Welfare NGO’s suffer from R54 million under spending

Hendrika Kruger MPL Spokesperson on Social Development

The Gauteng Department of Social Development underspent R54 million of its Social Welfare budget putting serious strain on critical social welfare programmes in the province and has caused many NGO’s to close their doors.

According to the 2011/2012 annual report, the Department’s failure to spend its budget has had a drastic impact on critical services that the Department renders to the citizens of this Province. A lack of Early Childhood Development Centres, Clinical Psychologists and Trauma Councillors are some of the services that are affected.

The hardest hit are NGO’s that offer support to the elderly and frail. The Department provisions these NGO’s with R1200 per person that it looks after, yet without funding many of these have had to shut their doors and turn the frail out on to the streets.

The reason provided by the Department is that many of these homes do not comply with regulations. In the past, these NGO’s were funded by the Department but this has stopped due to bureaucratic constraints that have not been adequately communicated.

I will write to the MEC for the Department of Social Development, Nandi Mayathula-Khoza and request that the Department undertake a serious campaign to communicate and assist NGO’s in meeting the required regulations.

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