• Expert Criticises Police’s Incompetency

    The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says the recent dropping of high profile cases shows that there is no ‘sound relationship’ between the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the South African Police Service (SAPS).

    ISS senior researcher, Johan Burger, states that sometimes police rush to make arrests without gathering sufficient evidence because of public or political pressure.

    Burger adds that in so-called ‘low profile’ cases, the level of incompetency as far as investigating is concern is worse than in ‘high profile’ cases.

    To read the article titled, “Expert highlights police incompetency,” click here.

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  • SANRAL Makes Submission to e-Toll Panel

    The South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) is expected to make more submissions to the e-tolls advisory panel sitting in Pretoria.

    Earlier this month, the agency told the panel that it had spent 95 percent of its budget on maintaining the road network in South Africa.

    SANRAL chief executive officer, Nazir Ali, suggested that more goods must be transported by rail.

    To read the article titled, “SANRAL to make submissions to e-toll advisory panel,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Govt to Advance ARV Provision

    Anti-retroviral treatment to HIV positive South Africans will be dramatically advanced after government concluded a R24 billion deal with Aspen Pharmacare to intensify manufacturing of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs).

    Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies, says the agreement will help stimulate local manufacturing, adding that,” That ARV tender has fought a lot of mays and ifs and buts about it, but an indicative target of 70 percent local procurement…”

    The massive tender aims to improve ARV supplies to patients and will also be a massive cash injection for local producers. Foreign manufacturers will also have to invest and produce in South Africa to take advantage of the local procurement clause.”

    To read the article titled, “ARV's provision to HIV positive persons to advance next year,” click here.

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  • SA Urged to Tackle Xenophobia and Racism

    Navi Pillay, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says that South Africa urgently needs a national action plan to fight racism and xenophobia.

    Pillay, who was addressing the Women's Network in Durban, believes that government should consult the whole community on what form of action needs to be taken to address racism and xenophobia.

    Pillay, who is also a former International Criminal Court judge, maintains that: "I am always a human right protector and defender and I will continue to serve but in an informal capacity in whatever way I can."

    To read the article titled, “Govt needs to take tough stance against racism, xenophobia,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Don’t You Love Me Anymore? The Critical Care of Past Board Members

    I served on your board for two consecutive three-year terms. I was re-nominated for that second term because I was doing a good job.
    I rarely missed a board meeting or a committee meeting. Each year, I gave a gift, steadily increasing it over the years. I volunteered to take on some one-off tasks, based on my profession and my experience.
    You gave me a nice book when I stepped down. You said complimentary things at the farewell board meeting. You sent me a nice letter, too. Truly, the farewell activities were kind and gracious.
    But then…I never heard from you again.
    Oh, sure. You sent me the regular solicitation letters. But back when I was on the board, you solicited me personally. I told you that I was giving you one of the biggest gifts I ever gave. But still, I got dropped from the personal solicitation list.
    Of course, I received the donor newsletter and the annual report - but never a special note, not even on the thank-you letter for my gifts. Just about every exchange with you feels like you forgot I ever served on the board.
    If you think this is an unusual story, you are mistaken. I see organisations do this too often. I have had that experience. I have colleagues and friends who have had the same experience. And I will bet you may have had the same experience, too.
    You served on that organisation’s board. I did, too. We gave more than money. We gave time. We made a place in our lives for the organisation. We did not abandon the organisation. But the organisation kind of abandoned us.
    How does this happen? What can we do to keep past board members involved, or at least acknowledged?
    Before we get into specific ideas, let me explain my general thinking.
    First, why does this matter? Why does it matter if an organisation stops acknowledging its past board members? Who cares?
    Look back at the opening to this column. I spent lots of time with you. I made a place for you in my life beyond giving money. We were connected and involved. The relationship was more than financial contributions.
    As an executive director and development officer (I have been both), I think we owe you - our former board members - more than ‘thanks and farewell’ and a book or a plaque.
    I am also assuming that you, our former board member, are probably still a donor…a loyal one.
    Why would I assume this? Because this column is talking about former board members who actually believed in the cause. These board members actually cared - and likely still care and still believe in the cause.
    I do not care much about those former board members who used your organisation to build a resume or as a stepping-stone to a ‘more important’ charity. Or those who did not show up much, never really participated.
    I am talking about the engaged and caring volunteers of time and donors of money. I am talking about loyalty and commitment.
    Next, I assume the organisation knows who its former board members are. (You might think that is obvious. But I know organisations that have not kept an easily accessible, up-to-date list.) Just like you want your current board members to know who your most loyal donors are…I think you want your current board members to know who your most loyal board members are. Share the list. Highlight your loyal donors who are former board members.
    So here are my engagement ideas today:
    • Invite former board members to serve on committees. These individuals can still offer important perspective and expertise;
    • With your donor newsletter, include a cover letter for former board members. If you are using best practice with your donor newsletter, you are sending it in an envelope, not as a self-mailer. So include a letter addressed to former board members. It’s not a solicitation letter. It’s just a ‘hello’ and a ‘thanks again for serving on our board’. This personal note accompanying the newsletter reminds me that you remember me. I feel honoured;
    • When sending out a programme or special event invitation, stick in a little note for former board members. Same reasoning as #2 above;
    • At events, whether programme for fundraising or cultivation, how about having ‘former board member’ nametags? (I’d have another that says ‘donor’, too.) And for those who are donors and former board members - include both. Of course, make sure your current board members have a nametag, too. (Remember, nametags are icebreakers, conversation starters, and comfort builders.);
    • Invite former board members to host cultivation gatherings in their homes to introduce your organisation to those who might be interested. Invite former board members to co-host a cultivation gathering with a current board member;
    • Invite former board members - along with loyal donors - to an insider update. A cup of coffee, a muffin, and an update about how we are spending your money…the organisation’s recent impact;
    • Maybe send out an annual update letter to all former board members. No request. Just an update. After all, former board members should certainly be concerned a special group;
    • If you solicit former board members through direct mail, how about making sure that the letter mentions their former position as a board member…a letter specially written for former board members?
    • How about an annual cultivation gathering for former board members only?
    • I hope you invite former board members to help you conduct your personal face-to-face solicitation campaign each year. (And if you do not yet conduct this kind of annual fundraising campaign, read my prior columns that urge you to do so.);
    • And how about having current board members make thank-you calls for gifts made by former board members?;
    • Maybe you create an Ambassadors Corps. You invite your most loyal donors to join. You invite former board members who are still donors to join. You even invite some of your major gift donors to join. 
    Ambassadors are invited to make thank-you calls to donors. Ambassadors are invited to an annual gathering for a personal update. What else could you do with ambassadors?
    Okay. That is it for today. Try these ideas if you have not already. Please share your ideas with all of us, in the comment section. Thanks. And keep your former board members close.
    - Simone Joyaux is a consultant to nonprofit organisations. This article first appeared in the Nonprofit Quarterly. 
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  • Gay Rights Group Wins Landmark Case

    A gay and lesbian group in Botswana has won a landmark legal case in the country's High Court, allowing it to be officially registered.

    The judge ruled that the government had acted unconstitutionally in blocking the group, Legabibo.

    The Group’s Caine Youngman states that, "I am happy with the judgement - it has sent a message to the government, the entire region and Africa."

    To read the article titled, “Botswana gay rights group wins landmark case,” click here.

    BBC News
  • Human Trafficking on the Rise in SA

    According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), human trafficking has become the second fastest growing criminal industry in the world, after illegal drugs.
    NPA’s advocate, Luvuyo Mfaku, points out that South Africa ranks among 10 countries in Africa where human trafficking is rife.
    Mfaku, who says 10 000  people are being trafficked in the country annually, from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says human trafficking is a practice that involves the removal of people or persons from their familiar surroundings by means of force, threats, deception or under false pretences for the purposes of exploitation. 
    To read the article titled, “SA sees rise in human trafficking,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Policies Lift Millions Out of Poverty

    The World Bank says South Africa's fiscal policies lifted 3.6 million people out of poverty in 2010/11.

    The South African Economic Update, found that South Africa's fiscal policies are cutting the rates of poverty and inequality, and that tax and social benefits are effectively redistributing income from rich to poor.

    World Bank economist, Catriona Purfield, points out that, "We find that fiscal policy is very progressive in South Africa - it benefits the poor more than the rich."

    To read the article titled, “3.6 million people lifted out of poverty by SA fiscal policies: World Bank,” click here

    Times Live
  • OUTA Welcomes SANRAL e-Toll Submission

    The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has welcomed the South African Roads Agency Limited’s (SANRAL) decision to make a submission to the Gauteng e-tolls review panel.

    In a press statement, SANRAL spokesperson, John Clarke, points out that, “While very late in the panel's process, the about turn is most welcome and we look forward to hearing SANRAL’s response to the numerous questions and concerns that have emerged.”

    Clarke says he hopes that the agency's decision to face the panel meant that it will be more willing to be more ‘professional, transparent and engaging’ with the public about e-tolls in the future.

    To read the article titled, “OUTA welcomes SANRAL e-toll submissions,” click here.

    IOL News
  • Peters Urged to do e-Toll Maths

    The Opposition To Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) is shocked at the gross exaggeration and disingenuous nature of transport minister, Dipuo Peter’s statement on e-tolls.

    In a press statement, OUTA points out that, “It must be implied that Minister Peters is referring to the amount required to fund the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).”

    Peter’s told the Gauteng E-Toll Advisory Panel that a further R3.65 needs to be added to the fuel levy if it was to be used to fund road infrastructure needs.

    To read the article titled, “Do the e-toll mathematics, minister: OUTA,” click here.

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