Political Development in South Africa: The State of the Voluntary Sector

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Development Update, Vol. 3, No. 3, 2001. Interfund.This paper is available as part 4 in this edition of Development Update. To read the paper, click here.

Development Update, Vol. 3, No. 3, 2001. Interfund.

This paper is available as part 4 in this edition of Development Update. To read the paper, click here.

Extract from the Paper
At the start of the new millennium the South African developmental voluntary sector was still grappling with the democratic dispensation. The sector was challenged on virtually all front,s to the extent that it sometimes seemed to be in a state of paralysis.

The period 1999/2000 presented something of an anti-climax compared with 1997/1998. Major developments in 1997/98 included the promulgation of the Non-Profit Organisation Act, and the Speak out on Poverty Hearings co-ordinated by the South African NGO Coalition (SANGOCO). Hopes were also high that the domestic funding situation would improve significantly before the end of the millennium, with grants from the National Development Agency (NDA), the disbursement of the proceeds of the National Lottery and tax reform.

In 1999/2000, the sector enjoyed some tax concessions, but the disbursement of funds from the NDA and the National Lottery fell victim to bureaucratic bungling. The visibility and drive created in the sector by the Speak out on Poverty Hearings faded due to difficulties within the co-ordinating National Poverty Forum (NPF) and SANGOCO, while registrations under the Non Profit Organisations Act were slow.

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