As stated in the National Gambling Act, 7 of 2004, ‘‘bingo’’ means a game, including a game played in whole or in part by electronic means:

(a) that is played for consideration, using cards or other devices:

    i.  that are divided into spaces each of which bears a different number, picture or symbol; and
    ii. with numbers, pictures or symbols arranged randomly such that each card or similar device contains a unique set numbers, pictures
        or symbols

(b) in which an operator or announcer calls or displays a series of numbers, pictures or symbols in random order and the players match       each such number, picture or symbol on the card or device as it is called or displayed; and

(c) in which the player who is first to match all the spaces on the card or device, or who matches a specified set of numbers, pictures or      symbols on the card or device, wins a prize, or any other substantially similar game declared to be bingo in terms of section 6(4).

Of the nine provinces in South Africa, bingo has been rolled out in six provinces namely Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal in FY2018/19 (as at 31 March 2019).  A total number of 52 (out of 56 licensed) bingo halls were operational as at 31 March 2019 of which 11 were operational in Gauteng, 15 in Eastern Cape, 9 in KwaZulu-Natal, 6 in North West, 6 in Mpumalanga and 5 in Limpopo.

The bingo operators which are operational in South Africa are represented by Galaxy Bingo operational in all provinces offering bingo for play i.e. Gauteng,  KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West and Eastern Cape; Goldrush operational in five out of six provinces namely Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, North West and Eastern Cape; Great Bingo operational in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, Vegas Bingo operational in Limpopo and North West, Boss Gaming operational in Eastern Cape, and Viva Bingo in Mpumalanga. The table below shows that, there was a total of 8 610 operational bingo positions across all the bingo operators, of which more EBTs (7 391) than traditional bingo positions or seats (1 219) were operational as at 31 March 2019.

GGR generated in the bingo sector represents 5.1% of the total amount of GGR generated by all licensed gambling modes during FY18/19, making bingo the lowest contributor of GGR generated in FY18/19. Although extremely high increases in GGR were recorded since FY12/13 to FY14/15 (i.e. increases in GGR generated by 67.7% from FY12/13 to FY13/14, and by 52.5% from FY13/14 to FY14/15), a decrease of 16.2% was noted from FY14/15 to FY15/16. A further decline of 2.4% was recorded between FY16/17 and FY17/18 mainly as a result of less GGR generated in Gauteng during FY17/18 compared to FY16/17. This was followed by rebound in GGR growth of 26.6% between FY17/18 and FY18/19 which can be attributed to increases in the number of bingo positions in Limpopo, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal in this period. Taxes/levies collected from bingo have increased from R22 million in FY09/10 to R156 million in FY18/19.


Quarter 1

1 Apr – 30 Jun 2018

Quarter 2

1 Jul – 30 Sep 2018

Quarter 3

1 Oct – 31 Dec 2018

Quarter 4

1 Jan – 31 Mar 2019

Operational bingo outlets





Operational bingo positions

7 991

8 375

8 693

8 610


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