The Ngiyabonga - Human Rights Resources Initiative is a non-profit organisation advocating change and connecting fellow human rights organisations and communities to knowledge and resources to assist in building a better life for marginalised communities. The Ngiyabonga - Human Rights Resources Initiative aims to contribute to the creation of a civil society that builds and shares solutions to the challenges of poverty reduction, and empowering marginalised communities - in particular women, children, and those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
MIET Africa welcomes the 2011/12 budget. Preparing a budget that has both significant short-term and long-term implications is extremely difficult, but it is a crucial task. Minister Gordhan and his staff have once again risen to the challenge. They have presented a well balanced budget - one that caters not only for immediate development needs, but also seeks to achieve longer-term imperatives.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on 23 February 2011 once again presented a budget outlining government’s priorities for spending. Whilst we welcome the apparent shift in emphasis from encouraging entitlement through social grants towards an expectation that all people in South Africa should play a role and be empowered to do so, especially through job creation and inclusive growth, we need to highlight the continuing urgent need for poverty relief we encounter in our everyday work.
While it is reassuring to know that government still thinks it is important to spend money on making communities safer, Tshwaranang will be reserving its excitement until we’ve seen the Budget Votes for the departments of Police and Justice and Constitutional Development respectively. A National Budget after all, only sets out, in broad brushstrokes, what government thinks is important in the overall scheme of things; it doesn’t give us specifics. And as the saying goes, the devil is always in the detail.