Lottery

Lotto to Go Ahead Despite Judgment

National lottery operator, Ithuba, says the Pretoria High Court's overturning of the awarding of its licence will not affect its operations.

This follows a ruling by Judge Neil Tuchten that the decision of the Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, to award the tender to Ithuba is invalid and the licence issue done by the minister is set aside, provided that the operation of the order is suspended for a month.

Struggling NGOs Slam Minstrel Funding

Struggling welfare groups, buckling under a lack of funding, have slammed the National Lotteries Board for the R56 million handed to a Cape minstrel group since 2011.

While the association thrives, groups such as the Treatment Action Campaign, which previously benefitted from lotteries board funding but announced last month they desperately needed to raise R10 million to keep afloat, have to do their own fundraising.

NLC Invites Applications for Funding

The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) is calling on nonprofit organisations, non-government organisations, public benefit trusts, schools and communities to apply for funding.

NLC commissioner, Charlotte Mampane, points out that, “This call is the second of three annual calls that will be made to the public to apply for funding in the current financial year.”

While the NLC will in future implement proactive funding to qualifying beneficiaries, Mampane says the NLC will continue to disburse funds primarily through open calls to the public, such as this one.

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.

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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