Gambling Sectors

Legalised gambling modes in South Africa


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 fulfil 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 23 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 betting on horse racing & sport.    

The gambling industry continues to grow with Gross Gambling Revenue (GGR) almost doubled over the past decade reaching a total of R30 billion in the financial year 2018/19 and employing over 30 000 people (direct employment). 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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