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

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.

Towards a New NPO Act

The fifth draft of the Draft NPO Policy Framework on the Amendments of the Nonprofit Organisations Act 71 of 1997 was issued to nonprofit organisations (NPOs) ahead of a consultative meeting in Johannesburg at the end of March 2014. The Nonprofit Organisations Directorate has clearly taken pains to address the concerns of civil society with this version of the framework, which recognises the valuable contribution and role of NPOs in building South Africa’s economy.

The South African NPO Crisis - Time to Join Hands

More than 85 000 nonprofit organisations were registered in terms of the Nonprofit Organisations Act (NPO Act) at the end of March 2012. From October 2012 until January 2013 more than 23 000 organisations were de-registered by the Directorate for Nonprofit Organisations which falls under the auspices of the Department of Social Development. In addition, more than 35 000 organisations were marked as ‘non-compliant’.(2) In contrast, during the 2011 financial year only 468 organisations were de-registered.

NPOs and the Enemy Within

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini must wonder what has just hit her. There she is, happily de-registering nonprofit organisations (NPOs) by the tens of thousands, and suggesting innocuous amendments to laws governing their work - and all hell breaks loose. She will find answers in our history, her department’s incompetence, and a view of charity held by many South Africans. Then there is NPO suspicion of politicians even when real danger is coming not from them, but from the private sector.

Fear Grips NGOs Over 'Apartheid Laws'

The government is planning to regulate thousands of nonprofit organisations with the imposition of ‘apartheid-era laws’ that would hobble them in fighting on critical human rights issues often ignored by the state.

A draft document titled ‘Policy Framework on the South African Nonprofit Organisations' Law’ is already on the table after what the Department of Social Development calls ‘widespread consultation’.

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