Welfare groups fight for survival
17 May 2012, Mail & Guardian
By Heidi Swart
Non-profit organisations fulfilling many of the state's obligations are being crippled by its inefficiency and indifference, writes Heidi Swart.
Government funding is failing non-profit organisations serving children, the elderly, disabled and vulnerable people living in poverty.
The organisations deliver services, including social workers, to children’s homes and homes for the disabled and elderly, as well as provide treatment facilities for substance abusers and support services for people living with HIV. The government is constitutionally bound to deliver these services, but the non-profit organisations carry out most of the work.