National Lottery can uplift Mandeni economy

2017-07-12 06:02
 Photo: suppliedMandeni community members at the awareness campaign.

Photo: suppliedMandeni community members at the awareness campaign.

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SPEAKER of theMandeni Municipality Makhosazana Zungu believes that services and different grants offered by the National Lottery Commission can go a long way in uplifting the community and local economy.
Zungu was speaking during the Department of Trade and Industry’s national education and awareness campaign on the Liquor, National Gambling, Lotteries Amendment, National Credit, Consumer Protection, Copyright, Performers Protection, and Companies Acts held in Mandeni last week.

According to Zungu, there are a lot of projects currently being run by local entrepreneurs and non-profit organisations (NGOs) that can benefit from the lottery grants and contribute towards the economy in the area.

“The DTI education and awareness campaign came at the right time. As the municipality we were looking at different funding models for all projects that are being run by the locals. The information session will make it more easy for our people to really know first-hand where they can receive assistance,” said Zungu.

Zungu added that Mandeni has facilities and infrastructure in the Isithebe Industrial Park that can be looked at for further investment especially for entrepreneurs and NGOs that are operating at home and paying expensive rentals. She said if more funding could be accessed by entrepreneurs and NGO’s more people could get employed and contribute to the growth of the local economy.

Nomonde Khumalo, an artist based in Mandeni, said the information session really assisted in outlining some of the things that they were struggling with as artists.
She said as local artists they found it hard to access or get in touch with the National Lottery Commission for some of the projects they organise for schools and locals in Mandeni.

“We now know what we need to do in order to get our applications considered for any funding and support. This has been a positive day for the arts, schools and those who are passionate about our work because we can now extend what we do to surrounding rural areas.”


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