Black Slash dismayed after Manuel mid term budget speech
By Yamkela Xhaso
The Black Sash says it is dismayed that the Minister of Finance has not extended the Child Support Grant to children up to the age of 18 as demanded by civil society.
They say that these are difficult times to make budget decisions. They have quoted Minister Manuel saying, "The storm has broken" and acknowledge that they are reaping the effects of the global financial crisis.
However, they are alarmed that government has left teenagers exposed to the elements, without the umbrella of the Child Support Grant Rathula Rabiekman co-ordinator of the Black Sash said
“He has talked about the storm that we are all part of, he’s talked about a storm that we are all going to face together but he has left at least two million teenagers”
Rabiekman said that as civil society and those who are concerned about their children are facing a very tough task ahead and they musk ask the government to save them from this storm that everyone is facing.