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National Development Agency / National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund Survey

Four South African NGOs, namely Inyathelo - The South African Institute for Advancement, Social Change Assistance Trust (SCAT), Community Development Resource Association (CDRA) and Rural Education Access Programme, have launched a survey into the funding practices of the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) and the National Development Agency (NDA).

The survey is aimed at, amongst other things, documenting NGOs’ experiences with the NDA and NLDTF.

NDA, NLDF Criticised for Failing the Poor

Despite the National Lottery Board accumulating billions of rands every year, the National Lotteries Distribution Fund (NLDF) has been ineffective in providing support to the needy. This is according to Shelagh Gastrow, director of Inyathelo — The South African Institute for Advancement.

Gastrow says the NLDF and the National Development Agency (NDA) have not been meeting their mandates, as defined in law, of addressing South Africa’s development challenges.

Four NGOs Launch Research Campaign to Analyse Funding Practices by the Lotteries to Civil Society

Four influential organisations in the non-profit sector have launched a research project to establish why the National Lotteries Distribution Fund (NLDF) and the National Development Agency (NDA) have been ineffective  in their  roles to provide support for those in need in South Africa.

Time to Take on the Lotto

If you are a charity or NGO who feels that you have been treated unreasonably or unfairly by the Lotto, and you are willing to take them on, Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Inc., a firm of attorneys, is willing to assist you.

Lourens Ackermann, Pro Bono Coordinator at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Inc., is currently investigating the possibility of pursuing individual applications against the Lotto on behalf of deserving charities and NGOs.

Shame on Lotto

My name is Robin Opperman, and I am the Director of the Umcebo Trust. We run a non-profit art and craft trust, based in Durban. We applied in the most recent Lotto round of applications, and submitted end of February. We received the standard acknowledgements and within the past two weeks were very excited to receive correspondence from Lotto asking for elaboration on a number of issues related to our application.

Non-Distribution of Funds Not Our Fault

The National Lotteries Board (NLB) says lotto funds were not distributed to charities due to legislative and procedural issues.

In a press statement, NLB CEO Vevek Ram, points out that, NLB does not have the authority to make grants.

“Distributing agencies, which are committees appointed by the minister of trade and industry in consultation with the other relevant ministers, are the entities entrusted with the making of grants,” explains Ram.

Nominations Invited for Lottery Board Members

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, invites nominations for the appointment of National Lotteries Board (NLB) members, in terms of Section 3 of the Lotteries Act, No. 57 of 1997.

In view of ongoing criticism of the performance of the current NLB, this is an important opportunity for all concerned NGO and development stakeholders to influence the future actions of the Board. 

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