Jhb orchestra got R46m Lotto grants

2012-11-19 17:20
Johannesburg - Four grants totalling R46m have been paid to the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF).

"While we sympathise with their plight, we have to point out that there is no funding that is owing to them over and above what they have already received...," the National Lotteries Board (NLB) said in a statement on Monday.

"The NLB is concerned about statements made by the JPO that they will close their doors because the NLDTF has not funded them," it said.

The JPO's most recent application for funding was submitted on 28 April last year, a day before the deadline.

"This application has not yet been adjudicated," the NLB said.

"Applications are processed and adjudicated chronologically. If the current application is successful, the JPO will be advised."

Vigorous processes

It said the JPO's application would be favourably considered only if the board was satisfied that previous grants had been used in line with the grant agreement.

The NLDTF budget is R2bn.

In the last call for applications, the NLB received 13 500 applications with a combined fund request of R72bn.

"We reiterate that the NLB cannot guarantee funding to any applicant. There are vigorous processes that must be followed and the budget simply cannot guarantee that all successful applicants will be granted the amounts they request," it said.

Business rescue proceedings

On Friday, the Star reported that the JPO's staff and musicians were owed a minimum of R2.2m in salaries.

The orchestra held its last performance of the season in Parktown, Johannesburg, on Thursday evening.

Salaries for September and October were still outstanding, and 75% of the August salaries had been paid, fans were told at the performance.

Earlier this year, it was reported that the JPO had started business rescue proceedings and that a business rescue practitioner was helping it with a refinancing and restructuring plan.


  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-19 17:28

    Great - and at the same time charities closed down...

      byron.matthews.562 - 2012-11-19 18:12

      Charity starts at horns

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-19 19:04

      byron, don't blow your own trumpet.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-19 19:05

      byron, you should be drummed out of the community...

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-19 19:06

      byron, you belong in the woodwind section next to Malema...

  • Willie Olivier - 2012-11-19 17:54

    The JPO must move to Sandton and out of that rats nest! Most of their fans live in the Northern suburbs anyway. they will make more money

  • drake.murdoch.5 - 2012-11-19 18:24

    I actually feel sick to my stomach! R46 000 000 - ??? WTF!!!

      thandiwe.ngema.71 - 2012-11-19 18:30

      Cities are international acclaim and ambition all have a strong cultural scene which includes orchestras - look at European, American, Canadian, Chinese and Brazilian cities and you will see a strong cultural identity which includes symphonic music... If Johannesburg wants to grow into a world class city, fine art, and high culture needs attention.

  • Willie Olivier - 2012-11-19 18:29

    In any case, Johannesburg need a proper opera house like the one in Sydney, Australia, but it will only work if it is situated in Sandton, NOT in Hillbrow

      merthin.fitzgerald.98 - 2012-11-19 22:48

      I think that the JHB CBD is undergoing a revolutionary transformation and the Liner Auditorium is an appropriate home for the orchestra. Also i think that the majority of its partons live in Westcliff, Houghton and Parktown but i may be wrong.

  • flysouth - 2012-11-19 18:42

    Sounds like a lot but we are not told over what period this money was advanced - is it over one year or over 10 years? Shoddy and inadequate reporting.

      stirer.kathray - 2012-11-19 19:28

      I just have to smile all all the blogger would be journalists who seem to know about journalism than the professionals. Read the story knucklehead - the payout was as a result of an application made in April last year. It's not for a year or ten years - its a payout in terms of responding to a request. There; is that so difficult to understand. tsk tsk - shoddy reading.

      dave.elmore.5 - 2012-11-19 20:33

      Jeez, sure I thought I read that the orchestra had received R46m, their last request was in April last year which has not yet been adjudicated...... I just shouldn't read stories this late I suppose

      flysouth - 2012-11-20 10:18

      @stirer.kathray "Four grants totalling R46m have been paid to the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra". You need to practice your reading comprehension skills, dickhead. Yes the LAST application was made in April but there is no info about the 4 payouts already made!

      chyreene.truluck - 2012-11-20 11:20

      Actually stirer.kathray if YOU read correctly, the claim for April last year has not yet been adjudicated. The figure given was for all of the previous claims! Who is the knucklehead?

  • wonder.dila - 2012-11-19 20:07

    If they can't self sustain, they must close shop. Kalawa Jazzmee, 999 and other music houses sustain themselves through their art, no more hand outs for musicians who do not appeal to the spending market!!!

  • merthin.fitzgerald.98 - 2012-11-19 22:42

    I am very grateful that Johannesburg has managed to keep its philharmonic orchestra. Fine arts are always necessary. Furthermore, brilliant musicians hardly make enough money to survive. Unlike some of the negative comments made about the location of the orchestra, i feel that the Linder Auditorium is an appropriate home.

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-20 10:12

    Application made last April 2011 and its now Nov 2012= 19 MONTHS to adjudicate an application from an existing client?? WTF do those people who we pay do??

  • de.stig.9 - 2012-11-22 09:37

    Big up to lotto

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