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IAGR conference in Johannesburg declared a ‘huge success’

Nov 25 2017   |   By: ggb_admin   |   1   |   Posted in International

IAGR’s Annual Conference, that took place October 16-19 in Johannesburg, has been declared a huge success by IAGR Board of Trustees and delegates alike. Dale Fuga, IAGR President and Chief Operating Officer – Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba said: ‘The Conference attracted over 250 delegates representing 41 different gambling jurisdictions representing 31 countries and every continent. I should like to place on record my thanks for the amazing support we received from The Gauteng Gambling Board and the warm welcome we received from the people of Johannesburg. ‘Our program was intended to challenge and generate discussion within the overall theme “Recognizing tomorrow’s challenges by acting today”.  Dan Waugh, a Partner at Regulus Partners set the scene with his thought-provoking keynote session on “Avoiding boom and bust in gambling regulation”.  We also tackled subjects such as how PR and communication can be used as tools to enhance and extend the reach of gaming regulation, the promise and challenges of Blockchain, how to regulate in the digital market, responsible gambling approaches and interventions, eSports, and  Anti-Money Laundering considerations. Of particular interest for South African delegates was a session on changes in the punter profile and the possible impact to the gambling regulatory landscape in Africa. ‘We were fortunate to have the Hon Mr Lebogang Maile, Gauteng Province MEC for Economic Development, Agriculture, Environment and Rural Development provide a keynote address. One of his key messages was that the gambling industry had a significant role to play in promoting responsible gambling.  He also recognised the important role that IAGR plays in networking, and sharing information on gaming developments and regulation. ‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the presenters for their contributions, compelling insights and for giving their time so freely.  At the Annual General Members Meeting, four of the existing Trustees were confirmed in office and will serve a second and final term. They are: Susan Hensel, Director of Licensing, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, USA Bheki Mlambo, Chief Executive Officer, Mpumalanga Gambling Board, South Africa Jerry See, Chief Executive Officer, Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA), Singapore Fortune Sekgaphane, Chief Executive Officer, North West Gambling Board, South Africa Dale Fuga serves a further 12 months as President, with Trude Felde, Senior Advisor, The Norwegian Gaming & Foundation Authority, nominated as Vice-President.  Bruce Molnar, Chairman, Pokagon Band Gaming Commission (USA) was re-appointed to a new two-year term as Treasurer.  Cedrick Chiloane, Executive Manager: Communications, Mpumalanga Gambling Board (South Africa) remains as Secretary. Profiles of all Trustees can be found on the IAGR website. The Conference also bade farewell to Trustee, Nick Tofiluk who has recently left the UK Gambling Commission to take up a new role. Copenhagen will be the venue for next year’s IAGR conference and will run from September 17-20 2018.

GGB declares war on illegal gambling

Mar 26 2017   |   By: ggb_admin   |   0   |   Posted in Gauteng gambling board

The Gauteng Gambling Board is intensifying its efforts to fight against all forms of illegal gambling. Gamblers and operators face a maximum penalty of R10 million and/or 10 years in jail.“Illegal gambling represents a massive loss in tax revenue. We are declaring a war against illegal gambling,” GGB Chief Executive Officer Steven Ngubeni said. The National Gambling Act of 2004 bans all interactive online casinos and games such as poker and bingo. Ngubeni said the GGB, working with the law enforcement agencies and other key stakeholders, will continue to hit hard on all forms of illegal gambling activities in the province. Ngubeni urged law enforcement agencies to continue conducting operations to make Gauteng free of illegal gambling. “Illegal gambling occurs when an unlicensed operator or persons offer gambling products to the public. Numerous illegal online gambling sites exist in Gauteng and we want all them closed and those responsible for these operations brought to book,” Ngubeni said. Ngubeni said the GGB was targeting illegal gambling which includes internet gambling, umshayina (fahfee), and any form of betting at unlicensed venuses, such as gambling on internet cafes, on streets and public areas accessible to minors and any other venue without a gambling license. “To those who are conducting such illegal operations, beware that our law enforcement division working with the police will intensify our campaign against illegal gambling and those found operating such will be prosecuted,” Ngubeni said. The trend has been more of server based illegal gambling. Most of these establishments use games that are loaded onto an overseas server and the gambling terminal is remotely controlled which makes it hard to prosecute the alleged offenders. Because the server is not at the illegal gambling establishment location it makes difficult for SAPS to prove illegal gambling activities were taking place. The illegal gambling activities represent a serious threat to the licenced gambling market as they even offer free drinks to their clients and don't have overheads i.e compliance costs and licence fees that the licenced operators have to contend with.