Quote of the week

The unhappy fact that it is journalists, investigating organs of state and officialdom and the political class and their involvement in corrupt practices to loot the State’s resources, who, by so doing, attract the attention of powerful and influential persons who are capable of suborning the apparatus of the State to smell out their adversaries, cannot be ignored. The examples of abuse of the system have been addressed elsewhere in this judgment. Moreover, the respondents’ perspectives assume that the designated judge is not lied to and is diligent… In my view, in the absence of a rebuttal, this example illustrates a grave vulnerability in RJCA that such an apparent abuse could occur. The common cause examples of blatant lies being told to the designated judge further exacerbates the vulnerability of the system.

Sutherland J
Amabhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism NPC and Another v Minister of Justice and Correctional Services and Others
31 August 2010

Support the 2010 Ntaba ka Ndoda Heritage Festival

Appeal for support – Support the 2010 Ntaba ka Ndoda Heritage Festival


Without the support of the community and friends, it is not possible for the Ntaba ka Ndoda Heritage Festival to exist and host its annual event. We appeal to individuals, organisations, foundations, companies and others to consider providing financial and non-financial support as we complete our preparations for the 2010 Festival. The Ntaba ka Ndoda Heritage Festival is an initiative of the people of the Debe, Ngqumeya and Rabula villages to mark and celebrate the natural, political and cultural heritage that is symbolised by the mountain of Ntaba ka Ndoda. This is done through an annual festival that is held during the Heritage Day weekend every year (2010: 24-26 September).  

The community has been able to mobilise volunteers, local donations and local material to prepare for this Festival. Many community volunteers have contributed their time, their cellphone airtime, their cars and petrol and other contributions to make things possible. But our resources are still not enough for us to meet all our costs on our own.  

For the 2010 Festival, we appeal for and request the following material:
·     5 balls each for rugby, and soccer;
·     Cups and medals for winners and runners-up for soccer, netball and rugby tournaments;
·     Certificates of participation for choirs, cultural groups, and other participants;
·     Tent;
·     A petrol generator, a projector and wall screen to show films in local schools without electricity and audio-visual equipment;
·     Loud-hailer;
·     Boards and pieces for darts, chess, morabaraba, scrabble, and other indoor board games; and
·     A volunteer photographer and/or audio-visual recorder.

In addition to the above non-financial needs, our budget for the 2010 Festival also includes transport and airtime costs. It comes to a total of R22,000 (twenty two thousand rands). With your support we can meet this budget as well as the non-financial targets we have set ourselves.

If you are able to make a financial donation, please make a deposit into our bank account as follows:
·     Bank – ABSA
·     Branch – King William’s Town
·     Branch code – 632005
·     Account name – Ntaba ka Ndoda Heritage Festival     
·     Account number – 925 024 5926
·     Type of account – Club Savings Account

If you are considering a non-financial contribution, please contact:
·     Mr. Vizinto Mgunyasi – Festival Committee Chairperson, Cell – 076 745 2631
·     Ms. Thobeka Finca – Festival Coordinator, Cell – 083 595 0732
 
We also use this opportunity to thank our core of ongoing friends and supporters whose contribution over the past years have helped the Festival survive and grow.

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