Welfare organisations take to the streets

2016-08-25 06:00

CHILD welfare organisations from the north of Durban took to the streets in Phoenix on Friday, 19 August demanding answers from the Department Social Development.

Social workers and representatives from other organisations gathered outside the Sassa offices complaining about a retrenchment proposal made by the department.

Carrying placards with messages of their dissatisfaction, protestors wanted answers regarding a possible closure and a reduction in
government subsidies for child welfare.

Social workers from Tongaat Child and Family Welfare Society and Verulam Child and Family Welfare Society took part in the protest.

They said that if these organisations close down, essential welfare services to the most vulnerable - abused, abandoned and orphaned children - will be affected.

Manager of Tongaat Child and Family Welfare Society Joe Moodley said: “The Department of Social Development wants us to reduce the number­ of the employees working at our centres.

“Firstly, some of the people working at our centres are volunteers and if we want to raise funds we have to dig deep into our pockets and pay for certain­ projects.

“The department called a meeting on 15 August to explain that they would be cutting our subsidies.

“We do not want that to happen because it will affect many people, including the aged and vulnerable children at our centres,”she said.

Attempts to get a comment from the spokesperson from the Department of Social Development was unsuccessful at the time of going go press.

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