May 14 - At a meeting of National Gambling and Liquor Policy Council last
week, the Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies called for the creation of a
plan which would curb illegal gambling in South Africa.
The minister said that there was clearly the need for a national strategy
that would combat illegal gambling in the country, and that the National
Gambling Board has been given the green light to prepare an action plan which
will begin the eradication of illegal gambling. He also said that all of South
Africa's law enforcement agencies should be involved.
Standards to be set for SA's Gambling Activities
Davies said there was a strong need for national standards to be set
regarding South Africa's gambling activities. It was also revealed that between
July 2010 and April 2011, 350 illegal gambling machines were destroyed.
After a plan of action has been prepared, public consultations will be held
under the auspices of the National Council of Provinces. These consultations
have been discussed by the country's Members of Executive Councils for Economic
Development in each province.
The public's participation in these consultations is critical, according to
council. "The public has been urged to participate in the public hearings to
ensure that their views are represented on matters pertaining to gambling in the
country," it was stated. "The meeting also emphasised the need for provincial
licensing authorities to participate and enrich inputs as well as
South African Bingo Regulations to be Discussed
The council meeting also discussed bingo in South Africa and
decided that the matter of bingo's legalities would be determined by Parliament
in its Gambling Review Commission Report.
Besides the SA Minister's gambling plan, Davies said
about bingo: "Against this background, the Council announced that the regulation
of bingo be subsumed in the boarder review process, pending public consultations
of the National Council of Provinces, which will inform on how the country must
proceed with a national policy and regulatory framework for bingo as a whole, a
moratorium on the issuance of all automated bingo due must be halted."
South African National Gambling Board
According to its website, the National Gambling Board, which was established
in 1996, "makes provision for the oversight of matters relating to casinos,
gambling, betting and wagering, and promotes uniforms norms and standards in
relation to gambling in South Africa."
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