Charities may wait while municipal finances are overhauled

2010-03-09 00:00

LOCAL charities that applied for funding via the Msunduzi Municipality’s grant-in-aid scheme and had it approved have cause to be alarmed over possible payment delays since the municipality’s fragile financial situation has come to light.

A few local charities have contacted The Witness to voice their uncertainty over receiving their allocated funds now that a task team has been appointed to oversee the municipality’s finances.

The chairman of the grant-in-aid working group, Alpha Shelembe, said there is no reason to believe that charities who had their funding requests approved will not be receiving their money.

He said that more than half of the approved grants have already been paid out, and those that are still waiting for funds will receive them in due course. “There will be delays due to the intervention and we apologise for the inconvenience,” he said.

Shelembe said the intervention will impact upon all spheres of the municipality, not just the problematic ones.

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube and Finance MEC Ina Cronjé recently appointed a provincial task team to help the municipality get its finances in order. This means that all financial transactions have to be approved by the team.

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