An NGO is known as a “Nonprofit Organisation (NPO)” in SA. It is defined as an organisation that uses its surplus revenues to further achieve its purpose or ‘mission’, rather than distributing its surplus income to the Organisation’s Directors / Shareholders (or equivalents) as profit or dividends. We can assist with your NGO (NPO) Registration. This will allow you to apply for funding directly at the DSD and many other institutions.
Our internal attorney, Tsitsi Kinnear, has over 8 years’ experience with NPC and NPO Registrations. She also has a Law Degree from the University of South Africa.
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In the below section we will cover the basic questions on Non Governmental Organisations and how to register an NGO in South Africa. Just select the question you need information on below.
An NGO is an internationally used term for different types of NPO’s and NPC’s where it does not form part of the government. An NPO is a Non Profit Company (NPC), Voluntary Association or Trust that is registered with the Government and established for a public purpose where the income and property are not distributed to its members or office bearers.
Any organisation that does not trade for profit and does not form part of government:
A South African Organisation like an NGO/NPO may apply at SARS to become recognised as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) and be EXEMPTED from paying Income Tax. The purpose of the organisation MUST however be purely ‘not for profit’ and meet the requirements of the Income Tax Act of 1962.
We can assist with PBO Registration here.
An NGO/NPC will get more Donors as most of them prefer organisations to be registered as PBO’s for their own Tax Benefits and trust.
We are going to follow the procedures below to ensure your NPO Registration is successful at the DSD in the shortest possible time:
Once your Organisation is registered with the Department of Social Development, it will be issued with an NPO Registration number. The NPO number serves as proof that your organisation is legitimate and in-line with the regulations of the DSD.
It also creates trust with your donors and promotes better access to government or corporate funding.