South Africa

News & Analysis

News In Brief: June 6-June 10, 2022

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Provincial Regulators Push South Africa's Online Casino Limits

Gambling watchdogs in South Africa's provinces are stretching their own rules on what they will permit within a traditional bookmaker's licence, going so far as to allow casino and card games with live dealer and RNG elements, adding fuel to a booming licensed online market.

Research & Reports

Interactive Map: Gambling in Africa

In this map, VIXIO GamblingCompliance shows the regulatory status of gambling in African jurisdictions. The map provides information, where available, on whether the countries allow, partially prohibit or forbid gambling.

Special Report: Africa Gambling Outlook 2019

This special report takes a look in detail at the six African jurisdictions that are considered to be most relevant to the gambling industry: Ghana; Kenya; Nigeria; South Africa; Tanzania; and Uganda. The report discusses the degree of development of juridical systems, the maturity of the gambling markets and both the political and regulatory developments that occurred in the countries in the first half of 2019.

South Africa: Parliament Passes AML Reforms

On February 28, 2017 the South African parliament passed the Financial Intelligence Centre Bill, which is expected to amend the Financial Intelligence Centre Act 2001 and enhance the legal framework in the fight against money laundering.   

The “proceedings on bills” report of March 3, 2017 indicates that the parliament passed the Financial Intelligence Centre A/B Bill (33D-2015), which is due to be submitted for presidential assent.   

A brief note on South Africa’s current proposed reforms

South Africa has attempted numerous times to introduce a coherent online gambling framework in the country. However, to date, online gambling activities in South Africa remain unregulated and, therefore, are prohibited, with the exception of online sports and horse race betting, which are regulated at provincial level.

This brief note focuses on the latest developments and proposals with regard to the online gambling market in South Africa. 

Data & Forecasts

Tsogo Sun Gaming Report - FY2010 to FY2022

Latest annual data from South African-listed Tsogo Sun Gaming. The data released for the operator contains the following information: Net gaming revenue, rooms revenue, food and beverage revenue, total income, operating expenses, operating profit and income, EBITDAR and EBITDAR margin by business segment. There are approximately 1,025 data points in this document.

Sun International Report - 2001 to 2021

Latest half-yearly data from South African-listed Sun International. The data released for the operator contains the following information: Revenue by business segment, region & casino, EBITDA, operating profit, profit before tax and number of slots & tables by casino. There are approximately 2,400 data points in this document.

South Africa - National Gaming Board Report - FY2005 to FY2021

Latest annual National Gaming Board Report data from South Africa. The data released for each region contains the following information: Turnover, gross gambling revenue, tax & returns to player (RTP) by gambling sector & province and a breakdown of betting revenue by category. There are approximately 7,715 data points in this document.

Market Monitor: International Gaming Machine Count

This report displays the most recent tallies of gaming machines, split between casino and non-casino units, across over 100 jurisdictions globally. Visual cross-jurisdictional comparisons of gaming machines by category and population-adjusted machine density are facilitated by an interactive dashboard.

IFHA Global Horseracing Report - 2008 to 2019

Latest annual data from the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA). The data released contains the following information: Number of flat and jump races by country and horserace betting turnover, amount returned to bettors and deductions by country. There are approximately 6,130 data points in this document.
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