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South African Tourism: International visitation likely to resume in 2022

South African tourism
Delayed global vaccination rollouts and the ongoing uncertainty surrounding new COVID-19 variants mean international tourism is unlikely to rebound until 2022, according to a report by South African Tourism.

EGT installed over 100 General slot machines in South Africa

Euro Games Technology EGT G-Series Cabinet slots
Leading operators in South Africa have opted for the General series slot cabinets of Euro Games Technology (EGT) earlier this year. The renowned Tsogo Sun Gaming, which owns casino and bingo sites in six provinces around the country, has received 91 machines for 8 of its award-winning properties.

Sun International re-opens casinos

Sun International reopens casinos
Despite having to comply with strict measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic including a 50 percent capacity limit, an alcohol ban and a 9pm curfew, South Africa’s casinos were able to resume operations from late-June, with Sun International executive Graham Wood reporting the company was “trading at about 50 to 60 percent of prior year levels” in the first couple of weeks following reopening.

Fantasy Sports Interactive launches Fixed-Odds-Fantasy

Fantasy Sports Interactive Fixed odds fantasy
Fantasy Sports Interactive (FSI) are delighted to announce the launch of their innovative odds-based Fantasy Sports offering, Fixed-Odds-Fantasy, in South Africa on the region’s most popular Sports Betting operator, Hollywoodbets.

Sun International reports full year growth, coronavirus impact uncertain

Sun International financials
Sun International’s total income was up by four percent in 2019, however with the firm forced to temporarily close its properties in South Africa and LatAm, it’s still unclear what the full impact of the coronavirus pandemic will be on the company’s bottom line this year.

Sun rises in the West as South Africa glooms

Sun Rises South Africa Sun International
South Africa continues to be a struggle for Sun International despite a few star performers, while to the west South America has offered the operator room..

South Africa pushes Nigerian tourism and entertainment deal

South Africa Tourism
The South African government has renewed calls for an economic partnership with the Nigerian state of Lagos, following an earlier attempt to sign a..

Novomatic launches linked progressive jackpots at South Africa’s Carnival City

Novomatic jackpot carnival city South Africa
The latest Novomatic linked progressive jackpots made their African debut at Sun International’s Carnival City Casino in Johannesburg.

Tsogo Sun employees join community for beachfront clean-up

Tsogo Sun beachfront clean-up
Tsogo Sun employees in Durban joined forces with local residents in May to fight a tide of plastic pollution strewn across the Blue Lagoon beachfront in the wake of severe floods.

Two suns in the sunset: Tsogo splits its hotel and gaming divisions

Tsogo Johannesburg
With a new group CEO starting 1 July and Marcel Von Aulock returning to chair the demerged company, Tsogo Sun is set to push forward with the split of its gaming and hotel businesses in the hope of increasing value for shareholders while taking on South Africa’s challenging economic climate.   Tsogo Sun will list South Africa’s largest hospitality group on...

Phumelela Gaming locks horns with South Africa’s Public Protector

Phumelela Gaming locks horns South Africa
A report from South Africa’s Public Protector has hurt the reputation of Phumelela Gaming and Leisure, the company claims, and so South Africa’s largest.

Tsogo owners ramp up lotto battle

Tsogo Sun lotto battle Ithuba
Hosken Consolidated Investments-the owners of continental casino giants Tsogo Sun-has ramped up its legal battle with the nation’s lottery operator, Ithuba

Western Cape casinos draw battle lines over free plays

Western Cape Gambling Board South Africa
The operators behind two of the Western Cape’s largest casinos are currently embroiled in a legal battle over the taxation of free-to-play promotions

BMM South Africa Continues Rapid Growth into 2019

BMM Testlabs South Africa had a record year in 2018 and this positive performance is continuing into the second half of 2019. In 2018, BMM welcomed Zeena Rossouw as VP, operations and sales, South Africa. Rossouw's dedication to her new role has ensured the continuation of BMM South Africa's objectives, optimising operational success and business performance. Rossouw's talents were noticed by...

Growing sense of deja vu over South Africa market prospects

South Africa, city,
South Africa is once more basking in a sense of early year optimism but it remains to be seen whether positive campaign promises come to fruition or if it is to be same old story. Ministers in South Africa are making all the right sounds regarding a market comeback. Plans to revive the struggling economy are reportedly in place and...

Ez Modulo enters South Africa

Ez Modulo
Casino Technology has entered South Africa’s casino market with the first deployment of the Ez Modulo cabinet at Johannesburg’s Emperors Palace Casino. With hundreds of successful installations on the South African LPM market of the bestselling Gamopolis 40 and 41 series of multi games, Casino Technology is now entering the country’s casino segment with the Ez Modulo series of slot...

CASA urges government to harden illegal gambling stance

CASA, Casino Association of South Africa, city hall
The Casino Association of South Africa (CASA) has called on the national government to harden its stance on illegal gaming activities and unlicensed casino venues. Whilst there are naturally laws in place to prohibit illegitimate gambling these are doing little to stop the proliferation of the practices according to CASA CEO, Themba Ngobese. “Unfortunately, there will always be people who believe...

Sun International feels force of market difficulties and regulatory upheaval but hope for progress remains

Sun International, progress, south africa, debt, tax
Difficult trading conditions and an uncertain regulatory future in South Africa have taken their toll on Sun International’s interim results but hope prevails for a positive resolution to both. When South African casino giants Sun International announced that it would be closing loss making properties and streamlining its portfolio amidst rising debts earlier this year it was the first indication...

Tsogo Sun readies Durban opening

Tsogo Sun, Durban
Hotel and casino operator Tsogo Sun is preparing to unveil its fully-redeveloped Suncoast property in Durban, South Africa. The $110m (R1.6bn) investment is the largest single property outlay in the group’s history, according to its COO Glenn Joseph and also one of the largest that has gone Durban’s Golden Mile rejuvenation project. “This investment reflects the confidence we have in Durban...

Tsogo Sun expansion plans derided by locals

A new casino proposal from Tsogo Sun has caused quite a stir in the Western Cape with local residents voicing opposition to plans. The main point of contrition for those living in and around the Somerset West region is that they have been largely kept in the dark about the opera-tor’s plans and official rezoning applications. Stephen Leppan, chairperson of the...

Sun International responds to negative reports

Sun City Resort
Sun International has responded to comments made by members of the national parliament that on of its venues was in line to face a 30 percent drop in bookings as a result of a declining regional trade. A parliamentary committee reported that the Sun City resort…

South African gaming amendment bill derided

South Africa Parliament
A gaming amendment bill which if actioned could bring forth a considerable shake up of the South African gaming environment has been been derided by some as a complete mess. The tabling of a gaming amendment bill in South Africa has been derided by those in the industry as an ill-thought-out move that could put dampeners on the sector. Tabled by...

Best Retail Software award goes to BetConstruct

BetConstruct at GIA2018-
BetConstruct was recognised for its outstanding Retail Solution at GI Awards 2018 which took place on September 4 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Specially developed for managing land based operations, BetConstruct’s retail software package enables operators to set up from scratch or grow an established business. Not only we offer a great betting experience for players, but also enhance our partners’...

BiG Africa SuperShow 2018 announces confirmed speakers

Johannesburg, South Africa
Eventus International has announced the confirmed speakers for the 6th Annual BiG Africa SuperShow which will be held at Emperors Palace from 5-6 November. The 6th Annual BiG Africa Supershow is guaranteed to be a good show! In addition to the show being free to attend for South African gambling industry professionals, this year’s agenda will feature a wide variety...

Zimbabwe targets record breaking year for hospitality

Harare, Zimbabwe
The first quarter of 2018 saw Zimbabwe record a 15 percent increase in tourism arrivals and a 20 percent rise in receipts compared to the same period last year. Such results are a positive indication of changing perceptions surrounding the country in the new post-Mugabe era. Statistics from the national Fiscal Policy and Advisory Services Department showed that there were...

Cape Town hospitality shows resilience in face of drought

Cape Town
A new report has revealed that the touted water crisis in Cape Town didn’t prove to be as detrimental to leisure and hospitality performances as had been feared. A study by Price Waterhouse Cooper, collated from industry analyst finding has suggested that a range of measures brought in by local operators muted what was expected in some quarters to be...

Tsogo Sun reorganises ahead of new market opportunities

Johannesburg, South Africa
Tsogo Sun has taken the first steps towards a radical portfolio reorganisation at a time when legislative developments in South Africa’s western cape could open up a litany of expansion opportunities. Competing operators however, are less enthused at the prospect. Recent market contractions coupled with consolidation programmes being undertaken by South Africa’s largest operators had seemingly put a pin in...

South African Minister proposes nationwide reform

The Minister of Trade and Industry for the government of South Africa, Dr Rob Davies, has proposed amending the country’s gambling laws to bring national consistency the industry. The National Gambling Amendment Bill 2018, announced through a published notice of intention by the minister, seeks to alter the National Gambling Act 7 of 2004 to reposition the National Gambling Board...

South Africa resisting knee jerk reaction at GDP contraction

South Africa’s GDP saw its sharpest contraction in nine years in the first quarter of the year as the dizzying highs of the early-Ramaphosa era stabilised at a more considered level. After expanding 3.1 percent in the final quarter of last year, South Africa’s GDP shrank by 2.2 percent in the first three months of 2018. Despite such fluctuations the nation...

South Africa tackles debt amid new optimism

Johannesburg, South Africa
Much in line with the economic roadmap of the country itself, South Africa’s two largest gaming operators - Tsogo Sun and Sun International - are seeking to tackle rising debt levels in order to best position themselves ahead of future prosperity. The largest hotel and casino operator in South Africa Tsogo Sun saw a period of concentrated growth in the...