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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.

    Source: 
    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.

    Source: 
    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.

    Source: 
    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.

    Source: 
    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, www.timeslive.co.za.

  • 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: 
    Employment
    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.

    Requirements:
    • 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 recruitment@aids.org.za.

    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.

    For more about the AIDS Foundation of South Africa, refer to www.aids.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • AIDS Foundation of South Africa: Programmes Coordinator - Durban

    AIDS Foundation of South Africa
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, April 24, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    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 in its Operations Department in Durban, based in KwaZulu-Natal.
    Only applicants based in Durban and surrounds will be considered.
    This is a fixed-term contract position ending in July 2015.
    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.
     
    Requirements:
    • 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 isiZulu or isiXhosa;
    • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office, Internet and e-mail;
    • Information management experience;
    • Excellent report-writing skills;
    • Good understanding of community development and organisational dynamics, corporate governance and finance;
    • Unendorsed driver’s licence;
    • Ability to drive and available to travel extensively on a monthly basis.
    To apply, submit a CV (maximum four pages) to Linda at recruitment@aids.org.za.

    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.

    For more about the AIDS Foundation of South Africa, refer to www.aids.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Tshikululu Social Investments: Communications Manager

    Tshikululu Social Investments
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, November 16, 2012
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment

    Tshikululu Social Investments is a social investment agency that manages Corporate Social Investment (CSI) funds and trusts for large and medium-sized business. Tshikululu works in the fields of education, health and social development, sustainable livelihoods and enterprise development.

    Tshikululu seeks to appoint a Communications Manager, based in Johannesburg.

    The person will be required to formulate and implement internal and external communications strategies and lead a team of professionals to ensure effective implementation and monitoring of these strategies. The Communications Manager will report to the Chef Executive Officer.

    Responsibilities:

    • Develop, implement and monitor internal and external communication strategies;
    • Develop all possible media crisis strategies and manage the process if and when a situation occurs;
    • Develop media liaison strategies that result in positive perceptions of the organisation with the media;
    • Prepare speeches and press releases for senior management within the organisation;
    • Preparing supporting documentation including brochures, presentations and website content;
    • Ensure that all external and internal communication is aligned to the company’s strategy, vision, mission, values and brand identity;
    • Ensure that the production of the organisation’s Report to Society, brochures, and all other publications adhere to the highest standards;
    • Lead and support the communication’s team in managing and delivering company and client events;
    • Manage service providers to ensure that service level agreements and budgets are adhered to;
    • Lead, develop and manage the Communication’s department team.
    Requirements:
    • Degree in communications, journalism, marketing or public relations;
    • Knowledge of public policy and legislation pertaining to communications, publishing, corporate social investment and sector charters;
    • Knowledge of developments in current affairs, economics, advertising, marketing and media industries;
    • Knowledge of social investment and the development sector would be an advantage;
    • Excellent communications skills including, oral, written, presentation and listening;
    • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office suite;
    • Good understanding of the printing, publishing and advertising industries;
    • Financial acumen and effective management of the department;
    • Research and proofreading skills;
    • Minimum of eight to ten years relevant experience in the communications sector;
    • Minimum of five years managerial experience;
    • Strong interpersonal, leadership and management skills;
    • Project management skills;                                               
    • Valid light vehicle driver’s licence;
    • Ability and willingness to travel to diverse parts of the country, using various types of transport.
    Salary: A market related salary will be offered.

    Apply online, click here.

    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 neither for the interview travel cost or relocation cost.

    If you have not been contacted within 14 days of the closing date, consider your application unsuccessful.

    For more about Tshikululu, refer to www.tshikululu.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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    SANGONeT invites NGOs and other civil society groups in Gauteng to a briefing session with Eskom on 26 November 2012 in Johannesburg to discuss Eskom's next Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD 3). The current three-year MYPD 2 comes to an end in March 2013. Eskom is proposing a five-year determination for MYPD 3, running from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2018, with electricity tariffs to increase by 16% per annum during this period. Attend the event to learn more about this issue and have your say. Click here for more information about the event.
  • Lotto Funding Crisis: Struggle to Hold NLB Accountable

    The frustrations experienced by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) when applying for lotto funding came under spotlight when a group of NGOs marched to the National Lotteries Board (NLB) offices on 27 January 2012 in Pretoria.

    The march highlighted NGOs’ concerns regarding the Lotto which are well-documented in a study undertaken by the Funding Practice Alliance, the class action to the Western Cape High Court and other related issues.

    Shelagh Gastrow of Inyathelo - The South African Institute for Advancement argues that the march highlighted the growing national anger over the way the NLB distributes public funds. Gastrow slammed the NLB for its “Epic failure of the board to fulfil its stated mandate to distribute funds to NGOs that make a difference to the lives of all South Africans, especially the most vulnerable.”

    The situation has also irked the fury of the opposition, Democratic Alliance, which expressed the view that there is a ‘growing trend’ where needy charities are being overlooked by the NLB in favour of African National Congress-aligned organisations. The DA also questions the way board members of distributing agencies are appointed.

    Meanwhile, government’s intention to amend the National Lotteries Act to speed up the processing of applications for funding is an encouraging step in the right direction. However, we hope that such amendments will translate in the removal of existing bottlenecks.

    Below are some of the articles previously published on NGO Pulse in relation to the Lotto issue:

    We invite NGO Pulse readers to share with us their views about the Lotto funding situation and its implications for the sustainability of many NGOs. Comments and articles should be e-mailed to editor@sangonet.org.za.

     

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