South African casinos push government to end grey zone

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South African casinos push government to end grey zone

Casinos in South Africa push government to pass legislation allowing online casinos to operate

South African casinos such as Tsogo Sun and Sun International are pushing the government to pass legislation allowing online casinos to operate alongside the already legalized and regulated online sports betting industry.

Kelvin Jones, senior editor of PlayCasino explained how:

For many¬†years, South¬†Africa‚Äôs¬†online¬†gambling¬†industry¬†has been operating in a¬†grey¬†zone. The hard¬†blow¬†which¬†the¬†industry¬†took¬†during¬†the Covid-19¬†lockdown¬†had¬†retail¬†casino¬†operators¬†looking¬†anew¬†at¬†alternative revenue options, and the¬†obvious focus has been on internet gambling.¬†These¬†operators¬†need¬†to¬†reshape¬†their¬†business in the¬†wake¬†of the¬†pandemic,¬†and¬†obviously¬†they¬†want¬†to¬†avoid¬†retrenching¬†staff. The best¬†way¬†to do¬†so¬†is¬†to¬†divest¬†their¬†businesses, and¬†what¬†better¬†‚Äď and more¬†proven¬†‚Ästway¬†to do¬†so¬†than¬†to¬†offer¬†their¬†services online?‚ÄĚ

He continued to say how South Africans are huge fans of casinos having millions that already play at regulated licensed offshore sites that focus fully on the local players, and that well-established casinos such as Tsogo Sun and Sun International are naturally aware of this face but they just want to do things the right way, waiting for the government to give them the green light.

Sun International has been crusading the South African Department of Trade and Industry to permit land-based gambling clubs the rights to offer online casino games. Its SunBet image launched draw-based games a while prior, and plans to present online renditions of live dealer titles. 

Tsogo¬†Sun has¬†additionally¬†asked¬†the¬†legislature¬†to look¬†again¬†at¬†existing¬†internet betting¬†enactment. The¬†gathering’s¬†CEO, Chris du Toit¬†said¬†that¬†web¬†based¬†gaming¬†was¬†a ‘characteristic¬†movement‘ for the business,¬†which¬†is¬†as of¬†now¬†at¬†a¬†serious¬†phase of¬†moving¬†into¬†online¬†sport betting.¬†

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