The National Gambling Board of South Africa has published statistics for the Financial Year ended 31 March 2010. The statistics are based on quarterly figures received from all the Provincial Licensing Authorities as well as the annual audited data received from them. While the data available at present is limited, the gross gaming revenue (GGR) is given for each province and for each of the gambling sectors. Casinos are by far the largest sector, producing 84.3% of the country’s GGR.
Over the 2010 Financial Year gambling activity produced GGR of R16,268,250,404 (US$2.28 billion), up from R15,921 billion (US$2.23 billion) in 2009. Gauteng Province accounted for 42.1% of the total with KwaZulu Natal and Western Cape following at 18.9% and 15.9% respectively. Northern Cape accounted for just 1%, Free State 2.4%, Limpopo 2.6%, Mpumalanga 4.2%, North West 6% and Eastern Cape 7%.
Limited Payout Machines (LPMs) account for 4.6% of the market. In 2003 Mpumalanga became the first Province to introduce a Central Electronic Monitoring System (CEMS) for the industry although the National Gambling Act 1996 established the principle. Local manufacturer Zonke Monitoring Systems became the national provider of CEMS for the LPM industry.
Betting revenue in the 2010 Financial Year amounted to 9.9% of the total and Bingo produced just 1.2%. Figures for the four gambling sectors have changed little since 2009 although the LPM market has grown slightly at the expense of the casino market share. Free State, KwaZulu Natal and Limpopo have seen increased GGR but Western Cape has decreased its share. Gaming operators in South Africa have described the last financial year as challenging for the industry, with trading conditions remaining difficult. (E-09.14.10)
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