The Cost of Being Too Frugal

In Nonprofits: We Must Break Out of the Scrappiness Cycle, Vu Le talks about the extremely frugal nature of most nonprofits. “We are always scrimping, trying to find the best deals, trying to get stuff discounted or preferably free. …  It has become a mind-set that is ingrained in all of us. It is our donors’ money! We must save! We must be responsible!”

And while this is true, there are times when frugality actually costs the organisation.

Fighting Corruption in South Africa: The Role of Civil of Society

Recent media reports on the Seriti Commission’s report and the Constitutional Court judgement and the Public Protector’s report on Nkandla, to name but a few, reveal an unacceptable state of affairs where public finances have been grossly mismanaged. The good news is that civil society in South Africa has not been silent in watching these unprecedented events unfold. Corruption Watch, an anti-corruption organisation based in Johannesburg, has been at the forefront in the fight against corruption in the public sector.

​Zuma Urged to Act on Gordhan-Hawks Saga

President Jacob Zuma says that while he supports his embattled Finance Minster‚ Pravin Gordhan, his hands are tied when it comes to intervening between the Hawks and the minister. 

Helen Suzman Foundation’s Piet Olivier points out that while the president cannot interfere with specific investigations or prosecutions‚ he has plenty of power to oversee the Hawks.

​SA Commended on Child Support Grants

According to Tessa Hochfeld, welfare services in South Africa are delivered both by the state and by non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Hochfeld points out that this is common in developing countries where states rely on NGO support to deliver welfare services due to capacity and funding limitations.

However, she says the quality of services available has been eroded over the last five years, especially in the NGO sector which is increasingly financially embattled.

She adds: “Community needs have long outstripped available programmes, which are shrinking.”

Call for Independent Inquiry at Eskom

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) is calling for is calling for an independent inquiry into the financial management and auditing controls at the utility, following claims by Carte Blanche of “gross irregularities, overspending, maladministration and possible corruption” at Eskom’s Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme hydroelectric power station on the border of Free State and KwaZulu-Natal.

IPPs Have Benefits for SA: NGO

Environmental justice organisation, Earthlife Africa, says renewable Independent Power Producers (IPPs) have benefits for the country.

The organisation’s project coordinator, Dominique Doyle, says it is a poor decision for the country as a whole, as rollout of renewable energy projects were successful in bringing electricity to the grid speedily and faster than coal.

Planact 30th Anniversary, August 2016: Reflections on Planact’s Role in South African History

This briefing outlines Planact’s unique role in transforming South African communities over the last 30 years. On 26 August 2016, Planact will commemorate the organisation’s 30-year anniversary with a one day celebration, where founders, funders, community leaders, local development practitioners and sector partners will reflect on the theme ‘Towards a realisation of inclusive urban development and deepened democracy’.

Govt Winning Fight Against Drug Addiction

The chief health officer in the Ministry of Health, Setshwano Mokgwetsinyana, says Botswana has made strides in addressing drug addiction.
This shows in, among others, the funding of 12 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) offering rehabilitation throughout the country.
Mokgwetsinyana says the NGOs are funded from the alcohol levy fund, making the revelation at the official launch of training for nationals on the fight against drug abuse held at the Masa Square Hotel in Gaborone.


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