31 August 2017

South Africa: Gaming the Lottery - Billions Pour Into SA Olympic Body's Coffers

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The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has received more money than any other organisation since the SA Lottery was launched in 2002. Out of a total of R5.6-billion allocated under the Sports and Recreation category, about R2-billion of this went to SASCOC and its affiliates. By RAYMOND JOSEPH.

When new criteria for funding from South Africa's Lottery were announced earlier this year, the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) was quick to condemn the move.

Tubby Reddy, Sascoc's now suspended chief executive, complained that two of the changes "downgraded" them to an umbrella body: one introduced a 12-month "cooling off" period between grants, while the other put a cap of R5-million on funding from the Lottery.

The National Lottery Commission (NLC), which is charged with adjudicating on grant applications, was quick to respond with a toughly worded press release.

In it they pointedly said that Sascoc, along with "some NGOs", had become dependent "on one source of funding" and the cooling off period between grants was introduced to prevent this from happening." Such dependency is exactly what the legislation was meant to prevent, the NLC said.

The NLC added: "Sascoc has received over R700-million from...

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