Gauteng health to pay NGOs

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Gauteng non-governmental organisations (NGOs) owed money by the department of health will be paid before the end of the week, the department said on Wednesday.

"The Gauteng department of health would like to reassure all non-governmental organisations which are still awaiting payments that the monies will be released tomorrow [Thursday]," said spokesman Simon Zwane.

He said some NGOs were paid last week, but there were others which did not receive their money because of technical problems with the payment run.

"An amount of R63 million is scheduled to be released tomorrow [Thursday]. The department is doing everything possible to ensure that all obstacles to payments [being made] are removed and that the money is released immediately."

He said NGOs were among 2,600 suppliers prioritised for payment in this period.

Last week, all suppliers of medicines and medical products were paid.

"The success of this payment underlines the seriousness with which the department regards the commitment it has made to honour all its obligations," he said.

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