Mu­nic­i­pal grant blow for many non-prof­its

● Just not enough money in bud­get

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - News - Siyam­tanda Capa ca­pas@ti­soblack­star.co.za

Dozens of non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions in Nel­son Man­dela Bay were dealt a blow af­ter some were ei­ther de­nied fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity or re­ceived far less than they asked for.

While the Ready for Life Trust and Siyaloba Train­ing Academy were among the or­gan­i­sa­tions whose ap­pli­ca­tions for grant fund­ing were de­clined, some or­gan­i­sa­tions re­ceived only a frac­tion of what they asked for. Th­ese in­clude the Eastern Prov­ince Child and Youth Cen­tre, the Maranatha street work­ers and the North­ern Arts Fes­ti­val.

The Nel­son Man­dela Bay mu­nic­i­pal­ity had bud­geted R6m to­wards fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to ex­ter­nal or­gan­i­sa­tions, with most of the money – to the tune of R1.2m – dis­trib­uted to wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tions, eco­nomic devel­op­ment and sport­ing bod­ies.

Of the R6m, arts and cul­ture and ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions were set to re­ceive their share of R900,000.

The fig­ures are de­tailed in a re­port that was pre­sented to the may­oral com­mit­tee on Thurs­day.

The re­port comes in the wake of the city fac­ing ma­jor fi­nan­cial strain, hav­ing passed a deficit bud­get for the 2018-19 fi­nan­cial year while costs con­tinue to pile up.

In the re­port, act­ing hu­man re­sources boss Nosipho Xhego wrote that the to­tal sum of as­sis­tance re­quired far out­weighed the avail­able bud­get.

“It was re­ported that the bud­get for fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to out­side or­gan­i­sa­tions had not been in­creased for the past two years and that not even the cost of liv­ing had been fac­tored into the bud­get.”

Xhego wrote that this had led to the sub­com­mit­tee which sifts through the ap­pli­ca­tions rec­om­mend­ing that first-time ap­pli­cants re­ceive slightly more than the R10,000 the pol­icy stip­u­lates while other ap­pli­cants re­ceive less than what they had re­ceived the pre­vi­ous year, or the same.

Act­ing chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Jack­son Ngcel­wane said the dis­tri­bu­tion of the money was han­dled by a tech­ni­cal task team which fol­lowed the grantin-aid pol­icy.

“The dis­tri­bu­tion is han­dled by a sub­com­mit­tee which is

guided by the pol­icy. There is a very strict process that is fol­lowed,” Ngcel­wane said.

The sub­com­mit­tee also in­cludes coun­cil­lors from var­i­ous po­lit­i­cal par­ties and mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials.

“The ap­pli­ca­tions are as­sessed based on the pol­icy, which gives con­di­tions around what had been done with the money in the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year.

“They must also give ev­i­dence of what they did with the money in line with the mu­nic­i­pal fi­nan­cial man­age­ment act. They need to be able to demon­strate that they did not get money through other mu­nic­i­pal de­part­ments,” Ngcel­wane said.

He said var­i­ous de­part­ments man­aged to get fund­ing through the grant as well as through the sports and re­cre­ation depart­ment.

“The pol­icy then de­ter­mines our cri­te­ria with con­di­tions, it is not a ques­tion of which or­gan­i­sa­tion is more lik­able. The bud­get is also very lim­ited,” he said.

They must [prove] what they did with the money Jack­son Ngcel­wane ACT­ING CHIEF FI­NAN­CIAL OF­FI­CER

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