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NLB Honours Grant After Court Action

The National Lotteries Board (NLB) has agreed to honour a R20.4 million grant it had previously withdrawn, less than a week after court papers were filed with the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

According to Adams & Adams, the law firm, this week, the NLB ‘acted swiftly’ in responding to proceedings instituted by NGO, Molteno Language and Literacy Institute.

The organisation had its grant withdrawn last year, barely a month after it was awarded.

Charities Lose Funding Due to Infighting

Three nonprofit organisations in the skills, social and environmental sectors could have received R58 million had it not been for the infighting between two Lotto bodies.

However, the tensions between the National Lotteries Board (NLB) and the distributing agencies have led to a situation where several NGOs have been unable to access funds.

An internal document also reveals how the NLB reversed a decision by one of the distribution agencies to fund three of the many dependent organisations last year.

NGO Faces Closure Over Funds

Thousands of orphans in Durban will have to wait a long time to get foster parents as Big Shoes, a NGO that expedites the process, is short of funding and set to close its adoption programme at the end of the month.

KwaZulu-Natal regional manager, Tracey Brand, says that the organisation is donor-funded and contracts with previous donors had expired.

Idasa, Black Sash, Face Funding Crisis

Two long-standing organisations, Idasa and the Black Sash, say they are losing millions in funding, forcing them to close down crucial projects and retrench staff.

The two organisations say part of the problem in terms of securing international funding is that South Africa is no longer seen as being among the poorer countries.

Black Sash national director, Marcella Naidoo, points out that, “It’s a pity and a tragedy that we won’t be able to do the substantive work that we’re used to. We have always been resilient but this time, it’s particularly sad.”

Minister Also to Blame for NLB Failure

The march by NGOs against the National Lotteries Board (NLB) showed the growing national anger over the way the NLB distributes our public funds, according to Shelagh Gastrow, one of the founders of Inyathelo, the South African Institute for Advancement.

Gastrow states that the lack of accountability and transparency over the way the lottery operates and its random decision making, poor management and inefficient administration is devastating the essential work of many wonderful NGOs in the country.

NLB to Act on Alleged Irregularities

The National Lotteries Board (NLB) has promised to investigate allegations of irregularities against it.

NLB Board chairperson, Alfred Nevhuthanda, promised corrective action after receiving a memorandum from hundreds of protesters against the NLB in Pretoria.

"We take allegations made in the media seriously -- claims of request(s) for bribes, losing information (about applicants), and irregular grants. Remedial action will be taken where needed," he explained.

2012 NPO Forecast - A Time to Hasten Slowly

In these uncertain times it’s reassuring to know that the world will most definitely continue to spin, so ignore the Mayan calendar prophecy that humanity will evaporate in December 2012. However, the Mayans predict an era that will be more spiritual with new awakenings.

New opportunities abound for those who are ready to reflect and do things differently, change leadership styles and ignore negativity.

Department to Amend the Lottery Act

An official from the Department of Trade and Industry says the department will introduce a legislation to amend the National Lotteries Act to expedite the processing of applications for funding.

Department of Trade and Industry deputy director-general, Zodwa Ntuli, says that the thrust of the amendments would be to remove the bottlenecks in the speedy processing of funding applications.

She states that application would be invited at any time of the year, to avoid the once-a-year window, which resulted in congestion.

NLB CEO Resigns

The National Lotteries Board (NLB) spokesperson Sershan Naidoo has declined to confirm or deny reports that chief executive officer, Vevek Ram, has resigned.

However, Naidoo later promised that the NLB board will ‘shortly’ issue a statement on the matter.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance spokesperson, Jacques Smalle, says that Ram's letter of resignation was received and accepted by the NLB.

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