Today, it was reported in the Cape Argus that there are “allegations of abuse and financial mismanagement” against the CEO of the Amy Foundation, Kevin Chaplin. Further, that the staff of the Amy Foundation are calling for an audit, after a protest in front of its Athlone offices.
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. The Early Learning Resource Unit, a contracted social service provider who is assisting with the administrative process of registration, received all outstanding documents on 6 November for reregistration and will be doing on an onsite visit very soon to conclude this process. Their funding compliance documents are also outstanding including their first and second progress reports and their audited financial statements.
This saga follows an article on 7 November, in the Cape Argus, where the same Amy Foundation CEO Kevin Chaplin, was quoted saying, “new processes through the Department of Social Development are putting many of the well-established and respected organisations in jeopardy.” This is couldn’t be further from the truth.
MEC Fritz said, “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.”
MEC Fritz said further, “The Department has numerous checks in place to ensure that NPOs are compliant. Among those checks are monitoring and evaluation (M&E) reports. My Department is currently waiting on the report of an M&E concluded in July, which will enable us to take the appropriate action.”
The Department of Social Development in the Western Cape, under the leadership of MEC Albert Fritz, remains committed to ensuring that our NPOs remain compliant and are governed in a clean and accountable manner.