NPO News

South African companies spent R10.3 billion on CSI in 2021

| Trialogue | NPO News and Media Releases
Johannesburg, 25 November 2021: South African companies spent an estimated R10.3 billion on corporate social investment (CSI) in the 221 financial year. Representing a 7% decrease in real terms from R10.7 billion in 2020.  This is according to CSI consultancy Trialogue, which released its findings in the newly published 24th edition of the annual Trialogue Business in Society Handbook. Trialogue has been tracking CSI spend for almost a quarter of a century and for the first t...
22 November 2021

New report brings Cape Town’s homeless policies into question

| James Sleight | NPO News and Media Releases
The Inkathalo Conversations (TIC), issued a  400-page report  criticising the City of Cape Town’s response to homelessness, particularly recent changes to city by-laws which in effect, “criminalise homelessness.”  To this end, the NPO Ndifuna Ukwazi is currently litigating against the City in relation to its homeless by-laws. Some of the report’s key recommendations include: Review and amend all by-laws that criminalise homelessness without just cause Police shou...
09 November 2021

Civil society calls on the public to stand up and fight corruption

| Masego Mafata | GroundUp | NPO News and Media Releases
Defend our Democracy announces anti-corruption week for 3 to 10 December Civil society organisations are urging the public to participate in a “United in Action Against Corruption week” to run from 3 to 10 December. Announced at a press briefing in Johannesburg on Monday and organised by the Defend our Democracy campaign, the week will build up to 9 December, International Anti-Corruption Day. “The money that is stolen is money that is supposed to be used to serve the needs of our people...

Open Letter to Minister of Labour and Employment: Urgent Call To Withdraw Irrational And Damaging Coida Draft Regulations

| Injured Workers Action Group (IWAG) and others | NPO News and Media Releases
OPEN LETTER TO HONOURABLE THULAS NXESI MP Minister of Employment and Labour Dear Minister Nxesi, Call To Withdraw Irrational And Damaging Coida Draft Regulations Collectively, we represent over 130 cross-sectoral bodies, ranging from healthcare associations, medical practices, unions and companies, who in turn, represent over four million impacted parties who are deeply concerned about the chronic and persistent failings of the Compensation Fund. In particular, we are alarmed b...

Civil society coalition rejects National Treasury scheme to terminate income support for adults

| IEJ | #PayTheGrants | SPII | Black Sash | Amandla.mobi | NPO News and Media Releases
Civil society organisations campaigning for basic income are becoming increasingly alarmed by the fact that National Treasury seems determined to unilaterally, and secretively, push through a woefully misguided and unfeasible proposal for income support: the so-called family grant. We have become aware of this proposal circulating in government in recent weeks but had largely assumed that it would be rejected because of its exclusionary nature, its deeply patriarchal bias, and quite simply, b...

[Media Release] IWAG calls for withdrawal of catastrophic new Compensation Fund regulations

| Injured Workers' Action Group (IWAG) | NPO News and Media Releases
New Compensation Fund regs prejudice medical service providers and side-lines Parliament  Fund gazetted regulations will enforce controversial Section 43(4) of the COID Amendment Bill, despite it being removed from the Bill by Parliament in August Cape Town, 15 September 2021 -- The Injured Workers’ Action Group, is calling for the immediate withdrawal of controversial new regulations published by the Compensation Fund in the Government Gazette on Friday 10 September, on the ground...
06 September 2021

Free art therapy, drama and stories help inner-city children find their way

| Masego Mafata | GroundUp | NPO News and Media Releases
For 27 years, Lefika la Phodiso has welcomed Johannesburg children from six to 18 For eight years, 16-year-old Hlomla Sithole has been coming from his home in Hillbrow in Johannesburg to attend afternoon programmes at the Lefika la Phodiso Community Art Counselling and Training Institute near Constitution Hill. Lefika la Phodiso, which means “the rock of healing” or “holding” in Sesotho, has been operating since 2007 in the Children’s Memorial Institute, a building nearly 100 years old on t...

[Media Release] HQA releases 2021 Industry Results on Quality of Healthcare in South Africa

| Health Quality Assessment (HQA) | NPO News and Media Releases
Thursday 12 August 2021 Health Quality Assessment (HQA) releases its 17th annual Industry Report on the quality of healthcare in South Africa. Data from 18 medical schemes, representing 91 benefit options and 78.7% of all insured beneficiaries (7.02million), was used for the annual analysis of 174 health quality indicators. In this year’s data analysis, based on 2020 claims data, the profile of the population reflects 46.3% males and 53.7% females and an average age of 34.4 y...
10 August 2021

Millions in Lottery funds spent on one-night “music and arts festival”

| Mkhuseli Sizani and Raymond Joseph | GroundUp | NPO News and Media Releases
The National Lotteries Commission spent R4.8 million on a one-night concert and two-week workshop in 2018. Participants say the event in Gqeberha was poorly organised and done in a rush. The funds were given to Gauteng-based NPO Voice of Triumph.

[Media Release] Reinstated SRD grant in need of more effective implementation

| Black Sash | NPO News and Media Releases
The Black Sash welcomes the decision announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 25 July 2021 that the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant will be reinstated until March 2022.  We are pleased that the grant’s eligibility criteria has now been expanded to include unemployed Caregivers who receive the Child Support Grant (CSG) on behalf of children. About 95% of CSG recipients are women who were unfairly discriminated against as individuals in their own right by not being eligible...

NPO News

News in brief: 1 – 15 August 2021

James Sleight
27 August 2021

Dr Tumi, the Lottery and the alleged fraud of R1.5 million

Anton van Zyl and Raymond Joseph | GroundUp
10 June 2021

News in brief: 16 – 31 August 2021

James Sleight
03 September 2021

Civil society coalition rejects National Treasury scheme to terminate income support for adults

IEJ | #PayTheGrants | SPII | Black Sash | Amandla.mobi
29 October 2021

News in brief: 16 – 31 October 2021

James Sleight
31 October 2021


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