The Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, says Cabinet has approved the Lotteries Act Amendment Bill, which is aimed at reforming the lottery system.
Davies pointed out that the Bill is aimed at dealing with challenges such as the strict requirements for non-governmental organisations, poor relationship between the National Lotteries Board and the beneficiaries, and the delay in the distribution of funds, among other things.
He noted that the Bill proposes the appointment of full-time staff at the distribution agencies, since the current staff is working on part-time basis. He further said that staff at distributing agencies will only be appointed based on their skills and competencies and that those appointed will be forced to relinquish their interests in organisations that apply for Lotto funding.
The Bill will also ensure that the requirements for financial statements are in line with the Companies Act, which calls for stronger reporting on how the grants are utilised. In addition, Davies reiterated that 80 percent of the budget should reach the beneficiaries.
For more about the National Lotteries Board, refer to www.nlb.org.za/general-public.html.