The current politically defensive Nelson Mandela Bay governing coalition is displaying a callous carelessness by delaying the financial allocations to charitable causes in the city.
Today, 26 September 2019, a subcommittee of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Budget and Treasury Committee that deals with financial assistance to charitable organisations was unable to finalise the allocations as it lacked a quorum to proceed.
Of the nine councillors who are designated to serve on this subcommittee only the two DA councillors and the MMC for Budget and Treasury attended. Other members, including ANC Councillors, ANC MMCs and the Patriotic Alliance MMC, Marlon Daniels, simply failed to arrive or to delegate alternates to attend this crucial meeting on their behalf.
This subcommittee is mandated by the Municipality’s policy dealing with financial assistance to meet in August every year to consider applications and make annual allocations. However, we were unable to meet earlier due to the unprecedented recess period, unilaterally declared by the Speaker. This further unnecessary delay in finalising these allocations will have the effect of delaying payments to these financially stressed charitable organisations.
Some of the more than 200 organisations who have applied for assistance through this subcommittee include:
- Happy Kids Preschool, Helenvale
- Kamvelihle Pre-School, Kwazakhele
- Masifunde Learner Development, Walmer
- Angel’s Day Educare, Booysen Park
- Zwartkops Conservancy
- Animal Anti-Cruelty League
- Animal Welfare
- Community Chest
- St Francis Hospice
Only a DA-led government prioritises non-governmental organisations and community-based organisations as a critical component of a caring Nelson Mandela Bay. Delays in funding to these organisations directly affect the poorest and most vulnerable in our Metro and should simply not be countenanced or allowed. It’s time for change again in NMB!