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Thursday, 23 February, 2017
Quote of the week
"Fellow South Africans, if we make the right choices and do the right things we will achieve a just and fair society, founded on human dignity and equality. We will indeed transform our economy and country so that we all live in dignity, peace and well-being."
- Pravin Gordhan
Comment of the week
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Budget Speech, NGOs, Care Work, Resources…
The 2017 National Budget Speech has been presented against the backdrop of slow economic growth, pressure to spend more on higher education and uncertain global economic conditions.
What has the National Treasury said about the cost of government services, the budget given to social welfare services and the debacle with the social grants system which could leave many who are reliant on it without an income?
We now know that the lion’s share of the 2017 will be allocated to higher education, health, law enforcement and social welfare.
Incremental increases to the old age, disability, foster care and child support grants have been announced.
Progressive taxation measures are set to be put in place through a tax on the wealthy (those earning R1,5 million annually).
In a post-democratic South Africa, the 2017 Budget Speech seemed to be pro-poor in some instances with Minister Gordhan presenting a vision focused on “transformation and inclusive growth”.
Ranjeni Munusamy states, “Budget 2017 was not about the money. It spelt out the difference between good and evil in the world. It gave ordinary people a choice to make. In a time of global and domestic turbulence, it provided vision where none exists.”
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Despite the transformative nature of the Budget Speech, NGOs were left on the sidelines and barely mentioned during its delivery. Kenneth Thlaka, Executive Director of the South African NGO Network (SANGONet) acknowledged that although, the Budget Speech was pro-poor, it lacked in mentioning and involving the NGO sector in achieving its “realising social rights” ends.
In this article, Thlaka, comments on why the South African government must support the NGO sector now more than ever.
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Earlier this week, a coalition of non-government organisations and civil society groups launched the CareWork Campaign which aims to raise awareness of care work; the provision of social service to a broad number of people.
In a press release published on the eve of the Budget Speech, Lisa Vetten, a researcher based at the Wits City Institute, stated that government’s budgets for social welfare services have not been adequate to address decades’ worth of under-resourcing, especially in services to black communities which suffered the most neglect under apartheid.
“Accelerating radical economic transformation, and eradicating poverty, unemployment and inequality are supposed to be government priorities,” Vetten said. “We want government to show that these are not empty slogans, and the social care sector is a very good place to start”.
Click here to read the full campaign press release.
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SANGONeT, in partnership with Microsoft South Africa Philanthropy, would like to invite NGOs that are based in the Kimberley area to join us on our Modern NGO event on 28 February 2017. For more information, refer here.
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