Social Justice

A Perfect Pinotage Pairing: Wine Farmer Philanthropy in South Africa

Let me start by saying I wanted to write an energising piece about the increasing predominance of wine farmers linked with philanthropy – and it would probably have ended up sounding a tad romantic, with visions of committed philanthropists making funding decisions to change South Africa’s entrenched dynamics of poverty and injustice, while sipping on a glass of world-renowned pinotage as the sun sets over their vineyards and workers bring in the last of the day’s grape harvest.

This blog hasn’t turned out quite that way.

Lilongwe CSOs Form Network

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) operating in Lilongwe district have formed a network aimed at mobilising and coordinating the organisations to ensure smooth and proper coordination of their activities.
 
Constantine Mulinde of Concern World Wide, whose organisation is the network's vice chair, says the Lilongwe Civil Society Organisations Network (LICSOnet) has been established as a platform for all NGOs operating in the district to share information and experiences.
 

Awethu!: National Organiser

Awethu! is an emerging coalition of organisations and activists campaigning for a strong, relevant, representative civil society network in South Africa. Awethu! aims to create a platform through which a wide range of social justice issues can be addressed collectively by NGOs, CBOs and social justice platforms across the country. Awethu!’s objective is to help put power back in the hands of the people and to hold government (and all political parties) accountable for delivering on their many promises. 

Community Demands Economic Empowerment

Mining magnate, Patrice Motsepe, has been given a memorandum of demands by over 400 angry residents living next to Modikwa, a platinum mine in the Greater Tubatse Municipality and also the subsidiary of Motsepe’s African Rainbow Minerals group.

The community demand that Motsepe should empower them economically because, “We have been frustrated for a long time because Motsepe's mines are making huge profits, but our people remain disadvantaged."

SDGs to Succeed if they Can Succeed in Africa

The new international targets to improve people's lives and protect life on the planet, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), do much more than just extend for another 15 years the remit of the Millennium Development Goals.

The SDGs, an unprecedented collective global push to tackle the root causes of poverty, focus sharply on issues of justice, inequality and equity.

The SDGs will only succeed, however, if they can succeed in Africa – a continent whose rapidly growing population most needs the change that the agenda describes.

Social Justice Coalition: Senior Researcher

The Social Justice Coalition (SJC) is a grassroots social movement campaigning for safe, healthy and dignified communities in some of South Africa’s largest, most under-developed and dangerous townships. We are driven by our vision of advancing the constitutional rights to life, dignity, equality, freedom and safety for all people, but especially those living in informal settlements across South Africa.

The SJC seeks to appoint a full-time Senior Researcher for ourLocal Government (LG) programme, based at the SJC’s office in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

African Fertiliser and Agribusiness Partnership: Fertiliser Policy Research Assistant

African Fertiliser and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) is an independent nonprofit organisation whose purpose is to work with partners to establish sustainable and competitive private sector led fertiliser markets that provide smallholder farmers with quality fertilisers at the right place and time and at an affordable price. AFAP’s solution is to develop commercially focused partnerships with private sector partners all along the fertiliser value chain who are or will be investing and operating in these markets for years to come.

Awethu!: National Administrator

Awethu! is an emerging coalition of organisations and activists campaigning for a strong, relevant, representative civil society network in South Africa. Awethu! aims to create a platform through which a wide range of social justice issues can be addressed collectively by NGOs, CBOs and social justice platforms across the country. Awethu!’s objective is to help put power back in the hands of the people and to hold government (and all political parties) accountable for delivering on their many promises. 

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