South Africa Set to Impose Stricter Gambling Regulations
South Africa has long had a tough stance on gambling. Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies has officially tabled the National Gambling Amendment Bill which has existed in various forms since 2016. In terms of the amendments several changes will be implemented which include a change to the current gambling laws as well as changes to the current gambling structure.
Some of the key changes include changing the National Gambling Board to become the National Gambling regulator. Transferring the regulation of bets on the national lottery, foreign lottery and sports pools to a national Lotteries Commission.
Regulation of casinos would be strengthened to include limiting payout machines and bingo as well as limiting the number of bingo licenses that will be granted nationally.
Other measures include banning dog racing and bets on dog racing in South Africa. In the horse racing industry a self-regulating body will be put in place as well.
Gambling premises will also be subject to restrictions that include separate and hidden entrances for gambling areas located inside public spaces like shopping malls and complexes.
Black empowerment will also be provided for in the gambling industry with an emphasis on individuals applying for gambling licenses.
In terms of advertising there are also restrictions proposed in the bill. South Africa has been a steady increase in GGR with gambling which has been by increased by “smartphone penetration improved awareness of sportsbook brands, increased mobile data availability and the ability to conveniently transact from a smartphone.”
Estimates are that South African GGR will grow by 24% this year.