Flood victims get R50m lotto boost

2011-01-27 22:56

Pretoria - Victims of recent flooding will get R50m in aid from the National Lotteries Board.

"The R50m is an allocation towards the relief efforts being managed by the National Disaster Relief Fund. The fund is currently preparing an urgent formal application," board chairperson Alfred Nevhutanda said in a statement.

The allocation for relief efforts would come from the miscellaneous purposes category of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), which made up five percent of total funds available for distribution, and was administered directly by members of the board.

The decision to support flood relief efforts was made at a board meeting in Pretoria on Wednesday.

"The board and all of South Africa are touched by the devastation caused by the recent floods. We believe that the allocation from the NLDTF will be seen by lottery players as their way of helping their fellow citizens to re-build their lives," he said.

Meanwhile on Thursday afternoon the social development department announced in a press statement it had provided assistance to 6 256 families, more than half of them in Gauteng.

In Limpopo 950 families had received help and 687 in the Northern Cape.

Spokesperson Abram Phahlamohlaka said 2 420 people were still awaiting aid.

  • kznsc - 2011-01-28 07:36

    The official bank of the ANC, WHY is the books of the LOTTO not available to the public?????????? Is this where the Goverment is going to get the money from for 5m jobs or housing for the homeless???????or is it only available for ANC Parties? Transparency is NOT a policy of the ANC or it seems of the LOTTO, I wonder WHY

      PB - 2011-01-28 08:18

      This is so true!!! Wonder how much more is being kept there in the piggy bank...

  • tkotze - 2011-01-28 07:36

    Thanks Lotto, really glad to see the money went to the people who need it, not youth organisations to plan a nice big party to try and be big

      Beverley - 2011-01-28 08:38

      Setting a good example of routing funds where it is needed!! Welldone to the National Lettery!

  • charlesh - 2011-01-28 07:38

    Wow, that is so big of the National Lotreries Board! R50 million for 6256 families affected by flooding and yet they gave R40 million to some crappy world youth festival! We can see where their priorities lie!

  • watalife - 2011-01-28 08:29

    Glad to see LOTTO money spent well for a change. What about the farmers who produce for the nation? No i guess its not important for them to produce.

  • Charlton10 - 2011-01-28 09:37

    What about the farmers?? They received nothing. This is an ANC ploy to get more votes for next years elections or erections.

      watalife - 2011-01-28 09:48

      Ditto. They the ANC/Lotto will do nothing that is seen as constructive towards the farmers. Useless bunch thats all i can say. they forget that if they dont have food they cant eat.

  • brianR - 2011-01-28 09:58

    Eventually money well spent, but i guess tomorrow it's back to sponsoring sports teams again

      Melly30 - 2011-01-28 10:18

      Or more useless parties!!

  • ronbonjon - 2011-01-28 11:32

    50 Million - disgusting, cannot believe they even announce that amount, the ANC um sorry Lottery Board should be ashamed, thats a fraction of what is needed

  • kilo39 - 2011-01-28 13:41

    I would rather support victims directly or NGOs on the ground. LOTTO have proved that they cannot be trusted and I for 1 will never buy a ticket again. I urge like minded people to boycott the LOTTO.....your reward will be in giving direct to the needy, because lets face it, you and I will never win the jackpot.....some things you must just accept. Boycott Lotto now !

  • VikingRon - 2011-01-28 15:50

    Hope there are a couple of white families among the help recipients, even if they vote for a party other than the ANC

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