SA’s civil society organisations, which provide employment for substantial numbers of people, public services and social stability, have been devastated by the financial impact of Covid-19. They should be funded out of the R500bn emergency stimulus.

However, no provision has been made in the government’s Covid-19 stimulus to help struggling non-profit organisations (NPOs) and civil society organisations — including charities, community-based organisations and civil movements — avoid collapse. Private-sector donations to Covid-19 emergency funds also do not specifically include support for civil society organisations...

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