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Thursday, 26 April, 2018
Quote of the week
"We were expected to destroy one another and ourselves collectively in the worst racial conflagration. Instead, we as a people chose the path of negotiation, compromise and peaceful settlement. Instead of hatred and revenge we chose reconciliation and nation-building"
- Nelson Mandela
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Freedom Day, NGO Movement, Fundraising…
Freedom Day on 27 April is an annual celebration of South Africa's first non-racial democratic elections of 1994. It is significant because it marks the end of over three hundred years of colonialism, segregation and white minority rule and the establishment of a new democratic government led by Nelson Mandela and a new state subject to a new constitution. The holding of the first non-racial elections was the culmination of years of struggle and a negotiated settlement which led to the unbanning of the liberation organisations, the release of political prisoners and the return of exiles and the formal all-party negotiations which drafted an interim constitution.
The 1994 election paved the way towards a new democratic dispensation and a new constitution for the country. The elections took place in a peaceful and festive atmosphere, though there were threats of political violence.
“As long as many of our people still live in utter poverty, as long as children still live under plastic covers, as long as many of our people are still without jobs, no South African should rest and wallow in the joy of freedom.”
Self-reflection, self-understanding and revitalisation for the South African NGO sector underway. According to Boichoko Ditlhake, this process of self-reflection and audit is prompted by developmental challenges facing South Africa, especially the possibilities presented by this period of our fourth administration’s transition in search of a constructive role for all formations in our country, including Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Community-Based Organisations. He also believes that the NGO sector must noticeably re-define its role in the strengthening of the people's contract for a better quality life and the renewal of South African dream.
This is a call for the renewal of the South African NGO sector pledge and activism; it is a call to begin the journey of re-uniting and revitalizing NGOs to reclaim their rightful place in the ongoing democratic project. The sector must come out of this process with unblemished tasks for a strong, vibrant and dynamic NGO sector.
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Fundraising remains an integral part of a non-governmental organisation’s sustainability. Dedicated resources are often required to drive the acquisition of funds and in this tightening economy it has becomes difficult to understand and utilise the correct strategies to equip an organisation in raising adequate funding.
Following an article written by Alan Clayton, where he shared highlights of the academic research, “The Great Fundraising Report” by Profs. Adrian Sargeant and Jen Shang from the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy at the University of Plymouth in the UK, Alan writes again on Building Great Fundraising Organisations in South Africa.
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