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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.

NLB Blamed for NGO Closure

The National Lotteries Board (NLB) has inflicted a grave injustice on deserving organisations that are at the coalface of alleviating poverty and providing succour to the destitute, according to an article by Redi Thalbi.

Tlhabi states that various branches of Child Welfare, which provides assistance to 65 000 orphans and vulnerable children, have had applications denied owing to an ‘administrative error’.

NGOs Lose Funding to ANC – DA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for the National Lotteries Act to be amended in order to rid the lotteries board of perceived political interference.

DA MP, Jacques Smalle, says that his party has noted a growing trend where needy charities are being overlooked by the lotto's board in favour of African National Congress (ANC) aligned organisations.

He states that his party would also ask parliament to change the way board members of the lottery board's fund distributing agencies are being appointed.

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.

Lotto Board Won’t Pay for Audit - Nevhutanda

Nevhutanda’s comments follow a call by NGOs for the grants made by the NLB during the past three years to be subjected to a forensic audit and that board members should also be subjected to a lifestyle audit.

According to the 2010/11 General Report on National Audit Outcomes, auditor-general, Terence Nombembe, the NLB and the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund received unqualified audits, but with findings.

Joint Media Statement by the National Lotteries Board and Child Welfare South Africa

This is a joint media statement by the National Lotteries Board (NLB) and Child Welfare South Africa (CWSA) relating to certain media comments made by Prof Vevek Ram, the CEO of NLB at a Parliamentary briefing.

In his briefing, Prof Ram expressed concern that applicants showed an increased dependence on funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF). This was evidenced by a noticeable reduction in the number of funders featured in financial statements of applicants.

Statement from Professor Alfred Nevhutanda, Chair of the National Lotteries Board (NLB) on the NLB Consultative Indaba

The National Lotteries Board (NLB) today concluded a successful two-day national consultative indaba which brought together over 1 500 delegates representing South Africa’s nonprofit sector.

The indaba afforded opportunity for delegates to review the current funding practices and priorities for funding - and to make suggestions on how the future of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) could be shaped to better serve the development needs of the community and our country.

Funding in South Africa: Where Are We Heading?

Sitting at the Lottery Indaba was an insight - but probably not in the way that Lotto intended. Instead of showing up the flaws in the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) systems, it highlighted that the root problem is amongst ourselves: amongst NGOs who are hankering after a past funding model, instead of looking forward.

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