The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital Trust says that the Parlotones fundraising performance for the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital has been postponed due to the lead singer's surgery.
In a press statement, spokesperson, Vuyo Lutseke, "The Parlotones fund-raising performance at Pappas restaurant on Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton has been cancelled due to lead singer Kahn Morbee needing emergency surgery on his vocal cords."
Lutseke says that a new date for the children's hospital fundraiser will be announced once rehabilitation has commenced.
To read the article titled, “Mandela Parlotones performance postponed,” click here.Source:Sowetan Live
The United Nations (UN) Security Council is calling for urgent funding to step up deliveries of desperately-needed aid as South Sudan's food crisis is now the worst in the world.
The agency says that approximately 3.9 million people - a staggering one in three people throughout the country - are going hungry as fighting continues in that country.
The UN Security Council describes a “catastrophic food insecurity situation in South Sudan that is now the worst in the world” saying the country is on the threshold of a full-blown famine if fighting continues.
To read the article titled, “S Sudan ‘food crisis worst in the world’,” click here.Source:IOL News
Mobility 4 Life, a non-governmental organisation, is changing lives by giving prosthetic limbs to amputees from rural and poor areas.
The organisation estimates that there are 25 000 who cannot access prostheses because of issues such as long waiting lists at private or public hospitals where the services are usually provided.
It says with money collected from corporate social investment initiatives, the organisation hopes to assist more people who do not have the means to access even the most basic of primary healthcare.
To read the article titled, “Prosthetics give the poor a leg up,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
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
- Tshikululu Social InvestmentsPlease note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.Opportunity closing date:Thursday, May 8, 2014Opportunity type:Employment
Tshikululu Social Investments seeks to appoint a CSI Practitioner, based in Johannesburg.
The CSI Practitioner is required to manage programmes and grant making including processing grants through the assessment of appeals, within the framework of the client's CSI strategies. To be at the forefront of understanding the CSI sectors to assist in developing and influencing client strategy formulation and implementation.
- Develop and implement client’s CSI strategies related to specific sectors and programmes;
- Align sector strategy with the CSI strategies of the clients, as advised by the Client Relationship Manager;
- Assist in developing programme strategy, based on research, experience and knowledge of the specific sector;
- Assist in ensuring client buy-in and acceptance of specific programme strategies for their Funds;
- Implement, monitor and evaluate programmes;
- Adjust programmes by mutual agreement with Client Relationship Manager and clients;
- Develop a thorough and comprehensive understanding and application of the appeals/project evaluation processes and systems;
- Prepare professional and accurate project evaluations in accordance with set standards for Trustee Meetings and Committee Meetings;
- Identify a broad cross-sector of internal and external stakeholders within the CSI sector, including clients, beneficiaries, sector specialists, government, and other Tshikululu staff members;
- Attend and make presentations at client decision making meetings (GBMs, Committee and Trustee), as required;
- Share knowledge both internally and externally with clients, beneficiaries, and other important development stakeholders, to build institutional knowledge and organisational capacity;
- Provide coaching, mentorship and support for Grants Officers, as required.
- An appropriate bachelor’s degree or equivalent tertiary qualification;
- Five years’ experience in the social development sector;
- Knowledge of the development and social investment sector;
- Knowledge of social responsibility policies and practices;
- Understanding of relationships between different stakeholders and ability to relate to stakeholders in both the corporate and NGO sectors;
- Experience in working in diverse environments, with multi-lingual teams;
- Ability to work independently, self-motivated and results driven;
- Strong presentation, writing and interpersonal skills;
- High level of proficiency in MS Office;
- Ability and willingness to travel to diverse parts of the country, using various types of transport;
- Valid driver’s licence.
To apply, submit your application to http://tshikululu.recruitbank.co.za/candidate/jobsearch.aspx.
Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.
Only South African citizens will be considered.Tshikululu Social Investments will not be liable for the interview travel cost or relocation cost. If you have not been contacted within two weeks of the closing date, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.
Tshikululu reserves the right not to proceed with the filling of the post advertised. Please ensure that you meet the above requirements before you apply.
For more about Tshikululu Social Investments, refer to www.tshikululu.org.za.
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The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says that a toxic blend of secret money and political influence is creating a ceremonial undermining of South Africa’s democracy.
ISS senior researcher, Judith February, argues that there is no way of know when the corporate and private world are investing in political parties for favours because the country does not regulate private funding of political parties.
She is of the view that, “We have no way of knowing when private or corporate interests try to buy political favours in South Africa,” further stating the need for a legislation to enable transparency and prevent the potentially corrupting influence of secret money on politics and government.”
To read the article titled, ‘Dodgy donations’ undermine SA’s democracy,” click here.Source:The Citizen
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
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.Source:SABC News
African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee member and Minister of Public Enterprises, Malusi Gigaba, has criticised opposition parties and non-governmental organisations for telling foreign countries that South Africa has failed since democracy.
Gigaba told the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) that, "All around us, the opportunists, the pessimists, the opposition and the counter-revolutionists are telling us what we have achieved in the last 19 years has been nothing and this revolution faces its inevitable doom."
He further states that some opposition leaders have went to countries like the United States and spoke ill of development in South Africa in aims of getting money from them.
To read article titled, “Gigaba criticises doomsayers,” click here.Source:SABC News
When families and communities fail children, the government is left with the job of caring for them. Often non-governemental organisations (NGOs), such as Childline, carry out this responsibility - but they are struggling to survive.
In Diepsloot, where the bodies of cousins Yonelisa Mali, two and Zandile Mali, three, were found in a public toilet this week - Childline could only field one social worker.
The cousins' bodies were found near the spot where Anelisa Mkhondo, five, was found dumped and murdered last month.
Joan Van Niekerk, advocacy and training manager for Childline, says the situation was dire. The organisation works to protect children from all forms of violence.
Though it is ‘grateful’ for government funding, Van Niekerk says it covered only a third of the organisation's services nationally.
"There is money in this country, it just doesn't go to the services that are so urgently needed," said Van Niekerk.
"What you have is [President Jacob] Zuma spending R238-million on his Nkandla residence while he earns a president's salary. But just 10 kilometres from his home you have children who do not have enough to eat."
Childline recently cut its staff complement. North West had the highest retrenchment rate but there were also job losses in other provinces such as Northern Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
In Western Cape, Childline had to sell its property just to survive.
Van Niekerk says Diepsloot was not the only Childline office with only one worker. Many small offices in KwaZulu-Natal are in the same situation.
According to a summary report by the Financial and Fiscal Commission, there are about 900 000 orphans in South Africa and the state has an obligation to provide them with social services.
"Many NGOs are facing serious financial difficulties as a result of the increase in the demand for their services, coupled with a decline in external and government funding in recent years," the report says.
"Delays in transfers from the government threaten their very existence and their ability to deliver services."
Social Development spokesperson Lumka Oliphant says R5 billion had been budgeted for NGO funding this year.
The police have offered a R100 000 reward for information about the whereabouts of the suspected killer of the Mali children.
Police spokesman Brigadier Neville Malila said the suspect, who is in his 30s, is about 1.7 metres tall and light-skinned.
This story has been updated to reflect the correct amount budgeted bythe Department Social Development for NGO funding this year.
- Nashira Davids is a journalist for The Times, and Graeme Hosken is a senior reporter at Sunday Times. This article first appeared on the Times Live website, www.timeslive.co.za.