The city streets were abuzz yesterday (Wednesday) as an estimated 2 000 Limpopo NPO/NGO Coalition affiliated home-based caregivers from across the province joined in protest to march to the Premier’s Office to deliver copies of a memorandum of grievances to Premier Stan Mathabatha and Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba.
The march was reportedly aimed at challenge the Department of Health for deciding not to fund nongovernment organisations and non-profit organisations the way it used to previously and for introducing a tender system which home-based caregivers describe as a mechanism used by government officials to loot money.
Members demanded that the existing monthly stipend of R1 700 and the R15 allocated to each child in drop-in centres be increased to R105 per child. In a memorandum, Limpopo NPO/NGO Coalition urged Mathabatha to replace Ramathuba with someone who can do the job and deliver services to the people. Read details of the demands contained by the memorandum in next week’s edition.
Story and photo: ENDY SENYATSI