AgriAid SA and twenty-seven other NGOs funded by the National Department of Health joined forces and conducted a peaceful march on Tuesday 12th February 2019. The march took place under a cloudy and light rain weather from Marabastad and headed to the National Department of Health.
Members and representatives of all the twenty-eight NGOs were unstoppable by the unfavourable weather conditions during the march that took place under the supervision of law-enforcement officers from Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) and the South African Police Service (SAPS).
The main purpose of the peaceful march was to follow up on outstanding issues that were handed over to Dr Yogan Pillay and hence submit their second memorandum of demands. In no specific order, the outstanding issues amongst others included issuing a call for proposals for the year 2019/2020, host an NGO workshop and extending the fund cycles to at least 3-5 years.
Despite the dissatisfactions that the NGOs’ representatives were faced with, members managed to remain calm and civil causing no damage to property. Moreover, During the march officials from NDoH joined in the march and stated that they were also fighting with the same department over allegations of the building not complying with the safety regulations
Speaking during the march, Monene CEO of AgriAid SA said, “we don’t want to be in a situation where we are in a dryland, where we don’t have funding anymore, that is the reason why we are here”.
In addition, Monene further said that they will be forced to go to the presidency if they are not getting any satisfaction from the National Department of Health.
By Maano Leroy Nethanani