DSD says NPO not compliant

2018-11-20 06:02

The Western Cape Department of Social Development has dismissed reports alleging mismanagement at the Amy Foundation (formerly known as the Amy Biehl Foundation), but maintain that the organisation is non-compliant.

The foundation’s staff at its Athlone offices went on strike on Thursday 15 November in protest against managing director Kevin Chaplin.

The group claim “unfair and irregular dismissals, corruption and misuse of foundation funds and racism among other things. It should be noted that the Amy Foundation, which provides after-school care, is non-compliant for a number of reasons. However, the provincial Department of Social Development (DSD) has made no allegations of abuse or financial mismanagement. Amy Foundation’s registration expired in December 2017 and has not been renewed. For this reason, the provincial DSD is no longer funding the foundation,” states Western Cape MEC for social development, Albert Fritz.

Fritz states further that the early learning resource unit, a contracted social service provider which is assisting with the administrative process of registration, received all outstanding documents on Tuesday 6 November for re-registration and will be going on an on-site visit to conclude this process. “Their funding compliance documents are also outstanding, including their first and second progress reports and their audited financial statements,” says Fritz.

He refutes reports quoting Chaplin as suggesting the Department of Social Development is putting the organisation in jeopardy through new processes being adopted.

“While the Amy Foundation remains non-compliant, this department is doing its utmost to assist this organisation in becoming compliant by adhering to all of the requirements,” Fritz states, adding, “The department has numerous checks in place to ensure that NPOs are compliant.” These include monitoring and evaluation reports. The department awaits one done in June.

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