Appeal to president to sign Act

THE Independent Democrats have called on President Jacob Zuma to sign into law an Act that will see the government funding civil society organisations involved in assisting the needy.

THE Independent Democrats have called on President Jacob Zuma to sign into law an Act that will see the government funding civil society organisations involved in assisting the needy.

The call follows a report by the Sunday Times that more than 500000 needy South Africans are facing a bleak future due to the current financial crisis - which has led to charity organisations battling for funds.

The report indicated that charity organisations - which represent 30percent of social services in the country - would have R3billion less to spend this year due to the recession.

"In this vein, we call on President Jacob Zuma to urgently sign the Children's Act, which would ensure the provision of money to cash-strapped civil society organisations providing services to children," ID spokesperson on social services Lance said Greyling yesterday.

"The economic recession has made the signing of the Act an urgent priority as the suffering of millions of our children is worsening."

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