Dlamini-Zuma is New Head of AU Commission

Home Affairs Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has been elected to become the first female head of the African Union Commission, ending a bruising leadership battle that had threatened to divide the organisation.

Dlamini-Zuma defeated incumbent Jean Ping of Gabon, who had been at the helm of the commission, the AU's steering body, since 2008.

Dlamini-Zuma, a 63-year-old who has previously served as minister of health and foreign affairs, had to undergo three voting rounds before Ping, 69, was finally eliminated.

AU Election Test of Africa's Unity and Commitment to Equality

Africa Day 2012 was celebrated under the theme ‘Towards the Realisation of a United and Integrated Africa and its Diaspora’. The theme is particularly significant as the election of the Africa Union (AU) chairperson draws closer with a strong female contender, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Home Affairs in South Africa.

The AU Summit will be held from 9-10 July 2012 in Malawi, which is still basking in the glory of having the first female President in Southern Africa.

Southern Africa: First Woman President Says the Time Is Now!

In an interview with an Aljazeera news anchor, the newly sworn-in Republic of Malawi President, Joyce Banda, said, "My election (in 2009) as the vice president and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (Liberian president) shows that Africans have grown in democracy [and] they have confidence in both women and men in leading them. Africans have decided that the time is now that women can also participate in leadership."

Inaugural Memorial Lecture to Honour Gxowa

The Bertha Gxowa Foundation will host an inaugural memorial lecture to honour the late struggle heroine and activist, Bertha Gxowa.

In a press statement, the Foundation states that the memorial lecture will be held on 27 March 2012 at the Bertha Gxowa Hospital in Germiston, east of Johannesburg.

The Foundation, which will be officially launched later this year, aims to unearth the contribution women had made to the country's history. It is currently chaired by Home Affairs Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

TMALI to Launch Leadership Courses

The Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI) will launch short-term courses for students who want to become thought leaders.

In a press statement, TMALI points out that the courses will begin with an orientation week from Monday, at Senate Hall, University of South Africa, the TMALI organisation said in a statement.

The Institute further states that the courses will modules such as introduction to leadership for Africa's renewal, deconstructing the vision for Africa's renewal, and decision making and conflict management in the African context.

Polygamy, Promiscuity and Progressive Leadership

If nothing else, President Jacob Zuma's belated apology about his out-of-wedlock child with Sonono Khoza following unprecedented outrage at the way he has demeaned the highest office in the land has shown the power of public opinion in a democracy. We have also established once and for all that the personal is political and that leaders must practice what they preach where HIV and AIDS is concerned.

The day that was (day 1)

The Day that Was – Day 1

Wow, what a day! Monday was about so much… incredible conversations, packed meetings, lots of smiles, a few frowns and even maybe a few tears.
The opening was great – we are reminded to think, to question, to know that what happens at a macro level is often planned, although we may not know the rationale for the plan.  

Organisational Development and the NPO leader- Part 3: Planning OD Interventions

Planning organisational development (OD) interventions has two key aspects: intervention choice and planning for the execution of the intervention. OD interventions fail for many reasons, but common ones include bad choice of intervention or poor implementation. The choice of intervention should, as the previous articles in this series have emphasised, be guided by the initial diagnosis. If you know what is wrong, then you can choose a suitable remedy. Starting with the choice of remedy makes little sense. Equally, do not always expect there to be one thing wrong.

The Roots of the NGO Crisis: A Look Beyond the Surface

I have been active in the NGO sector in South Africa for about 27 years starting out as volunteer, field worker, organiser, programmes manager and later as director. I have also served on various NGO boards, act as advisor to many and now practice as a development practitioner within the sector.


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