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Being a Billionaire is Overrated – Motsepe

Mining magnate Patrice Motsepe tried to convince students at the Tshwane University of Technology, in Pretoria, that being a billionaire is overrated.

Speaking during the latest leg of the Motsepe Foundation’s roadshow to listen to suggestions on development projects, Motsepe pointed out that, “Money is very, very important but having it doesn't mean you'll be happy. So always pursue what you think makes you happy."

Charity: Water is Creating Brand Love - Five Ways That Your NGO Can Follow Suit

There is a certain stigma around nonprofit organisations (NPOs). In the minds of many, charities are associated with poorly developed brand using amateur attempts at social media to ask for more money. Yet these NPOs are doing excellent and vital work across the globe and rely on public funding to do so. The problem comes in with communication. Too many organisations take good communication for granted and therefore fail to communicate their vision, needs and successes.

The Nonprofit Salary Bill Comes under Scrutiny

A recent survey conducted by British newspaper The Daily Telegraph (5 August 2013) has caused an uproar in the nonprofit sector in the United Kingdom (UK). It revealed that nonprofit sector executives from well-known global nonprofits funded by the British aid agency are pocketing up to £184 000 (approximately R2.7 million) per annum in salaries. In some cases, according to the ‘charity rich list’, nine of those charities paid about £300 000 pounds (R3.5 million) each to some of their employees in 2012. This has raised a public relations nightmare in the midst of aid budget reviews.

Lotteries Bill Widens Minister’s Powers – NGOs

The National Lotteries Bill, which is the subject of public hearings before the portfolio committee on trade and industry tomorrow and Friday, has the potential to fundamentally change the structure of civil society in South Africa.

According to representatives of civil society organisations, the potential for fundamental change stems from the controversial proposal that the minister be allowed to appoint an ‘organ of state’ to conduct the National Lottery.

New Kids In the Block: HEI Café

Youth-driven and inspired ‘Hillbrow Entrepreneurship Initiative’ (HEI) has decided to walk the talk, and are taking their own spat in the innovative entrepreneurial space they advocate.
 
The nonprofit organisation, which is focused on encouraging and supporting the entrepreneurial spirit in the 21st Century African socio-economic climate, has taken the plunge itself and opened the ‘HEI Partnership Café (HPC).
 

Lack of Funding Derails Free Condom Programme

According to a report, reduced donor funding has forced the Namibian government to shrink the supply of free condoms, threatening the country's fight against sexually transmitted diseases.
 
A ministry of health and social services study shows free condom distribution has fallen from 25 million condoms five years ago to 15 million in 2011-2012.
 
The supply of female condoms over the same period dropped from 499 000 to 281 000.
 
One of the key donors, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has in the past years scaled back funding.

NLB Collaborates to Help Stakeholders

In a breakthrough effort to further improve relations with, and assistance to its beneficiaries and applicants, the National Lotteries Board signed collaboration agreements with the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa, Black Lawyers Association Legal Education Trust, Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), National Development Agency (NDA), National House of Traditional Leaders; South African Graduates Development Association, and South African Local Government Association (SALGA).
 

NGO in State Food Security Programme Controversy

According to an article by Carien du Plessis and Yolandi Groenewald, President Jacob Zuma has coaxed government departments into committing nearly R900 million to a programme run by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) he chairs and which is run by his cousin.

They say a multimillion-rand state food security programme, set to be approved by Cabinet later this month, has in effect been subcontracted to the Masibambisane Rural Development Initiative, a private NGO chaired by Zuma and run by Deebo Mzobe.

USAID Donates K79 Million to a Malawi NGO

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Care Malawi has donated K78.75 million to Nkhotakota AIDS Support Organisation (NASO) for implementing a new three-year project known as Community Mobilisation Project.

NASO executive director, Tifa Ngoma, points out that the goal of the project, which will be implemented in six traditional authorities in Nkhotakota district, is to facilitate behavioural change that supports positive sustainable change in norms, attitude and individual household practices by December 2016.

Motsepe Donates R12m to Community

Mining magnate and billionaire Patrice Motsepe has donated R12 million to help rid Cape Town of poverty and unemployment.

Motsepe reportedly said he is giving R6 million each to Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain to establish forums in the Motsepe family name.

"The forums will be established by you [the community] and will be the vehicle to assist our young entrepreneurs, cooperatives, youth, religious organisations and, most importantly, our children through education," he explains.

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