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Charmaine Mabuza, Group CEO of Zamani Holdings on the challenges of navigating a male dominated industry

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Charmaine Mabuza, Group CEO of Zamani Holdings
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Zamani Holdings is the official sponsor of ICE Africa’s Women in Gaming initiative, can you explain why this is of importance to the organisation?
The subject of Women in Gaming is one that must be explored with great urgency. With only 20% of women in gaming occupying key-leadership roles and a smaller proportion of this number in ownership positions, it is critical that the industry scrutinizes the reasons why and that we rally towards eradicating gender prejudice in the gaming space.

ICE Africa will host an exclusive Women In Gaming breakfast, how important is it to have events like this where women from across the industry can meet, network and share their experiences?
The challenges faced by the African business woman are the same: navigating a male dominated industry, changing the narrative around the capability of women, especially black women to lead successful entities, the continuous battle to push open the doors that the minority in power are constantly trying to shut on the faces of proficient women. These are challenges that we must resolve and events such as this afford us an opportunity to explore and share solutions.  The challenges of an African business woman are the same across Africa and require the same solutions. Different groups of women, depending on which region they are from have started navigating through these challenges. It is important that Women in Gaming from all across the continent join forces and share solutions. Their biggest threat is not each other, their biggest threat is prejudice against the rise of women in leadership positions.

As a wholly black-owned and 50% black female controlled company you are already shining a light on diversity in Africa: where do you see opportunities for other corporations to follow your lead and how can this help future-proof their brands going forward?
Corporate giants should not block the doors for black women to lead in the gaming industry. They must share the opportunities and not aim to monopolise the industry by excluding women, particularly black women.

Zamani is main sponsor of the ITHUBA lottery project, in your eyes what sets lotteries apart from other forms of gaming in Africa – do you feel this vertical can lead the way in terms of driving sustainable business growth across the continent?
In addition to providing self-enriching opportunities to players, the mandate of Lotteries is to raise funds that will help develop the socio-economic status of a country. This is something that ITHUBA takes very seriously. In the 2019 financial year, ITHUBA contributed R1.6 Billion to the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF). In this case, ITHUBA, powered by Zamani has gone beyond the call of duty. Some of the socio-economic initiatives that the group company has implemented include: a youth employment initiative which placed 11 young graduates in various departments within the company on a 12-month internship programme; a women empowerment programme that identified 65 female retailers to develop, train and upskill to improve their business skills and a media initiative to raise awareness and instil a sense of responsibility around the prevention of violence against women, especially femicide.

Zamani Fund’s philosophy of doing good whilst doing well is key to your brand so how do you achieve the balance between social responsibility and enabling business to operate in a competitive environment?
Zamani has put in place solid structures and processes that ensures day to day business operations run smoothly. There are also strict measurements, including internal auditing that hold the business accountable and ensures that deadlines are met. Because of these processes, Zamani does not drop the ball, we continue to be a responsible corporate citizen that operates successfully and competitively.

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Stakelogic Enters into Partnership with Iforium

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Online slot developer Stakelogic has entered into a deal that will see its entire portfolio of games made available via Iforium’s Gameflex platform.

The partnership provides Stakelogic with rapid distribution into additional regulated markets such as the UK, Spain and Romania, allowing the developer to showcase its incredible portfolio of classic slots and video slots to more operators.

For Iforium, the partnership allows it to add quality, proven content to its game portfolio including hugely popular Stakelogic titles such as Flappers, The Expendables Megaways and just-launched games Runner Runner Megaways and Book of Cleopatra Super Stake.

“We are thrilled to have integrated our full suite of games with Iforium and to be able to leverage its incredible network of operator partners in core regulated markets around the world. Our games are proving to be incredibly popular with players in Europe and other international jurisdictions and as we continue to design and develop even more classic and video slots, we look forward to taking advantage of the increased exposure Iforium provides,” Stephan van den Oetelaar, CEO of Stakelogic, said.

“One of the reasons why so many tier one operators work with Iforium is our unrivalled portfolio of top-quality online slots and casino content. In that regard, Stakelogic is a great addition, bringing with it a suite of chart-topping games. We believe operators in regulated markets around the world will leap at the chance to add Stakelogic titles to their lobbies, allowing them to deliver the best possible experience to their players and to stand out from their rivals,” Phil Parry, CEO of Iforium, said.

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BetConstruct Launches its Latest Live Casino Game “Switch BlackJack”

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BetConstruct has launched its latest live casino game Switch BlackJack. Since the beginning of the summer, this is the fourth major gaming release for BetConstruct’s Live Casino.

Switch BlackJack tables feature three playing sits per game and two boxes to bet on simultaneously with an option to switch combinations. High-odds side bets for more experienced players are an essential element to the game and additional revenue source.

Between three players per table and two betting boxes per individual, there is a higher level of retention for operators with Switch BlackJack. Regardless of the player experience, this new game with an alternative take on the main concept of BlackJack has a full potential of being more than a one-time thrill.

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Greek Super League Announces Interwetten as its Gold Sponsor

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The Greek Super League has announced Malta-headquartered sports betting operator Interwetten as its gold sponsor for the next three years, starting with the 2020-2021 season.

The sponsorship represents an evolution of the partnership formed last year, where Interwetten joined the league as its official sports betting partner for the 2019-2020 season.

“We are very pleased that the Super League’s cooperation with Interwetten is now entering a new era, as it is officially the Gold Sponsor of the Super League,” Leonidas Boutsikaris, president of the Super League, said.

He described Interwetten’s “vote of confidence” in the Super League as a key driver of progress and development of football locally, and indicating that a broader strategy to attract more investment and sponsorship was succeeding.

Dominik Beier, representative for Interwetten’s board of directors, described Greece as a very important market for the operator.

“So we want to continue to invest in sports here and expand our position. The naming rights for the Super League championship is the most important sports deal that exists in Greece. The Super League opens up a wealth of opportunities for us, both for communication and action, across the country and throughout the year,” he said.

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