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27 August, 2009
Four influential organisations in the non-profit sector have launched a research project to establish why the National Lotteries Distribution Fund (NLDF) and the National Development Agency (NDA) have been ineffective  in their  roles to provide support for those in need in South Africa.
27 August, 2009
Childline has reported that a million phone calls were made to its crisis counselling line last year - the most it ever received. Childline Managing Director, Joan van Niekerk, told Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities that the increase in the number of child-abuse related calls coincided with the government’s failure to implement most sections of the Children’s Act which came into effect in 2005.
26 August, 2009
In a massive breakthrough for poor countries struggling to meet the demand for antiretrovirals (ARVs), the Clinton Foundation has signed an agreement with two key US drug companies to make HIV-AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) treatment more affordable for developing countries. Former US president, Bill Clinton, says that Maylan and its extension Matrix had agreed to make available a second line therapy for HIV-infected people. The second line package, inclusive of ARVs Azanavir, Ritonavir, Tenofovir, and Lamivudine (3TC), will be sold at less than R4 000 a year.
26 August, 2009
Microsoft has unveiled software that lets Twitter, Facebook and other hot Internet services to be delivered to low-cost ‘feature phones’ common in developing countries. Corporate vice-president of the Unlimited Potential Group and Startup Business Accelerator at Microsoft, Amit Mital, points out that, "We designed OneApp from the ground up on feature phones with very limited memory and processing capabilities."
26 August, 2009
Social welfare bodies helping abused women, children, the disabled and the elderly will march to protest against low state subsidies and the gap in salaries between staff in the government and those in NGOs. Against the background of the government’s insistence that it is focusing on poverty reduction, NGOs in Gauteng say subsidies have not increased since 2004, adding that there is a 37 percent gap in salaries between government social workers and those employed by NGOs.
26 August, 2009
Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, has announced that his department is finalising an integration strategy encompassing induction training for asylum seekers and refugees. Gigaba, who maintains that South Africa has no provision for the ‘basic induction’ of foreigners, says the proposed training will provide answers to such questions as “what is SA, what is its constitution, human rights, languages, and what type of people do we have?”
26 August, 2009
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda may lose its credibility unless it indicts and tries Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) officers suspected of having committed war crimes in Rwanda in 1994.
24 August, 2009
Entries are now open for the South African NGO Web Awards 2009. Organised by SANGONeT, and now in its fourth year, the competition aims to raise awareness about the benefits of having a web presence among South African NGOs, stimulate interest in the application of web solutions and applications, and showcase best practices and innovation in website use. The closing date for applications is 21 September 2009.
24 August, 2009
Cellular operators have responded with caution to a new legal finding that may pave the way to a huge cut in the cost of phone calls. Vodacom South Africa managing director, Shameel Joosub, says Vodacom is ‘very open’ to discuss the rates.
24 August, 2009
According to Abubakar Karsan, chairperson of the Mwanza NGOs Network, most Tanzanian CSOs lack negotiation skills required to convince the government to buy their arguments. Karsan, observed that the majority of NGOs and CSOs are good at raising their voices, but failed to constructively present their arguments while negotiating with the government.
24 August, 2009
The Gender Awareness Trust (GAT) has identified gender-based discrimination and violence against women as Achilles' heel for women's participation in public spheres because they limit their participation in democratic experiment. GAT Programme Officer, Linda Sidi, warned that, "Violence against women is a hindrance to every democratic society which aspires social justice and human rights. In virtually all societies and spheres of activity, women are subjects to discriminations or inequality in law."
24 August, 2009
One approach to get more assistance to ward councilors, who have borne the brunt of the frustrations, is to offer them stipends and reshape ward committees to include civil society groups and sectors such as churches, local business and sports bodies. This is according to Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister, Yunus Carrim. Carrim, delivering a public lecture hosted by the Wits Graduate School of Public and Development Management and The Weekender, conceded there is a growing disconnect between government and people.
21 August, 2009
Zambian CSOs are planning to petition President Rupiah Banda not to assent to the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Bill. The CSOs are also challenging chief government spokesperson, Lieutenant General Ronnie Shikapwasha, to tell the nation what consultations were made and the submissions taken into consideration from CSOs when the Bill was amended.
21 August, 2009
Gender activists have welcomed former National Assembly speaker, Frene Ginwala’s comments that the establishment of a women’s ministry effectively disguised continued male domination in South Africa. Delivering the Ruth First Lecture this week, Ginwala argued that the newly-established ministry, which also incorporated protection of children and the disabled, disguise patriarchy and the oppression of women.
21 August, 2009
Cellphone calls could be slashed by a massive R1 a minute almost immediately if the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) agrees with fresh legal opinion declaring that the fees can be forced down with no need for further market research. The hefty R1, 25 a minute that operators charge to switch calls between rival networks makes SA’s calls among the highest in the world.

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