The 2009/10 National Budget was presented by Finance Minister Trevor Manuel on 11 February 2009 in Cape Town.
SANGONeT invited various NGOs to comment on specific issues in the budget relevant to their core work and areas of interest.
Most NGOs acknowledge the unique challenges that the Minister of Finance faced in preparing this year’s budget as a result of the global financial crisis and its impact on the South African economy.
However, the key issue highlighted in most NGO comments is not the availability of more or less money compared to previous budget commitments, but rather concerns about the ability and capacity of government departments to deliver services in line with their mandate.
Similarly, questions are raised about the lack of recognition for the role of NGOs, especially in this difficult economic climate, when often it is NGOs which have to respond to the needs of the poor in the absence of sufficient capacity and service delivery by government departments.
The following NGOs have commented on the budget (click on the name of the organisation):
- African Monitor
- Black Sash
- CAF Southern Africa
- Centre for Policy Studies
- Eastern Cape NGO Coalition
- Ecumenical Service for Socio-Economic Transformation
- Helen Suzman Foundation
- Institute for Democracy in South Africa
- People Budget Coalition
- Project Literacy
- QuadPara Association of South Africa
- South African Institute of Race Relations
- Steve Biko Foundation
- Umcebo Trust
We welcome any other NGO comments in response to the budget and will highlight them on the special Budget page on the NGO Pulse portal.
Please forward contributions to the NGO Pulse Editor.
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