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Thursday, 15 March, 2018
Quote of the week
"I've a problem with the word charity because I think that NGOs, as I prefer calling them, really do take the work of moral and social responsibilities that ought to be taken on by governments"
- Emma Thompson
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NGO Movement, Internet, Press Releases…
We continue with the call for the renewal of the South African NGO Movement Activism, and in this week’s NGO Pulse Boichoko Ditlhake, Coordinator on behalf on the Coordination Committee for SANGONeT writes on the challenges faced by the South African NGO Movement.
Ditlhake says that Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are facing a great number of challenges arising from internal weaknesses as well as limitations arising from official frameworks and support mechanisms aimed at strengthening NGOs by the democratic developmental state post-apartheid.
South Africa is going through a period of reflection and observation with the anticipation of a future shattered for the past ten years. During this period, NGOs should be asking themselves question like how it was so simple and possible for the country to be deviated and stolen given the diversity of civic activism and awareness of South Africans with so many organisations within the non-state sector and if they lowered their guard and why and also what lessons has the nation learnt from this experience. One other question that is highlighted is how to begin the process of ensuring that the Republic is never again stolen from South Africa and its future generations.
Activities to be noted are as follows:
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Cheaper and faster internet is reaching more South Africans; this is according to a report on Freedom of the Internet‚ compiled by Freedom House.
The report classifies the status of the internet in South Africa as “free” however it classifies the status of press freedom as “partly free”.
The report further notes that access to quality and relatively affordable internet is growing‚ primarily among low income communities through government-subsidised WiFi projects across the country. Tshwane‚ Johannesburg and Cape Town are some of the cities whose governments introduced free public WiFi.
The report also raises concerns about the Cybercrimes and Cyber Security Bill as a possible threat to internet freedom in the country. The proposed bill is drafted to create offences and impose penalties which have a bearing on cybercrime.
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