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The South African Gambling Industry Updated Report Available
BY Carole Veitch
South Africa
05 December 2019
R 10 080.00 (ZAR)  
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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.


Report Coverage


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.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 3
2.2. Geographic Position 4
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 6
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 9
4.1. Local 9
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 13
4.1.2. Regulations 14
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 16
4.2. Continental 18
4.3. International 20
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 22
5.1. Economic Environment 22
5.2. Illicit Gambling, Fraud and other Criminal Activities 23
5.3. Regulatory Uncertainty 24
5.4. Rising Operational Costs 25
5.5. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 25
5.6. Negative Social Consequences of Gambling 27
5.7. Labour 27
5.8. Environmental Concerns 29
6. COMPETITION 30
6.1. Barriers to Entry 31
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 32
8. OUTLOOK 33
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 33
10. REFERENCES 34
10.1. Publications 34
10.2. Websites 34
APPENDIX 1 36
Summary of Notable Players 36
COMPANY PROFILES 41
EASTERN CAPE GAMBLING AND BETTING BOARD 41
EGOLI GAMING (PTY) LTD 44
EMERALD SAFARI RESORT (PTY) LTD 46
FREE STATE GAMBLING, LIQUOR AND TOURISM AUTHORITY 49
GAUTENG GAMBLING BOARD 51
GOLD CIRCLE (PTY) LTD 53
ITHUBA HOLDINGS (RF) (PTY) LTD 56
KWAZULU-NATAL GAMING AND BETTING BOARD 58
LIMPOPO GAMBLING BOARD 60
NATIONAL GAMBLING BOARD 62
NETBET (PTY) LTD 64
NORTH WEST GAMBLING BOARD 66
NORTHERN CAPE CASINO CONSULTANTS KAIRO (PTY) LTD 68
NORTHERN CAPE GAMBLING BOARD 70
O L I M P (PTY) LTD 72
PEERMONT GLOBAL (PTY) LTD 74
PHUMELELA GAMING AND LEISURE LTD 79
SUN INTERNATIONAL LTD 84
TSOGO SUN GAMING LTD 90
WESTERN CAPE GAMBLING AND RACING BOARD 96