3 April, 2012

1. How long ago was the last audit conducted?
2. What does the Auditor’s Opinion say – is it qualified or unqualified?

Balance Sheet

3. Does the organisation have enough ready cash (see ‘Cash at Bank’ listed under Current Assets) to pay off its immediate debts (see Creditors)?
4. How long could the organisation survive if all of its funding dried up? (Calculate the ‘survival ratio’) How does this compare to last year?

Income & Expenditure (or Profit and Loss) Account

29 March, 2012

Larry Roeder is a retired professional diplomat and NGO official who is writing a handbook on Diplomacy for humanitarian NGOs. Roeder invites you to participate, especially in the media chapter, as he wants to be certain the text is of value to the audience. The book is aimed at NGOs and not government officials.

To contact Roeder, e-mail to

20 March, 2012

Do high net worth individuals give? Which sectors do they support? How do they choose their beneficiaries?

These were just some of the questions that many were asking and as a result we embarked on the first comprehensive national survey of the philanthropy practices of High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) in South Africa. The Giving Report 2010 was completed towards the end of 2011 and the full report is available to all on

12 March, 2012

There are many significant days in our lives. We remember the moments our children were born, when we got married and for me, I will add one more sad day to this list. On 28 January 2012, my three-year old son shared his sexist views which shocked the whole family, not to mention the gender equality advocate in me.

7 March, 2012

A proposed code of governance for non-profit organisations (NPOs) in South Africa has been released for public comment. The draft Independent Code of Good Governance for Non-Profit Organisations in South Africa aims to encourage best governance practice and was initiated by a group of NPOs at a Civil Society Consultative Forum meeting held in August 2010.

22 February, 2012

2012 marks the eighteenth year of democracy for the ‘new’ South Africa (SA) – a country still navigating its way through the unique political, economic and social turmoil of its birth, while accepting the shortcomings inherent in its colonial and apartheid past.

21 February, 2012

South African civil society organisations (CSOs) continue to take part in the public hearings on the controversial Protection of State Information Bill (Secrecy Bill), which are currently taking place in all nine South African provinces. Recently, Right2Know Campaign, one of the organisations actively involved in the campaign against the Bill, criticised the National Council of Provinces’ (NCOP) ad hoc committee overseeing the hearings, for what it termed ‘deeply flawed’ and ‘highly partisan’ hearings.

14 February, 2012

I am following athletics in Public High Schools (Excluding model C - Schools) for a couple of years now. It is amazing and ashamed how our children underperform in our public schools and how model C schools dominate these events. If you ask me the reasons why? I came to a very simple, but a very serious issue as the answer. Access to good nutrition. I was a 100 meters and long jump SA Champion at school in 1984 - 1985. The one fundamental difference is that I came from a poor community with huge access to vegetables, fruit and livestock.

8 February, 2012

It is that time of the year again.

Following the State of the Nation speech by President Zuma on 9 February 2012, the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, will present the 2012/3 National Budget speech on Wednesday, 22 February 2012, in Cape Town.

As in the past few years, SANGONeT will once again produce a special edition of our weekly NGO Pulse e-newsletter to highlight various civil society responses to the National Budget.

31 January, 2012

Abandoned at birth, Lwazi Xinwa (24) spent his first five years growing up in a children’s home in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape. Adopted by loving parents, Lwazi spent the next eight years thriving in a stable household.

However, at age 13 his life turned upside down once again. His father was diagnosed with a terminal illness, and Xinwa’s parents revealed to him that he had been adopted. “I was so angry, so many mixed feelings,” says Xinwa. “I was so upset that my father was sick but I felt angry at the same time.”

24 January, 2012
The Politecnico di Milano University, in collaboration with the Project Management Institute (PMI), is administering a survey to analyse how project managers working for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) manage international development projects. The results will be distributed among all the participants.

To download the questionnaire, refer to
24 January, 2012

Since we submitted applications for funding to Lottery last year in March and received a short message service (SMS) acknowledging that our application was received, there is no communication or whatsoever. We have entered Christmas and the New Year a new year without any message.

Applications should not take so much time without a response. We appeal to the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) to consider other mechanisms to speed up the processes of responding to application for funding.

18 January, 2012

The Umzi Wethu Livelihoods Programme aims to equip job seekers with the skills required to find work and to become valuable employees.

Orientation for the next Livelihoods Programme will take place on 23 January, 2012.

Classes will commence from 25 January to 22 February 2012. There are 10sessions, at the cost of R10 per session. Students are expected to attend all sessions in order to receive the full benefit of the programme. Classes start at 08h30 and end at 14h00.

18 January, 2012

There are so many things that I want to say thank you for, and I have no idea where to start...!

When I think of where my life started, then I see some good memories and some bad memories over the small amount of years that I have been around.

24 November, 2011
Yesterday I found myself walking the leafy streets of Illovo. For those outside of Johannesburg, Illovo is where the real money sits: Fricker road is quietly powerful, with organisations like Brait, Coca-Cola and the World Bank sitting behind big oak doors and marble stairways.

It’s an unusual place for nonprofits to be but for us it was exciting. Not just because we were there to receive a donation (which always makes me happy), but because of the way the money was given.
23 November, 2011

South Africa has moved a step closer to passing the Protection of State Information Bill (Secrecy Bill) into law when 229 African National Congress (ANC) members of Parliament voted in favour of the Bill on 22 November 2011.

Civil society activists continue to argue that if passed, the Secrecy Bill will criminalise some of the freedoms that South Africans have been enjoying since 1994.

The following references highlight the views expressed by various South African civil society organisations in response to the Bill:

23 November, 2011

22 November 2011 marks ‘Black Tuesday’, as the Protection of State Information Bill was put to vote before the National Assembly. The intentions of the ruling party have been clear: all African National Congress (ANC) Members of Parliament (MPs) have been summoned to appear in Parliament and voted in favour of the Bill. Any possibility that the Bill will not be passed in its current form has essentially dissipated.

23 November, 2011

Let’s be frank, Black Tuesday came and went for the majority of IkamvaYouth without much fanfare as the Secrecy Bill passed through parliament. A few Ikamvanites wore black, tweeted or re-tweeted on a selection of the events of the day but – by in large – the day was much like any other with immediate concerns such as passing exams and more mundane everyday issues taking priority.