We are proud to inform you that SANGOCO Western Cape held a successful AGM on the 26th November 2008. Damaris Fritz was elected Chair of the new incoming Provincial Executive Committee (PEC). As the incoming PEC we would like to extend our thanks to contributing organisations and individuals in the region, who made this journey possible.
The South African NGO Coalition (SANGOCO) is the largest single umbrella body of NGOs and CBOs in South Africa and the Southern African region with branches in all the provinces of South Africa working on all issues affecting South Africa’s development.
The Coalition is deeply committed to improving the socio-economic conditions not only in South Africa but also in partner countries, collaborating in strategic partnerships with NGOs and other civil society groupings. The new democratic government came into office in 1994, with the support and mandate to end poverty through meeting basic needs, restructuring the economy, democratising the state and strengthening civil society. SANGOCO emerged in 1995 to promote and coordinate NGO cooperation and give input to Government policy and to ensure that the rich traditions of civil society, forged in the resistance to apartheid, continue to serve the people of South Africa. It is SANGOCO’s stated aim to support a democratic government in this endeavour.
Furthermore SANGOCO member organisations employ a large percentage of the South African (formal, informal and voluntary) workforce, and are connected to community struggles as part of broader social movement responses to the need for socio-economic transformation and democratic governance. SANGOCO has always, and still is, enjoying the active support of a range of key stakeholders both within civil society as well as government, labour and business. SANGOCO is currently fortifying its relationships and starting to build similar relationships with other stakeholders and actors in order to further maximise its output and effectiveness.
As the PEC we aim to carry though our commitment to helping the civil society sector face their challenges and prove their strength against all odds – but we cannot do this without your support. With this in mind SANGOCO in collaboration with the Provincial Development Council (PDC) intends to host a Civil Society Summit on the 7th February 2008 in Worcester to assist and support the revitalisation of the civil society sector in the province. We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that our strengths lie in the collective will of all our people and encourage you to support SANGOCO as we move into 2009 and beyond.
SANGOCO Western Cape
Provincial Executive Committee
Chairperson: Damaris Fritz; Deputy Chair: Frank Abrahams; Treasurer: Vernon Weitz; Secretary: Gail White
Contact person: Tasneem Gamieldien