Rely less on donors, CBOs told

2010-09-28 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL First Lady Dr May Mashego-Mkhize has appealed to organisations in the Children in Distress Network (Cindi) to develop strategies for self-sustainability instead of depending upon donor funds.

Mashego-Mkhize, the wife of the KZN Premier, was giving a keynote address at the annual general meeting of Cindi, held at the Colenso Hall at Cathedral of the Holy Nativity in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

“As CBOs [community-based organisations] you have to develop yourself to a point of sustainability instead of leaning upon donations. You must also carry on with your good work, despite insults you are experiencing along the way,” Mashego-Mkhize said.

She encouraged Cindi organisations to ensure that social grant funds solicited from the government are fulfilling their main purpose — to look after children who have lost their parents.

In her report, Cindi director Rekha Nathoo thanked the board and managers for their hard work and commitment in facing challenges and resolving difficult day-to-day issues.

“These, challenges even though stressful, have been very useful learning curves, and the Cindi team is the stronger for them. When life throws us challenges, we have the choice of emerging as victims or victors, and we certainly have emerged as victors.”

The election of new members of the Cindi Board took place at the AGM.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.