• Activist Tackles Abusive Shell Companies

    Charmian Gooch, a co-founder of Global Witness, a group that advocates for financial transparency, is rewriting rules from Washington to Brussels - and changing the way companies do business.

    On 31 October 2013, United Kingdom Prime Minister, David Cameron, took the stage at the Open Government Partnership conference in London and announced a that he was going to introduce legislation requiring all companies based in Britain to disclose who their ultimate owners are in a publicly accessible registry.

    According to the World Bank, more than US$1 trillion is lost to bribery and state looting annually, and according to Mo Ibrahim, whose Mo Ibrahim Foundation has created organisation created the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, “…this is something that needs to be addressed urgently…”

    To read the article titled, “Corruption fighter Gooch tackles abusive Shell companies,” click here.

    Bloomberg News
  • Call for NGOs to be Audited

    Nsanje District Commissioner, Harry Phiri, says that the Kalondolondo Social audit programme should start assessing projects implemented by the country's non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

    Phiri says that most of the NGOs in Malawi receive more funds from donors, adding that the funds are not properly handled and therefore need to be assessed.

    His opinion comes at a time when the district is to have its 25 Local Development Fund (LDF) teacher houses project audited by the Kalondolondo programme.

    To read the article titled, “CSOS' projects should be audited - Nsanje DC,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Matriculants Urged to Give Back

    The Western Cape has launched a programme that challenges the idea of matriculants spending a gap year abroad - and invites the ‘brightest and the best’ of them to make a difference right here.

    The Year Beyond programme will use ideas that have been implemented in schools by a number of non-governmental organisations, but take them further by training volunteers to apply them.

    In 2015 the programme will be rolled out in 24 primary schools and high schools with mass opportunity and development centres for after-school activities.

    To read the article titled, “Zille invites matrics to give back,” click here.

    IOL News
  • Activists to Station in Mbombela

    In an effort to combat cross-border human and drug trafficking, a group of Gauteng-based activists will soon be operating in Mbombela, Mpumalanga.

    National non-governmental organisation (NGO), Asilweni Cleaning Streets, seeks to help victims of human trafficking through a series of awareness campaigns around the Lowveld.

    The organisation’s the NGO’s founding chairperson, Cherlyn Tshabangu, points out that, “Mbombela is close to the border and prone to more trafficking of children from South Africa to Mozambique and vice versa.”

    To read the article titled, “GP anti-trafficking NGO to station in Mpumalanga,” click here.

    News 24
  • SA NGO Wins Top UNESCO Award

    A South African non-governmental organisation, Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy, has received the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) Confucius Prize for Literacy.

    The Confucius Prize for Literacy award was presented on International Literacy Day - 8 September 2014 - and its candidacy was supported by the Ministry of Basic Education and the South African National Commission for UNESCO.

    Molteno chief executive, Masennya Dikotla, points out that the recommendation by the Department of Basic Education shows the trust they have in the work that Molteno does, adding that, “We dedicate this prize to the children of our beloved country and will use the prize money to ensure a better future for them.”

    To read the article titled, “SA NGO receives top UNESCO award,” click here.

    IOL News
  • OUTA: E-tolls Have Failed

    The Oppostion to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) believes the questionable execution of e-tolling in Gauteng had paved its road to failure.

    Speaking at an advisory panel on e-tolls which looks at the systems socioeconomic impact, OUTA chairperson Wayne Duvenage was demonstrating reasons for the failure of the system.

    Duvenage, states that, “We are wasting everyday peoples’ money… we need to switch the system off.”

    To read the article titled, “E-tolls failed: OUTA,” click here.

    Times Live
  • GBV Indicators Study for Western Cape

    The Gender Link’s Western Cape GBV Indicators Study provides the first comprehensive baseline data on violence against women in the province.

    The study shows that 39 percent of women have experienced some form of violence in their lifetime, and that the same proportion of men admit to perpetrating violence.

    It found that most of this violence takes place where all citizens should feel safest - in the home and in communities – and that the highest proportion of violence is the kind for which there is no category in police records - emotional, verbal and economic abuse.

    To read the article titled, “GBV Indicators Study - Western Cape Province, SA,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Gift of the Givers Supplies Not Yet Reached Gaza

    Medical equipment and supplies taken by the humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers, have not yet reached Gaza almost a week after arriving in Egypt.
    The South African Department of International Relations is still negotiating its safe passage and seeking clearance from the Egyptian government.
    The team was allowed to enter the war-torn region after being stuck at the Egyptian Raffah border crossing.
    To read the article titled, “Gift of the Givers supplies not yet reached Gaza,” click here.

    SABC News
  • NGOs Hand Out 4 000 Cardboard Cots in KZN

    Approximately 4 000 cardboard baby-cots are being distributed in KwaZulu-Natal in an effort to curb neonatal mortality.
    World Vision South Africa and the Help Our Little Ones Foundation, spearheading the project, have designed 10 000 cardboard cots to distribute in six provinces across the country.
    The NGO’s spokesperson, Sasha Endemann, advises that mothers must have attended at least four antenatal classes to qualify, emphasising that, “This is to promote healthcare and improve the mortality (rate) of both the mothers and their newborn.”
    To read the article titled, “KZN hands out 4 000 cardboard cots,” click here.

    IOL News
  • NGO Supports Call for Fuel-Levy to Pay for E-tolls

    The Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) supports the call for a fuel-levy to help pay for Gauteng’s controversial e-tolling system.
    The JPSA along with the majority of interested parties who have already made their submissions to the Gauteng e-toll review panel sitting, set up by Gauteng premier David Makhura, argue that the multi-billion rand project must be scrapped.
    JPSA’s Howard Dembovsky says there are other ways to pay for the roads, and declares that, “We have made a number of recommendations and of course we cannot ignore the elephant in the room which is the fuel levy. We have provided sustentative proof that there is no such thing as not being able to ring-fence the fuel levy.”
    To read the article titled, “JPSA weighs in on e-tolling debate,” click here.

    Eye Witness News
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