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Thursday, 28 April, 2016
Quote of the week
"Philanthropy has thus always been with us as Africans, which is why we need to redefine it for ourselves on the African continent."
- McBride Nkhalamba, Head of Programmes, Southern Africa Trust.
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Philanthropy, Freedom, #Storymakers2016…
Philanthropy plays a critical role in addressing the socio-economic challenges faced by many in South Africa. This include the widening gap between the rich and the poor, increasing poverty and inequality, among others. Giving enables philanthropists to support programmes that are implemented by nonprofit organisations (NPOs) to address some of these challenges.
In this week’s edition of NGO Pulse, we take a closer look at the partnership between the Southern Africa Trust and the University of the Witwatersrand’s Business School as well as its significance to African Philanthropy. The Southern Africa Trust's executive manager and head of the Policy & Programme Unit, McBride Nkhalamba, says that the partnership, which led to the establishment of the Chair in African Philanthropy, was necessitated by the need to generate scientific knowledge needed to define and/or create the paradigm of African Philanthropy. Nkhalamba argues that the Chair in African Philanthropy serves as an authority on how philanthropy is defined by the organisation and what it represents to it. He notes that the other objective has to do with employing the knowledge accrued to influence legislation and policy, as a way of creating a much more enabling environment for African Philanthropy.
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On 27 April 2016, South Africa commemorated Freedom Day to mark 22 years since the fall of apartheid.
President Jacob Zuma, speaking during the official Freedom Day celebrations in Giyani, Limpopo, reminded South Africans that freedom was fought for and that many lives were lost for its attainment. Zuma urged South Africans to unite and not allow anything to threaten the freedom and democracy that “we fought so hard for.” He acknowledged that the country has achieved a lot since 1994, adding that while services are extended to some communities, “many others are still waiting because the backlog resulting from apartheid exclusion is extensive.”
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Lastly, TechSoup, an organisation that equips changemakers with transformative technology solutions and skills, is organising the annual Storymakers digital storytelling campaign to assist NPOs create stories that will generate the necessary public interest and attention. One of the main events will be a global tweet-chat, a live Twitter event on 4 May 2016, moderated and focused around a specific topic using a shared hashtag - in our case #Storymakers2016 - to filter all the chatter into a single conversation.
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