We – the interns of SANGOCO – would like to introduce our work and ourselves to the readers of this blog.

Thanks to the generous donation of the Eskom Foundation the South African NGO Coalition (SANGOCO) was able to employ six young interns for the year 2006.

The six interns came form different skills and academic/working backgrounds:

Jacobeth Makhubele is doing her honours in Media Studies at the University of Witwatersrand.

Muelelwa Khosa has accomplished her Bachelor Studies in International Relations and Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2005.

Simon Schaefer has accomplished his Bachelor Studies in African Development in Geography and Economics at the University of Bayreuth (Germany) in 2005.

Mohammed Ziyaad is doing his Bachelor Studies in International Relations and Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Theenegran Chetty is currently completing his degree in Computer Studies through UNISA. Previously, he worked as a network/IT technician for Sun-International (Carousel Casino).

Marius Kotze was a fulltime worker in Layout and Design before he joined SANGOCO.

For further information view our profiles on the blog, which will be uploaded soon.

Collectively, we are assigned to track down the historical and institutional mandate of the coalition by doing research, collect and distribute relevant information on SANGOCO’s core activities and campaigns.

Further, we assist our Manager Hassen Lorgat and SANGOCO’s Executive Director Zanele Twala.

Thanks to the Eskom Foundation that made it possible for us (interns) to be part of the Coalition, at the same time being trained in the NGO sector fighting against poverty and inequality to make South Africa a better place.


GCE WEEK 24th to 28th of April 2006

Global Campaign for Education (South Africa), made up of teachers’ unions, NGOs and faith-based organisations, is this year focusing on “every child needs a teacher campaign” In support of this campaign, we have invited government officials, celebrities, as well as civil society leaders to go back to school. The day to go “Back to School” can be any day during the Global Action Week from Monday 24 to Friday 28 April (excluding Freedom Day on Thursday 27 April).

Going “Back to School” involves paying a visit to a primary or high school, or to a disadvantaged school of your choice. Those going back to school will teach on a subject of your choice, and participate in discussions with children on why every child needs a teacher. The participants may visit one, two, or even three schools throughout the day.
By taking part, this will be showing commitment to ensuring that every child must not only be able to go to school, but also that there are enough well-trained teachers in South Africa to provide Education for All.
There is currently a massive global shortage of teaching professionals, worsened by the so-called “brain drain” from the Global South to the richer North. The United Nations estimates that at least 15 million and possibly as many as 30 million more teachers are needed to ensure that every child could complete and get a quality education by 2015.

On the 26th of April, there will be a mock trial on this campaign at the Constitution Hill. At the end of the day, the judge must decide on whether South Africa has done enough in providing education for all or not. There will be representatives from government as well as from Civil Society who will present the case.
During the Action Week, we hope that we will raise awareness that we need more teachers for every child, either in primary or high school level in
South Africa. In 1994, our government promised that there will be “Free Education for All”.