NGOs

Tax benefits of registering as a Public Benefit Organisation in SA

Registering as a Public Benefit Organisation (“PBO”) with the South African Revenue Service (“SARS”) in terms of section 10(1)(cN),  requires that an organisation complies with a number of initial administrative requirements in terms of section 30 of the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962 (“the Act”). Further, compliance procedures are prescribed in the Act which has to be adhered to in order for an income tax exempt organisation to retain its exempt status.

Sudan Promises to Fill Gap Left by NGOs

According to a United Nations’ (UN) top humanitarian official, the UN and the Sudanese government do not have the capacity to fill all the gaps left by NGOs asked to stop working in Sudan.

"We do not, as the UN system, the NGOs do not ... and the [Sudanese] government does not have the capacity to replace all the activities that have been going on, certainly not on any short- or medium-term basis," says John Holmes.

SANGONeT-Microsoft NGO Roundtable

  • Is your IT infrastructure providing you with an increased ability to service your community?
  • Are you responsible for IT decisions or support in your organisation?
  • Is your organisation partnering with Microsoft and SANGONeT in making the most of your IT investment?

SANGONeT and Microsoft invite you to attend a one-day event on 24 March 2009 in Johannesburg where we will be exploring:

  • How NGOs are connecting with their stakeholders using technology.

Sudan Criticised for Expelling NGOs

Aid workers have warned that the decision by Sudan to expel or close down 16 relief organisations may trigger a severe humanitarian crisis in the war-ravaged western Darfur region.

In a press statement, the United Nations warns that halting NGOs’ operations would leave 1.1 million people without food, 1.5 million without healthcare and at least one million without drinking water. It describes the groups as "integral" to the world's biggest humanitarian operation.

MISA Malawi Head to Join Politics

The national director of the Media Institute of Southern Africa in Malawi (NAMISA), Innocent Chitosi, is joining politics.

“People in my constituency sent some village heads to speak to me so that I take part contesting in the general elections in May so that I represent them in Parliament,”
says Chitosi.

Siyakhula Trust: CSI Programme

Siyakhula Trust is a NGO whose mission is to assist community leaders, CBOs, NPOs and government officials develop skills so that they can efficiently initiate and manage development and job creation projects to the benefit of the communities they serve.

Siyakhula Trust is conducting a three–day course on CSI Programme from 22-24 June 2009 in Johannesburg.

Standardising Social Responsibility: ISO 26000

The African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC) kindly invites you to a seminar on Standardising Social Responsibility: ISO 26000 in Johannesburg.
 
Your invaluable experience and expertise will be greatly appreciated in identifying gaps and assessing the adequacy, practicality and applicability of the guidance on organizational governance, human rights, labour practices, the environment, fair operating practices, consumer issues and community development as proposed in the ISO 26000 International Standard on Social Responsibility. 

SANGONeT - NGO Engagements, Durban & Cape Town, 9 & 12 March 2009

The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) will host two NGO Engagements in March 2009 in Durban and Cape Town respectively.

These events will be used to present NGOs with a detailed overview of SANGONeT's various information and ICT services, including NGO Pulse, SANGOTeCH, Prodder Directory and our range of civil society events.

The main objectives of these events will be to highlight how NGOs could benefit from SANGONeT's services, as well as to generate feedback from NGOs about their information and ICT requirements.

Xenophobia, UNHCR Acted Within its Mandate

An inquiry has blamed charges that the UNHCR South African office mishandled the humanitarian crisis that resulted from last year’s wave of xenophobic violence, on misunderstandings over the role of UNHCR.

The UN says many of the concerns listed in a 25-page formal complaint by SA civil society organisations resulted from misconceptions of both the scope of the UNHCR’s mandate as well as its failure to address the misunderstandings.

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