The operation of the National Lottery is a massive undertaking which demands substantial investment in infrastructure and personnel. It is for this reason that each licence is granted for a minimum of five years.
The amount available for good causes is directly linked to the volume of ticket sales, so it is important to the NLC that the operator is effective, able to meet player demand in every corner of the country and equipped with fail-proof systems for making and recording sales.
The operator’s ability to communicate with the broad public is also a critical factor, so that players have easy access to the results of every draw.
Three licences have been awarded to date:
Uthingo Management (2000 – 2007)
Gidani (Pty) Ltd (2007 – 2014)
Ithuba Holdings (2015 – 2022)
The NLC has a Compliance Division that monitors the operation of the National Lottery by:
Fraudulent activities are detected from time to time. While the majority are dealt with by the security section of the lottery operator, criminal charges are sometimes laid and some cases are prosecuted.
The NLC sets high targets for the operator’s performance in terms of:
The operator’s record in terms of meeting these targets is reflected in every Annual Report.