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#Storymakers2014 Africa Tweet-Chat - Share Your NGO Storytelling Experiences on 4 September 2014

Storytelling is an integral part of human behaviour and increasingly relevant to the strategic communication and awareness-raising activities of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) globally.
 
Stories help people to better remember specific experiences. Stories shape our identities. With a great story, you can ensure that donors and supporters understand your work.
 

Ice-Heads Raise Millions for Motor Neuron Disease Worldwide…

There is a frenzy that is hitting the tube, twitter, instagram - in fact all technological tools. Famous people are participating in this crazy event of dumping ice cold water over their heads to raise funds for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Big names are in on it like former President George W Bush, Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, Ronaldo, Mark Zuckerburg, Gwyneth Paltrow even our own Elon Musk who went daft with five buckets of ice and Katlego Maboe did it on SABC TV3 morning show, Expresso, in support of his sister.

Country’s NGOs in Crisis

Some 30 percent (36 000) of the country’s 122 000 registered non-governmental organisations (NGOs) had to close down in 2013 due to growing financial shortages, huge pressure on fundraising as well as non-compliance with legal requirements. 

Cape Town Society for the Blind (CTSB) chief executive officer (CEO), Lizelle van Wyk, describes the situation as shocking especially if one takes into consideration that government subsidises NGOs to the tune of R31 billion annually. 

FPD’s Gender-Based Violence Knock on Door Campaign - Our Stories

The Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) Gender-Based Violence (GBV) management course proved to be a success in the community of Bayview, Durban.

The Ubuntu community workers were impressed with the amount of information that became available to help them to do their jobs better.

Introducing You to Forgood

Forgood is an online platform (pc and mobile) that connects passionate people with needy organisations.

Do you want hundreds of thousands of people and companies to know about your work – and support it?

Do you want people to donate their goods to you? Think…. computers, building material, desks, clothes, food, etc.

Do you need people to give you their time and skills for free? Think… accounting, design work, sports coaching, teaching, etc.

Do you want an easy fundraising platform?

Mandela Day 2014

South Africans, along with the rest of the world, commemorated Mandela Day on 18 July 2014. The day was observed for the first time since the passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, South Africa's first democratically-elected president since the fall of Apartheid following the country's successful democratic elections in 1994. This year, President Jacob Zuma, urged all citizens to take part in an 'Operation Clean Up for Madiba' campaign to honour Madiba and make the country a cleaner and therefore safer place to live in.

State of the Nation Address, 17 June 2014

By His Excellency Jacob G Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa on the occasion of the Joint Sitting Of Parliament Cape Town

17 Jun 2014

The Speaker of the National Assembly,
The Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces;
Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Deputy Chairperson of the NCOP,
Deputy President of the Republic, Honourable Cyril Ramaphosa,
Former Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe,
Honourable Chief Justice of the Republic, and all esteemed members of the Judiciary,

I Call Him ‘Superman’

By Jethro Kwenani
 
My Father lost his father at the tender age of 12-years old and my late grandmother raised him and his siblings. Being the eldest was a lot of pressure, but he rose to the challenge. After school, he worked part-time to contribute to the household and help get his siblings through school. When I think back to when I was 12, I cannot even imagine having managed such a feat. That is just one of the reasons I call him Superman.
 

Dad, My Great Teacher

By Levi Mberego

Life does not bless everyone with a great father. As father’s day approaches and as the memories flood back, I realise that I was blessed with a father who left an indelible mark on me. My father taught me to walk the talk and what it means to live an unwavering life.

South African National Child Protection Week – Raising Awareness

With a recent flood of child abuse related media coverage, the nonprofit organisation Community Keepers is using Child Protection week (1-8 June) to raise awareness about this very important topic.

The protection of our children is everyone’s responsibility. Are you able to identify the signs of child abuse and would you know what to do? Community Keepers offers tips and advice on this topic.