Toolkit – Interest Groups

INDEX

  1. Engagement with Business
  2. Engagement with NGOs, NPOs & CBOs
  3. Engagement with Institutions of Higher Education, Technology, and Innovation
  4. Engagement with Education in Schools
  5. Engagement with Health Services
  6. Engagement with Government Structures
  7. Engagement with Security Services
  8. Valuable role of media (including social media) as form of sharing God’s stories, news, events and information and online platforms


Engagement with Business

  • Business leaders to be part of city/town leadership and process
  • There could be tension between church and business leaders: the saying “if church leaders are  are leading the process, it is too slow and if business leads, it is too fast” applies here
  • Business brings an enormous scope of resources and influence on the process e.g. strategic thinking, ethical standards, accountability, networking, funding, creating opportunities, etc


Engagement with NGOs, NPOs & CBOs

  • NGO/NPOs/CBOs are fulfilling a huge role in terms of justice, upliftment and community development
  • NGO/NPO/CBO leaders to be part of city/town leadership and process
  • In many cases Churches have established NPOs as part of their community outreach programme (NPO is a registered body)
  • In many places NGOs are part of a city/town wide network to connect, communicate and collaborate
  • Connect Network in Cape Town has more than 90 NPOs with the focus on women and children at risk and is part of VIVA International:  https://connectnetwork.org.za/the-network/affiliates/
  • Valcare in Paarl consists of more than 200 NGOs: https://valcare.org.za/member-list/
  • We are Durban provides services to more than 200 NGOs: http://wearedurban.com/
  • There is an NGO network in Nelson Mandela Bay where members meet on a regular basis
  • SCAN in Stellenbosch with some 180 NGOs: https://stellenboschunite.org/ngos/
  • Piet Retief has a network of 60 NPOs


Engagement with Institutions of Higher Education, Technology, and Innovation


Engagement with Education in Schools


Engagement with Health Services

  • It is advisable to engage with Health Services
  • In Nelson Mandela Bay all health services (hospitals & clinics) are mapped per ward


Engagement with Government Structures

  • Effective and ongoing engagement with metro/city/town municipality: management, officials, and councillors
  • Effective and ongoing engagement with Provincial Government Departments


Engagement with Security Services

  • Effective and ongoing engagement with SAPS and other security service companies
  • In Nelson Mandela Bay SAPS and Security Services are mapped per ward


Valuable role of media (including social media) as form of sharing God’s stories, news, events and information and online platforms