In the past few weeks, there has been yet another huge public outcry on the functioning of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) and this has provoked a range of talk (and a lot of hot air too) about how we can go about fixing things to make one of the larger national development funders in South Africa, work better.
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.
The Distributing Agency for Arts, Culture and National Heritage, established in terms of the Lotteries Act (No. 57 of 1997), is in a position to consider applications for funding from the proceeds of the National Lottery in a targeted call for applications aligned to regulations published in Government Gazette No. 33398.
Items 2 and 3 of part 1 of Gazette No. 33398 states that:
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 Distributing Agency for Charities is once again in the position to consider applications for funding from the proceeds of the National Lottery.
In adjudicating the applications, the Charities Distributing Agency will focus on the following areas:
Since 2010, a coalition of concerned civil society organisations (see below) has studied, researched and engaged with politicians and officials in both National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) - ‘the Lotto’, and the National Development Agency (NDA) on various aspects of governance structures and operations of these agencies.
Recent developments including court judgements last year and usurped powers of a Distribution Agency as well as the withdrawal of agreed funding from various non-profit organisations lead us to issue a public call to:
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 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.
Sitting at the Lottery Indaba was an insight - but probably not in the way that Lotto intended. Instead of showing up the flaws in the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) systems, it highlighted that the root problem is amongst ourselves: amongst NGOs who are hankering after a past funding model, instead of looking forward.
Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, 20 June 2011
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
Next week the NLDTF will host a national consultation in Midrand with civil society to examine the functioning of the entity in relation to it's mandate. It will hopefully provide an opportunity for real engagement as opposed to a platform for the NLDTF to tell us what it is doing...