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CANGO takes over SADC Presidency


Johannesburg 2017-12-12

A coordinated civil society strengthening is expected as the Coordinating Assembly of NGOs (CANGO) has assumed the Presidency of the SADC Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (SADC CNGO) to lead the advocacy role from Seychelles.

Taking over presidency from the Executive Director of the Citizens Engagement Platform in Seychelles (CEPS) Mr Jules Hoareau, in a December 2017 Annual General Meeting at Johannesburg, Ms Hlobisile Nxumalo the Chairperson of CANGO – unveiled by CANGO latter on – would be the focal person to perform executive oversight duties of the regional NGO body.
Representing CANGO at the SADC-CNGO AGM, the CANGO Executive and Director Emmanuel Ndlangamandla, said CANGO assumes the responsibility with “humility and professionalism espoused by the governance principles of the King IV Report on Corporate Governance for Southern Africa, 2016.”
The SADC CNGO, with its secretariat located in Gaborone, is a non-profit regional umbrella organisation which coordinates and strengthens advocacy from affiliated national umbrella NGO bodies within the 16 SADC member states.
It aims to foster a civil society position and unify its voice when engaging SADC structures in line with the SADC Treaty. The SADC Treaty provides for the involvement of civil society in working with the people of SADC and sectors in the regional transformation aspirations.
Apart from other activities, the SADC CNGO enforces the ‘SADC We Want’ campaign which calls for the inclusion of all sectors in the regional socio-economic and political development. The position is substantive for two years until 2019.