The NPO Working Group has been actively monitoring changes in legislation that could lead to the closing of civic space since its inception in 2021 due to misinterpretation and misapplication. We have continued to partner with key stakeholders and will remain informed on any changes that could negatively impact the nonprofit sector.
GILAB 2023, DSD’S “Dear NPO, comply or be deregistered” campaign, Next Presidential Social Sector Summit, The NPO Policy Framework; The FATF Sectoral Risk Assessment Survey.
We have all been grinding away at a level of busy-ness that the non-profit sector is well known for – planning and improving to strengthen the sector. This communique will provide an update on aspects that the NPO Working group are working on.
The NPO Working Group would like to thank all those who attended our public meeting on the 1st of December 2022. The NPO Working Group, representing NPOs and civil society organisations across South Africa, have volunteered their time and expertise for the past 13 months to analyse, interpret and share information on proposed legislation such as the NPO Act Amendment Bill.
The NPO Working Group invites all those interested in the recent developments with regards to the NPO Act Amendment Bill to a public meeting on Thursday, 1 December 2022.
Since our last public meeting there has been a lot of activity and developments that the sector should be aware of.
Update on the General Laws (Anti Money Laundering and Combating Terrorism Financing) Amendment Bill submission, the Presidential Social Sector Summit and the Terrorist Financing Risk assessment.
The proposed General Laws Amendment Bill aims to avoid the grey-listing of South Africa, (which would have negative repercussions on our economy) and to comply with the recommendations contained in South Africa’s Mutual Evaluation Report of the Financial Action Taskforce Force (FATF) has been released for public comment on Tuesday 27 September and details for submission can be found here.
Please find below links to the following documents for the Summit:
The Presidential Social Sector Summit will take place between 04-05 August 2022. The theme for the Summit is: “Fostering Social Cohesion to enable socio-economic participation in communities.” Inyathelo received the concept document and programme for the Summit as well as a letter of invitation on Friday 29 July 2022
The extended deadline for comment on the NPO Amendment Bill is 10 June 2022. Comments that were submitted prior to the deadline do not have to be resubmitted.
It has been brought to our attention that the extended deadline for comment on the NPO Amendment Bill is 10 June 2022. Submissions that were submitted prior to the deadline do not have to be resubmitted.
The NPO Working Group has been informed by the Directorate for Non profits that that the notice for an extension of the deadline for comments on the NPO Amendment Bill is still to be gazetted and therefore the deadline for submitting comments on the Bill is no longer 30 April 2022. We were not given a new deadline.
As indicated in our last communication, the NPO Working Group will host a workshop at 10h00 on Wednesday, 13 April, that will help the Nonprofit Sector make submissions on the NPO Act Amendment Bill, 2021. The Working Group will also present their views on the next steps that will be followed.
The NGO representative working group and nominees from the NGO sector participated in a virtual meeting organised by the Department of Social Development on Wednesday 23 March to discuss the NPO Amendment Bill. Although the original intent of the meeting was a workshop format, the DSD conducted the meeting as a structured presentation format with, question-and-answer slots at the end of each presentation.
Subsequent to our last communication wherein we requested nominations to attend the meeting proposed by DSD planned for 23 March 2022, we have now been informed by the department that this meeting will only be convened virtually.
Virtual meeting with the NPO Sector on the 10th of March 2022 | Feedback on the NPO Act Amendment process
On 27 January 2022, our Working Group emailed Chief Director: NPO Information and Registration Management, Mpho Mngxitama, to query the outcome of Cabinet’s decision on our request for an extension to the date for submissions on the NPO Amendment Bill.
Comments and resolutions from the meeting of 10 November 2021 called by the DSD to address the concerns raised by our Working Group regarding the NPO Amendment Bill and our request for a deadline for comments by civil society organisations.
We have had further contact with the Department of Social Development since our letter was submitted, and have now received an agenda for the meeting scheduled on 10 November 2021 from 10:30 – 12:30.
The Working Group on the Nonprofit Organisation Amendment Bill (WG-NOAB) submitted a letter requesting an extension to the deadline for comments on the NPO Amendment Bill, along with preliminary comments on the Bill to the Acting Director-General, Mr. Mchunu, on 31 October 2021.
This note refers to the Inyathelo webinar convened on Thursday, 21 October 2021 on the Department of Social Development’s call for comments on the Non-Profit Amendment Bill 2021.
The purpose of the Bill is noted in its preamble
To amend the Non-Profit Organisations Act, 1997, so as to amend and insert certain definitions; to provide for the Office of the Registrar of non-profit Organisations, to provide for the registration of non-profit organisations and compulsory registration of foreign organisations, to provide for the Arbitration Tribunal for the disputes resolution; and to provide for matters connected.
In a nutshell the Bill seeks to replace the Directorate with an Office of the Registrar. There is however no explanatory memorandum that explains the recommended changes. The interesting change is the compulsory registration of foreign organisations. There is no elaboration on the registration requirements in the Bill. Questions that come to mind are: Why has this clause been introduced? Why now? What other laws govern foreign organisations? What benefits or costs will emerge with this new objective? How difficult will it be to register? How many foreign non-profits work in South Africa and how will their work be impacted?
The working group, made up of independent organisations and facilitated by the Inyathelo team, was established to assist with coordinating comments from the NPO sector about the proposed amendments to the NPO Amendment Bill is constituted of volunteers and persons nominated by the participants at the webinar. Working group members include:
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