Rural Charities to Benefit from Lotto

The National Lotteries Board (NLB), the regulatory body of the national lottery, has admitted that the Lotteries Act will have to be changed to ensure a fairer distribution of funds, particularly to smaller charities.

The NLB also says the emphasis of its funding will change from urban to rural, a move which will offer hope to thousands of desperate charities across the South Africa.

This move comes after years of criticism by charity organisations starved of desperately needed funds, whereas sporting and arts bodies found it relatively easy to get money from the Lotto.

Opening Address by Minister Rob Davies at the National Lotteries Board Conference

Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, 20 June 2011

Programme Director
Chairperson Prof Alfred Nevhutanda
CEO Prof Vevek Ram
Chairperson of National Lotteries Board, Namibia
MEC, Arts and Culture, Eastern Cape
Chairperson of the Lottery Operators, Prof Bongani Khumalo
Members of the Distributing Agencies
Delegates to this Indaba

No Lotto Funds Lying Idle – Davies

The National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) is not sitting on billions of rands of unspent money that could be used for good causes, according to Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies.

Speaking at NLDTF consultative indaba in Johannesburg, Davies pointed out that, "I can assure you there is no R6 billion sitting idle."

He further said that there is R1.5 billion available in this financial year, adding that another R3.2 billion had already been approved and allocated.

National Lotteries Board Consultative Conference

The National Lotteries Board will host a two-day national consultative conference on 20-21 June 2011 at Gallagher Estate in Midrand to explore the future of National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) funding.

This is the first National Consultative Conference which will give participants an opportunity to share ideas with the Board and to make input into the process of determining the most appropriate strategic and operational funding model for the NLDTF in the future.

DTI, NLB to Investigate Lotto Allocations

The National Lotteries Board (NLB) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will investigate claims of conflicting interests involving the national lottery's distribution agencies.

NLB spokesperson, Sershan Naidoo, points out that the investigation will be conducted “to reduce the misperception that the applications of the distributing agency members' organisations might be considered without due consideration to the requirements."

Naidoo’s comments follow revelations by the Sunday Times newspaper about staggering disparities in the allocation of charity funds.

Lotto Sponsors Concerts While Charities Suffer

The National Lottery distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) has sponsored millions of rands to small sporting organisations and concerts while charities struggle to get funding.
According to the Sunday Times, small organisations such as the SA Table Tennis board and the Jazz Foundation have raked in millions of rands from Lotto while charities such as the Teddy Bear Clinic and the Johannesburg Children’s Home received less than what they deserved.

Accessing Lottery Funding Found to be Difficult and Alienating

The impact of the inefficiencies by the National Development Agency (NDA) and the National Lotteries Board’s (NLB) grantmaking processes had a debilitating impact on civil society organisations with some having to retrench staff or close down.
This is one of the concerns raised at the launch of a report today (30 March 2011) by the Funding Practice Alliance (FPA) showing key problems regarding the NDA and the NLB.

Fix the National Lottery Fund

Ralph Freese, a South African who recently resigned from the boards of two nonprofit organisations that depend on lottery funding, has written an open letter to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, asking him to ‘Fix the National Lottery Fund’. In the letter, Freese criticises the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) and the National Lotteries Board (NLB) for failing to live up to their mandate.

Entrepreneur Donates Portion of Lotto Winnings

An entrepreneur who won a R22.4 million Powerball jackpot is donating R1 million of his winnings to a community in the Eastern Cape.
The man, who wanted to remain anonymous, points out that, “I am so thankful for this. If I can give to people, especially people of my community, I will be the happiest person.”
Gidani spokesperson, Thembi Tulwana, says that the 57-year old father of six, who benefitted from a charity when he was a child, is eager for the money to reach the beneficiaries as soon as possible.


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