The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Bulelani Magwanishe says the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) has maintained its profile as the largest funder of South African civil society organisations and that it has showed its ability to lead social change through their impact in communities. Magwanishe was speaking at the Gauteng NLC stakeholder engagement in Mogale City last night.
“The government and organs of states would not have an itinerary of achievements if it were not for the dedication and guidance offered to our investments through the NLC. Therefore, as an intervention of government, the National Lotteries Commission, has represented our agenda towards social upliftment and development,” said Magwanishe.
Magwanishe said one of the notable achievements in Gauteng by the NLC is the R15 million contribution towards the creation of a world-class movie Kalushi in honour of the struggle hero Solomon Mahlangu.
“The department is equally proud to note that the Commission is also driving the Credo Mutwa Museum project to be launched this financial year. Our participation in identifying projects across the country will continue to be strengthened. It is therefore encouraging to observe that the NLC is committed to the optimisation of beneficiary support,” he said.
Magwanishe urged the Commission and all partners involved to prioritise youth-led initiatives in the areas of enterprise development, training, skills and education especially in the month of June.
The indaba served as an opportunity to share the NLC successes and reflect on the past 20 years of service delivery. It is also used as a platform to identify gaps and challenges faced by beneficiaries. Since 2000 the NLC has distributed more than R21 billion to its beneficiaries.
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