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The National Gambling Policy Council Considers the Draft National Gambling Amendment Bill
The National Gambling Policy Council meeting was held on 12 March 2018 in Kempton Park, Gauteng, to discuss issues affecting the gambling industry. It has considered the draft National Gambling Amendment Bill and the two Gambling Regulations amongst other issues discussed. The Council is constituted by Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, and the provincial MECs of Economic Development responsible for casinos, racing, gambling and wagering in the provinces and other members that include the chairpersons of the provincial licensing authorities.
The Council considered and noted the draft National Gambling Amendment Bill. The Bill will be formally introduced before Parliament for the public hearings which will culminate with the changes to the Bill or rejection of the Bill. The National Gambling Amendment Bill was published in October 2016 and will enhance the regulation of gambling in the country. Some of the proposals include the repositioning of the National Gambling Board (NGB) to become the National Gambling Regulator (NGR) led by the Chief Executive Office. The NGR will assume the functions of the NGB.
According to the Bill, money forfeited as unlawful winnings should be automatically forfeited to the NGR after the investigation into the legality of the gambling activity, legality standing of the punter and exclusion status. Enforcement capacity of the Regulator will be enhanced by the inspectorate operating with the NGR to fight unlawful gambling practices including online gambling. The Gambling Amendment Bill also provides that the NGR should keep a register of illegal gambling operators.
The Council also noted the two Gambling Regulations that will be published for broader public comments as required in terms of section 87 of the National Gambling Act of 2004. Regulation 2 deals with the exclusion register that will remove certain provisions which make the registration process tedious and unnecessarily long. The amendment will culminate to the enhanced implementation of the national register of excluded persons. It will also include that a digital photograph of excluded person be acceptable. The amendment further requires the NGB to capture the exclusion within 10 days of receiving the form from the provinces.
Regulation 8(4) prescribes the re-certification period for gambling machines. The regulation requires that the machine and devices be re-certified within 12 months after the date on which the regulation amendment is published and every six years after the last recertification of the machine or device.
Sidwell Medupe-Departmental Spokesperson
Tel: (012) 394 1650
Mobile: 079 492 1774
Issued by: The Department of Trade and Industry
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