LOTTERIES SOUTH AFRICA South Africa: Gambling On Secrecy 2 months ago Samuel Post Views: 181 The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) is a ‘Goliath’, funding ‘worthy causes’ to the tune of about R1.3-billion annually. But when a couple of media ‘Davids’ started investigating just how worthy some of those causes were, a ragtag ‘astroturf army’ sprang up to make common cause with the NLC and its bid to keep beneficiaries secret. It must have seemed like a good idea at the time, but if the plan was to silence questions, then it has backfired badly. On 5 June an organisation calling itself the United Civil Society in Action (UCSA) resolved to institute legal action against GroundUp, a nonprofit news site which focuses on matters affecting vulnerable communities. The UCSA resolution was aimed at stopping GroundUp from publishing details about beneficiaries awarded grants: who got money via the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), how much, and what they did with it. A second target was the NLC itself, though this was a red herring because UCSA and the NLC were entirely on the same page regarding the need to keep beneficiaries secret, as we shall see. For 18 years the NLC had the practice of publishing details of beneficiaries who received a portion of the Lotto money that gets paid over to it for distribution. These were routinely attached to the NLC’s annual report – and sometimes the NLC even boasted about particular projects. However, in November 2019, the NLC announced that for the first time it would not publish beneficiary lists and amounts. The NLC invoked a section of the Lotteries Act, but the inescapable conclusion from what went before and came afterwards is that this was a pretext prompted by challenging reporting on some of the NLC’s projects that emerged in late 2017 and has continued ever since. At the centre of that reporting were two lonely voices: Anton van Zyl, publisher of the Limpopo Mirror, and Ray Joseph, a veteran freelancer given space and support by GroundUp to pursue the story. In November 2016, Joseph attended the African Investigative Journalism Conference at Wits University. Over drinks with global colleagues, they discussed the possibility of an investigation into the transnational links, architecture and impact of the global lottery industry. (…) Read the Full Story HERE 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: National Lotteries Commission, South Africa, UCSA Continue Reading Previous Diversity of the gambling industry in Burkina FasoNext Springbok Casino revamps mobile game lobby More Stories BETTING SOUTH AFRICA The Best Rugby Betting Sites in Africa 4 hours ago Peter Situma CASINO SOUTH AFRICA A venue fit for a queen! 1 day ago Samuel ONLINE SOUTH AFRICA South African Gambling Regulator Stated Online Casino Is Illegal 6 days ago Samuel CASINO SOUTH AFRICA South African’s Favorite Games 1 week ago Peris Wambu ONLINE SOUTH AFRICA How Can I Bet Online From South Africa Using Bitcoin 1 week ago Samuel ONLINE SOUTH AFRICA South African regulator issues warning on igaming 1 week ago Samuel 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. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.