• Adami Geldenhuys

Non-Profit Organisations Act Amendment Bill published for comments

The Non-Profit Organisations Act Amendment Bill and Explanatory Memorandum were published under government notice 2074 in gazette number 46349 on 10 May 2022. A copy of the Bill is available at: https://www.gov.za/sites/default/files/gcis_document/202205/46349gon2074.pdf

The Explanatory Memorandum provides the following information on the purpose of the Bill:

“The aim of the NPO Act amendment is to strengthen regulatory mechanism and make it relevant to the current environment, without constraining its strategic intent, which is to “create an enabling environment for NPOs to flourish” in their endeavour to provide services to the most vulnerable in society and to advocate and be a voice to the voiceless.

1.3 Furthermore; to increase efficiencies within the NPO Regulatory Framework; to reduce red tape in the administration of the NPO Regulation but also to increase and more conversations with regards to NPOs access to information.

1.4 Objectives for NPO Amendment Bill will ensure the strengthening regulations for monitoring of NPOs which will bear positive benefits related to regulatory costs.

1.4.1 Ensure easy and efficient access to NPO services;

1.4.2 To reduce the cost of compliance as they provide those services. Accordingly, to tailor design compliance according to the size of the NPO, thus moving away from one size fits all approach.

1.4.3 Ensure better quality of services for beneficiaries and increased public confidence.

1.4.4 To strengthen regulatory instruments by empowering the Department to discharge its function effectively,

1.4.5 To strengthen supervision of NPO sector and employ better monitoring systems to ensure that NPOs are not abused for any reasons besides what they are established for.

1.4.6 To foster integration and cooperation amongst different NPO regulators within government departments and agencies.”

Comments are invited by 9 June 2022.

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Date posted: 18 May 2022