(Africa Wire) South African casino operators, including Tsogo Sun and Sun International, have quietly urged the government to pass a law that would allow online casinos to work with the legalised and regulated online sports betting industry.
They hope the hard work of the 2008 National Gambling Amendment Act to officially legalize gambling at online casinos will finally be over.
Calvin Jones, Executive Editor of PlayCasino stated, “The online gambling industry in South Africa has gone through a gray period over the years.
The devastating blow to the industry during the Covid-19 lockdown has forced casino operators to seek alternative sources of income again, and the clear focus is on online gambling.
These carriers need to change their business after the pandemic and clearly want to avoid downsizing.
The best way to do this is by selling your business. What better and better way to do this than to offer your services online? ”
“South Africans are big fans of online casinos,” continues Kelvin Jones. Millions of South Africans already play in regulated and licensed offshore locations that focus exclusively on local players and even allow them to pay in ZAR.
Established and respected casino operators like Tsogo Sun and Sun International are clearly aware of this, but they want to get it right. They want the government to give them the green light to get involved in the multi-million-dollar online casino industry. “”
Sun International is campaigning for the South African Department of Trade and Industry to give land-based casinos the right to offer online casino games.
The SunBet brand launched a download-based game a few months ago and plans to introduce an online version of the live dealer title.
Tsogo Sun also asked the government to re-examine the existing online gambling laws.
The group’s CEO, Chris du Toit, said online gaming is a “natural progression” for a company already at an advanced stage in the transition to online sports betting.
“The South African government must not give in to this important trend,” said Calvin Jones of PlayCasino.
“As we have seen in other parts of the land-based casino operators do not necessarily fully support the online gambling industry. This is the perfect opportunity for operators to build their business, avoid retrenchments, increase revenue and compensate for dire losses. caused by a pandemic.
On the other hand, the government will benefit from higher tax revenues and a stronger economy. This is very profitable. “”