S H A R E

Langa KwaNobuhle Self-Help and Resource Exchange

Chairmanís report

 

It is August of 2008. It is the time to celebrate. SHARE is 20 years old. What an achievement! Yes we will be celebrating the commitment to serving the marginalized, forgotten and vulnerable sections of our society - women, children, aids sufferers and so on.

 

There have been challenges as well. Right from the beginning of the year we had one of our biggest headaches. The National Lottery had approved our application for funding. But because of a technicality they could not transfer the funds to our coffers. The result was a tight financial rope that forced us to lay off some of our staff at the beginning of 2008. Our director, Ms. Gogo, even went up to Pretoria to make a personal representation. Of course that is water under the bridge today.

 

We have been informed by Terre des homes, one long time supporter of SHARE, that this is their last year they will be assisting us. The time for them to move on has come. It is regrettable, but we understand their reasons. We thank them for the good relationship we have had with Terre des homes over the years.

 

We still stand by our VISION 2026. Last year we said that by 2026 we would like to see SHARE run by majority women on the board. This is in recognition of the demographics of the society and the leading role they have played over the years. Also, SHARE board membership must be drawn from across the country. The organization must be run like any business, where only business sense makes sense. We have started with the empowerment of our staff through training. We are also assisting Phaphamani Rape Crisis Centre to stand up.

 

The above would not be possible without the commitment of our staff, the Board, Director Ms. Gogo, the donor organisations, our well wishers and the community at large. We are grateful to you all.

 

Let me take this opportunity and pay tribute to Mr. P. J. Tini. He was a founding member of SHARE, who served on our board from inception until 2005 when, on health grounds it was decided to relieve him of his duties as the Chairman of the Board. He passed away after a long illness. The P. J. Tini building is named after him. His legacy will remain for future generations to cherish. May he rest in peace.

 

 

Daniel S. Dube, Chairman

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