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Job offer – HOPE Cape Town

Opportunity closing date: Monday, 29 February 2020
Opportunity type: Employment

HOPE Cape Town seeks to appoint a Financial Accountant
HOPE Cape Town is a registered non-profit organisation based in Cape Town, dedicated to raising the quality of life of people and communities. Emphasis is placed on children, adolescents and
their families in situations of poverty, HIV and related illnesses.

Firmly grounded in the third decade of delivering service and programs in marginalised communities, HOPE Cape Town’s vision and strategy beyond 2020 focus on:
• First 1 000 Days program for new mothers, babies and toddlers;
• Early learning and school preparedness for pre-school children;
• Literacy and Numeracy assistance and school retention for primary school learners;
• Improving Maths, English, Information Technology and school retention for high school learners;
• Dual Vocational Training and Education for Youth;
• Skills development, artisanal opportunities and income generating projects for adults;
• Social services, community health services, sport & recreation, arts & crafts and food security.

Position description:

The financial accountant will provide financial and administrative support to board members, management, colleagues, donors and other stakeholders of HOPE Cape Town Trust and Association.
Candidate will be responsible for all financial reporting.
The Financial accountant will work closely with the Back Office and Senior staff teams and will be responsible for the following:
• Preparation of information for and execution of monthly accounting cycle
• Preparation of monthly management reports, financial statements and other financial related reports and correspondence on a regular basis, within agreed upon timelines
• Preparation of information for and execution of monthly payroll cycle and reconciliations (including staff leave)
• Manage all tax related matters
• Management of accounts payable and income (donations) received
• Assist with cash flow management function and processing (i.e. bank, petty cash and cash flow forecasts)
• Assist with strategic planning and execution
• Assist with Fundraising proposals
• Assist in the formulation of annual budgets and financial forecasts
• Being a key point of contact for all financial and accounting matters
• Resolution of finance related queries
• Work closely with the appointed auditors
• Ensure organisational compliance to the HOPE Finance Policy
• Manage and Maintain the Donor Database (HDMS)
• Ensuring appropriate segregation of duties exist in the finance and accounting functions
• Make recommendations for improvements in financial and accounting processes
• Provide relieve cover for other administrative staff when they are on leave Minimum requirements:
• Accounting qualification with > 5 years of post-qualification experience.
• Preference will be given to individuals with NGO sector experience.
• Excellent analytical, planning and organisational skills
• Payroll experience
• Sage Pastel experience
• Excellent communication skills
• Excellent command of the English language (verbal & written)
• The ability to communicate in German (advantageous)
• Deadline orientated with the ability to work accurately under pressure
• Ability to work independently
• Valid South African driver’s license & own vehicle
• No criminal record

To apply:
Please draft a letter of motivation addressed to the Program Coordinator, detailing why you are interested in this opportunity along with your CV and at least 3 contactable references to
info@hopecapetown.com

Please Note:
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview phase which will take place from 02 to 06 March 2020.
For more about HOPE Cape Town, refer to http://www.hopecapetown.com

Filed under: HOPE Cape Town Association & Trust, HOPE Cape Town Association & Trust, HOPE Cape Town Trust, South Africa,

Race & future

Twitter and social media thriving on it; people can get very emotional discussing it: the question of race and how to deal with it. “Whites” should do this – “Blacks” are like this – South Africa could fill tons of Gigabyte with assessments, insults and threats when it comes to the race question. Let alone politics where racist remarks and the use of race as a tool of political manoeuvring seems to dominate many debates and heated exchanges.

And only once in a while one hears the almost silent voice of reason, acknowledging the damage this devilish invention of some humans has done in the past here in South Africa and still doing also around the world, but at the same time knowing that the future can’t hold using this word.
We have to overcome this poisoned word if the only race, the human race want to have a future for all. Knowing, how hard this can be I suggest that South Africa again could be leading the world out of this “race”-trap by showing that even the darkest past cannot hinder a brighter future.

And the world needs this brighter future – seeing the last stand of “white” macho dominance impersonated in Trump and those supporting “the good old times”. The world need to see the brighter future when looking at Great Britain where it seems that the sentiment of old colonial powers have been resurrected somehow in the Brexit debate. The world needs to see the brighter future when looking to China, which tries on the opposite to eliminate all natural diversity within the human race in designing one standard for all.

South Africa has the diversity needed to see the beauty of the human race in all shapes and colours. It could be on the forefront living the diversity while acknowledging that we are all – if the scientists are right – African origin. That we are all coming from one background, share most genetic material and colour only matters in ways of making a unique race of this world colourful and beautiful.

And yes, I hear now many saying that the past and the categorisation of race is part of a person, defines a person, needs compensation – and yes, : they have a point. Looking back is allowed, compensation is often needed, but it must end there – the future cannot be taken prisoner in using a concept which we all know holds no water under the bridge nor is fair to all concerned. Using this word or concept in current affairs or future developments will only guarantee pain and injustices for those living after us.

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Share your Christmas joy (in German language)

Even if the blog is in English, for all my German friends a video spot to invite you considering to share the Christmas joy with some of our South African children battling to have a life

Wer die Weihnachtsfreude noch teilen moechte, dem empfehle ich nicht nur dieses Video, sondern danach auch den Besuch unserer Webseite: www.hopecapetown.com. Teilen erwuenscht. hopecapetown charityfundraising lovewins sharingiscaring africa kinder hiv ecd

More info: http://www.hopecapetown.com in German and English language. Be an ambassador for HOPE in this world.

 

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South Africa on the edge – and why NGO’s are in this time so important

We have to be honest: Corruption, the inability of freedom fighters turned politicians, sheer greed and no time to develop proper political and social leadership under the pressure and expectations of the new dawn – all those factors have brought South Africa on the edge of disaster – painted nicely in very dark colors yesterday with declaring “Stage 6” of load shedding. A very nice word for mismanagement as well as non existing or minimal maintenance by Eskom officials and the result of a transformation policy kicking out institutional knowledge and beefing up manpower far more than the operations necessitate.

It is felt like a time of crisis, a time of anxiety and a time where people and society feels left alone fighting forces on a daily base they can’t influence – being at the mercy of irrational SOE’s and broken services deliveries and somehow a very bleak future.
In such times the power of NGO’s and civil society organizations are coming to the front: they are often the rescue net for many ordinary citizens – they are able to give hold and a perspective for those feeling powerless, they are passing on the small flame of hope – in the darkness of load shedding a small flame has indeed the power to light up and guide the way.
In such times it becomes clear that politics alone can’t solve a countries problems or cover all the missteps done in the past. Non-governmental organizations, volunteers and all those forces for good are the stabilizing factors making sure that the social fabric of society is not completely broken.

Such times may be a wake-up call for the future that politics recognize more than ever before the need to develop a culture of cooperation, of reliable partnerships to strengthen the service delivery people are deserving on a daily base. In South Africa this culture is still in its infancy – often one has the impression that NGO’s are gap-filler or paid cheap sub-contractors of state entities not living up to the promises of past elections. It is time to elevate those relationships onto an eye-to-eye level.

At the end state entities and NGO’s are serving the same people – they are called to support the dignity of every citizen and enable him / her to live life to fullest as guaranteed by the constitution and the Bills of Rights.

NGO’s can’t replace government run services, but they complement and at times like ours even cushion lack of service and soften the anxiety and fear attached to it. In doing so they also cushion and influence the picture, in this case South Africa is giving to the rest of the world. All a reason more to realize how important NGO’s are in our times.

 

Filed under: Africa, Politics and Society, Reflection, Society and living environment, South Africa, Uncategorized, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

And again: the race question…

South Africa experienced yesterday the drama of the resignation of Mmusi Maimane from the main opposition party in the National Parliament of South Africa. Comments before and during – and even now after the resignation – are a mix of speculations, indications, accusations and controversies –  add the resignations of Athol Trollip and Herman Mashaba and one could assume that a political party is in meltdown after a disappointing election result and lots of internal fights in the last year.

What really catches my attention is the bitterness and almost fundamentalism when it comes to the question of race, the question how to attract black South Africans to vote for a party which is portrait in debates and news often as too white. Party politics and the egos of those concerned are surely a factor, but I guess what really bring theses events to the forefront is another question which is indeed a decisive one for the whole of the country:

How do I eliminate the question of race for the future without forgetting the injustices of the past and the necessary redress in the current time?

It sounds like the squaring the circle – but this is the question it boils to at the end. While most political parties in South Africa put their focus on redress and correcting the past – claiming this the only way for the way forward – even if this  would create new injustices and hardship – little effort is seen in creating an atmosphere where all three aspects are coming together.
The frustration of most young people, the mood of most South Africans, the hurt of each and every South African in one or the other way, the pitfalls of corruption and state capture; the infighting in all political parties seemingly ignoring the plight of the people – it all creates a conductive scenario for quick fixes satisfying emotions in the short term using the tools of the past.

South Africa will only get it right, if politicians combine redress with a new vocabulary, looking back inter-twining it with striving for a just and non-racist future – creating the miracle of acknowledging hurt and healing in a just framework and creating tools and language, which overcome the perspective of the past without ignoring it.
If this realization is the result of the events of the last days and taken as a challenge for our society – then these events might turn into a blessing for South Africa

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