In a post-apartheid South Africa, poor black people still face evictions, demolitions and continue battling for land and housing. The Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI), attempts to strengthen organising against unlawful evictions, using the powerful ‘Dear Mandela’ documentary as an entry point.
The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) has appointed Frans Cronje as its new chief executive officer.
Cronje, who will be taking over from John Kane-Berman who retires at the end of February next year, joined SAIRR’s research department in 2004 and since taken over responsibility for the organisation’s marketing drive while also launching its Risk Analysis.
We are searching for leadership in every corner we know, but it may be where we least expect it - on the ground, in the simplest of solutions.
In a time where we desperately search for heroes and heroines, I found a generation of leaders and legions of activists who qualify, led by extraordinary human beings like Professor Muhammed Younis, who founded the Grameen Bank, and Sir Hasan Fazle Abed, who built BRAC (formerly Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee), the largest and most admired non-governmental organisation (NGO) in the world.
The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) says that the public is not fooled by the reduced e-toll tariffs.
In a press statement, OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, warns that the public know that the rate of today is not the rate of tomorrow.
Duvenage, who questions the timing of the possible tariff reductions, adds that, "Have the collection costs suddenly been reduced, or is this a case of trying to force a thinner edge of the wedge into the door of public acceptance?"
It is that time of the year again.
Following the State of the Nation speech by President Zuma on 14 February 2013, the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, will deliver the 2013/4 National Budget speech on Wednesday, 27 February 2013, in Cape Town.
As in the past few years, SANGONeT will once again produce a special edition of our weekly NGO Pulse e-newsletter to highlight various civil society responses to the National Budget.
There is a huge funding crisis in the NGO sector and since the South African Council of Social Service Professions (SACSSP) is representing the interests of communities and social serivice professionals e.g. social workers, social auxiliary workers, child and youth care workers etc. it would like to respond to the current situation by means of a presentation to the Minister of Social Development. Please assist by giving input on this topic if you are working in the NGO sector; especially if you employ staff registered at the SACSSP.
International NGO, Oxfam, has launched a project that seeks to avert hunger situation facing millions of people in Malawi.
Under the ‘Integrated Emergency Cash Transfer Response Project’, the Oxfam is giving money to hunger-stricken households to buy food.
The move is part of the response to a recent report by the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) for 2012/2013, which shows that about two million households are facing food shortages largely because of erratic rains and draught during the last growing season.
The Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini held a meeting with the Ministerial Task Team on Non-Profit Organisations (NPO) to discuss administrative matters relating to the NPO sector, the registration status of NPOs, and also reach agreement on the way forward with regards to de-registration of NPOs that failed to comply with the NPO Act (Act No.71 of 1997).
Several Platinum miners have dismissed the Bench Marks Foundation report on their operations in the Rustenburg area.
The report, which accuses platinum miners of neglecting mining communities in pursuit of profits, says despite more than 80-years of mining in that area, communities in the area remain poor while platinum producers continue to smile all the way to the bank.
Meanwhile, National Union of Mineworkers has come out in support of the findings, while Royal Bafokeng Platinum has dismissed the study as incorrect, unbalanced and unfair.
SANGONeT is happy to announce that the Prodder NGO Directory will be released in print format in May 2013.