SAYC PRESENTATION ON THE LOTTERIES AMENDMENT BILL AUGUST

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SAYC PRESENTATION ON THE LOTTERIES AMENDMENT BILL AUGUST 2013

SAYC PRESENTATION ON THE LOTTERIES AMENDMENT BILL AUGUST 2013

WORKING BRIEF ABOUTTOGETHER SAYC WE CAN DO MORE • SAYC is a voluntary association

WORKING BRIEF ABOUTTOGETHER SAYC WE CAN DO MORE • SAYC is a voluntary association of civil society youth organizations • Represents the interests of young people that are organized in a vast spectrum of involvement including – political youth organizations, – faith based youth formations, – student organizations, – business sector, – arts & culture formations, – Broader youth NGOs and – single issue based youth organizations • SAYC provides a platform to unify these interests • SAYC represents the youth sector in – NEDLAC – NSA – SETAs – APRM – SANAC – Pres High Level Economic Council

WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE GENERIC COMMENTS • The need to amend the

WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE GENERIC COMMENTS • The need to amend the NLA was discussed by the national conference of the SAYC • The NLC must be positioned as a strategic development partner • The NLC should not be viewed as a panacea to all funding challenges • The quantitative output the NLC should be balanced with impact • In order to achieve impact, the programmatic choice and design of must be underpinned by the following considerations and imperatives: – – Low entry barriers Accessibility Reach Scale

WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE PRINCIPLES • The amended Act should instruct the

WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE PRINCIPLES • The amended Act should instruct the work of the NLC to be guided by the following principles: – – – – Development Responsiveness Transparency Accountability Redress Equitable allocation of resources Effectiveness and Efficiency

WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE DISTRIBUTION AGENCIES • The Act must introduce coherent

WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE DISTRIBUTION AGENCIES • The Act must introduce coherent institutional mechanisms between the NLC and the NLDTF • The Distributing Agencies should account to the Commission • Members of the DAs should be appointed by the Board • Members of the DAs should be suitably qualified experts who serve on a part-time basis to adjudicate applications – Ministerial appointments vs full time staff – Blurred lines of operational accountability – Increased costs of full time staff • The chairpersons of the DAs should sit as ex-officio members of the board • The adjudication function must be anchored by an efficient administrative support system that minimises turn-around time through checking of mandatory qualification of applications

WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE ORGAN OF STATE • The concept of the

WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE ORGAN OF STATE • The concept of the Organ of State is vague and ambiguous • We see the role of government in this regard as providing a conducive environment for business to operate; not to compete • If not properly institutionalised, the organs of state might not have the ad hoc technical capacity to run the lottery, including: – ICT – Systems – Human Resource • The NLC should be capacitated to run the lottery in case of a delay in awarding the license • The Act should provide for the Minister to appoint a care-taker company to run the lottery for a period not exceeding 30 months

WORKINGOF TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE FUNCTIONS THE COMMISSION: • We commend the mandate

WORKINGOF TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE FUNCTIONS THE COMMISSION: • We commend the mandate to “Conduct Research on worthy good causes that may be funded without lodging an application” • This will enable programmatic relevance and responsiveness of the NLC • It will provide the necessary flexibility to respond to immediate and emerging community needs • Research will enhance the capacity of the NLC to generate knowledge to inform its planning • Good Practice vs Improving Lives • Upon defining the strategic fit, the worthy good causes will have to submit proposals that provide project details and budget • The Commission must be empowered to “Solicit applications for grants from worthy good causes” • This will promote and support the spirit of self-initiative

WORKINGOF TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE FUNCTIONS THE COMMISSION • We welcome the clause

WORKINGOF TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE FUNCTIONS THE COMMISSION • We welcome the clause to enable the Commission to “promote public knowledge and awareness” • This should include appraising communities of the common mistakes various organisations make in their funding applications (to mitigate in advance) • In discharging this responsibility, the Commission should also leverage already existing platforms of APEX bodies especially of sectoral organisations to access their networks • Public education and awareness should also be linked to capacity building • Appointment of the Commissioner: – 2 B(a) to include performance of the core mandate of the Commission

WORKING WE CAN DO MORE MEMBERS OFTOGETHER THE BOARD • “At least four members

WORKING WE CAN DO MORE MEMBERS OFTOGETHER THE BOARD • “At least four members of the board shall be persons who are not in the service of any sphere of government” • This should include due consideration for designated groups i. e Youth, Women, and People with disabilities

WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE BOARD COMMITTEES • “Any delegated function so performed

WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE BOARD COMMITTEES • “Any delegated function so performed shall be deemed to have been performed by the board” • The functions delegated to the Committees must be reported back to the board • The outcomes (decisions) of the Committees must serve as recommendations to the board for approval • This section should also provide space for the board to establish ad hoc advisory panels on specific issues of interest at the time

WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE LICENCE • We propose that the initial duration

WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE LICENCE • We propose that the initial duration of the licence should be ten (10) years • The option of extension by the Minister for a period not exceeding 24 months is supported • “The Minister may after consultation with the board vary any condition in the licence. . . ” – This proposed power of the Minister in consultation with the board should be balanced with an option for the board to advise the Minister of a necessity to vary the licence conditions

WORKING TOGETHER AMENDMENT OF SEC 28 WE CAN DO MORE • 26(b) “The distributing

WORKING TOGETHER AMENDMENT OF SEC 28 WE CAN DO MORE • 26(b) “The distributing agency shall consider applications for grants and may pay such grants. . . ” • Consistent with our view of clear lines of accountability, We propose that the DA should adjudicate and approve applications • The Commission should effect the actual payment • This will bring about proper checks and balances between the work of the DAs and the Commission

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS § We welcome the balancing of the audited financial statements with independently

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS § We welcome the balancing of the audited financial statements with independently reviewed statements § This will give an opportunity to small community based organisations who are doing great work in their communities to access funding like well established organisations who might even be doing less work § The stringent requirement of three years audited financial statements was an unintended hindrance to small organisations and promoted a league of traditional beneficiaries § This balancing will bring about redress and equitable allocation of resources according to needs

GOVERNMENT PRIORITIES § We highly commend the spirit of the amendment bill in creating

GOVERNMENT PRIORITIES § We highly commend the spirit of the amendment bill in creating synergy between the work of the NLC and the government priorities § Government priorities and civil society work are not mutually exclusive (False line) § If not align with government priorities, who’s priorities? ? ? § Alignment with government priorities does not mean funding government budget deficit or providing budget relief § Upon adoption of plans like the NDP, they cease to be government plans and become those of society as a whole § The Act must compel the NLC to align its work with the mainstream development agenda in line with the NDP, local economic development imperatives, any relevant sectoral strategies, etc.

CONCLUSION § There is a seeming overload of duties to the Minister throughout the

CONCLUSION § There is a seeming overload of duties to the Minister throughout the Bill § The thrust of the Bill should provide space for collaboration of efforts and minimise duplication and enforce sustainability of efforts beyond the NLC input

THE END! THULANI TSHEFUTA PRESIDENT: SOUTH AFRICAN YOUTH COUNCIL ttshefuta@gmail. com 072 015 7957

THE END! THULANI TSHEFUTA PRESIDENT: SOUTH AFRICAN YOUTH COUNCIL [email protected] com 072 015 7957 § THANK YOU