- National Lotteries BoardPlease note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.Opportunity closing date:Friday, October 12, 2012Opportunity type:Employment
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 email@example.com.
Enquiries: Mr Marks Thibela, Tel: 012 394 1102.
Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.
For more about the National Lotteries Board, refer to www.nlb.org.za.
For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.
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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:
Tel: 012 430 2630
Mobile: 082 555 4905
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:
- March to the Lotto Offices
- NLB CEO Resigns
- Charities to Demand Answers Over NLB Grants
- Department to Amend the Lottery Act
- Lotto Board Won’t Pay for Audit – Nevhutanda
- NLB Blamed for NGO Closure
- NLB to Act on Alleged Irregularities
- NGOs Urged to Bring Graft Proof
- NLB Failure is Also Minister’s Fault
- NGOs Lose Funding to ANC – DA
The Department of Trade and Industry is calling for public comment on the draft Lotteries Amendment Bill.
This follows an announcement by Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies, at the recent National Lotteries Board conference that government has launched a review of the Lotteries Policy Framework which he said will lead to the introduction of a lotteries Amendment Bill.
Davies also stated that his department wanted to make a number of changes to the Act as well as further regulatory reforms.
The deadline for submission of comments is 7 June 2013.
For more information or to submit your comments, refer to www.ngopulse.org/opportunity/call-comments-national-lotteries-amendment-act.Source:SANGONeT
- CORE & SANGONeT
The Department of Trade and Industry has recently published a draft Lotteries Policy following approval by Cabinet. The Lotteries Act regulates lottery activities and provides the basic framework for the management and operation of a National Lottery.
The draft policy proposes interventions to address the challenges identified in the implementation of the Lotteries Act, and as identified by various assessments to improve the performance of the distribution of funds raised by the National Lottery. A draft bill will flow from the policy proposals following consultations with various stakeholders.
Written comments on the proposed policy need to be submitted to the Department of Trade and Industry by 3 December 2012.
The objective of the public consultation is therefore to contribute to a consolidated and widely supported response to the draft Lotteries Policy.
Click here to view the draft Lotteries Policy, and here for a discussion document with initial comments in response to the draft Lotteries Policy, prepared by Phiroshaw Camay of CORE.
If you are not in a position to attend, please review the mentioned documents and forward your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
RSVP by Friday, 2 November 2012:
Dipuo Mahanyele, SANGONeT, Tel: 011 403 4935, E-mail: email@example.com
A light lunch and refreshments will be served from 12h30 - 13h00.
Event start date:05/11/2012Event end date:05/11/2012Event venue:Sci-Bono Discovery Centre (classroom 2A & B, 3rd Floor / east side entrance), cnr Miriam Makeba & President Street, Johannesburg, Map - http://www.sci-bono.co.za/Visit/GetHere.phpEvent type:Workshop
- The Department of Trade and Industry has published a draft lotteries policy following approval by Cabinet. The Lotteries Act regulates lottery activities and provides the basic framework for the management and operation of a National Lottery.
The draft policy proposes interventions to address the challenges identified in the implementation of the Lotteries Act, and as identified by various assessments to improve the performance of the distribution of funds raised by the National Lottery.
A draft bill will flow from the policy proposals following consultations with various stakeholders.
Written comment on the proposed policy is invited until 3 December 2012, and should be submitted to:
Department of Trade and Industry
Private Bag X84
Or hand deliver to Block B, 1st Floor, 77 Meintjies Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria; or fax to: 012 394 2442; or e-mail to: MLebotse@thedti.gov.za (for attention: Moeketsi Lebotse).
To view the draft Lotteries Policy, refer to http://www.dti.gov.za/invite_comments/Lotteries_policy.pdf.
Source:Department of Trade and Industry
- National Lottery Distribution Trust FundPlease note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.Opportunity closing date:Friday, November 2, 2012Opportunity type:Grants
Applications are invited from SASCOC, National Federations, Affiliates to National Federations, Provincial Academies of Sport, Municipalities, Universities, Further Education and Training Institutions, Affiliates to Provincial Federations (clubs, regions, districts & sub-unions), Recreation Organisations/Clubs, Schools, Provincial Sports Confederations. The aforementioned bodies can apply for funding as identified below.
The NLDTF will give preference to applications from organisations that advance rural, under-privileged and poor communities that support transformation & development; universal access to facilities; and reasonable accommodation to facilitate the inclusion of people with disabilities.
All applications must be completed on the prescribed FORM 2010/1 and in accordance with the 2012 Guidelines.
SASCOC may apply for all aspects of its mandate relating to the monitoring and delivery of High Performance Sport in South Africa. This includes talent identification and development through a proper national and provincial academy system in terms of infrastructure and High Performance Preparation Programmes. The application may include the implementation of the transformation charter, good governance and ultimate delivery of Team South Africa. SASCOC may also apply for attendance of congresses and conferences.
NATIONAL FEDERATIONS can apply for capacity building; High Performance Programmes, including training camps and international participation and hosting of international events; equipment for High Performance activities; hosting of National Championships; National competitive school sport tournaments for the purpose of talent identification; participation in international school sport competitions; and attendance of International Conferences/General Assemblies. National Federations may also apply on behalf of their affiliates. National Federations may apply for an amount up to a maximum of R2 million.
AFFILIATES TO NATIONAL FEDERATIONS can apply for equipment and kit for their clubs; capacity building; transformation and development (talent identification, equipment, transport); co-ordination of and participation in Provincial and National competitions; schools’ leagues and competitions from local to provincial level with a focus on athletes from both primary and secondary schools especially in rural areas. Affiliates may apply on behalf of clubs. Affiliates may apply for an amount up to a maximum of R1 million.
AFFILIATES TO PROVINCIAL FEDERATIONS (CLUBS, DISTRICTS, SUB-UNIONS & REGIONS) can apply for a contribution towards new basic facilities & upgrading of existing sports facilities with a focus on levelling, grassing and fencing; sports equipment and apparel; coordination of the participation in local leagues and Provincial competitions. Clubs may apply for an amount up to a maximum of R 200 000. Districts, Sub-Unions & Regions may apply for an amount up to a maximum of R 250 000.
PROVINCIAL ACADEMIES OF SPORT can apply for equipment for high performance and talent identification; athlete support (nutrition, medical & transport); contribution to upgrading facilities for satellites; support for provincial federations during camps; training of coaches, administrators and technical officials; training manuals (buying & printing and translating). Provincial Academies may apply for an amount up to a maximum of R1.5 million.
MUNICIPALITIES (Metro Municipalities, District Councils & Local Municipalities) can apply for a contribution towards new sports facilities and the upgrading of existing sports facilities where National Federations and affiliates to National Federations will have access. Municipalities may apply for an amount up to a maximum of R1 million.
UNIVERSITIES can apply for a contribution towards new facilities and the upgrading of existing sport facilities where National Federations and affiliates to National Federations will have access; sport specific research in collaboration with National Federations and the SASCOC; sport specific research equipment; hosting of sport code specific scientific conferences endorsed by the National Federation or SASCOC. Universities may also be considered for outreach programmes; sport capital equipment and Campus leagues. Universities may apply for an amount up to a maximum of R1.2 million.
FURTHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING INSTITUTIONS can apply for a contribution towards new facilities and the upgrading of existing sport facilities where National Federations and affiliates to National Federations will have access; outreach programmes; sports equipment and apparel; and Campus leagues. FET’s may apply for an amount up to a maximum of R1 million.
RECREATION ORGANISATIONS & CLUBS can apply for sports equipment for recreational activities. Only recreation organisations and clubs where the main focus is sport and recreation will be funded. Recreation Organisations and Clubs may apply for an amount up to a maximum of R 50 000.
SCHOOLS can apply for a contribution towards new facilities and upgrading of existing sport facilities; sports equipment and apparel; support for participation in school leagues and competitions. Schools meeting the application criteria may also apply on behalf of Section 20 schools, for mentorship purposes provided that a memorandum of understanding is signed between the two parties. Schools may apply for an amount up to a maximum of R 100 000.
PROVINCIAL SPORTS CONFEDERATIONS can apply for monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the transformation targets per sport; and a contribution for hosting Council and Annual General Meetings. Provincial Sports Confederations may apply for an amount up to a maximum of R 500 000.
ALL APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
- FORM 2010/1 - completed in full and submitted as soon as possible but by no later than 2 November 2012 with all the relevant documents identified in the prescribed form.
- Further information and proof of recognition as identified in the guidelines.
The prescribed application form (FORM 2010/1) and the 2012 Guidelines are available from:
National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund
Central Applications Office
Private Bag X 101
Hatfield Gardens, Block B
Corner Hilda & Arcadia Streets
Tel: 08600 65383
5 Landross Mare Street
Tel: 015 299 4660
East London Office;
Short Mill House, Quarry Office Park
Tel: 043 711 5000
Prospective applicants without access to the internet can obtain application packs via the NLB’s Information Call Centre on 0860 65383.
Applicants are reminded to submit their applications as early as possible. With each call for application, the number of applications to the NLB increases.
Prospective applicants are therefore requested to prioritise the activities they will apply for and ensure that the necessary quotations are included.
For more about the National Lotteries Board, refer to www.nlb.org.za.
To view other opportunities, visit www.ngopulse.org/group/home-page/other-opportunities.
The recent call by the National Lotteries Board (NLB) for stakeholder input to assist in identifying the focus areas for National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) funding has been positively received by major roleplayers. The input from stakeholders is streaming in steadily and the NLB has decided to extend the period for input to 22 May 2012 so that more roleplayers, especially those in outlying areas, can also use the opportunity to make valuable input.
Input into focus areas for funding in the sectors of Arts, Culture and National Heritage (including Environment); Charities; Miscellaneous Purposes and Sport and Recreation will help streamline the process and will be clearly identified in the next call for applications.
When identifying the focus areas, stakeholders should take into account Government Regulation 9340 of July 2010 that highlights that 50 percent of NLDTF funds are to go to rural, under privileged and poor communities. Beneficiaries of NLDTF funding have to be registered nonprofit organisations.
Stakeholders should identify five priority areas for funding within their sectors e.g. children (charities sector), film (arts, culture and national heritage (including environment sector), youth sport development (sport and recreation sector) etc.
Input from stakeholders should reach the NLB by no later than 22 May 2012 using the fax number and e-mail addresses below. This will be shared with the relevant distributing agencies and will assist in the planning for the next call for applications while taking into account the amount available in the NLDTF for distribution during 2012/2013 financial year.
The input forms are available at www.nlb.org.za/applicants-and-beneficiaries/pamphlets.html.
Those organisations without access to the internet, can obtain input forms by calling 08600 65383
Input can be sent by fax to: 086 555 7623
E-mail responses will be linked to the province from which the input comes as follows:
Date published:08/05/2012Organisation:National Lotteries Board
- Gauteng: firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Mpumalanga: email@example.com;
- North West: firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Limpopo: email@example.com;
- Free State: firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Northern Cape: email@example.com;
- Eastern Cape: firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Western Cape: email@example.com ;
- Kwa-Zulu Natal: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
The NLB would like to inform the public and other role-players that no media attended the NLB presentation to the Parliamentary committee. Extracts from the recording of the briefing were then used by certain media to publish articles which did not provide a proper context or afford the NLB an opportunity to comment before publication of statements attributed to it.
The NLB recognises the valuable and essential services provided by welfare organisations, like CWSA, across South Africa that supplements the services of Government. The support of the NLDTF for organisations like CWSA, its affiliates and the more than 15 000 other NGOS funded by the NLDTF is important in delivering services to South Africans, especially the vulnerable.
Prof Alfred Nevhutanda, Chairperson of the NLB said, “The NLB recognises and accepts that we have a clear mandate under the Lotteries Act to make funds available to applicants who follow correct procedure and meet prescribed requirements. The Board also regrets the perception created in the media that CWSA is becoming more and more dependent on NLDTF funding and that it has “completely stopped all other fundraising.””
As a result of the NLB information-sharing roadshow across South Africa in 2010, the number of applications for funding has risen drastically. In the Charities sector alone, the number of applications has more than doubled from 4 000 in 2010 to more than 8 500 in 2011.
In 2010/11, the Charities sector allocated R1,7 billion to over 1 500 beneficiary organisations. The funds available for the Charities sector for 2011/2012 is R790 million.
Professor Dasarath Chetty, President of Child Welfare South Africa, said “Child Welfare South Africa values the role that the NLB plays in supporting development in South Africa and in tackling the complex social problems that we as a country face. Child welfare organisations across the country rely on donor funds to deliver statutory and other services. In the present economic climate it would be extremely difficult for CWSA’s 263 member organisations and outreach projects to continue to deliver quality service to the community without the financial support from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, a partnership that is directly in line with addressing national priorities.”
The NLB and CWSA emphasises their commitment to providing assistance and programmes to children in need.
Aqula Creative Communications on behalf of National Lotteries Board and Child Welfare South Africa www.cwsa.org.za.
For any further information, interviews or photos contact:
Ms Charlotte de la Harpe on +2778 211 6701 or email: email@example.com
Sershan Naidoo – Spokesperson of the National Lotteries Board 012 432 1303 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley Theron - CWSA National Executive Director +2711 452 4110 or email email@example.com
NOTE TO EDITORS/REPORTERS
The NLDTF relies on funds from the proceeds of the National Lottery. The Lotteries Act and regulations guide the way in which NLDTF funding may be allocated.
The NLDTF wants the grants to make a difference to the lives of all South Africans, especially those more vulnerable, and to improve the sustainability of the beneficiary organisations.
Available funds are distributed to registered and qualifying non-profit organisations in the fields of charities; arts, culture and national heritage; and sport and recreation. By placing its emphasis on areas of greatest need and potential, the NLDTF contributes to South Africa’s development.
Child Welfare South Africa (CWSA) is an umbrella body that represents 263 member organisations and outreach projects in communities throughout South Africa. Together with its member organisations, CWSA forms the largest non-profit, non-governmental organisation in the country in the fields of child protection, child care and family development.
The intention of CWSA is to benefit South Africa, through our endeavours to create a child-friendly society by lobbying for legislation that is child friendly and advocacy. Over 2 million children and their family members and / or caregivers receive services from CWSA affiliates, branches and developing children’s organisations countrywide. This number is growing.
CWSA’s programmes are centred on making South Africa a safer place for children. Some of the major CWSA programmes include the Asibavikele: Let’s Protect Them programme - a national programme that facilitates community based care and support to children orphaned and made vulnerable due to HIV and AIDS in disadvantaged communities. The programme involves and relies on communities to identify Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and establish foster care and safe homes in all nine provinces.
CWSA also runs the Isolabantwana: Eye on the Child programme - a community based child protection programme that advocates for the collaboration of communities and formal resources when protecting children against abuse, neglect and exploitation.
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page/pressreleases .Date published:16/11/2011Organisation:Aqula Creative Communications
Statement from Professor Alfred Nevhutanda, Chair of the National Lotteries Board (NLB) on the NLB Consultative IndabaThe 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.
The NLB appreciated the manner in which matters were raised and discussed in the individual breakaway commissions and the constructive inputs received.
Recommendations from the NLB national indaba, 21 June 2011
The National Lotteries Board (NLB) held a two-day national indaba on 20- 21 June to meet with stakeholders from the nonprofit sector and review priority areas for funding as well as the current funding model in order to achieve maximum impact.
Priority areas for funding
Delegates suggested a range of categories in addition to those being funded currently.
Job creation, alignment of funding with government priorities and the funding of projects with income-generating potential were specific themes which emerged during discussions.
South Africa’s development needs have to be seriously considered when adjudicating applications and allocating funding.
Priority should also be given to emerging organisations especially in areas which historically did not have access to funding, for example the far rural corners of our country and to branches of large established NGOs so that the communities working with grassroots organisations are afforded maximum benefit. Capacity should be enhanced within smaller organisations that experience difficulty with accessing lotto funding.
The delegates suggested that the NLB considers funding SMMEs and co-operatives who are currently excluded because of their profit-making status. Whereas it was accepted that sometimes the NLDTF cannot approve funding for the entire requested amount and instead allocates only a portion of the requested amount, it was suggested that whatever funding was made available be done in a manner that allows for crucial operations and enables the beneficiary to further fundraise.
The members of the Distributing Agencies should be appointed on a full-time basis for a period of three to five years in order to streamline and speed-up the adjudication process.
Decentralisation of the application process with interventions such as localised help desks might provide the means to improve the level of applications by screening and short-listing of applications to ensure compliance with requirements.
The work of the Distributing Agencies must be done in accordance with clear reporting lines since the DAs work with the NLB but report to the Minister of Trade & Industry.
While it was recognised that the time between approval of application and payment has been significantly reduced, the same should be done from application to adjudication. Therefore clear timelines for the adjudication process should be determined and communicated in a transparent manner to applicants. This will assist the organisations in their planning. These steps should be coupled with more regular feedback to applicants to alleviate some of the frustrations that might be experienced. An electronic application tracking service is in the process of being implemented.
Within each sector, two application calls should be made annually.
Separate application requirements should apply to smaller applicants as current processes are cumbersome and restrictive.
Larger organisations with an established funding track record at the NLDTF should be allowed to access multiple year funding in order to reduce having to resubmit a whole application pack with each call. This will also help maintain project continuity.
Delegates felt that the NLB may not fit too well within the mandate of the DTI and that an alternative “home” for the NLB within government should be identified.
Interaction with government departments and other funders should be instituted to identify crossovers between NLDTF and other funders to prevent “double-dipping” (when organisations access funding for the same project from more than one funder).
Delegates felt that the NLB should increase the budget allowed for administration purposes (currently 2.4%) in order to capacitate the staff to serve the applicants’ needs better. Interventions such as staff training and assigning dedicated project officers to applicants were recommended.
The national structure of the NLB is answerable for overall operations. However, greater capacity should be allowed for in the provincial structures to contribute to the work and decision-making within the NLB – thereby reducing the volume of non-compliant applications.
There should be a clear identification of the appeal process that applies to declined applications.
Governance and risk
The opportunity to defraud the system was identified as a great risk to the NLDTF.
A number of measures were recommended to manage these risks:
- Stronger monitoring and evaluation of funded projects. This may entail decentralisation of monitoring function to provincial or local teams, so that monitoring and evaluation can happen on an ongoing basis;
- Reporting methods should be simplified and streamlined, including a financial template, so that beneficiaries can comply with the requirement easier;
- Monitoring interest earned while grant is in beneficiaries’ bank accounts. Currently, interest has to be returned to the NLDTF.
The applicants need to align themselves with the requirements of the PMFA.
Risks experienced by beneficiaries include that their board members sometimes double-up as staff members, or that board or staff members act as service providers to their organisation.
Fundraisers were identified as a means of reducing the amount that goes to actual projects since fundraisers solicit applications in the guise of approved NLDTF agents and charge high amounts for submitting applications.
Accountability of the Distributing Agencies to the NLB should be ensured through the deployment of an oversight committee for the distribution of funds. This will address issues of the conflict of interest of Distributing Agencies.
The delegates welcomed the NLB’s initiatives to introduce a fraud hotline, which is being finalised.
- Redefine the function of the Distributing Agencies, NLDTF and the NLB - roles, focus areas and accountability;
- The re-examination and broadening of categories in terms of numbers and distribution;
- Differentiation: match complexity of the process and the ask to the complexity and the process inter alia: smaller asks - a simpler process;
- Capacity building and mentoring of smaller organisations, or form partnerships to access NLDTF funding;
- Reinforce integrity through internal controls. Minister of Trade and Industry: development and formulation of Code of Conduct (to handle these types of conflict - may include Ombudsman);
- Further investigation on the matter of natural persons;
- Implement quick fixes (those that do not need legislation).
For more information contact:
Tel: 012 432 1303
For more about National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, refer to www.nlb.org.za/nldtf.asp.
To view other NGO press releases, visit: www.ngopulse.org/group/home-page/pressreleases.
Date published:21/06/2011Organisation:National Lotteries Board