Parliament Briefed on National Gambling Bill

Department of Trade and Industry

Parliament has been briefed on the National Gambling Amendment Bill.

The bill was tabled in parliament last month.

The proposed legislation was published for comment at the end of 2016.

The bill aims to amend the National Gambling Act of 2004, so as to:

•    amend and delete certain definitions;
•    transfer the regulation of bets on national lottery, foreign lottery, lottery results and sports pools to the National Lotteries Commission;
•    prohibit dog racing and bets on dog racing;
•    strengthen the regulation of casinos, limited pay-out machines and bingo;
•    provide for the procedure for the forfeiture of unlawful winnings to the National Gambling Regulator;
•    provide for the regulation of the horseracing industry;
•    provide for broad-based black economic empowerment in the gambling industry;
•    provide for the repositioning of the National Gambling Board as a National Gambling Regulator;
•    enhance the powers and duties of the gambling inspector;
•    provide for certain new offences;
•    provide for transitional arrangements; and
•    provide for matters connected therewith.

The trade and industry department pointed out that the provisions that seek to amend section 8 and section 30 are retained in the bill and that the industry will be engaged when the rate of contribution by licensees towards the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund is determined.

The department also indicated that the provision that amends section 15 is intended to ensure that limitations of the over-stimulation of gambling are contained.

Meanwhile, in a briefing on progress on the review of the sugar industry regulations, the department indicated that the “amendment of the regulation will ensure that the South African Sugar Association will recognize SAFDA as a member association in cane growing within the Sugar Industry and to include the terms of reference for the deliverables on long term transformation plan”.

The department was also committed, in collaboration with SASA, to fast-tracking the processes to ensure that the above changes are effected before 30 September 2018.

In a separate matter, the department has invited comment on the prohibition on the use of the National Research Foundation Mzanzi for Science logo.

Published in Government Gazette 41903 in terms of the Merchandise Marks Act, comment is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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