Decision delays subsidy

2015-10-21 06:00

DAVID VAN VUUREN, DA chief whip in the Free State Provincial Legislature:

IT has come to light during a meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Public Accounts and Finance, dealing with the Free State Provincial Department of Social Development’s 2014-’15 annual report, that a political decision by the executive committee (Exco) was to blame for the late payment of subsidies to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the province.

Exco resolved that the department should sign a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with each NGO in December of each year, in order for the payments of subsidies to be timeously distributed from 1 April at the start of the following financial year. This was not implemented successfully. The delay in payment was due to the delay by the department to facilitate and complete the MoA process.

Sisi Ntombela, MEC for Social Development, committed herself to the improved monitoring of funding to NGOs and ensuring compliance with the legal requirements and the effective application of state funding. She failed to meet her commitment during the review period. This leaves the department unable to effectively monitor its NGO-affiliated programmes and to facilitate the payment of subsidies.

The Department of Social Development plays a crucial role in assisting the vulnerable in society. The proper and effective monitoring of social assistance programmes is imperative

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