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About registering a nonprofit organisation

If yours is a non-profit organisation and is not part of government, you can apply for registration. You can submit your non-profit organisation (NPO) application at your nearest provincial  social development office.

NPOs include trusts, companies or other associations of persons established for a public purpose.

Registering your NPO is beneficial because its certificate:

To register, you must be one of the following:

What you should do

  1. Submit the completed NPO application form at your nearest provincial social development office together with two copies of the organisation’s founding documents:
    • Trust – Deeds of trust and letter of authorisation from the courts
    • Section 21 – Certificate of incorporation and memorandum and articles of association
    • Voluntary Association – Constitution
    • The founding documents of the NPO must meet the provisions of Section 12 (A-O) of the Nonprofit Organisations Act, 1997 (Act 71 of 1997).  If you fail to do that, your application will be rejected.
      • You can submit your application at your nearest provincial Social Development office, post it to The Directorate, Non-profit organisations, Department of Social Development, Private Bag X901, Pretoria, 0001 or deliver it by hand to the Department of Social Development, 134 Pretorius Street, HSRC Building, Pretoria.
  2. If you are dissatisfied with the rejection or cancellation of your organisation’s certificate, you may launch an appeal to the panel arbitrators .
  3. Once it is registered, you  must submit the organisation’s annual report nine months after its financial year-end. The annual report should consist of a narrative report and a financial report.

Note:
It is a criminal offence for an organisation to operate under the pretence of a registered NPO. Various government departments offer funding for various services.

Timeframe

How much does it cost

The service is free.

Forms to complete

(Forms are provided in PDF format. To open PDF documents, you need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader 4 or higher installed on your computer.)

Application for registration by a Non-profit organisation

Who to contact

Department of Social Development provincial offices contact list.

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