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  • #Storymakers2014 Africa Tweet-Chat - Share Your NGO Storytelling Experiences on 4 September 2014

    Storytelling is an integral part of human behaviour and increasingly relevant to the strategic communication and awareness-raising activities of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) globally.
     
    Stories help people to better remember specific experiences. Stories shape our identities. With a great story, you can ensure that donors and supporters understand your work.
     

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  • NGO Director Unable to Enter SA
    A director of a nonprofit chefs’ school is declared ‘undesirable’ by the Department of Home Affairs after overstaying his visa by 25 days

    A director of a nonprofit chefs’ school in Cape Town has been declared ‘undesirable’ by the Department of Home Affairs after overstaying his visa by 25 days.

    Barry Berman, a United States citizen who runs the Infinity Culinary Training school in Pinelands, may not re-enter the country before June 2015.
     
    He co-founded the school in 2009 with Zimbabwean-born, Spencer Moyana, to teach basic cooking skills to people from poor communities to improve their chances of gaining employment.
     

    Source: 
    IOL News

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  • Court Warned Against Minister’s Powers
    HSF tells the Constitutional Court that the police minister's powers to suspend the head of the Hawks are too broad and open to abuse

    The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) has told the Constitutional Court that the police minister's powers to suspend the head of the Hawks are too broad and open to abuse.

    HSF’s David Unterhalter told the court the prescripts governing the power to suspend are vaguely defined, adding that, "Grounds of suspension are not specified."

    Source: 
    News 24

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  • CASAC Criticises Zuma Over Nkandla
    President Jacob Zuma's failure to account properly on the Public Protector's report on his Nkandla homestead shows contempt for Parliament and for the Constitution, argues CASAC

    The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) says that President Jacob Zuma's failure to account properly on the Public Protector's report on his Nkandla homestead shows contempt for Parliament and for the Constitution.

    In a press statement, CASAC points out that, "The president should be allowed to complete his answers to the questions that had been tabled for answer on 21 August 2014, and to respond to any supplementary questions in the National Assembly.”

    Source: 
    News 24

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  • NGO Urged JMPD to Comply With Law
    The JPSA says that instead of condoning ‘abusive behaviour’ on the part of metro police officers, senior JPMD official should ensure that officers comply with the law

    The Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) says that instead of condoning ‘abusive behaviour’ on the part of metro police officers, senior Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JPMD) official should ensure that officers comply with the law.

    JPSA national chairperson, Howard Dembovsky, urged JMPD management to adhere to its standing orders, and encourage officers to act like adults and responsible law enforcers, instead of thugs.

    Source: 
    The Citizen

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