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Non-compliant NPOs face deregistration

The Social Development Dept is urging NPOs to submit their annual reports before the end of March.

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Social Development Department has urged non-profit organisations (NPOs) that failed to submit their annual reports, to do so before the end of next month or risk being deregistered.

This applies to all NPOs registered with the department between 1997 and 2012.

The department says all NPOs, whether funded or not, have to submit their annual reports.

By January last year, there were more than 64,000 NPOs registered with the state, though more than half had been deregistered for failing to comply with the requirements of the law.

But Minister Bathabile Dlamini decided to give those organisations a second chance after holding a meeting with representatives from the sector.

Since then, the department has been on road shows around the country to help NPOs comply, educate them on good governance, transparency and accountability.

However, there are still thousands that remain non-compliant and this is their last chance to do right by the department.