BCMM handed over R1.3 million in grants to 93 non -political and non- profit organisations to assist and enhance growth of community development.
The hand over follows a visit that was conducted last year by BCMM officials to several organisations who applied for support in the Metro to verify and identify where there is need for development in their organisations.
Beneficiaries were selected from various organisations across the Metro that are responsibilities for child and youth centres, HIV/Aids centres, disabled and old age centres, support groups, training centres, alcohol and drug Centre.
The NGOs were allocated between R10 000 and R30 000 which was subject to urgent different needs of the organisation. In the past years the NGOs were granted minimal amount of four thousand rand.
Speaking at the event BCMM Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi said, “I would like to thank each and every organisation that applied for a grant, it takes a willing and good heart to do what you are doing by doing this you are working with the government to improve our community. To those who did not receive in this financial year must apply again in the next financial year.”
Adding to that Ward Councillor Monwabisi Mahodi said, “The allocation of the grant has adopted a more developmental approach so we want the allocations to make a significant difference to the organisations and that the allocation will be rotational.”
Zoliswa Stemele, who is one of the beneficiaries, from Ducking Ducks Day Care Centre in Sweetwaters said, “Our day care consists of 122 kids, from toddlers to five year olds. We’re really feeling so blessed today. God has heard our cries. We will make sure we spend this money wisely.”
Another beneficiary Sibulele Ntsangani from Rise and Shine Disability Magazine NU 1 Mdantsane said, “We are very happy and thank BCMM for the money. Our magazine educates and empowers disabled people. The money we received here will help us in printing for it is very expensive for us to print, sometimes we find ourselves asking other organisations to print for us.”
Nokhwezi Tyolo from Morning Star Day and After Care in East London said with the grant she restore the dignity of the kids at her day care.
“I am so happy with what I have received today. I will build toilets for my kids and also a build shelter in their play ground.”
13:02 03 Mar 2016
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