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South African Gambling Industry Report 2019 – Gambling Regulatory Framework is Set to Shift Markedly when the National Gambling Amendment Bill is Approved

George Miller



South African Gambling Industry Report 2019 - Gambling Regulatory Framework is Set to Shift Markedly when the National Gambling Amendment Bill is Approved
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The “The South African Gambling Industry in South Africa 2019” report has been added to’s offering.

This report on the South African Gambling Industry includes comprehensive information on the sector and its subsectors including the lottery, casinos, limited payout machines, bingo and betting including betting on horse racing.

There are profiles of 20 companies and national and provincial gambling boards in the sector. Profiled companies include major players such as Tsogo Sun, which completed the unbundling of its hotel division and Sun International, which announced plans to increase its holding in hotel and casino resort Sibaya and is in negotiations to make an acquisition in Chile. Others include Ithuba, which manages the lottery and Phumelela Gaming and Leisure, a major player in horse racing.

The South African Gambling Industry

The fortunes of South Africa’s gambling industry were mixed during the past year. Although the casino segment continues to generate the lion’s share of total gross gambling revenue, its market share has declined markedly as bingo, betting, limited payout machines become popular.

Online gambling is increasingly taking share from on-the-ground casinos and other betting outlets. Although casinos generate higher revenues than other forms of gambling, the National Lottery attracts the highest number of players.

Regulatory Changes

The industry is heavily regulated and licensing is strictly controlled. The gambling regulatory framework is set to shift markedly when the National Gambling Amendment Bill is approved.

In its current form, the bill provides for new offences and the forfeiture of illegal winnings, revised definitions covering bingo, limited payout machines, online gambling and advertising, the restructuring of the National Gambling Board into a National Gambling Regulator and the introduction of a self-regulating body for the horse racing industry.

This and other regulatory changes such as the Liquor Amendment Bill, the proposed gambling levy and proposals in Gauteng to change casino tax may change the fortunes of some casino and betting operators.

Key Topics Covered


2.1. Industry Value Chain
2.2. Geographic Position


4.1. Local
4.1.1. Corporate Actions
4.1.2. Regulations
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development
4.2. Continental
4.3. International

5.1. Economic Environment
5.2. Illicit Gambling, Fraud and other Criminal Activities
5.3. Regulatory Uncertainty
5.4. Rising Operational Costs
5.5. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation
5.6. Negative Social Consequences of Gambling
5.7. Labour
5.8. Environmental Concerns

6.1. Barriers to Entry




10.1. Publications
10.2. Websites

Company Profiles

  • Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board
  • Egoli Gaming (Pty) Ltd
  • Emerald Safari Resort (Pty) Ltd
  • Free State Gambling, Liquor and Tourism Authority
  • Gauteng Gambling Board
  • Gold Circle (Pty) Ltd
  • Ithuba Holdings (Rf) (Pty) Ltd
  • Kwazulu-Natal Gaming and Betting Board
  • Limpopo Gambling Board
  • National Gambling Board
  • Netbet (Pty) Ltd
  • North West Gambling Board
  • Northern Cape Casino Consultants Kairo (Pty) Ltd
  • Northern Cape Gambling Board
  • O L I M P (Pty) Ltd
  • Peermont Global (Pty) Ltd
  • Phumelela Gaming and Leisure Ltd
  • Sun International Ltd
  • Tsogo Sun Gaming Ltd
  • Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board

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LaLiga announces partnership with M-Bet

George Miller



LaLiga announces partnership with M-Bet
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Tanzanian betting provider will be represented across five East African nations for the next three years

LaLiga Santander – the official Spanish football league – has announced an exciting new partnership with the Tanzanian sports-betting provider, M-Bet. This sponsorship collaboration will see the betting provider represented on a variety of LaLiga branding platforms across the East Africa region, with a total of five nations included in the agreement.

Bringing the best of Spanish Football to East Africa

LaLiga’s fan base on the African continent has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade. As part of the league’s commitment to this fast-developing continent, regional partnerships like the latest agreement with M-Bet are being prioritised to bring the excitement of LaLiga football to local fans.

The agreement with M-Bet will commence at the start of the upcoming 2020/2021 season and will last for an initial period of three years. Some of the highlights of this ground-breaking regional partnership will include Intellectual Property rights, DBR in Africa feed (Digital Board Replacements) featuring M-Bet’s branding materials, ticketing and merchandising rights, and the sharing of digital assets.

Football fans across a broad reach of East Africa will enjoy the latest Spanish football action – brought to them by the Eastern Africa gaming provider. M-Bet’s popularity in the region, as well as its reputation for safe, reliable betting with a focus on professional football, makes it the ideal partner for LaLiga in the region.

The following countries will be included in the licensed package of rights for East Africa:

  • Kenya
  • Tanzania
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Uganda
  • Zambia

Daniel Fischer, CEO of M-Bet Group, said: “Through this collaboration we aim to inspire passionate and hard-working African talents who aspire to play in one of the preeminent leagues of the world – LaLiga. This agreement will greatly enhance our ability to develop local talent, bringing players and fans alike closer to legends and ambassadors from Africa who have played in LaLiga.”

With one of the world’s most popular football leagues partnering with a betting platform that has become a household name in East Africa, fans in the region can look forward to years of on-field action with a recognisable local sponsor. The partnership between LaLiga and M-Bet will help cement the existing ties between Spanish football and a region that is home to countless fans and several notable players.

Marcos Pelegrin, LaLiga Southern Africa’s Managing Director, said: “This new initiative marks the beginning of a great partnership between LaLiga and a recognised innovator in the East African sports-betting industry. We look forward to working with M-Bet in the coming years”.

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BtoBet launches “Nigeria Betting Focus”

George Miller



BtoBet launches “Nigeria Betting Focus”
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Includes data on smartphone and internet penetration, device usage and local betting demographics

Sports betting has slowly emerged as an important industry in Nigeria, leveraging the population’s huge football culture, with some of the big leagues, such as the English Premier league, and the Spanish La Liga, having millions of fans in the country. Nigerians are passionate about their sports, especially football, and this has been translated into a keen interest in sports betting.

The rise in sports betting has also been aided by improving technology, with many Nigerians now having access to mobile phones and affordable internet. In fact the ameliorating infrastructure has led Nigeria to become the second largest online gambling market in Africa, behind South Africa, with a Gross Gaming Revenue of $58 million in 2018, according to a report by top accounting and auditing firm, PwC. The report projects that the GGR will rise by 16% over a five-year period.

The “Nigeria Betting Focus”, focuses on the future of the local industry, highlighting the market’s dynamics, consumer preferences, and technological improvements. Furthermore the report analyses smartphone and internet penetration, internet connection speeds, device usage, financial inclusion factors, betting demographics amongst other market elements.

The Report also includes market insights from STM Gaming’s Alessandro Pizzolotto, BtoBet’s Certified Partner for Africa, regarding the importance for a localized betting solution, and the evolving payments gateways scenario in Africa.

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Evolution Expands South African Gaming Offer

Niji Narayan



Evolution Expands South African Gaming Offer
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Evolution Services South Africa, the joint project of Evolution Gaming and its subsidiary Ezugi, has extended its partnership with South African bookmaker Hollywoodbets to include Ezugi Live Dealer games developed specifically for its Indian customers.

The new suite of Ezugi-developed Indian Live Dealer games includes the popular card game Andar Bahar, the Poker variants Teen Patti and Bet on Teen Patti and Lucky 7, a new card game developed for Indian players.

“We’ve been met with a fantastic response from our online players and the strong revenue growth generated by our launch of Ezugi and Evolution Live Dealer games at earlier this year,” Dermot O’Connell, betting operations manager at Hollywoodbets, said.

“The four new Indian games are being added to meet player demand from Indian players living in South Africa, who are a very important part of our customer base. Many of those players are resident in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, a city close to our hearts as it was where we opened our very first retail branch in 2000,” Dermot O’Connell added.

“Localised and culture-specific games are very much part of the Ezugi offering, so we are delighted to be able to further extend Hollywoodbets’ Live Dealer offering to meet the needs of specific customer groups,” Dean Finder, CEO of Evolution Services South Africa, said.

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