Department of Social Development

Department of Social Development

  • Department of Social Development: Members of the Panel of Arbitration in Terms of the NPO Act

    Department of Social Development
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, February 11, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Call for Nominations of Candidates to be Appointed as Members of the Panel of Arbitration in Terms of the Nonprofit Organisations Act, No 71 of 1997 (NPO Act)

    Nominations are hereby invited for the appointment of suitable persons to serve on a panel of arbitrators to be appointed by the Minister of Social Development in terms of Section 9 of the NPO Act. The NPO Act, created an appeal mechanism in respect of decisions to refuse or cancel registration under the Act, and specified a procedure for appointing the persons who may conduct appeals and arbitrations.

    Function of the Panel of Arbitrators:

    To consider and decide on appeals and arbitrations where an organisation lodges an appeal against cancellation of registration or refusal to register.

    Criteria for Nomination:
    • Knowledge of the NPO sector;
    • At least five-year-experience in the NPO sector;
    • Knowledge of the provisions of the NPO Act;
    • Commitment to the building and strengthening of the NPO sector.
    Nomination Procedure:
    Nomination should be submitted to the Minister of Social Development for the attention of:

    Ms Siphiwe Nziyane:
    NPO Directorate
    Department of Social Development
    Private Bag X901


    Office #546 South
    HSRC Building
    134 Pretorius Street




    Ms Mpho Mngxitama
    Tel: 012 312 7015/ 7312
    Cell: 072 777 2125

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  • Joint media statement by Minister Bathabile Dlamini and the Ministerial Task Team on Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs)

    The Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini held a meeting with the Ministerial Task Team on Non-Profit Organisations (NPO) to discuss administrative matters relating to the NPO sector, the registration status of NPOs, and also reach agreement on the way forward with regards to de-registration of NPOs that failed to comply with the NPO Act (Act No.71 of 1997).

    The Ministerial Task Team comprised of representatives of government, civil society organisations, business and other entities such as the National Lotteries Board and the South African Revenue Services. The Task Team was established in August 2012 following the declaration of the NPO Summit with the view to ensure formal, regular and inclusive dialogue between Government and the NPO sector, and to address the challenges confronting the sector.

    The meeting noted that currently there were 64 476 organisations registered with the NPO Directorate in the Department of Social Development. Of these, 23 034 have been de-registered for failure to comply with the NPO Act.

    According to the NPO database, many of the affected were NPOs registered before 2007 and they have never submitted annual reports (inclusive of financial and narrative reports) since registration. To date, 29 286 registered NPOs are compliant with the Act, while 35 190 remain non-compliant although not de-registered.

    The Minister has mandated the Task Team to develop a Plan of Action to address all issues emanating from the NPO Summit to ensure fast track the full implementation of the Summit resolutions.

    The Minister and the Task Team appreciated that the de-registration process was in full compliance with the provisions of the NPO Act and agreed to work together to promote the objective of the NPO Act which seeks to encourage the NPO sector to voluntarily commit to good governance, transparency and accountability.

    The meeting decided on the following:
    • The de-registered NPOs will be reinstated and reflected as registered on the NPO database, while rigorous efforts will be undertaken to ensure compliance and correct their status;
    • The NPOs which were not de-registered but are non-compliant will also be given an opportunity to submit their reports within this six months period.
    • The meeting noted that the bulk of the NPOs affected by the decision were those that provided welfare services to the most vulnerable groups such as children, older persons and people with disabilities.
    • The meeting further applauded the Minister’s decision to provisionally reinstate all the de-registered organisations as the decision is in the best interest of beneficiaries that receive services from the affected organisations on behalf of Government;
    • The Department of Social Development will popularise the guideline for use by NPOs in compiling their reports to ensure compliance with the NPO Act;
    • The submission of outstanding documents by NPOs will be decentralised;
    • The Department of Social Development will work to improve communication with registered organisations to ensure that organisations on the NPO database are aware of their registration status and compliance requirements;
    • The parties agreed to work together to improve communication between the department and the sector through amongst others, regular and inclusive dialogue, provincial road shows especially in areas mostly affected by the de-registration process, intensify communication campaigns through mainstream and community media;
    • The parties further agreed that there was an urgent need for a national Call Centre as a permanent and long-term measure to deal timeously and effectively with public enquiries and the sector as a whole;
    • The meeting agreed on the need to fast track the full implementation of the NPO Act. Pursuant to this, an advertisement for call for nomination of members to serve on the Panel of Arbitrators and Arbitration Tribunal will be placed in the media for the Minister to make appointment of Panel members, as per the NPO Act;
    • The department is in the process of strengthening its own internal capacity to respond more adequately and effectively to needs of the NPO sector as a key development partner;
    • The meeting also emphasised the importance of monitoring and evaluation of the process that is currently being put in place to redress the pressing challenges facing sector; and
    • The Minister re-affirmed Government’s commitment to the long standing partnership with the NPO sector and reassured the meeting that Government will continue to work with the sector, especially during this time of global financial difficulties when working together is more important than ever before.
    • Further discussion between the Minister and the Task Team will take place on an on-going basis.

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  • Getting the Basics Right: We're Failing

    Getting the Basics Right: and We're Failing.
    There are some horrible statistics tucked away in the Department of Social Development (DSD) nonprofit register for 2011:

    • Over 86 percent of nonprofit organisations (NPOs) registered with DSD, do not submit Annual Reports including financial statements;
    • 31 percent of organisations applying for nonprofit registration do not meet the legal status and governance requirements such as having a memorandum or constitution as laid out in the NPO Act.
    These are the structural basics of running a good nonprofit organisation:
    • If most of us aren't even submitting narrative and financial statements, then how can we be operating in a transparent and ethical manner?
    • Similarly, that such  high percentages of new organisations are getting turned down at the first hurdle, what does this say for our understanding and respect of constitutional documents?
    A report in 2005 by DSD puts 'lack of capacity' as the reason many organisations don't comply with the basics of good governance. Simply, organisations just don't have the skill or the staff resources to assign specialists to conduct the most basic work of good management.

    This is sad when you consider that most organisations struggle to find funds to cover these costs: for audit fees, for writing, for collation of information, analysis – the basic costs of good management.
    Compounding this weakness is a steady increase in the number of nonprofits registered: from 50 000 in 2007 to 76 000 in 2010 - a 15 percent annual increase.
     We potentially have a situation where we have more organisations, with weaker structures steadily wearing down our expectations of good governance, where the lower standard becomes the norm.
    Our role in civil society is rooted in ethics and excellence.
     If we are to hold others accountable, we have to be above reproach. We must be openly transparent and highly accountable.
    But if we aren't getting the basics right ourselves, how can we assert ourselves as civil society?

    Kerryn Krige is the Director of Communications and Income Development at Child Welfare South Africa. This is written in her personal capacity and in no way reflects the views of the organisation.


  • NGOs Raise Concerns Over Social Assistance Bill

    The Department of Social Development has tabled an amendment to the Social Assistance Act that CSOs believe may worsen the department's enormous backlog in responding to grant appeals.

    The Social Assistance Bill, which was introduced by social development minister, Edna Molewa, last month, defines the term ‘disability’ and attempts to further regulate eligibility for disability grants.

    Black Sash advocacy programme manager, Ratula Beukman, argues that one consequence of the proposed amendment is that it will prevent people with chronic illnesses, such as asthma, hypertension or even HIV, from accessing disability grants.

    To read the article titled, “Social grants Bill slammed” click here

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