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.



2000 Resolutions
Join with other progressive organisations in leading a campaign to end discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS in communities and in the workplace, and to provide equal access to treatment,
Actively support the Treatment action Campaign’s international day of action against drug company profiteering,
Endorse and support the TAC’ s defiance campaign that aims to import high quality, affordable generic drugs to SA, in defiance of patents held by multinational companies such as Pfizer

To call on the government urgently to:

Make affordable treatment available to people living with HIV/AIDS and to increase government spending o health care workers, health care facilities and treatment,
Immediately begin implementing a national programme to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV,
Clearly state that HIV is the cause of AIDS and to dramatically step up programmes on education, prevention and treatment,
Respond to the immediate and long term needs of children orphaned by AIDS and people living with HIV/AIDS,
Urgently address issues of gender inequality as this is feeding the AIDS

To work to establish functioning offices in all provinces by 2004,
To strengthen horizontal linkages between provinces through a structured programme of networking, information exchange and joint planning,
To establish a forum of provinces that includes the NEC , the National Office, the Provincial Executive Committee, and staff from provincial offices, in order to strengthen both horizontal and vertical linkages, to debate and plan provincial activities and issues.
That sectors should be rationalised to 11 as per the discussion document on restructuring SANGOCO, presented at NGO Week 2000,
That members should affiliate to sectors through the provincial structures,
That the membership fee of SANGOCO should be payable to provinces, with a portion (to be determined) payable to the National Office,
To call on SANGOCO members to commit time and resources in the interim phase of establishing offices to ensure that the tasks outlined for provinces become operational as quickly as possible,
To ensure that provinces and sectors hold regular and well-structured AGMs


Assist communities in building organs of peoples power for participative democracy,
Become a serious pressure group to government in a manner that is proactive,
Assist in building capacity for sustainable advocacy,
Support initiatives around the formation of a Social Movement to campaign against the macro economic policy, this to be done together with the labour movement and other popular organisations,
Ensure that the building of social movement coincides with the revival of the Speak Out Against Poverty Campaign,
Declare the Human Rights Day ( 10 December 2000) as a day for a massive national campaign in rejection of GEAR and call for policies seeking to eradicate poverty,
Encourage and lobby for the participation of women in local government leadership positions,
Support candidates for local government elections contesting on the basis of an anti-poverty platform that rejects privatisation and commercialisation of social services.


Reject GEAR and commit to effectively struggle against this neo-liberal policy,
Mobilise civil society to advocate and defend social, economic and political rights of the poor and working class through an accessible economic literacy programme and campaign development,
Join with other progressive forces such as the labour, civic, women’s and youth movements to lobby government to deliver on its mandate and legal obligations, and to develop a coherent alternative economic framework policy document,
Endorse and support the following campaigns waged by COSATU: buying locally produced products, labour law amendments in particular, campaign against financial sector,
Facilitate research on effects of GEAR policy on the lives of the poor to use as an engagement tool and consider other existing research in this process,
Extend our participation in international networks and global social movements working for debt cancellation and the development of a new, just economic order,
Support and promote the emergence of a democratic progressive public media,
Strengthen the pro-poor budget campaign to ensure active and meaningful mass participation.


Reject the privatisation of social services by government,
Co-ordinate the development of a rights based Social services Framework for appropriate development,
Campaign for and build strong alliances at local, provincial and national level for the defence of basic rights to effective social services,
Step up and consolidate existing campaigns for poverty eradication, child support grants, maintenance grants, pensions, disability grants, basic income grants for the unemployed,
In support of the Treatment Action Campaign, call for basic health care services and the care and treatment of persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS,
Mobilise community support and participation, advocate and monitor the budgetary process,
Call on government ensure that resources are spent on what they are allocated for, to avoid instances of unspent funds,
Lobby within and outside of government for increased social spending through reprioritisation of budget allocations.


Ensure that SANGOCO recommits itself to supporting and strengthening the Jubilee 2000 campaign,
Utilise Jubilee 2000 to mobilise communities around issues of debt and reparations,
Support an unconditional cancellation of apartheid debt, foreign debt and the apartheid-caused debt in the Southern African region,
Encourage Jubilee 2000 to link its issues with sectoral campaigns on debt,
Support a call for reparations as spelled out in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report and the Jubilee 2000 campaign.


Mobilise rural communities focusing on land, agriculture and water,
Assist in building of rural organisations to respond to the issues of communities, rural women and people with disabilities,
Facilitate the coming together of rural development NGOs involved in the founding of the RDI together with Sangoco should come together to assess the RDI and re-commit themselves to taking forward a rural social movement and popularize the Rural People’s Charter,
Ensure that the rural sector of SANGOCO takes up the challenge of developing a research and education programme to deepen our understanding of agrarian reform,
Ensure that SANGOCO and rural NGOs should pool resources to support the campaign and struggles of rural people,
Through the rural sector, develop a proposal and dedicate resources to develop and produce a monthly simplified newspaper for rural people for information and mobilisation, and explore the utilisation of other media, e.g. community radio and television,
Make sure that provincial structures of Sangoco assist in bringing together rural people’s organisations to discuss the formation of the rural people’s movement and a programme of training of volunteers to build this movement
2001 Resolutions

· Prioritise that SANGOCO hosts educational workshops at regional, provincial & national levels on national campaigns
· Ensure that provincial dynamics inform national campaigns at all times;
· Involve rural-based organisations as this is key to the success of the campaigns;
· Involve regions & communities in the conception and implementation of our campaigns;
· Initiate a process of employing a programmes person for each province to take – up and coordinate the implementation of campaigns;
· Allocate adequate resources that will enable provinces to sustain campaigns;
· Provinces & PEC’s should take responsibility to implement and also to decide on appropriate structures and processes to co-ordinate campaigns.

· To support TAC court action against National Minister of Health, for not implementing MTCTP,
· That government should provide Anti-retrovirals and MTCT programmes;
SANGOCO should:
· Join other organisations in fighting discrimination against the infected;
· Join other organisations in fighting for access to treatment;
· Take part in TACs events;
· Endorse and support TAC against Pharmaceutical Manufacturer’s Association;
· Join campaigns to increase government spending on Health Care System;
· Carry out education on treatments
· Highlight the issue of gender as it affects HIV in all its campaigns;
· Address the role of insurance companies in providing financial security to people infected by HIV/AIDS;
· SANGOCO should strengthen the visibility of the campaign through the media;
· Form other campaigns, like a campaign for orphans of HIV;
· SANGOCO and its members need to call on government to draw a national treatment plan for HIV;
· Link importance of nutrition and poverty as a key contributor to perpetuating the scourge of HIV/AIDS in the country
· There is a need to incorporate the campaign on the accessibility and affordability of microbicides into our existing campaigns around treatment and prevention.

· Short term: Characterised by the existing problems in the social security systems.
· Long term: Characterised and drawn from the coalition vision and commitment to poverty eradication.
· BIG must be seen as a means to self-reliance therefore should build the financial capacity of the communities at local level;
· Provinces must work in a co-coordinated manner and in harmony with each other
· Provinces are to conduct public hearings, with clear and common agenda. This will enable members to identify eligible BIG beneficiaries and to feed in with the coalitions long term goals in particular the research and advocacy units;
· There is also an immediate need for provinces to undergo workshop on Tenure, National Office must play a facilitation role;
· Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms must be put in place particularly the pay points;
· When it comes to the Basic Income Grant, concerns were raised about making the grant universal because of the costs and budgetary implications attached to it, SANGOCO

SANGOCO & WSSD Resolutions
· That SANGOCO integrates its campaigns as part of the WSSD processes.
· Galvanise and support the current initiatives of the SA process in the form of the Indaba and its “Call to Action” plat form.
· How should SANGOCO be represented at the WSSD Civil Society Indaba?
· All major groups such as labour, women, etc; have 5 representatives for the Indaba;
· SANGOCO is supposed to have 5 representatives as well; these should come from SANGOCO sectors that are well placed to intervene in WSSD processes;

We propose the following sectors;

Human Rights
Land & Rural
Socio-Economic Justice

· Reaffirm 2000 resolution on the establishment of provinces and provincial offices, with the following amendments:
· Infrastructure and human resources to be in place by June 2002,
· Provincial offices to be campaign centers through developing, planning, shaping, implementing, monitoring and evaluating SANGOCO campaigns;
· Head of the secretariat to be a political linkage between political centers and campaign centers;
· National campaigns be integrated with member campaigns at provincial level; to ensure proper coordination, planning, information dissemination and action,
· SANGOCO resources must prioritised for rural provinces,
· Provinces must intensify membership recruitment
· Ensure that sectors affiliate at provincial level;
· Review last years NGO week resolution on the number of sectors, instead sectors be identified on an ongoing basis, based on emerging issues/needs;
· Entrust an appointed member of PEC to coordinate sectors at each province;
· Encourage sectors to concentrate their work at communities and play an effective advocacy role in raising critical issues that affect communities.

· Insert an enabling clause on the constitution that allows this NGO Week 2001 to amend the Constitution;
· Extend the term of office of PEC/NEC/EC/National Council to be 2 years;
· Have only two year consecutive terms of office for all elected officials;
· Insert a clause on the composition, role, powers and functions of PEC, NEC, REC and NC;
· Endorse amendments proposed by the Constitutional Committee;
· Endorse the proposal of splitting membership fees by 70% to provincial offices and 30% to national office;
· On the Coalition being a unitary structure, on the following provisions;
· National Office takes the responsibility for provision of resources to provinces;
· Provinces are given powers to mobilise resources, to decide on province specific campaigns/programmes in line with the newly agreed national priorities and guidelines;
· Each province develop/maintain/amend its constitution in line with the national constitution to enable it to mobilise resources, and to submit this to the national assembly for adoption;
· SANGOCO Executive Director to remain an appointed member of staff and ex-officio member of the NEC.

2003 Resolutions LOCAL GOVERNMENT
SANGOCO members actively participate in local government process such as IDP and ISRDP, where applicable to their work (Northwest and N.C)
Provinces in particular monitor and disseminate information regarding these processes to members (N.W; F.S; M.P; L.P; N.C)
That SANGOCO co-ordinate civil society participation for 3 case studies of engagement with local municipalities (urban, peri-urban and rural) to design strategies, draw replicable models and lessons for the NGO community ( N.C)

That Sangoco’s core mandate remains the facilitation of the NGO/CBO community to a) eradicate poverty and b) build the capacity of members and institutions to achieve a sustainable enabling environment (all provinces & sectors)
That Sangoco better understand the needs of its members in order to facilitate appropriate capacity building particularly with regards organisational management and leadership, policy development and fundraising (Limpopo & Northwest)
That Sangoco is not an independent actor but a facilitator of the work of members, adding value through information sharing and dissemination, lobbying, co-ordination of campaigns and solidarity, networking, national policy engagement and formulation, research and contesting public opinion (National Council & Northwest)
That provinces, regions and sectors engage in a recruitment drive to inform organisations of the vision, role and programmes of Sangoco and that a clear induction manual be developed for new members to better understand the Coalition, its vision and their role within it (Free State; Northern Cape; Northwest & Limpopo)

SANGOCO will produce a database of members to assist in networking and information sharing (Northwest)
SANGOCO will produce an annual directory of donors (Mpumalanga & Free State & Sectors)
SANGOCO will produce annual index of poverty and development (Sectors)
Seek to participate in NEDLAC chambers forging strong unity with FBO & Labour (Sectors)
Encourage strong citizen participation in the 2004 elections (Free State & Northwest)
Host a national policy conference in early 2004, to produce the Development Charter and political manifesto of citizens for the elections (Sectors)
SANGOCO actively engage in a political cadre-ship building programme to develop leadership, analytical and strategic skills within the sector (Sectors; Northwest)

The NS must be brought in line with the needs of members, sectors and provinces
The primary role of the NS is supporting, co-ordinating, facilitating and assisting in the existing and future activities of members, provinces and sectors and NOT acting as an independent organisation in its own right
That the NS be scaled down, be member focused and staffed with the appropriate levels of skills and experience
The NS be restructured with 3 units, viz a viz, Research-Lobbying& Advocacy Unit, Capacity Building Unit and Media & Publications Unit
(All suggestion from Sectors)

Provincial & Regional Secretariat
The provincial secretariats remain accountable to the NEC (operationally through the NS) but are also accountable to PEC for their day-to-day activities and provinces specific programmes and interventions (Free State & Northwest)

To continue to engage in the NPO directorate and seek to simplify the registration process, particularly for CBO
To generally awareness about the NPO and registration processes among members
To develop a coherent strategy to engage SETAs in order to facilitate members participation and beneficiation from the SETA skills levy
Engage the donor community to bring about uniform application processes and procedures among donors
Facilitate access by members to skills development resources and process to build particularly for fundraising, proposal development and financial management skills
Engage institutions of high learning to provide additional capacity building and skills to members
Develop a strategy to engage the corporate sector to be a key player in genuine, people-centered development
Enforce the SANGOCO Code of Conduct to ensure accountability and defend the integrity of members
To have provincial donor database which members can access and use.

To maintain sector representation in one form or another within the policy making structures of the Coalition
To assist each sector representative to facilitate consultations with member organisations to strengthen and clarify the need, role and function of each sector, and within an agreed time-frame of no more than one year to finalise the position of sectors within the structures of SANGOCO
To utilise the proposed Council of NGOs to achieve this process of re-organisation and clarification of the role of sectors
To reflect in the Constitution the sectors which SANGOCO organises
To endorse the Sector Protocol proposed by the National Council as a binding framework document for the operation of sectors

Sangoco’s existing campaigns should be maintained and supported, although there direct relevance and contribution to members is varied, and that co-ordination and participation in them should be devolved to different sectors, provinces and members who have more direct interest in them (Northern Cape, Northwest & Free State)
The Coalition endorse the following set of criteria for campaigns:

That campaigns be relevant to the majority of our members and the communities they serve
That campaigns must have clear impact
The results and outcomes of the campaigns should be clear and well articulated
Campaigns be selected on the basis of proper information and research, and should not be negative but have built in and well thought through alternatives – the problem we are seeking to address must be know and our alternatives must be sound
That campaigns should be unifying, people-driven and participatory
That campaigns must be realistic, operate in clear time-frames and be “outcomes” orientated
That campaigns must be politically sound and in-line with our strategic orientation
Campaigns must be framed within a proper strategic approach to reducing poverty
(Northwest; National Council & Northern Cape; Free State)

By Muelelwa Khosa