A snapshot of social development funding in Gauteng
Gauteng province is the smallest yet most populous province in the country, with a population of approximately 14.7 million people. It is home to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), the largest stock exchange in Africa, and boasts an economy that has increased five times in just over twenty years, from R290 billion in 1996 to R1.5 trillion in 2017.
In a population of 14.7 million people, only 5.163 million are currently employed, however, with nearly half of the province’s population living in poverty. In view of this, particular attention needs to be given to struggling township businesses, to joblessness and hunger. There are at least two reasons for this. Firstly, the majority of our province’s population live in townships. Secondly, no meaningful social change can take place without the inclusion of everyone, regardless of race, age, gender, class and place of origin.
There is ample evidence to show that Gauteng residents do contribute to the development of their province. This raises questions about the ability of current investment patterns to create the necessary jobs to meaningfully improve the lives of residents in the province. At GLM we see the growing spirit of philanthropy in the province as an opportunity to explore how government, donors and beneficiaries can come together to transform the province.
According to recent research on corporate spending (Trialogue 2018), an estimate of R9.7 billion was spent in South Africa in 2018 on corporate social investment (CSI), with the top three most supported development sectors being education, social and community development, and health. From this investment, only 16% was allocated to Gauteng province, with 90% of these funds channelled through NPO’s for projects; mostly in urban and peri-urban areas.
The latest South Africa Giving 2019 report found that South Africans are very involved in charitable acts, with nearly 79% involved in a charitable act during the past month. These include volunteering for a cause they care about, giving money to NPO’s, or sponsoring someone. The report also shines a light on the youngest generation of South Africans and how they interact with civil society, with 18-24 year olds in Gauteng significantly more likely to say that charitable initiatives have had a positive influence in their lives.
This comes at a time when the debate over the implementation of free education is ongoing, with 21 billion rands set aside by the Government to fund education in 2019. South African students, especially those living in Gauteng province, were pivotal in lobbying the Government on this issue, organising themselves across racial and gender lines to present a united voice on free higher education.
Over the next weeks, the GLM team will be looking at CSI activities per sector to give you information on funders and funding interests in Gauteng. Whether you are a funding manager in a private corporation, a celebrity, a business owner working towards a positive cause, or a philanthropist, we would like to hear from you. Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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