Meet Council's new National Executive Director

From switchboard to CEO - A life's dedication to the blind and deaf communities:

From humble beginnings as a Switchboard operator 30 years ago, this inspirational man has made his way up the corporate ladder through hard work and perseverance in order to bring about positive change within the visually impaired and deaf communities... at last he's sitting at the helm of one of the largest NGO's in South Africa. Meet Jace Nair – newly appointed National Executive Director of the South African National Council for the Blind.

Ceasefire Campaign Condemns Parliament Actions

4 September 2009

The ongoing threats of prosecution against whistle-blower David Maynier are a major cause for concern and a blight on our democracy. When the new administration was sworn in, we had such hopes that there would be less secrecy and covert support for unscrupulous dealings.

But the latest debacle within parliament suggests the opposite; we fear we are in for even more executive control.

Police Criticised for Illegally Destroying Building

2 September 2009

Police and bulldozers have come to Skhoma Butchery unannounced and are proceeding, as we speak, to illegally destroy the Butchery.

All this is happening despite a court settlement between the butchery and owners of the new Gugulethu Square Mall.  The landowner, West Side (who received the land through a corrupt deal with the non-profit Kula Business (see this M&G article), was ordered by the court to satisfy 5 requirements before the eviction would be allowed to proceed.

Death Row: NGO Criticises Libya

A civil society organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has asked the Acting Chairperson of the Africa Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, Bahame Tom Mukirya Nyanduga, to urgently restrain Libya from executing Nigerians on death row.

The organisation is urging the Africa Commission to urgently invoke Article 111 (Rule of Procedure) authority to request that Libya adopt provisional measures in order to stop the irreparable damage that would be caused to the Complainants and their African Charter rights.

Zambia to Issue NGO Guidelines

Community Development and Social Services Minister, Michael Kaingu, says he will soon announce the guidelines on the implementation of the recently assented to NGO Act.

Kaingu says that the Act will soon be implemented and urged NGOs which were against it to accept it because it is now law.

He says NGOs should not demonstrate against policies already passed by Parliament and assented to by President Rupiah Banda.

Oxfam Criticises Human Suffering in Somalia

Oxfam has warned that a total failure of the international community to deal effectively with the Somalia crisis and help end the war is resulting in a spiral of human suffering and exodus to neighbouring countries.

The organisation says hundreds of thousands of Somalis who have fled the violence are now trapped in ‘horrifically overcrowded or poorly managed camps’ in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia itself.

Fundraising Symposium for NPO/NGOs

Is your NPO/NGO struggling with funding/financial crisis, are you surviving the current global changes, global financial crisis, the recession, and lack of committed volunteers to support organisations sustainability:

You are invited to attend a two-day workshop which will critically address the issues affecting your organisation and its survival in the current trends or dispensation.

The workshop will cover:

  • The Business Environments & Corporate Social Responsibilities;
  • Donation/Fundraising and Donor Requirements;

Kidnapped Aid Worker Released

A Greek employee of the Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders - MSF) the medical charity, kidnapped in eastern Chad early last month, has been released.

However, army general, Oki Daggache could not reveal all the details regarding the release.

In March, British charity Oxfam estimated that 25 attacks occur every month on NGOs operating in eastern Chad.

The violence is often blamed on bandits, and NGOs have frequently denounced the lack of adequate security.

Call for Tougher Action Against Zimbabwe

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Southern African leaders to put pressure on Zimbabwe's unity government to make greater political reforms to prevent the country from sliding back into turmoil.

"The region's leaders need to press Zimbabwe openly and publicly for human rights reforms to prevent the country from backsliding into state-sponsored violence and chaos," says HRW Africa director, Georgette Gagnon.

Gagnon further calls on Southern African leaders to stop looking at Zimbabwe through what she calls “rose-colour glasses”.

Traditional Leaders Criticise NGOs Over Circumcision

The National House of Traditional Leaders has vowed to continue with the customary circumcision of young Xhosa and Sotho men, and has warned "intrusive NGOs" opposed to the practice to stay away.

"The intrusive NGOs and groups are in for a real fight because they do not know anything about the importance of (male) circumcision," says chief Gcinikhaya Gwadiso, head of the house's national campaign for safe initiation schools.


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