NLDTF embraces the spirit of Mandela Month
- Created on 18 July 2012
Pretoria, 18 July 2012 – The National Lotteries Board paid out over R2 billion from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) to beneficiaries in the 2011/2012 financial year, which ended 31 March 2012. In the first quarter of the 2012/2013 financial year, the NLB paid out R437 million to beneficiaries.
The NLDTF is a prominent roleplayer in the South African funding arena that strives to ensure that it delivers on its mandate. Not all the decisions made for funding are popular but the NLDTF continues to ensure that all successful applications meet the criteria.
July is celebrated as Mandela Month and the staff of the NLB wanted to be involved in more than just processing applications for adjudication, and progress reports for payment. NLB staff wanted to be part of all South Africans honouring our great leader.
To this effect, staff have put together a programme whereby they would go to some of the NLDTF beneficiaries, roll up their sleeves and make a personal difference at these NGOs.
The NLB theme for the 2012 NLB Nelson Mandela Month Drive is Children.
In Limpopo, staff will visit Makhushane Drop-in Centre where they will help clean up the property and make a donation outside the recent NLDTF grant of R1,26 million.
In Gauteng, staff will visit Jakaranda Kinder en Gesinsorg Maatskapy (Pretoria), Moepathutse Children’s Home (Hammanskraal), Epworth Children’s Home (Germiston) and Leamogetswe Safe Home (Atteridgeville). Activities for the day will include painting, cooking and reading. The NLB will also make small donations to these chosen organisations over and above the grants they received from the NLDTF.
“The Board is overwhelmed by the initiative of our staff to make a personal difference to the vulnerable of our society in the name of our great leader, Nelson Mandela”, said Prof Alfred Nevhutanda, the NLB Chairperson and Acting CEO.
“It is important that we make time to help and add a personal touch even if our mandate is to make funding available to these worthy organisations. It is also an opportune moment for our staff to learn first-hand some of the challenges these NGOs face”