South Africa's social welfare services are under threat - expert

In April The National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union signed a settlement agreement with the Department of Social Development suspending a month long social workers’ strike, but the problems facing social welfare in South Africa are never-ending.

Researcher and writer, Robyn Wolfson spoke to CapeTalk's Abongile Nzelenzele about what she says is a crisis that has mostly affected HIV/Aids programmes, child welfare, including early childhood development programmes.

Social welfare is funded through the department of social development and those are organised on an annual basis basically through service level agreements but what we are finding is that they are under huge amount of threat and it comes form two different aspects, the one is that we have seen irregular funding for a long time for those NGOs.

Robyn Wolfson, Social Welfare researcher

At the beginning of this financial year we hit a huge crisis with our NGOs and that was as a result of a strike which took place with social development social workers and so the service level agreements which basically organise and decide dhow much everybody will be getting were not signed as a result of the strike, and so in April this year a whole lot of NGO's did not get paid.

Robyn Wolfson, Social Welfare researcher

An issue that was masked by that crisis, and that is that those NGO's have had their funding cut substantially.

Robyn Wolfson, Social Welfare researcher

Child Welfare in East London is on such NGO that may have to close it's doors because of a subsidy cut of 90%.

They went from R 2.2 million in their subsidy to only R 200 000 according to this newspaper article that was out this week.

Robyn Wolfson, Social Welfare researcher

Click on the link below to listen to the full audio....

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
John Robbie tries his hand at comedy

John Robbie tries his hand at comedy

Ex 702 host John Robbie will be starring in an episode of Famous Last Words, a new celeb/comedian show starting on Comedy Central.

World Vision SA wants violence against children be declared a national disaster

World Vision SA wants violence against children be declared a national disaster

Western Cape Premier wants to urgently meet with NGOs to discuss the very worrying spate of child murders in the province.

Bathabile Dlamini to be investigated for personal liability in Sassa debacle

Bathabile Dlamini to be investigated for personal liability in Sassa debacle

ConCourt has ordered an investigation into Bathabile Dlamini's personal liability over the social grants matter.

Residents welcome President Zuma's return to Elsies

Residents welcome President Zuma's return to Elsies

Zuma, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini visited the area for an anti-crime imbizo.

Bathabile Dlamini finally makes Parly  appearance (after missing two meetings)

Bathabile Dlamini finally makes Parly appearance (after missing two meetings)

Social Development Minister says it will take at least five years before Sassa can take over the payment of grants.

Give a man a fish (because not knowing how to fish isn’t the main problem)

Give a man a fish (because not knowing how to fish isn’t the main problem)

James Ferguson, author of “Give a man a fish”, talks about his book and the rise of social welfare programs in southern Africa.

Popular articles
Mduduzi Manana resigns

Mduduzi Manana resigns

President Jacob Zuma has confirmed that he accepted Manana's resignation and thanked him for his contribution during his term in office.

Alopecia androgenetica is the most common form of pattern baldness - Hair doctor

Alopecia androgenetica is the most common form of pattern baldness - Hair doctor

Dr Kevin Alexandra of the Hair loss clinic explains why you may lose your hair and what treatment you can follow for hair loss.

Good sugar vs bad sugar

Good sugar vs bad sugar

David Katz also known as Mr. Active and Phemelo Motene discuss which sugar you should avoid and which sugar you should consume.

An expert guide on 'hotwifing' and 'cuckolding' in the bedroom

An expert guide on 'hotwifing' and 'cuckolding' in the bedroom

Clinical sexologist Dr Eve shares insights into sexual fetishes and how partners negotiate them in their bedroom and relationship.

Big supermarkets to be policed on food hygiene standards

Big supermarkets to be policed on food hygiene standards

JP Smith, Mayco member for Safety and Security, explains some of the measures in place to ensure food hygiene in big supermarkets.

[Watch] John Maytham shuts down victim shamer on air

[Watch] John Maytham shuts down victim shamer on air

A caller wanted to know what the alleged victim had done in order for Grace Mugabe to assault her.

WC Health Dept responds to Diphtheria outbreak

WC Health Dept responds to Diphtheria outbreak

Dr John Sonnenberg voiced his concern that communication in the Helderberg area following the outbreak could have happened sooner.

Cape officials to harvest 500 million litres of new water a day

Cape officials to harvest 500 million litres of new water a day

Mayor of Cape Town speaks to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about plans to provide more water amidst the ongoing drought.