A massive shortfall in qualified‚ practising social workers across SA has resulted in nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) trying to upskill in order to pick up the slack.In the past five years over 3‚500 people from 300 NGOs have received capacity building training from the Community Chest donor organisation‚ in areas from basic organisational development to courses on project management and financial literacy.The training programme‚ which includes 10 modules and receives applicants as young as 16 years old‚ is also aimed at uplifting NGOs by providing them with the skills they need to access funding and operate effectively.There are currently 30‚271 social workers registered with the South African Council for Social Services Profession‚ but not all are practising.According to the capacity building programme manager‚ Yumna Martin‚ the delivery of basic social welfare services in SA is hindered by a huge shortfall in social worker numbers‚ estimated to be about 77%."In this context‚...

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