The NGO Funding Cisis

There is a huge funding crisis in the NGO sector and since the South African Council of Social Service Professions (SACSSP) is representing the interests of communities and social serivice professionals e.g. social workers, social auxiliary workers, child and youth care workers etc. it would like to respond to the current situation by means of a presentation to the Minister of Social Development. Please assist by giving input on this topic if you are working in the NGO sector; especially if you employ staff registered at the SACSSP.

The problem regarding funding of the NGO sector in South Africa remains a matter of serious concern.

A small task team consisting of Alani Esterhuyse and Dorothy-Anne Howitson, Council Members of SACSSP, was tasked to collect input from as many organisations and individuals within the field in order compile a draft document.

SACSSP also serves many Social Workers and Social Service Practioners in the NGO sector and, thus, it has become imperative that SACSSP develops an inclusive document pertaining to:

  • Services rendered;
  • Scarcity of staff;
  • Discrepancy in salaries;
  • Shift in focus to acquire funds;
  • Additional matters regarding your sector’s needs.

The development of an wide-ranging document can only be effective with your support and participation.  We are aware that many organisations and individuals have written excellent proposals regarding this matter.  Would you kindly share this with us?  All documents from which extracts are made will be properly referenced in a Bibliography.  These comments will be tabled at the Council meeting on 28 March 2013, and a final document in the form of a submission to the Minister of Social Development as the position of SACSSP on the NGO crisis and funding challenges.

Kindly submit your comments to the authors indicated below:

Alani Esterhuyse
Cell: 083 383 0102
Fax: 086 244 0223
E-mail: aesterhuyse@mweb.co.za

Dorothy-Anne Howitson
Member of South African Council of Social Service Professions
Ministerial Appointment representing Disability Sector
Tel: 053 833 3706
Fax: 086 648 1437
Cell: 082 926 5754
E-mail elohim@mweb.co.za

For more about the South African Council of Social Service Professions, refer to www.sacssp.co.za.

To view other NGO press releases, refer to www.ngopulse.org/group/home-page/pressreleases.

Date published: 
Tuesday, 12 February, 2013
Organisation: 
South African Council of Social Service Professions

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