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Community roadshows to help NPOs

Community roadshows to help NPOs

Non-profit organisations (NPOs) in Buffalo City have received an opportunity to register their organisations with the NPO Directorate within the Department of Social Development.

This follows an announcement made by the Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini after thousands of NPOs were deregistered between August and December of 2012 on the NPO database due to non-compliance of the NPO Act.

NPOs registered on the database are required to submit annual financial reports to ensure greater transparency and would normally face removal from the roll if they fail to do so.

The first leg of the roadshows took place in the Metro on Monday 14 March in Mdantsane and other roadshows are scheduled to take place in King William’s Town and in the East London area.

According to the social development website the registration of NPO is a voluntary facility that enhances the credibility of registered NPO and it is free of charge.

The registration of the NPOs will improve the credibility and funding opportunities, allow the organisation to open a bank account and help the NPO with tax incentives.

Speaking to BCMM Website, Director Institutional Capacity Building and Support from the Department of Social Development Ndumiso Gola said the purpose of the  roadshows was to register new NPOs, assist them with issues of compliance, educate NPOs on good governance, transparency and accountability matters.

“The task team is ready to do everything in our power to assist NPOs to meet their legislative requirements and to promote their objectives.”

“Currently, there are 64 476 NPOs registered with the NPO Directorate in the Department of Social Development and 36 428 had been de-registered due to non-compliance with the NPO Act.”

However, he said the 66 072 NPOs that were non-compliant have to submit their annual reports before March 31.

“The de-registered NPOs will be reinstated and reflected as registered on the NPO database, while efforts would be made to assist them to achieve compliance and correct their registration status.”

 The Task Team for the roadshows comprised of representatives of government, civil society organisations, business and other entities such as the National Lotteries Board and the South African Revenue Services (SARS).

Xhanti Msawuli who has an active organistion said, “Ï am here to receive a certificate for my organisation called Xhanti Msawuli Foundation. My organistion develop residents through sport to decrease the rate of crime, alcohol and drug abuse in our community.”

One of the beneficiaries Thabisa Loliwe from Mdantsane said, “I’m here to register and gather more information as I possibly can.I have already submit my form now I waiting to receive the certificate for my organisation.”

Noluthando Masualle who also attended the roadshow said the information she received will help her a lot when she starts her own organisation.

“I am here to gather as much information as possible. I’m currently starting a new organization and I want to be fully equipped and develop my community.

She said that people must learn from programmes like these, people must work hand in hand with the government to develop their communities.”

“Residents do something to develop your community, we cannot be sitting around folding arms and feeling sorry for ourselves, let’s all do something to develop our communities.”

For more information NPOs can visit www.dsd.gov.za/npo to submit their annual reports or they can call any of the following numbers: 012 312 7013/ 012 312 7273/ or 012 312 7748.

A list of non-compliant NPOs is available on the department’s website and will be updated monthly.

 

 

 



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