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  • Zip Zap Circus Schools Presents Its Latest Show - “CHANGES”
    Zip Zap Circus Schools

    Zip Zap Circus is a not for profit social school that was founded in Cape Town in 1992, to inspire young people and help build a new culture of peaceful coexistence in South Africa. Working with a diverse community of children from all backgrounds, Zip Zap helps children to ‘dare to dream’ and learn to make those dreams a reality. Zip Zap’s programmes are all free to participants, with financial and material support coming from individuals, organisation, corporations and foundations. In South Africa and the world, Zip Zap is recognised across Governments, Ministries of Education, Tourism, Arts & Culture and private societies, as a major contributor to the development within the iconic ‘Mother City’ and providing sustainability of the circus arts in South Africa.

    Capetonians and visitors to the mother city will be treated to a special performance by Zip Zap professional performers this December. “The CHANGES show will take you on a light hearted journey through the lives of these young performers” says Brent van Rensburg, co-founder and artistic director at Zip Zap.

    This is demonstrated artistically with various circus techniques, such as acrobatics, juggling, aerial work, dance, music and costumes.
    The opening scene leads from a heart-warming traditional song into an energetic, highly technical group scene. “Zip Zap’s top performing group will enthral audiences with a show that is filled with multi-talented artists expressing unity, family, fun and passion. This is a truly South African production that can be enjoyed by the whole family,” says Van Rensburg.
    Dates: 19 to 23 December 2016

    Time: 18:30

    Tickets: Purchase online from Quicket at

    Cost: R100 per person (kids under 4 years enter for free).

    Venue: Zip Zap Dome, Founders Garden, Jan Smuts Street, Cape Town.

    For more information please contact Marcelle Richards, 021 421 8622,
    For more information about Zip Zap or to find out how you can support them, refer to or Facebook

    Event Start Date: 
    Monday, 19 December, 2016
    Event End Date: 
    Friday, 23 December, 2016
    Event Venue: 
    Zip Zap Dome, Founders Garden, Jan Smuts Street, Cape Town

  • NPO Leadership Forums in Partnership with ABSA CSI Foundation
    People First Foundation

    People First Foundation is hosting the NPO Leadership Forums in partnership with ABSA CSI Foundation.

    Date: 30-31 January 2017

    Venue: South End Museum, Corner. of Walmer Blvd and Humewood Road, Port Elizabeth
    Date: 1-2 February 2017

    Venue: ITEC Building, 8 Park Avenue, East London

    Time: 8.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

    Discounted fee: R250 pp per day (R500 for 2 days)

    Frank Julie
    James Senokwanyane
    Vuyiseka January

    Fundraising strategies for struggling NPOs – Frank Julie

    Include: Principles of professional fundraising, 4 types of donors and how to avoid a donor crisis, 3 donor markets, how to recruit donors for life, Where and how to find the right donors, how to make current donors stay on board, there is no such thing as a regret letter!
    NPO legal and tax compliance – James Senokwanyane

    Include: When do NPOs become liable for income tax, registering for PBO and 18A income tax status, tax exemptions, Unemployment Insurance Fund, COIDA, importance of volunteer policies and contracts, etc.
    23 sins of NPO management

    Include: Importance of a fundraising strategy, poor staff and board development, meetings, lack of marketing, no succession planning, tolerating useless projects, condoning poor staff performance, lack of clear planning, lack of policies, etc.
    Professional networking and using Facebook as an effective fundraising and networking tool – Frank Julie

    Include: What is professional networking and what it is not!

    • 6 elements of effective networking
    • 4 stages of relationship building
    • The trust building process
    • How to cultivate friends and supporters on Facebook
    • Segmenting your influencers
    • Developing your story
    • Developing your ask
    • Managing responses and follow up

    Effective monitoring and evaluation to meet donor requirements – Vuyiseka January

    Include: What is M/E? Why is M/E important?

    • Levels of accountability
    • What is the core aspects of your work
    • How often to collect data
    • Who is responsible to collect data
    • Which stakeholders to involve in the data collection
    • What do you do with the data being collected, case study, etc.


    Account name: People First Foundation
    Bank: FNB
    Code: 250655
    Account number: 62279429619
    Type: Cheque account
    Please use reference: Your name and contact number:

    (Your payment secures your booking)

    Please email your proof of payment to or fax to 021 911 5444
    For more information, email or send an sms to 078 812 4603
    This workshop is partly subsidized by the Magi Fund and Absa CSI Foundation. Participants must take responsibility for their own transport and accommodation arrangements. The discounted fee covers all teas/coffees, a light lunch and all workshop notes and certificates in electronic form. A free donor database will also be shared with all participants.

    Event Start Date: 
    Monday, 30 January, 2017
    Event End Date: 
    Thursday, 2 February, 2017
    Event Venue: 
    Port Elizabeth and East London
    South Africa

  • Farewell and Welcome Reception and Dinner Launch of 18 CCR Books
    Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR)

    The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town invites you and members of your organisation to a Farewell and Welcome Reception and Dinner Launch of 18 CCR Books: "The Elusive Quest for Pax Africana: Africa's Two Post-Apartheid Decades".

    Farewell for Outgoing Executive Director, Dr Adekeye Adebajo; and Welcome for Incoming Executive Director, Dr Tony Karbo

    Date: Wednesday, 14 December 2016

    Time: 17h30 - 20h00

    Vnue: Centre for the Book, 62 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens, Cape Town

    17:30 - 18:30 Brief Comments by Dignitaries and Executive Directors
    18:30 - 20:00 Launch of 18 CCR Books: "The Elusive Quest for Pax Africana: Africa's Two Post-Apartheid Decades"
    20:00 Dinner


    Dr Mary Chinery-Hesse
    Former Deputy Director of the International Labour Organisation (ILO); and Former Member of the African Union Panel of the Wise


    Dr James Jonah
    Former United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs

    Ambassador Francis Deng
    Former United Nations (UN) Special Representative for Genocide Prevention

    Professor Chris Landsberg
    SARChI Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy; Senior Associate, School of
    Leadership, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg

    Dr Adekeye Adebajo
    Executive Director, Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town
    RSVP Tel (021) 689 1005

    All are welcome and entry is free. Kindly RSVP for seating.

    Event Start Date: 
    Wednesday, 14 December, 2016
    Event End Date: 
    Wednesday, 14 December, 2016
    Event Venue: 
    Centre for the Book, 62 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens
    Event Type: 
    Cape Town

  • First Ever Global Summit on Community Philanthropy Aims to Shift Power to the People

    The first ever Global Summit on Community Philanthropy will bring together more than 350 participants from 60 countries around the world, to discuss and debate how local giving can shift power to communities and local institutions.

    "Community philanthropy taps into the drive of local people to help each other, a naturally occurring asset found in all societies and cultures," says Jenny Hodgson, Executive Director of the Global Fund for Community Foundations. In light of the global crackdown on civil society, and on external funding in particular, many organisations and activists are starting to look at domestic sources of funding. " In some countries, wealthy individuals are establishing their own foundations and, in others, a growing middle class has its own disposable income, and an increasing appetite for giving to social causes," says Hodgson.

    Community philanthropy organisations – such as community foundations, women’s funds, environmental funds, social justice funds – raise and give local money and other assets, and by doing so, they involve local people in development processes and decisions in new ways, making them “co-investors” rather than passive “beneficiaries.”
    With more than 1800 community foundations around the world, community philanthropy is a rapidly growing field seen as a key way forward in funding local development. The Summit,  the first global event of its kind, will bring together community philanthropy organisations, funders, NGOs, civil society networks and research and academic institutions to help shape the future of the sector.
    The event will feature several high profile speakers including Graça Machel, James Joseph (former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa), Bongi Mkhabela (CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Nelson Mandela Children’s hospital), Hilary Pennington, Vice President of Ford Foundation and civil society and development leaders drawn from 60 countries.
    In addition to keynote speeches and panel discussions, the Summit will also play host to the launch of the Chair in African Philanthropy at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, the first academic chair of its kind on the continent.
    The event will see the awarding of the Olga Alexeeva Prize for Emerging Markets Philanthropy and all seven finalists will be in attendance (from South Africa, Singapore, Brazil and Mexico).
    The Summit takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 1-2 December 2016 and those interested in following the discussion can use #ShiftThePower on Twitter or visit for more information.

    Event Start Date: 
    Thursday, 1 December, 2016
    Event End Date: 
    Friday, 2 December, 2016
    Event Venue: 
    Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Invest and Mobilise to End Violence Against Women

    One in three women around the world experience violence in their lifetime, often in the hands of someone they know, love and trust. Of all women who were victims of homicide globally in 2012, almost half were killed by intimate partners or family members.

    Violence against women and girls, a gross human rights violation, devastates lives, causes untold pain, suffering and illness. It also incurs high economic costs. A recent study estimated that the cost of intimate-partner accounted for 5.2 per cent of the global economy [1].

    Beyond the direct medical and judicial costs, violence against women takes a toll on household and national budgets through lost income and productivity. In Viet Nam, for example, expenditure and lost earnings resulting from domestic violence was estimated at 1.4 per cent of GDP in 2010 [2]. In the United Kingdom, the cost of domestic violence in 2009, including service-related costs, lost economic output and human and emotional costs, amounted to GBP 16 billion [3].

    Deep-rooted inequality in the roles, rights and opportunities of men and women, and attitudes and social norms that condone or normalize such violence, have made the problem tenacious, but not inevitable. With laws to protect women and punish perpetrators, services to rebuild women’s lives and comprehensive prevention that starts early, ending violence against women and girls can become a reality. Yet, robust funding for efforts to end this violence remains woefully insufficient.

    This year, for the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the UN Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women’s call for action is themed ‘Orange the World: Raise Money to End Violence against Women and Girls’, to amplify and address the funding shortfall. Download the action toolkit.
    Why money matters in ending violence against women and girls

    When world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, they recognized that ending violence against women and girls is a pre-requisite for the achievement of the development agenda. Goal 5 on gender equality includes a specific target to end all forms of violence against women, including trafficking, other forms of sexual violence and harmful practices. Yet, the resources dedicated to addressing the issue do not match the scale of the challenge.

    Allocating adequate resources to prevent and address violence against women is not only a legal obligation and a moral imperative, but a sound investment too.

    The US anti-violence law of 1994 provided USD 1.6 billion in programmatic support over five years through increased penalties for perpetrators, improved resources for police, prosecutors and those providing services for survivors. Researchers estimated that savings of USD 14.8 billion were achieved by cutting direct property losses, physical and psychological health-care needs, policing, victim services, lost productivity, reduced quality of life and fatalities [4].

    A recent multi-country study in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Timor-Leste found that the cost of delivering a minimum package of essential services (over three fiscal years) for women and girls who experience violence amounted to 0.31 per cent of the GDP for Timor-Leste and 0.25 per cent of the GDP for the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in 2015 [5]—a fraction of the cost of the consequences of violence.

    All available evidence shows that even relatively small-scale investments that are timely and well integrated can bring enormous benefits to women and their communities. Donate to support efforts to end violence against women and girls worldwide.

    • This article was first published in the UN Women website.

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