There is a looming crisis in the civil society sector in South Africa, and if nothing is done urgently, we might see key organisations in the sector suffer catastrophic consequences over in the next year if not earlier.
Entrepreneurship has a key role in society, not least in business which exists for profit. But business cannot do everything. It is the non-profit sector (NPO), however, that has the edge in working for the interests of you and me, the ordinary people in the community. So why does business criticise civil society for not operating like a business.
South African NGOs have expressed their support and encouragement for the national soccer team, Bafana Bafana, ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
They have also wished the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and other relevant stakeholders a successful hosting of this historical soccer showpiece, which takes place for the first time on the African continent since inception in 1930.
The 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup presents all South Africans with an opportunity to showcase our country to the rest of the world.
It is also an opportunity to unite behind our team, Bafana Bafana, and with the support of millions of vuvuzelas, take on the best teams in the world.
South African NGOs are in full support of Bafana Bafana and the successful hosting of the World Cup. See the various "NGO messages of support" listed below.
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The British charity, Oxfam International, says it has suspended operations at Mbandaka, a key town in the northwest Democratic Republic of Congo, because of insecurity.
Oxfam’s director in the DR Congo, Roland Van Hauwermeiren, “Because of the insecurity that prevailed at Mbandaka we have suspended our activities until the situation stabilises in the region.”
The relevance of social media for South African NGOs was the focus of the 5th Annual SANGONeT “ICTs for Civil Society” Conference. Held for the first time in two parts - from 15-16 October in Johannesburg and 20-21 October 2009 in Cape Town - the conference attracted more than 250 participants.
The annual SANGONeT “ICTs for Civil Society” Conference is the premier ICT event dedicated to the work of the NGO sector in Southern Africa.