NPO Leadership Forum

People First Foundation

The People First Foundation (PFF) works in collaboration with community-based organisations in South Africa to strengthen their capacity to effectively mobilise resources, deliver valuable services to their communities and contribute meaningfully towards the eradication of poverty, effective, strong, sustainable and vibrant community-based sector in South Africa.
 
PPF is hosting its NPO Leadership Forum under the theme ‘The Role of Civil Society in Deepening Democracy in South Africa’ on 23 November 2012 in Cape Town.
 
The democratic project post 1994 raised many expectations within civil society. There was a collective consensus that those who led this project can be trusted to deliver on our expectations. In this context, civil society was quite content to reduce its role as mainly a spectator in the consolidation and deepening of the democratic project. However, 18 years after democracy, it is becoming clearer every day that the trust placed in those who led and guided this project has been misplaced and eroded and a rethink required about the role of civil society in deepening the democratic project in South Africa. This leadership forum will explore how civil society can reclaim its role as the guardians of the democratic gains post 1994 and how to deepen those gains for the benefit of the poor and the marginalised.
 
Time: 10h00 - 12h30
 
Donation: R75 per person (R100 for NPOs with a budget of more than R1 million)

A light lunch will be served.
 
Networking from 12h00 - 12h30.
 
About our panel members:

Imam Achmad Cassiem

He is a veteran of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. He joined the struggle for justice at age 15, and at the age of 17 he became one of the youngest people to be imprisoned on Robben Island alongside Nelson Mandela, where he served a total of 11 years. He is a teacher by profession, a founder and previous president of the Islamic Unity Convention and an adviser to the Islamic Human Rights Commission. He is currently an executive member of the Mustafadin Foundation based in Athlone.

Vernon Rose

Vernon has a long history of working with civil society organisations. He played a pivotal role in the Study on Creating an Enabling Environment for NGOs - an exercise that led to a new dispensation for NGOs and that led to the formation of the SANGOCO-Western Cape. He recently served as interim Director at the South African Council of Churches and during his tenure he became very involved in addressing issues around xenophobia and addressing the plight of foreign nationals. He previously worked for the South African Labour Development Research Unit at the University of Cape Town doing research and helping to establish cooperatives in disadvantaged communities. Vernon was also responsible for facilitating the process that led to the formation of the City Wide inter-sectoral forum.

Colleen Ryan

She is the Cape Town projects coordinator of the Democracy Development Programme. Amongst others she is responsible to coordinate its civil society, capacity building and community dialogues programmes.

Rev. Lionel Louw

He is the former Chief of Staff of Ebrahim Rasool when he was Premier of the Western Cape and a former head of the Department of Social Development at UCT. He was the National Director of the Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust and currently is a minister in Community of Faith, the Stellenbosch congregation.

RSVP: E-mail: peoplefirst.za@gmail.com or send an SMS to 078 812 4603
 
Make all payments to:
 
People First Foundation
First National Bank, Parow
Account Number: 62279429619
Code: 250655,

Deadline for bookings is 21 November 2012.

E-mail proof of payment to peoplefirst.za@gmail.com or fax to 021 911 544 (with your full name, organisation and contact number)
 
Note: Only 50 percent of fees will be reimbursed upon cancellation after one week of before the event.
 
For more about the People First Foundation, refer to www.peoplefirstfoundation.weebly.com.

Event Start Date: 
Friday, 23 November, 2012
Event Venue: 
Artscape, Cape Town

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