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Uthingo Management Services
Address:
16th Floor SABC Radio Park Building Henley Road Auckland Park, ZA-2006 Johannesburg.
Postal Address: Private Bag X50, Auckland Park, 2006, Johannesburg.
Internet: www.uthingo.co.za
E-mail Address: player.thusong@nationallottery.co.za
Phone: (011) 715 5000
Fax: (011) 715 3300
Population: 45,129,400 October 2002
Chief Executive: Oupa Monamadi
Year Lottery Founded:
1999
Lotto was launched on March 2, 2000.
Scratch Cards were launched on October 23, 2000
Total Sales: 2002:
Total Sales: 2006:
ZAR3.7 Billion Rand
ZAR4.4 Billion Rand
Number of Employees: 280
On-line Vendor: GTECH
Instant Ticket Vendor: Scientific Games
ITVMs: None
Games Offered: National Lottery, Lotto / Lotto Plus, SportStake, Wina Manje Scratch Cards
Beneficiaries: Good causes, including welfare, arts and culture, sport, and more general causes in the ambit of the Reconstruction and Development Programme.
Jurisdiction: South Africa


Background Information

Uthingo is a Zulu word which comes from Uthingo lwe Nkosazana; meaning the Rainbow.
Uthingo Management (Pty) Ltd was the operator of the South African National Lottery until March 2007. It was formed in 1996 to compete for this right amongst a total of three consortia bidding for the licence. Uthingo is not tasked with the allocation of funds to beneficiary organisations, but is instead mandated to raise revenue for the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.
It is a fully Black Economic Empowerment compliant business, with 70% ownership locally, and the remaining 30% being owned by international players who provided the tools and knowledge to run a lottery effectively.
Uthingo lost the bid to renew it's license as the Lotto operator to Gidani after a legal battle and negotiations with the Ministry of Trade and Industry. During that period (March to October 2007) the South African National Lottery was suspended and the first Lotto draw after Gidani took over from Uthingo was on 13th October 2007.


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