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September 28, 2021

Followed by horse racing and bingo

Land-based casinos dominate South Africa gambling market

Land-based casinos dominate South Africa gambling market
The report released last week by the country’s National Gambling Board shows that Gaming Gross Revenue (GGR) generated in the casino sector represented a 66.4% of the total posted in FY2017 compared to other legalized gambling activities.
South Africa | 09/11/2017

The report released last week by the country’s National Gambling Board shows that Gaming Gross Revenue (GGR) generated in the casino sector represented a 66.4% of the total posted in FY2017 compared to other legalized gambling activities.

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ccording to the national regulator, GGR generated by the casino sector during fiscal year 2017 fell 4.5%. The slight decrease in GGR from FY2016 to FY2017 can, amongst others, be attributed to the decrease of operational positions in Gauteng, Western Cape, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and Free State.

Revenue posted by the horse racing and sport sector represented 18.9% of the total amount of GGR, while earnings registered in the bingo sector accounted only for 4.7%.

In general, the collection of taxes/levies increased by 10.7% from R2,2 billion to R2,5 billion in FY2015, by 11.9% to R2,8 billion in FY2016, however decreased by 1,0% to R2,7 billion in FY2017.

Other key financial aspects included in the report are:

  • A total amount of R 372 987 955 104 was wagered in FY2017.  Casinos accounted for the highest TO at 73.2% by comparison with all other gambling modes in FY2017.
  • Gauteng accounted for the highest amount of TO in respect of all gambling modes, the total percentage being 43.5% as compared to other provinces in FY2017.
  •  Although Gauteng represented the highest amount of turnover relative to casinos (42.3%), betting on horse racing and sport (63.1%), and bingo (59.0%), the highest amount of money in the LPM sector was wagered in Western Cape (29.9%) in FY2017.

Read the full report.

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