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The National Lotteries Commission (the NLC) notes the petition in circulation for the immediate distribution of funds to NGOs to assist in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. In compliance with the gazetted regulations of the National Lockdown, all NLC operations have been suspended.
The NLC has however availed R 50 million to the Solidarity Fund that was announced by President Ramaphosa through its Proactive Funding mechanism, to assist in efforts to cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on South Africans. This, in line with the Lotteries Act of 1997 as amended, and in consultation with the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Mr. Ebrahim Patel. In consideration of the lockdown and its impact on operations, and the health of our staff and stakeholders, the opening of applications for funding for 2020/21 has been postponed from 1 April 2020 to 4 May 2020.
These applications will be subject to the regular legislated funding process. Payments are currently in process for applications from the financial year 2019/20 that have been adjudicated, approved for funding and have grant agreements in place. The NLC is conscious of the needs of South Africans as a whole in the face of COVID-19, and supports the collective efforts of government to bring relief through the Solidarity Fund, which is intended to, among other goals, ‘support those whose lives have been disrupted by the pandemic’, and ‘prevent the spread of the disease’ (www.solidarityfund.co.za).
The fund also accepts donations from individual members of the public, and the NLC joins government in urging all those with the means to do so. We are stronger together.
Ndivhuho Mafela Head: Stakeholder Relations, Marketing and Communications National Lotteries Commission
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