NGOs get an info push up

2016-11-22 06:00
The participating NGO representatives after training specifically organised for them was held at the subcouncil chambers in Lentegeur.

The participating NGO representatives after training specifically organised for them was held at the subcouncil chambers in Lentegeur.

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There is now more help for non-governmental organisations operating in ward 79.

Solomon Philander, councillor of ward 79, launched an NGO help desk following a successful three-day workshop with several organisations operating in the ward.

“The initiative was born from the non-responsive NGO community to the grant in aid advertisement sent out last year. I discovered that NGOs are working hard in ward 79 but they are not always compliant with the City of Cape Town requirements to access grant in aid,” says Philander.

“[This is why] I had to reprioritise the ward allocation, which included NGO capacity building. Through the allocation, together with officials, we formed partnerships to facilitate the workshop with the provincial Department of Social Development, the subcouncil 12 manager and entities from the private sector.”

The training consisted of two groups who attended a three-day workshop.

In the first week Abdul Ryklief of the Department of Social Development held a session on NGO governance, followed by information sessions on South African Revenue Services and financial agencies.

In the second week Johan Appels, Alecia Bosman and Philander facilitated a workshop on the City of Cape Town’s processes.

“More than 20 NGO representatives attended and many more showed interest in the training, so we will provide ongoing assistance to the organisations over the next five years,” says Philander.

The information provided over the six days resulted in the launch of the ward 79 NGO information desk that aims to make more information accessible to the organisations.

“In creating an opportunity, City capacity building and information sharing will strengthen the services rendered to the community. We want to encourage NGOs to become self-reliant and give back to Mitchell’s Plain by responding to the service needs areas through municipal partnerships. This venture will also be of benefit to our school community and provincial departments. I am excited that Mitchell’s Plain NGOs in ward 79 will have support and access to information ensuring that services are rendered by people from Mitchell’s Plain and not people from outside,” says Philander.

He says moving forward, the initiative will see several organisations partnering to ensure its success.

“We have existing resources that can strengthen the initiative. We will ask to have the desk run from [the Mitchell’s Plain Library] and organise literature for that purpose. Everyone has access to internet at the library. All participating NGOs also received a 32-gig flash drive that can be used to transport data easily.”

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