• 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 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.

    For more about Ikhayalami, refer to

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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
  • Reports of Textbook Shortage in Limpopo

    Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, says her department is yet to receive notifications about textbook shortages in Limpopo.

    This after the South African Democratic Teachers Union, SECTION27, including the Democratic Alliance, say they have received reports from various schools in the recent weeks, indicating they have yet to receive textbooks, two months is into the new academic year.

    Another challenge that had been raised by SECTION27 was that of infrastructure in the province, which Motshekga admitted that it is a widespread challenge.

    To read the article titled, “Limpopo quiet on textbooks,” click here.

    The Citizen
  • Education NGO Takes on Minister

    Equal Education says pupils at public schools should be guaranteed minimum standards of education.

    In a press statement, the organisation says that it is taking legal action against Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, to compel her to put into practice basic "norms and standards" for all pupils in public schools.

    It maintains: “Motshekga’s argument against implementing norms and standards is based on a misconception of the right to basic education."

    To read the article titled, “Education NGO takes on minister,” click here.

  • SADC Infrastructure Plan Welcomed

    South Africa has welcomed the adoption of a regional infrastructure master plan by Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders.

    The SADC Heads of State approved the plan, which is expected to boost regional trade, following their two-day summit in Mozambique.

    The plan, to be implemented over a 15-year period beginning from next year, will serve as a key strategy to guide setting up of efficient and cost-effective trans-boundary infrastructure connecting all SADC member states in areas of energy, water, information and communication technology and transport.

    To read the article titled, “Southern Africa: SA welcomes SADC Infrastructure Plan,” click here.

    All Africa
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