The Western Cape Department of Social Development allocated R62 866 000 to its Victim Empowerment Programme (VEP) in the 2022/2023 financial year, a significant increase from the R45 million that was allocated in 2019. The VEP focuses on providing support to victims of gender-based violence (GBV).
The Department has now allocated a further R1.6 million in addition to the R62 866 000 already allocated to the programme for 2022/2023.
These funds will help aid operational costs at Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) across the province that assist GBV victims and survivors.
A breakdown of the funding allocation:
“The work done by our NPO partners in the Victim Empowerment space, despite facing immense challenges like load-shedding and rising operational costs, is phenomenal. We salute all those who provide support to victims and survivors of violence. I do hope the additional funding will offer some respite in this tumultuous economic climate. I once again call on the private sector to come on board and assist NPOs that provide this crucial service,” says MEC of Social Development Sharna Fernandez.