A review of the amended Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) codes would reveal that the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has not lived up to the state’s responsibility to nonprofit organisations (NPOs) as captured in section three of the Nonprofit Organisations Act (NPO Act).
Our nonprofit organisation finds itself in the company of a sector that is estimated to have contributed R12.5 billion to the fiscus in 2007. This contribution is but the tip of the iceberg of the value that the sector adds to the country. Its main contribution is the value that it adds to vulnerable people in society and the ways in which it empowers the most vulnerable to become self-sufficient. It supports government in providing social services, community development, housing and education.
The onslaught of anti-non-governmental organisation (NGO) actions (BEE Code proposal to exclude NGOs that help non-blacks, lottery shambles, focus on enterprise development (ED) over corporate social investment (CSI)) shows a breath-taking disregard for this essential sector of our country.