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Poverty Alleviation Programme
Poverty Alleviation Programme
Why poverty Alleviation Programme? Since the advent of democracy great strides have been made to transform all spheres of government. There has also been accelerated service delivery to the previously disadvantaged communities. However, given South Africa’s legacy of uneven development large numbers of the population are still trapped in cycles of poverty, hence the establishment of Poverty Alleviation Programme. This programme has been developed as an intervention that aims to relieve the impact of poverty and to assist people to escape the cycle of poverty and indigence.
The programme is aimed at providing sustainable economic and social intervention that are linked to IDP and growth Strategy of eThekwini Municipality. This promotes co-ordination of services between government and other role-players.
What does the Poverty Alleviation Programme entail?
This program focuses on two types of interventions namely; economic and social interventions. Economic Interventions include Co-operatives development and support. These co-operatives are involved mainly in grass cutting and cleaning projects. EThekwini Municipality through this programme establishes co-operatives as part of its poverty alleviation strategy.
These co-operatives are constituted by indigent people ranging from 12 to 35 per group. Poverty Alleviation Office is responsible for training of both administrators and members of co-operatives. Our Social Intervention is in the form of food security project which runs fourteen (14) soup kitchens within our municipal area.
Masakhane Programme Masakhane programme came as a national campaign aiming at encouraging community members to pay for services rendered by municipalities. Over the years, due to legislative imperatives, the approach took the form of an outreach programme that promotes and strengthens s communication between the municipality and citizens. This further encourages interaction between elected representatives and the community.
Masakhane as public participation vehicle strives to contribute to the improvement of communication between government and communities through various platforms of community participation. It is intended that through these engagements, the community of EThekwini will be better informed about policies, procedures and processes, and services provided by each department / Unit thereby improving communication. Better-equipped communities will be able to take initiatives to improve their living conditions thereby improving the quality of their lives.
CBP is a form of participatory planning designed to promote community action, Ward-Based Planning, and linkage into the Integrated Development Plan (IDP).
It takes information generated by the ward and uses it effectively to inform council departmental plans since all departments are expected to implement what is reflected on the IDP.
CBP is a bottom-up approach to a Municipal wide planning process.
It ensures that poor people are actively involved in managing their development through extensive ward planning at the ward.
Amakhosi Traditional Leadership Support The office provides administrative support to Traditional leadership within Municipality collaborating on projects and programmes that Amakhosi needs to be implemented in traditional communities. Managing the sustainable relationship between Traditional Leadership Institutions and the Municipality.
Regional Co-ordination Coordination for effective service delivery is vital; the office provides p/p expertise in facilitation support and community function activation. We have demarcated the municipality into 6 regions, each region has a regional -coordinator and community mobilizers responsible for all wards within the region.
There are 111 wards and 6 regions, each ward is serviced by a Community Mobiliser who is responsible for information sharing in the ward. Community Mobiliser is an interface for the Unit and the public which is our mandate as a municipality, to encourage active engagement of communities in government matters to improve the standard of living.
What does Grant-In-Aid entail? There are two types of grants given to non-profit civil society organizations. These are sundry and ad-hoc grants. The sundry grants category is where applications are invited on an annual basis. The advert invites applications from four sectors namely, Social Welfare, Early Childhood Education, Sports and Culture, and Economic Empowerment. Applicants are requested to complete an application form and submit all the relevant information and documents before a specific closing date.
Organization Constitution/Trust Deed/Article of Association.
Audited Financial statement for the past 2 years/Financial Information and Affidavit.
Registration Certificate (NPO Certificate).
Business Implementation Plan.
Bank Statement (latest available at time of Application).
Certified copy of the ID book of persons signing the application.
Detailed budget breakdown, list of needs, specific to the request for funds.
Progress report on how previous funding was spent.
Vulnerable groups The vulnerable groups' office within Community participation initiates, supports, and implements initiatives targeting vulnerable groups, under the 3 pillars of empowerment, support, and advocacy. The mandate of the office is to protect and promote the rights of vulnerable groups. The current Vulnerable groups' policy, which focuses on internal and external persons, underpins the operations of the office by addressing the plight of vulnerable groups on issues affecting them.
Vulnerable groups: EThekwini Municipality's gender vision is working towards the attainment of gender equality so that all men, women, and LGBTQIA+ have equal opportunities to participate and benefit in all development processes. The city focuses on promoting gender equality, women empowerment, and gender mainstreaming. The vision aims at transforming unequal gender relations to realize the potential of citizens within eThekwini. Institutional development entails establishing structures like gender forums, women; forums, and acts. Community action support aims at recognizing and supporting community initiatives that promote gender equality. Support is given in the form of capacity building, joint implementation of awareness projects, and the initiation of self-sustainable activities.
Gender EThekwini Municipality's gender vision is working towards the attainment of gender equality so that all men, women, and LGBTQIA+ have equal opportunities to participate and benefit in all development processes. The city focuses on promoting gender equality, women empowerment, and gender mainstreaming. The vision aims at transforming unequal gender relations to realize the potential of citizens within eThekwini. Institutional development entails establishing structures like gender forums, women; forums, and acts. Community action support aims at recognizing and supporting community initiatives that promote gender equality. Support is given in the form of capacity building, joint implementation of awareness projects, and the initiation of self-sustainable activities.
Youth The programme seeks to empower the young people of eThekwini municipality with entrepreneurial skills. Our vision is to create a conducive environment and support youth development initiatives to improve the socio-economic status of young people. The programme focuses on four focus areas; entrepreneurial skill, organizational development, capacity building, local youth fora, and youth outreach programme. The entrepreneurial skills project is aimed at empowering youth that already in business with skills that will enable them to compete in the mainstream economy. The project is implemented in partnership with the business support Unit and other relevant stakeholders.