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January - June 2002

19th June       South Africa       Source: Northern Light/All Africa Global Media
Mpumalanga's Gaming Board Generates R15,3m in One Year

3rd June        Pretoria, South Africa       Source: News24.com.
Men gets life for casino murders

23rd May        East London, South Africa       Source: Dispatch Online
Where are the gambling millions?
The Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC) has apparently submitted figures to the South African parliament that appear to differ substantially from Gambling Board statistics.

23rd May        Guateng, South Africa       Source: Independent Online
Guateng: Land of a thousand chancers
Heads you win tails you lose
In the last financial year Guateng's 5 casinos generated a win of R2.6 Billion ($130 Million) and between then average around 1 Million visitors per month.

20th May        Cape Town, South Africa        Source: News24.com
Gambling takes a Lotto knocks
The horse racing industry in South Africa is struggling to compete with lotteries and casinos and has seen a dramatic decline in revenues.

20th May       Windhoek, Namibia        Source: Northern Light/The Namibian
Officer Shot Dead in Gambling House

19th May       Kenya      Source: Yahoo/AP
Kenya Says Cruise Jobs Don't Exist
A cautionary tale about unscrupulous employment agencies charging recruits for non existant jobs.

17th May       Cape Town, South Africa      Source: S.A. Business Report
Casinos not pulling their weight on empowerment
The National Gambling board reports that casinos are actively lobbying against the proposed deployment of LPM's in the provinces. South Africa has 11 different autonomous Gambling Boards who report to the National Directorate.

15th May       South Africa      Source: All Africa Global Media
Austria Eyes SA Gaming Companies
Both Casinos Austria International and Austrian Gaming Industies (Novomatic) are increasing their present stakes in South Africa.

13th May       Northern Province, South Africa       Source: News24.com
Two slot into millionaire's row
Both winners are Rand Millionaires. Unfortunately at present 1 South African Rand equals just 10 US Cents.

13th May       Eastern Cape, South Africa       Source: The Dispatch Online
Final day for views on gambling law
The LPM's are proposed to have a minimum stake of R5 and a maximum payout of R500. Route operators may be allowed to control a maximum of 1,500 machines.

12th May       Guateng, South Africa       Source: Independent Online
Board not willing to gamble with addiction
Gauteng's Department of Finance has stopped issuing limited payout machine licenses but will instead commission a study on the effects of gambling.

11th May       Johannesburg       Source: News24.co.za
Second fire at casino hotel - Gold Reef City

9th May       Johannesburg      Source: News24.com.za/SAPA
Fire at Gold Reef City

23rd May        Durban, South Africa       Source: Independent Online
Another punter bites the dust
Criminals are following winning players from the Sugar Mill casino and robbing them when they arrive home.

1st May       South Africa      Source: AllAfrica.com
SA Police Intercept Gaming Machines Destined for Nairobi

28th April      Nairobi, Kenya       Source: Northern Light/The Nation - All Africa Global Media
You Bet It's a Loser's Game
An unusual article, very much against gambling but giving a rare insight into casinos and players in Nairobi.

26th April      KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa       Source: Independent Online
Cops seize one are bandits bound for Kenya

25th April      Cape Town, South Africa      Source: News24.com
Less compulsive gamblers in W Cape

21st April      Durban, South Africa      Source: Independent Online
KZN Scorpions strike at crime with conviction

21st April      South Africa      Source: Business Report - Opinion
Government should force all vices to follow gambling's suit and pay their way

21st April      South Africa       Source: iAfrica.com
Gambling law changes underway - Erwin
The Trade and Industry Minister believes the number of casinos will stabilize at around 30 and the number of limited payout machines at 25,000 - around half the maximum number of 50,000 permitted.

20th April      Durban & Cape Town, South Africa       Source: News24.co.za
Gambling mogul forfeits R15m
R106m in VAT from lotto, gambling

19th April      South Africa       Source: All Africa Global Media & News24.co.za
Gambling Needs Efficient Regulations, Says Erwin
Gambling laws to change

12th April      Cape Town, South Africa       Source: Business Day
Policy issues keep slot machines quiet
LPM (Limited Payout Machine) deployment in South Africa appears little closer although the legal case over the monitoring system was dropped several months ago.

9th April      Kampala, Uganda      Source: Northern Light/All Africa Global Media
Casino Donates to Charity

8th April      South Africa & Trinidad     Source: Independent Online
"Cyber Sol" in multi-million dollar dispute
Some interesting statistics in an article about the current dispute between Sunny Casinos and Microgaming.

3rd April      South Africa      Source: News24.co.za/Beeld
Meropa-casino in Limpopo uit staanspoor voor

28th March      Madagascar      Source: FT Global Archive/Business Report
Cockfights a big draw in gambling-mad Madagascar

23rd March     South Africa     Source: News24.co.za
Casino operators Tsogo, Rhino in court battle

22nd March     Zimbabwe     Source: Northern Light/Financial Gazette
ZNCC Seeks Casino Licence
The Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) has applied to the government for a licence to operate a casino in Harare or Bulawayo.

21st March      Johannesburg, South Africa      Source: Northern Light/Business Day
Net Interest Lifts Gold Reef Results

17th March      South Africa       Source: News24.co.za/City Web
Casino win leads to slaying of brother

10th March      South Africa       Source: Business Day
Tsogo Sun faces mass action

8th March     South Africa       Source: Northern Light/Business Day & Business Report
Austrians Buy Gold Reef Stake
Casinos Austria buys 17% of Gold Reef Casino 

6th March    Guateng, South Africa      Source: Business Day
Casino turf battle erupts over licence

20th February     South Africa      Source: Northern Light/MoneyWeb - Feb 15th
Peter Bacon: MD, Sun International
MoneyWeb interview with Peter Bacon, Managing Director of Sun International who talks about the annual results and the challenges facing the company in the coming year.

19th February     Guateng, South Africa      Source: Northern Light/PRNewswire
Century Casinos Announces Action By Tsogo Sun Holdings

18th February    South Africa     Source: Business Day
Sun International's casinos start bringing in cash
SISA has reported results for the six months to 31st December.

15th February     South Africa      Source: Norhern Light/Business Day
SA Racing Pools Its Resources

7th February     Durban, South Africa      Source: Northern Light/Xinhua
S. African Police Kill Five Suspected Robbers
Five killed in casino shoot-out in South Africa

27th January     South Africa     Source: Northern Light/Moneyweb
Gamers to Throw Their Chips Into One Pot?
Gold Reef's potential purchase of fellow casino operator Global Resorts with interesting detail on the ownership of South Africa's casinos.

26th January     Cape Town & London    Source: News24.com/SAPA
SA man gets top gambling post

19th January     South Africa    Source: Dispatch Online
Gambling board backs economic impact study

16th January     Uganda      Source: Northen Light/All Africa Global Media
Dance Magic At Kampala Casino

3rd January     South Africa      Source: Dispatch Online
Gamblers cautioned on beating the odds

1st January      South Africa      Source: Northern Light/Business Day
Locals Flock to Gauteng Casinos
Curtain Comes Down On Gosforth
Gautengs casinos are apparently doing brisk business over the New Year however due to increased competition one of the provinces race tracks has closed.