Transform SA Digital Issue 29 - Magazine - Page 17
The gambling industry in Gauteng is playing an important role in assisting the provincial
government to create jobs and to grow the province’s economy in an inclusive manner,
benefiting the people of the province, and the country as a whole.
n the midst of a difficult domestic and global
economic environment over the past few
years, the contribution of the gambling sector
to gross domestic product (GDP) in South Africa
and to Gauteng Province, has remained resilient,
growing year on year.
Since its inception, the Gauteng Gambling Board
(GGB), which is responsible for regulating the
industry, has collected well over R13 billion on
behalf of Gauteng provincial government. In the
2018/2019 financial year, taxes of R1,131 billion
were collected by the GGB, which represents a
4,4% increase year on year.
This revenue has assisted the provincial
government to effect radical socio-economic
transformation of Gauteng City Region in line
with the Transformation, Modernisation and
Reindustrialisation (TMR) Programme.
“During the past few years, we celebrated many
triumphs while overcoming a number of key
challenges. We also made significant progress
in modernising our systems and processes in a
manner which allowed us not only to regulate the
industry better, but also to increase the revenue
we collect on behalf of the provincial government,”
says GGB Chief Executive Officer Steven Ngubeni.
Adding to the GGB’s successes has been the
achievement of clean audits in the past five years.
“The clean audits speaks to how we are doing
things and the manner in which we are attending
to our administrative function,” says Ngubeni.
One of the key deliverables for the GGB remains
the promotion of socio-economic inclusivity
in the gambling industry and ensuring that
the industry contributes to the revitalisation of
“We set have set a minimum standard that
previously disadvantaged individuals must own
at least 51%, not less. The industry has received
that well. Everybody that comes in is now
sitting at above 50%. We continue to fight for
transformation in the industry. We want to see
real transformation,” Ngubeni said.
The GGB’s core function is to protect
the public. This is achieved through the
• Ensuring integrity of gambling
• Eradication of illegal gambling activities;
• Dispute resolution and punter
• Tax collections;
• Promotion of responsible gambling
and minimizing incidences of problem
• Self-exclusion whereby gamblers can
voluntarily request to be excluded from
participating in gambling; and
• Professional assistance including
treatment of addiction.
The GGB is committed to regulating the gambling
industry in a transparent, ethical, equitable,
competent and efficient manner for the benefit
of all stakeholders.
“We issue licenses to casinos; to the bingos; to the
bookmakers; to operators of the payout machines.
We also issue licenses to games of amusements,”
The GGB also issues licenses to the manufacturers
of the software that is used in slot machines;
the software that is used by the bookmakers
and the licenses of staff members that work for
“In our regulation, we are mandated to protect
the punter. We’ve got to ensure the highest
levels of integrity in the industry. That is why
we authorise and license the gambling and the
gaming equipment as well as the people to make
sure that these are people the public can trust,”
“In the same vein, we encourage punters to not
gamble excessively and to not gamble more than
they can afford. We are not discouraging them
from gambling, but we are saying they must
gamble in a responsible manner.”
The GGB is currently running a number of public
awareness campaigns to promote responsible
gambling and making people aware of what it
is they need to do to avoid gambling excessively.
“We are deploying about 250 volunteers across the
Gauteng province sending out the responsible
gambling messages and warning the public
about the negative effects of illegal gambling,”
The GGB also support a number of charitable
organisations through its CSI and sports
“We support a lot of sports development initiatives.
We have an initiative that supports university
students with funds. We have in the excess of 30
students, a number of them will be graduating
soon,” says Ngubeni.
“We also have a project that responds to the Fourth
Industrial Revolution (4IR). It seeks to teach the
young ones how to build robots and how to
code robots. They do so, by providing solutions
to the real socio-economic challenges. One of
the projects has to do with Arrive Alive campaign.
They were trying to develop a system that will
detect that a driver is actually drunk and the car
will be able to switch itself off,” says Ngubeni.
Part of the GGB’s future plans include business
automation of the gambling industry in
“By this, we don’t mean that when people apply for
licenses, it will be a paperless process. We want
to be more effective than that. That is why we
are investing a lot of money into this automation.
We want to remotely see what is happening at a
casino at any point in time.
Volume 25 • 2020