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  • OUTA Warns People Against SANRAL

    The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has warned Gauteng e-toll road users to think before being ‘seduced’ by roads agency SANRAL’s latest offer to register for e-tags.
     
    In a press statement, OUTA spokesperson, John Clarke, points out that, “SANRAL is desperate to get the over 1.3 million non-compliant freeways users to play on their turf by signing their terms and conditions.”
     
    OUTA’s comments follow SANRAL’s announcement that the grace period for e-toll road users to settle their accounts and benefit from the discount had been extended.
     
    To read the article titled, “Don't let SANRAL seduce you: OUTA,” click here.

    Source: 
    IOL News
  • Zuma Tops As Election Loudmouth

    President Jacob Zuma tops a list of the top 20 ‘loudmouths’ in the run-up to the elections, with Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, coming in a close second.

    According to an interim report released by the Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), Zuma received the most media coverage in the months leading up to the elections.

    EFF leader Julius Malema is in second place, followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Helen Zille, DA Gauteng premier candidate, Mmusi Maimane, and Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela.

    To read the article titled, “Zumabeats Malema as election loudmouth – survey,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • Call for Political Parties to Keep Voters Interested

    The Institute of Security Studies (ISS) says it is critical for political parties at this stage of the election season to maximise the number of voters that they get to the polls.

    ISS consultant, Jonathan Faull, says to do this political parties need functional apparatus across the provinces and on a national level.

    Faull further says that if political parties hope to compete on a national stage they will need machinery, volunteers and they also need the momentum to carry out their campaign. 

    To read the article titled, “Political parties need to keep their supporters interested: ISS,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Citizens Forgotten in Election Coverage: MMA

    The Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) says the media has allowed political parties to set the agenda for coverage of the election campaign and neglected issues affecting ordinary citizens.

    In an interim report on the media's handling of the elections, the watchdog says 52 percent of all stories 7 May 2014 polls concern ‘party campaigning’ and ‘party politics’.

    The organisation explains that a break-down of election coverage show that corruption was the third-ranking topic, followed by election logistics. These stories however mostly focused on the Nkandla controversy and the legal woes of the Independent Electoral Commission chairperson, Pansy Tlakula.

    To read the article titled, “Ordinary citizens forgotten in election coverage: monitor,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • Civil Society Criticises the SABC

    Civil society groups have joined the list of political parties criticising the South African Broadcasting Commission (SABC) recently by protesting outside its Auckland Park head offices.

    Right2Know, Save Our SABC, the Independent Producers’ Organisation, the Democratic Left Front and members of the National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (NUMSA) accuse the public broadcaster of favouring the ruling African National Congress (ANC), intimidating its journalists and failing to air quality, local content.

    NUMSA national education coordinator, Dinga Sikwebu, warned that, “If you want to speak to the ANC, go to Luthuli House,” adding that the nation needs to hear the truth about issues like Nkandla.

    To read the article titled, “Civil society vs Hlaudification of the SABC,” click here.

    Source: 
    Daily Maverick
  • NGO Likely to Back a Political Party

    The political Abahlali baseMjondolo is considering backing a political party for the first time since 2006, but their clout comes at a price.

    For the first time since 2006, the shack dwellers movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo, is not staging a ‘no land, no house, no vote’ campaign as it has done for several editions of UnFreedom Day – an unofficial South African holiday – that it commemorates each year on 28 April 2014.

    A few days before this year's event at the Siyanda informal settlement in KwaMashu, Durban, the organisation launched a talk shop that invited political parties to give presentations on why they should get Abahlali's vote instead.

    To read the article titled, “Shack dwellers movement offers voting bloc for living conditions guarantee,” click here.

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    Mail and Guardian
  • Teenage Mums Require Support

    The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says the only one in three teenagers who fall pregnant continues her education after delivery, despite the South African Schools Act, which says that ‘girls who become pregnant should not be denied access to education.’
     
    The UNFPA estimates that 51 000 South African schoolgirls gave birth in 2011 and the Department of Health reports that eight percent of the women who give birth in public hospitals and clinics are less than 18 years old.
     
    University of KwaZulu-Natal’s researcher, Samantha Willan, argues that that falling pregnant has a devastating effect on a teenage girl's schooling. "Supporting teenage mothers to complete their education is the most powerful intervention we as society can make for both the teenage girl and her baby," she explains.  
     
    To read the article titled, “Teenage moms need support, not censure,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • CSOs’ Role in Service Delivery Commended

    North West Premier, Thandi Modise, has urged South Africans to respect the role that civil society organisations (CSOs) play in the delivery of services.

    Addressing delegates at the National NPO Summit, which was held under the theme ‘Making Service Delivery Work for the People’ in Mahikeng, North West, Modise stressed that, “Functional democracy depends on civil society.”

    She also emphasised the need to encourage the participation of CSOs at the ward level, adding that this approach will contribute to the idea of people owning their own programmes, which is supported by the National Development Plan.

    In addition, Modise expressed her disappointment with the tendency of certain mining companies in the North West province for neglecting the conditions that mine workers and their communities live under because “Government on its own cannot deliver.”

    For more about the National NPO Summit on Service Delivery, refer to www.ngopulse.org/blogs/npos-democracy-and-service-delivery.

    Source: 
    SANGONeT
  • NGO Emphasises CSO, Govt Partnership

    The South African NGO Coalition (SANGOCO) says that civil society organisations are capable of deciding on a clear path on how it forges partnership and unity.

    Speaking during the NPO Summit on Service Delivery in Mahikeng, North West, SANGOCO president, Jimmy Gotyana, reminded delegates that SANGOCO’s role is to continue leading the development agenda in South Africa.

    Gotyana expressed SANGOCO’s appreciation of the commitment shown by North West premier, Thandi Modise, in ensuring that civil society works in partnership with government, to deliver quality services to the people.

    He also emphasised the need for all role players in society to work alongside each other to eradicate the socio-economic challenges faced by many communities in the country.

    For more about the National NPO Summit on Service Delivery, refer to www.ngopulse.org/blogs/npos-democracy-and-service-delivery.

    Source: 
    SANGONeT
  • NPOs, Democracy and Service Delivery

    The South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO), in partnership with the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT), hosted a National NPO Summit on Service Delivery from 24-26 April 2014 in Mahikeng, North West. 

    Hosted under the theme ‘Making Service Delivery Work for the People’, the summit took place amid increasing service delivery protests across the country. It is worth noting that the conference coincided with the election campaign, in which the ruling African National Congress (ANC) insist that it has a ‘good story to tell’ while opposition parties blame it for lack of services or poor services in municipalities, especially those that continue to make headlines due to service delivery protests. 

    NPOs play a critical role of ensuring that communities receive quality services. This role usually applies to communities where government does not have the capacity to do so. However, since the dawn of democracy, there is a growing need for the sector to continue partnering with government and other relevant stakeholders to implement developmental projects / programmes aimed at improving people’s lives.

    The event also provided an opportunity for the NPO sector to make a contribution to government’s service delivery mechanisms. The National NPO Summit on Service Delivery was therefore, part of a groundbreaking effort to address the increasing service delivery protests together with the emerging community needs. The summit also enabled the sector to forge partnerships with government on one hand. On the other hand, it enabled various role players in the development space to strengthen existing partnerships and also share the best practices with the view to accelerate services delivery going forward.

    Most important was that the discussions and breakaway sessions were geared towards finding sustainable solutions to South Africa’s service delivery challenges.

    The following views were expressed during the Summit: SANGOCO and SANGONeT would like to thank all the CSOs that took their time to participate in this historic summit.

    We encourage you to continue engaging the sector on issues relating to service delivery in South Africa through SANGONeT’s online platforms – NGO Pulse (www.ngopulse.org) and the NGO Pulse e-newsletter – and to also benefit from the information and communication technology services offered by SANGONeT to the NGO sector. As NGOs continue to improve the lives of the people, it is important to remember that addressing service delivery requires sustainable partnerships of all the role players in the development space. 

    To make a contribution please contact the NGO Pulse team, Email: info@sangonet.org.za / Tel: 011 403 4935.
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