WILLIAM GUMEDE: Civil society and NPOs must get Covid-19 funding
Besides employing a huge number of people, these organisations aid social stability, community coherence and service delivery
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...