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THE National Lotteries Commission (NLC) has noted with concern a statement issued by OUTA with regards to ablution facilities projects in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape. These projects were funded in response to challenges experienced by schools in the rural parts of these provinces, where the disadvantaged communities still struggle with the basic right to sanitation. The Eastern Cape leg of the project have been completed, with Limpopo a bit behind schedule. The NLC would like to put it on record that there is nothing unusual to pay money to an NPO to start a project. In their statement OUTA highlight that the “funds were paid to Zibfusion prior to their progress report”. The NLC funds NPO’s to go and source service providers for various projects. Our grant making system is such that after an allocation is approved, the NLC have 60 days within which to make payment and this is prescribed by legislation. The NLC has had engagements with OUTA between September 2019 and November 2019.The NLC invited OUTA on a verification visit of the ablution facilities with the proposed date yet to be finalised. The NLC is taken aback by OUTA’s lack of faith in their own agreement with us, what is of most concern is that the statement issued is riddled with inaccuracies and it does not come anywhere near representing the full ablution facilities project as funded by the NLC. We assure the South African public and our beneficiaries that the NLC remains committed to clean governance.

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