WITHIN LIMPOPO

THER ORGANISATION IN THE NOTHERN PROVINCE THE NORTHERN PROVINCE NGO COALITION

The Limpopo Province NGO Coalition, which is the wing of the South African National NGO Coalition was established in April 19

governmental organisation that works towards creating an enabling environment for member organisations, in an effective, accessible, legitimate and representative way in order to strengthen their ability to better serve their communities.

NONGOCO, with a membership of over hundred and fifty NGOs that cover various thematic areas like rural development, land reform, adult education, human rights, environment, advocacy, gender and arts & culture among others

this coalition strategically located to respond appropriately to the needs of the nonprofit sector.

Since inception, NONGOCO has carried out ground

breaking campaigns such as the Poverty Hearings, the Rural Development Initiative, RDP/GEAR Hearings and has managed to influence policy, notably the promulgation of the NPO Act, tax reform process and the NDA Act.

Through the Media and Documentation programme, NONGOCO produces the only Limpopo Province quarterly 8-page civic

based newspaper, the Community Gazette. Our plans for next year is to publish Khomelela, a development journal that will feature various papers presented

during our monthly political seminars. The journal will cover themes ranging from land reform, racism, the role of civil society formaions and challenges of change and transformation. Our other programme, also rooted in fighting rural poverty is Advocacy & Capacity Building.

Through this programme, we have managed to established one of the leading social movements in Limpopo Province, Movement for Delivery, launched on 30 November 2000 at Westernburg Community Hall. Our last programme is Membership Services. This programme saw theinitiative of the sector development process. Through this programme we provide institutions with relevant information about the non-profit sector.

Now NONGOCO is fully functional with the Provincial Executive Committee, the Council and Secretariat. NONGOCO remains one of the leading provincial coalitions in South Africa. NONGOCO is chaired by Cde. Lucas Mufamadi, who is from Nkuzi Development Association.

Before the end of the year, we shall be carrying out the following activities.

Provincial NGO Week. Dates: 1-3 November 2001.
Where? We shall tell you! Interested organisations must
CONTACT:
Sophy Kgatle, NONGOCO administrator on (015) 295 3528 or Fax (015) 295 3541

2. National NGO Week. Dates: 12-16 November 2001.
Where? Rustenburg in North West. For registration, please
Contact:
Tebogo Matoane or Thami of SANGOCO on (011) 403 7746. The theme for this year is Grassroots Action for Poverty Eradication.
For more information contact: NONGOCO at:52 Landross Mare Street, Pioneer Building, Offices 306-309, Polokwane

 

Tsogang Water and Sanitation

Tsogang works in the Limpopo Province and Mpumalanga, and has 7 years extensive rural experience. Tsogang support the development struggle of rural people through assisting them, to develop and expand their inherent abilities and run ‘their own’ projects. We have a multi skilled staff whose services to communities ensure the sustainability of projects. We use different methodologies, languages, training and techniques to suit our ‘clients’ needs the best.

Tsogang provides the following services:

Community water and sanitation design, operations and maintenance

Community bookkeeping, organization and building

Health and hygiene awareness/education, dramas

Rural and peri-urban engineering

Project management – social, technical, disaster

Feasibility studies, environmental impact assessments, proposal writing

Tlhavhama Training Initiative
Tlhavhama Training Initiative is a non-governmental development organisation, based in Polokwane in South Africa’s Limpopo Province, which seeks to:

Develop and promote practical and participatory methodologies

Enhance the ability of development organisations to render effective services; and

Maximize the use of existing human and organisational resources
for people-driven development in the Limpopo Province.
Tlhavhama is a network of training and development organisations, which joined hands in order to increase their capacity for developmental programme delivery and to forge links between organisations. The organisation achieves its goals through a multi-pronged strategy of training for community development workers; organisational development interventions and support for development organisations; and active networking provincially, nationally and internationally.
Tlhavhama provides Organisational Support and Training services to it’s +/- 60 member organisations, and others service organisations, based primarily in the Northern Province. In support of this service.

Tlhavhama’s core processes are:

Learner-centred Adult Education techniques;

PRA/PLA Tools and Techniques

Visualisation Tools and Techniques;

Analytical Tools and Techniques drawn from a variety of methods and

Objectives Oriented Planning Tools and Techniques.

New Areas of Focus (2001 – 2004)

Developing, Promoting and Using Household Livelihood Security (Sustainable Livelihoods) Approaches for assessing community and household needs, designing interventions and monitoring and evaluating impact. For the last 2 years, Tlhavhama has worked with CARE International, CARE South Africa and Oxfam GB in the development of learning and planning materials to enable organisations of different sizes, sectors and scopes to undertake livelihood assessments using participatory tools. Tlhavhama is a key contributor to a training guide which will be published by Oxfam Publishing in mid-2001, and has undertaken several orientation, training and livelihood assessment exercises in order to develop and test the materials.

Developing, Promoting and Using a Rights-Based Approach to development planning, coupled with the livelihoods approach indicated above. Sustainable livelihoods imply that all people are able to access, interpret and exercise their human rights. Through exploring and adopting a rights-based approach to development thinking, consciously engaging organisations and communities on issues of gender, generation, HIV/AIDS status and other rights issues, Tlhavhama hopes to make an impact on how human development is conceptualised and actioned in the Northern Province to the benefit, again, of those who are most vulnerable.

Actively Promoting and Facilitating Developmental Partnerships between civil society organisations, civil society and government, and other targeted role players. As an organisation, Tlhavhama has consciously sought to work in collaboration with like-minded organisations, and now feels the need to work with our members on developing partnerships of substance, based not on money, but on values and shared goals. Tlhavhama worked with Olive OD & T and the Eastern Cape NGO Coalition to design and implement a Partnership Development Programme in 2000, and has written the first of two practical guides on this topic (to be published by Olive OD & T). We are now in a position to work more closely with our members and other interested parties on the development, maintenance and evaluation of partnerships

LIMPOPO PROVINCE LANDLESS PEOPLE’S MOVEMENT

In 1999 and 2000 Nkuzi organized provincial land rights conferences which were attended by representatives from over 150 different communities and groups involved in land reform. The discussions in these conferences and with various communities across the province led to the establishment of land reform forums in five different districts of the Province and the launching in the year 2000 of the Land Rights Coalition. The Coalition is comprised of the different district forums, the South African Council of Churches, Limpopo Province NGO Coalition, Land Access Movement of South Africa and Nkuzi. A number of different campaigns and activities have been undertaken by these structures. Among the activities of the Land Rights Coalition over the past two years have been a picket at the Union Buildings, meeting with the Director General (Departmental Head) of the Department of Land Affairs, Picketing at and attending the Minister of Land Affairs Indaba, meeting with the Minister of Land Affairs and attending the conference. The major challenge now is to build awareness and organisational skills within these emerging structures so that they are able to develop into a fully independent and effective movement that will assist to deepen democracy.