Ball in new lotteries board's court

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Pretoria - Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has entrusted the seven new members of National Lotteries Board (NLB) with the responsibility to ensure compliance in the sector.

Davies yesterday expressed his confidence in the board whose tenure began on 2 December.

The board is chaired by Professor Alfred Nevhutanda, who is currently a member of the Arts and Culture Distribution Agency of the NLB.

Advocate George Negota, a practicing attorney, has also been appointed a member of the NLB. His appointment will ensure compliance with the legal requirement set in the Lotteries Act, 1997, for a legal practitioner to be appointed on the board.

The appointment of chartered accountant, Mathukana Mokoka will ensure compliance with the Act for an accountant to be appointed. Obed Shabangu has also been appointed because of his articulation of developmental issues in the context of government policy and the Act.

Ndileka Loyilani, who has worked with non-governmental organisations as well as Govindasamy Reddy, who has extensive knowledge in grant making processes, have also been appointed.

Deputy Director-General for the Consumer and Corporate Regulation Division at the Department of Trade and Industry, Zodwa Ntuli, has also been appointed. Ntuli is responsible for the lottery and gambling policy and legislation, including implementation.

The minister is confident that the new board will take forward measures to expedite processes relating to the distribution of funds to worthy causes.

"This board will also be responsible for overseeing of the licensed national lottery operator, Gidani, and to advise the Minister on matters relating to the national lottery," the Ministry said.

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