This was announced during a meeting held yesterday with over 100 NGO managers and administrators, where MEC Ramokgopa apologised for the delay in payments of subsidies and told them that it will reflect on their bank accounts tomorrow, Friday, 30 June.
“I have invited you here today to listen and understand all your concerns. If trust is broken between the Department and NGOs, let us build it. We need to get into a dispensation where there is certainty, you are not anxious over payments so you can focus on patient care,” said MEC Ramokgopa.
MEC Ramokgopa pleaded with the NGOs to comply with the new licensing processes which are in line with the recommendations of the office of the Health Ombudsman.
The 132 NGOs house various patients with severe, intellectual disabilities and offer day care services and the department said 60 of the NGOs have already complied with the new rigorous and stringent license dispensation and have been issued with formal licenses.
The new licensing dispensation requires a copy of the constitution of the NPO, zoning or rezoning certificate, occupancy certificate, certificate of acceptability of food handling, health certificate, copy of board members, copy of Business Plan with costing for proposed activities, proof of property ownership or lease agreement, SAPS clearance certificate and tax clearance certificate amongst others.
The department will issue the other NGOs who still have outstanding licensing requirement with provisional licenses in the interim until they submit all the documentation.
“We value the relationship we have with NGOs. We don’t intend to break this relationship. Instead we want to renew and strengthened it for the benefit of the patients and the most vulnerable in our society. If we are committed to work together we can come with good ideas,” added the MEC.
In addition, the department said that the San Michelle NGO which had sought court relief has also been paid R2 128 842.00, which will reflect on its bank account on Friday, along with the other NGOs.
In the meeting, an agreement was reached between the department and NGOs that there must be a workshop for the guidelines for licensing of residential and day care facilities for people with mental and intellectual disabilities. The workshop will take place on 5 July 2017 in Johannesburg.