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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...

Clarion confirm Sandton Convention Centre for ICE Africa

ICE Africa Sandton
The decision to move to the Sandton, which was made following consultations with the industry, was based on the opportunity it delivers for the ICE Africa brand to grow, as well as the ability to provide stakeholders with enhanced levels of choice and flexibility.

BiG Africa Supershow

Casino Review Emperors Palace Johannesburg Africa
Event Name BiG Africa Supershow Date(s) November 6-7, 2018 Location Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, South Africa General Information Africa is, and remains, the biggest untapped market for the gaming industry. Africa’s economic lions are on the move. The continent is rapidly embracing technological change to unlock growth and leapfrog the limitations and cost of physical infrastructure – lightning fast internet speeds and expanding networks are connecting business...

Table Talk Johannesburg serves up a slice of success

ICR - IAGA Johannesburg IAGR
Whilst enjoying a meal that the Radisson Blu hotel chef had prepared for the guests of the 2nd Instalment in the Table Talk Series, attendees were also treated to an equally satisfying meal of the mind that Prof Peter Collins had prepared.   Prof Peter Collins was responsible for the various research and reports between 1995 and 1999 which were sponsored...

Tsogo Sun targeting tourism market gap

Casino Review, Tsogo Sun Holdings, South Africa, Marcel Von Aulock,
Casino and hotel operator Tsogo Sun has affirmed its strength in Cape Town, South Africa with the recent launch of two economy hotels as the company hopes to fill a perceived gap in the regional tourism market.   The newly built $51m SunSquare and StayEasy hotels have increased the overall number of rooms operated by the company in the city center...

International support continues to grow with 47 nations represented at the first Gaming Africa

47 gaming africa
Gaming professionals from Brazil to Botswana, Germany to Ghana and Lithuania to Lesotho will be amongst the delegates expected at the inaugural Gaming Africa, Clarion Gaming’s two day conference and learning symposium being held across 24th and 25th October in Johannesburg. Representatives from a total of 47 nations have registered to be part of the free to attend event, including...

Positive signs for South Africa casinos

Casino Review South Africa Rossouw
An official report issued by the South African national gambling board has marked considerable casino growth year-on-year for 2016, highlighting the great gaming potential in the country.   Already standing as a strong market in the face of strict regulation, land based casinos have steadily posted positive results and been a catalyst for continued commercial investment. The latest figures from the gambling...

IAGR sets sights on Johannesburg for 2017 conference

ICR - IAGA Johannesburg IAGR
The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) has confirmed its 2017 Annual Conference will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa over October 16-19, 2017.   The IAGR has announced the event will explore issues affecting gaming regulators, policymakers and industry executives in gambling markets around the world. The key focus for the conference will be on challenges faced by regulators as they...

Revamped Sun City returns to market after $7m investment

Casino Review Sun City
The Sun City resort has unveiled a new look following extensive modernization.   Sun City resort in South Africa has reopened its doors after $7m in modernising refurbishments. Michael Farr, the group general manager for brand and communications at Sun International, said that while Sun City remains popular, the R1bn investment was necessary to keep its appeal growing. “We’ve put this investment into...

South Africa’s casino industry boosts economy despite recession

Casino Review South Africa Rossouw
The casino industry in South Africa has bucked recent economic downturn according to the latest annual CASA survey.   The 11th annual survey from the Casino Association of South Africa (CASA), released at the beginning of December, showed the South African Receiver of Revenue raking in 36 percent of gross gambling revenues (GGR) during the period under review. That amounted to total...

Tsogo Sun Holdings to increase UK footprint

Casino Review, Tsogo Sun Holdings, South Africa, Marcel Von Aulock,
Despite reporting a flat operating profit for H1, South African hotels, gaming and entertainments firm Tsogo Sun Holdings has stated it intends to purchase additional venues in the UK. At present, the Johannesburg-based firm operates 14 gaming and entertainment destinations in six of South Africa’s provinces including The Ridge Casino, The Caledon Casino Hotel Spa and Montecasino with additional interests...

South Africa’s Sun International looks to Latin American markets

Casino Review, South Africa, Sun International, Latin America, Dreams SA, Graeme Stephens,
Aiming to offset slow growth at home, South African hotel and casino operator Sun International has set its sights on the Latin American markets. The company has already divested its assets in several African countries, pulling out of Nigeria in August to concentrate on its casino businesses in South Africa and Latin America. The gaming group’s merger with Dreams SA in...

Strategy and VIPs drive growth for Sun International

Casino Review Sun International
Whilst economic conditions in South Africa remain sluggish, Sun Internationals continues to defy expectation by way of strategic initiatives and new growth markets.   Financial results from Sun International show that the South African operator enjoyed a revenue increase of 15 per cent in the year ended June 30, to R12.2bn (E780m). The company said that the year saw the conclusion...

South Africa deals another blow for online gambling

iGaming, South African
The South African government has once again rebutted attempts to open up the country’s betting and gaming laws to include online gambling, with the majority of the National Assembly voting to reject the opposition’s Remote Gambling Bill. Geordin Hill-Lewis, the Democratic Alliance (DA) MP who authored the bill, has been grappling with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) for years...

Line in the sand: South Africa rules against online gaming

Online South Africa
The South African government has drawn a line in the sand with regards to any potential opening of the country’s online gambling market. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) published its National Gambling Policy last month, which resolutely stated that “no new forms of gambling will be allowed at this point”. Elucidating on its position, the department claimed that it...

WPT National Championship returns to Emperors Palace

WPT Shaun Naidoo
Africa’s poker players and lovers of high stakes had an opportunity to up the ante at the latest edition of the World Poker Tour (WPT) National Championship, which was hosted for the fourth time at the Peermont group’s Emperors Palace casino in Johannesburg from April 8-17. During 10 days of intense tournament action, a field of professional poker players and...