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  • Oh Wait Just a Minute Mr. Postman, Just Look at the Damage You Have Caused!
    The ongoing postal strikes have created many problems for the NGO sector and if not addressed, it could threaten the sustainability of many NGOs
    Devastation and despair is the message coming out of the nonprofit sector after months of postal strikes and non-delivery of mail.
     
    According to the Southern Africa Institute of Fundraising (SAIF) thousands of good causes and charities are experiencing deep financial difficulties as the strike impacts severely on the sector that relies heavily on public generosity to support their work through direct mail.
     
    Providers of vital services to thousands of beneficiaries will have to cut-back on programmes and prepare for a Bah! Humbug! Christmas. 
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    Author(s): 
    Ann Bown

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  • Underperforming MPs Overwork Madonsela
    Former planning minister, Trevor Manuel, says public protector, Thuli Madonsela’s office is so busy because public representatives are not doing their jobs

    Former planning minister, Trevor Manuel, says public protector, Thuli Madonsela’s office is so busy because public representatives are not doing their jobs.
     
    Delivering the Helen Suzman Memorial Lecture at the Gordon Institute for Business Science in Johannesburg, Manuel said members of parliament and legislatures receive almost R1 million each to do constituency work.
     

    Source: 
    City Press

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  • Do African Union Governance Reviews Work?
    Gruzd and Turianskyi look at the African Peer Review Mechanism and whether or not it contributes towards improving good governance and accountability on the African continent 
    Does being an active member of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the instrument adopted by the African Union to improve the quality of governance across the continent, help a country improve its rankings in the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG)?
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  • NGOs Hailed for Refurbishing Classrooms
    Tanzania’s Kagera Regional Commissioner hails PCF of Switzerland and VSO for constructing and renovating several classrooms

    Tanzania’s Kagera Regional Commissioner, Fabian Massawe, has hailed Pestalozzi Children's Foundation (PCF) of Switzerland and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) for the timely intervention in constructing and renovating several classrooms in Bukoba District.

    Massawe points out that, "The government appreciates Public Private Partnership (PPP). The assistance is timely. We thank the two NGOs [non-governmental organisations] and the people of Switzerland for their good spirit. Other NGOs should emulate the example."

    Source: 
    All Africa

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  • OUTA Welcomes SANRAL e-Toll Submission
    OUTA welcomes SANRAL’s decision to make a submission to the Gauteng e-tolls review panel

    The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has welcomed the South African Roads Agency Limited’s (SANRAL) decision to make a submission to the Gauteng e-tolls review panel.

    In a press statement, SANRAL spokesperson, John Clarke, points out that, “While very late in the panel's process, the about turn is most welcome and we look forward to hearing SANRAL’s response to the numerous questions and concerns that have emerged.”

    Source: 
    IOL News

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