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Thursday, 25 August, 2016
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"Putting people at the centre of development is evident in that Planact uses a social facilitation intervention methodology to execute its core programmes."
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Planact, Breastfeeding, Gordhan…
In this week’s edition of NGO Pulse, Planact, a non-governmental organisation established in 1985 as a voluntary organisation association of professionals who came together to assist community organisations to propose and advocate for alternative development plans to those of the apartheid regime, among others, celebrates its 30-year anniversary. In line with the anniversary, the organisation is hosting a one-day event aimed at bringing together its founders, funders, community leaders, local development practitioners and sector partners to reflect on the theme ‘Towards a Realisation Inclusive Urban Development and Deepened Democracy’ on Friday, 26 August 2016, in Johannesburg.
Planact, which continues to work with the marginalised poor in society and to mobilise local communities, survived a financially challenging three years (2010-2013) caused by the changing trends in the NGO sector, including a shift in donor funding to different areas of interests. In response to this challenge, the organisation plans to formulate strategies to address the financial needs of its programmes. “This includes designing interventions that align with donor priority areas.” Meanwhile, Planact remains focused on empowering people who lack decent living conditions, improving their environment, and also alleviating poverty.
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Trevor Molife, a NGO Pulse user from The Development Eye, focuses on the debate on whether women should be allowed to breastfeed in public or not. Citing the views of people who participated in a WhatsApp group earlier this month, Molife argues that while there are men who think that women should not breastfeed in public, breastfeeding is in the interest of women and their hungry babies. He adds: “Breastfeeding should not be confined to secret rooms, toilet cubicles and dark alleys.”
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Lastly, Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation have expressed their support for the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, and his former colleagues at the South African Revenue Services. The two organisations - which are speaking on behalf of all fair-minded South Africans irrespective of political persuasion - argue that not only the charges baseless but the manner in which they have been pursued is clearly calculated to besmirch the names of the individuals and has predictably already seriously impaired the national economy. They further argue that none of those now being publicly humiliated was ever given a proper opportunity to answer the charges in the course of the one-sided ‘investigations’ of unsubstantiated allegations.
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