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Calls for government to recognise civil society organisations at presidential summit



With the first day of the Presidential summit in the social sector underway on Thursday, various civil society organizations (CSO) demanded that they be given more recognition and that the government needed to have strong partnerships to help the lives of improving ordinary people.

Around 600 delegates from various CSOs from across the country attended the summit at the Birchwood Conference Center in Boksburg.

The theme of the presidential summit on the social sector was “fostering social cohesion to enable socio-economic participation in communities”, which aimed to bring together stakeholders from a wide range of constituencies to work with government to address challenges socio-economic and to mobilize resources for civil society.

With civil society and community organizations known for a rich history of fighting for social justice and tackling societal challenges, Alliance of NPO Networks and the National Council for Economic Development and Labor (Nedlac) community constituency president, Jimmy Gotyana , said it was vital to recognize the role. civil society can play a role in addressing societal ills.

According to Gotyana, the summit was meant to improve the interface between the state and civil society as well as to address the challenges faced by non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations and other community organizations but it also came at a time vital in SA. .

“However, we must say that the government cannot address or address these societal challenges without working with civil society organizations,” he said.

The CSOs were also of the view that civil society regulations would be repealed.

Gotyana said there was a lack of a national linking mechanism in SA, which would express the views and aspirations of civil society.

“We are forced as the APEX civil society to establish a body that will incorporate all sectors within the country,” he said.

CSOs also complained about the inability to work effectively.

Gotyana added that there was a need to set aside funds for civil society to implement its programs to address challenges in society.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is due to address the delegates on Friday.

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