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The Southern African Institute for Business Accountants (SAIBA), the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT) and the Department of Social Development (DSD) recently launched a volunteer project to help Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) become compliant with their financial reports and tax returns. An estimated 80 000 NPOs are non-compliant and will be able to benefit from the www.npoassist.co.za volunteer project.
During Minister Dlamini’s Social Development Budget Vote speech tabled in Parliament on 4 May 2016, the importance of strengthening partnerships with civil society organisations was once again highlighted. “The NPO Act will be amended this year to ensure that NPOs are better placed to deliver services without any obstacles to the almost 17 million South Africans that depend on social assistance programmes. The National Development Agency (NDA) and Provincial Departments in collaboration with the private sector will embark on intensive capacity building and mentoring for NPOs,” says Minister Dlamini.
Part of the initiative is to combine the volunteer services of both SAIT and SAIBA members, to the value of R10 million to help the NPO sector become compliant. We are proud to say that to date, nearly a thousand SAIBA and SAIT members volunteered their services.
“Actually, it is the first of its kind where a government department partners with a private organisation to assist communities, enabling them to deliver a service,” says Deputy Director General of the DSD, Peter Netshipale.
If you would like to join the initiative, you can register at www.npoassist.co.za