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The South African Gambling Industry
BY Carole Veitch
South Africa
16 April 2020
R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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The South African Gambling Industry


South Africa’s gambling industry reported mixed results last year. While the casino segment continued to generate the lion’s share of total gross gambling revenue, its market share declined markedly as bingo, betting and limited payout machines became popular. Online gambling had been increasingly taking share from on-the-ground casinos and other betting outlets. Although casinos generated higher revenues than other forms of gambling, the National Lottery attracted the highest number of players.


Coronavirus


Horse racing and sports events have been cancelled or postponed indefinitely since the coronavirus outbreak, and totalisators, casinos, bingo halls and other gambling establishments have been closed until further notice. While the traditional gambling industry is facing unparalleled losses, online gambling sites have reported a surge in activity since the national lockdown came into effect on 27 March 2020. While online casinos worldwide have reported a sharp increase in gambling, as lockdown periods are extended and financial stresses intensify, analysts say that people may become increasingly hesitant to spend money on non-essential pastimes, such as gambling. There are also concerns about the slow resumption of business at casinos once the lockdown ends.


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 21 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 14
4.1.2. Regulations 16
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 18
4.2. Continental 20
4.3. International 22
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 26
5.1. Economic Environment 26
5.2. Illicit Gambling, Fraud and other Criminal Activities 27
5.3. Regulatory Uncertainty 28
5.4. Rising Operational Costs 29
5.5. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 29
5.6. Negative Social Consequences of Gambling 31
5.7. Labour 31
5.8. Environmental Concerns 33
6. COMPETITION 34
6.1. Barriers to Entry 35
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 36
8. OUTLOOK 37
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 38
10. REFERENCES 38
10.1. Publications 38
10.2. Websites 39
APPENDIX 1 40
Summary of Notable Players 40
COMPANY PROFILES 46
EASTERN CAPE GAMBLING AND BETTING BOARD 46
EGOLI GAMING (PTY) LTD 49
FREE STATE GAMBLING, LIQUOR AND TOURISM AUTHORITY 51
GAUTENG GAMBLING BOARD 53
GOLD CIRCLE (PTY) LTD 55
HOLLYWOOD SPORTSBOOK HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD 58
ITHUBA HOLDINGS (RF) (PTY) LTD 60
KWAZULU-NATAL GAMING AND BETTING BOARD 62
LIMPOPO GAMBLING BOARD 64
NATIONAL GAMBLING BOARD 66
NETBET (PTY) LTD 68
NORTH WEST GAMBLING BOARD 70
NORTHERN CAPE CASINO CONSULTANTS KAIRO (PTY) LTD 72
NORTHERN CAPE GAMBLING BOARD 74
O L I M P (PTY) LTD 76
PEERMONT GLOBAL (PTY) LTD 78
PHUMELELA GAMING AND LEISURE LTD 83
SUN INTERNATIONAL LTD 88
TSOGO SUN GAMING LTD 95
WESTERN CAPE GAMBLING AND RACING BOARD 101