We are a church in South Africa which affiliates with a church in UK. Occationally volunteers from UK come to SA and help out. My question to you is would it be legal for us to make payments to such a volunteer and what is our (SA entity) requirements, to be transparent in this regard?(Do they have to get a specific 'volunteers' visa and is there a limitation on the period in which they can volunteer?) Hope you can help.
State/Country relating to question: South Africa
Spoken to people at a non-profit organisation using volunteers - but they don't pay their volunteers. Internet surfing on the topic.
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Should you need more information: Our SA church is in the process of registering as a non-profit organisation and already registered as a PBO for tax purposes. There is no 'legal' / 'contractual' connection between UK & SA apart from us in SA using the same name.
A specific volunteer in UK wants to help us out for a period of a year, but we would like to help with her expenses. ie. Some sort of 'salary' / 'sponsorship'.
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In my opinion the visa requirements to which was consented to by the Department of home affairs will apply for their stay and to my knowledge there is no defined volunteer visa.
Temporary Residence Permits
The following documentation must be submitted with a temporary resident application Form DHA - 1738 or DHA 1740 and the specified requirements relevant to the category of applicationAligned to the Immigration Act, the following categories of Temporary Residence Permits can be applied for:
I would opt for the visitors permit
Concerning compensation for the volunteer I am of the opinion that you must just take a resolution to the effect that an amount of R x would be paid per month . Let the volunteer sign that she/he agrees to the amount but make specific reference to the fact that she/he will not be considered an employee in terms of any labor relation legislation and that the amount is just paid as a token of appreciation.
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