NGOs urged to make use of NDA

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS
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JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma urged the country's non profit organisations (NPO) on Thursday to make use of National Development Agency (NDA) for funding.

Zuma told delegates at a summit hosted by the Social Development Department in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg on Thursday, that the NDA was established to extend governments support of non profit organisations.

He has also urged the private sector to do more to help NPO's financially.

“In the past four years the world economy has experienced the worst economic crises and global political turmoil.

“We hear that big companies no longer provide social assistance.”

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini opened the three-day summit on Wednesday.

The minister highlighted that it was a platform to strengthen relations between government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Dlamini told delegates that government was aware that some NGOs were frustrated by bureaucratic red tape.

The minister also acknowledged that smaller NGOs were struggling because they lacked skills and resources.

She urged delegates to be vocal about their challenges in order for resolutions to be made to ensure a partnership that will deliver a quality service.

“We should seek to work together to improve the services we render to the poor and vulnerable.”

(Edited by Clare Matthes)