Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe says the newly-launched National Lotteries Commission offices in Welkom in the Free State will increase investment in township economies.
Magwanishe made the assertion during his address on Wednesday to stakeholders at the launch in Welkom.
The provincial office will ensure that the services offered by the commission will be accessed with ease, thus validating the mission and vision of its work in the Free State, said the deputy minister.
“We encourage investment in social programmes for the upliftment of communities coupled with economic sector investment. We expect there will be more black industrialists for accelerated industrialisation and the creation of employment,” said Magwanishe.
He said social programmes selected by the provincial National Lottery Commission office will be aligned to producing more black industrialists in the Free State, increasing investment support for the rural and township economies in the region and developing Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises as well as capacity building to attract a pool of employment opportunities.
The Chairperson of the National Lotteries Commission Board, Professor Alfred Nevhutanda said the new offices were part of the infrastructure projects that they have been working on.
He said with more than R20 billion distributed throughout the years, the commission has built schools, clinics and sport centres in the province.
– African News Agency (ANA)