Article by: Natalie Müller
Following a successful 10 year tenure as the first female Commissioner to hold office at the National Lotteries Commission, Mrs Charlotte Thabang Mampane has officially bidding a gracious farewell to the commission.
Mampane tendered her resignation on August 15, 2022 following a successful decade long tenure as Commissioner of the NLC.
About the National Lotteries Commission (NLC):
The NLC was established in terms of the Lotteries Act (No. 57 of 1997),as amended to regulate the National Lottery, sports pools as well as other lotteries, including society lotteries to raise funds.
The NLC (formerly “National Lotteries Board”) opened its doors in 1999 under the Lotteries Act (No. 57 of 1997).
The act mandated the board to distribute a portion of the revenue from the National Lottery and sports pools to good causes through the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF).
Mrs. Charlotte Mampane joined the NLC in year 2012 following her appointment as the CEO of the commission, for an Initial 5 year term, which was then further extended by another 5 years. The extension was crucial to the change, growth and stability accompanied by her leadership prowess and her eagerness to drive change in disadvantaged communities across the nation, by implementing fair and inclusive grant funding processes for applicants.
As a women in a leadership role, Mampane has made it a priority to assist organisations that fight the scourge of Gender-based violence (GBV), as it is squarely in the national dialogue and as it should be. During her term, the NLC has increased its support and funding of various organisations that assist victims of GBV, including shelters where vulnerable women and children can find refuge.
Mrs Charlotte Mampane ends her term on a high note as she celebrates and reflects on the unsullied work she has contributed to and the knowledge she has imparted, not only on her colleagues but on the beneficiaries whose projects she has supported during her 10 years with the Commission.
Funding for impact:
In a country plagued by poverty, unemployment and inequality, achieving the vision of the NLC is critical. During her tenure more than 90% of funding has been directed to rural and township development as well as underprivileged communities, which are dominated by citizens of color.
Catalysing social upliftment has remained at the forefront of the collective minds of the team led by Commissioner Mampane, as they pursued everyday efforts that culminate in large scale change.
During the financial year, the NLC was able to fund worthy causes amounting to R1.3 billion, across the sectors of Charities, Arts and Culture and Sport and Recreation.
Food security and water preservation were areas that featured prominently during the year, including the funding of approximately R60 million to support micro-agricultural projects in six provinces, targeting women in rural areas. This, alongside projects aimed at restoring human dignity to thousands of children through sanitation projects in rural schools, in support of the Department of Basic Education.
Supporting an enabling environment:
The NLC’s Executive Committee (EXCO), led by Commissioner, Thabang Mampane, had been required to apply principles of openness and transparency, exercise the functions assigned to it in accordance with the Lotteries Act, as well as other applicable laws and best practice.
Mampane has been key to encouraging a supportive and enabling environment as the NLC exists to create a sustainable lotteries and sports pools sector, wherein participants are protected against illegal operators and funds are generated through licensed operators to support the non-profit sector.
Since inception, the NLC has licensed three operators, each to run the National Lottery and Sports Pools, with the NLC ensuring, among others, that proceeds from the National Lottery intended for good causes are maximised while safeguarding all lottery participants.
Since her appointment as the commissioner, Mampane has remained mindful of the advent of 4IR, which has only been accelerated by the Covid19 pandemic in the past 3 years – acknowledging both its benefits and challenges. While the lottery industry remains competitive, local lotteries are finding themselves competing with foreign games due to the growing prevalence of these technological platforms. Online gaming is providing more options for consumers but also threatens the revenue generated by traditional lottery operators.
While the global lottery industry endeavours to come to grips with these rapid changes, the NLC is driving innovation to curb the scourge of illegal lotteries. Where operators are found to be in contravention of the Lotteries Act, we aid them toward compliance.
It goes without saying that the regulatory activities of the NLC are the foundation for the secondary mandate of funding, and our regulatory approach is aimed at creating an enabling environment for existing and prospective lotteries and sport pools operators to grow the sector and maximise revenue generation for good causes.
Final words from Commisioner Mampane on her tenure:
‘It was an honour for me to be afforded an opportunity to lead an organisation mandated to regulate the lottery industry and most importantly, ensuring that proceeds from the sale of lottery tickets were distributed to good causes.
I have learned and seen great projects implemented by members of civil society through NLC’s funding, changed people’s lives and restored their dignity.
“Personally, I have learned humility, I have learned to appreciate the ability of women to join hands,work together and change lives of communities”.
“It has been tough and rough,but it has been a fulfilling responsibility. I thank the amazing members of civil society,the wonderful NLC winning team,and the Board”.
“I wish to extend my gratitude to the staff of the NLC who have worked tirelessly to ensure we achieve our goals. To the Board and Exco, thank you for your fearless leadership in challenging times. And finally, to our shareholder and other stakeholders, thank you for your continued support”.