The Gauteng provincial government on Thursday revealed R11 billion had been invested in non-profit organisations (NPOs) in the current term of office.
Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza told stakeholders at Turffontein Racecourse in Johannesburg that by the end of the current term which ends next year, R11 billion would have been spent in the sector in Gauteng alone.
“The NPO budget remains a bigger part of the department’s overall budget at 56 percent or R2.7 [billion] of R4.9 [billion].
“In essence, it means that R10 billion was used to maintain existing social welfare and development services and R1 billion was used for the expansion or introduction of new programmes,” Mayathula-Khoza said.
The MEC said government valued the work of NPOs because these organisations worked at the heart of the fight against hunger and poverty, the war on substance abuse and gender-based violence.
These organisations were also responsible for taking care of vulnerable children, the elderly, people with a disabilities, community wellbeing and economic empowerment, especially for women and the black poor.
She said the provincial government had engaged and consulted with communities since taking office in May 2014.
“We moved with speed to translate our response to the National Development Plan, Vision 2030 and the election mandate, into a strategic programme of action directed at radically transforming Gauteng to become a place of opportunity and prosperity for all,” she said.
“This [stakeholder engagement] is part of the Gauteng provincial government’s programme of ensuring social transformation to raise the living standards and quality of life of the all the people of Gauteng.
“The Gauteng government is committed to improving the quality of education and healthcare, provide social protection to the vulnerable – particularly women and children – and eradicate poverty and build social cohesion and social solidarity.”