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Honourable Deputy President, Honourable Speaker of the National Assembly, Ministers and Deputy Ministers, Honourable Members of Parliament, The Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, All Excellencies Ambassadors and High Commissioners, Captains of industry, Fellow Africans and friends,   We are delighted to share this 2016 celebration of Africa Day with all of you.   Today marks 53 years since the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).  
The World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul is fast approaching, and we’re preparing to participate in what could be the most important conversation about humanitarian funding yet. But there’s still a high risk that the summit will fail to address key drivers for change laid out in the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing report, ‘Too Important to Fail: Addressing the Humanitarian Financing Gap’.
Storytelling is increasingly relevant to the strategic communication and awareness-raising activities of nonprofit organisations (NPOs) in Africa.   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.   But how does your nonprofit tell its story? When you upload a video, a photo, or a blog post about your work, whom are you trying to reach with it? What do you expect the audience to do after they see or read the story?  
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, His Majesty King Mphephu Ramabulana, Ministers and Deputy Ministers, Premier of Limpopo and his provincial executive council, Members of the national and provincial legislatures, Members of the National and the Provincial Houses of Traditional Leaders, Executive Mayor of Mopani District Municipality, Executive Mayor of the Greater Giyani Local Municipality, Heads of Chapter 9 institutions, Members of the diplomatic corps, Ladies and gentlemen, Fellow South Africans,  
Dear potential Funders and Sponsors, Did you know… eight out of 100 babies are born prematurely in South Africa?
A report published by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) today notes that very few South Africans benefit from current empowerment polices. Since these policies have failed to benefit the poor and disadvantaged, few people support them either. The IRR report calls on lawmakers to take their responsibility to empower the poor more seriously and to adopt new empowerment policies that will be far more effective. 
The Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Senzo Mchunu,   The Ministers of Arts and Culture, Justice and Correctional Services, Basic Education and all Ministers and Deputy Ministers present,   Former KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Dr Zweli Mkhize,   MECs, MPs and MPLs,   The Mayor of eThekwini Municipality, James Nxumalo and all Councillors,   The leadership of the governing party and all other political parties present,   Religious, traditional and business leaders present,   Fellow South Africans,  
Dear Comedians,   I reflect on some comedy where you unashamedly ‘go to town’ literally poking fun at the disability sector and its limitations with particular reference to our sexuality. That your audience took no notice of your blatant insult to the disability community and instead exploded in roars of laughter exposes stereotypes that are permanently visited on people with disabilities, some of whom are mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, cousins, nephews and nieces, etc. of able-bodied persons. Question is: how did we get to this point?  
International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on 8 March and in South Africa we also celebrate Women’s Day on 9 August every year. South Africa comes in at eighth place on a world classification table of women in national parliament. These are all developments that deserve to be applauded as the nation is taking strides towards the ultimate goal of achieving women’s rights. However, in the same instance it is never enough until we reach the peak of equality in all spheres, when women’s dignity and rights can be fairly observed in our nation.
The role of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in world and country politics has always been vibrant and widespread and has grown in importance since the 1990’s. Many NGOs through the years have fought for transparent political processes and political accountability, and developing a democratic culture among citizens. It seems to have become even more important in the past few years.

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