amendments envisaged to the Act, to be provided with a direct independent reportingfunction to the Board, similar to that of an ombudsperson.
4. The process of receiving funds from the NLB must be simplified to improveservice delivery.
Whilst this proposal of a three tiered funding hierarchy of small, medium and largegrants is to be welcomed, some caution needs to be expressed. It is not the expressaim of the NLB to improve service delivery. The notion of service delivery as appliedcurrently in South Africa is to provide local authority services to the public. The Lotto Act envisages distribution of funds to deserving causes. The 2010 Regulationsenvisages distribution in three specific priority areas: the Charitable Sector, the Arts,Culture and National Heritage, and Sports and Recreation. The intention of the newregulations was to :Get the processes of the NLB to reinforce government efforts to relieve poverty,to develop our least developed areas, and to build a more equal society.[http://www.nlb.org.za/2010html]
5. The distribution of funds involves steps from application to final paymentwith adjudication being part of the process.
The intention to set turnaround times for each stage of the application is a sound onewhich will find support in civil society. An electronic tracking system could be easily putin place to facilitate the grant making process. It will assist in measuring theperformance of the Distribution Agencies and the Board. But grant managementprocess should not be the only aim. The review of the NLB should also have an inbuiltmonitoring and evaluation process. This process should on a random basis evaluateprojects funded and impact achieved. This is intrinsic to the work of the civil societyand development, ethics throughout the world.Whilst considering these aspects, the policy review should also spend some criticaltime on debating and resolving longer term grants for vulnerable sectors of South African society such as children, the youth and the aged. Such groups should be ableto access budget set asides from the NLB for on-going funding and essential welfarework.