The Role of NGOs in South African Government

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Government cannot ensure a sustainable service delivery alone in the society; therefore support is required from Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as they are privately established. This essay will discuss the roles of NGOs in partnering with the South African government to deliver effective, efficient, and economic service delivery. Firstly it will give a brief definition of terms. Secondly a detailed background history of NGOs will be provided. This is followed by the partnership between NGOs and the South African government. Furthermore, it will shed some light into the different types of NGOs that are in partnership with the South African government to deliver services to the people. The role of NGOs will be examined in terms of efficient and effective service delivery. In conclusion all important features discussed in this assignment will be presented.

2.1 Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
Non-governmental organisations are voluntary organisations that perform their functions without the aim of making profit. NGOs are privately established and they operate independently without the interference of the legislature or any other governmental department. NGOs are known to be organisations that contributes and participates with other organisations that are dealing with projects (Du Toit and Van Der Waldt 1999:295).
2.2 Government
The term government is defined as the body of the state that is responsible for enforcing laws, delivering services by serving the society. Government is an organisation that can perform its functions better or worse.

Du Toit and Van Der Waldt (1999:295) define NGOs as organisations that work independently without the interfer...

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Frik De beers and Hennie Swanepoel (1997:130) prove that government had problems in implementing community services alone without the assistance of NGOs. Government provided poor communities with services but unfortunately these services ended up being delivered to rich communities and as a result corruption took place. This means that the needs of poor community people were dishonoured and Poor community members never took government projects seriously. According to Intaher M Ambe and Johanna A Badenhorst-Weiss (2012:251) In 1994 South African citizens enjoyed social and infrastructure programmes, people hoped that freedom would bring improvements in socio-economic issues such as poor service delivery, fraud and corruption in the South African economy. In this case the NGOs are the ones that are well-organized in terms of delivering services.

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