Second Take: Mbalula Foundation will encourage the spirit of giving

2012-07-21 10:23

African traditions teach that “sharing is caring.”

Ubuntu philosophy here resonates with John F. Kennedy’s statement “what we do affects others, making a positive difference starts with people helping people.

When we do the right thing everyone benefits. If enough individuals do what they can where they are, those single efforts can add up.”

Wyngaard misses these underlying values in his City Press article: “Mbalula’s foundation looks like an ego trip”.

He wrongly accuses Fikile Mbalula of an “inflated sense of self-importance of a former ANC Youth League leader.”

Egotism is described as “the drive to maintain and enhance favourable views of oneself, and generally features an inflated opinion of one’s personal features and importance.”

The Mbalula Foundation is markedly different. Its launch saw the award of bursaries to five girls from underprivileged backgrounds.
“There is no one way of giving and philanthropy”, says Prof. Sealander.

An Islamic website declares “the soul of one who gives Zakaat is blessed and so is his wealth”.

Sealander writes that when, in 1638, John Harvard bequeathed £780 and a collection of four hundred books to a new college established in then in Cambridge, Massachusets … promptly named Harvard College in his honour, he was only one of hundreds of prosperous colonists who endowed libraries, reading societies, schools, and other institutions that benefited their communities while perpetuating their benefactors’ names.

Wyngaard’s claims are an insult to respectable professionals such as Themba Langa, an attorney, and Dr. Jodi Pearl, a neurologist who have both volunteered with others to serve as Trustees and oversee the affairs of the Fikile Mbalula Foundation.

Wyngaard is ahistorical and atheoretical.

He misunderstands and is ignorant of the centuries’ old Ubuntu; a practice deteriorating because of the decline in fortunes of the rural areas and urbanization.

The efforts envisaged by the Fikile Mbalula Foundation like those of Duduzile Zuma, daughter of President Zuma, founder of Dudu Zuma Foundation for underprivileged women and children, must be lauded.

Disregarding the laws governing charities Wyngaard chooses to spot the ghost of corruption wherever Blacks gather or initiate projects!

As a matter of fact, a Trustee, like a director of a company, when acting in that capacity, must exercise their powers and perform their functions with the “degree of care, skill and diligence that may reasonably be expected of a person” serving in that capacity.

Archbishop Tutu has warned: “industry experts revealed that charity organizations, which represents 30% of the social services in the country, had R3 billion less to spend on the crucial causes because of the recession!

Tutu warns that unless swift action is taken the situation will continue to deteriorate, and more South Africans will decline into poverty and hopelessness.

Mbalula’s Foundation responds to this looming crisis. Its no ego trip.

– Rasethaba writes in his capacity as the Chairman of the Lobbying Corporation of South Africa.

The Corporation does not act against national interests. It promotes debate and vigorously challenges abuse of power in both government and private sector.

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