I wanted to ask if at any time in the interview with Sershan Naidoo he mentioned the fact that organisations which have already received a tranche of an allotted grant, can't receive the next tranche, which they had quite correctly budgeted for as income in the current financial year as had been promised by the NLTDF.
A point which he mentioned has never before seen the light of day, namely that applications are processed on a first come, first served basis. Quite frankly, I'm not at all sure I believe that, or why has it never been announced? If it had been, the NLTDF could have saved itself an avalanche of applications at deadline date each year, and charities would have had an incentive to get their applications in earlier.
I have asked our PHANGO members to let the PHANGO management committee know about how they have been affected by the NLTDF debacle, which should be quite revealing.
Thanks for putting this article out as the NLTDF has become most important to NGO's. I think if NGO's hadn't been prevented from running their own lottery-based competitions on the grounds that the national
lottery would take the place of those ones, the NGO sector wouldn't be so dependent on the smooth running of the NLDTF, or so resentful when it is poorly handled.
With best wishes,
Aletta van der Watt
Chairman, PHANGO (Patient Health Alliance of NGOs)
P.S. Your article about PHANGO has brought us a lot of enquiries - you provide a very useful service!
From the Editor: I forwarded your query to the National Lotteries Development Trust Fund (NLDTF) and they have responded. Please see Mr. Naidoo's response below.
Sershan Naidoo from the NLDTF Responds
Your correspondence to SANGONeT has reference.
We have received special authorisation to make second and third tranche payments to beneficiaries provided that the progress reports are satisfactory. The CAO is processing these documents and payments have already begun to be effected over a month ago. If you are awaiting a tranche payment(2nd, 3rd or 4th), please contact your contact person in the CAO.
With regards to your concerns about us not advertising that we make every effort to look at applications chronologically. Surely, it is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that their applications are submitted
as soon as possible so that it can be addressed accordingly?
About the lottery-based competitions. You have not been stopped from these. We would like to know where you got this information from. The situation now is different to the past in that you now have to conduct these lotteries in a regulated environment. This has been done to protect the public who have been subject to some unscrupulous competitions. You have to register all competitions with the NLB. There might, however, be some restrictions if the game was similar to that of the National Lottery games. If you are referring to the scratchcard games run by Community Chest, Games Africa and the like, I would like to advise that these games collectively raised a maximum of R13 million per year for charities. The grants for Charities sector from the NLDTF (R600 million) more than compensates for the loss of income to those charities that previously benefited from scratchcards.
I trust that I have been able to address your concerns.
Sershan T Naidoo
Manager: Player Services & Media Liaison