The Gauteng Welfare Social Services Development Forum (GWSSDF) has had sight of the financial figures presented to the Portfolio Committee on Thursday 21st November 2019. Funds are allocated for services which are supposed to be rendered by the NGO sector.
Last year (2018/19) R400 million was underspent, and in the previous year (2017/18), R347 million wans underspent. For the last three years has continued to undermine the work being done by the NGO sector. Now after the second quarter of the current financial year R389 million has been returned to Treasury.
During the corresponding time existing NGO’S have had to cut down or curtail services. In some instances they have been faced with near closure. We dare not forget that there organisations that have not received any form of subsidy.
At present residential care is unaffordable because there is a lack of subsidization. The province continues to ignore the recommendation of the S.A.H.R.C. to ring fence subsidies to old age homes as well as provide an annual increase of 10%.
It defies logic that whilst we want more marginalised people to experience good quality care, DSD, by returning money to Treasury is depriving our poor people.
If there is any integrity or compassion in our political system, then the legislature under the leadership of the premier should place a moratorium on money being returned.
- All struggling organisations to receive additional funding.
- A combined task team including NGO’S together with DSD and politicians to monitor and revisit allocations to the NGO sector.
Failing this there is no doubt that the State through its inefficiency will cripple the services that are so desperately needed.
Is it possible that the State has forgotten Esidimeni, or is it possible that DSD does not care about the people in our province?
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