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Thursday, 23 June, 2016
Quote of the week
"Our democracy means we do not need to use violence to achieve this. We can remove those who fail us through the ballot box."
- Lauren Tracey, Researcher, Governance, Crime and Justice Division, Institute for Security Studies.
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NPO Act, Youth, Suicide…
In this week’s edition of NGO Pulse, Colleen du Toit, chief executive officer at CAF Southern Africa, writes that most civil society organisations (CSOs) are probably unaware that the ‘draft NPO Bill of 2016’, which was presented at a conference hosted by the South African Accounting Academy. Tu Toit says that now that we know that the long-delayed Bill has been resurrected and even though there has been no chance for civil society to comment on the draft so far, there are definite opportunities further along in the legislative process. She notes that the South African Constitution safeguards the rights of citizens to participate in political processes. She also calls on CSOs to ensure that when the new NPO Act emerges from Parliament, it includes a clear statement of fundamental principle to the effect that civil society’s independence from government is affirmed and secured. CAF Southern Africa will be convening at least one consultative forum to discuss civil society contributions to the new NPO Bill.
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On Thursday, 16 June 2016, South Africans commemorated the 40th anniversary of the annual Youth Day under the theme ‘Youth Moving South Africa Forward’.
In another article, Lauren Tracey, researcher at the Institute for Security Studies’ Governance, Crime and Justice Division, takes a closer look at challenges faced by youth today. Tracey believes that young people have a huge role to play in shaping South Africa into a vibrant country with a prosperous economy. However, she is of the view that a lack of education and economic opportunities result in high levels of frustration and that leads to violence and the destruction of infrastructure during some protests. Tracey emphasises that while the #FeesMustFall movement has demonstrated that today’s young people have the same ability as those of the 1970s to force change for the better in South African society, there is no need for young or poor people to die at the hands of the state, as we witnessed in Marikana. “Focused mass mobilisation across universities not only forced the government to stop the increase in higher education fees in 2016, but also resulted in a commission of enquiry to assess the feasibility of making higher education free in South Africa,” she maintains.
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Facebook has appointed the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), a South African non-governmental organisation, to help prevent suicides in South Africa. Facebook, which connects over 1.6 billion people, says that about a third of the posts shared on the site include some form of negative feelings, according to a study released in February by its researchers. It further explains that posts with negative associations tended to receive longer, more empathetic comments from friends. Now, the social networking site has incorporated suicide prevention tools into its platform, and SADAG will be facilitating the South African service.
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