• 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
  • 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
  • Call for Govts to Invest in Human Capital

    The Strategic Studies Group of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) has held its inaugural meeting in Lusaka with delegates calling on governments to invest in indigenous human capital and institutions on the continent.

    ACBF executive secretary, Emmanuel Nnadozie, says Africa is at the centre of an investment boom that countries on the continent should grasp and take advantage of to enhance economic development.

    Professor Nnadozie said the continent should focus on infrastructure development to ensure that investments being attracted find a conducive environment to thrive.

    To read the article titled, “NGO urges State to invest in human capital,” click here.

    Daily Mail
  • Ikhayalami: Architect

    Ikhayalami Development Services
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, February 27, 2015
    Opportunity type: 
    Ikhayalami is a nonprofit organisation whose primary aim is to develop and implement affordable technical solutions for Informal Settlement Upgrading. 

    Ikhayalami Development Services focuses on innovative approaches to architectural design and urban environments that draw on the complex dynamics of informal cities.

    Ikhayalami seeks to appoint an Architect, based in Cape Town.

    The Architech responsibilities: The main goal of the project is to develop responsive design strategies for urban upgrading and the development of a low-cost housing prototype. This will include community engagement, design adaptation, construction drawings, site supervision, documentation and reporting.

    • Highly motivate team working candidate with a degree in Architecture or construction design;
    • Minimum of two years prior experience as an architect in the role of drawing, project development, site supervision, execution, administration, construction documentation and reporting;
    • Proficiency  in English, be fluent, both written and spoken;
    • Proficiency in isiXhosa and a familiarity with the project context is an advantage;
    • Proficiency in CAD software (Archicad, Rhino, Autocad), Adobe (Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign), Office programs are required;
    • Valid driver’s licence and vehicle is advantageous.
    We offer a position in an international team of professionals the Urban Think Tank Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, ETHZ and from Ikhayalami Development Services from Cape Town.

    The position is initially limited to a one and a half-year period starting April 2015, with the possibility for extension.

    To apply, submit a comprehensive CV and portfolio to

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

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  • Does the Funding of Infrastructure Projects Have a Tangible Benefit for Development?

    While it is true that infrastructure grants are not usually quick-win grants and they often have a higher risk attached to them, they can be of significant value to the development sector, as a recent Anglo American Chairman’s Fund review revealed.

    The fund recently reviewed its support of infrastructure over the past 15 years. The review found infrastructure to have a meaningful impact on development, but the importance of the approach to infrastructure grant-making was emphasised.

    Tshikululu’s approach to infrastructure-grant relationships aims to be collaborative in nature rather than prescriptive. To this end, Tshikululu appoints technical experts, and has adopted an approach to infrastructure grantmaking that we call development engineering. The approach places equal importance on people, the project and the physical building structure, as they are all inextricably linked.

    Depending on the project and its requirements, the Tshikululu projects team/manager manages infrastructure projects from start to completion. The most important element of an infrastructure project is that the vision of the organisation for the project must align with the actual infrastructure design - e.g., if a university department aims to work more collaboratively, the structure of the offices can speak to this through transparent walls and doors and the actual layout of the offices. It is important to consider how best the physical structure serves the actual project.

    In Tshikululu’s experience, this type of approach results in true partnerships, clear accountability structures and more sustainable results in the long-term.
    Tshikululu’s collaborative approach is firmly entrenched in these guiding principles:
    • Respect for the situation and views of others;
    • Professionalism;
    • Collaboration;
    • Consultation;
    • Thoroughness; and
    • Flexibility.
    Over the years, Tshikululu has learned that there are a number of determinants that impact on the effectiveness of infrastructure grants:
    • There must be a clear vision: An organisation should have a clearly articulated vision, objective and anticipated outcome/impact both for the actual organisation, and the project requesting funding;
    • There is community ownership and community participation: It must be clear what the potential partner organisation and its surrounding community bring to the project and to the relationship. Will the project clearly benefit its community and how has this been determined?
    • Level of grant management by the donor should be determined at the outset: Straightforward grant (no assistance from the donor); advisory (may involve the consultation of technical experts by the donor); or project management (the donor appoints someone internally or externally to project-manage the building process);
    • Following on from the previous point, grant contracting must clearly outline who the parties in the partnership are and what the expectations are of each party;
    • Clear and regular communication must be structured, e.g. through regular steering committee meetings;
    • Proper technical expertise should be harnessed (e.g. a quantity surveyor, architects, a water engineer, a soil expert, etc). Proper technical expertise will ensure that building compliance is adhered to, which directly impacts on the health and safety of the beneficiaries. Technical expertise may further add value in terms of applying green building principles and accessibility principles, which will assist with cost savings (through adequate temperature control, electricity costs can be lowered) and people with disabilities having access to the building;
    • Infrastructure projects carry a higher risk, and risk management should be built into the process; and
    • Follow-up is important - visits and engagement to assess the longer-term effectiveness of the project, to provide additional support if required, and sometimes to mitigate risk.
    A well-conceptualised and managed infrastructure project can be a significant catalyst for positive change within communities. Infrastructure can help unlock the potential of organisations to do more of what they do well.

    - Elinor Kern is a corporate social investment specialist at Tshikululu Social Investments (TSI). This article first appeared on the TSI website. 
    Elinor Kern
  • Ikhayalami: Architect Intern

    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, March 19, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Ikhayalami is a nonprofit organisation whose primary aim is to develop and implement affordable technical solutions for Informal Settlement Upgrading. These are designed, where appropriate, to be embedded into a community-driven process and scaled up with the support of the State. The organisation areas of focus include: research and development, upgrading of shelters, infrastructural development, and community facilities, blocking-out (reconfiguring settlement wide layouts), disaster response and sales to the public. Ikhayalami's intention is to provide the South African urban poor with better access to quality building materials, physical infrastructure, and planning and construction support.

    Ikhayalami seeks to appoint an Architect Intern, based in Mowbray Cape Town.

    The Intern will be on a four-month probation. The contract will be reviewed with a possibility of permanent employment.

    The successful candidate will report to the Managing Director and should have a passion for working toward imporoving the condition and environment of the urban poor.

    • Draw Site layouts;
    • Individual household layouts;
    • Work closely with communities;
    • Ability to capacitate and train others;
    • Work closely with construction team;
    • Update catalogues, brochures and the website;
    • Report writing skills;
    • Ability to complete Bill of quantities;
    • Willing to be trained in Project management.
    • ND: Architectural Technology or Bsc Arch;
    • Proficient in Cad, 3D Modeling and Photoshop;
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Office;
    • Writing and social skills;
    • Knowledge or Fluency in isiXhosa;
    • Code 8 driver's licence would be an advantage;
    • Humble and willing to go the extra mile.
    Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter, indicating remuneration requirements, and the names of three contactable referees, to and

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

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  • African Vision Research Institute: Research Officer

    African Vision Research Institute (AVRI)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, August 12, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    The African Vision Research Institute (AVRI) is a research Institute, affiliated to the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The organisation aims to reduce the burden of blindness and visual impairment in Africa by conducting research that is relevant to disease control, human resource development and infrastructure development.

    AVRI seeks to appoint a Research Officer, based in Durban.

    The Research Officer will provide research and technical support to the African Vision Research Institute (AVRI) on all eye health research activities.

    • Provide technical support to all AVRI activities;
    • Coordinate research project activities;
    • Supervise field research activities and conduct data checks;
    • Conduct, monitor and evaluate research activities;
    • Oversee the data collection, recording and reporting to ensure that the appropriate and correct data is collected and recorded;
    • Coordinate and conduct/ supervise data entry into research data bases;
    • Assist in the write-up of research protocols, reports and articles for publications;
    • Assist with ethical approval applications;
    • Facilitate communication with research partners and collaborating institutions;
    • Submit monthly project reports.                                                                                                               
    • A Masters Degree (Health or Social Sciences) with a minimum of two years or equivalent work experience in research-related programmes;
    • Experience in conducting and overseeing research;
    • Data collection and supervision experience;
    • Communication and managerial skills;
    • Ability to speak  English;
    • Verbal and written communication skills;
    • Ability to develop and maintain close relationships with various stakeholders;
    • Ability to mobilise resources to ensure programme activities are implemented;
    • Multi-tasking skills;
    • Problem solving skills;
    • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment;
    • Dependable and detail-oriented;
    • Personal and professional maturity and judgment.
    To apply, submit CV and certified copies of qualifications to

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

    Enquiries: Dr Jyoti Jaggernath or Mrs Janine Parsons: Tel 031 202 3811.

    Only successful candidates will be contacted.

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  • NGO Pressurises DBE on Desks and Chairs

    Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, remains under pressure from two non-government organisations (NGOs) that are demanding that she improve the education system.

    SECTION27 - which fought her on the non-delivery of textbooks to schools last year, especially in Limpopo - now wants her to ensure that desks and chairs are provided for 200 000 pupils in the province.

    The NGO is also monitoring the department's efforts to improve sanitation at schools after 414 were found to be in urgent need of ablution facilities.

    To read the article titled, “More woes for Angie,” click here.

    Times Live
  • Re-Draft Will Take Six Months - Motshekga

    Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, says a re-draft of the norms and standards for school infrastructure will take at least six months to complete.

    Two weeks ago, Motshekga pointed out that, "The South African government is a democracy that requires all involved and interested in education to have ample time to make input to the final regulations."

    At that time, the Equal Education (EE) group says it was taking her to court for allegedly breaching an agreement to publish the document by 15 May 2013. The matter was to be heard in the Bisho High Court on 11 July 2013.

    To read the article titled, “Re-draft will take six months,” click here.

  • Transport Minister Defends e-Tolls

    Transport Minister, Ben Martins, says e-tolling is needed to pay for and maintain infrastructure critical to South Africa's future economic growth.

    Addressing the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Martins pointed out that, “The South African economy requires infrastructure to develop and grow, create jobs and to fight the scourge of unemployment and inequality."

    He was speaking during the debate on the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill, which is necessary before e-tolling can take place in Gauteng or anywhere else.

    To read the article titled, “E-tolls needed for infrastructure,” click here.

    The Citizen
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