• NLB Donates in Honour of Women

    The National Lottery Board (NLB) has handed over cheques worth millions of rands to charity organisations across South Africa.
    The donations were made at the NLB's women empowerment function as part of commemorating Women's Month in Pretoria on Tuesday.
    Meanwhile, the NLB has also condemned last week's incident where one of their officials was suspended on allegations of fraud to the tune of R600 000 meant for good causes.
    To read the article titled, “Lotteries Board splashes out to honour women,” click here.

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  • National Lotteries Board: Nominations for Board Members

    National Lotteries Board
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, October 12, 2012
    Opportunity type: 
    The National Lotteries Board (NLB) was established in terms of the Lotteries Act (No 57 of 1997) to regulate the National Lottery as well as other lotteries, including society lotteries to raise funds and promotional competitions. The NLB also advises the Minister of Trade and Industry on policy matters relating to the National Lottery and other lotteries. Members of the NLB are appointed by the Minister of Trade and Industry and hold office for a period of five years, after which they may be reappointed. NLB members are also trustees of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), into which National Lottery proceeds that are intended for allocation to good causes are deposited.

    The Minister of Trade and Industry invites nominations for Board members to serve of the NLB.

    Nominated candidates should have proven business acumen or applicable knowledge or experience with matters connected with the functions of the NLB and of whom one (1) nominee should be a legal practitioner admitted to practice in the Republic and at least four (4) members of the board shall be persons who are not in the service of any sphere of government as well as competency in one or more of the following disciplines - Business Management, Corporate Governance and/or Financial Management.

    • Not be an office-bearer of any party, movement, organisation or body of a partisan political nature, personally or through a spouse, partner or associate;
    • No interest in a business or enterprise, which may conflict or interfere with the proper performance of the duties of a member of the Board;
    • Not be an unrehabilitated insolvent or becomes insolvent;
    • Never been, or is, removed from an office of trust on account of misconduct in respect of fraud or the misappropriation of money;
    • Not subject to an order of a competent court holding that person to be mentally unfit or disordered;
    • Within the previous 10 years has been, or is, convicted in the Republic or elsewhere of theft, fraud, forgery or uttering a forged document, perjury, an offence under the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, 2004 (Act No. 12 of 2W), an offence under the Financial Intelligence Centre Act, 2001 (Act No. 38 of 2001), or an offence involving dishonesty;
    • Not been convicted of any other offence committed after the Constitution of 35 the Republic of South Africa, 1993 (Act No. 200 of 1993), took effect, and sentenced to imprisonment without the option of a fine.
    Remuneration: Successful candidates would be remunerated according to the remuneration rates as determined by the Minister of Finance.

    Nomination Procedure:
    • Nominations must be submitted in writing and must at least contain a detailed Curriculum Vitae, motivation for appointment, certifi ed copy of identity document and qualifications;
    • Background verification, including criminal record and citizenship checks, will form part of the selection process;
    • Preference will be given to candidates whose appointment will enhance representatively;
    • It is the nominee’s responsibility to have foreign qualifications verified by the South African Qualifi cations Authority (SAQA);
    • Shortlisted candidates will be subjected to the necessary security clearance and probity checks;
    • Correspondence will be limited to short-listed members only;
    • No late nominations or facsimile applications will be accepted;
    • Strict compliance with the nomination requirements and selection procedure will be adhered to.
    Additionally, the following forms must be completed and submitted and are obtainable from the dti website:
    • A signed and completed nomination and acceptance form (Form 1 A);
    • A signed and completed form relating to the particulars of the nominee (Form 1 B);
    • A written disclosure of business interests and membership in other boards/committees/councils information sheet;
    • A consent for risk analysis conducted by EMPS form.
    To apply or view full details for the above position, please go to and Click on the “Careers” link.

    Nominations may also be posted to Ms J Steyn, HR Recruitment, Department of Trade and Industry, Private Bag X84, Pretoria, 0001; hand delivered to the Application Box, Block B, 1st Floor, 77 Meintjies Street, Sunnyside, 0002; or e-mailed to

    Enquiries: Mr Marks Thibela, Tel: 012 394 1102.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

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  • Report Back on Lotto March

    Many thanks to the 450 NGOs who marched to the National Lotteries Board (NLB) offices in Pretoria and the hundreds who signed our petition and supported us. NGOs from throughout South Africa i.e. Eastern, Western and Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, North West, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and Gauteng. People travelled from as far as Secunda, Nelspruit, Vereeniging to voice their outrage – one only has to look at the posters to gage their opinions.

    We must also thank the media for the extensive coverage we received in the week leading up to the march – radio, TV and press, which clearly highlighted the corruption and maladministration of the lotto and the distributing agency.

    And yet, the chairperson of the board, Alfred Nevhuthanda, persists in dismissing our concerns in a most condescending and unsatisfactory way.

    It is my view that the only time when we present irrefutable evidence of corruption, we will be able to bring about change and take this matter to the Public Prosecutor. During the Lotto’s road shows last year, NGOs did come forward and report cases of bribery, which the Lotto has done nothing about – could these people please contact me?

    The way forward

    We now have a core of representatives within the sector, people with years of experience who are willing to ensure that the sector is treated fairly, honestly and is acknowledged for the vital services they provide.

    We would like to call a press conference in about three weeks to give NGOs the opportunity to present proof of corruption, maladministration and bribery.


    There is an abundance of dedicated, professional and experienced people who work in this sector and one has to wonder why the NLB has never bothered to seriously seek their input or opinions when determining policies.

    Our time is now – we must use this opportunity to expose corruption, bribery and maladministration in order to ensure our survival so that the most marginalised people in South Africa are not forgotten.

    On behalf of the NGO sector:

    Sandra Millar
    Tel: 012 430 2630
    Mobile: 082 555 4905


  • Lotto Funding Crisis: Struggle to Hold NLB Accountable

    The frustrations experienced by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) when applying for lotto funding came under spotlight when a group of NGOs marched to the National Lotteries Board (NLB) offices on 27 January 2012 in Pretoria.

    The march highlighted NGOs’ concerns regarding the Lotto which are well-documented in a study undertaken by the Funding Practice Alliance, the class action to the Western Cape High Court and other related issues.

    Shelagh Gastrow of Inyathelo - The South African Institute for Advancement argues that the march highlighted the growing national anger over the way the NLB distributes public funds. Gastrow slammed the NLB for its “Epic failure of the board to fulfil its stated mandate to distribute funds to NGOs that make a difference to the lives of all South Africans, especially the most vulnerable.”

    The situation has also irked the fury of the opposition, Democratic Alliance, which expressed the view that there is a ‘growing trend’ where needy charities are being overlooked by the NLB in favour of African National Congress-aligned organisations. The DA also questions the way board members of distributing agencies are appointed.

    Meanwhile, government’s intention to amend the National Lotteries Act to speed up the processing of applications for funding is an encouraging step in the right direction. However, we hope that such amendments will translate in the removal of existing bottlenecks.

    Below are some of the articles previously published on NGO Pulse in relation to the Lotto issue:

    We invite NGO Pulse readers to share with us their views about the Lotto funding situation and its implications for the sustainability of many NGOs. Comments and articles should be e-mailed to


  • Lotteries Bill Widens Minister’s Powers – NGOs

    The National Lotteries Bill, which is the subject of public hearings before the portfolio committee on trade and industry tomorrow and Friday, has the potential to fundamentally change the structure of civil society in South Africa.

    According to representatives of civil society organisations, the potential for fundamental change stems from the controversial proposal that the minister be allowed to appoint an ‘organ of state’ to conduct the National Lottery.

    Shelagh Gastrow, the executive director of Inyathelo: The South Africa Institute of Advancement, which is a member of the Funding Practice Alliance, is quoted as saying that the primary concern was that the bill opened the door for a state-run lottery rather than one run by an independent entity with an independent board. 

    To read the article titled, “Lotteries bill gives minister wider powers,” click here.

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  • NLB Collaborates to Help Stakeholders

    In a breakthrough effort to further improve relations with, and assistance to its beneficiaries and applicants, the National Lotteries Board signed collaboration agreements with the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa, Black Lawyers Association Legal Education Trust, Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), National Development Agency (NDA), National House of Traditional Leaders; South African Graduates Development Association, and South African Local Government Association (SALGA).
    This follows the commitment of the National Lotteries Board (NLB) to the 1 800 delegates at its 2013 Stakeholder Indaba to engage with various structures to provide assistance to the many smaller rural non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community-based organisations (CBOs) that have less resources and expertise than their more urban and established counterparts.
    “In processing the thousands of applications we receive each year we see that many deserving proposals are declined because the applications do not comply with regulations. We also find shortcomings in reports submitted and non-compliance with the Grant Agreements that our beneficiaries sign”, says NLB chairperson, Professor Alfred Nevhutanda.
    Under the chairpersonship of Professor Nevhutanda, the NLB continues to make improvements on its mandate to spread the proceeds of the National Lottery across South Africa and to ensure that the lottery proceeds help improve the lives of the vulnerable.
    The Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa; and the National Development Agency are both committed to a strategic goal that will develop the capabilities and capacity of civil society organisations to effectively design, implement and manage their organisations so that they can access and utilise resources that will lead to self-reliance and better livelihood for their communities.
    Collaboration with the Black Lawyers Association Legal Education Trust and the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission will focus on areas of governance and compliance with relevant and applicable legislation including the Lotteries Act, Companies Act, Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and Treasury regulations.
    To focus on assisting prospective applicants in the more rural parts of South Africa, the NLB has signed a collaboration agreement with the National House of Traditional Leaders that commits to assist their more rural NGOs and CBOs in the application process and the managing of projects.
    With the ever increasing number of unemployed graduates, the South African Graduates Development Association will use graduates on its database to assist non-compliant NGOs and CBOs to achieve compliance and thereby access funding.
    The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) will assist the NLB in developing capacity in rural NGOs and CBOs, make recommendations for projects in their jurisdiction and also assist the NLB with venues for the expansion of the NLB workshop and helpdesk programme.
    “Now that we have signed the Memorandums of Understanding, we are drawing up the required Service Level Agreements and will commence the programme of assistance as a matter of urgency”, says NLB chief executive, Charlotte Mampane.
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  • NGOs Urged to Use Lotto Funding to Create Jobs

    The National Lotteries Board (NLB) has urged non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to create jobs with the grants it awards to them.

    Speaking at the National Lotteries Board Indaba and Inaugural Awards in Johannesburg, NLB chairperson, Prof. Alfred Nevhutanda, warned the beneficiaries to be transparent and accountable to avoid getting into trouble with the law.

    Nevhutanda stated the need for the NLB to measure the impact of the funds it distributes to NGOs, adding that government, through the Lotteries Act Amendment Bill, aims to relax clauses that make the application process very difficult, especially for the newly-established organisations.

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  • Lack of Funding Threat to NGOs - Ntuli

    The Department of Social Development says that there are 85 000 registered non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on its database, with 18 000 organisations added annually.

    Speaking at the National Lotteries Board Indaba and Inaugural Awards in Johannesburg, the department’s deputy minister, Bongi Maria Ntuli, pointed out that during the Nonprofit Organisation Summit, which was held by the department in 2012, it became clear that all the NGOs – who continue to provide services to the communities, operate under the environment characterised by lack of funds.

    Ntuli, who described Lotto funding as a ‘lifeline’, urged the Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, to channel Lotto funds to organisations to ensure that beneficiaries’ lives improve for the better. 

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  • NGOs Challenged to Make NLB Work

    The Alliance of Youth NGO (AYONGO), an umbrella body of youth non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in South Africa, says South Africa needs to have events such as the National Lotteries Board (NLB) Indaba and Inaugural Awards, so that NGOs can find solutions to challenges such as the delay in the distribution of grants.

    AYONGO chairperson, Kenneth Thlaka, who described the NLB as ‘our local agency’, urged NGOs not only to criticise when necessary and to also contribute to finding long-lasting solutions to the challenges it faces in order for it to work for all South Africans.

    Thlaka argued that civil society wants a funding model that caters for the work done by civil society organisations (CSOs), adding that CSOs should introspect themselves in order to make constructive inputs.

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  • NGOs Should Not View Interventions in Isolation

    Afrika Tikkun, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) providing education, health and social services to children, youth and their families through centres of excellence in South African townships, has urged NGOs not to view development interventions in isolation.

    Afrika Tikkun chief executive officer, Marc Lubner, points out that while corporate social investment (CSI) fluctuates in South Africa, the other problem is that it turns to be ‘unaligned’.

    Lubner states that as international funding to organisations declines, NGOs can learn from Afrika Tikkun, which created a for-profit company whose profit sustains the organisations’ programmes, in a bid to diversify its funding sources.

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