Purpose of the Programme:

The sub-programme has 4 priorities on which it focus in order to achieve its strategic objective:

 

1.    Facilitating the registration of emerging NPOs.
•    The sub-programme provides information on the registration process.
•    Providing application forms and model constitutions to be used for registrations.
•    Scrutinize new applications for compliance.
•    Forward new applications to National DSD.

2.    Training/capacity building of NPOs.
•    Facilitating NPO Forum Workshops to address concerns of NPOs.
•    Facilitate information sharing sessions with NPOs.
•    Coordinate training for NPOs from service providers.
•    Coordinate training for NPOs from other departments and stakeholders.

3.    Advocate volunteerism.
•    Address the issue of volunteer work at NPO Forum Workshops.
•    Conduct capacity building workshops regarding volunteerism (CBOTY).
•    Have district and provincial events to acknowledge volunteer work in communities.

4.    Developing of a comprehensive database.
•    Update database of funded NPOs.
•    Update database of newly registered NPOs.

Policy Mandates

•    Constitution of South Africa – 1997
•    The Non Profit Organizations Act (Act No. 71 of 1997)
•    White Paper for Social Welfare - 1997
•    Public Finance Management Act – (Act No. 01 of 1999)
•    Skills Development Act – 1998

Situational Analysis

Many emerging civil society organizations within the Northern Cape Province need guidance and assistance in becoming effective in service delivery. The NPO Act defines an NPO as a trust, a section 21 company or an association of persons established for a public purpose. The income and property of a NPO are not distributable to its members or office bearers accept as reasonable compensation for service rendered.

The Northern Cape Province is vast and sparsely populated and NPOs are located throughout the whole province, which presents a huge logistical challenge when it comes to service provision to the communities and NPOs of the province.

The Northern Cape Province has more than 1700 NPOs on the National NPO Chief Directorate’s database. The lack of well established, progressive NPOs within the province is a big challenge for the civil society sector; therefore, a lot needs to be done to capacitate the emerging NPOs to become established organizations. 

This sub-programme, Institutional Capacity Building, encourages and support organisations to become legal entities, and creates an enabling environment for NPOs in which to operate. So that NPOs can maintain adequate standards of governance, accountability and transparency.

This sub-programme is also geared to hold biennial NPO Conferences. The first NPO Conference was held in December 2006, the second NPO Conference was held in November 2008 and the third NPO Conference was held in November 2010. Resolutions are taken at these conferences which then are implemented and facilitated by the sub-programme. Hosting the biennial NPO Conference does have a huge budgetary constraint on the sub-programme.   


Analysis of Constraints and Measures Planned to overcome them:


•    Lack of human resources: the programme has been co-ordinated with a limited budget and personnel at district levels. The present proposed organisational structure is aimed at addressing the human resource gaps for ensuring the effective NPO service delivery.

•    Lack of existing progressive Non-Profit Organisation in the province is a major challenge therefore support must shift towards emerging NPOs that are responsive to community needs.

•    Inadequate capacity building programs aiming at ensuring compliant active and progressive NPOs in the province needs to be addressed. Accredited service providers must be identified and tasked to train to existing NPOs and emerging NPOs.

•    High turnover of staff in the sector. Amend constitutions so that office bearers can serve for longer periods within organisations.

 


Description of Planned Quality Improvement Measures:

•    Establishment of the NPO registration co-coordinating section at a provincial level and district level aiming at coordinating NPOs activities

•    Identify and support progressive NPOs and NGOs in the province and to advocate transformation of the ones not complying with the NPO Act.

•    Constant engaging with civil society organisations aimed at capacitating the NPOs.

•    Research conducted to influence the compilation of a comprehensive data base.


Resource Considerations

To implement the future plans of the sub-programme the human resource of the sub-programme must be increased. The budget of the programme should also be increase in order to meet its objectives and assist all NPOs in the province.

Under the resource constraints currently being experienced:
•    The proper capacity building programmes cannot be developed.
•    The unit will not be able to reach all NPO`s in need of capacity building in the Northern Cape. 
•    The unit will not be able to assist the National NPO Chief Directorate with the fast tracking of NPO registrations.( to decrease backlogs)
•    The unit will not be able to assist the National NPO Chief Directorate with the online registration of NPOs.
•    The unit will not be able to facilitate NPO Forum Workshops throughout the province which will serve as a base for NPOs to raise their concerns and have interaction with government departments.
•    The unit will not be able to create effective Monitoring & Evaluation systems.

Risk Management:

•    Lack of human resources: the programme has been co-ordinated with limited personnel at provincial and district levels (no dedicated staff to deal specifically with NPO issues). The present proposed organisational structure is aimed at addressing the human resource gaps for ensuring the effective NPO service delivery.
•    Lack of existing progressive Non-Profit Organisation in the province is a major challenge; therefore it is important to support newly registered and emerging NPO`s that are responsive to community needs.
•    Inadequate capacity building programs aiming at ensuring compliant active and progressive NPO`s in the province needs to be addressed. Accredited service providers must be identified and tasked to train existing and emerging NPO`s. Without adequate capacity building programmes NPO`s will struggle to develop and mature and will therefore not be able to render appropriate services to communities.
•    NPO`s are registered at National level and the turnaround time for registration is extremely slow. Many NPO`s needs registration status in order to apply for funding.
•    Lack of sufficient funding for the sub-programme will hamper its ability to achieve its objectives.

 

 

 

 

Strategic Goal

  • To create sustainable environment for service delivery partners( NPO’s) through capacity building

Strategic Objective

  • Facilitate NPO Registrations

Objective Statement

  • To facilitate and assist NPOs who want to the registered in accordance with the NPO Act.

Baseline

  • 100

Justification

  • The registration of NPOs opens up various doors for NPOs within which to operate, for example, most funders (including the department) requires NPOs to be registered in order to apply for funding. The registration of NPOs assist in creating a conducive environment for NPOs in which to conduct their affairs.
  • The NPO Act intends to create a conducive environment in which NPO`s can operate.

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  • The achievement of this strategic goal will ensure that services, intended to be rendered through the NPO`s are in fact rendered to the communities who are in need; and that the funding of these NPO`s provide value for money.