23 March 2020



Pretoria, 23 March 2020: In light of a State of National Disaster proclaimed by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday, 15 March 2020 and the Regulations published by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs to contain the further spread of the novel coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19, Minister Lindiwe Zulu has extended the deadline for the submission of NPOs annual reports to 30 June 2020.

“We know that most of the NPOs are in the frontline of providing services to vulnerable individuals and communities throughout the country even in these trying times. We do not want them to worry about submitting their annual reports in the middle of this national disaster. It is for this reason that we are extending the deadline for submission of annual reports with an additional three months”, said Minister Zulu.

Section 18 (1) (a) of the NPO Act (Act No. 71 of 1997) prescribes that every registered organisation must, in writing provide a narrative report of its activities in the prescribed manner together with its financial statements and the Accounting Officer’s report within 9 months after the end of its financial year.
This extension applies to all organisations registered in terms of the NPO Act.

To comply with the recommended guidelines on social distancing, the Department has suspended all person-person NPO services, including the NPO helpdesk and roadshows.

Minister Zulu takes this opportunity to remind NPOs that they can use the available online platforms to submit their annual reports or for any NPO-related matters at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. online: www.npo.gov.za or alternatively call: 012 312 7727.

Minister Zulu also takes this opportunity to reassure all South Africans that Government is working around the clock to contain the further spread and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on families and communities. She further appealed to South Africans across the country to comply with measures Government has put in place as a matter of national interest.

“We all have to play our part to contain the spread of COVID-19. We must work together to emerge stronger as a nation during these tying times. This is the time for all of us to unite and to put our national interest above our own self-interest”, added Minister Zulu.


Media inquiries may be forwarded to Ms Lumka Oliphant on 083 484 8067 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Social Relief of Distress Grant (How To Apply)

Prospective Applicants will need to provide the following compulsory information for processing of their applications:

  • Identity Number/Department of Home permit;
  • Name and Surname as captured in the ID (and initials);
  • Gender and Disability;
  • Banking details - Bank Name and Account Number;
  • Contact details - Cell phone number;
  • Proof of Residential Address;


The manner in which qualifying citizens can apply for this grant will be as follows:

  • The new WHATSAPP line will be     082 0468 553
  • The USSD or SMS Line will be         *134*7737#
  • The email address will be                srd@sassa.gov.za
  • Call centre IVR:                                0800 60 10 11
  • Website:                                            https://srd.sassa.gov.za