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Wednesday, 14 December, 2016
Quote of the week
"The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals"
- Melody Beattie.
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Christmas Message from SANGONeT Executive Director, Kenneth Thlaka
Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have an important role and responsibility in the development of the information society and, as appropriate, in decision-making processes. NGOs should be critical players and help assure that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is used in a way that targets and address specific development goals and priorities.
As is usually the case at this time of the year, we all reflect on how quickly the year has passed and it’s incredible to think that we will be celebrating Christmas in the next few days, after 2017 will have arrived.
Together with our valued partners, we started the year with roadshows and awareness sessions in provinces that previously never benefitted from SANGONeT services and products. In line with our Rural Development Strategy we wanted to bring grassroots organisations closer to ICT platforms, more importantly to make them aware of the benefit that ICT can have in their development agenda of servicing our communities.
In recent months, we experienced an increase in technology workshops held in various provinces due to a high demand by NGOs and the support provided by our major ICT partners, Microsoft and Google. These workshops were about technology donations that are provided by these partners to the NGO Sector. We are always grateful to have them as our partners in technology.
We have noted a significant increase in the number of NGOs that have visited the Pulse Portal on daily a basis for various services and products. As such, the portal as an information and communication tool has increasing relevance for the local NGO sector. We salute CS Mott Foundation for continuously supporting the NGO Pulse, and we believe it is because of the value it has added on the sector.
In 2017, SANGONeT will be celebrating 30 years of its existence in ICT for development. This will be one of our most robust year as we will be investing our energy in taking ICT platforms to the NGOs within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region. We recognise the importance of the NGO sector as a critical stakeholder in contributing meaningfully in their country’s development and economic advancement. The regional programme is vital at this current state of development to increase participation and contribution of the NGOs to secure available opportunities and operate as astute professionals in Southern Africa, to empower NGOs to be able to utilise ICT for the people in their communities.
The office will be closed from 15 December 2016 and will re-open on 9 January 2017. The first edition of NGO Pulse e-newsletter will be published on 19 January 2017.
Lastly, we urge you to continue engaging with SANGONeT through the following activities:
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