South Africa: Lottery still owes Sithengi R1.9 million


With auditors wanting to dissolve the Sithengi Film and Television Market, the National Film and Video Foundation is taking legal action against the National Lottery over an installment of R1,9-million that was awarded to Sithengi in 2005, which remains unpaid. The event, held each November for the past 11 years alongside the Cape Town World Cinema Festival, hosted annually by the City of Cape Town, has been cancelled this year and its future is uncertain.

Formerly a platform for international cinematic exposure, the festival allowed participants from all stages of the film production process to network and collaborate with one another, while also allowing participants to experience films from diverse geographical locations, including Latin America, Asia and other African countries.

According to Jackie Motsepe, the head of marketing for the National Film and Video Foundation, the company would be taking legal action against the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund over the instalment of R1,9-million. The foundation assumed responsibility for Sithengi's affairs after Mike Auret's resignation as the chief executive of Sithengi in April. Elections for the new board will be held in Johannesburg on November 16.