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Gauteng's e-Government,NGO Finances
‘If you don’t report donor funds properly and receive consistent unqualified audits you may not get further funding,’ says financial management consultant Wendy van Lingen.
But the problem is not simply about having the right attitude to finances. Non-profits don’t always have the resources, to put in place a large finance team to do all the work required.
Bongiwe Ndondo, Director of the Hlanganisa Institute for Development in Southern Africa (HiDSA) feels strongly about this: ‘Many NGOS can’t attract high level finance personnel and finance units often get neglected. But we don’t just count beans. Our finances are complex. We can have multiple funders who fund the same activity. So we need someone who not only understands the complexity of our work but also how to break it down into different components for different donors. This is key for our sustainability. ‘
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The Department of e-Government, the division focused on ICT and innovation in Gauteng, will receive R1.4 billion this year to fund key projects.
So said finance MEC Barbara Creecy, delivering the fifth and final budget of the current administration, as well as the medium-term projections for the next three years.
The budget allocated to the e-government department this year is a R400 million increase compared to the R1 billion in 2018.
Specifically, the department's budget will fund the Gauteng Broadband Network (GBN) and creation of an e-services platform that will allow citizens to connect with government, according to Creecy.
The MEC revealed progress on the broadband network has been constrained by fiscal challenges.
As a result, the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG), State IT Agency, Sentech and Broadband Infraco are in talks to determine how to continue implementation of the broadband project through a revenue-sharing model.
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