In this week’s NGO Pulse, we publish an article revealing how the Department of Social Development has failed to pay subsidies to NGOs running residential programmes for vulnerable children, the elderly and the disabled, leaving many of these organisations at the precipice of closure.
Robyn Wolfson Vorster, explores how the Department of Social Development has failed to meet the financial needs of this NGOs.
“NGOs, with few or no financial reserves, faced the bleak prospect of having to “self-fund” the payment of April salaries. In addition, residential and ECD facilities have been forced to cover the cost of food, heating, petrol and all other items needed for the daily care of their charges until their subsidy is eventually paid (halfway through May, large numbers are still waiting)” Vorster writes.
On Wednesday, 22-year-old Karabo Mokoena’s life was celebrated in a memorial held at Diepkloof Hall in Soweto.
Mokoena’s life was abruptly cut short in what can only be described as a shocking tale of gender-based violence that ended in tragedy.
Gender-based violence is becoming increasingly prevalent in South Africa.
Greg Nicolson, journalist from the Daily Maverick writes in the article Analysis: Tackling violence against women needs support, not just outrage:
“The scourge is rampant. On Tuesday it was reported that 11 suspects were arrested for gang-raping a 22-year-old woman in Johannesburg. SAPS crime statistics last year recorded 51,895 sexual offences, a decrease that was received as potentially worrying, given that reported rapes are estimated to be as high as seven times those reported”
Civil society organizations such as Sonke Gender Justice and Gender Links have urged the state to adopt a national strategic plan on gender-based violence (NSPGBV) that would confront the scourge of gender-based violence in South Africa.
In international humanitarian news, the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed a second Ebola case in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
On Saturday 13 May, in coordination with the ministry of health in the DRC, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) sent a team of 14 staff to Likati in order to launch an emergency intervention, along with a team of 10 people from the Ministry of Health.
According to the WHO, to date, the outbreak is reported in a remote and hard to reach area and appears to be geographically relatively limited. However, investigations are ongoing to assess the full extent of the outbreak and therefore high vigilance still needs to be maintained.
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