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NGOs, Free State Govt, in Court Over Subsidies

Welfare organisations and the Free State provincial government are preparing for a court battle this week that will be eagerly watched by NGOs across the country, according to a Volksblad report.

The organisations, represented by Jeremy Gauntlett SC, are demanding more government financial support in the Free State High Court.

Several people in the care of the organisations are allegedly cared for on behalf of the state, but the organisations claim it is impossible to provide basic food on the allowances paid by the government.

Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference Comments on the 2010/11 Budget

The budget tabled today by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was in all likelihood the last that will come in at under R1 trillion. The government will spend R907 billion in the coming financial year, due to the rise in inflation by plus 2 percent in each of the coming three years. We have come a long way, at least in expenditure terms – the 1996/7 budget was R157 billion, and ten years ago, in 2000/1, it was (only) R245 billion.

R112-bn for Jobs and HIV/AIDS

Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, has announced that South Africa will spend extra R112 billion in the next three years to tackle poverty, boost job creation and fight HIV/AIDS.

Speaking during his first budget speech since being appointed by President Jacob Zuma nine months ago, Gordhan points out that, "Of these amounts, over half go to provinces and municipalities for education, health, municipal infrastructure and human settlements, reflecting our commitment to sustaining growth in spending on our key priorities."

Institute for Global Dialogue Comments on the 2010/11 Budget

We welcome the attempt by Minister Pravin Gordhan to balance the competing demands of staying the course and the need for change in the face of the global economic crisis. This balancing act is made even more complex by the shift in the balance of forces within the governing African National Congress (ANC) alliance before and after Polokwane, a development that posed a threat to the growth, employment and redistribution (GEAR) consensus.

Johannesburg Child Welfare Comments on the 2010/11 Budget

Johannesburg Child Welfare welcomes the provision in the National Budget for the extension of the Child Support Grant to impoverished children aged between 16 and 18 years. This is a long-awaited development that will enable a large number of young people to complete their schooling, instead of dropping out early and falling into dangerous methods of survival such as crime, prostitution and other "worst forms" of child labour.

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