ActionSA Writes to DoE HOD Regarding Withdrawal of KZN NSNP Circular No. 33 of 2024

Today, ActionSA celebrates a significant victory after the Department of Education (DoE) withdrew its KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) NSNP Circular No. 33 of 2024, after ActionSA brought this issue to light, however, we have written to the DoE HOD seeking clarification on this withdrawal.

This circular, which outlined the slashing of the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) due to purported budget constraints, posed a dire threat to the health and well-being of over 2 million school children across our province.

The NSNP plays a critical role in ensuring that our children have access to nutritious meals, which are often a lifeline for those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

While we appreciate the Department’s decision, we believe that more clarity is needed regarding the current status of the NSNP.

As such, we  request answers to the following inquiries from the Head of Department, Mr GN Ngcobo:

– How does the Department plan to fund the NSNP moving forward, especially considering previous declarations of financial constraints?

– Has additional funding become available to support the NSNP, as per previous circular, and from what source?

– What measures are being implemented to ensure that the NSNP continues to receive adequate funding in the future, thereby avoiding similar situations of uncertainty in future?

– Can the Department assure the public that no learners will be affected as a result of these recent developments?

We must remain vigilant to ensure that similar attempts to undermine essential programmes aimed at supporting our children do not resurface in the future.

As we celebrate this victory, let us reaffirm our commitment to championing the rights of every child and advocating for policies that promote their well-being and development.

Together as residents of KZN, we can build a brighter and just future for all.