South Africa Proposes New Gambling Legislation

Published Tuesday, July 24, 2018 -
South Africa Proposes New Gambling Legislation

South Africa has a thriving online gambling industry and terrestrial based casinos. The government has been working on the National Gambling Amendment Bill since 2016 in an attempt to challenge South Africa’s main gambling legislation and implement stricter protocols and revising the current regulations.

South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies has presented the proposed amendment bill, which has extended consequences for casinos, betting pools, and informal online gambling sites. The bill sets out stronger rules and regulations for gambling in the nation.

The 49-page Amendment Bill features changes for the gambling structure and regulations in South Africa. The National Gambling Board is being repositioned as being responsible as the country’s gambling regulator.The proposed legislation will see the National Lotteries Commission assume the regulation of all bets on the national lottery, foreign lottery, lottery results and sports pools.

South Africa is determined to curb online gambling activity as a recent report revealed “While land casino gambling, sports and horse race betting, limited pay out machines and bingo is 100% legal in South Africa, online gambling is not, with the exception of sports, horse race betting and various lotteries (including the National Lottery).This means there are no South African-based online casino, poker or bingo sites. The result is that South Africans who choose to gamble online can only do so at offshore-operated and owned online gambling sites, which is considered to be unlawful under South Africa’s current gambling laws (Chapter 2, Part B of the National Gambling Act 7 of 2004).”

Other changes include recognizing a self-regulating body for the horse racing industry. As well as providing for broad-based black economic empowerment in the gambling industry. Notably this will apply to individuals applying for gambling licences.  The imposing of gambling advertising restrictions and the requirement that unlawful winnings are to be be forfeited to the National Gambling Regulator are also aims the legislation proposes.


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