The words ‘competition’ and ‘competitive’ are increasingly being used to address the nonprofit sector, something which should both shame and alarm us all. As a sector, irrespective of our different areas of focus, our collective mandate is to facilitate an environment which uplifts human lives and we should not be competing to do that. Instead, we should be looking for ways to support each other in the achievement of this collective mandate.
The Papillon Foundation (Papillon) was registered as a nonprofit organisation and public benefit organisation in 2002 and staffed by a loyal group of volunteers. The organisation has delivered amazing services over the years. The motto headlined above, describes what the work of this charity and social outreach organisation entails, as new hope and new beginnings are being realised for unemployed community members.
Within the South African context there seems to be a lot of confusion about who civil society is and what it means. The term is often used loosely, which just deepens the confusion.
In my opinion though, all of us are civil society. There is a view that business people and politicians are not civil society, but they are. None of us are defined by our work and so within our personal capacity, we all make up the society of South Africa.
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The notion that South Africa (SA) fails in its mandate to protect its children leaves one questioning the role played by organisations offering services of child care and protection and their position on reducing numbers of children being murdered in this country.