Acts

Lotteries Act

Act No. 32 of 2013: Lotteries Amendment Act, 2013

 

The Lotteries Amendment Bill was signed by into law by President Zuma in December 2013.

 

To amend the Lotteries Act, 1997, so as to amend certain definitions; to provide for the establishment of a National Lotteries Commission; to provide for the extension of the powers of the board; to provide for the licensing of an organ of state to conduction the National Lottery; to provide for a clear accountability process for the distributing agency; to provide for the professionalisation of the distributing agency; to eliminate overlapping of functions between the Minister and the board; to provide for the removal of the reconstruction and development programme as a category entitled to be allocated money of the fund; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

The Lotteries Act (No 57 of 1997) regulates lottery activities and provides the basic framework for the management and operation of a National Lottery.

Part I of the Act deals with the National Lottery. Among other matters, it:

  • Establishes the National Lotteries Board and sets out how it should function.
  • Provides for the awarding of a licence to conduct the National Lottery.
  • Establishes the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF).
  • Outlines the broad approach to the allocation of NLDTF funds.

Part II of the Act regulates other lotteries, including private lotteries and society lotteries. It deals extensively with regulating society lotteries which are a means of fund-raising for non-profit organisations.

Part III of the Act comprises general provisions including regulations and penalties.

The Act came into effect in March 2000 and has been amended by:

  • Lotteries Amendment Act No 10 of 2000.
  • Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act No 12 of 2004.
  • Consumer Protection Act No 68 of 2008.

Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act

The Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act No 12 of 2004 contains wide-ranging provisions on corrupt activities. Its interest in relation to lotteries operations lies in:

  • Section 16 which deals with corruption in gambling and games of chance.
  • The amendments it introduces to the Lotteries Act in terms of dealing with charges and/or convictions under the Corrupt Activities Act of members of the National Lotteries Board and certified managers of society competitions.

Amendments to Lotteries Act

Consumer Protection Act

The Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act No 12 of 2004 contains wide-ranging provisions on corrupt activities. Its interest in relation to lotteries operations lies in:

  • Section 16 which deals with corruption in gambling and games of chance.
  • The amendments it introduces to the Lotteries Act in terms of dealing with charges and/or convictions under the Corrupt Activities Act of members of the National Lotteries Board and certified managers of society competitions.
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