• NGO Gives Prosthetic Limbs to the Poor

    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.

    Mail and Guardian
  • 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.

    Mail and Guardian
  • Tshikululu Social Investments: CSI Practitioner

    Tshikululu Social Investments
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Thursday, May 8, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Tshikululu Social Investments NPC is South Africa’s premier social investment agency, managing social investment funds for large and medium-sized businesses, charitable and philanthropic trusts and broad based community development trusts. Tshikululu works in the fields of education, health, social development, and enterprise development.

    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
    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.

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  • Call for Transparency Over Party Funding

    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.

    The Citizen
  • 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
  • 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
  • Gigaba Criticises Opposition Parties, NGOs

    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.

    SABC News
  • Childline On The Rocks

    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,

  • Hard Times Builds Character

    Like it or not, hard times are good for you. The old truth that it builds character, is as valid today as it was years ago when our grandparents told us so. When I think back to the times when I was under pressure, to pass examinations, to submit reports on time, to make plans for the survival of Abraham Kriel Childcare, I experienced both pain and growth. I did not experience unhappiness.

    Abraham Kriel Childcare is currently going through a tough period. The situation has forced us to look critically at what we do and how we do it.

    In the end, this will help to turn us into a leaner and more effective organisation. It has not brought unhappiness or devalued our services to children and youth. It is astounding how one’s way forward becomes clear one step at a time in periods of great difficulty. As Christians, we believe that God is in control and that we can trust in his guidance. We also laugh and cry and think and pray harder. And we learn to appreciate and celebrate every blessing. One of the things we are proud of is the ‘Integrated Report’ that Abraham Kriel Childcare managed to prepare and submit for the first time this year. Let us know if you would like one or view it on our website. Another highlight is the savings we managed to effect on the consumption of scarce resources, specifically water and electricity. 

    It is a time of serious concern, particularly about the Abraham Kriel Family Care programme in Westbury, which is at risk due to a lack of funding. Despite this, we feel incredibly privileged to be instrumental in demonstrating God’s love to every child or young adult that benefit from the services we provide. When we really look at the people we serve, we can see that we have brought a little bit of heaven into their lives, because they can experience God’s love through our actions.

    To our donors, friends and all those who pray for our work, please share this joy as you too brought it about. May God bless you all with the true happiness of bringing His love to those most in need of it.

  • AIDS Foundation of South Africa: Programmes Coordinator

    AIDS Foundation of South Africa
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Thursday, April 25, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    The AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) was established in 1988 and its purpose is to mobilise funding to equip Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and NGOs with financial resources and appropriate skills to implement and manage primary health care and development programmes.

    AFSA seeks to appoint a Programmes Coordinator, based in Polokwane, Limpopo.

    The successful candidate will be responsible for effective programme implementation and management, overseeing project grant making, writing detailed reports, making extensive site visits and developing and managing project budgets.

    Only applicants based in Polokwane and surrounds will be considered.

    This is a fixed-term contract position ending in September 2016.

    • Relevant postgraduate degree or diploma in development or related studies;
    • Minimum of three years programme management experience in the NGO field;
    • Strong background in project management, monitoring and evaluating programmes and CBO’s;
    • Fluency in English and Sepedi or Tshivenda;
    • Computer literacy (Microsoft Office; Internet, Email) and Information Management experience;
    • Excellent report-writing skills;
    • Good understanding of community development and organisational dynamics, corporate governance and finance;
    • Must have an unendorsed driver’s license, be able to drive and be able to travel extensively on a monthly basis;
    • Strong planning and organising abilities, decision making / problem solving and interpersonal skills as well as having excellent written communication and presentation skills;
    • Ability to build networks and relationships with donors and communities.
    To apply, submit a CV (maximum four pages) to Linda at

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

    Should you not be contacted by 6 May 2013, consider your application unsuccessful. Note that shortlisted candidates will be required to undergo a competency based assessment.

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