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  • Gay and Lesbian Network: Senior Outreach Coordinator

    Gay and Lesbian Network
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, January 7, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Gay and Lesbian Network is a young and dynamic NGO working towards creating positive change in the wellbeing of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex LGBTI community in Pietermaritzburg and the KwaZulu-Natal midlands.

    The Gay and Lesbian Network seeks to appoint a Senior Outreach Coordinator, based in KwaZulu-Natal.

    Responsibilities;
    • Development, coordination and implementation of the Network’s outreach programme;
    • Raising awareness and extending the reach of the programme;
    • Research and resource material development;
    • Identify key strategic external stakeholders who could benefit from the programme;
    • Coordinate, train and mentor volunteer trainers and facilitators;
    • Manage staff, volunteers and budget.
    Requirements:
    • Relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent in community development;
    • Two years working experience at community level;
    • Excellent communication, presentation, research and report writing skills;
    • Knowledge of the NGO sector and experience working with diverse people and organisations;
    • Commitment to the LGBTI sector;
    • Ability to work well under pressure and within a small team environment;
    • Ability to network with key external partners in mainstreaming the Network’s trainings;
    • Computer literate;
    • Proficiency in English and isiZulu preferred.
    To apply, submit a CV, contact details of three referees and motivation letter to director@gaylesbiankzn.org or fax to: 086 508 2203.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    For more about the Gay and Lesbian Network, refer to www.gaylesbiankzn.org.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • The Value of Memorial Sites in Democratic States

    The Old Fort built seven years after the establishment of Johannesburg is said to be built in the Department of Public Works, Wilhelmine, Z.A.R Architectural style. The Fort was Johannesburg’s main place for incarceration of prisoners for eight decades. Notoriously known as Number Four, the Fort occupied a ‘brooding’ presence in the city, the Fort added a character to the city’s look. It gave it character. Its architectural structure speaking volumes about its use.

    As the City of Joburg is being developed as a world class City it carries with it the remnants of the old; buildings such as Constitution Hill are an indelible landmark in the skycrape of the City, as if to say ‘this is our history, we move forward with it’. Constitution Hill has a unique architect that served a specific purpose in the old regime. It is through the monumental sites such as the Number Four, Women’s Gaol and the Old Fort that this site has become to be known as a National Heritage treasure.

    Constitution Hill holds a painful history of South Africa. Located between Braamfontein, Parktown and Hillbrow this national heritage site finds itself in the middle of the melting pot of South Africa. Constitution Hill is a juxtaposition of the old and new, the dawn of the past and emergence of the new. It is a compelling contradiction really, with the Constitutional Court just a few meters away from Number Four, a site that held black men, subjected to extreme humiliation and driven to a point of madness through inhuman conditions and solitary confinement.

    Today, the structure that is known as Number Four bears witness to atrocities which were carried here. The walls are marked with tons of messages engraved, not all of them are political, and most urge and encourage the struggle against apartheid to be carried on, while some are just simple thuggish, gangster almost. Inside these walls men and women from all walks of life were incarcerated for crimes ranging from brewing beer illegally, prostitution, political activism and other acts which were considered criminal during the Laws of Apartheid.

    A walk through the late 19 century structures of Constitution Hills Precinct reveals pockets of sleepy undisturbed realities which call to memory the lone, dry landscapes of old South Africa. Colossal in stature the Ramparts at some points reveal their sepia natural stones interwoven amid golden grass and shuddering old concrete. The silence born from the fortification is amplified in contrast to the often distant muted hollering of city life. All this often brought to life by temporary exhibitions, seminars, festivals and other activities that awaken the soul of the site, with probing question about the past, the future. Young people flood the place in their school uniforms, to learn about their painful history as they walk around the site they are confronted by hope, getting an opportunity to climb up the Ramparts and view the Constitutional Court against this painful background. It is hope for the future.

    Here, a place of animated surfaces and myriad tones. One finds a plethora of characteristics etched and flaking from these old edifices; surfaces textured by inmate symbols and sentiments evoke tragic emotions which are heightened by the sadness and angst of context. The old structures seem to shed skin, sheds its past appearance, its intended function for a different paradigm in a transitory state. 

    Around the site there are Ramparts forming a crescent. It is said that the Ramparts were built in 1896 to bolster the military defenses of the Kruger government after the Jameson Raid. These high rock walls were needed for surveillance, intimidation or incarceration. With its thick high walls which shine brilliantly in the midday sun, it is often solitary courtyards, vast and angular; confine the human body in a rigid, robust physicality. At this point, that of the urban milieu which could faintly be heard gives way to hard steeled gates and double volumed Atriums of the 120 year old relic. Beyond the courtyards; the lure of the quirky and the period in the details of the interior consolidates the archiac ambience. These walls and heavy steel doors were once kept locked to silence Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Joe Slovo, Fatima Meer and others incarcerated in the name of ‘swart gevaar’.

    The Ramparts are still standing and have been refurbished; through a delicate process to keep the memory of the Ramparts the process was focused on refurbishing these spaces and make them functional while holding onto the memory that they carry. They host a digital exhibition on Mandela and Ghandi. These two prolific icons don the walls and the interactive screens, both as if to say ‘memory has to be activated’.

    The Precinct is filled with amazing finds in intimate spaces catapulting the imagination from the present to the old and back to the present again. On a bigger scale; architecturally, ideologically and fundimentally the Constitution Court is in stark contrast to the OldFort, Number Four* and The Woman Gaol* (* other structures on Constitution Hills Precinct). The Court embodies the core values of a free and democratic state, the OldFort and other structures imprisoned lots of people including Mandela, our first democratically-elected President.

    Surfaces and textures found on and inside the Constitutional Court reflect the ideals of a cosmopolitan society. The court is colourful (attractive), transparent and accessible; dappled natural light inundates its hallways; the structure and support are punctuated by indigenous Fine Art conscious of its setting.  The OldFort and surrounding structures bare the hallmarks of a paranoid and sadist psyche riddled with prejudice and menacing gunslits.      

    Constitution Hill is a site of contradictory epochs, contrasting physicalities, textures and surfaces some of which are flaking off and some restored,nourished and reconfigured. It provides, evokes stories and interpretations central to the struggle of people trying to create a new united identity from the detritus of oppression and inhumanity.
    This tumultous physical make-up with its colonial, aparthied and contemporary nuances gives the Constitution Hill visitor an evocative voyage through periods of history, the walls of the structures utter their sentiments through textures we see and the imagery conjured by the flaking of the surfaces. The site at night illuminates the sky as the two towers beam a light onto the sky, as if to confirm its place in the 20 year-old democratic South Africa.

    The site was reawakened on 20 June 2014, when over 300 learners descended upon its concrete grounds to engage on a Mandela Ghandi Youth Summit. These young people came together to unpack and locate the values and principles of Ghandi and Mandela within Generation Z. South African learners interacting with their counterparts from India, shared the ideals of Mandela and Ghandi, tracing their journeys.

    The site is kept alive with various programmes to promote human rights, constitutional education and democracy. These are necessary programmes to give a platform for citizens to engage on issues pertinent to the development of South Africa.

    Contributers: Katlego Lefine and Lebogang Marishane, Both write in their personal capacity

    - Lebogang Marishane is a strategic executive assistant and Katlego Lefine is a Fine Artist at Constitution Hill.
  • Ugandan Cops Abuse Street Kids - HRW

    The Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the Ugandan street children face constant abuse from police and government officials, who beat and extort bribes from them.

    The organisation states that police as well as Kampala city officials detain street children after targeted roundups.

    In its report entitled ‘Where Do You Want Us To Go?’ the organisation further states that police beat them with batons, whips and wires as punishment for vagrancy or to extort bribes as a condition for letting them go.

    To read the article titled, “Ugandan cops abuse street kids – HRW,” click here.

     

    Source: 
    News 24
  • Activists Slogans Insulting - Mvambi

    Free State health MEC, Benny Malakoane’s spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi has condemned activists’ ‘insulting slogans’ and deemed them ‘inappropriate’.

    Mvambi states that, “The executive council, including the premier [Ace Magashule], has expressed confidence in Malakoane’s plans to fix the Free State health department. We’ve now got help from treasury and also the national health department and we’re going to make sure the provincial depot is stocked well.”

    His comments follow the chanting of slogans – ‘Down with [Free State health MEC] Benny Malakoane, he’s a corrupt killer! We want him out!’ by about 500 Free State community health workers and health activists they marched and toyi-toyied around the provincial health department headquarters in Bloemfontein.

    To read the article titled, “Free State's Malakoane calls activists' slogans insulting,” click here.

     

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • Support Justice for Sun City Workers

    A few weeks ago, Sun City employees downed tools after discovering that the resort’s management had allegedly installed hidden cameras, without informing workers. This subsequently led to dismissal of hundreds of workers, accused by Sun City of ‘stealing food and beverages’.

    During the strike, workers were shot at leading to the admission of three people into hospital, with one of them in a critical state after being shot with live ammunition.

    Sun City has since denied the use of live ammunition, but workers insist that it is true and reportedly said they are willing to point out the alleged shooters.

    On Friday, 11 July 2014, however, the workers reached an agreement with the resort following two-day talks at the CCMA and intervention by the MEC of Agriculture and Rural Development, Desbo Mohono. The agreement allowed all workers to return to work, with those who were suspended having the suspensions overturned.

    According to COSATU North West Provincial Secretary, Solly Phetoe, “all charges brought against workers, who were accused of stealing have been withdrawn but we will continue to follow-up on this. We have requested the videos that are alleged to show workers stealing, but have as yet to receive them”.

    Sun City has over the years faced many accusations about its poor treatment of workers. This includes:

    • November 2009: An employee of Falcon Security, a company hired by Sun City is accused of playing a music CD with lyrics referring to former presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki  as a 'k****r' and 'baboon' respectively. A white supervisor also accused of allegedly telling two workers that they smelled like baboons;
    • August 2011: Sun City police are accused of racial discrimination after allegedly assaulting over six workers;
    • August 2012: Sun City was accused of not paying its workers for overtime for over 25-years;
    • January 2013: The then Premier of the North West requested to mediate in unhappiness over how a Sun City security company apprehended workers; and
    • In August 2013, workers went on strike after the resort’s management allegedly ordered that two female workers accused of stealing R400, be stripped and searched by security guards.

    amandla.mobi an independent, non-partisan campaigning organisation is calling for an independent investigation into the shootings and the treatment of workers at Sun City. Members of the public are urged to dial *120*4729# in support of justice for workers or alternatively add your voice here. Spread the word, numbers are needed to pressure Sun City and ensure that workers rights are taken seriously by the resort.

    - Koketso Moeti, is from the digital communications field, a blogger, political orphan and part of the Activate! Change Drivers network. She is passionate about people, E-mail: kmoeti@gmail.com or visit http://about.me/koketsomoeti.

  • Western Cape APD: Human Resources Officer

    Western Cape Association for Persons with Disabilities (APD)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Western Cape Association for Persons with Disabilities (APD) is a nonprofit organisation, affiliated to the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa. The Western Cape APD serves as a pro-active forum for the advancement of persons with physical disabilities so as to enable them to attain their maximum level of independence and integration into the community, and is active in the prevention of physical disablement.

    Western Cape APD seeks to appoint a Human Resources (HR) Officer for its Provincial office, based in Milnerton, Cape Town.

    The successful applicant will be required to render HR services to all the Association's branches.

    Responsibilities:
    • Facilitate and manage recruitment and selection of professional staff;
    • Advise management on labour relations matters;
    • Facilitate and administer training and development initiatives;
    • Personnel Administration and
    • Facilitate and administer performance management interventions.
    Requirements:
    • Qualification in HR;
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office;
    • Good communication and interpersonal skills;
    • A good team player;
    • Valid driver's licence;
    • Travel to branches in Western Cape and 
    • Minimum of two years experience in the HR field.
    Please send complete CV to director@wcapd.org.za.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Should you not hear from us within 14 days after the closing date of this advertisement,  consider your application was unsuccessful.

    For more about the Western Cape Association for Persons with Disabilities, refer to www.wcapd.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • SWEAT: Finance Officer

    Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Task Force (SWEAT)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Thursday, July 10, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment

    Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Task Force (SWEAT) is a dynamic non-governmental organisation addresses the health and human rights of sex workers.

    SWEAT seeks to appoint a full time Finance Officer, based in Cape Town.

    The successful candidate should be a skilled and energetic person, with a keen attention to detail to work primarily in the Red Umbrella Programme.

    Starting date: as soon as possible.

    Responsibilities:
    • Daily financial data capture, filing and record keeping, cash flow management and responding to financial queries.
    Requirements:
    • Minimum of three years book-keeping experience, preferably in a nonprofit organisation;
    • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of pastel accounting;
    • Must be able to keep his or her head in a fast-paced environment;
    • Non-judgemental approach to sex work is a must.
    To apply, submit a CV and a brief motivational letter to Fatima Fredericks at fatima@sweat.org.za.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    For more about Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Task Force, refer to www.sweat.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa: General Counsel / Advocate

    Socio-Economic Rights Institute of SA (SERI)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, July 18, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) is a nonprofit organisation providing professional, dedicated and expert socio-economic rights assistance to individuals, communities and social movements in South Africa.

    The SERI Law Clinic has a first-rate human rights practice, which encompasses constitutional and administrative law, criminal defence, defamation, labour law, property law, contract law (insofar as it involves consumer protection) and actions against the police and other delictual claims. SERI concentrates its work in South Africa’s townships, informal settlements, the Johannesburg Inner City and other poor and marginalised communities. SERI’s practitioners appear regularly at all levels of the courts system, up to and including the Constitutional Court.

    SERI seeks to appoint a General Counsel/Advocate, based in Johannesburg.

    Reporting to the Director of Litigation, General Counsel will work alongside SERI’s attorneys across the whole range of SERI work. He or she will appear in court alone or together with a silk and/or more junior counsel in trials, motions and appeals as required.

    Requirements:
    • Admission as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa;
    • Membership of one of the constituent bars of the General Council of the Bar of South Africa;
    • Interest in and, some prior engagement with, human rights law or litigation;
    • Minimum of three years experience of practice as an advocate;
    • Willingness to practice exclusively, or predominantly, from the SERI Law Clinic.
    Desirable
    • Interest in, and experience of, research, writing and publication;
    • Fluency in any of South Africa’s indigenous languages;
    • Experience of practice in the Supreme Court of Appeal and Constitutional Court;
    • Master’s degree in Law or equivalent.
    Salary: R500 000 - R620 000 per annum, depending on experience, and on the proportion of time the successful candidate is willing to devote to practice at SERI. The successful candidate will be expected to obtain the Bar Council’s leave to practice from SERI.

    Download the General Counsel (Advocate) advertisment in PDF format here

    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to Sanele Garane at sanele@seri-sa.org.

    Your motivation letter must specify why you’re interested in this post. Please also provide a detailed explanation of why you are interested in working for SERI in particular, and what qualities and experience you would bring to the post.

    Generalised motivation letters, which do not engage with SERI’s activities and purpose, will not be considered.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and will be expected to make themselves available for interview in August 2014.

    For more about Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa, refer to www.seri-sa.org.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Western Cape APD: Community Development Worker

    Western Cape Association for Persons with Disabilities (APD) - Knysna APD
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, June 30, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Western Cape Association for Persons with Disabilities (APD) is a nonprofit organisation, affiliated to the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa. The Western Cape APD serves as a pro-active forum for the advancement of persons with physical disabilities so as to enable them to attain their maximum level of independence and integration into the community, and is active in the prevention of physical disablement.

    Knysna APD seeks to appoint a Community Development Worker, based in Knysna Southern Cape, Western Cape.

    The person will facilitate community development projects for persons with disabilities on behalf of the Association.

    Requirements:
    • Grade 12 Certificate with appropriate training as Community Worker;
    • Valid driver’s licence;
    • Good written and verbal communication skills in at least two languages of the Western Cape.
    To apply, submit a CV to Eldorette at knysnaapd@telkomsa.net or fax to: 086 574 3777.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Enquiries:  Smith, Tel: 044 385 0126.

    For more about the Western Cape Association for Persons with Disabilities, refer to www.wcapd.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Greater Benoni Child Welfare: House Mother

    The Greater Benoni Child Welfare
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, June 20, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Greater Benoni Child Welfare is a nonprofit organisation that provides a safe haven for children who are considered to be at risk within their home environment.

    The Greater Benoni Child Welfare seeks to appoint a House Mother at Colin House, Child and Youth Care Centre, based in Benoni.

    Responsibilities:
    • Reception, integration and supervision of children in the home;
    • Attend to children’s physical, emotional, academic, sports and cultural well being;
    • Plan Menus and prepare food;
    • Liaise with schools, social workers and other groups and institutions as required;
    • Administrative tasks;
    • Supervise domestic workers.
    Requirements:
    • Care Givers Certificate;
    • Fluency in English, Afrikaans and an ethnic language;
    • Valid driver’s licence;
    • Preferably two years experience in a Child and Youth Care Centre;
    • Live in at Centre while on duty.
    To apply, submit a CV including certificate / licence to Ruth Sillitoe at benonicws@lantic.net, fax to 011 425 2131.
     
    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Should you not be contacted within two weeks of the closing date, consider your application unsuccessful.

    For more about the Greater Benoni Child Welfare, refer to http://benonichildwelfare.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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