Organisations must apply at lottery for funds

2016-09-21 06:00
TEBOGO TSOTETSI, director responsible for Lotteries Policy and Law at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

TEBOGO TSOTETSI, director responsible for Lotteries Policy and Law at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

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LACK of readily available information and access to the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) offerings was seen as a possible reason for the low uptake of lottery funds in the Northern Cape.

This is according to Tebogo Tsotetsi, director responsible for Lotteries Policy and Law at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Tsotetsi was part of the delegation that visited Kuruman and Upington in the Northern Cape on a two day lotteries awareness campaign to educate the public about the lotteries and provisions of the Lotteries Amendment Act of 2013.

They visited Kuruman on Wednesday, 7 September.

Speaking at the awareness workshop in Kuruman, she said the Northern Cape has been identified as one of the provinces with a low uptake of lottery funds.

She said the aim for the campaign was to balance the scale and to see that lottery funds were distributed equally according to the geographical spread of the country.

“We have observed that most applications received by the NLC are consistently from organisations that are based in urbanised provinces with those from rural and semi-rural provinces lagging behind,” she said.

Tsotetsi added that another factor owing to the low uptake of lottery funds was the poor quality of applications received.

“In some instances applications take longer to be processed because they are submitted with outstanding required documentation.

“Approcah NLC regional offices for assistance to ensure to address all the application requirements,” she urged.

Tsotetsi also cautioned the community to be on the look-out for scams that purport to represent the NLC.

“The NLC does not employ representatives to make applications on behalf of the organisations.

“The NLC will always contact you via written correspondence to ensure that all communication is recorded,” she concluded.

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