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A Resource for Enhancing Good Governance and Accountability

Laws which facilitate access to funding for the NGO sector

In addition to the NPO Act of 1997, the

  • National Development Agency Act 108 of 1998 and the National Development Agency Amendment Act 6 of 2003 regulates the development of partnerships between government and civil society, and allows for NGOs to be financed by government and/or donors (through partnership agreements) to implement development programmes. Organisations are required to fulfill certain administrative criteria to receive funding.
  • Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) 1 of 1999 and the Public Finance Management Amendment Act 29 of 1999, promotes efficient and effective use of financial resources to ensure good service delivery. PFMA compliance also allows for registered NGOs to qualify for tenders and to receive funding from Provincial and National government departments.
  • Employment Tax Incentive Act 26 of 2013,  better known as the Youth Wage Subsidy Bill, came into effect on 1 January 2014. The Act aims to encourage employers, including NPOs, to employ young persons by providing a tax incentive to employers, with government sharing the cost of such employment for a maximum of two years under certain conditions.

Online copies of these – and other – South African legislation may be accessed via:

  • The South African Legal Information Institute which publishes legal information (mainly legislation and case law from South Africa) for free public access.
  • Acts Online which provides a free and open source of legislation currently available online in South Africa.