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DTI Releases Draft National Gambling Amendment Bill

August 23, 2018

Department of Trade and Industry

The trade and industry department has released the Draft National Gambling Amendment Bill on its website.

The draft bill’s explanatory summary was published in Government Gazette 41787 last week.

The proposed legislation was published for comment at the end of 2016.

The draft bill seeks to:

• Amend the National Gambling Act, No. Z of 2004, so as to amend certain definitions.
• Reposition the National Gambling Board to be a National Gambling Regulator.
• Transfer the regulation of bets on the national lottery, foreign lottery, lottery results and sports pools to the National Lotteries Commission.
• Prohibit dog racing and bets on dog racing.
• Strengthen the regulation of casinos, limited pay -out machines and bingo.
• Provide for the procedure for the forfeiture of unlawful winnings to the National Gambling Regulator.
• Provide for broad -based black economic empowerment in the gambling industry.
• Recognise self-regulation in the horseracing industry.
• Impose gambling advertising restrictions.
• Regulate the electronic form of bingo.
• Enhance the powers and duties of the gambling inspector.
• Provide for matters connected therewith.

The draft bill was also submitted at the end of last week to both houses’ relevant committees for an initial perusal in terms of Joint Rule 159.

The draft bill will be tabled during the second parliamentary term of 2018.