• Service Delivery Protest Turns Violent

    Police are on high alert in the at Thembelihle informal settlement near Lenasia in Gauteng, after service delivery protests turned violent.

    One person has been shot dead and at least three have been injured when Thembelihle residents clashed with residents of neighbouring Lenasia, south of Johannesburg.

    Police spokesperson, Kay Makhubele, points out that, “We tried to remove people from the streets which were blocked. They resisted and we had to fire rubber bullets as well as tear gas to disperse them.”

    To read the article titled, “Thembelihle is burning: TCC,” click here.

    SABC News
  • SAHRC Urges Govt to Act on Xenophobia

    The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has called on the government to act on the ‘sporadic attacks’ on immigrants and the looting of their businesses across the country.

    The SAHRC says it has visited some of the communities affected by the attacks which have all the hallmarks of xenophobia, since only foreigners and their property seem to be targeted.

    "The targeted approach of these attacks on foreign shop owners irresistibly bears xenophobic undertones and not only as criminality as it has been suggested in a number of statements by some government spokespersons.," it states

    To read the article titled, “SAHRC wants government to act on xenophobia,” click here.

    News 24
  • Childine Eastern Cape: Social Worker

    Childline Eastern Cape
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, February 9, 2015
    Opportunity type: 
    Childline South Africa is a nonprofit organisation that works collectively to protect children from all forms of violence and to create a culture of children's rights in South Africa.

    Childine Eastern Cape seeks to appoint a Social Worker, based in East London, Eastern Cape.

    The person will provide therapeutic services to abused chilfren, families and caregivers as well as to children with inappopriate sexual behaviour.

    • Professional counselling skills;
    • Excellent planning and organisational skills;
    • Project management skills;
    • Problem-solving;
    • Good networking and excellent communication skills [verbal and written];
    • Comprehensive report writing skills;
    • Good presentation and facilitation skills.
    • Enthusiasm for work in this field;
    • Ability to communicate with children and adults;
    • Belief in the capacity of children and adults to heal and develop;
    • Knowledge of and skills in applying therapeutic programmes that are appropriate for work with children who have experienced abuse and with children whose behaviour is sexually inappropriate;
    • Good working knowledge of HIV and AIDS and pre- and post-test counselling;
    • Knowledge of law and policy as it applies to children, child protection and family life; and
    • Ability to work with different sectors and disciplines.
    Core Functions:
    • The assessment of the therapeutic needs of the children and their parents/caregivers referred to Childline SA (Eastern Cape);
    • Planning and providing treatment programmes according to the identified needs of the identified children and families;
    • Pre- and post-test HIV and AIDS counselling;
    • Referring and following up referrals to other service providers as needed by the child and family;
    • Conducting focus groups on Child Protection and related matters with children and communities.
    • Working with communities on Prevention and Early Intervention programmes;
    • Evaluating the outcomes of interventions and programmes;
    • Following up with the child and family to track progress;
    • Execute standard Social Work administrative practices;
    • Writing professional reports as required; and
    • Participate in multidisciplinary programmes/projects.
    • Competency in the post-specific core functions;
    • Grade 12 (Senior Certificate) and NQF 6 degree in Social Work;
    • Registered with the SACSSP and proof of payment of SACSSP fees for 2014-2015;
    • No criminal record or pending criminal/departmental cases;
    • Minimum of two years appropriate experience as Social Worker with a minimum of 1 years’ experience in Child Protection, with specific experience in therapeutic methods;
    • Valid driver’s licence;
    • Computer skills particularly in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook; and
    • Fluency in Afrikaans and English.
    Salary: Market-related

    To apply, submit the following to
    • A detailed CV including description of duties, the names and contact details of 3 referees, certified copies of qualifications, a valid driver’s license and identity document must accompany your signed application for employment.
    • Failure to submit the requested documents will result in your application not being considered.
    • Childline South Africa is under no obligation to fill the post after the advertisement thereof.
    • Childline South Africa will conduct reference checks of short-listed applicants.
    • If a candidate is short-listed, it will be expected of him/her to undergo a personal interview at own cost.
    • The successful candidate will be vetted in terms of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2007 (Act No 32 of 2007) and the Children’s Act, 2005 (Act No 38 of 2005). If the candidate’s particulars appear in either the National Register of Sex Offenders or Part B of the Child Protection Register, said candidate will be disqualified from appointment to such post and all contracts will be declared null and void.
    • The successful candidate will be required to undergo a security clearance in that a nationwide Police Clearance Certificate will be expected to be sourced at own cost and submitted.
    • Late applications will not be considered.
    • Notwithstanding any representations to the contrary, no employment contract will come into effect until a written offer has been made by the company to, and accepted by, the applicant.
    • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. If you have not been contacted one month after the closing date, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.
    Enquiries: Tel: 043 722 1382.

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

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    For more about Childline South Africa, refer to

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  • SAIRR: Looting Not Caused by Inequality

    The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) believes economic inequality as the driving force behind recent violence’s in Soweto.

    SAIRR head of media and public affairs, Mienke Steytler, believes economic inequality as the driving force behind recent violence in South Africa.

    In the past week, residents in Soweto, Kagiso and Diepsloot looted shops owned by foreign nationals within the community. The police are calling it criminal acts while some say the attacks are xenophobic.

    To read the article titled, “Inequality not necessarily reasons behind looting: experts,” click here.

    SABC News
  • SA Urged to Investigate Soweto Lootings

    The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in South Africa says it is concerned about the recent spate of violence and looting in Soweto that mainly affects foreigners and asylum seekers.

    UNHCR spokesperson, Tina Ghelli, says they will together with their non-governmental organisation (NGO) partners be speaking to community leaders as well undertaking a study of the shops affected by the looting.

    Ghelli says it is vital that government get it is head around the matter and address the problem, adding that, "I think the primary responsibility lies with the South African government. We also need to do a lot more to explain to South Africans why refugees and asylum seekers are in the country.”

    To read the article titled, “Govt needs to find root cause of Soweto lootings: UNHRC,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Xenophobia: Danger Brewing for 2016 Elections

    In a xenophobic atmosphere ripe for political exploitation, only a few stand to lose as much as foreign nationals.

    In his analysis, Phillip de Wet, says that foreign traders in some Gauteng townships say they are trading normally, following an incident in which their spaza shops were cleared out by mobs as police stood idle or – in a small number of cases – were accused of aiding and abetting looters.

    De Wet maintains that even as Soweto seem to be normalising, and promises of firmer police action came thick and fast at the time, foreign nationals across the province flagged local politics as a continuing threat to their safety.

    To read the article titled, “Xenophobia: Danger brewing for 2016 elections,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • Center for Justice and Crime Prevention: Researcher

    Center for Justice and Crime Prevention (CJCP)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Saturday, January 10, 2015
    Opportunity type: 

    The Center for Justice and Crime Prevention (CJCP) is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Mowbray, Cape Town, which aims to develop, inform and promote crime and violence prevention policy and practice in South Africa and other selected developing countries.

    CJCP seeks to appoint a Researcher, based in Cape Town.

    This is a three year position, subject to performance and funding.


    • ​Undertake rigorous survey and qualitative researchin the field of youth and child violence prevention;
    • Manage survey field teams and large-scale research projects;
    • Collect, analyse and interpret data from research projects;
    • Write decriptive, analytical and evaluate research projects;
    • Liase with project partners and key stakeholders;
    • Positively promote the work of the CJCP and its activities;
    • Assist in the publication and dissemination of research findings.


    • Post-graduate degree in social science, psycology, development or criminal justice field;
    • Practical research experience;
    • Strong communication skills;
    • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills;
    • An ability to multi-task;
    • Ability to function under constant levels of pressure;
    • Effective organisational and project management skills;
    • Exhibit individual initiative;
    • Experience in the Microsoft Office Suite of applications;
    • Proven knowledge of SPSS;
    • Knowledge of Epi-Info would be an advantage;
    • A drivers licence;
    • Willingness to travel.

    Salary: The CJCP offers a competative package, commensurate with experience.

    To apply, submit a detailed CV (including the contact details of two referees), and a motivational letter as to why you would be suitable for this position to Rene Kiewiet at

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

    Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

    The CJCP supports employment equity and persons from previously disadvantaged groups are encouraged to apply.

    For more about the Center for Justice and Crime Prevention, refer to

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  • Police Intimidation Continues in Swaziland

    Swaziland Police have harassed another progressive, Sifiso Mabuza, deputy secretary of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers.

    About 30 armed police raided his home claiming they were looking for explosives, where they found none. Mabuza told local media the police questioned him about his union activities and threatened him.

    Swaziland has a history of attacking workers' rights. It has banned the workers' federation, the Trades Union Congress of Swaziland, broken up its meeting and harassed and arrested its leaders.

    To read the article titled, “Police intimidation continues,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Call to Intensify Fight Against HIV

    Tutu says the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa is not over and people need to recommit themselves to eradicating the virus.

    In a pre-recorded message at a Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) briefing in Johannesburg, Tutu pointed out that, "AIDS is not over while one person still needs ARV antiretroviral medicines, or dies of tuberculosis."

    He said it is not over until the evils that drive HIV, like rape and violence against women and children, are defeated.

    To read the article titled, “Fight against HIV/AIDS not over: Tutu,” click here.

    SABC News
  • NGO Leader Shot in Cape Town

    Ses'khona People's Rights Movement chairperson, Andile Lili, is reportedly in a critical condition after being shot four times on 5 November 2014 in Khayelitsha.

    Ses'khona spokesperson, Sithembele Majova, points out that the movement is devastated by the news, and also found it strange that the shooting happened on the eve of a planned march to Parliament and the African National Congress offices over the high rate of unemployment.

    Meanwhile, Western Cape police are investigating the attempted murder of a 39-year-old male, and that the motive is unknown. No arrests have been made yet.

    To read the article titled, “Andile Lili shot outside home – reports,” click here.

    News 24
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