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Fund-raising Amendment Bill Tabled

November 3, 2020

Parliament

The Fund-raising Amendment Bill has been tabled in parliament.

The bill’s explanatory summary was published in Government Gazette 43801 in October 2020.

According to the explanatory summary, the bill aims to rationalise the Fund-raising Act by consolidating the Disaster Relief Fund, the Refugee Relief Fund, the Social Relief Fund and the State President’s Fund into the Disaster Relief and National Social Development Fund in order to focus on proactive mitigations of disasters and promote the social development of communities.

The explanatory summary added that the consolidation of the Funds will streamline administrative processes and enable more efficient services to poor communities and reduce costs.

Cabinet approved the bill in August 2020 for tabling in parliament.

The bill aims to amend the Fund-raising Act, 1978, so as to:

• amend certain definitions;
• effect certain textual amendments to provide greater clarity;
• provide for the discontinuation of certain funds and for the dissolution of any boards responsible for those funds;
• establish the Disaster Relief and National Social Development Fund and to transfer any amounts remaining in the discontinued funds to the Disaster Relief and National Social Development Fund;
• empower the Minister to make regulations in respect of the financial year of a fund; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

The social development department called for comment on the bill in 2017.

The portfolio committee on social development will process the bill.