Gambling Sectors

Legalised gambling modes in South Africa

Introduction

The National Gambling Board (NGB) draws its mandate from the National Gambling Act (NGA) No. 7 of 2004 (Act, No. 7 of 2004). The performance outcome of the NGB is to have an effectively regulated and continuous supervision of the gambling industry, which is a significant economic sector that upholds national and internationally recognised standards of compliance and consequently national and international industry reputation. The aim of a regulated gambling industry is to ensure that all role players involved in any gambling activity are brought within the broader regulatory legal framework. To fulfill its mandate, the NGB delivers on performance outcomes through strategic outcomes such as harmonisation in a dynamic legislative environment, compliance oversight of the Provincial Gambling Boards and the gambling industry in general, an integrated strategic information portal, leadership of the debate concerning new forms of gambling and the optimisation of organisational excellence. The strength of the NGB is informed by the past 15 years of regulating a gambling industry which was fragmented with low credibility from the pre-1994 era.

The South African gambling industry has over the years maintained a high level of integrity and NGB has provided leadership to the gambling industry. The NGB regulates the following legal forms of gambling in South Africa i.e. bingo, casinos, limited payout machines and racing & betting.

Over the past decade the gambling industry has grown into reasonable size e.g. representing R17 billion in Gross Gambling Revenue (GGR) in the financial year 2011 and employing 60 000 people. It is managed and operated by about ten (10) business enterprises, indicating that there are as many regulatory authorities (nine Provincial Gambling Boards and the NGB) overseeing the industry as there are business entities. Globally, the gambling industry in South Africa is recognised as a well-regulated industry.




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