Instagrammer Skye Grove suspended from Cape Town Partnership pending investigation

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Cape Town Partnership CEO Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana on Thursday announced that the organisation’s Communications Manager Skye Grove was officially “suspended”, pending an inquiry by an independent HR specialist, following revelations that she had stolen and sold other people’s photographs on Instagram, including those of international photographers.

The announcement was made via an email newsletter sent to the Cape Town Partnership community.

Memeburn first broke the news of Grove’s plagiarism last week, later uncovering evidence that the prominent Instagrammer who had more than 40,000 followers, had knowingly sold images which weren’t her own, profiting from the deception.

Makalima-Ngewana said that the HR specialist would make a “recommendation on what the appropriate course of action should be”, and that the final decision will be endorsed and approved by the Cape Town Partnership board.

The Cape Town Partnership boss said that she would inform stakeholders of the final decision.

The Cape Town Partnership is a public-private-NGO, formed 10 years ago, that is a collaboration between the public and private sectors working together to develop, promote and manage Cape Town Central City as “a place for all citizens”. It is an organisation formed by the City of Cape Town, the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA), the Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other stakeholders.

The NGO organises a number of events across the city, including Creative Week — described “as an annual nine-day celebration of creativity, innovation and culture”, and is also involved in a number of projects aimed finding creative solutions to issues faced by the city.
Source: Memburn 17 September 2015