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BMM Welcomes Obed Mathabe as Technical Compliance Manager for BMM South Africa

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BMM Testlabs, the world’s best gaming testing laboratory and technical consultancy, is pleased to welcome Obed Mathabe to our South African office and test lab based in Kyalami, Midrand as Technical Compliance Manager.

Zeena Rossouw, VP, Operations & Sales Africa commented, “We are very pleased to welcome Obed to BMM South Africa to join our established Technical Compliance Management team. With his prior experience in Gaming Technical Management in the Operator space, Obed brings with him vast knowledge and product familiarity accumulated over his many years in the business.

Mathabe obtained a Certificate in Management Development Program, NQF 6 issued by the University Stellenbosch. He has extensive skills in Advantage Machine Accounting and Casino Management Systems. Mathabe has held positions as a Gaming Technical Manager at Tsogosun and at Silverstar Casino and also as Lead Technician at Tsogosun.

Rossouw continued, “Obed’s ability to be client focused, coupled with his strong aptitude for product compliance in the Technical Compliance domain is a strong suit to be added to our BMM office in South Africa.

Kirk White, EVP & General Manager APAC & Africa added, “Having someone with Obed’s experience joining our growing team in South Africa is great for BMM as we continue to expand our business in 2018. The demand for our on-site inspection and compliance testing services have increased dramatically in the last 6 months as a result of our commitment to deliver quality services on time for our customer base. This covers Casino & LPM games, bingo products, gaming systems and online sportsbetting for all of Africa.

Obed Mathabe, Technical Compliance Manager: obed.mathabe@bmm.com m: (+27) 60 995 2461 t: (+27) 11 466 9419

 

About BMM:

BMM is the longest established and most experienced private independent gaming certification lab in the world, providing professional technical and regulatory compliance services to the gaming industry since 1981.

At its core, BMM is a systems-expert company that has provided consulting for and tested many of the largest gaming networks and systems over the last 36 years. In addition, BMM has been successfully testing and certifying the full scope of Class III casino products for over two decades.

BMM authored the first set of independent gaming standards in 1992 and the first set of online gaming standards in 2001.

BMM employs some 325 people in 13 global locations and serves over 440 jurisdictions.

BMM’s world headquarters are in Las Vegas (USA), with offices in Mexico City (Mexico), Lima (Peru), Melbourne and Sydney (Australia), Singapore, Macau (SAR, China), Moncton (Canada), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Barcelona (Spain), Vienna (Austria), Bologna (Italy) and Midrand (South Africa).

For more information on BMM Testlabs, please visit bmm.com

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Kenya may reduce gambling taxes

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Kenya’s inconsistent gambling policy could take another U-turn if the new tax proposal is approved. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta reportedly declined to sign the new Finance Bill, 2018, which proposes a new gambling tax regime of 35 per cent. The president returned the bill to the parliament to revise the proposals. The president, reportedly, wants a gambling tax rate of 15 per cent.

For starters, here is a summary of Kenya’s summersaults in gambling tax rate. President Kenyatta himself signed legislation in June 2017 that boosted gambling taxes from as low as 5 per cent (for lotteries) and 7.5 per cent (for betting operators) to a new uniform 35 per cent rate for all gambling products. The new rate officially kicked in on January 1.

Since Kenyatta signed on the bottom line, gaming companies have fiercely lobbied legislators to reduce their tax rate to something they believe does not make their Kenyan operations unworkable. Two such reprieve efforts have already gone down to defeat, including an amendment to the Finance Bill that was rejected earlier this month.

Kenya’s Treasury Secretary had originally sought a truly nutty 50 per cent gambling tax and the 35 per cent rate was a compromise measure proposed by Kenyatta himself. Kenyatta previously resisted efforts to keep taxes at their earlier rates due to his stated desire to curb Kenyan youth’s gambling participation. It is unclear what might have prompted Kenyatta’s current about-face on this issue.

Business Daily quoted a National Assembly legislator familiar with the contents of Kenyatta’s memo saying there was little appetite in parliament for reopening the gambling tax debate due to the “social impact” of gambling. “This is where we are going to differ with the president.”

The anonymous parliamentarian failed to mention the impact that the tax hike has had on local sports bodies, as large betting operators such as SportPesa cited the tax hike as justification for scrapping its existing sports sponsorships, then renewing some of these deals at reduced rates.

Compounding matters, local sports bodies are complaining that the government has yet to release the portion of the Sh8b (US$79.3m) in new gambling taxes collected that are supposed to help fund their operations. The Standard quoted Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa saying that the treasury is waiting for parliament to approve the release of the funds.

 

Source: CalvinAyre

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South Africa makes progress in gambling legislation

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Houses of Parliament entrance, Cape Town, South Africa
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Gambling legislation has been a hotly debated topic in South Africa, especially the newly proposed National Gambling Amendment Bill. The latest news is that the legislators are closer to reach an agreement over the proposals of the bill. Garron Whitesman, a Cape Town-based gaming lawyer sounds optimistic.

“Whilst it is still very early days in the process, it appears that a positive watershed moment may have been reached in policy as the position overtly adopted by the members of the Portfolio Committee was materially different to that adopted a number of years ago when the issue was previously considered,” Whitesman told news to industry media outlet and added: “A much more realistic and sensible view seems to be being adopted by the parliamentarians ultimately responsible for the setting of gambling policy in South Africa.”

It would be useful to remind the readers that the legislators from both the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and the opposition Democratic Alliance members were critical of the content of the bill.

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Helio Gaming strikes Hammer Lottery deal

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Richard Mifsud, Helio Gaming CEO (centre) shakes hands on the deal with Olumuyiwa Awosile, MD at Hammer Lottery (right) in Lagos, Nigeria
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First game to go live later this month

 

Games from innovative lottery supplier Helio Gaming are to go live in Nigeria for the first time after the supplier agreed a deal with Hammer Lottery.

Hammer Lottery operates a number of popular lottery products and will add Helio’s suite of tailored jackpot games in order to give players further chances to win big from small stakes.

An operator-branded 6 of 25 game, costing 100 Naira a ticket and drawn twice a week, will be launched in September, with further games boasting localised features to follow in the coming months.

Requiring no skill or pre-existing knowledge, these games boost acquisition and retention and enhance an operator’s ability to cross-sell to both casino and sportsbook players by offering high-frequency, life-changing prizes.

The new agreement comes a few weeks after Helio struck their first deal on the continent with popular Kenyan operator Lotto Joto.

Richard Mifsud, CEO at Helio Gaming, who is planning a local CSR initiative as part of the launch, said: “I’m delighted to announce our cooperation with Hammer Lottery and I am very confident their customers will enjoy playing our games.

“We have ambitious plans in Africa, which has a number of markets which are tailor-made for our new breed of lottery products, and it is great that Hammer lottery are leading the charge in Nigeria.”

Olumuyiwa Awosile, Managing Director at Hammer Lottery, said: “We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with Richard and the team at Helio and are excited about the opportunities the deal presents.

Malta-based Helio Gaming now offer a number of customisable lottery games including daily, weekly, and event-based draws, which can be branded by individual operators to appeal to a large number of customer demographics.

With unlimited jackpots, the draws can use the supplier’s certified RNG or live broadcast using existing casino studios, and even include non-monetary prizes such as cars, yachts, and luxury holidays.

 

About Helio Gaming:

Helio Gaming, a fully scalable lottery engine system that offers multiple API functionality with which to integrate existing gaming platforms, customer relationship management, campaign management, affiliate management, and other marketing automation tools.  Its portfolio includes custom-made lottery games to fulfil any operator’s lottery needs, including its flagship brand Lotto Hero. Such games can vary from operator-branded RNG lottery games, where the operator can tailor the game to their needs, lottery games based on the outcome of international lotteries, and much more. Helio Gaming’s products offer its partners a new vertical through which to grow and strengthen their player base and drive cross-sell between their other game verticals.  These products give them the edge in what is a fiercely competitive sector and can be integrated easily and seamlessly into any platform.

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