Nelson Mandela Bay’s mayor Zanoxolo Wayile handed over more than R4m in Grant-in-Aid to 213 community-based organisations and non-governmental organisations on Monday.
The event took place at Port Elizabeth City Hall, with 30 organisations in attendance. Wayile thanked the organisations for their community work and described them as “developmental partners”.
“Your sterling contribution does not go unnoticed and it is highly appreciated as we as local government cannot do everything for our people,” said Wayile.
Organisations that received the largest allocations include Community Chest (R700000), National Sea Rescue Institute (R150000) and African Scholar’s Fund (R100 000). Sport bodies also benefitted, getting R75000 each – the Eastern Province Rugby Union, Northern Areas Football Association and the Nelson Mandela Bay Netball Association.
Metro Budget and financial planning chairperson in the Balu Naran thanked the ratepayers for their contribution to the city’s coffers as the Grant-in-Aid funding is legislated to be 1.5% of revenue collected.
Pam Lewis, corporate fundraiser of St Francis Hospice thanked the municipality and said the grant would make a difference in their work. The hospice received R30000.