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National Lotteries Commission Seeks Chairperson

September 8, 2020

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

The trade, industry and competition department seeks nominations for Chairperson of the National Lotteries Commission (NLC).

The call for nominations was published in Government Gazette 43682.

Nominations are also sought for a non-executive member of the NLC.

According to the notice, the NLC was set up by the Lotteries Act to monitor and enforce the implementation of the national lottery and the establishment of private lotteries and promotional competitions.

The anticipated appointment date is 1 December 2020.

The term of office for both positions is five years.

Nominations are invited until 21 September 2020.

The department recently briefed the portfolio committee on trade and industry on an update on the NLC investigation.

The department commissioned an independent investigation into multimillion-rand Lottery-funded projects.

A report on the investigation of the remaining three projects is expected by 15 September 2020.

The NLC also briefed the committee on, amongst others, measures existing or introduced or strengthened to ensure that the conflicts of interest with the approval of projects are minimized; whether any measures have been introduced or strengthened to ensure that projects were delivered as agreed and met the requisite standards; the procedure to vet NPOs being granted funding; support to NPOs during the lockdown period/NLC’s contribution to COVID-19 and progress on COVID-19 relief funding.

Measures to minimize conflicts of interest with the approval of projects include all pro-actively funded projects are independently adjudicated by the Pro-Active Funding Quality Assurance Committee; applicants/beneficiaries are also asked to declare any possible conflict when submitting applications; beneficiaries requested to ensure full disclosure by their service providers and contractors regarding any relations they may have to the NLC and a conflict of interest vetting system linked to key government institutions such as the Central Supplier Database and the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission introduced that is applied throughout the Grant Funding and Supply Chain Management value chain including vetting of employees’ annual disclosures.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 43686, the department published draft standards for comment in terms of the Standards Act.

Draft standards include wind energy generation systems-part 25-1: communications for monitoring and control of wind power plants-overall description of principles and models; wind turbines part 25-2: communications for monitoring and control of wind power plants-information models; nanotechnologies-use and application of acellular in vitro tests and methodologies to assess nanomaterial biodurability; chemicals used for treatment of water intended for human consumption; water quality-enumeration of escherichia coli and coliform bacteria – part 2: most probable number method and high-voltage fuses part 1: current-limiting fuses.

New standards include steel wire and wire products for fencing and netting-part 3: hexagonal steel wire mesh products for civil engineering purposes; solid mineral fuels-determination of phosphorus content-reduced molybdophosphate photometric method and hard coal-determination of hardgrove grindability index.