Children’s rights topical at AGM

CHILD Welfare Port Shepstone hosted their Annual General Meeting at Port Shepstone Senior Primary School last Thursday, where a new executive committee was elected and introduced.

With August being Women’s Month and the focus on issues women and children face, guest speaker, a civil court attorney Nonjabulo Moleele, spoke on children’s rights and civil rights.

Also discussed at the AGM was the new amendments to the constitutional rights of children. The amendments included the awarding of Section 18A (Income Tax Exemption) approval for children’s rights NPOs.

Donations to the organisation will be tax deductible in the hands of the donors in terms of and subject to the limitations prescribed in Section 18A of the Act.

In order to maintain the exempt status, the Constitution had to be amended to comply with the requirements of Section 30 of the Income Tax Act and the following clauses. Amendments to the Constitution were proposed and ratified at the AGM.

“Child Welfare SA — Port Shepstone would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to each and every one who contributed to the event. It is because of stalwart supporters like you that the evening was a great success and a spot of fun to boot,” said Karin Holtzhausen, administrator at Child Welfare.

More than 600 awareness programmes are hosted by the Child Welfare Port Shepstone throughout the year, the non-profit organisation makes it their number one priority to ensure that basic needs of children are met daily, promoting mental health and educating the community on how to deal with common problems children are faced with and the type of protocol that should be in order when dealing with these problems.

Social welfare and social work promote development and provision of public and private social services to promote social justice within communities. “We are committed to caring for our children and you,” she said.