Recently CAF Southern Africa responded to what was termed, ‘generalised and negative’ statements made by MACS Media on behalf of the Orion Organisation and the Cape Town Society for the Blind regarding the NGO sector in South Africa.
Although civil actions involving NPOs are rare in South Africa, the corporate landscape in South Africa has changed in line with greater global emphasis on good governance, increasing the likelihood of litigation in the future.
Recent media reports suggest renewed interest in the fact that South African NPOs are under pressure from both funders and the government. By some calculations as many as 25% all of South African organisations within the last year alone have been forced to close their doors.
2013 Inyathelo Philanthropy Awardee, Afeefah Patel, met with president Jacob Zuma recently. Ann7 News arranged the meeting, almost two years after the then seven year-old Afeefah wrote to President Zuma asking him to “look after the rhinos”.