Huge relief for NPOs

A R6.7-MILLION lifeline has been thrown to cash-starved non-profit organisations (NPOs) by the Eastern Cape department of social development.

This comes after the department made huge cuts to its budgets. NPOs East London Child Welfare, Childline East London, Christelik- Maatskaplike Raad (CMR) in King William’s Town, as well as Uviwe Child and Youth Centre in Port Elizabeth will receive reviewed budget allocations on Monday, head of social development Ntombi Baart announced yesterday.

This follows meetings between the department’s senior managers, including Baart, and the affected NPOs on Wednesday and Thursday.

CMR Eastern Cape director Madgdelena von Solms, whose two centres house vulnerable children and provide safe houses for abused women and children in King William’s Town, East London and PE, said their meeting was “very positive” and she was very happy with the outcomes.

While Baart said the adjustments would be finalised on Monday when they would issue service level agreements to all affected NPOs, the Saturday Dispatch can reveal that CMR will receive R1.2-million more, East London Child Welfare (ELCW) an extra R1.3-million, Childline R401 000, Uviwe R1.3million and CMR PE R1.9-million.

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