Philanthropists, NGO representatives, thought leaders and academics will gather in Cape Town next week (Thursday 9 November) to share new perspectives on philanthropy in Africa. The event is being organised by non-profit trust Inyathelo, the South African Institute for Advancement.
Inyathelo has already raised awareness about philanthropy over the past decade by hosting annual philanthropy awards. These have honoured over 80 outstanding organisations, families and individuals who have worked to improve the lives of others. The youngest recipient, Afeefah Patel, was aged only eight in 2013 when she was commended for raising awareness about rhino poaching.
This year Inyathelo is establishing the Inyathelo Philanthropy Forum through which it hopes to debate key issues, introduce new voices and gain a better understanding of the role and potential of African philanthropy.
The guest speaker is author William Gumede, Associate Professor of the School of Government, Wits University and Executive Chairperson of the Democracy Works Foundation.
Two former awardees will also share their insights. Lusanda Gwayi, an attorney and CEO of the Dream Factory Foundation, received the philanthropy in education award last year. Her Foundation works with grade nine and ten learners in 10 Western Cape schools to help them make practical plans to achieve their dreams.
Lindela Mjenxane, the first recipient of the Youth in Philanthropy award in 2007, founded the Beyond Expectation Environmental Project. This helps pupils in townships overcome the challenges of their physical and social surroundings by connecting with nature.