RESIDENTS from different wards in uMlazi were left well informed and excited following a Municipal engagement session about the new Grand in Aid (GIA) Policy which will come into effect from 1 July.
On 25 March, the Community Participation and Action Support (CPAS) Department invited residents who have Non Profit Organisations (NPO) to uMlazi Cinema to engage them in discussions about the policy. The purpose of the policy is to implement the City’s vision and overcome the development challenges identified in the Integrated Development Plan by directing key resources needed to meet basic needs and the eradication of poverty.
During the discussions, it was highlighted how NPOs play a vital role in ensuring service delivery by providing a range of services needed in communities. It is therefore essential that they be supported and funded in order to improve their communities. CPAS senior manager Sbusiso Gwacela said the City saw the need to empower people who wanted to start NPOs to eradicate poverty and social ills. “It is vital to have NPOs as they are from the community and they know what our communities need. We are faced with so many social ills, therefore we need someone who will make sure that our young people remain on the straight and narrow, while our disabled and senior residents get the love and respect they deserve,” said Gwacela.
Xoliswa Mashiane from CPAS explained to attendees what is needed to be considered for funding.
“You find that most applicants do not even have a solid business plan and if that happens we are forced to not consider their application,” said Mashiane. Msizi Mbokazi from Ithimba le Africa, an uMlazi based NPO thanked the City for giving them clarity on how the GIA and its benefi ts. “I am glad that they have fixed the problem with the application forms that gave us a hard time,” he email@example.com