Marikana NGOs to get a boost

2014-06-30 07:32
Platinum miners. (Mujahid Safadien, AFP)

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Johannesburg - Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Marikana, North West, would receive full capacity building support from the social development department, the department said on Sunday.

This was so they could improve their contribution to addressing the social challenges facing the area, spokesperson Lumka Oliphant said.

"The announcement was made by Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini during a community outreach programme held at the Retief Primary School, Mmaditlhokwa Village in Marikana on [Sunday]."

The minister's visit to the area formed part of the efforts of the inter-ministerial committee on the revitalisation of distressed mining communities, mandated by President Jacob Zuma.

"She also visited the area to advance the work the department of social development has been doing in the area to deal with poverty and deprivation since 2012," said Oliphant.

"New and existing NGOs will be incubated for twelve months receiving technical and administrative training from the department to help them better meet the needs of the community they serve."

Dlamini said government relied heavily on its partnership with NGOs to deliver social services to communities.

"It is therefore important that we provide them with the necessary support in order to enable them to deliver effectively," the minister said.

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