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Governance and democracy

Governance and democracy

  • New Code of Governance for Non-profits in South Africa - Please Comment

    A proposed code of governance for non-profit organisations (NPOs) in South Africa has been released for public comment. The draft Independent Code of Good Governance for Non-Profit Organisations in South Africa aims to encourage best governance practice and was initiated by a group of NPOs at a Civil Society Consultative Forum meeting held in August 2010. They recognised the need for South African civil society to formulate and adopt its own distinct code rather than be regulated by government or corporate sector codes.

    The Working Group mandated to develop a draft code has already consulted hundreds of NPOs across the country and individuals and organisations now have until the end of April 2012 to submit their final suggestions and comments. Various provincial workshops are also planned where the code will be further debated.

    It is intended that the process should culminate in the formal adoption of the proposed new independent code by the end of July 2012.

    The Working Group consists of Chris Mkhize, Chief Executive Officer, Uthungulu Community Foundation; Shelagh Gastrow, Executive Director, The South African Institute of Advancement: Inyathelo; Colleen du Toit, Chief Executive Officer, Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa; Jimmy Gotyana, President, SANGOCO; and as legal adviser, Richard Rosenthal of Richard Rosenthal Attorneys.

    The 18-page draft document proposes eight particular ‘values’ which are of special relevance and concern to the NPO sector, as well as six key leadership principles, and five statutory legal and fiscal principles.

    Click here to read or download a copy of the initial draft of the proposed Independent Code of Governance for Non-Profit Organisations in South Africa.

    Click here to read the official media release in support of the release of the draft code.

    To submit your comments in response to the draft document and/or for more information about the planned provincial workshops, please contact Janine Ogle on janine@inyathelo.org.za or Tel: 021 465 6981.

     

  • A New Code of Governance for Non-Profits in South Africa

    Joint Media Statement issued on behalf of a Civil Society Working Group nominated to draft an independent Code of Governance for Non Profit Organisations (NPO’s) in South Africa.

    The Working Group was nominated at a Civil Society Consultative Forum held in August 2010, and includes Chris Mkhize (Chief Executive Officer, Uthungulu Community Foundation); Shelagh Gastrow (Executive Director, The South African Institute of Advancement: Inyathelo); Colleen du Toit (Chief Executive Officer, Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa - CAF-SA); Jimmy Gotyana (President, South African National NGO Coalition - SANGOCO) and as legal adviser, Richard Rosenthal (Richard Rosenthal Attorneys).

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    A proposed code of governance for non-profit organisations in South Africa has been released for public comment. The draft Independent Code of Good Governance for Non-Profit Organisations in South Africa aims to encourage best governance practice and was initiated by a group of NPOs at a Civil Society Consultative Forum meeting in August 2010. They recognised the need for South African civil society to formulate and adopt its own distinct code rather than be regulated by government or corporate sector codes. The working group mandated to develop a draft code has already consulted hundreds non-profits across the country, and individuals and organisations now have until the end of April to submit their final suggestions and comments. It is intended that the process should culminate in the formal adoption of the proposed new independent code by the end of July.  

    Inyathelo Executive Director Shelagh Gastrow says the large and diverse non-profit sector in South Africa needs a code that reflects its unique values and principles. “NPOs are a special kind of institution in that they exist primarily to serve the common good and are not motivated or driven by profit-making or self-benefit. Although we recognise the importance of other governance codes, including the so-called “King III” Code devised under the auspices of the Institute of Directors, we have consistently argued that these do not adequately reflect the values and ethos of the NPO sector. In fact, some of the “King III” principles are completely impractical, unaffordable and unattainable for many non-profits, and they don’t accommodate the distinct principles and accountability requirements of non-profits which go beyond those of the corporate sector,” explains Gastrow.

    President of SANGOCO Jimmy Gotyana says the the proposed independent code is intended to be voluntary and will not be imposed. “We believe compliance should be aspirational and supportive rather than prescriptive. Although the code will not have any official or legal status, it is widely supported by the donor community and has the support of the Non-Profit Organisations Directorate in the Department of Social Development. It brings together views and inputs from previous documents, including the SANGOCO Code of Conduct and Ethics. We want the values and principles outlined in the code to be widely understood and supported by NPOs and all sectors of society,” says Gotyana.

    The 18-page draft document proposes eight particular ‘values’ which are of special relevance and concern to the NPO sector, as well as six key leadership principles, and five statutory legal and fiscal principles. Colleen du Toit, Chief Executive Officer of CAF-SA, says it represents a unique opportunity for the NPO community to publicly recommit themselves to certain core values and principles, including fidelity to purpose, democracy, transparency and accountability. “The code deals with how to handle things like conflicts of interest and self-dealing as well as the responsibilities of boards to ensure that scarce resources are spent appropriately in the public interest. There is also a section which affirms the independence and need for impartiality of NPOs so that they are not dictated to by any particular constituency or interest group. Leadership is also identified as an essential ingredient of good governance, and the Code includes six operational principles to facilitate the effective management of fundraising, sustainability and risk,” explains du Toit.

    CEO of the Uthungulu Community Foundation, Chris Mkhize, says the working group will be hosting workshops in Cape Town, Gauteng, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein during March and April in order to get further input and encourage dialogue and debate around the draft independent code. “We really want to ensure the widest possible support so we encourage everyone in the NPO sector to attend the workshops or email or call with suggestions and comments. We are confident that collectively we can create a benchmark for good governance in South Africa to ensure NPOs become more effective and earn well-deserved donor support and public confidence,” says Mkhize.

    Read and download a copy of the initial draft of the proposed Independent Code of Governance for Non-Profit Organisations in South Africa.


    To find out more about the workshops or submit comments on the draft independent code, please contact Janine Ogle on Janine@inyathelo.org.za or 021 465 6981.

    For interview requests, please contact:

    Shelagh Gastrow – Executive Director, Inyathelo
    E-mail: Shelagh@inyathelo.org.za
    Mobile: 082 494 2996

    Colleen du Toit – Chief Executive Officer, CAF-SA
    E-mail: cdutoit@cafsouthernafrica.org
    Mobile: 083 646 8469

    Chris Mkhize – Chief Executive Officer, Uthungulu Community Foundation
    E-mail chris.mkhize@ucf.org.za
    Mobile: 082 692 6405

    Jimmy Gotyana - President, SANGOCO
    E-mail ortambo@tiscali.co.za
    Mobile: 073 615 7665

    To view other NGO press releases, refer to www.ngopulse.org/group/home-page/pressreleases.

    Date published: 
    08/03/2012
    Organisation: 
    Inyathelo
  • Call for Abstracts: Public Participation Conference

    Gauteng Provincial Legislature
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, December 9, 2011
    Opportunity type: 
    Other

    The Gauteng Provincial Legislature is the parliament of Gauteng, an institution that oversee the government work in the province. Its main functions are law making, Executive Council and Provincial Government Departments' accountability.

    The Gauteng Provincial Legislature is calling for abstracts for the Public Participation Conference (PPP Indaba) under the theme “The People Shall Govern: Public Participation Beyond Slogans”, to be held from 29 February to 2 March 2012 in Johannesburg.

    The conference aims to share key insights and knowledge on improving citizens’ meaningful participation in governance processes. Also, the conference will seek to build a body of knowledge on public participation and civic education to benefit the legislative sector.

    The specific objectives of the conference are to:

    • Build a body of knowledge to benefit the legislative sector;
    • Strengthen public participation strategies in governance processes;
    • Share knowledge and skills required to facilitate meaningful public participation;
    • Bridge the existing gap between theory and practice;
    • Invest in public participation initiatives in governance processes;
    • Enhance the role of legislatures/parliaments in facilitating public participation.
    Authors are requested to submit empirical and theoretical abstracts on public participation (including case studies). These may reflect local, regional, national and international dimensions of public participation. Authors of selected abstracts will be requested to submit full papers that will be compiled into a book chapter for publication, following the Conference.

    Below are the themes and sub-themes that guide areas to be covered in response to this call for abstracts:
    Theme 1: Public Participation, International best Theme 2: Public Participation, National perspectives
    practices
    Theme 3: Public Participation at Local Government level
    Sub-themes: Sub-themes: Sub-themes:
    • Public participation in integrated development plans of local municipalities: A case studyMainstreaming public participation in governance processes to inculcate a culture of civic involvement.
    • Public participation in budget processes - the power of the purse - A case study.
    • Effective petition systems in legislatures.
    • Enabling systems, processes and organisational culture for promoting relevant and quality civic education and public reach.
    • The doctrine of the separation of powers: examining the integrated and interdependent arms of the State and the missing link in public participation.
    • Mainstreaming public participation in governance processes to inculcate a culture of civic involvement
    • Public participation in budget processes: A case for meaningful public involvement – the South African experience.
    • Effective petition systems in legislatures
    • Impact assessment of public participation processes
    • Public participation in integrated development plans (IDP) of local municipalities
    • Public participation in Budget processes: A case for meaningful public involvement – Community/grassroots experiences
    Authors are required to submit abstracts of between 100 and 1200 words by 9 December 2011. Included in the cover page of the abstract should be the title of the paper, the name of the author (s) and e-mail address (es).

    Submit your abstract to J Robertson at JRobertson@gpl.gov.za or post to Gauteng Provincial Legislature, Private Bag X52, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa. Aslo, you can hand deliver to the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (Corner President and Loveday Streets), Johannesburg (CBD).

    Enquiries: E-mail: JRobertson@gpl.gov.za.

    For more about the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, refer to http://gpl.gov.za.

    To view other opportunities, visit www.ngopulse.org/group/home-page/other-opportunities.

  • African Youth Day Conference 2011

    Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth)

    The Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) is the youth platform for information exchange, forum for debate on African issues and a network of future political, corporate, academic, literary, religious and traditional leaders in all African contexts.

    The African Youth Day was declared and adopted by the African Union (AU) in 2006 to be commemorated on 1 November each year. It has since evolved as the most powerful platform of young people of Africa.

    OAYouth, in collaboration with Phelps Stokes and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is hosting the ‘African Youth Day Conference 2011 (AYDAC'11)’ on 1 November 2011 in Johannesburg.

    The youth of Africa will convene at AYDAC’11 to celebrate the African Youth Day. The conference will pave way for youth to examine workable methods to improve youth unity as well as strengthen youth economic empowerment through leadership development, entrepreneurship support and agricultural transformation.

    Conference Objectives:

    • Echo the voice of ordinary young people of Africa;
    • Share information and best practices in promoting opportunities for youth encouraging youth to start new entrepreneurship initiatives;
    • Establish suitable structures for meeting the unique needs for youth business start-ups in developing economies in Africa;
    • Build lasting relationships between youth and business institutions;
    • Infuse a gender perspective and rights-based approach to policies and programs for youth;
    • Cultivate in the youth the spirit of accountability, transparency and integrity (ATI).
    Only young people of between 15 and 35 who are of nationality of any African State will qualify to apply.

    Cost: R2 430 per delegate.

    For sponsorships, exhibitions and applications, write to: info@oayouth.org.

    Enquiries: Tel: +27 73 445 4355.

    For more about The Organisation of African Youth, refer to www.oayouth.org.

    Event start date: 
    01/11/2011
    Event venue: 
    Ingwenya Country Escape, Lanseria, Johannesburg
    Event type: 
    Conference
  • Sonke to Apply for Court Order Against Malema

    The Sonke Gender Justice Network intends applying for a court order against African National Congress Youth League president, Julius Malema, for neither filing appeal papers relating to the hate speech ruling against him nor paying the R50 000 fine ordered by the court.

    The organisation’s government and media relations manager, Mbuyiselo Botha, points out that Malema’s legal team missed dates to file papers for appeal and have also failed to apply for condonation.

    Botha and the network took Malema to the Equality Court for saying the woman who accused President Jacob Zuma of rape had asked for food and taxi money after having a ‘nice time’.

    To read the article titled, “Group to apply for order against Malema,” click here.
    Source: 
    News24
  • Zim Sanctions Must Stay - NGO

    Zimbabwe Europe Network (ZEN), a consortium of more than 20 NGOs in nine countries, says sanctions on Zimbabwe must stay intact until human and property rights violations stop.

    In a press statement, ZEN coordinator, Tor-Hugne Olsen, says even after a year of a coalition government, the political, democratic and economic crisis in the country remains unchanged.

    “We support the continuation of targeted measures, including the travel bans on individuals responsible for human rights violations, until the Global Political Agreement (GPA) obligations are fulfilled,” explains Olsen.

    To read the article titled, “Sanctions must stay — NGOs,” click here.
    Source: 
    News Day
  • DHA Extends Zim Registration Deadline

    South Africa has announced it will not deport illegal Zimbabwean immigrants until at least 31 March after extending a deadline for them to regularise their stay.

    The Department of Home Affairs spokesperson, Ricky Naidoo, says that there will be no deportations until the end of March, adding that the department is trying its best to complete the adjudication process in the next few weeks.

    Rights groups estimate there is an estimated 1.5 million illegal Zimbabwean immigrants living in South Africa, but only 275 000 had applied for work and business permits between 1 September and the 31 December deadline last year.

    To read the article titled, “SA extends Zimbabweans' permit deadline to March 31,” click here.
    Source: 
    New Zimbabwe
  • Hanekom Commends DHA on Zim Registrations

    People Against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP) says the Department of Home Affairs has ‘exceeded expectations’ in its attempts to register Zimbabweans illegally in South Africa.

    PASSOP spokesperson, Braam Hanekom, who has been among its fiercest critics, points out that, “The officials worked hard, it was a mammoth task and they had limited time.”

    Hanekom says he is hopeful that at least 220 000 Zimbabweans who applied for the dispensation would be accepted.
    Looking to the year ahead, he fears that possible 2011 elections in Zimbabwe could lead to a fresh influx of refugees into the country.

    To read the article titled, “Home Affairs went the extra mile,” click here.
    Source: 
    Independent Online
  • Zuma Appoints Three Members to the MDDA Board

    President Jacob Zuma has appointed Carole Vale, Nadia Bulbulia and Phelisa Nkomo, to the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) board.

    In a press statement, the Presidency says the three were appointed in terms of Section 8 (2) of the Media Development and Diversity Agency Act, following recommendations from the National Assembly.

    President Zuma especially thanked the sterling work and outstanding service to the board of the three outgoing members – Guy Berger, Siviwe Minyi and Nomonde Gongxeka - whose terms of office expired on 31 December 2010.

    To read the article titled, “President Jacob Zuma has appointed three members to the Media Development and Diversity Agency board, says his office,” click here.
    Source: 
    Sunday Times
  • Parliament to Fill SABC Vacancies – Kholwane

    Parliament is moving ahead to fill the four vacancies on the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) board, with its communications committee due to meet next week to draw up a shortlist of candidates.

    Communications committee chairperson, Eric Kholwane, states that should another member resigns in the interim, the board could be left without the necessary quorum to take decisions.

    Kholwane confirmed that the communications committee will meet next week to draw up a shortlist of possibly 12 names, adding that interviews will be held from 18-20 January.

    To read the article, “Parliament to fill SABC vacancies,” click here.
    Source: 
    Independent Online
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