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Wednesday, 8 July, 2015
Quote of the week
"To address violence…a transformation in social norms and attitudes around gender, power and violence is needed."
- Wessel Van Den Berg, PhD Student in Sociology, Stellenbosch University.
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Internet Banking, PACSA, Poaching…
In this week’s edition of NGO Pulse, CMDS, an entity led by chartered accountants among others, to serve the nonprofit sector, urges non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to ensure that they do not create room for their finance staff to channel money into private accounts when making payments through Internet banking. In its Finance Risk #5, CMDS is of the view that NGOs should always confirm the bank account details of those it is paying and “This should be done by obtaining original bank documentation from every supplier (such as a cancelled cheque or an original bank-stamped letter).” It also advises organisations to ensure that all payments are made to bank accounts that have been verified in order to significantly reduce the risk of payment fraud.
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South Africa often comes under fire for not doing enough to curb the illegal poaching of plants – especially the protected species.
We also bring you the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action’s (PACSA) Monthly Food Barometer for May 2015, which provides a snapshot of the trends in food price inflation since January 2015. PACSA argues that high levels of inflation on starchy foods are of concern because households prioritise the purchase of starches before any other category of food. It notes that that high prices on the starches means that few monies are available to secure a diversity of food required for good health and well-being. The report further emphasises that for a growing number of households; the possibility of securing a diverse variety of foods has long been abandoned because of the burden of affordability, which has become overwhelming. PACSA is of the view that the increase in the cost of a basket of food has to be considered against the context of a deepening affordability crisis, adding that, “Most households are under immense financial strain with 86% of South Africans in debt.”
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Wessel Van Den Berg, a PhD Student in Sociology at Stellenbosch University, focuses on violence and how the involvement of men in various family-related responsibilities could translate into breaking the intergenerational cycle of violence in communities. Van Den Berg writes that the incidents of violence against women and children in equitable homes is three times lower than households where fathers dominate. He believes that a long-term strategy to prevent male violence is to prevent violence against children before they become adults, however, “…to prevent violence and gender equality, men must become more involved in household care work.”
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