• 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.

    Fin 24
  • BFC Donates £120k to Mandela Foundation

    The Brazilian Football Confederation (BFC) has donated £120 000 to the Nelson Mandela Foundation to preserve Madiba's legacy.
    The BFC donated income they received from match against South Africa towards its work in the promotion of social justice and democracy, both locally and internationally.
    The Foundation spokesperson, Sello Hatang, says the donation will be used for projects and the digitization of papers.
    To read the article titled, “Mandela Foundation gets a £120 000 boost,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Intern Defrauds NGO Over R2.6m

    The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has obtained a final court order to freeze the bank accounts and assets of a former financial assistant who allegedly defrauded it with over R2.6 million.

    The money Sinovuyo Ziyanda Mjali allegedly stole was intended for use in the organisation’s medical humanitarian work among migrants.

    The North Gauteng High Court granted a final order freezing the bank accounts and assets of Mjali, pending the finalisation of a sequestration application against her.

    The Swiss-based mission’s chief in Pretoria, Erick Ventura, says in court papers Mjali’s actions could have far reaching consequences, not only in the organisation, but also its relationship with South Africa.

    To read the article titled, “Intern fleeces NGO of R2.6m,” click here.

    The Citizen
  • Malaria Intensifies in African Countries

    A study conducted by the Lancet medical journal has reported that gains in fighting malaria in sub-Saharan Africa have left the highest risk for the disease concentrated in ten countries.
    According to the study, countries such as Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Guinea and Togo account for 87 percent of areas that have the highest prevalence of malaria.
    The study further shows that financial support has risen from US$100 million annually to about US$2 billion since the launch of the Roll Back Malaria initiative in 2000.
    To read the article titled, “Malaria: High risk focused in 10 African countries,” click here.

    Times Live
  • NGO Rejects Donations Linked to Bullard

    Having been labelled a ‘rape apologist’, David Bullard tried to make peace by starting a donation drive for the Rape Crisis Centre, but the organisation rejected his money.

    The controversial columnist started his attempt at donating with this tweet: “Followers, please donate to @RapeCrisis and I’ll start the ball rolling with R3 000. Bank details please.”

    The Rape Crisis Centre responded by saying: “@RapeCrisis will not be party to @lunchout2’s whitewashing his actions through associating himself with us. We decline his donation.”

    To read the article titled, “No thanks, rape NGO tells Bullard,” click here.

    IOL News
  • Molewa Welcomes Grant to Fight Poaching

    The Department of Water and Environmental Affairs has announced that two international lotteries have pledged R232.2 million to the Peace Parks Foundation to fight rhino poaching.

    Molewa further adds that, this is the largest single contribution made by the private sector to combat rhino poaching and crime in wildlife.

    She explains: “We welcome this public-private partnership to help ensure the survival of the species.”

    To read the article titled, “Molewa welcomes rhino saving grant,” click here.

    The Citizen
  • Malawi Under Pressure From Aid Donors

    President of Malawi, Joyce Banda, is under pressure from foreign aid donors and is facing a tough re-election battle.

    Banda has promised forensic audit of suspected government corruption over the last decade.

    She says the audit, which is backed by Britain and the European Union, will help reveal the extent of corruption in the impoverished southern African state.

    To read the article titled, “Malawi promises forensic audit as donors freeze funds,” click here.

    The Citizen
  • Most Countries Unlikely to Meet MDG

    The United Nations (UN) states that most sub-Saharan African countries will not meet the Millennium Development Goal of ensuring that all children receive a primary school education by 2015, partly because of a shift in donor focus towards security and governance.

    The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s Pauline Rose, points out that South and West Asia have the fastest rise in numbers in primary schools, contributing more than half the rise in primary school pupils.

    Rose highlighted the disproportionate cut in aid to education as a key reason for the lack of progress in reaching the goals.

    To read the article titled, “Donors cut aid to basic education, focus on future trade – UNESCO,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Call for Financial Accountability in NGOs

    The challenge by former Women for Change executive director, Emily Sikazwe, for the police to investigate leaders of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) accused of abusing donor money deserves serious attention.

    Sikazwe made the call when she featured on one of the ZNBC TV interview programme, stating that, “We are cognisant of the fact that the NGOs play an important role in supplementing government efforts in the delivery of services to the people across the country.”

    She states that currently, some of the NGOs have refused to register with the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health in accordance with the provisions of the Act.

    “It is difficult to understand why the NGOs are not comfortable with the government knowing the sources of their funding.”

    To read the article titled, “NGOs should be transparent, accountable,” click here.

    Daily Mail
  • Child Rights NGOs in Dire Funding Crisis

    Child Line and other organisations in the Northern Cape have remained silent after the recent rape of a six week-old baby, allegedly by a relative.

    The organisations are also quiet after the murder of a one-year old boy, allegedly killed by his father.

    However, Child Line's Naomi Edwards says they are in dire financial straits, adding that, “With the lack of financial resources NGOs [non-governmental organisations] are finding themselves in a very tight position.”

    To read the article titled, “Child rights organisations in dire financial straits,” click here.

    SABC News
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