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  • 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.
  • Call for Civil Society to Claim Back Power

    The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) has urged civil society organisations to claim back its power, during the National NPO Summit on Service Delivery.

    Speaking during the summit, SANGONeT Board chairperson, Tebogo Makgatho, used the theme ‘Making Service Delivery Work for the People’, to remind delegates that civil society should always put communities first in their activities.

    In addition, she urged NGOs represented to take advantage of the information and communication technology services offered by SANGONeT.

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

    Source: 
    SANGONeT
  • NGO Trains Young Farmers in Delmas

    Farming is labour intensive and needs individuals with a passion for the industry, young farmers who are attending courses in Delmas said.

    Buhle Academy, a non-governmental organisation started in year 2000, has already produced more than 3000 farmers.

    One of the students, 20-year-old Thami Mthethwa from Soweto is attending a vegetable production course. Mthethwa attended a farmers’ expo last year in Nasrec and developed an interest in farming.

    To read the article titled, “Passion needed’ for farming sector,” click here.

    Source: 
    The New Age
  • Solutions to Valuations Irregularities in PLK

    The South African Property Owners' Association (SAPOA) is taking a proactive and long-term view on tackling key property-related challenges in the City of Polokwane.

    Municipal relations is a key plank in SAPOA's mandate from the commercial and industrial property industry, and SAPOA is keenly aware that the effectiveness of municipalities across South Africa requires commitment from both the public and private sectors.

    SAPOA’s regional council chairperson, Sumari Ridder, points out that, "Although we're engaged with illegal land uses, illegal trading and economic development initiatives, the legality of the development of the City's 2014/2015 general valuations roll is arguably our most pressing concern."

    To read the article titled, “SAPOA seeks solutions to valuations irregularities in Polokwane,” click here.

    Source: 
    EPROP
  • Manifestos Overlook Children’s Rights - NGOs

    A number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have pointed out that children's rights to education and healthcare are not considered an election issue by parties, but should be.

    Children's rights to education, healthcare and services are not picketed and protested over nor considered an election issue by communities because they do not even know what children's rights are, says Centre for Child Law.

    Centre for Child Law attorney, Karabo Ngidi, points out that, "Mostly in rural areas and townships people don't even think of it as an issue, let alone an election issue."

    To read the article titled, “Children's rights forgotten in election manifestos,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • MISA Criticises SADC Over Inequality

    The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has noted that women are still not being considered as news makers in most countries in the Southern Africa Community Development (SADC) region.

    MISA Lesotho national director, Tsebo Mats’asa, says statistics show that women were not still not news makers in the region as such there is need to continue putting interventions that will ensure that women’s voices are heard.

    Mats’asa says it is for this reason that MISA is carrying out activities such as capacity-building and sensitisation of media practitioners and women to ensure women’s views were heard.

    To read the article titled, “MISA bemoans gender inequality,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times of Zambia
  • Chinese NGOs Target African Countries

    China's assistance to Tanzania is heading to a new era that will centre on the people to- people activities that provides direct aid to the vulnerable groups through non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

    Beijing, despite providing assistance to Dar es Salaam in the last five decades, uses only government- to-government mode but now envisages to be blended further using NGOs.

    The decision comes at a time when the Chinese investments in the country are growing fast forcing companies to want giving back portion of revenue through corporate social responsibility (CSR), an area Beijing's firms seldom touch.

    The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), director for international development department, Wu Peng, says this year he will visit five African countries, including Tanzania on a fact finding mission prior to offering assistance.

    To read the article titled, “Chinese NGOs eye African countries,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
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