 towards a relief fund. Our hope is that with the public’s help, we will be able to replace most of the home’s losses.”

    To read the article titled, “Pretoria children’s home robbed,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Citizen
  • TAC to Raise R10m to Remain Open

    The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) plans to raise R10 million in November 2014 to keep the organisation afloat, the organisation is relying on public donations, hoping big funders will then follow.

    Mark Heywood, one of TAC’s directors states that, “The TAC thinks there is a red light over the country's response to the HIV epidemic," following recent statistics released by the Human Sciences Research Council, which show that in 767 people died each day in South Africa from AIDS related illnesses in 2012, 280,000 in a year.

    Speaking after a national council meeting, the health advocacy group emphasised the ongoing struggles in the health system and outlined TAC's work and key campaigns, assuring that, "TAC will always remain a voice of the voiceless people of South Africa."

    To read the article titled, “TAC's critical R10-million month,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Donation to Benefit Disabled Children

    Charity Association of Chinese in Botswana has donated 175 000 pula (about US$20 000) to the Eagle Trust aimed at empowering young people with disabilities through a life skill project.

    The charity was established in 2012 by Chinese people in Botswana to fulfill their social responsibility by supporting the cause of youth empowerment, poverty alleviation and skills training.

    "I'm confident that through this project, these children and youth with disabilities will receive proper training on life skills and therefore their quality of lives will be improved greatly," says Chinese Ambassador to Botswana, Zheng Zhuqiang.

    To read the article titled, “Chinese charity association donates to Botswana disabilities, click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Call for NGOs to be Audited

    Nsanje District Commissioner, Harry Phiri, says that the Kalondolondo Social audit programme should start assessing projects implemented by the country's non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

    Phiri says that most of the NGOs in Malawi receive more funds from donors, adding that the funds are not properly handled and therefore need to be assessed.

    His opinion comes at a time when the district is to have its 25 Local Development Fund (LDF) teacher houses project audited by the Kalondolondo programme.

    To read the article titled, “CSOS' projects should be audited - Nsanje DC,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • NLB Donates in Honour of Women

    The National Lottery Board (NLB) has handed over cheques worth millions of rands to charity organisations across South Africa.
     
    The donations were made at the NLB's women empowerment function as part of commemorating Women's Month in Pretoria on Tuesday.
     
    Meanwhile, the NLB has also condemned last week's incident where one of their officials was suspended on allegations of fraud to the tune of R600 000 meant for good causes.
     
    To read the article titled, “Lotteries Board splashes out to honour women,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • SADC Urged to Reduce Dependence on Aid

    Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe, has urged the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states to reduce its dependence on foreign aid and to make better use of its natural resources such as minerals and land.

    Speaking at the opening of a two-day summit of the 15-member SADC in Zimbabwe, Mugabe warns that the continued over-reliance on the goodwill of the cooperation partners compromises African countries the opportunity to own the SADC.

    He adds that, "Our region has abundant resources which instead of being sold in raw form at very low prices must be exploited ... to add value to the products which we export."
     
    To read an article titled, “Reduce dependence on aid – Mugabe,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • Naidoo Faces Damaging Scandal

    Greenpeace head, Kumi Naidoo, is facing a series of damaging scandals at the global environmental watchdog, according to a newspaper report.

    And to make matters worse the human rights activist, who is the executive director of the Greenpeace, a non-governmental organisation with a budget of R4-billion, is mourning the loss of his father in South Africa.

    The “rainbow warriors” have had a bruising fortnight, shaken by incidents that have angered supporters, including the unmasking of an employee who lost R55 million of funds in a foreign currency exchange bungle, among others.

    To read the article titled, “Greenpeace boss faces damaging scandal as he mourns his father,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • Donors Slash Mozambique Budget Aid

    Foreign donors have cut aid to Mozambique's government by 11 percent compared to 2013 amid concerns over corruption.

    According to an official, the group of donors who contribute aid directly to the Southern African nation's coffers pledged US$275 million in aid this week, down from US$309 million in 2013.

    Norway decided to stop its commitment altogether, joining Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain who all pulled out from direct budget support recently.

    To read the article titled, “Donors slash Mozambique budget aid,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • Zimbabwe's NGO Sector Feels the Pinch

    Zimbabwe’s civil society organisations are reeling from the global financial crisis as donor aid slows down due to the country’s nagging political deadlock which has dragged on for years.

    The situation has also led to a number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) reportedly scaling down operations because of lack of funding.

    The NGO sector is moving away from being a growing sector that is heavily involved in various activities, ranging from social justice, food aid, health services and education to providing water purification tablets during a severe cholera outbreak.

    To read the article titled, “Zimbabwe's embattled NGO sector feels pinch,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • DBSA, EU Launch Infrastructure Fund

    The Ambassador of the European Union to South Africa, Roeland van de Geer, and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) chief executive officer, Patrick Dlamini, have launched the R1.5 billion ground breaking Infrastructure Investment Programme for South Africa (IIPSA).

    The purpose of IIPSA is to provide grant funding in support of loans for essential infrastructure projects in the southern African region.

    The fund was established following a joint initiative between the government of South Africa and the European Union, and forms part of the European Union’s broader intervention under its country strategy for South Africa.

    To read the article titled, “DBSA, EU launch R1.5bn infrastructure fund,” click here.

    Source: 
    Fin 24
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