Why philanthropy will save us

On the 29 April 2013 Ms Greening of the British Administration(UK) claimed that she had agreed with her South African counterparts that South Africa (ZA) were now able to fund their own development, effectively ending UK aid to ZA by 2015.    This claim is disputed by the Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan.  The reduction of aid to ZA is a trend started by Denmark in 2007, the latest withdrawals being announced  include USAID or as it is more commonly known the President Emergency Fund for HIV and AIDS (PEPFAR) who have provide a generous R25billion to ZA.

Mr Emmanual Ramathuba of the Treasurery provided this information at his address in the 11 September 2013 listing the following reasons for the withdrawal: the global crisis, the EU turmoil, military aid, lack of political will.  This sound sensible until you consider that more than 50% of the world’s poor live in middle income countries like South Africa.  That we have an increasing  gap between our rich and poor, that democracy has not benefited the poor as envisaged, that  5 million tax payers keep 28 million people in grants and unemployment is quoted at levels more than double those in Spain and Greece.

Becoming a philanthropist by supporting a well governed CSO that provides evidence based projects which provide alternative livelihood opportunities to the poor and mitigate social ills is ONE thing most of us can do,  every Rand helps. South African might be a power house, but you don’t have to look very hard or very far to find we are also a home to many poor people with little education, very few opportunities  and no hope. You can choose to change that.