History

The ANC wins a majority in the third democratic elections.

A Medical Research Council study finds that 50% of all women who are murdered in South Africa are killed by men with whom they have an intimate relationship.

The National Youth Survey finds that 77% of young South Africans infected with HIVare women. Nearly one in four women between 20 to 24 years old test HIV-positive compared to one in 14 men of the same age. The survey finds infection rates to be highest around informal settlements (17.4%). More than 530 000 people are estimated to be living with HIV or AIDS in the Eastern Cape.

Although a human rights culture is becoming increasingly entrenched, millions of low-cost houses have been built; many rural villages have been electrified and water points have been provided; unemployment is devastatingly high. A lack of income in millions of rural households means that these services are unaffordable to a great number of South Africans. Local economic development, sustainable job creation and access to quality education are the greatest challenge facing rural communities now.

Scat celebrates 20 years engaged directly with this struggle

The second national AIDS conference is held in Durban, dominated by activists from the Treatment Action Campaign. 

Investigators exhume the first bodies in a Truth and Reconciliation Commission investigation into the fates of hundreds of people who disappeared in the apartheid era.

Around 100,000 South African gold miners’ strike over pay, bringing the industry to a standstill.

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf becomes Africa's first woman elected head of state.

Reductions in funding for Scat result in the unfortunate closure of the Training Department.   Due to lack of funds, staff were retrenched – 24 staff members started the year at Scat, by the end of the year, only 16 staff remained. 

Scat’s core programme focus remains grant-making and capacity building of its rural LDA partners to develop vibrant, sustainable rural communities. Scat’s geographic focus is centred on the Northern, Eastern and Western Cape Provinces.  During 2005, Scat’s reduction in budget translated into reduced funding for LDA partners for the first time in Scat’s history.

Scat signs a long-awaited partnership agreement with the Western Cape Department of Social Services. The agreement will support community-based organisations in the Western Cape with the goal of reducing poverty in rural communities.

South Africa becomes the first African country, and the fifth in the world, to allow same-sex unions.

Scat mourns the passing of its Convener Barry Streek, who passed away on the 21st of July after a brave struggle with cancer.  The Scat owned building at 19 Loop Street, Cape Town is renamed Barry Streek House.  A series of awards to LDAs – called the Barry Streek Awards – are initiated to honour  Barry’s contribution to Scat. 

Scat secures new partnerships in 2006 with the National Department of Health; the Old Mutual Foundation; Pick ‘n Pay Ackerman Foundation and the National Development Agency and the Foundation for Human Rights.

Scat increases its local funders from 22% to 53% and continue to receive support from loyal partners such as Norwegian Church Aid, Cordaid, the C.S. Mott Foundation, the Open Society Foundation, De Beers Chairman’s Fund, First Rand Foundation, the Western Cape Department of Social Development and Nedcor. Scat also continued with its service level agreement with Umsobomvu Youth Fund.

Hundreds of thousands of public-sector workers take part in the biggest strike since the end of apartheid. The strike lasts for four weeks and causes widespread disruption to schools, hospitals and public transport.

The African National Congress chooses Jacob Zuma as its leader, ousting South African president Thabo Mbeki.

In Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai agree to a power-sharing deal.

Waves of violence directed at foreigners hits South African townships across the country. Dozens of people die and thousands of Zimbabweans, Malawians and Mozambicans return home.  22 000 people are displaced. 

President Mbeki resigns over allegations that he interfered in the corruption case against Jacob Zuma.

ANC wins general election. In May - Parliament elects Jacob Zuma as president.

The economy goes into recession for first time in 17 years.

Township residents complaining about poor living conditions mount violent service delivery protests, which are set to increase and continue to this day.

Scat enters in to a 3 year partnership with CIDA on a gender focussed HIV and AIDS programme.  Another successful 2 year gender programme is initiated through partnership with the Joint Gender Fund.

South Africa hosts the World Cup football tournament.

South African Civil Servants stage nation-wide strikes.

In March Scat undertakes an in-depth Institutional Review.

Scat partners with the Black Sash on a national programme to monitor service delivery – called the Community Monitoring Advocacy Programme.   It also partners with HIVOS, the European Union and PCRD to initiate the Refugee, Asylum Seeker and Migrant Programme in Port Elizabeth.

The Dalai Lama - the Tibetan spiritual leader - fails to get a South African visa on time for Archbishop Tutu's birthday. 

South African opposition Democratic Alliance picks a black woman - Lindiwe Mazibuko - as its leader in parliament.

November - The ANC suspends its controversial and influential youth leader, Julius Malema, for five years for bringing the party into disrepute.

National Assembly overwhelmingly approves information bill accused by critics of posing a threat to freedom of speech. The ANC says it is needed to safeguard national security.  Mass peaceful protests occur throughout the country against the “Secrecy Bill” – Scat staff participate in these marches to protect the Constitutional right to freedom of speech. 

Scat along with other partners including Inyathelo, publishes a study on the dysfunction of the National Lotteries Board and the National Development Agency.  The lack of management or distribution of the funds is having negative work on non-profits nationally. 

As a result of the results of the previous year’s Institutional Review, Scat hires a Programme Manager, Fundraiser and a Communications Officer.  A Field Worker based in the Eastern Cape is brought on board.  Scat works with 36 Local Development Agencies in the Eastern, Western and Northern Cape.

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