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Online Gambling Seminar on the Cards

July 8, 2015

Department of Trade and Industry

Online gambling will come under the spotlight next week when the trade and industry department hosts an Online Gambling Seminar in Pretoria.

The seminar will be held in conjunction with the National Gambling Board.

The invitation points out that the harmful social and economic effects of gambling on society remains a concern for government.

Other issues the seminar will focus on include:

• Current policy on online gambling including reasons for prohibition;
• Harmful effects of online gambling;
• Methods of enforcement to prevent online gambling; and
• Real life testimonies on dangers of online gambling and gambling in general.

A Draft National Gambling Policy was released for comment in May 2015.

The document contains the policy proposals designed to review the current gambling sector in South Africa.

Policy proposals deal with regulatory structures and framework, casinos, limited pay out machines, bingo, horseracing and betting, social impact minimisation, enforcement and new forms of gambling.

The policy is also adamant that online gambling remain illegal and that measures be taken to close down existing operations and prosecute offenders.

The department holds the view that the benefits of legalising online gambling were unlikely to outweigh the harm.

According to the invitation, the seminar will provide a “platform for the exchange of best practices in the prohibition of online gambling activities in the country”.

It is scheduled to take place on 15 July 2015.