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.




The South African National NGO Coalition held a Leadership Workshop from the 1st to 3rd of August 2006, with the leaders from all the nine provinces. The Workshop was held in Hotel Devonshire, in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. According to Richard A Baker, Leadership is “ the reciprocal process of mobilizing, by persons with certain motives and values, various economic, political, and other resources, in a context of competition and conflict, in order to realise goals independently or ,mutually held by both leaders and followers.” The motive was to remind the Leadership the purpose for which SANGOCO was created, and also to grow to a more progressive organisation. The other thing was for the organisation to evaluate itself why it exists, and where it is heading.

Some of the objectives of the workshop were to:
- Assess the state of NGOs and funding crisis which has resulted in many NGOS closing down.
- Evaluate the aims and objectives of the organisation and deciding upon the programme of action, and to
- Enhance accountability to members; donors; and other stakeholders.

Participants of the workshop arrived from all corners of the country including SANGOCO’s member organisations. A number of speakers were invited to present from different fields. The speakers included intellectuals, the churches, the unions, funders, civil society, as well as the honourable Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa. As of the list of speakers invited, 99% arrived for their presentations. The first day SANGOCO’s board members met with the Deputy President, Ms Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, for almost three hours, before the actual workshop began. SANGOCO’s Leaders were privileged to have all those speakers presenting what would help SANGOCO rebuild itself and for the Leaders to revive their mandate.

The workshop was a success as it managed to set out the main fundamentals for the organisation to go forward. From the presentations, the main challenges which the organisations are meeting are financial which causes organisations to close down because of lack of funding. Engagement between Civil Society and government is still seen as a problem, because much has not been done about it. The National Development Agency, the National Lotteries, and the Foundation for Human Rights, presented the predicament of some organisations not being funded and the problems they experience with some of those they are funding.

The workshop was fruitful to both the participants and the delegates. It is up to SANGOCO’s Leaders after getting more funding to rebuild the organisation, especially in those provinces without physical offices at the moment.

A special thanks to SANGOCO’s Acting President Mr Dolos Luka, together with the Executive Director, Ms Zanele Twala. We would also like to thank the participants who made it to the workshop, from all the provinces for their support.

By: Muelelwa Khosa