In our view

Endless options to fund higher education - 2 Aug 2011 Businessday.co.za - Business Day

By Nazli Abrahams

GOVERNMENT funding for higher education has deteriorated to such an extent that most institutions are now "state assisted" or "state affiliated" rather than "state funded". Universities in SA get less than half their funding directly from the government and the brakes have been put on annual above-inflation fee increases as a way to plug the financial gap.

Changing the odds for university survival - Mail & Guardian 15 Jul 2011

ADVERTORIAL Nazli Abrahams - Programme Manager at Inyathelo - The South African Institute for Advancement Government funding for higher education has deteriorated to such an extent that most institutions are now "state assisted" or "state affiliated" rather than "state funded". Universities in South Africa get less than half their funding directly from government and the brakes have been put on annual aboveinflation fee increases as a means of plugging the financial gap.

Through philanthropy we can do more to build a bigger, stronger country - CAPE TIMES 24 Jun 2011

MOST of us tend to think, "I've paid my taxes - the state will now look after everything and everyone". But citizenship isn't just a transaction in which you put your taxes in and get your services out. It's a relationship; we are part of something bigger than ourselves. And as such, maybe it's time we recognised that we could all do a little bit more to build a bigger, stronger society Levels of giving internationally have flatlined over the past few years clear is that we are in desperate need of a new generation of philanthropists to fight the ravages of poverty and unemployment, and ensure that our society continues to provide a much-needed safety net for millions.

National Lottery is failing to meet its mandate

By Shelagh Gastrow, Executive Director of The South African Institute of Advancement, Inyathelo.

A recent Supreme Court of Appeal decision supports my belief that there needs to a complete overhaul of the way the National Lottery Board manages and distributes billions of rands worth of public funds. There is a distinct lack of accountability and transparency over the way the board operates and they need to be called to account for their failure to fulfil the mandate they were given to distribute funds appropriately to non-profit organisations and charities.

Citizens will find their world 'very slightly changed' after May 18 - SATURDAY WEEKEND ARGUS, Life Etc 14 May 2011

SOUTH AFRICANS will next week to be flocking to the voting stations and in the remaining days political parties are sure to pull out all the stops to woo voters one last time. Not surprisingly, and like the previous years, the poor and the marginalised in our country are again the objects of politicians' feigned affection. Around the country, the election campaigns of the ANC and DA alike have been devised around promises to the indigent. In Cape Town, things have been no different and the city's two most well-known mayoral candidates, Tony Ehrenreich for the ANC and Patricia de Lille for the DA, have made many - and often perilous - undertakings to the poor communities since the beginning of their campaigns.