LOTTERIES SOUTH AFRICA South Africa: Patel’s Spokesman Dodges Questions On Lottery 3 years ago Samuel Post Views: 893 GroundUp sent the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) questions on the National Lottery Commission’s sudden decision to no longer publish the names of its beneficiaries. But DTI spokesman Sidwell Medupe told us rather to focus on the Investment Summit in Johannesburg. About a third of money spent on Lottery tickets is supposed to go to good causes via the NLC. This year, for the first time in 18 years, the NLC decided to not publish the names of the beneficiaries of funding. In Parliament last week, NLC representatives told the trade and industry portfolio committee that they had taken this decision after complaints from beneficiaries that the publication of their names and the amounts they received led to people extorting money from them. The decision by the NLC follows exposés of several dodgy lottery projects, some of them involving Pretoria attorney Lesley Ramulifho. The NLC falls under the Department of Trade and Industry. Minister of Trade and Industry, Ebrahim Patel, has previously asked the Commission to pursue a criminal case in connection with a controversial R27.5-million Lottery grant awarded to a company controlled by Ramulifho to construct a drug rehabilitation centre near Pretoria. Following the Commission’s decision to keep its beneficiaries secret in future, GroundUp sent questions for the minister to Medupe. Medupe told GroundUp on the phone rather to focus on more important things like the Investment Summit that was happening last week in Johannesburg. “We’re bringing investors to the country, why don’t you write about that instead?” he asked. The following day Medupe sent GroundUp a Whatsapp message quoting religious writer Bishop Lalachan Abraham: “Character is grounded in integrity. Leaders must be honest, credible and completely trustworthy. A person with integrity doesn’t twist facts for personal advantage, is willing to stand up for what is right, keeps all promises, and can be counted on to always tell the truth. A person with integrity makes sound decisions, especially when faced with moments of indecision, temptation and conflict. Without integrity, no leader can be successful.” Then he sent links to several articles on the Investment Summit. Further messages via Whatsapp and SMS asking for a response to the queries sent to him were ignored. But he did send another Whatsapp message, this time quoting a Christie Hartman: “Don’t confuse confidence with arrogance.” He also sent GroundUp media statements and a 94-page document on “The politics of trade in the era of hyper-globalisation”. Source: allafrica.com 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: GroundUp, Lottery, National Lottery Commission Continue Reading Previous SA – CLOVER LINK™ launched in Africa at Emperors PalaceNext Delegation from Ivory Coast visited National Lottery Authority (NLA) More Stories EXPERTS SOUTH AFRICA South Africa starts regulating cryptocurrency exchanges 2 hours ago Samuel LOTTERIES SOUTH AFRICA Final call for R7.5m Powerball jackpot winner 3 hours ago Szarlot ONLINE SOUTH AFRICA Bitville Gaming South Africa Expands Its Product Bouquet through TVBET 17 hours ago Iwo Bulski BETTING SOUTH AFRICA Pragmatic Play Expands South African Footprint with World Sports Betting 1 day ago Samuel LOTTERIES SOUTH AFRICA Best Lucky Numbers Games in South Africa 1 day ago Iwo Bulski HISTORY SOUTH AFRICA Blackjack: Its history and how it became popular 2 days ago Szarlot KENYA LOTTERIES How much do people spend on lottery tickets over a lifetime 3 days ago Samuel LOTTERIES SOUTH AFRICA Someone bags R74m Lotto jackpot via a banking app 3 days ago Samuel EXPERTS SOUTH AFRICA Suspect arrested for robbery and impersonating Gambling Board official 4 days ago Samuel ONLINE SOUTH AFRICA How to watch eSports from anywhere 4 days ago Szarlot BETTING SOUTH AFRICA Hollywoodbets Announces Bafana Bafana Legend Teko Modise as a Brand Ambassador 7 days ago Samuel BETTING SOUTH AFRICA Pragmatic Play Expands South African Footprint with World Sports Betting 1 week 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.