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The National Lotteries Board opened its doors in 1999 under the Lotteries Act (No. 57 of 1997).


The Act mandated the Board to:

  • Regulate the National Lottery as well as other lotteries, including society lotteries, promotional competitions and sports pools.
  • Advises the Minister of Trade and Industry on policy matters relating to the National Lottery and other lotteries.
  • Distribute a portion of the revenue from the National Lottery to good causes through the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF)
  • Improve the accountability of distributing agencies-to be appointed for five years
  • Remove reference to Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP)

Read the Lotteries Act of 1997 here 


Due to developments in legislation and in response to the needs of the nation, the following series of events took place.

February 2012:

The National Lotteries Board confirmed in that a review of the Lotteries Act was underway

April 2013:

The Act was approved by cabinet. Cabinet also approved the final recommendations of the lotteries policy at the same time

May 2013:

The bill was published for public comment

November 2013:

The bill was passed by Parliament and sent for assent

October 2013:

The national assembly passed the bill

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



The amendment of the Lotteries Act allows the organisation to:

  • Set up a National Lotteries Commission
  • Allow the Commission to pursue proactive funding
  • Allow for an organ of state to run the national lottery if need be

    • The state may only get involved in running the national lottery if a licensed operator failed to meet obligations as contained in the licence approval agreement.

In February 2015 the Lotteries Amendment Act (No 32 of 2013) was proclaimed.


In April 2015, the amendments to the regulations of the Act were gazetted.


The National Lotteries Commission was launched in June 2015.

The change of the National Lotteries Board into the National Lotteries Commission is not simply about the logo and brand. It bring with it tangible change that will improve the service and impact that South Africans experience with and from the organisation.


What has improved with the new brand?

  • Improved governance service, development of norms and standards, and stronger measures to fight fraud and corruption
  • Taking services to the people through the roll out of provincial offices. Contact Us
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) integration for information readiness and self-service options for beneficiaries
  • Improved turnaround times for adjudication processes
  • Robust monitoring and evaluation for compliance
  • Proactive funding based on research

Continuing stakeholder engagements


Funding impact


Budget allocation has increased for Charities and Sport & Recreation

Since inception, over R 18 billion has been distributed to good causes. The evolution of the NLB into the National Lotteries Commission will not affect our role as a Regulator of lotteries, Advisor to the Minister of Trade and Industry, and most notably, as a Distributor of funds to good causes.


What has not changed:


Our commitment to the vision ‘To be the Catalyst for Social Upliftment’ remains undeterred.


We will continue to protect the public through the regulation of lotteries and sport pools


Proceeds from the National Lottery are still deposited into the NLDTF for distribution to good causes – however, the logo that will now be displayed on beneficiaries’ projects going forward will be: