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Leading Economic Analyst Joins IRR as Chief Economist

The South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has appointed Mr Ian Cruickshanks as its chief economist.

Mr Cruickshanks is a well-known and widely respected economic analyst and the former Head of Treasury Strategic Research at Nedbank Capital.

The IRR’s designated-chief executive officer, Frans Cronje, said, “Mr Cruickshanks brings a wealth of economic policy insight and expertise to the IRR. His contribution will be central to reinforcing the IRR’s position as a leading independent economic policy think-tank in South Africa”

Real Risks

There are many risks that confront nonprofit organisations today and some arise where an organisation has a phase of rapid growth in resources. We have noted this, particularly in relation to new ‘social movements’, with activism at their core, which have been achieving significant success in raising public awareness and in raising funds.

Charles Tilly defines social movements as ‘a series of contentious performances, displays and campaigns by which ordinary people make collective claims on others.’

Top Philanthropists Honoured at Inyathelo Awards

Eight exceptional South Africans have been honoured at the prestigious 7th annual Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards, including an eight year-old Johannesburg schoolgirl who is spearheading the fight against rhino poaching. The annual gala event, which took place at the Cape Town City Hall tonight (Tuesday, 5 November 2013), was initiated by Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement to acknowledge, celebrate and honour those whose personal giving has contributed towards sustainable social change in our country. 

The following individuals were presented with awards: 

No Need For Panic

As non-governmental organisations (NGO) or nonprofit organisations (NPO) consultants, we would like to assure our clients and friends that, contrary to advice given in recent emails advertising training workshops, there are no ‘new’ or ‘increased’ compliance or reporting requirements which are of general application to the NGO / NPO sector:

New Codes to Cripple NPO Sector Funding

Charities have been dealt another blow with the release of the new black economic empowerment (BEE) codes. It has emerged that companies will no longer score meaningful BEE points by giving to the poor.
 
The new codes have cut social development funding scores by 20 points, and businesses which supported nonprofit organisations are now exempted from compliance.
 
Durban’s Ethelbert Child and Youth Centre director, Weekend Ngubane, states that 70 percent of their funding was from corporates, they rely on them as government grants alone is insufficient.
 

Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Awards 2013/14

Today, 10 October 2013, is World Mental Health Day. It is no accident therefore that we chose today to announce that in partnership with Pfizer South Africa, South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) is honoured to announce the names of this year’s recipients of the Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Awards.
This year for the first time, as well as the two awards for print journalism, there is a third award for electronic media.

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