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South Africa: NPOs Urged to Work with Government to Realise 30 Year Plan
Source: www.SAnews.gov.za
Source Date: Friday, October 19, 2012
Focus: Citizen Engagement
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 19, 2012

In her presentation on South Africa’s response to the HIV and TB epidemic at the NPO Summit being held in Johannesburg on Thursday, Simelela acknowledged that South Africa was unlikely to meet the Millennium Development Goal to combat the virus, however, she noted that life expectancy was starting to increase and this was also due to the work done by the NPOs.

 

She urged the sector to be on a look out while providing care to the communities and inform the Department of Social Development if they came across people taking their medication without food and AIDS orphans. She added that NPOs were at the centre of the lives of people.

 

Simelela said NPO’s, as those doing the work on the ground, needed to be provided with resources so that they could reach as many people as possible.

 

During the NPO Summit, the organisations were able to raise their concerns with government. These included that they were operating from decaying buildings and did not receive enough assistance when it came to managing their taxes.

 

Maria Madiphatswa, who runs an NPO in Roodepoort, urged the South African Revenue Service to send officials to these centres to give them information on tax - as some of the organisations were in trouble due to a lack of knowledge about taxes.

 

“Please help … because we are really lost,” said Madiphatswa.

 

A representative from SARS said that they were looking for an opportunity to assist NPOs to get funding, but that they wanted to provide services only to legitimate NPOs and not those who were misusing their budgets.

 

“It is important to make a success of [this sector] to help make government meet its mandate. We need to start not only seeing SARS as a tax collector, but what we provide beyond that like giving to the NPO sector.”
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