|South Africa has taken the first measures on the road to legalization and regulation of online gambling this week, by publishing the National Gambling Bill. Although the question of online gambling remains open, the indication is that it will become legal provided it is licensed by the government.|
In the ‘Background of the Bill’ section it is stated that: “Section 11 prohibits interactive gaming, i.e. gambling over the Internet, except as authorised in terms of this Act or other legislation. No such legislation presently exists in the Republic, but the transitional provisions of this Bill set out a programme for preparing such legislation in consultation with the National Gambling Board and the provincial regulatory bodies, once all regulators have had sufficient time to properly study the policy issues and precedents for regulation.”
In 1996 South Africa passed the National Gambling Act, which makes no mention of igaming but states that gambling in South Africa should be ‘governed by a set of principles, one of which is that gambling activities should be effectively regulated, controlled, policed and licensed’.