Ndifuna Ukwazi Electronic Newsletter July 2012
Ndifuna Ukwazi Ndifuna Ukwazi promotes understanding, engagement and collaboration on social justice issues in order to foster active citizenship and leadership in South Africa
NEWSLETTER 05: JULY 2012
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YOUTH DAY SEMINAR

Ndifuna Ukwazi hosted a seminar on Youth Day, 16 June 2012, on the role of white youth in South Africa's struggle movements. The discussions focused on the role of white youth in apartheid and post apartheid movements and included speakers such as Paula Ensor, Paula Hathorn, Zackie Achmat, Stan Engelbrecht, Doron Isaacs, Waldimar Pelser, Vuyiseka Dubula-Majola and Murray Hunter. The event was attended by a wide and diverse array of people who brought equally interesting perspectives and questions to the discussions. The seminar was streamed live around the world.
A video recording of the event can be viewed here. A copy of Waldimar Pelser's speech is available on GroundUp's website here, while Doron Isaacs' speech can be viewed on the same website here.

PRINT MEDIA

Ndifuna Ukwazi Trustee, Fatima Hassan, and Office and Research Coordinator, Greg Solik, co-authored an Op Ed which appeared in the 13 June edition of Business Day. The piece highlighted issues around the controversial Western Cape communications tenders and reflected on the Public Protector's report, with Ndifuna Ukwazi having submitted one of five complaints received by the Public Protector.
The full article is available on the Business Day website here and on GroundUp's website here
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OPEN DATA AND DEMOCRACY INITIATIVE

Ndifuna Ukwazi is participating as a volunteer in a working group of different civil society, media, and technology organisations in the Western Cape. Operating under the banner of The Open Data and Democracy Initiative (ODADI), the group is dedicated to bringing together a non-partisan community of citizens, activists, technologists, journalists, and entrepreneurs to develop and apply practical open technology. The initiative's launch event, the Coding for Democracy hackathon, will be hosted at the Ndifuna Ukwazi offices on the weekend of 3-5 August and will invite the participation of coders, designers, activists, journalists and various other interested parties.
Details will follow.

ACCESS TO INFORMATION

Since June 2012 we have approached City of Cape Town officials in order to gain access to copies of service delivery agreements between the City and outside contractors for the provision of municipal services. Despite numerous requests these agreements had still not been made available to us. Provisions of the Municipal Systems Act and the Municipal Finance Management Act make it compulsory for these agreements to be available for public inspection at the municipal offices and on the municipality's website. We sent a letter to City Manager, Mr Achmat Ebrahim, asking for the agreements to be made available on the website by 13 July. This seems to have worked, and the first batch of documents uploaded can be found here
Our open letter was published in the Cape Times on 5 July and can be viewed here.

ANTI-CORRUPTION SUMMIT

On 13 June, Ndifuna Ukwazi Fellows attended the Western Cape Religious Leaders' Anti-Corruption Summit, hosted in Salt River, Cape Town. The Summit addressed the following broad question: How can we together best affirm personal and societal integrity, and encourage broader and deeper commitment to the shared values and ideals inherent in our faiths and our Constitution? Speakers included a number of community activists and inter-faith religious leaders.

TRUSTEES MEETING

Ndifuna Ukwazi Trustees Barabara Hogan, Vuyiseka Dubula-Majola, Fatima Hassan, Doron Isaacs, Gavin Silber and Zackie Achmat met for a Trustees meeting on 26 June. To learn more about our Trustees, visit the Board of Trustees section of our website here.

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RICHARD MDLULI CASE

Ndifuna Ukwazi partner organisation the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) applied to the North Gauteng High Court in May for leave to join Freedom Under Law’s litigation against embattled former Head of Crime Intelligence, General Richard Mdluli. Freedom Under Law is a not-for-profit trust which promotes understanding and respect for the rule of law and the principle of legality. In late May, NU Director Zackie Achmat (who is also a secretariat member of the SJC) submitted an affidavit on behalf of the SJC in its bid to join Freedom Under Law’s application. Ndifuna Ukwazi is now working with Freedom Under Law and Corruption Watch (who also applied for leave to join the application) on the case.

FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME

Fellowship Programme start delayed
 
The start of the new term has been delayed to allow more people from community-level organisations to apply.

Applications have now closed and short-listed applicants will be interviewed within the next two weeks, with the next term now beginning on 27 July.

The current Fellows are enjoying a short holiday and preparing workshops that they need to present at other community organisations, while the tutors are preparing workshops for the rest of the year.

UPCOMING EVENTS
CODING FOR DEMOCRACY

DATE 3/4/5 August 2012

TIME Starts 08h00 

VENUE NU Offices, 47 on Strand, Cape Town

RSVP Shaun Russell

CIVIL SOCIETY CONFERENCE ON SOUTH AFRICA'S LEGISLATURE

DATE 13/14/15 August 2012

TIME 08h00 - 17h30

VENUE Townhouse Hotel, Cape Town

SPEAKERS INCLUDE Albie Sachs, Zackie Achmat, Sizani Ngubane, Arch Brislin, Lisa Draga, Pregs Govender and Pierre de vos

RSVP Shaun Russell

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