Youth Encouraged to form NPOS to Access Lottery Funds and Help Community

The community of Hluhluwe in KwaZulu-Natal were encouraged to form non-profit organisations in order to access funds provided by the National Lotteries Commission (NLC). The plea made by the Grant Officer of the National Lotteries Commission in KwaZulu-Natal, Ms Thabisile Zondi. She was speaking during the education and awareness campaign held by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in the area today.

The objective of the campaign was to educate the public about the socio economic impact of alcohol abuse, legal and illegal gambling activities, how copyright can assist creative persons, debt relief measures to reduce the impact of high levels of over-indebtedness for certain over-indebted households in adverse economic circumstances, credit affordability and fundamental consumer rights.

Zondi said it was sad that most rural communities are unable to access lotteries funds due to the lack of knowledge and information on how the commission operates.

“We are here today to encourage the Hluhluwe community, especially the youth to form non-profit organisations and companies, trusts and foundation in order to access our funds and work towards building successful projects around their communities,” said Zondi.

Zondi urged parents to also encourage their children to form cooperatives that can assist in upscaling their skills and education. She said other government departments fund these cooperatives in different provinces.

The Ward Councillor for Hlabisa, outside Hluhluwe, Ms Nikeziwe Nxumalo said the information received today was of great importance to the community and for those who were looking for other alternatives to the lack of employment around the area.

She further said she would take it upon herself to make follow-ups for those who want to register their business and access the funds that the community was told about during the session.

Sidwell Medupe-Departmental Spokesperson
Tel: (012) 394 1650
Mobile: 079 492 1774
Issued by: The Department of Trade and Industry
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