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.


Back to School


From 24 – 30th April, civil society, made up of child rights activists, teacher unions and NGOs showed they really care about ensuring every child gets quality education, delivered by a qualified teacher. Approximately 18 million more teachers are needed if every child is to receive a quality education and there are 100 million children are still being denied the opportunity of going to school. Millions more are sitting in over-crowded classrooms for only a few hours a day. Without urgent action these children will remain in poverty and at far greater risk of HIV infection.

The South African NGO Coalition was part of the NGOs who were involved in the “every child needs a teacher campaign” together with the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU). During the Action Week, the Ministers in various departments, celebrities, as well as some from the media went back to school to teach the learners about the importance of education. The list included the Minister of Education Naledi Pandor, Public Administration, Geraldine Fraser Moleketi, Sunday Times Editor, Mondi Makhanya, 702 Radio presenter, Tim Modise, SA FM presenter, Thabiso Sekwane, Bishop of the Methodist Church, Paul Verryn, as well as others. The Ministers and celebrities were able to get an idea how much resources are needed to improve the quality of our education. The resources needed might be stationery, chairs, desks, more classrooms, proper school building, as well as more teachers. The Deputy Minister Phumzile Mlambo Ncquka will only go back to school on the 15th of May 2006, in Ohlange High School in Kwazulu Natal. The struggle still continues with the "every child needs a teacher" campaign, so that we could achieve the goal of quality education to all.

by Muelelwa Khosa