Article by: Emma Clayfield
The National Lotteries Commision has announced that it will avail R150 million in relief funding, to Non- Profit Organisations struggling to stay afloat during these trying times.
The Covid-19 pandemic has left a devastating impact on many South Africans, including those in the NPO and NGO sector. Non profit organisations work tirelessly to provide solutions to those exposed to less fortunate circumstances. They provide for circumstances that contribute to our socio economic situations.
The National Lotteries Commission said in a statement “we are aware of the pivotal role that NPOs play in improving the lives of ordinary citizens and making our country a better place”.
The Minister of The Department of Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel made mention during his speech about the lockdown period and in addressing the pandemic, that The National Lotteries Commission, had made a generous contribution of R50 Million towards the Solidarity Fund, that was set up by the President as a response mechanism towards fighting the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The commission further released R10 Million to help those in less fortunate areas with food parcels and sanitary goods during the lockdown period through 54 NPOs nationwide.
The Lotteries Commission has come out in a statement pledging to assist NPOs, NGOs & NPCs who are struggling to stay afloat during the Covid-19 pandemic, by releasing funds to help towards the relief of expenses such as paying staff and maintaining the operations of these organizations during these troubling times.