SECTION 51 MANUAL
Company Registration No. 1929/001919/08
Manual Revised : August 2019
The Young Women’s Christian Association of Southern Africa (YWCA) was originally founded in Cape Town in April 1886. It was established as a Christian interdenominational non-profit making Company with affiliated YWCA Local Associations on the 14th October 1929.
The affiliated YW Local Associations developed in Pietermaritzburg (1896), Johannesburg (1903), East London (1905), Pretoria (1908) and Bloemfontein (1921). There were several other residences which opened over the years, but they did not operate for very long, e.g. Parktown, Welkom.
Affiliated YW Local Associations were also established in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), but when that country became independent they were forced to cut ties with the South African organization. Communication has been maintained, however, between the Christian Residential Association (Bromley House) in Harare and our YW National Office.
In 2005 the YWCA in South Africa, changed its name to: CHRISTIAN RESIDENCES FOR YOUNG WOMEN, known as THE YW, then, due to later changes in the South African Companies Act the initials “NPC (RF)” were added to the Company name.
The YW is the longest serving Christian women’s organization in South Africa.
The YW provides accommodation to all young women regardless of colour, race, religion or creed, however, we are a Christian organization and therefore the ‘boundaries’ with regards to House Rules are in accordance with our Company’s MOI and The YW Operations Manual, which are founded not only on South African Companies Act requirements but also Christian biblical values.
All activities of the Company, and its affiliated YW Local Associations, take place within the confines of the Republic of South Africa.
Finding secure, affordable accommodation can be a problem – particularly for young women leaving home and spreading their wings. Whether they are students needing a ‘nest’, young women employed in the cities or visiting other cities for training, employment or holiday purposes, The YW provides a caring home away from home.
Students in particular find our residences exceptionally conducive to studying as they provide a safe and quiet atmosphere, even though situated in the midst of the largest South African cities. We have residences in Bloemfontein, Cape Town and Pietermaritzburg. Many of our occupants are from countries outside of South Africa so we offer wonderful opportunities for making international friendships, as well as friendships that will last a lifetime. Girls will always find a friend at The YW.
The YW sets out to provide mutual development, help and support to our residents – spiritually, socially, physically and intellectually. Dedicated staff are there to meet their needs: praying for them during exams or illnesses.
Our aim is to provide a home away from home, maintaining a healthy witness to a Christian way of life. Residents attend a weekly youth service and there are optional Bible study groups available while Life Skills and Youth Development programmes are organised on a regular basis. Recreation facilities differ from residence to residence, but some indoor and outdoor activities are available in them all and all our residences have DStv and DVD facilities along with internet and wi-fi connections.
2. CONTACT DETAILS
THE YW NATIONAL OFFICE
Contact Person: The National Administrator
Fundraising Ref.No. 000-821 NPO
· FREE STATE LOCAL ASSOCIATION
THE YW BLOEMFONTEIN
Contact Person: The Manager
Fundraising Ref.No. 000-825 NPO
· KWA ZULU NATAL LOCAL ASSOCIATION
THE YW PIETERMARITZBURG
Contact Person: The Manager
Fundraising Ref.No. 000-824 NPO
· WESTERN CAPE LOCAL ASSOCIATION
THE YW CAPE TOWN
Contact Person: The Manager
Fundraising Ref.No. 000-827 NPO
20 Bellevue Street
Tel: 021 423 3711
3. THE VISION (OBJECTIVES) OF THE YW
The main objective of The YW is:
To Serve and glorify God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) by ministering spiritually, specifically targeting young women between the ages of 18 to 25 within a YW residential multicultural environment, and to consider financial assistance to other Christian evangelical organisations and/or persons involved in ministry to young women.
4. MISSION STATEMENT OF THE YW
The Mission Statement of The YW under the guidance of The YW Executive Committee (EXCO), and in conjunction with local YW Associations is:
- To provide safe, value for money accommodation, caring, demonstrating and showing love based on Christian principles, enabling young women to be accommodated in a Christian environment.
- To consider the developing of existing or new residences.
- To provide a biblical foundation leading to a life committed to Jesus Christ and to offer opportunities for young women to enhance their personal growth.
- To cater for the development, help and welfare of young women and to consider partnering, through support, other Christian evangelical organisations and/or persons already involved in ministry to young women between the ages of 18 – 25 years.
5. THE YW BASIS OF FAITH
The fundamental truths of Christianity as revealed in the Holy scripture, including:
1. The unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the Godhead.
2. The sovereignty of the Godhead in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgement.
3. The divine inspiration, infallibility and inerrancy of Holy Scripture as originally given, and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
4. The universal sinfulness and guilt of human nature since the fall, rendering man subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
5. Redemption from guilt, penalty and power of sin through the sacrificial death (as our representative and substitute) of the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God.
6. The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
7. The necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit to make the death of Christ effective to the individual sinner, granting him repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ.
8. The justification of the sinner by the grace of God through faith in Christ alone.
9. The indwelling and work of the Holy Spirit in the believer.
10. The one holy universal Church, which is the Body of Christ, and to which all true believers belong.
11. The expectation of the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
6. HOW TO BECOME A PARTNER IN THE WORK OF THE YW
There is no fee required to become a partner of The YW. By requesting to become a Partner you must be willing to sign a copy of our YW BASIS OF FAITH and confirm your full understanding and agreement with what we believe. (Basis of Faith forms can be obtained from National Office.)
You will then receive:
- A copy of our monthly ‘Praise & Prayer’ leaflet advising of the needs and opportunities for rejoicing in each of the Local Associations.
- A copy of the bi-annual ‘Y’s News & Views’ publication which provides testimonies and stories surrounding events within the Local Associations.
- Invitations to the Local Association nearest you to attend their AGM and/or any other special function that they might hold.
- And also, you would be entitled to a reduced rate on accommodation should you wish to make use of any of the abovementioned YW residences.
7. RECORDS OF THE YW
The financial year of The YW is January to December. As each Local Association is autonomous in their daily running procedures, they each have their books audited by a local auditor, as does the National Office.
Annual General Meetings for the National Office and each Local Association are held between February and June within the local residences. Copies of the signed Annual Financial Statements, the National Administrator’s Report or Local Association Manager’s Report are provided to Members of The YW and National Office. Copies are also sent to the National Libraries in each province of South Africa.
The National Administrator provides both the Company Registrar and the Department of Welfare (Non-Profit Division) copies of:
- National Office’s Annual Financial Statements
- National Administrator’s Report
- National Treasurer’s Report
- Each Local Association’s Annual Financial Statements
- Each Local Association’s Manager’s Report.
Copies of all Annual Financial Statements CAN ONLY be requested from the National Office.
7.2 PUBLICITY MATERIAL
- Copies of the monthly ‘Praise & Prayer’ leaflets are available to YW Prayer Partners only.
- Copies of the ‘Y’s News & Views’ in-house publication are available to the public from each Local Association and the National Office, free of charge, or can be read or downloaded from our website.
- Copies of our YW Brochure are available from all Local Associations and the National Office, free of charge.
- “The Romance of the Blue Triangles” – a history of the YWCA of SA – by Val Nowlan. R150 each. These can only be purchased from the National Office.
- The YW Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI).
- The YW Operations Manual.
- Copies of the above are in-house documents and are not available to the public.
8. AVAILABILITY OF THIS SECTION 51 MANUAL [Section 51(3)]
Copies of this Section 51 Manual are available for inspection on our website: www.theyw.co.za; the SAHRC or from The YW National Office.
All enquiries can be addressed to
The National Administrator
Madison Square Office Suites #15
1 Fifth Road