NGOs to have it easy from Lottery Board

Alfred Nevhutanda The agency’s chairman says changes to the Lotteries Act will make it easier for NGO’s to apply for funding in future. Photo: National Lottery

JOHANNESBURG - The National Lotteries Board (NBL) plans on relaxing some of the qualifying criteria for Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) to get funding from the board.

It is holding an indaba with its beneficiaries in Ekurhuleni. The board distributes R2 billion a year to NGOs, and has faced a barrage of criticism in the past for its funding allocation.

In 2010, it awarded R40 million to the National Youth Development Agency to hold a youth festival dubbed the “Kissing Fest”.

NGOs have also criticised the agency for its slow turnaround time and its complicated application process.

The agency’s chairman says changes to the Lotteries Act will make it easier for NGO’s to apply for funding in future.

Alfred Nevhutanda, NLB Chairperson, said, “We’ve heard you, we collaborated with the department of trade and industry and today we are happy to announce that yes the department came up with a policy, that is going to be tabled as a bill that seeks to simplify the manner in which we adjudicate”
 

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