Boost for Welfare Sector in this Year’s Budget

The welfare sector will get a boost in this year’s budget, with an extra R600 million set aside to fund NGOs hard-hit by a drop in donor funding

The welfare sector will get a boost in this year’s budget, with an extra R600 million set aside to fund NGOs hard-hit by a drop in donor funding and an additional R938 million to create posts for social workers over the medium-term.

There were 100 000 NGOs registered in South Africa in June last year, 40 percent of which provided social welfare services to children, the elderly, the disabled and victims of abuse.

However, grant recipients are likely to be disappointed as, despite the government’s significant savings in the cost of administering social assistance, the grant increases have not kept pace with inflation, which the Treasury estimated at 5.7 percent in 2012 and 5.6 percent for 2013.

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