SOUTH AFRICA NW Gambling Board paid over R1m to companies linked to its chair 3 years ago Samuel Post Views: 753 Eyewitness News has learnt that the North West Gambling Board paid over R1 million to companies linked to its chairperson Lavelle Vere. Documents in EWN’s possession show that the companies were paid with funds meant to develop the community. Two sources said the money was part of a R5 million donation by Sun City Resort as part of its cooperate social investment. Vele did not deny the payments but insisted there was nothing untoward about them. When the Gambling Board received the funds from Sun City Resort, the intention was to spend them on community development projects. But EWN understands companies linked to the board chair walked away as beneficiaries. In August last year, the gambling board paid R300,000 to an NGO Bokone Bophirima Craft Design Institute. Vere features as a director there. He told EWN the funding was for a themed dance event. Earlier this year, another payment of over R100,000 from the funds was paid to an organisation called TTT Foundation for the leasing of a truck to load confiscated illegal gambling equipment. Vere is a former director of the organisation and admitted its mandate was to advance the arts. And just a month ago, R600,000 was paid by the Gambling Board to the South African Dance Foundation whose chair, Frans Seema, serves together with Vere as directors of Bokone Bophirima Craft Designs. Despite the evidence, Vere denied he personally benefitted from the funds or that he exerted influence on the gambling board to make the payments. Source: ewn.co.za About Post Author Samuel I am a journalist specializing in gambling in Africa and around the world. I am particularly interested in stories about games and casinos. See author's posts SamuelI am a journalist specializing in gambling in Africa and around the world. I am particularly interested in stories about games and casinos. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Tags: gaming board SA, South Africa Continue Reading Previous Does gambling law in South Africa slow the economy of the country?Next South Africa – Drop in bookmaker turnover and prize cuts More Stories LOTTERIES SOUTH AFRICA Key legal files involving Lottery’s multimillion 18 hours ago Szarlot BETTING HOT NEWS SOUTH AFRICA Sports betting, turnover is growing but so are suspicious matches 19 hours ago Iwo Bulski CASINO SOUTH AFRICA Where in the world are the most luxury casino destinations? 2 days ago Szarlot BETTING SOUTH AFRICA Analyzing the top 5 online sports betting platforms in South Africa 4 days ago Szarlot EXPERTS SOUTH AFRICA Operators Betting Big On Africa’s Booming iGaming Industry 5 days ago Iwo Bulski CASINO SOUTH AFRICA Sun International bets big on gambling growth 5 days ago Iwo Bulski LOTTERIES SOUTH AFRICA Lottery scandal: R1m paid to influencer in South Africa 1 week ago Samuel CASINO SOUTH AFRICA Sun International on a roll as gamblers spend big after pandemic 1 week ago Samuel CASINO SOUTH AFRICA Kimberley’s Flamingo Casino comes of age 1 week ago Szarlot EXPERTS SOUTH AFRICA Three weeks until Big Africa Summit 2023 2 weeks ago Iwo Bulski EXPERTS SOUTH AFRICA Gambling sector is taking no chances with its future 2 weeks ago Samuel EXPERTS SOUTH AFRICA South Africa losing out on billions in online gambling taxes 2 weeks ago Szarlot Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.