Germiston lies in the heart of the Rand goldfields and was founded in 1886 after the local discovery of gold. It officially became a town in 1903 and as the town grew, so to the need to support children and families grew.
In 1912 community members of Germiston put hands and hearts together and started serving vulnerable children and families living in Germiston. Concerns at the time were the high mortality rate of young children in South Africa, child labor and child neglect due to poverty.
As a Non-Government (NGO), Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) this service has grown exponentially since those early years. Our core service continues to be supportive and assisting vulnerable children whilst strengthening families; the primary objective being to allow children to stay within their family structures by creating safe environments through education.
Accredited as a Child Protection Organisation (CPO) and registered Public Benefit Organisation (PBO), we ensure that our services maintain the highest level of professionalism.
Creating a safe and caring environment for children
Our services are professional, aimed at strengthening family life, focused on family preservation, and applying the principles of transparency, inclusivity, accessibility and accountability.
92% of the beneficiaries of Child Welfare Germiston are representative of the demographics of our population. We have a B-EEEE affidavit confirming our compliance and beneficiary status.
To make a bequest, you should consult with your lawyer and ask for appropriate clauses to be inserted into your will and/or memorandum of wishes. We have set out below some sample clauses used previously, which may be useful to your lawyer.
General Bequest: "I give and bequeath the amount of R____to XYZ organisation , located at (specify address)”
Percentage Bequest: "I give and bequeath ___% of the total value of my estate to XYZ organisation located at (specify address)."
Bequest of a Residue: "The residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, wherever situated, I give and bequeath to XYZ organisation, located at (specify address), to be used as the Board of Trustees directs."
Designated Bequest: "I give and bequeath to XYZ organisation, located at (specify address) the sum of R____ to be used for the ______ (specific program, project, etc.)."
If you decide to use the last clause, it would be prudent to also add a contingency clause saying, "Should this program no longer be needed, the bequest may be used as the Board of Trustees determines." Please note that the above clauses are samples only and you should obtain your own legal advice on these matters. Everyone’s circumstances are different and your estate planning needs to be tailored accordingly.
Essentially there is no difference except that an NGO is registered by the Non-Profit Directorate of the Department of Social Development upon application – receiving a NPO number upon registration.
There are however NGO’s that are not necessarily registered as NPO’s with Department of Social Development.
Section 18A in essence allows a taxpayer (whether individual or business), who has made a bona fide donation to a Public Benefit Organsiation, to claim a tax deduction subject to a limit. The Section 18A certificate may only be issued in respect of donations received in cash or kind (other than services).
Non-Profit Companies (NPC) are registered with CIPC whilst Non-Profit Organisations (NPO) are not.
NPC's can have dual registration with both the Department of Social Development and CIPC.