New lottery funding regulation a threat to National Arts Festival and other NGOs

A controversial new lottery funding regulation could pose a threat to the iconic National Arts Festival (NAF) in Grahamstown.

The news emerged in a letter the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) sent to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on behalf of an informal coalition of non-government organisations.

Regulation 14 prevents beneficiaries from applying for funding for a year after receiving their last grant‚ which the LRC says could result in funding droughts of up to 24 months.

Tony Lankester, CEO of the National Arts Festival, says the regulation will affect his organisation from 2018 onward.

We received our last transfer funding from the National Lottery Commission in October last year. So we may not apply until October 2017.

Tony Lankester, CEO of the National Arts Festival

But it means come 2019 we may not be able to apply because the cooling off period will still be in place.

Tony Lankester, CEO of the National Arts Festival

Lankester explains that the regulation will affect every single non-government organisation in South Africa because the lottery contributes billions, yearly, towards the sports, the arts and charities.

This is an unintended consequence of a well-intended regulation, he says.

Listen to the interview in the audio below:


Recommended

by THE NEWSROOM

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Cape Town's alleged underworld extortionist charged with murder

Cape Town's alleged underworld extortionist charged with murder

Details of Nafiz Modack and Jaques Cronje's involvement in the stabbing of a bouncer at Cubana in Green Point have emerged in court.

DA starting to look more like ANC as factional battle unravels, says  Haffajee

DA starting to look more like ANC as factional battle unravels, says Haffajee

Mmusi Maimane has his work cut out for him trying to repair DA's reputation ahead of the 2019 elections, says Ferial Haffajee.

Award-winning journo reflects on death threats and bribes over govt exposé

Award-winning journo reflects on death threats and bribes over govt exposé

Reporter Sipho Masondo faced death threats and bribes over his investigation into corruption at the Department of Water Affairs.

Imagine winning R21.5 billion in a lottery!

Imagine winning R21.5 billion in a lottery!

Americans are clamouring for tickets to Wednesday’s Powerball lottery, with a world record jackpot of R21.5 billion.

Ithuba Holdings: It's business as usual

Ithuba Holdings: It's business as usual

Ithuba insists that the license is indeed valid despite High Court ruling. We speak to Ithuba CEO, Charmaine Mabuza for clarity.

New lottery operator ‘tata ma chance’ and stakeholders say they're losing out

New lottery operator ‘tata ma chance’ and stakeholders say they're losing out

The National Lottery Board addresses why the change of operator has caused some dissatisfaction for players and businesses owners.

Popular articles
Meet the inspirational man who has lived with HIV since birth

Meet the inspirational man who has lived with HIV since birth

Ntimbwe Mpamba shares his life's journey of living with HIV. He is the longest living person with HIV in Africa.

Historical victory as Parliament passes paternity leave bill

Historical victory as Parliament passes paternity leave bill

The Labour Laws Amendment Bill seeks to regulate the right of parental leave for South African fathers and adoption leave.

Soon you may not be able to light up in public (indoors or out!)

Soon you may not be able to light up in public (indoors or out!)

The Dept of Health is looking to introduce draft legislation that includes a complete ban on all smoking in public areas.

'If you don't like dagga, you're not going to like the future', says lobbyist

'If you don't like dagga, you're not going to like the future', says lobbyist

The Clear Option's CEO, Quintin van Kerken, says the State has failed to make a convincing argument against legalising cannabis.

Dr Viwe Mtwesi is South Africa's youngest black female cardiologist

Dr Viwe Mtwesi is South Africa's youngest black female cardiologist

Dr Viwe Mtwesi spoke to Relebogile Mabotja about her achievements and commitment to serving people through her work.

Almost 30 million SA ID numbers compromised after site hacked

Almost 30 million SA ID numbers compromised after site hacked

Independent Marketing Consultant in the Technology Space, Andrew Fraser says this looks like a leak and not a hack.

'The university degree is dead'

'The university degree is dead'

Flux Trends founder Dion Chang gives five reasons why he believes getting a degree is past its sell by date.